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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Real Zaragoza fantasy kits (update)

Made the changes for the away kit as was requested, yellow and black striped shirt, black short and black socks. Also used Goni and number 6.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Denmark World Cup 2010 fantasy kits

Name: Denmark
Federation: Danish Football Association (DBU)
Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
Founded: 1889
Kit manufacturer: adidas

The fifth team made for the World Cup project is Denmark. I choose Denmark because I made the template for Real Zaragoza, and think that it fits good this team. Because the adidas skretches are mostly on the back and the front of the shirt was a bit plain, I incorporated a watermark based on the Danish flag. The home (first) kit is red-white-red as continuation of the last years adidas designs (the previous kit manufacturer, hummel made some different stiles of designs with pinstriped halves,different colour sleeves or horizontal stripes).
The home kit has also a version with red short, very possible to be ised at the World Cup games vs all white teams.
The away (second choise) kit is the opposite to the home kit, white-red-white.
A secon version of the away kit with white short, for games vs Portugal for example.
Made also a third all blue kit, similar as design with the red one, only that here the white part from the botom of the shirt and the upper part of the short ar dark red colour.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Real Zaragoza fantasy kits

Full name: Real Zaragoza, S.A.D.
City: Zaragoza
League: La Liga
Stadium: La Romareda
Fouded: 1932
Shirt sponsor: Telefonica, Aragon Television
Kit manufacturer: adidas

Here is a requested design for Real Zaragoza, based on the adidas skretches instead of stripes. A new approach, with the main part of the design on the back of the kit. The home kit is classic white shirt, blue short and white socks.
In the away games, Real Zaragoza used to play in all blue, red and blue and yellow with black. So putting the all blue kit for the away kit is arbitrary.Another away kit, third choise, has red shirt, blue short (from the home kit) and red or white socks. Here is the version with red socks, because it's more often used.
Finaly, the fourth kit is the yellow-black, which is important for the club, because represent the colours of the Iberia SC, team wich merged with Real Zaragoza for making the club as it is today.

USL / NASL Updates

Our good friend and Miami Ultra Robert Scorca went over the team sites for all the members of the NASL and here is what he found:

Minnesota Thunder has not had a news update since Oct. 15th before the news of NASL broke out.

Atlanta Silverbacks and St. Louis Soccer United have updates mentioning that 7 teams are part of the new league. This is before Crystal Palace Baltimore and Tampa Bay Rowdies joined the new league and before the NASL name was chosen.

Miami FC, Carolina RailHawks, Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps, Crystal Palace Baltimore and Tampa Bay Rowdies all have the most current info posted. This includes 9 teams and the NASL name. No this is not a typo about Montreal!

The Vancouver Whitecaps team site ties into all the other teams home sites. Also in google if you type in NASL there is the new NASL listed with google links to all the NASL teams. This is good because it mentions the other teams under each NASL team, the reserve teams, and woman's team. Being google there is no guarantee this is correct.

The USL site tells a different story. If you go to the team sites for the Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Tampa Bay Rowdies they are still members of the USL-1. How do they do this? Under the news for the clubs they are updated prior to their news release mentioning the split. Vancouver team news stops on Nov. 3rd, Tampa Bay's stops on Nov. 18th, and Montreal stops on Nov. 10th. The Charleston Battery team site is updated to Oct. 28 so there is no mention of them dropping down to the USL-2. I guess the USL philosophy is no news is good news.

The USL news site is updated much more frequent.
Nov. 4 there is a post titled "New era under way for USL-1" This article mentions that in attendance are representatives for the following. Austin, Cleveland, New York, Puerto Rico, Portland, Rochester, Tampa Bay, Edmonton, Ottawa, Baltimore and Detroit. With things breaking the way they are I am sure these cities know how to reach the NASL's front office for a place to play.

Nov. 10 there is a post titled "USL Statement regarding USL-1" This came out in response to the TOA's application being sent to the United States Soccer Federation.

Nov. 20 there is a post titled USL statement regarding Tampa, Baltimore. This mentions about both clubs being under contract to the USL. This was in response to Tampa Bay and Baltimore being mentioned as entries of the new league which is at the time of the article being named the NASL.

