With summer fast approaching, many here in the US are turning their thoughts to warmer summer activities: going to the beach, heading to the pool, or catching some waves. But for those of us who are a bit soccer obsessed, the imminent World Cup in Brazil will force us to put many of our summer plans for fun in the sun on hold for our love of football. However, surfwear company Hurley are trying their best to combine the best of both worlds.
Through a partnership with Nike, Hurley are dropping three pairs of their cutting edge Phantom boardshorts inspired by the soccer national team kits of three of the Big Swoosh’s most iconic sides: hosts Brazil, one-time winners France and of course, the US Men’s National Team. Accompanying shirts and hats will also debut with the rest of the collection on May 1, 2014. So whether you’ll be on the beaches of Rio this summer or rooting for your side from your favorite seaside tiki bar, you’ll still be able to support your national team in style.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | hurley.com
Every so often, a new type of boot comes along an blows the lid off of the way everyone thinks about soccer boots. And the adidas Samba primeknit is just that type of boot. Billed as the “world’s first knitted football boot” — though I recall a pair of woven-Kevlar Fila’s back in the late 1990’s that might object to that claim — the primeknit is said to offer unparalleled comfort, fit and flexibility thanks to the specially coated knit yarn design. Adidas even went as far as to say that it offers a “bespoke” fit; impressive if true, though that likely means they’ll be a bit pricey. And given that the new boot will be dawned by stars such as Luis Suárez, you can imagine they must be worth the added expense.
Whether these boots will be able to stand the average wear and tear of a normal player’s weekly football routine, that’s a question for another day. But in the mean time, I’ll just admire them for their sexy aesthetic.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | adidas.com/football
As a bit of a cap connoisseur, I’ve always been disappointed with the dearth of hat options for soccer fans. Outside of the standard hats offered in most club shops and online retailers, the selection of premium Premier League caps is dire. I’m talking about stylish caps, like the ones popular here in the States for MLB and NFL. But the folks over at FOSU are trying to change that with their new line of snapbacks and beanies. And they’re certainly checking all the right boxes with designs reminiscent of the Starter and Sof Bill script hats that were popular in the 90’s and now making a retro return.
FOSU’s current offering provides hats for Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and United in a wide array of colors. And with Spurs and other club’s designs promised to be in the works, I’m anxiously looking forward to ordering one of my own.
FOSU have provided you WSOTP readers an exclusive 10% discount if you use the code “wsotp10″ at checkout… so hit the link below to order your’s now!
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | fosuwear.it
As I’ve said more times on this blog than I could even count, the 1994 World Cup here in the United States was a seminal moment in my life. Just 12 years old at the time, I completely immersed myself in the World Cup and the US national team in a way that I was never able to prior to that point. The experience cemented me as a life-long soccer fanatic — and likely is the primary reason for this website’s existence in the first place.
And for that reason, the iconic denim jersey worn by the US team that summer holds a particularly important place in my heart. So when the fine folks over at Bumpy Pitch dropped their ode to one of the national team’s most
infamous beloved jerseys last week, it was a forgone conclusion that I would want one. And since getting your hands on one of the actual Adidas denim kits these days can be a little pricey, this t-shirt makes for an even more amazing (and affordable) alternative.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | bumpypitch.com
With fall’s cooler temperatures fast approaching, I’m doing what any normal guy would be doing… thinking about ways of stylishly revamping his fall wardrobe. Wait: that’s not what normal guys do? Well they should be, and that’s what I’m doing.
And what better way to get a start on that wardrobe upgrade than with football lifestyle brand 3nil‘s newest crew neck sweater? Simple lines and a clean design give the sweatshirt a familiar, yet fresh look that would pair awesome with denim or khaki for a night out on the town. But it’s also relaxed enough to throw on for a cold night-time pick up game or for just lounging around the house. As the 3nil gang put it themselves, “It doesn’t matter where you are, this crew screams quality, class and football.” Agreed.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | threenil.com
So what if Nike ditched them and made off with most of their most-prized assets; that hasn’t stopped Umbro from pumping out a further flurry of drool-inducing kits. The recent masters of retro, the once-giant English manufacturer have once again dropped an absolute masterpiece in historically influenced design. And this time, the effort was made to commemorate the 88th anniversary of Peruvian power Universitario. A silly anniversary to celebrate? Sure. But who cares when they made a shirt this awesome for it.
