"FIBA" Air Jordan four Rumored For July 2019 Release

Jordan model isn’t any stranger in the case of commemorating particular basketball occasions with distinctive colorways. That’s why it is no shock that there are already rumors an Air Jordan four mannequin to be launched which can rejoice the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

These rumors come to us because of Instagram accounts @househeat and @zsneakerheadz. In the Instagram picture beneath, @househeat created a mockup what the shoe might presumably appear to be. The higher is all purple leather-based, with a design lasered all through. There are gold eyelets that maintain the all-red laces in place whereas the midsole the shoe is white with hints navy blue on the entrance and the again. 

There isn’t any precise launch date for these footwear simply but, however in response to @zsneakerheadz, you may count on these to launch someday in July 2019 for the retail value $200 USD.

Are you feeling these or would you’ve got most well-liked a unique silhouette to mark the event?

Nike's Nigeria World Cup Kit Nominated For Design Of The Year

Rihanna’s “Fenty Beauty” line and Nike’s Nigerian soccer team collection are among the nominees for the Beazley Designs the Year 2018, an annual award and exhibition run by London’s Design Museum.

According to CNN, the 87 nominees span a total six categories including products, transport, graphics, fashion, digital and architecture. In addition to the Fenty Beauty line and Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup kit, other Design The Year nominees include bio-leather made from yeast, Sony’s Aibo robotic dog, the new Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, a video game that trains players to spot fake news, Palomo’s gender-bending men’s fashion line, the SpaceX Falcon rocket, and the world’s first plastic-free shopping aisle.

According to The Guardian, nominees were whittled down from 560 submissions. The museum said it was the most international list contenders in the prize’s history.

The overall award winner, which is described as “revealing the most innovative designs the last year,” will be announced on November 15, along with a winner for each the aforementioned categories.

USA Legend Clint Dempsey Retires From Soccer At Age 35

Clint Dempsey’s current club, MLS side Seattle Sounders FC, announced today that he will be stepping down from U.S. Men’s National Team duty effective immediately. The U.S. soccer legend ends his international career third all-time with 141 caps behind Cobi Jones (164) and Donovan (157). His 43 appearances in World Cup play (qualifying included) are the most ever in men’s team history. Furthermore, his tally  57 goals for his country ties him with Landon Donovan for top spot all-time.

Clint Dempsey, aged 35, made 14 appearances for his club this year before an intervention by team doctors over a lingering heart condition. Seattle as always, are right on pace to seal a playf spot in the uber-competitive Western Conference. “After a lot thought, my family and I have decided that this is the right time for me to step away from the game,” Dempsey said in statement following the team announcement. “I’d like to thank all the teammates, coaches and support staff that I’ve worked with throughout my career. It has always been my dream to make it as a pro. I’m grateful to have been on this ride.”

Clint Dempsey has seen his role diminished by the Sounders’ acquisition  Perun international Raul Ruidiaz back in June. Dempsey will take some time away from the game while he contemplates his next move. MLS is forever thankful he returned when he did, in 2013 whilst at the peak his powers.

Paul Pogba Appointed Manchester United's Captain By Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho appointed World Cup winner Paul Pogba as his captain for his sides’ Premier League opener against Leicester City. The Portuguese manager was pointedly critical his star player following the World Cup, essentially challenging him to replicate his World Cup form at the club level. Luckily the highly competitive midfielder took his criticism the way it was intended. Mourinho isn’t a ball-buster per se, but he isn’t going to baby his players if he sees room for improvement. A lot coaches forget that player development is part the job description, but not Mou. All his actions have bottom line implications, anything less than silverware from year-to-year, he considers a failure.

Fittingly, Paul Pogba’s first ever goal in the EPL came against Leicester during the 2016 Season. Just a few days ago FC Barcelona fered Man United more than € 100 million to pry him away from Old Trafford. Mourinho was left with little recourse to hand him over the captaincy, a role some argue he may have already earned. That being said, the majority pundits thought David de Gea should fill the vacancy, but alas Mourinho favored more a “position player” in the captain’s role.

The EPL opener kicks f at 3pm Eastern Time.

FIFA Reveals Its "Top 10 Goals" Of The 2018 World Cup

FIFA, the governing body soccer responsible for the World Cup, has published their Top 10 goals the 2018 tourney. In the end, a fluid French squad claimed their 2nd title in history by dressing the strongest squad on paper and playing to those strengths. But the Top 10 isn’t a France retrospective, but rather a highlight reel the most clinical strikes we bore witness to, and some we may have missed. There were after all 64 games in total, if you include the consolation match for 3rd place won by Belgium.

Slotting in at number 10 was Toni Kroos’ set piece winner which curled into the short side the goal. Although Germany eclipsed Sweden with that marker, by the end round robin play Sweden had amassed enough points to qualify over Germany.

