CITYBOYS FC X SHUKYU TOTE BAG COLLECTION

Japanese brand CityBoys have collaborated with Shukyu magazine to release a wonderful collection of tote bags for us all to drool over.

As a big fan of tote bags, I love this release from a brand I’ve supported for a long time. They continue to impress and this release is no different. A total number of 13 different tote bag designs have been revealed, all which were created in a Shukyu workshop back in May.

Each item is one of a kind so get on ’em fast. Cop the tote bags now. Check it here.

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#FOOTBALLISPERMANENT: PARK SCC AND PASS-A-BALL

Football is a beautiful thing. The game is played in every corner of the globe but not everyone has access to the most vital thing: a proper football. This is where PARK SSC come in.

Founded in 2015 by Sam Davy and Tara Montoneri, PARK SCC looks to help disadvantaged kids through the beautiful game. A project ran by the socially conscious brand, titled Pass-A-Ball, gets footballs to the kids’ feet that need them the most.

They set out, as a brand, to inspire kids to help other kids as well. This links well to the one-for-one ball process carried out by themselves. If you buy a football from PARK SCC, then they will give an identical one to a child in need. A ball can play a significant role in helping underprivileged communities and revitalise communities, uniting them around one game. Sam Davy (co-founder) said, in an interview with Frankie Magazine, that “our project helps disadvantaged kids receive the social, psychological and health benefits of playing soccer; helps the integration of new communities and cultures into a life in Australia; and educates advantaged kids about the imbalance of opportunity amongst their peers.”

PARK SCC supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the whole project is directed at four of the 17 that are set out to change the world by 2032. Their global goals include; no poverty, good health and well-being, gender equality and reduced inequalities. PARK has passed over 4500 balls to kids in need across 11 countries…and it’s growing. Helping disadvantaged kids, refugees, abandoned children alongside supporting equal rights for girls and at-risk youth, they partner with charities to support people across the globe. They provide support in countries from Uganda to England to Indonesia to Tanzania and more.

The embodiment of ‘one world, one game’. Support the process. Support PARK SCC. Support humanity.

https://www.parkssc.com

SHUKYU MAGAZINE X CITYBOYS FC 2018

A new collaboration from Japanese brands CityBoysFC and Shukyu Magazine has landed and it’s as impressive as ever. Three new t-shirt designs, all coming in either black or white and three new socks. We’re being spoilt.

Ronaldinho, Kaka and Andrea Pirlo all paid homage to this time around, featuring on these simple but very cool t-shirts.

Each sock features a different colourway with a brilliant design. The Japanese lettering on the socks is a favourite aspect of mine.

Peep the Shukyu site here.

CityBoysFC has been a brand I’ve favoured for a while now and I am a big fan still. I’m sure they’d love to have your support as well, so go check ’em out here and cop some gear. They’ve got some great stuff.

#STICKERSHOWDOWN: EPISODE 1

Episode 1. The first instalment. The beginning of this gruelling but fulfilling enjoyment of spending all our money on little packs of stickers to collect and complete the Russia 2018 book. Fucking 80p for a pack now is ludicrous, by the way.

The excitement started from the minute of waking up on 22nd March. Not only was it sticker day, but the sun was shining and, in typical student fashion, we were heading out that night *insert David Brent GIF here*. A superb day for all included.

The Sticker Showdown got off to a flyer, albeit not for me. Robson gathered the World Cup trophy shiny in pack 1, whereas the best I got from the six packs was Andres Iniesta. And yes, I’m quite fond of Don Andres but, I imagine, by the end of the process, I will have swapped him for a random Saudi Arabian or South Korean player multiple of times. A host of players came our way, ones we knew and ones we didn’t but that did not matter; the fun we had was at large.

Of course, no team completions within the first week but some large movements in what can only be described as a long, upwards climb from here. Robson is currently leading due to me being weird and keeping an unopened pack for nostalgic purposes, but to be honest, I’m gonna buy a 7th this week to make up for it ‘cos I can.

Follow us on Instagram here to keep up to date with #StickerShowdown and join in the fun.

THE STICKER SHOWDOWN

The sacred Panini World Cup stickers come out this Thursday and here at TCD, sat and wondered what we could do over the course of the next few months, that’d be really fucking fun to do. We bring you ‘The Sticker Showdown’ (bloody inventive name, we know). Luke vs Robson. The first one to complete the book…wins (or whoever has the most teams completed by the final whistle in the final of the tournament). Simple.

Rules: 

6x packs a week

Swaps allowed (including with other people, must be noted)

Any more packs bought will lead to deductions of points from the final total

We will deliver weekly updates via the site, keeping score and typical updates in this kinda thing. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to see more regular updates and live reactions to packs and swaps.

