CHUNMA SCARF BY NIVELCRACK

The new release from Korean brand Nivelcrack has blessed us this festive season and it is available right now. A wonderful scarf has been revealed from Nivelcrack and we strongly advise grabbing yourself one before they sell out.

Inspired by the beautiful 1995 Ilhwa Chunma home kit, a Korean based club founded in 1989 who went on to win consecutive league titles between 1993 to 1995 with an Asian Club Championship win in 1995. Club legend and current head coach of Team Korea, Taeyong Shin, won MVP during the tournament. They changed to Seongnam FC in 2013 when Seongnam City took over the club.

The scarf is made from 80% acrylic and 20% wool and is 100% worth buying.

You can cop now from Nivelcrack’s website or RaysBeachClub.

 

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TENSCLUB ‘DER KAISER’ TURTLENECK

It’s nearly the 10th of the month meaning a new release from the guys at TensClub. This month features a turtleneck celebrating the emperor of German football, Franz Beckenbauer.

The wonderful turtleneck has been produced in top quality, heavyweight materials and is adorned with a classic chain-stitch embroidery.

Each shirt is made to order and is embroidered individually in partnership with Knickerbocker Mfg Co.

This release provides a beautiful aesthetic either under a kit or a coat. A sublime addition to the lifestyle scene.

The turtleneck will be released on the 10th December via TensClub’s website.

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ULTRAS NIPPON #THEREALINTERNATIONALBREAK

A short documentary series, produced by the wonderful COPA90 and Eli Mengem, focuses on the side of the international break that not many people look at. This time, they’ve hit Japan showcasing what the nation has to offer in terms of the game. A beautifully crafted video and a sensational story told this video is a must-see.

RIVER PLATE X BOCA JUNIORS ARTWORK

The new InBedWithMaradona assignment is out and this time we were focusing on Buenos Aires. With my addiction to football kits, especially classic ones, I decided my piece would focus on the beautiful classic kits of Argentine giants, Boca and River.

The artwork below is something I created for personal use.

The new piece on IBWM is available to view here. 

[ 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.

 

#FOOTBALLISPERMANENT

 

 

 

[ 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