“MUJERES” BY ARTIST RICARDO ANDRÉS VERDESOTO RUGEL

Over the weekend in Jackson Heights, Queens, local artist Ricardo Andres Verdesoto Rugel collaborated with Queenscapes, a community-based organization responsible for creating photography programs within the city for a two day pop up. On display was Rugel’s exhibit entitled “Mujeres,” a series of photographs that looks to showcase women wearing soccer kits as a means to dispel the notion that soccer is strictly a sport for men.

“Fútbol is known worldwide to be predominantly considered a “man’s sport,” but in my eyes, there hasn’t been enough attention brought to the women who are fans of the game – especially underrepresented minority women. Mujeres emphasizes on showcasing soccer jerseys as day-to-day lifestyle essentials, from the die-hard fans to the casual fans to wear. I want to influence change and rewrite the way we think about who the fans of the game are. It has become a movement, embracing female empowerment in diversity.” – Andres Ricardo Verdestoo Rugel

The photos from the exhibit were displayed at the Arepa Lady restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens, where 50% of all photo proceeds were donated to Voces Latinos, a locally based non-profit organization that provides preventative and intervention services for everything from domestic violence to HIV/Aids. For more on the “Mujeres” photo series, make sure to check out ravr.nyc

OUR FAVORITE TRACKS FROM EA SPORTS FIFA 18

It’s an often overlooked but very important part of any game really. The soundtrack has the ability to make or break even the best of Triple A titles and FIFA has long been a shining example of that. FIFA’s soundtracks have become so legendary that certain songs are now synonymous with specific iterations. Consequently the likes of Fat Boy Slim, LCD Soundsystem, Blur and even Chumbawamba are the direct soundtrack to countless memories. This year, FIFA 18 boasts a stout playlist from some of modern musics heavy hitters and even a few gems from icons. Here is our favorite tracks from EA Sports FIFA 18.

 

1. Mean Demeanor by Run The Jewels : Killer Mike and El-P give us more rapid-fire, no-nonesense bars from their ever beastly collab. Past FIFA titles rarely featured hip hop acts, especially from the states. On 18 that has changed and we like it.

 

2. Energy by Avelino ( feat. Stormzy & Skepta): Some more high energy hip-hop from three of the UK’s finest. Grime is exploding and has become synonymous with the game like never before. A prefect track to get fired up before slamming an opponent. 

 

3. Deadcrush by alt-J: The Boys from Leeds are masters of blending genre’s that shouldn’t really blend well. This track is an example of the aforementioned as Joe Newman’s quirky, folk vocals ease over jumping, industrial drums and synth.

 

4. Active by Sneakbo feat. Active: Earlier we spoke about the grime resurgence and it’s place within football, especially in the UK. This legendary link up features two of the industry’s long time torch bearers spitting bars, plain and simple.

 

5. Dagombas en Tamale by Residente: Residente has slayed many a track over the years with the mighty Calle 13. His rhythmic flow suits this frenetic track perfectly which serves to round out the Latin American vibes.

 

6. Dangerous by The xx: This a nice, refreshingly uptempo direction for the notoriously moody xx. This track adds a nice dose of dance beneath those trademark silky smooth vocals. Not every FIFA song needs to be a an “Eye of the Tiger” call to arms, this one proves it.

 

7. Heart Attack by Older feat De La Soul: A funky baseline and synth already give this cut a throwback vibe. Add verses from the all mighty De La Soul and you’ve got killer retro driven gold. More fun uplifting goodness for one of FIFA’s best soundtrack in recent years.

 

8. Something For Your M.I.N.D. by Superorganism: A microcosm of footy and FIFA this multinational eight piece band first made waves via Spotify where one of their songs caught Frank Oceans attention. Quirky, odd, unique and brilliant this a fitting cut is shining example of the broad versatility if FIFA’s sonic arsenal. 

 

9. Stay With Me by The Amazons: It’s a fact, the biggest and most entertaining league in the world is in England. Thus it makes sense to have a playlist full of British artists. The Amazons are your quintessential British rock band and ‘Stay With Me’ is a quintessential British rock song. Simple and undeniably great.

 

10. Get Lost by Washed Out: Finishing off the list we have a Stones Throw rookie but a Chillwave vet. Washed Out slays this synth driven dico/dance track with haunting vocals. The pulsating tempo breeds focus and adrenaline. Two things we all need when diving into a heated FIFA sesh. 

DETAILS CHICAGO: NICE KICKS X ANGELUS DIRECT X KTTP

Last week a few of our crew traveled to Chicago for MLS All Star. We set out to create two uniquely fresh activations amidst the chaos and that we did. For our second event we teamed up with Nice Kicks, Heineken and Angelus for a gallery space built around our reoccurring  Details feature. We enlisted three customizers @walllychamp15, @dejesuscustomfootwear and @truebluecustoms to create custom Nike Tiempo’s inspired by Sergio Ramos. From the his notorious celebratory matador’s cape, to his tattoos and World Cup, each set of boots brilliantly captured the essence of the Spanish Captain.

