football all over the world

Marc-Andre ter Stegen via Facebook:

“I usually don’t post on social media when it’s matchday, but today is different. Tonight we play our first match of the season at the home. We are hosting our annual match for the Joan Gamper Trophy. It’s the 52nd edition of this trophy.

It’s a special match for many reasons. It’s the first time all our fans to see us at the Camp Nou this season. Here we’re excited introduce our squad and new manager, where we hope to see a full and loud stadium.

This year we play the Joan Gamper Trophy against Chapecoense. And for me, this is what makes it a special game to be a part of. It’s an honor. So let me explain…

I’m not sure if you remember or know their story, last year a very unfortunate event happened to this Brazilian team. Last November they had a plane crash in Colombia as they were traveling to start playing in Copa Sudamericana Finals. A chance for them to a big trophy. Other than playing in the first division, this would be their biggest achievement in their 44 year history. The game never happened.

71 people died in total on that flight, including 19 footballers. There were only 6 survivors, including 3 players.

It was a tragedy for world football and it touched the hearts of millions, including FC Barcelona’s and mine.

Since the accident, the support Chapecoense has received from all over the world has been amazing. And the speed it took them to rebuild their new team has been remarkable. From players offering to play for the club, to all the fans to all the help from football clubs and the organizations has been. In moments like these, we get to see the positive influence football has all over the world.

But it’s important to not forget what happened. Our stories of our past identify who we are today.

One of the survivors was their goalkeeper: Jakson Ragnar Follmann. He lost his leg due to this unfortunate accident and now is continuing his recovery with a prosthetic leg. This is now his right leg. I read that he has an ambition to represent the Brazilian Paralympic football team. I’m speechless. I can’t imagine what he’s been through, but after everything to then return carrying the desire to keep playing football really is incredible and brave. If this is his next objective, I offer him all my support and would really like to help if I can.

The second player is Alan Ruschel, he will play tonight, making his return to the Chapecoense team since the plane crash. He has recovered from spinal surgery - not something that footballers normally go through. This is a big brave decision that we should all respect greatly. And this is another very important reason why tonight is such a special game for us, the fans and world football. We won’t forget to applaud his performance.

And last but not least is survivor and defender Neto. He dreamed about the plane crash before happening. This leaves me lost for words. His recovery is going well and training each day, unlike Alan he is not yet ready to play. But that doesn’t matter, he’s a champion and to know about the steps he is taking to make it back on the field, as it’s both a psychological and physical, makes him a hero. If he can’t play tonight, I hope he can come back and play here one day in the future.

We hope to show a beautiful game tonight with the aim to bring smiles to everyone. Football has the power to bring happiness. We will all be thinking about all the players and staff who could’ve been here too tonight. This match is especially played for all of you and for everyone that represents Chapecoense on any level.

It will be an honor to play the Camp Nou tonight. See you there !

SOMOS TODOS CHAPE.

Associação Chapecoense de Futebol”

billboard.com
Taylor Swift Performs 'Better Man' & 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever' for First Time at Stunning Pre-Super Bowl Set
Taylor Swift emerged to face 9,000 screaming fans and perform a packed 16-song set -- including two tracks she'd never performed live before. "You have come from all over the world -- possibly to see football, but would it be all right with you if we played some music first?" Taylor asked the all-too-eager AT&T Presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night crowd. The answer was a resounding yes.

“If you guys scream loud enough, Taylor will hear you,” DJ/Swift friend Ruby Rose hollered from behind her turntables Saturday night inside a 62,500-square-foot mega-club custom-built (and soon to be unbuilt) for a series of high-profile Super Bowl week parties in Houston.

The opening act was probably right, given that the guest of honor was Instagramming videos of her cats from backstage just before that moment, and about 15 minutes later (no doubt after she heard fans’ chants of “Taylor! Taylor!” from her cat- and Haim-sister-filled dressing room), Taylor Swift emerged to face 9,000 screaming fans and perform a packed 17-song set – including two tracks she’d never performed live before.

“You have come from all over the world – possibly to see football, but would it be all right with you if we played some music first?” Taylor asked the all-too-eager AT&T Presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night crowd during the opening number, 1989 bonus track “New Romantics.” The answer was a resounding yes.

Below are highlights from the hour-and-a-half spectacle, which spanned from her 2008 hit “Love Story” to the first-ever performance of her most recent Billboard Hot 100 top five – albeit without her duet partner.

Going It Alone
“I don’t want you to think Zayn is going to come out, because he’s definitely not,” Swift immediately cautioned while introducing “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her Fifty Shades Darker collaboration with the One Direction alum. “I saw a lot of phones go up in the air. The only one you have here is me, I’m so sorry.” The crowd didn’t seem to mind, helping Taylor out with the oh-oh-ohs during her stripped-down take on the steamy song.

