THE NEW LOOK

As a brand we are looking to grow and develop meaning a new look was in order. Below is the logo we have had designed.

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We have decided to create this new logo to develop our brand as we grow. We hope you like it. Let us know your thoughts and feedback.

The TCD Team

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[ Fashion x Football ] : Live Breathe Futbol release new collection

Our friends over at LBF have just released some new gear which does not fail to impress. Like always, LBF are keeping us fresh on and off the pitch.

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The collection features the tagline “Relegate Winter” due to the release of four new beanie hats, long sleeve t-shirts, a crewneck jumper and a fantastic hooded sweatshirt.

The collection starts with these two long sleeve pocketed t-shirts with one being a beautiful crunchberry colour and the other in union blue.

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Then came the crewneck jumper which has the excellent logo design on the front and comes in a lovely blue colour. An tribute to the companies roots as “PHILA” (as in Philadelphia) is printed below the main design.

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The brand have released four beautiful hats, two being bobble hats and the other two simple beanies. Two simplistic colour ways on the simple beanies, one maroon and one black where the other two see a more wild approach. The two wilder ones being striped red, black and white and the other green, dark green and white.

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Our favourite piece from the collection is the hooded sweatshirt. The brands name, ‘Live Breathe Futbol’, printed down each arm with the logo on the front creates a sublime piece, one definitely worth copping.

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You can shop the new collection here. Do it, join the #LBFSquad and live the futbol lifestyle.

Stay woke on this brand, this collection isn’t the only thing. Bigger things coming.

 

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[ Retro Gaming ] : 2010 South Africa World Cup

Games that accompany major international tournaments always add to the buzz surrounding the tournament. In 2010, I was 13 years old and at school. With the World Cup being in Africa, the games kicked off ten minutes after school finished (normally) meaning me and my mates pedalled the fastest we possibly could to catch them. What made it more exciting was playing the Fifa World Cup game after following the matches themselves. It added something to the experience of such a renowned and loved event like the World Cup. We could embark on our own journey through the tournament either with a whole team or a player that we created ourselves. It made us feel so much more involved with the global tournament than just simply spectating.

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The game features a tribal and Safari-like design obviously to portray the South African World Cup. The World Cup tournament feature is something I loved because you could take over smaller countries and attempt to topple the footballing giants, which offered intensity and excitement.

Now, looking back, the squads were something I was mostly interested in. I decided to look through the best national teams in the world’s squads and see who was highest rated and who was in the squad itself – Nostalgia at insane levels!

First up, I looked into England and ‘mediocre’ instantly jumped to mind. Aaron Lennon out wide and Emile Heskey upfront. Glen Johnson at right back with Rob Green in net albeit accompanied by John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney. England’s team on the game is like real life: average.

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Next, Germany’s starting XI. Rene Adler was a solid goalkeeper in the line-up, being the highest rated. Miroslav Klose, the eventual all-time leading World Cup goalscorer, led the line with a young Mesut Ozil playing in behind. Michael Ballack was a player who also sat in the middle of midfield.

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Brazil is five-time champions of this prestigious tournament so I was obviously going to dive into their squad. Julio Cesar, with an 89 overall, was between the sticks with Lucio and Juan in centre-back. No sign of Thiago Silva yet in the starting XI according to this game. Kaka, Luis Fabiano and Robinho in attack with Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato on the bench alongside Dani Alves. A talented team despite their exit in the quarter-finals to the Netherlands.

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The Netherlands went all the way to the final, beating Uruguay and Brazil on their way, with a fairly strong team (especially in comparison to now). Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie and Rafael Van Der Vaart all in the starting line up.

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The final team I decided to have a peak at was one of the best international sides football has seen, Spain. Champions of Europe in 2008, eventual champions of the 2010 World Cup and then the European Championships in 2012, this team dominated world football for years and is looked at as one of the strongest teams the game has seen.

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A young Sergio Busquets was included in the squad but wasn’t the highest rated. He then showed incredible form in the years following (as you already know). Fernando Torres and David Villa led the line in this game. An incredible team.

Now, looking past the teams and into actual gameplay itself, the graphics on this game were seen as stupendous back in 2010 and still today, they are good. The inclusion of confetti on the walk out (and the fact it stays on the side of the pitch) adds a little something. The addition of manager cuts is also a nice factor. Marcello Lippi is spot on. Below are a few shots from gameplay showing you what the game looked like.

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Football video games give fans a sense of being involved on-pitch and let them live their dreams of winning titles. This game was something I loved playing alongside watching the games because it added something extra.