At number 9, Ricardo Quaresma hits the ball from distance, the ball landing in the corner the net unattended by Iran’s goalkeeper. What made the goal so brilliant was Quaresma’s presence mind to strike the ball upon his laces, technique which gave the ball both power and vertical reach.

At number 8, Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa runs the full distance the field before tricking Iceland’s goalkeeper into falling to his knees. Number 7 goes to Nacer Chadli who finished a sensational team effort started by his keeper, moments after subbing into the game, his feet still cold.

Number 6 went to Denis Cheryshev for picking the corner against Croatia. His play at the 2018 World Cup reversed his reputation for the better. No FiFA list would be complete without a nod to Lionel Messi, but in all honesty his position at number 5 is merited. Lionel traps a through ball from the other half the pitch, and cooly slots it into the opposite corner the net, all in one motion.

Number 4 goes to Cristiano Ronaldo for scoring f a set piece in the dying moments Portugal’s tilt with rival Spain. The goal tied the game at 3-3, and saved his side points that proved invaluable by the end round robin play. Golden Boot winner Luka Modric claimed the number 3 spot for his wonderstrike against Argentina. Watch as he switches feet a good number times before leaving the opposition in a dizzy spell.

The runner-up position goes to Juan Quintero Colombia for deceiving the Japanese wall f a set piece. Quintero confidently kept the ball low to the ground, effectively giving it the pace it needed to outrun the keeper’s overstretched hands. And finally at number one, France’s Benjamin Pavard, a relative unknown before the tournament, hits this wonder strike from 40 feet. Add a couple Ms to his release clause, because Pavard isn’t going to dwell mid-table for much longer.

Riot Police Called To Nike Store In France After Word Cup Victory

Moments after France’s 4-2 victory against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup Final, swarms soccer fans took to the streets France to celebrate the country’s second World Cup title. Naturally, the celebrations got a bit out hand.

According to reports, a total 292 people were placed in police custody across France on Sunday, including in Paris where 102 people were arrested, and 92 taken to jail. Among the disturbances was a large crowd that gathered outside the Nike store on the Champs Elysee, where fans were eager to get their hands on the new France shirt, complete with two stars to signify two World Cup championships.

Following some violent altercations outside the store, riot police were called in to intervene. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that the championship gear would not be put on general sale until Tuesday.

According to the Irish Mirror, French police fired tear gas and dispersed crowds from the Champs Elysees, where celebrations turned into widespread rioting, looting and ugly clashes with cops as two people lost their lives. In the Alpine city Annecy, some 350 miles east, a 50-year-old France fan broke his neck after jumping into a canal at the end the final. Additionally, in nearby Saint-Felix, a man in his 30s was killed when his car crashed into a tree as he celebrated his team’s win.

Diddy Puts France On Blast After FIFA World Cup Win: "Treat People Better"

Diddy added a couple Instagram photos today relating to France’s FIFA World Cup victory, adding him to the list social media users who are calling out the country for their history discriminatory attitudes against racial and religious minorities. One  his posts is composed the faces some the French team’s players along with their respective native countries’ names and flags. The post’s caption reads as, “Congrats #France #blackexcellence.”

The other post is a screenshot a tweet by another social media user that addresses the European country directly: “Dear France, Congratulations on winning the World Cup. 80 percent your team is African, cut out the racism and xenophobia. 50 percent your team is Muslims, cut out the Islamophobia.” The tweet concludes with a call to action: “Africans and Muslims delivered you a second World Cup, now deliver them justice.”

Diddy clarifies his stance in the caption:

50 Cent seemed to be alluding to this issue in one his posts yesterday. The content was deleted shortly after being published.

50 Cent Shades France After FIFA CUP Win With Self-Promotion In Broken French

This weekend revolved around soccer for those whose interests aren’t loyal to tennis. Now that the FIFA World Cup winner has been announced, many are in celebration mode. 50 Cent wants people to get lit for the occasion with his brand champagne. His shameless self-promotion came in the form an Instagram post with a caption written in French (kinda): “Le chemin des rois ! Prendre la Coupe du monde domicile en France et célébrer à boire le Champagne de rois !! get the strap.” This would roughly translate to: Take the World Cup residence in France and celebrate to drink Le Champagne de rois.” Anyone who is fluent in French would know what he means but would most likely pick up on the mistakes. Still, the effort is legit. 