Little Big Taylor
Another live debut was “Better Man,” the Hot Country Songs No. 1 that Swift wrote for Nashville quartet Little Big Town. Not only has she never performed it live, we’ve never heard her sing it ever. Swift made epic use of her background singers for the performance, having them join her out on the circular stage and creating her own vocal group, a la LBT. “I never really knew what it would feel like to hear my song on the radio and have someone else singing it. Turns out, it feels awesome,” she said before the song. “I feel really grateful to the artists who have decided to record the things that I have written. The one drawback is just that you don’t really get to hear the crowd sing the songs back to you.” This intro also led into an acoustic take on Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For,” which she famously wrote with her EDM ex.

On Theme
There’s a Taylor Swift song for every occasion – even Super Bowl. “I figured you guys are going to be watching football, and I wrote a song when I was 16 that features, like, cheer captains and bleachers, and I don’t know, I felt like it might be appropriate to play tonight,” she said to introduce her 2008 crossover smash “You Belong With Me.” “I mean, it’s really old, but…”

Grammys Flashback
For Swift’s last concert, at October’s Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, she apparently faked out a few fans when her bedazzled white grand piano rolled out onstage. “When I sat down at the piano, a lot of people were chanting the name of a song I haven’t played in a long time. You know what I’m talking about?” she asked, referencing her famous hair-flipping 2014 Grammys performance of the Red track “All Too Well” behind the keys. “So I figured that next time I was in Texas, if you wanted to hear ‘All Too Well,’ I would play it.” And so she did, re-creating the hair-eography that made the original performance so memorable (and meme-able).

Parking Lot to Paradise
When Swift’s multi-year deal with AT&T was announced back in October, one of the most exciting aspects of the partnership was the promised Super Saturday Night performance, portions of which will stream on DIRECTV’s Taylor Swift NOW at later dates (so don’t worry if you didn’t have the golden ticket in Houston). And the fact that the Club Nomadic venue – which also hosted Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers and more artists over the past few days – was constructed out of thin air allowed for a lot of customization. “Literally, this was a parking lot in October,” Roger Hyde, DIRECTV/AT&T Entertainment Group SVP of creative services, told Billboard before Saturday’s party. “It literally was nothing. All they wanted was that it had a nice view of downtown Houston, and it had good access, and we had the opportunity to build something this big. Knowing what [Swift’s] folks wanted to do as far as the stage was concerned, we could build it around her. It’s literally a custom environment. It’s very intimate – as big as it is, it’s very intimate. No matter where you are, you’ll feel very close to her. And no matter what camera angle you see the footage from, there will be fans in the foreground and the background. She’s going to be surrounded by her greatest fans.” That setup included a video screen that spanned the entire stage, a circular platform in the middle of a sea of her supporters and a few well-timed bursts of pyro that kicked up the already-hot performance.

Only 2017 Show?
Did Texas once again score Swift’s only show of the year? Last year, her Grand Prix performance in Austin was her one-and-only live event of 2016. And she seems to think this could be it for this year – at least for now. “I have to be really honest with you about something: As far as I know, I’m doing one show in 2017. And as far as I know, this is that one show,” she said to wild cheers. “So what I’m trying to tell you is, by coming here tonight, you’re essentially attending 100 percent of my tour dates for the year, so thank you! You’re the crowd in my most recent daydreams, when I’m thinking about being onstage, so I was wondering: If you don’t feel like dancing for yourself or screaming for yourself, you don’t feel in the mood or whatever, you’re like stressed out, would you do it for me tonight?”

Speaking of Dancing…
Anyone who has watched a music awards show in the past five years knows Swift loves nothing more than to get her groove on. So we all knew how this party had to end. “Houston, would you like to dance?” she asked before her final number “Shake It Off” left fans dancing out the doors and into the crisp Houston night.

Taylor Swift’s set list for AT&T Presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night:
New Romantics
22
Blank Space
I Knew You Were Trouble
Style
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever
You Belong With Me
This Is What You Came For
Better Man
Red
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Love story
All Too Well
Enchanted/Wildest Dreams medley
Bad Blood
Out of the Woods
Shake It Off

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, ‘I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine'—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.

NAC (sorry, it’s too long for inbox)

Hey, guys, I’ve been reading this blog for quite a long time, now my job is associated with football too :) So, I’m asking you for a little help (if it’s ok and allowed, of course). 

I’m a sports journalist from Russia and I’m writing a big article about World Cup 2018. I thought it to be a story about football fans all over the world, about the game that connects us all. Dear followers (and maybe admins, too? :D), if you have some time to spare, please leave a message in my inbox. There may be questions such as when and why did you start following football/what is so attractive about it/etc. So, everything you can tell about your experience as a football fan, about World Cup in general and what do you expect from it in 2018. I’ll also need your name, age, country and NT you’re supporting. (It doesn’t matter if you live somewhere where soccer isn’t so popular, all that matters is that you love it). All the unusual stories are more than welcome! (for example, you’re a football player yourself or you’re planning to visit World Cup in Russia).

I promise to translate all your answers correctly with no misunderstandings. I can send you links if you want. It would be great if you could provide some photos (instagram, for example) of you rooting for your team/in the stadium or something else connected with football and your country (of course, I’ll put links to your instagram or another social media). But it’s not necessary :)

So, if you’ll be ok with my questions, again, please put a message in my inbox. It would help me a lot.