Football is a lifestyle. #FOOTBALLISPERMANENT

[ Fashion x Football ] The Reggae Shirt by NIVELCRACK x CityBoysFC

When football meets fashion, two incredibly interesting worlds collide . South Korean brand NIVELCRACK (in collaboration with Japanese brand CityBoys FC) have got the combination locked down – especially with this Reggae shirt in a striking pink and a rich purple colourway.

The shirt is inspired by Bob Marley. “Football is freedom” is the motto and it is exactly what the shirt has been designed to portray. The shirt features Marley himself, the words ‘FOOTBALL IS FREEDOM’, guitars and palm trees across the whole garment, expressing a paradise created by the beautiful game. The ‘Hawaiian-esque’ nature of the shirt conveys the free spirit of football. We especially love the clash of hues – breaking the rules, another depiction of freedom.

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The shirt is available to buy here. It’s worth it. #FOOTBALLISPERMANENT

 

[ Fashion x Football ] : Kendall Jenner meets the global game

Fashion is one of the most globally anticipated and looked at industries and so is football so when the two combine, there is a combustion of excitement and explosion on social media. When a fashion icon like Kendall Jenner comes into the public eye rocking a retro Kappa Juventus top, then football nerds like us take notice. Below is Kendall Jenner donning the iconic Juventus x Kappa partnership and we love everything about it (she must have seen Mundial Magazine). A perfect piece of evidence that football is, 100%, the global game.

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This isn’t the first time Kendall Jenner and the beautiful game have crossed paths. Back in 2015, Kendall and her supermodel friend Gigi Hadid, donned the shirts of PSG with respective names printed on the back during Paris Fashion Week. Rihanna and Travis Scott were also in presence.

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Football is more than what goes on on the pitch. It’s a lifestyle. It’s permanent.

[Opinion] : The beautiful thing about international football

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“Urgh, an international break, bring back club football”, “I hate international breaks, where’s the Premier League?” etc. etc. Many football fans across England have the view that an international break is horrendous and often ask why they should be put through it. However, they aren’t all bad if you look deeper than England vs Moldova (or whoever we play throughout the World Cup qualifiers). England is shit. Shit at football, shit to watch and this is the main reason that English football fans hate international breaks. If you look past England, you can find a lot more highly entertaining moments across the globe that show just why international football is the best kind.

If you look at the most recent international break, there were a few moments throughout various games that made me realise my love international football. One of the stand out moments was San Marino scoring an away goal for the first time in 15 years when Mattia Stefanelli scored against Norway. Stefanelli is one of the few professional footballers within this squad but for a team scoring an away goal for the first time in 15 years against a country like Norway is a story to behold. Albeit they lost 4-1 but for that three minute period of scoring the goal and everyone in San Marino going mad, it was worth it.

Another incredible moment was when Macedonia managed to score two goals in two minutes against Italy with Ciro Immobile having to rescue a win for Italy within the 92nd minute, following his equaliser in the 75th.

Iceland carried on the international football glory at UEFA Euro 2016 by beating Turkey and drawing with Ukraine. Looking further back into the World Cup qualifiers, Kosovo managed to grab their first official point as a FIFA registered nation against Finland, a stupendous feat for their country. Switzerland beat European Champions Portugal 2-0 back in September with Breel Embolo and Admir Mehmedi scoring. Even Georgia managed to hold Gareth Bale’s Wales to a draw and Kazakhstan drew 2-2 with Poland.

More recently, we saw a fierce battle between the fans of Bosnia and Greece with offensive banners being displayed and flares being thrown from crowd to crowd. Armenia came from 2-0 down to defeat Montenegro 3-2 with an outstanding second half to the game and Armenia clinched the win in the 94th minute. England defeated Scotland 3-0. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a late equaliser for Serbia against Wales adding to the drama of international football. This seen Serbia keep their spot ahead of wales as they close in on Ireland at the top of the group. Even more drama as Albania were sent down to nine men and Israel battered them 3-0.

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Albania or Kosovo?

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Widening our view, in South America there have been some fantastic stories as well. One came when Paraguay managed to grab a 1-0 win over World Cup runners-up Argentina (albeit the Argentinians were Messi-less but did have Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria on the pitch). Venezuela also drew 2-2 with Argentina in September. Paraguay beat Chile 2-1, drew 2-2 with Brazil but got beat by Peru at the end of last year. Brazil is currently sitting top of the group with Uruguay, Ecuador and Colombia sitting behind them. Argentina currently sits in sixth place behind Chile. Within these qualifiers, Bolivia actually fielded an ineligible player against Peru and Chile meaning their results changed to 3-0 allowing Chile to jump ahead of Argentina. This, with the structure of the CONMEBOL qualifiers, means Argentina miss out on automatic qualification and a playoff spot if positions remain the same. Things are really heating up considering the remaining fixtures for Argentina include Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay. A World Cup without Argentina? Surely not?