Join in the fun and show us the packets you open and how your collections are going over the course of the process. Use the hashtag above and tag us, either on Twitter or Instagram.

*not affiliated with Panini, despite how much we would love it* 

PRO EVO 6: THE GLORY YEARS

You run home from school. Kick your Ben Sherman Wallabees off. You know he’s there. Waiting. Ready to unleash a 99 shot power rocket from one corner of the box to the opposite top corner of the net. No sign of coming down. Right. In. The. Net. You smile. Pull out the case & slip the disc into your PS2. It’s Adriano time. You nod firmly at him as you pick up your pad. Trevor Brooking’s voice booms through the TV – “PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER”. It’s time.

How bloody good was PES 6 – the OG Hipster’s choice of Football Game. Arguably PES 4/5 were just as good but they lacked peak, Adriano. Real arcade football. Pinball. Excitement. End to end. Zidane, Beckham, Inzaghi, Cannavaro & Co. Before we became too critical of Football Games (see modern day FIFA generation). Expectations were considerably lower. You settled for 90-degree dribbling. You settled for 3 skill moves. You ADORED Trevor Brooking. The squads were magnificent. PES 6 was another gift from those glorious Japanese. First Korea/Japan 2002. Now Winning Eleven.

It wasn’t just settling though. For every flaw with the gameplay, you were gifted something magnificent. For starters, you could jump into the PES Shop & purchase Juan Sebastian Veron & Freddy Adu (Blocked my mate on Twitter recently – if you’re reading Freddy you’re not welcome round our way). You could edit/create kits, badges, boots (YES BOOTS) & fan shirts. AMAZING. They even stored Adidas, Nike & Puma kit templates without the logos for your creative pleasure. Furthermore, you could literally draw up the Adidas logo in five minutes & throw it on your kit. Mega. (Or head into the black market of eBay & purchase a memory card which some shifty geezer had uploaded ALL licenced kits/badges/team names).

Master League. (Way better name than Career Mode). Pounds? Euros? Dollars? Nah, we’re willing to sell you Ballack but we want 15230 PES points. PES points were the original transfer currency. This Neymar transfer would’ve been way more exciting had PSG offered their sum in PES points, wouldn’t it? Exactly. You could even use your Master League side in Exhibition mode against your mates. Wonderful.

Team names. Slightly confusing. Especially as a younger self with very little geographical knowledge. Also somewhat disappointing that the Bundesliga (excluding Bayern Munich) was not available. That’s in hindsight though. I wasn’t screaming out at the age of 12 for Torsten Frings. The team names, however, do make great pub quiz conversation & actually, some of them are great. West Midlands Village, Pompy, Berkshire Blues, Lancashire Blues & Patagonia (Boca Juniors – how cool).

All perks aside. I really did fall in love with PES 6 for the gameplay. It was pure excitement. The sheer difficulty of scoring a volley from beyond the 18-yard box. The angled strike. The sound of the ball leaving each player’s boot. The slide tackle from behind in which the victim appeared to bend backwards way beyond your regular spine’s allowance. Diving headers. Pitch patterns. Player conditioning. The speed of the game. Konami advertising boards. The Galacticos. Opposite buttons to FIFA. Great stuff.

This was a game you could not master. No Ultimate Team nonsense. No “super players” who could literally beat you 8 nil every game. No online frustrations. Purely exciting, arcade football. A game as wonderful on your own as with your friends. PES 6, for all its “external” flaws to non-users, was THE ultimate football game.

‘THE BALL MAKES US MORE’ BY NIKE

In celebration of their long-term relationship, Nike has released this incredible film focusing on FC Barcelona and the city itself. The club is one of the most influential and respected characters in the world and has been a Swoosh partner since 1998.

The film features legend Andres Iniesta, new boy Phillipe Coutinho and FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, Lieke Martens. Directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer (Inception), Waffly Pfister, this is a beautiful production paying homage to such an iconic club.

Both on camera and off, the production of the film featured many Catalonians including BMXer Malcolm de Blas and skater Pedro Attenborough. The way the film is shot, with the grid style, is inspired by the cities architecture, which is something that Barcelona is famous for. The city is historically iconic in terms of art and architecture, and the film represents that.

 

 

#FOOTBALLISPERMANENT

 

Here at TCD, we’re all about lifestyle and culture. We love hearing stories from around the globe on football lifestyle and culture. We love seeing how people live football and how they embrace the culture. This is why we are launching this campaign, #FOOTBALLISPERMANENT, to hear your stories and to see your lifestyle.
A dedicated page has been launched on the blog, focusing on what you share.

Tag us in your photos on Instagram, Twitter, wherever and use the #FOOTBALLISPERMANENT to get featured and your story told.