Thanks :)

- @buckysbride

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered

Football fans of Tumblr, I’m asking you for a little help :D

I’m a sports journalist from Russia and I’m writing a big article about World Cup 2018. I thought it to be a story about football fans all over the world, about the game that connects us all. If you have some time to spare, please leave a message in my inbox. There may be questions such as when and why did you start following football/what is so attractive about it/etc. So, everything you can tell about your experience as a football fan, about World Cup in general and what do you expect from it in 2018. I’ll also need your name, age, country and NT you’re supporting. (It doesn’t matter if you live somewhere where soccer isn’t so popular, all that matters is that you love it). All the unusual stories are more than welcome! (for example, you’re a football player yourself or you’re planning to visit World Cup in Russia).

I promise to translate all your answers correctly with no misunderstandings. I can send you links if you want. It would be great if you could provide some photos (instagram, for example) of you rooting for your team/in the stadium or something else connected with football and your country (of course, I’ll put links to your instagram or another social media). But it’s not necessary :)

So, if you’ll be ok with my questions, again, please put a message in my inbox. It would help me a lot.

Thanks :)

anonymous asked:

To that last anon Robbie Rogers is an open lgbt player in the MLS, it's shocking I actually believe he is the only active out male player (not sure)

Yess!! I did have a feeling there was someone in the MLS! And there’s gotta be more no? I mean there are thousands and thousands of active professional male footballers all over the world, so I have a hard time believing there’s only one out lgbt player 😟 I mean, maybe they aren’t known but I hope they’re out there 🤔

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To one of my favourite football players,Luis Suarez,from girls all over the world,who want to become a football player,who have same passion as you,who have same dream as you,who have more difficulties than you to do the job,they have always dreamt about.

I love,respect,adore you because of the way you help MY team.I believe (and hope) that you didn’t mean it this way,you didn’t want to insult anyone and it seems that we are making drama out of it.Maybe you don’t even remember what you said and i feel little guilty to make my footballer look like a sexist.But the real problem is that it’s not just you.There are millions,millions of people who think that you have to be man,to be a footballer.They are around us,they can be people that we love (like you) and we can’t change them.But you have more responsibilities in that case.There are girls sitting in from of TV,watching your fantastic goals and dreaming that maybe one day,the hero of the match would be them.And yes they CAN be.However they feel that the whole world is against them.No one is there to support the decision and dream-Woman footballer.And you,the one who makes their dream,who is their idol,example and hope, are saying that Football is for men,it’s a pick of dissapointment.I understand,it was “mean comment” for Filipe Luis,but it hurt many hearts of young woman,who sleep at night,dreaming about the deciding goal that they score at the last second of the world cup final…

So next time when Felipe luis will whine about
the injury,or Neymar will fell down,remind them that football is for braves and the braves are NOT just men.

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“I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best footballer in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.” - Lionel Messi

Happy Birthday King!

The signs as Lionel Messi quotes

Aries: Lionel Messi

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”

Taurus:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“Messi does not need his right foot. He only uses the left and he’s still the best in the world. Imagine if he also used his right foot, Then we would have serious problems.”

Gemini: Luis Enrique 

“Messi is the best in the world without any doubt and for me the history of football.”

Cancer: Pep Guardiola 

“Don’t write about him, don’t try to describe him. Just watch him.”

Leo: Lionel Messi

“Barcelona is my life. They have brought me to where I am today. I could not leave, I don’t want to leave. I know the Premier League is very good. But I cannot see myself playing in England because my heart is with Barcelona, always.”

Virgo: Javier Mascherano 

“Although he may not be human, it’s good that Messi still thinks he is." 

Libra: Johan Cruyff

“Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history. He will win five, six, seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league.”

Scorpio: Lionel Messi

“I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. I like to score goals but I also like to have friends among the people I have played with.”

Sagittarius:  Radomir Antic

"Messi is the Mozart of football.”

Capricorn: Lionel Messi 

“In football as in watch making talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.”

Aquarius: Ray Hudson

“They tell me that all men are equal in God’s eyes, this player makes you seriously think about those words." 

Pisces: Sid Lowe

"If he is so good, how can you express that? The superlatives ran out ages ago. On these pages, swearing has been tried. Or perhaps a symbol, something to signify that we have gone beyond words now." 

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.
—  Taylor Swift when asked “does the fact that you write about yourself in such a confessional style require intelligent people to look at your music through that lens?” for GQ Magazine

The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.

‘’ I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. I have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I’m not enjoying it, I will leave football.’’ 

 Happy 28th birthday Lionel Andres Messi.

theguardian.com
Germany warns Uefa may quit Fifa if World Cup report not published

The president of the German FA has said Uefa will consider quitting Fifa if the full report into alleged corruption in the World Cup bidding process is not published

Fifa is so thoroughly rotten and corrupt, I hope that Germany withdraws, the other leading football nations follow suit, and Fifa crumbles. Football fans all over the world deserve so much better than Fifa.