50 Cent Shades France After FIFA CUP Win With Self-Promotion In Broken FrenchNow, let’s stretch before this reach: in the context many attributing France’s win to the African diaspora, 50’s advertisement seems to post up for his Black brethren. The image’s semiotics can be interpreted as an homage to Black “kings,” as it features the dark chess piece in prominence. His other adverts include golden pieces to contrast the king as opposed to the ivory pawn featured in this particular post. Perhaps the rapper is entering a phase more subtle shade with this one, while silently pointing out the fact that most France’s players are not natives to the country. The post has since been deleted… 

Napoli Passed On Cristiano Ronaldo Due To Risk Of Bankruptcy: Report

After planting the seed several times during Real Madrid’s failed bid to capture La Liga title, it became conceivable this season could be Ronaldo’s last in the Spanish capital. In the end, Real Madrid were able to lift a continental trophy, but even that wasn’t enough to dissuade the star striker from departing in the summer. As you may know, Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Serie A champions Juventus on a 4-year deal, but apparently it wasn’t his first choice out all his endless options.

According to a report out Italy, Napoli and not Juventus, was Ronaldo’s first choice. The report states that Ronaldo’s agent contacted the Naples football club in the hopes starting a dialogue. Napoli ficials expressed tons interest but were put f by the players incredible wage demands.

Napoli’s sporting director Aurelio De Laurentiis basically hinted that a move would risk bankrupting the club. He is quoted as saying: “Ronaldo was fered to Napoli. (Jorge) Mendes, his agent, telephoned me. We planned to make an fer, and we would have paid CR7 with a percentage the funds guaranteed by his arrival. The €350 million that Juventus will invest is beyond our reach. We would have risked pushing the club towards bankruptcy.”

Alas, both club and player made the logical choice. Bear in mind, Napoli does not have the same positional strength as Real Madrid. To believe Cristiano Ronaldo would have made up the balance Champions League-calibre roster, is completely absurd.

France Claims 2018 World Cup, Pussy Riot Invades Pitch In 52nd Minute

France 4-2 Croatia 

With twenty minutes left on the clock and the score well out reach, France stopped attacking altogether. I’d hate to break it to you, but the World Cup may have been decided on shoddy goalkeeping. Even at 4-1, the game dragged on with lots clutching and grabbing, most it out frustration.

Both sides placed the hopes their respective Nations squarely on their shoulders. They can walk away proud knowing they gave it their all. Even unforced errors by Danijel Subasic and Hugo Lloris won’t completely invalidate their heroic performances throughout the tournament.

Casual fans  the sport may forget the rundown play, but they will remember the four masked men that invaded the pitch in the 2nd half. The referee was forced to halt the match with Russian President Vladimir Putin watching from a safe distance. Feminist punk outfit Pussy Riot eventually claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion. It wouldn’t have been a Russian spectacle without a tiny bit political turmoil.

If you live next to French-expats like I do, I’m afraid you won’t hear the end it. On talent alone, France has earned their place in the gallows  footballing history. Tune in here for a live feed celebrations in Paris. 

France Wins, Macron Dabs & Someone Steals A Medal: Twitter Reacts To World Cup Final

In a very strange World Cup (Croatia in the finals, Iceland in the tournament to begin with), France has won. What this means, other than incessant horn-honking in every neighbourhood with a francophone resident, is that the we have a gold mine Tweets on our hands. These include President Emmanuel Macron dabbing and a World Cup ficial stealing a medal on the sly. 

A bit context first: the game started with an own goal by Croatia’s Mario Mandžukić, who potted a nicely placed header in the back his net. Luckily, the first-time finalists were able to regain a little bit dignity in the 28th minute with a scorching goal by Ivan Perišić the bounce to tie it at one. The Croatians soon got another bad break, though, with France’s Antoine Griezmann scoring on a penalty that was awarded for a hand ball in the box, a call that was assisted by video replay.

This was the beginning the end for Croatia, as Paul Pogba put the game to bed in the 59th and Kylian Mbappé nailed it shut six minutes later, with a beautifully placed low ball that tied an unexpected record: he is the only teenager to score in a World Cup final other than the one and only Pelé. Mario Mandžukić got another goal in the 69th minute f a mishandled ball by the French GP, thus evening it out with his own goal from earlier. 

Now that we’ve got the actual match out the way, let’s get on with the tweets: 

Will Smith & Nicky Jam Set To Perform For FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony

It seems like the culture turned on Will Smith for a few years. After reaching heights stardom that only a few other actors have touched, Smith starred in several movies that weren’t received well by audiences. It didn’t help that he was snubbed at the Oscars for his performance in Consussion, and that Suicide Squad was ridiculed by critics. At some point in 2018, Smith must have decided that he was ready for a major comeback and the multi-talented artist took over social media. 

Smith teamed up with Nicky Jam, Diplo, and singer and songwriter Era Istrefi to create the ficial anthem for the FIFA World Cup. Entitled “Live It Up,” the catchy single sounds like a mix reggae and electronic vibes with a slight hip-hop twist. Smith, Nicky Jam, ad Istrefi will perform the song tomorrow (July 15) at the closing ceremony for the soccer World Cup at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium. France is facing Croatia in the finals, and the former is heavily favored to win. This will be Croatia’s first World Cup finals appearance, and they had to fight to reach this match. France has had a much easier road getting to the finals, but this match-up could prove to be their undoing. 

