Pretty awesome story about Swedish referee, Jonas Eriksson, who sold his stake in a media company, making out with $10mil in the process. Even better is that once he made his fortune, he decided to follow his passion and pick up a new hobby – refereeing soccer. He is making his debut at the World Cup and is probably the last guy you would ever accuse of fixing a match, based upon his fortune. His move away from the business world is a shining example of how you should always follow your passion(s). Sure, not all of us have that opportunity to put $10mil in the bank and pursue our passions, but we can do so to a lesser degree.
Gotta love Nike ads.
When people ask me why I wanted to get into marketing – specifically digital – I say nike ads. For as long as I can remember they made amazing, engaging and fun ads. It also helps to have boatloads of the world’s best footballers (soccer) to use in your ads. From Joga Bonito, to the Magista, and now to ‘Winner Stays,’ Nike always sets the bar high when it comes to ads. This one features stars Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thiago Silva, Zlatan Imbrahimovic, David Luiz, Tim Howard, Wayne Rooney, Eden Hazard, Pique, Higuain, Gotze, Pirlo, Iniesta and Courtois – almost all recognizable faces.
Nike embraces its viewers with creating scenarios in which people can relate to; playing out in the park with your lads and pretending to be the best players in the world. That is something that we have all done at some point in our lives – if you’re a football fan. And it’s a funny ad too. Irina Shayk makes an appearance, as do fellow Nike athletes Kobe Bryant, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones and Anderson Silva. All around solid ad, and one that will live on til the World Cup in June.
ESPN writer Jeff Carlisle profiles current DC United forward, and ex-Seattle Sounder, Eddie Johnson. Always an enigma, and viewed as a Balotelli-like wild child, EJ tries to shed the label of being a trouble maker. As a player whose career started so brightly – earning a trip over to the EPL with Fulham – EJ’s career has been up and down having played for 4 or so MLS teams. He’s played in the EPL, the Greek League and MLS in his career, and just coming to find his place in the USMNT side ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. Johnson has always seemed to be buddies with fellow national team member, Clint Dempsey, yet the money that Seattle gave to Dempsey might have been what pushed EJ past his breaking point. A solid reach for any USMNT soccer fan.
Bayern Munich forward, Julian Green confirmed that he will be training with the US before a friendly on March 5 – ahead of the World Cup. This is an absolutely massive move for any US Soccer fans. The 18 year old forward has featured in Champions League Winner Bayern’s first team a few times this season and looks ready for the limelight. Green, who has the ability to play for the US and Germany, has yet to declare allegiance to a nation, but seemingly this is a step in the direction of Uncle Sam’s Army. HUGE news for the US. ESPN Article here
Thanks for showing up Everton! Massive, massive win for Tottenham this morning at White Hart Lane. Points have come at a premium for the North London club at their home ground which is a surprise given their away form. A back and forth game, with chances coming few and far between. Good ‘old Adebayor snatched at the winner in the 65th minute when Kyle Walker took a quick free kick, catching the Toffee’s defense napping. Ade took down the ball, took a touch and lashed the shot passed a helpless Tim Howard (sorry my fellow American). Spurs hang on in the closing minutes as Everton pushed for the equalizer. Ade doing it again, and continues to look happy under Tim Sherwood. Champs League spot here we come. #COYS
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