#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

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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* 

#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.

NIKE MERCURIAL 360: WHAT THE MERCURIAL?

Nike have revealed a new version of the Mercurial 360, but this isn’t just an updated colourway. It is something cooler than that.

Celebrating 20 years of Mercurial, Nike decided to release a new version the boot: the Mercurial 360. This time, following the initial “What the Mercurial?” release in 2016 (which paid tribute to the aesthetics), they’ve turned the lights out and created these beautiful things exploring the materials dating back to 1998.

They created Mercurial to make players one thing: faster. The new design focuses on the Superfly 360 with a Flyknit base creating the WTM concept.

The 360’s yarns have the ability to be molded into a variety of shapes. Because of this, the designers were allowed to create a 2D graphic incorporating past designs and translate it into a 3D boot design. The process they go through of using a mold to heat and press the design into the 360 knit does not comprise touch. Confusing process, huh?

Just the 1998 pairs have been made, all coming in a specially designed box. 20 pairs will release on the 8th March at the NikeLab in Milan, the rest will be released on the 12 March. Get em at ProDirectSoccer.

THE JUKEBOX: STORMZY x MUFC

 

British Grime M.C. Stormzy has taken the world by, for a lack of a better word, storm. The 24-year-old artist has captivated and fascinated listeners from all musical genres since he first jumped on the scene a few years ago.

From his freestyles in the park to his epic performance at the Brit Awards, Stormzy has shown no signs of evaporating away.

In honour of his recent victories at the Brits where he won both British male and album of the year, here is a look how the 6’5” M.C. combines both music and the sport we all know and love.

If it wasn’t for an Irish newspaper in July of last year, many would have never known that Stormzy fancied himself as the “Grime Scene’s Lukaku.” However, in The Herald’s front page announcing Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Manchester United, the paper mistakenly placed a picture of the musician on the paper instead of the Belgian striker.

If you were a fan of the grime artist well before the incident, you would have known that he once gave a shout out to his doppelganger in his song “Wicked Skengman Part 4.”

“I’m the grime scene’s Lukaku,

6’5” black guy, mad fly, put me up top,

Man down, everybody down when I buss shots,

Jump onstage, bare rage when my dub drop.”

The Herald’s mistake went down as one of the best jokes of the year, but this was not the first time Stormzy had a run in with a Manchester United player.

A year before the arrival of Lukaku, Stormzy was taking off in England and Manchester United was signing former academy prodigy Paul Pogba.

In order to hype up the fanbase even more than the signing of Pogba, United elected to use Stormzy in their announcement video.

Without a doubt this video is fantastic, and it goes to show how big of a Manchester United fan Stormzy is.

Well before he was appearing in United videos and praising the club, Stormzy was actually throwing shade at the Premier League giants. Following the Red Devil’s decision to sack David Moyes after a disappointing year in the 2013/14 season, Stormzy did not hold back in showing his displeasure. In his track “Know Me From,” Stormzy does just that, he says:

“Look I don’t rate them boys,

Bare wasteman, bare pagan boys,

I come to your team and **** **** up,

I’m David Moyes.”

Stormzy and Manchester United’s relationship runs deep, and it would be fantastic to see the two collaborate yet again in the future. Although I am far from a United fan, I have to give a round of applause to the club for making such a smart and cunning PR move.

THE JUKEBOX: 2 CHAINZ x ATL UTD

 

Like it or not, Major League Soccer has made huge strides both on and off the pitch in terms of the sport’s prowess in the United States.

On the field, the league has shifted away from an old-man policy and began resorting to a younger Designated Player approach. No longer do we see the David Beckhams and the Andrea Pirlos of the world joining the league, instead, we see a plethora of young talented South Americans making lasting impressions.

Off the field, we see the league showing off its culture and progressiveness. From its respect for the LGBTQ community to its passion for race and gender equality, the league appears to be climbing the moral high ground. (For now, let’s ignore other headlining factors that demote the league, i.e. Tyler Deric, Cyle Larin, and baseball pitches).

One aspect that the league has shown enormous growth in is music culture. Just announced last week, the Houston Dynamo is set to have American rapper Wale perform at their season’s home opener. In addition, U.S. Soccer’s National Hall of Fame has also announced that the infamous rock band Imagine Dragons will perform during their induction weekend.

Not before this year did we see so many talented and famous musicians taking interest in the league, but there is one good source for where and when being a musician and supporting the MLS became cool: the unveiling of one of MLS’ newest franchises, Atlanta United FC.

The day Atlanta United FC was revealed to the world, Atlanta’s biggest and brightest stars put on the team’s jerseys, two of which were Ludacris and 2 Chainz.

Not only did some of the country’s most beloved southern hip-hop artists sign on to support their hometown club, an immense amount of their fans joined along with them.

As a Dallas native and a current St. Louis resident, I had no desire to root for a team miles away from me but I would be lying if I did not say I envied Atlanta’s approach. In a way, the club’s ambition and desire to embrace pop media culture made me fall in love with it.

I’ve only been to Atlanta once in my life but after seeing how this club and these rappers made soccer somewhat cool in American was awesome.

And I think Atlanta United and MLS understand that.

When revealing their newest kit for the season, Atlanta United once again called upon the services of 2 Chainz to help their campaign. In their video, you can see the don dawn the club’s new jersey.

As for MLS, they called upon 2 Chainz to help narrate their ‘MLS is Back’ campaign.

All in all, the idea of music and MLS never placed itself in my head but now with the arrival of these entertaining artists, I can’t keep the two apart.

THE JUKEBOX: NIGERIA X SKEPTA

There is no doubt that Nigeria will be rocking one of the best jerseys in the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. The eclectic and tasteful design is both representative of the country’s culture and jaw-dropping to any lucky on-looker.