The space served as a timeline, from mock up inspiration and inception all the way to final product. @dejesuscustomfootwear was on deck for a live custom job as created some Heineken Tiempo’s. For a full rundown of the entire soiree have a look at the photo recap below.

 

 

 

 

SPORTS MANIAS X MLS EMOJIS

SportsManias has officially announced a partnership with MLS that promises to engage fans through mobile messaging interactions at their most passionate. A series of new animated player emojis has been created to help take your digital smack-talk to the next level. The customized emojis feature top MLS players which include their signature goal celebrations and moves. Clint Dempsey does his military salute, Tim Howard has super goal saving powers, and Alberth Elis does his iconic panther prowl celebrations all through the SprtsManias emoji keyboard.

“Following the reception of our NFLPA, MLBPA, and National Football Foundation emojis, it has become apparent how much sports fans love their emojis. We are excited to replicate that success with our new partner, Major League Soccer, as MLS fans are among the most passionate, digitally inclined, and a perfect audience for animated emojis.” Vicente Fernandez, CEO/Co-founder of SportsManias.

The new Sports Manias x MLS emojis are available for free download via SportsManias.com and on the App Store for iOS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NIKE UNVEIL TOTTENHAM MURAL FEATURING ERIC DIER

After calling on AJ Tracey to ring in their new partnership, Nike continue to flaunt Tottenham’s new kits with pride and marketing. For their latest call to action Nike employed the ‘High Rise Murals’ team for a piece that boldly continues to boast their collaboration.  The massive mural graces the side of a building in London, it features Eric Dier in a crispy new Spurs kit with the mission statement “Watch us rise.” As Tottenham look to expand their brand with a new stadium and new look, the club seem to have full support from their new kit sponsors. Make sure to check out photos of the entire process below.

For more on the Nike Spurs kit launch go Here

NBA PLAYER CELEBRATIONS FEAT. GRIEZMANN & CJ MCCOLLUM

It’s basically a guarantee at this point. Every time we dig through Instagram for our #BestOfBothWorlds list, we end up on Antoine Griezmann’s IG account. The highly touted Frenchman is a lover of basketball and while many of his peers are fans as well, Antoine seems to take his love to another level. Whether it’s rocking a vintage Kobe Bryant Jersey on a stroll down Venice beach, or chatting up Boston Celtics point guard Isiah Thomas, the dude loves himself some hoop. For even more on Griezmann’s basketball fandom check out the video below in which he quizzes the Portland Trailblazer’s CJ McCollum on famous NBA player celebrations. 

LAFC UNITE FANS UNDER ‘3252’ AT RALLY

Has there ever been an MLS club who has made as much noise as LAFC prior to even having an actual team? The Gold and Black have been relentless in their endeavor. From a youth academy to hosting the Mexican National team in Los Angeles to their notoriously loud and ever-growing fanbase, the club has built a rock solid foundation for their upcoming inaugural season. Over the weekend they brazenly flexed the club’s identity through the ‘Black and Gold Rally’.

Set in the heart of Downtown LA’s arts district, hundreds of fans converged for the festivities which included food, drinks music, live art, and chants…tons and tons of chants. The rally also marked the announcement of LAFC’s previously separate supporters groups uniting under the ‘3252’ banner. The moniker derives from the 3,252 standing room only supporters section at the soon-to-be-built Banc of Calfornia Stadium, which LAFC will call home.

ERIC CANTONA COVERS MUNDIAL MAG’S 9TH ISSUE

Your self-proclaimed second favorite soccer periodical is all set to release their 9th issue. This year marks the 20 year anniversary of the last time the legendary Eric Cantona rocked the red , white and black of Man United. As such, Mundial Magazine has decided to pay homage to the polarizing Frenchman by making him the cover star and focal point of their latest release via ten articles from those closely followed his storied career. Aside from Cantona you can look forward features on Steven Gerrard, Roberto Carlos, Panathanikos Ultras, the greatest Ajax kit ever and the success of bald men in the beautiful game. 

The issue will release with three different covers. One for the newsstand in all his Man United Glory, one for the subscribers in his feisty Marsielle days and a limited cover featuring the brilliant artwork of Man United fan/renowned artist, Stanley Chow. All three can be seen in the featured image above.

To cop Mundial Magazine issue 009 go to: Mundialmag.com 

PREMIER LEAGUE BADGES WITH AN NBA TWIST BY LIAM HEATH

 

“What if” mock ups have become common place, overdone and saturated many an IG explore section. It is this paradigm that makes us appreciate something fresh and well executed. Thus we take a look at these brilliant mash ups of Premiere League Badges done in a NBA logo aesthetic.

 UK based graphic design student, Liam Heath has shown a penchant for clean and unassuming design. The only thing more shocking than his young age is how seamlessly Liam was able to blend the  classic vibe  of Prem badges, with the more modern touch of NBA logos. Some of our favorites include the Leicester City X Twolves, Crystal Palace X Atlanta Hawks and the Bournemouth x Phoenix Suns collabs.

To check out more of Liam’s Work go HERE