For further updates be sure to check out:
The Kartik Report
Inside Minnesota Soccer

A special thanks to Robert Scorca for his research on this topic.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sydney Rovers F. C. fantasy kits (update)

Continuing with this project I add some new kits. First is all red with black collar and trims, black adidas stripes.
The second variant for the red shirt has black short and red socks.
The third kit, I named it special because it follows the design of the crest, with one sleev red and another black. This kit can be used as away kit in special ocasions.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sydney Rovers F. C. fantasy kits

Full name: Sydney Rovers Football Club
City: Sydney
League: A-League
Stadium: -
Fouded: 2009
Shirt sponsor: LG (fantasy)
Kit manufacturer: adidas (fantasy)

Supposed to be the 12th team of Australian A-League, Sydney Rovers will play most likely in the 2011/2012 season. This design was requested by my friend from Australia, Peter Radović. I don't realy know much about the club, didn't see any kits from them. This design is based on the template used for Fluminense adidas kits, and is very alike with A.C. Milan. For the home kit I made three versions. The first version has black short and socks, black shirt with red stripes and white pinstripes between the black and red stripes.
The second version has black/white/red striped shirt, whith short and white socks.The third version has black/white/red striped shirt, whith short and black socks.
The away kit is all white with red trims and red adidas stripes on shirt, short and socks.The third kit is yellow shirt with red trims and red adidas stripes, black short (from the home kit) and yellow socks with red adidas stripes.

Burrito's take on the War of the Soccer Leagues! USL vs NASL and quesadillas too...

Hola amigos! Burrito bring you the War of the Soccer Leagues between USL and the new NASL that the TOA will begin in 2010. We still wait for ok from USSF but Burrito's connections say it going to happen one way or another! Burrito want to warn you carnales this may be a little long so go get something to eat, or drink a cafecito and relax and read Burritos futbol poetrys!

First Burrito break down United Soccer Leagues Division 1 - USL-1

Austin Aztex
Aztex remind Burrito of Mexico except they in Texas... Team was so-so finishing almost last and they make a bubu during last season that cost them 2 points! They recently release 14 players! They faithful to USL. But no one cares.

Charleston Battery
They finish 4th in USL, they just announce they are going down to USL-2! Pobrecitos! It is a step down for them and for USL.

Cleveland City Stars
Stars ends season last and reports say "las Estrellas" are going to go down to USL-2 again. Things not go well with them this last year. They faithful to USL.

Portland Timbers
Timbers finish first in league but not Champions and choke in playoff. They don't care about the TOA group and careless about USL even though their president get award for being best executive or whatever. (He only get it cause all other teams are gone) They going to MLS so 2010 is only preparation for the big league! Yawn.

Puerto Rico Islanders
PR is ok with whatever happens, they finish 3rd in USL and play Concacaf champions doing mas o menos this year. They are keeping their eye out to see what happens with NASL but for now remain with USL. Puerto Rico also have hot womens!

Rochester Rhinos
Not happy with USL, Rhinos are also not too fond of TOA. But they see no changes to USL so far. Rhinos might surprise everyone and jump ship if not this year then in 2011 for sure.

New teams
New York and Tampa are expansion USL teams pero Tampa say they with the TOA...

Maybe teams:
USL announce Edmonton and Ottawa along with Baltimore and Detroit as possible teams. We now know Baltimore went with TOA so Burrito think other teams might go to TOA too unless USL secure some pesos from the other cities pronto!
Rumor has it another Minnesota team will come into USL-1 but that weird cause Thunder still exist kinda since they still have website! ... And then there is another team called the Minnesota Kings going into NPSL... that make 3 teams in Minnesota! A caray, 3 teams!?!? So if we take Baltimore out and Cleveland out oh and The Battery, well Burrito really can't add so someone need to tell Burrito how many teams USL will have this season, 5? Not looking good for USL-1.

TOA (aka North American Soccer League NASL)

Miami FC Blues
They buy rights to NASL name. They have not mucho fans except for Burrito and some vatos called the Ultras (3 guys and one of their girlfriends). Owners of team Traffic Sports have mucho dinero. If Traffic wants to make a good team now is time to do it. No more excuse. Will Blues change name to Strikers? We will see... Nowheres to go but up for Miami FC. Vamos Miami!

Minnesota Thunder
No moneys, no players, no nothing. Thunder owe money to everyone and their mami! USL trying to kill them to make sure TOA league doesn't work but even if Thunder say bye, bye there are enough teams now to make new league work. Burrito hope other TOA members help Minnesota survive.