21 Savage & Others Design Jerseys For "World Cup x Hip Hop" Collection

The 2018 World Cup will come to a close this weekend, as England and Belgium do battle tomorrow in the Third Place play-f, followed by the championship game at 11am on Sunday featuring France and Croatia.

Ahead this weekend’s matchups, Bleacher Report has unveiled a special edition “World Cup x Hip-Hop” capsule collection, featuring soccer jerseys and t-shirts designed by some the top artists in hip-hop including 21 Savage, Smokepurpp, Vic Mensa, YBN Nahmir, Vince Staples and The Roots.

The full collection will be available for purchase exclusively  BleacherReport.com today, Friday, July 13, through Monday, July 16. Scroll down to see how each collaborator described their contribution to the “World Cup x Hip-Hop” capsule collection.

21 Savage: “My brand is the dagger and Zone 6 4L, so I always rep both. I kept it simple and made sure the design represented me.” 

Vic Mensa: “I grew up playing soccer by way my Ghanian father, so the sport is in my blood. I wanted to combine my experience with my love for the game to create something representing Chicago.”

The Roots: “The World Cup is one the few sports events that unites the entire world. Unfortunately we didn’t have the opportunity to cheer on USA this summer.  However, we live and breathe all things Philadelphia, so we jumped at the opportunity to create World Cup soccer jerseys that repped our city. We think we designed a jersey that shows the passion, grit and beauty Philly.” 

SmokePurpp: “I drew inspiration from Miami Vice and the South Beach Colors.”  

YBN Nahmir: “I wanted to design something that represented my city, with a classic feel to soccer attire. Alabama isn’t known for soccer, just as me making it out Birmingham as a rapper is rare. I feel the jersey represents the unexpected, but something to be proud .” 

Vince Staples: “This jersey represents Long Beach as I see it.”

Rihanna Finally Addresses Fighting Photos With Ex-Billionaire Boyfriend

After getting the meme treatment, Rihanna has finally taken the time to give us what we all wanted. An explanation as to what she was fighting about with her ex-boyfriend while in Mexico. RiRi and Hassan Jameel hadn’t been spotted together in a while after they were reported to have broken up since, well, Rihanna got “tired” him. When photos the two on vacation surfaced, people were surprised to see that paparazzi captured what looked like a heated argument between the two. As they went viral, Rih stayed quiet but now, she’s finally revealed what she and Hassan were discussing.

As it turns out, Rihanna is just as passionate a soccer fan as most people during the World Cup. With the event only rolling around every few years, Rihanna got herself hyped to watch her favorite countries compete in a battle to see who can reign supreme on the pitch. Perhaps Hassan had a different pick to win it all because Rihanna’s explanation seems to say that the two were fighting about the soccer tournament in Russia. “When u think u know more bout soccer,” wrote the pop star alongside a hashtag the World Cup and a photo two lions that look to be having an intense argument their own.

We knew RiRi loved basketball but who knew she was also down with the European sport choice. Whether or not her and Hassan have gotten back together is a whirlwind but at least we know what they were fighting about.

World Cup: Croatia Defeats England In Overtime Thriller

England and Croatia needed more than 90 minutes today to decide who would advance to take on France in the World Cup Final. It marked the third straight game that Croatia needed extra time to determine a winner and once again, they came out on top.

The Croatians had never reached a World Cup Final until now, whereas their upcoming opponent, France, most recently made a finals appearance in 2006 and won it all in 1998. The final will take place this Sunday at 11:00am ET. The third place play-f between England and Belgium is scheduled for Saturday at 10:00am ET.

Here’s how today’s thrilling semifinal played out:

England got on the board early, scoring just five minutes into the match f a gorgeous set piece by Kieran Trippier.

England maintained a 1-0 lead for over an hour until Croatia’s Sime Virsajko served a cross from the right in the 68th minute. Ivan Perisic ran around both Trippier and a diving Kyle Walker to deflect the ball into the back the net with his left foot.

Mere moments after the equalizer, Perisic had a chance to give Croatia a 2-1 lead but his shot bounced f the far post keeping things level at 1-1. 

Halfway through the first 15-minute overtime, England’s John Stones looked to give his squad a crucial 2-1 lead f a corner kick, but Vrsaljko stood tall on the goal line to redirect the header away from goal.

Croatia’s best opportunity the first OT came in the 105th minute. However, England’s goalie Jordan Pickford was up to the task, sending the game to the final 15-minute overtime with everything knotted at 1-1.

Croatia finally broke the tie early in the second overtime, when Mario Mandzukic got behind the defense and buried a left-footer from inside the six-yard box for the game-winner.