The slick green and white kit with vertical arrows ushers back a retro vibe all while remaining glossy, dazzling, and modern. The design strikes a resounding resemblance with the country’s 1996 Olympic kit (where they won Gold), which was later reported to be a source of inspiration.

In addition to all of the hype, there is one interesting fact about the kit launch that combines the worlds of music and football: the Creative Director of the project was Grace Ledoja, who is the current manager of British Grime MC Skepta. But, before Ledoja was receiving her MBE from the Queen or dropping brilliant jerseys in February alongside Nigerian singer Wizkid, her client Skepta was representing his homeland on the stage in December of 2017.

Right before the end-of-the-year holidays, Skepta was pictured in Lagos at a concert dawning a throwback Nigerian jersey, black A-COLD-WALL Joggers, and a pair of OFF-White x Nike Vapor Max sneakers.

The style appeared comfortable and sleek all while repping Nigeria. Although Skepta was born in the UK, the London native is still able to support his heritage through fashion and lyrics.

In his hit single “Hyporcrisy,” Skepta gives a shout out to his home saying:

“I’m a Nigerian eagle,
In London smoking illegal”

The combined lyric may not be the MC’s greatest word cluster but it helps offer home pride…all while having a little fun.

MEDELLIN: A LOVE LETTER

Last summer I went to Medellin for a week since I had just bought a new camera and absolutely loved Narcos.

The fact that my girlfriend cheated on me, allowing my mental health to reach its absolute abyss and me wanting to ”find myself” on a 2-month drug-laden trip in South America had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Medellin is called ”The City of Eternal Spring” and that slogan alone should make you want to pack your bags. You lot can have summer, I’m all for spring. And Medellin embodies spring. Spring is about anticipation. Excitement. Resurrection. Wearing your freshly bought spring trainers for the first time. It’s about showing off your new Adidas Gazelles to the cute barista (whose freckles are starting to show) at the local Starbucks. Getting rejected.

Not that you give two fucks. It’s spring. You’re immortal!

Medellin is struggling to fight off its reputation of being a dangerous city, but it’s certainly not struggling to show the opposite – if you actually go there. The city is located in a valley with steep hills and mountains surrounding the city centre, making it really hard for the poor population who live in the mountain barrios to access the city centre. This caused the city to invest in a ”Metrocable” (a shit load of gondolas connected to the metro system) that’s running up and down the hillsides for tourists to easily access the diverse and lush barrios, and most importantly, connecting all Medellin inhabitants.

Football is everywhere in the city. It’s painted on the walls and played in the streets. Its shouted from the bars. So obviously I had to attend a football game since the city hosts two major teams; Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medellin. They both share this magnificent 41 000 seated stadium that just oozes South America. The round shaped stands, the cracked cement, scary ass policemen that possibly have been instructed to beat the shit out of you, stray dogs (I always wondered why dogs are such a common type of pitch invader in South America. Turns out the stadiums are their home), 1,50 dollar beers and ultras staring at you with olive-sized pupils and gurning jaws.

Independiente Medellin, the footballing underdog in comparison to the bigger brother Atlético, played against Deportivo Cali in the quarter-finals of the Colombian Primera A when I was in town. Right up my alley. I never knew what it is like to support a winning team anyway. Then I heard that Pablo Escobar was buried with an I.M. flag wrapped around his torso, and it was settled. This was my South American team!

I hopped on the surprisingly modern and clean metro (it makes the metro of my hometown Stockholm look like absolute shit) down to the Atanasio Girardot Stadium to enjoy some Colombian football madness. I purchased a bootleg match jersey, some pork arepas and a well chilled Aguila (fuck right off Carlsberg, Aguila is the best beer in the world) from a street salesman. He insisted on me buying the jersey since ”the fans will fucking kill you, amigo” if I didn’t wear the home team colours. I took his advice, kindly rejected the cocaine he insisted on me buying since, again, ”the fans will fucking kill you, amigo” and entered the stadium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The game ended 3-1 to my beloved new team. Unfortunately, Cali had won 4-1 at their place for the first leg of the quarter-finals, so I.M. got knocked out. I still enjoyed the game though. I tricked a steward into thinking I was a photographer by saying ”Soy un fotografero” and waving my camera in his face and got full access to the absolute madhouse of a stadium it was.

Medellin. I miss you more than my ex. Stay you.

THE COLLECTABLES: EPISODE VI

eBay is bloody brilliant and for fans of the game like us, delving into the wonders on the site gives us a shit tonne of excitement in our lives. Why? Because of the vast amount of random collectable stuff that no-one needs but everyone wants.

Hats. They’re a weird and wonderful fashion accessory. Some look cool on people. Some don’t; take Mario Balotelli’s mad glove hat thingy for example. If worn in the right way, with a decent outfit, hats can make or break a person’s look. However, we’re not here to give fashion tips to you guys but to showcase something boss from eBay.

A double episode (you lucky bastards) this week, bringing you two styles of hat allowing you to choose depending on what you prefer. Here we have two hats, both Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup specials but one is a bucket hat and one is a cap. Two fucking good hats with two different styles.

First, the bucket hat is a Coca-Cola merchandise piece in collaboration with the 2002 World Cup. A definite must if you enjoy rockin’ bucket hats or if you just like to collect shite like I do. A delightful red base with the two logos on and a big ‘2002’ down the side. Black rim. Wonderful.

 

 

 

 

 

Second, the cap. A tan number with a simple design. Logo spanked right in the centre on the front, showing people exactly what you love which is football. ‘World Cup’ on the back. Why wouldn’t you pay the international shipping? You’re very lucky living in the US with this one, free shipping?! Aye, please.

 

 

 

 

Buy em here: Cap. Bucket.