So why exactly do I dig it so much? Maybe it’s the simplicity of their crest (which has been getting lots of love lately). It could also the shirt’s Henley button placket, a design characteristic that’s become much more prominent in my wardrobe as of late. But mostly, I think I’m drawn to it because of its use of off-white as the primary color… which gives it just the perfect amount of vintage flair to make it actually look old.
Whatever the case: I want it. So someone give it to me. And that all starts with someone procuring me with a link to do so!
NOT YET AVAILBALE TO WANT | umbro.com
While the hole developing in the toe of my current pair attest I should really be looking to score some new indoor/court shoes, these fresh kicks from Cristiano Ronaldo’s upcoming 2013 Summer Collection now sit atop of my list of wants instead. I haven’t been able to find any information on them at all aside from the brief aside in Nike’s press release on them:
“vintage-inspired Nike Tennis Classic, Cristiano’s favorite sneaker, complete the summer range”.
So in absence of further details, I’ll speculate. the casual shoes look like they feature a perforated all-white leather upper on top of an all-white vulcanized rubber outsole. The only splash of color comes from a burnt orange accent on the heal that adds a touch of vintage class. And while they’d be cool to sport both with a pair of jeans or when wearing shorts, I’m almost certain one should never be caught wearing socks in them… just my 2 cents at least. You’ll be able to pick up a pair of your own on May 11.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | nike.com
If you haven’t noticed by now, looking back through my I want series, I clearly have a thing for soccer culture tees. And one of my favorite producers of clever shirts is Dutch brand COPA, who just dropped their new Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. But with a whopping 98 different shirts in the collection, featuring designers such as WSOTP favorite Miniboro, there were at least a dozen that I would love to get my mitts on. But having browsed through them all, Terraces from Jurgen van Zachten at Locografix is the one I fancy the most.
The simple, monochromatic design is of course a huge reason why I want the shirt. However, I also liked it because the terraces depicted are those of a standing section — given away by the rails dispersed through the stand depicted — a hot-button topic in English football these days with the rise in interest in safe-standing areas in the Premier League grounds. While I support the movement to bring standing back to England, being American means I won’t see much benefit from it if it does make a return. But with standing at stadiums here in the US is generally accepted, I would be none to happy if I had that privilege stripped. So rocking this also help me feel like I was doing my part to help spread awareness of the cause.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | copafootball.com
Believe it or not, there’s plenty of quality soccer writing in this country outside the auspicious bounds of WSOTP. In fact, finding the crème de la crème of American soccer scribes might require you to look outside of the digital realm, and back into the ancient art of print media. And luckily enough for us Americans, we have a new pair of quarterly soccer-only publications here to fulfill that need: Howler and XI. And while having two American print quarterlies might seem a bit redundant, each puts a unique spin on the concept that makes it worth giving each a look.
Howler is more akin to what you might consider a traditional sport-specific magazine — original stories, opinion pieces, photography and art — but just done the right way. Each issue features 112 heavy-stock, 10×12 pages that even the fancy-pants over at New York Magazine were inclined to call both “beautiful” and “brilliant”. And if you want a sneak peek at what they have to offer, be sure to check out their Tumblr blog.
Meanwhile XI, while still offering up top-notch content, goes about it a little more simply and minimalist than it’s competing publication. Each edition is based around a single topic within the world of football — issue one being Americans abroad — and offers up eleven different “insightful, original contributions by people who see soccer not just as a sport but as part of society” on that topic. And as you might expect, they’ve got a Tumblr too.
And they say print is dead.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | xiquarterly.com
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | howlermagazine.com