Wednesday, 1 July 2015

NorthEast United FC acquires a South American flavor with César Farías as head coach!

Former Venezuelan National Team Manager, César Alejandro Farías Acosta, has been appointed by NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) as their Marquee Manager for the second season of the Indian Super League.

The man who led Venezuela to the semifinals of the 2011 Copa América, shared his reaction with the NEUFC's media team, "I am very pleased to be the Head Coach of a club with a great and ambitious project in a fast growing and highly competitive Indian Super League. I have a clear goal in mind: The development of NorthEast United FC and also of Indian football."

César also stated that his fascination with India played a key role in his decision to take up the position, "I experienced the passion that Indians possess for football first hand, when my team played a friendly against Argentina in Kolkata in 2011. During my stay in this great nation, I was very pleased with the hospitality and the love that everybody had for the beautiful game. At that time, I pictured myself working in the country, some day in the future. That day has finally come. I cannot wait to revisit India and win with NorthEast United FC."

NorthEast United FC's owner John Abraham was delighted at having secured the dynamic Farías as the club's Marquee Manager, "I am thrilled about having César on board. It's all about winning this season and I'm confident that César's leadership will get us there. He is a unifier and that is important when we have a squad that comes from different cultures and geographic regions. Most importantly, he is young, passionate, has a clear vision for the club and a tremendous amount of energy and skill to execute that vision. I have always been a big fan of the South American style of football and with César at the Club's helm, I am sure that we will be able to get to the top of the League table and impress our fans. The stakes get higher with each season and I strongly believe that we've brought in the right man for the job."

César Farías belongs to the new generation of dynamic young coaches, very tactically astute and hungry for success. The Venezuelan National Team, during his stint, was brimming with young and raw talent and César was able to inspire them to achieve something that had never been done by before their country. His achievement was to put Venezuela (a country that traditionally finished bottom of the South American qualifiers for the World Cup without a win) on the global football map. He nearly achieved a first ever qualification with the Venezuelan National Team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in the most competitive qualifying zone (CONMEBOL). They missed out on the qualification by a mere two points.

During his term as national team coach, he was also in charge of the Venezuelan Under-20 National team. Under his guidance, the team qualified for the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup. In 2011, at the Copa América, he became the second coach in history to lead Venezuela to the knockout stage and the very first to lead them to the semifinals, losing only to Paraguay in a penalty shootout. On their way to the semis, they drew against Brazil, beat Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador (all teams that played in the last 2 World Cups).

John Abraham also revealed the management's thought process behind selecting César Farías, "We liked his profile very much because we think that the format of the ISL is very similar to National Team competitions. The ISL is a relatively short and intense tournament compared to other global club competitions. Therefore we think that he will be able to create the chemistry amongst players as he did with the Venezuelan national team."

Striking take on traditional Red & White Stripes at Heart of Nike's Athletic Club de Bilbao Home Kit!

Nike Football has designed an eye-catching new Athletic Club de Bilbao home kit that retains the club's unique identity and illustrious history. One of just three clubs never to have been relegated from the Spanish top flight, Athletic Club de Bilbao has won the league eight times and also boasts 24 Copa del Rey titles.

All of this has been achieved using only Basque players or players trained in the region's academies.

For 2015/16, Nike Football has equipped the squad with advanced performance apparel innovation as it strives to build the club's legend further.

Athletic Club de Bilbao's traditional red and white stripes feature prominently on the home shirt. These have become wider and bolder — five stripes are built around a central block of red that travels from the collar down to the hem.

A single red panel runs across the red shoulder blades and sleeves to accentuate this part of the body and so create an even more powerful, commanding on-pitch look.

The shirt boasts a modern, tailored black polo neck collar with buttons concealed beneath the placket. There is a fine red trim around the edge of the collar, which can be turned up to reveal an all-red underside.

Each of the shirt's flanks features a black stripe, and these continue in white along the sides of the otherwise black shorts.

On the back of the neck sits a small Ikurrina, the Basque flag. This design represents Athletic Club de Bilbao's pride in their roots.

The new home socks are black with a red band at the top, and a tonal stripe of small red and white chevrons on the calf.

While this new kit represents a proud symbol of the club, it offers players the very latest in Nike performance innovation, fabric technology, moisture management and environmental sustainability.

VIDEO - 2nd Convocation: PPFCA's Graduating Batch of 2015!

Here is the PFC TV footage of the convocation of the Peninsula Pune FC Academy's second Graduating Batch of 2015.

Macron & BV Vitesse Arnhem present new 2015/16 uniforms!

Macron and the Dutch Eredivisie Club BV Vitesse Arnhem presented the official uniforms for the upcoming season 2015/16.

The Home jersey reminds the model of 25 years ago, when the Club made its first appearance in the European club competition: traditional vertical yellow and black stripes with white polo collar. Slim cut combined with micromesh inserts provides maximum comfort and breathability.

The collar on the back is enhanced by the embroidered inscription: "EST.1892" – the date of club foundation - while on the left front side there is the patch with the team emblem.

VIDEO: Puma evoSPEED SL Tech

Lightest is Fastest. Explore the evoSPEED SL, PUMA's newest and lightest football boot!

Here to the article: PUMA Reveals Superlight Evolution of its evoSPEED Football Boot!