Thursday, 5 March 2015

adidas Launch Limited Edition "love / Hate" Adizero F50!

adidas has launched a dramatic limited edition re-design of the adizero f50 as part of the #ThereWillBeHaters collection: the new adizero f50 Tattoo Pack.

The design of the adizero f50 Tattoo Pack represents the creativity and self-expression that only the very best players are capable of. The left and right boots feature separate motifs that bring to life the themes of "love" and "hate". The right boot features a menacing black skull motif emphasising strength, power and hatred. The left boot is designed with bright colours and diverse designs including a rose design that symbolise a player's love of the game.

If you have "haters", then it's the ultimate compliment. The best players know that a great performance delivers "hate" from fans and opponents, particularly on social media, which then continues to fuel the confidence to deliver even greater performances. They thrive off it – and they make no apology in doing so.

The new Tattoo Pack boot features all of the product innovations that make the adidas adizero f50 the ultimate weapon to maximise speed and manoeuvrability. The 3D dribbletex layer on the upper optimises speed dribbling in all conditions while the grip texture, stud configuration and second level of traction on the forefoot base provide maximum manoeuvrability.

VIDEO - Focus Bangla: Eelco Schattorie focus' on fitness training with East Bengal!

As Focus Bangla reports new East Bengal Club coach Eelco Schattorie in the breaking from the I-League is focusing on the fitness of his team, which he claims isn't the best while experienced Mehtab Hossain says the team will need time to adopt to the new coach.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Renedy Singh speaks about his first few days with CSKA Sofia!

Long-time Indian international Potsangbam Renedy Singh on Thursday, February 26, 2015 signed for Bulgarian giants and league leaders CSKA Sofia for the rest of the 2014/15 season on loan from his Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters FC.

I spoke to him on Monday about his stay in Sofia so far and the aims for the upcoming three months. Here is the transcript of the interview!

So Renedy we are standing here in Sofia. The sun is out, we can see the mountains in the background, how have the first five days been for you?

It's been great! The training is going really, really well and I hope I do well and lets see how it goes.

What is the biggest difference so far that you have seen between football back in India and here in Bulgaria?

In India for sure football is getting better and with the ISL good coaches coming in. But here in Bulgaria its normal as in Europe the standard is high and the pace I think we have to adjust to that as quickly as possible.

Here the link to the VIDEO: Renedy Singh Interview on first few days at CSKA Sofia!

Is that the biggest thing for you to adjust to the pace, to the tempo?

Yeah. The high tempo is very important. We do a short training which is one, one-and-a-half hour and we have to adjust to the pace.

You saw the Locomotive vs CSKA derby. How was the experience?

It was great, but then for the team it was not really great because they lost 2-0 and two red cards, and they have to do well in coming matches.

And your aim for the next three months? What do you want to achieve?

First three weeks is very, very important as I have to train really, really hard and try to get into the team. And that will be my focus.

What's your thinking about the coach (Mladenov)?

Oh, coach (Mladenov) has been really, really great and he has been nice to me from the day one and he has been helping me. So I hope he will help me throughout these three months.

And how have you been accepted by your team mates?

Its great! The guys are nice and we gel a lot, we gel very nicely.

So what do you say to people back home. What's Renedy Singh's aim over next coming years?

I don't know what's going on back home but then all I can say is that i'll give my best here!

Here the link to the VIDEO: Renedy Singh Interview on first few days at CSKA Sofia!

I-League: Ten Men Mohun Bagan held to 1-1 draw by struggling Dempo SC!

Captain Calum Angus rescued a point for Dempo SC at the death as they settled for a 1-1 result against 10-men Mohun Bagan AC in a I-League clash at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Wednesday evening.

Balwant Singh had provided the lead for Mohun Bagan in the 31st minute. But while that was advantage Mohun Bagan, that soon turned into a disadvantage for the visitors after they were reduced to ten men with the sending off of Sony Norde just before half time. Dempo captialized on the numerical advantage and got the equalizer in the 87th minute through captain Angus.

The draw took Mohun Bagan to the top of the table with 15 points from seven matches, the same as Pune FC but Mohun Bagan are perched on top, thanks to their better head-to-head record.

Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen, though, will be left to thinking that they dropped two points as Mohun Bagan, at the start, seemed comfortable against the hosts who had Mauricio Afonso in-charge following the resignation of Australian coach Arthur Papas.

Mohun Bagan started well and started dictating terms right at the start with Balwant Singh going close. When the match was just six minutes old, Dempo goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani had to wriggle himself out of a tight corner and two minutes later, Balwant saw his header sail just wide after being picked up by Katsumi Yusa. The visitors got the goal they were hunting for just after the half an hour mark. A long ball was controlled well by Sony Norde who set himself up and squared it low towards the six-yard box where Balwant was on hand to turn it into the net.

Dempo tried to claw their way back into the game but were met with stubborn resistance from Mohun Bagan. There was a lifeline, however, for Dempo at the stroke of half-time when Sony Norde was sent off for an infringement on Nirmal Chhetri.

The second half was all Dempo's as they made the numerical advantage count. They launched a wave of attacks but it was not until the fag end of the match that they managed to find the elusive equalizer. The Dempo captain was at the right place — just outside the box — when a loose ball fell into his path and he sent a half-volley that found the top corner, past the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

iSportconnect agree exclusive Middle East Events Partnership with Professional Sports Group!

iSportconnect, the world's largest global private network of sports business executives, is delighted to announce an exclusive events partnership with international sports marketing agency Professional Sports Group (PSG).

PSG become the Official and Exclusive Middle East Partner of iSportconnect and iSportconnect Directors' Club events. PSG will work closely with iSportconnect to deliver Directors' Club events in the Middle East.

The iSportconnect Directors’ Club will be returning to the region this year after three successful events in 2014.

PSG will collaborate with iSportconnect to create further events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as launching an inaugural Directors' Club in Doha, Qatar, as the event continues to expand in the Middle East.

Professional Sports Group is an international sports marketing agency with offices in the UK and the United Arab Emirates.

They have specialists in a number of specific fields such as brand strategy, PR, sponsorship, digital marketing, event creation and management and much more. They work with an equally diverse amount of clients including corporate organisations, sports governing bodies, governments and brands.

iSportconnect Founder and CEO Sree Varma said, "We are thrilled to partner with Professional Sports Group for our Middle East events. Our events were very well received in the region last year and with PSG's extensive knowledge and expertise we can continue the growth of the Directors' Club."

Professional Sports Group CEO & Founder Jamie Cunningham said, "Aside from our core consulting and event departments, we are always keen to represent elite brands and rights holders in the region. The Directors' Club is fast becoming the must attend event for sport leaders in major cities worldwide."

"Given our knowledge and experience in the Arabian Gulf, we're looking forward to running 3 Directors' Club events in 2015 and also looking at other ways where we can help iSportconnect develop its business."