During the CONMEBOL qualification, we have seen some spectacular moments. However, one of the best moments is the big win over fierce rivals Argentina by Brazil. A 3-0 victory with a beautiful goal from Philipe Coutinho alongside a Neymar goal and a Paulinho goal. Chile came from behind to beat Uruguay 3-1 with an Alexis Sanchez brace. Argentina regrouped and beat Colombia 3-0 putting them into a play off place and Colombia is now in danger of not qualifying. Ecuador is sitting in third place after a 3-0 win over Venezuela recently.

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CONCACAF is also looking very interesting as they head into the fifth round of qualification. Mexico grabbed a win over rivals USA in the 89th minute after Rafael Marquez scored. USA are actually sitting in last place with zero points from two games as they were beaten 4-0 at the hands of Costa Rica. Panama sits  in 3rd after a win against Honduras and a goalless draw against Mexico. A interesting scenario.


Travelling to the other side of the globe, Saudi Arabia currently leads group B of Asia ahead of Australia and Japan with Iran leading group A. China sits in last place but things could change for them now that Marcello Lippi just took over the national team – but do not expect a qualification this time round. Uzbekistan is currently holding an automatic qualification spot and Korea and Japan will advance to the fourth round where they both play each other over two legs and will play the fifth placed team in the CONCACAF qualification. We could see a World Cup with Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan over Japan which is outstanding considering the level Japan should be at compared to these nations. Delving into more detail surrounding the Asia qualifiers, the United Arab Emirates managed to beat four-times Asian Cup winners Japan and Saudi Arabia are currently unbeaten – you can see why looking beyond England could change your mind about international football.
Delving into the most recent international break, the Asian qualifiers went crazy. Japan were coming up against the group leaders in Saudi Arabia and overcame the challenge with a 2-1 win. There was late drama in that game as Omar Hawsawi pulled one back for Saudi Arabia but then received his second yellow of the game two minutes later. Not only that but South Korea scored a winner over Uzbekistan in the 85th minute seeing them jump into second place an a qualification spot.

However, the most significant result from the most recent international break was Thailand 2-2 Australia. Thailand picked up their first point of the campaign after Australia were rescued from defeat after a Mile Jedinak penalty. Teerasil Dungda was the hero for Thailand after a brace. This result left their manager, Kiatisuk Senamuang, in tears of joy. It’s the effect of the global game.

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The Oceania qualifiers are currently in round 3 with Fiji, New Caledonia and New Zealand making up one group and Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tahiti making up the other. The second-placed sides will play each other, leading to a play-off with a team from the South American zone – currently Chile. We could hopefully see an upset, which is, of course, possible in football, and see Fiji or Papua New Guinea qualify for Russia which would be a spectacular achievement. Not one of these teams, apart from New Zealand who qualified in 1982 and 2010, have qualified for a World Cup.

Africa’s qualification has just kicked off due to the AFCON coming up in 2017 but this could change things with teams looking to rest certain players and club teams putting pressure on the national teams.

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These are just a few examples of International football that fully prove this side of the game is not boring. Broaden your horizons and look further than England and their shoddy performances within the international break and maybe you can find some games to dive into. Albeit, some of the quality may not be spectacular but the stories behind these nations, the fan culture across the globe and the beautiful thing that is international football prove to be more entertaining than a game between Stoke City and Watford on a rainy Monday night.

All this is evidence of why international football is full of entertaining drama and people really need to wake up and take notice. International football is one of the greatest games on the planet both on and off the pitch. Look further than England, look deeper into national football.

When there is an international break, football doesn’t stop. FOOTBALL.IS.PERMANENT becomes more relevant, it’s more than a tagline. Follow it.

[Focus] : The Dollar Bill Football by Kieran Brown

Kieran Brown is a football YouTuber with exceptional freestyle skills and is an insane talent with the ball. A series he does on his incredibly popular YouTube channel is ‘Football Experiments’ where he has produced a gummy bear ball and a rubber band ball and proceeds to freestyle with these. This time, it’s the turn of the Dollar Bill ball. Check it, it’s lit:

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