Montreal Impact
The new USL Champions are on top of the world. Joey Saputo playing all sides and running the show. Everyone want Montreal in their side but so far Impact only on their own side. If Saputo could he make his own league where Impact play with themselves... no pun intended...
Impact will play where they want, they don't need MLS, with the 40 million franchise fee they can start the new league and give free croissants to fans for the rest of the year!

Vancouver Whitecaps
They going to MLS anyway but they want the better for futbol in North America by sticking with the TOA (unlike the Timbers who just dont care). Whitcaps say they will keep a team in NASL even though they move to MLS.

Carolina RailHawks
Burrito call them Railchickens. A loyal TOA member they were along with Miami and Minnesota the first teams to be kicked out by USL a move that Burrito thinks was the stupidest thing since Mild Sauce!

Atlanta Silverbacks
They took a year off from USL cause they no like them. USL turn around and want to put team in Atlanta.

St. Louis Soccer United
No team yet but Jeff Cooper have the dinero and the organization to make this team happen soon.

Tampa Bay Rowdies
Rowdies have already given some pesos over to USL but are loyal to TOA. If they cant jump this year they will do it in 2011. Burrito looking forward to Florida derby!

Baltimore Crystal Palace
USL-2 team ready to move up. They might have the same legal issues that Tampa have so they might have to stay in USL for another year but Burrito hope 2010 they will be in NASL!

More Teams?
Burrito hear other teams may join NASL. One is Ottawa who waiting to see what happens before they make up their minds.

Burrito enjoying the War of the Soccer Leagues telenovela but hope it get resolved soon so that Miami FC can concentrate on getting star players like the ones who play in NASL back in the day like Pele, Beckenbauer, etc, etc.

What do you think will happen with NASL? Will NASL be a strong league? Will USL survive? Will USSF approve the new League? Will Taco Bell ever make a decent quesadilla?

Burrito leave you with a Great goal from back in NASL glory days by George Best!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shamrock Rovers F. C. fantasy kits

Full name: Shamrock Rovers Football Club
City: Dublin
League: LOI Premier Division
Stadium: Tallaght Stadium
Fouded: 1901
Kit manufacturer: umbro

This kits are made by request. It was a long time since a design a umbro kit, and I'm glad for this design because it reminde me about the old Celtic kits, when umbro was their kitmaker. The home kit has hooped shirt and socks, green-white colours and white short. On the chest is a panel consisting the club's crest and umbro logo.

The away kit is all black with white stripes on the sleeves and short, plus the white panel on the chest as on the home kit. I used the black colour (used in the past three years) instead of purple as it is this season, because I'm not realy a fan of the purple-green asociation.The third kit is all white, made for games vs teams with green or green-black colour shirt.

Friday, November 20, 2009

TOA League goes up to 9 teams! Baltimore and Tampa join!

Last week we mentioned the possibility of Tampa joining the TOA (read HERE) which lead to much skepticism on behalf of a number of readers and on bigsoccer, but today it has been confirmed! I hate to tell you I told you so...

The Kartik Report indicates Tampa's inclusion into the TOA League might be a bit premature due to legal binds with USL. Still, Tampa is a TOA member and worst case scenario might spend 2010 with USL jumping ship in 2011.

According to the Whitecaps website the TOA League is now 9 teams strong!
The addition of Tampa Bay and Baltimore brings the new league to nine teams, as they join the owners of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact, St. Louis Soccer United and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

It goes on to report that the new league will be announced some time next week! The new league is also active in its search for a full-time commissioner and will introduce an extensive marketing campaign in the coming months.

USL News goes on to report that Miami FC Registered Two NASL Trademark Claims on 11.16.2009!
According to a search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office records, North American Soccer League, LCC in Delaware filed two trademark claims on November 16th, 2009. They claims were marked c/o Miami FC 501 Brickell Key Drive, Suite 407 Miami FLORIDA 33131

More news to come!

The Kartik Report
Inside Minnesota Soccer
MLS Rumors
Match Fit USA
Railhawks site
Major League Soccer Talk

Thursday, November 19, 2009

South Africa's World Cup has its 32 teams

On Friday December 4th we will find out how the group stages will look for the XIX World Cup to take place in South Africa next Summer.

We now know the 32 countries that qualified for the world Cup:

For CONCACAF it was The United States, Mexico and Honduras.

For CONMEBOL it was Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

For Africa it was Algeria, Camerun, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and the host South Africa.

For Asia it was Australia, North Korea, South Korea and Japan.

For UEFA: England, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Greece Serbia, Portugal, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands,

Oh and Last but not least New Zealand.

There are really no "Virgins" that will participate in the South African World Cup though some might argue Slovakia and Serbia are first timers. The Slovaks were part of Checoslovakia and the Serbs have a long tradition with Yugoslavia and the last WC played as Serbia and Montenegro.

Who will win? My bet is with Spain and Brazil!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ronaldo on track to return to training on Friday

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Reuters - Wednesday, November 18

MADRID - Tests on Cristiano Ronaldo's injured ankle have shown the Real Madrid winger's recovery is going according to plan and he should be back in full training on Friday, the La Liga club said.

Ronaldo, who has already begun light training apart from the rest of the squad, was examined on Tuesday by Real medical staff and Dutch doctor Niek van Dijk, who treated the same ankle last year, the club said on their website .

Ronaldo was hurt in late September and aggravated the injury playing for Portugal 10 days later. He has not played since but could return for Saturday's La Liga game with Racing Santander or the Champions League match against FC Zurich on November 25.

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Fluminense F. C. fantasy kits

Full name: Fluminense Football Club
City: Rio de Janeiro
League: Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Stadium: Laranjeiras
Fouded: 1902
Shirt sponsor: Unimed
Kit manufacturer: adidas

Another re-edited design, with a lot of changes because the old version didn't satisfie me anymore (I like to think that there is some evolution in my designing skills). Here are the previous designs, were posted on DF and FSC aswell.

For the new design used a mix from different templates. The collar was modified, the trims and the panels on the short. Because of the complexity of the shirt's design, didn't used panels from different fabrics on the shirt. The home kit has dark red shirt with green stripes and white pinstripes between red and green (the traditional Fluminense design), white short and white socks.Made two variants for the home kit, another has dark red short and socks, often used by Fluminense.
The away kit is also in two variants, one has white shirt with dark red collar and trims,and a second with all white.
The third kit is all dark red colour as the real one used by Fluminense, I supposed it's for the games vs teams with striped kits (so many in Brazil).

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ronaldo resumes training, may play against Zurich

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cristiano ronaldo real madridReal Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo warms up as he takes part in his first training session after recovering from an ankle sprain in Madrid. Ronaldo resumed training on Monday, several weeks after suffering an ankle injury, and may be fit to play against FC Zurich in the Champions League next week.

MADRID (AFP) - – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo resumed training on Monday, several weeks after suffering an ankle injury, and may be fit to play against FC Zurich in the Champions League next week.

The world's most expensive player has said he hopes to play against Racing Santander in the league this weekend.

But Real does not want to risk him so soon, and he is expected to take the field again on November 25 against Zurich, before playing in the "clasico" match at Barcelona four days later, the club said.

The Portuguese winger was among a dozen or so players training on Monday, the others being absent due to international commitments.

Ronaldo injured his right ankle in Real's 3-0 Champions League victory over Marseille at the end of September and aggravated the problem while playing for Portugal on October 10.

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Chelsea F.C. fantasy kits

Full name: Chelsea Football Club
City: London
League: Premier League
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Fouded: 1905
Shirt sponsor: SAMSUNG
Kit manufacturer: adidas

The same story as the Liverpool kits, I redo the Chelsea kits based on the newest design made for adidas (Bayern, Germany, Liverpool). This a post the old Chelsea kits, the first kit was never posted only the other three.
The modification for this design are the thin neckline, no trims, and the side panels are from different texture, the same thing for the stitches (elastic type), and the adidas stripes are on both sides of the sleeves. The short remained almost the same but the stiches (same as on the shirt). The colours are the classic blue-blue-white.
A second variant for home kit with blue socks, for games against teams with all white kits.
The away kit is all white, opposite to the home one, with blue three stripes on shirt, short and socks, good for the games vs Arsenal, Stoke City.The away kit with blue short, for games vs Portsmouth, Everton, Aston Villa, West Ham, Birmingham.

The third kit is all black with yellow adidas stripes, suitable for games vs Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic.