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Nike United States Home Jersey - 2013

Nike USA Home Jersey 2012/13 Review

Even though the United States Men’s National Team will not be participating at the Olympics this summer, it is always a good time to pick up a United States jersey. The new Nike United States home jersey is one of the best looking national team jerseys to come out recently. The older national team jerseys seemed to lack all of the national colors of the United States. This new away jersey incorporates red, white, and blue and the end product looks great.

Style

Instead of a solid color jersey with a sash across the chest, Nike has decided to feature red and white horizontal stripes throughout this jersey. This mimics the stripes that are seen on the American flag. Nike has kept the sash across the chest that was featured on the older national team jerseys; however, the sash is much subtler and resides in the background of the stripes. The collar of this jersey is crew cut and blue to tie in all the national team colors. The inside of the neck features the American flag to add some more patriotism to this jersey. To provide authenticity, the United States National Team crest is stitched on the left chest and the Nike swoosh is stitched on the right chest.

Feel

This jersey is made of 100 percent polyester to make it light and comfortable. It is made of layered mesh fabric to give great breathability so you don’t get too hot or sweaty as you cheer your team on. This jersey also features ATOM-Dri release fabric to provide sweat management, greater durability, and a soft feel. All of these features combine to make this jersey extremely comfortable.

Overall

This jersey provides a fresh style for the United States Men’s National Team. It incorporates all the colors of the United States and the red and white stripes mimic the American flag. Combine the great style with the amazing comfort and you have a great jersey that fans will love. This jersey is currently available at SoccerPro.com, so head over and check one out today.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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Lucas Podolski Releases Smooth Groove Euro 2012 Song…Dancing with Argyle Ties Ensue…(Video)

Recent Arsenal signing and German hero Lucas Podolski has released this cracking pop song in conjunction with Deutsche pop heavy-hitters Brings. The song is a jumpy little number with the beat of a club thumping mix combined with the epic tunes that would have spoken to the heart of Dio or Dchingis Khan. The song celebrates Germany’s run to the semifinals of Euro 2012 and if they win, I’m sure it will be belting out in club from Berlin to Bayern. Who knows, maybe Poldi can give the old popstar route a go if this football business doesn’t work out.

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Adidas Germany Home Jersey - 2012:13

Adidas Germany Home Jersey Review – 2012/13

Germany has started Euro 2012 very brightly and they look to be the team to beat in the tournament. If you are a Germany fan and don’t have the Adidas Germany home jersey yet, you should get on that immediately. So far, the white jersey is the only color they have worn at this tournament, so it is the perfect jersey to wear while you cheer them on to victory.

Style

As I mentioned above, this jersey is predominantly white. It has the classic Adidas three black stripes that run down the sleeves and black trim around the neck. It also has three diagonal stripes, black, red, and gold, that go across the front of the jersey. These represent the national colors that are on the German flag. To give this jersey added authenticity, the German crest is pressed on the left chest with three stars above it and the Adidas logo is stitched on the right chest.

Feel

As with most Adidas jerseys, this one is extremely light and comfortable. It is made of 100 percent polyester and feels very nice on. It also features climacool technology to help keep you cool and comfortable while you support your team this summer. This is accomplished through ventilation under the arms to allow your body to breathe. Sometimes Adidas jerseys run a little big, however, these fit true to size and look great on.

Overall

If you are a Germany fan, this jersey is a must have. It looks great and feels even better. Even though it is a white jersey, the subtle design it has with the diagonal stripes help show the national colors of Germany and help give the jersey some extra style. This jersey is currently on sale at SoccerPro.com, so check it out today so you can wear it as Germany looks to win Euro 2012.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Preview

We have now made it through the group stages at Euro 2012 and there are some great looking matchups in the quarterfinals. England and France are the last two teams to advance through the group stages and France did not do themselves any favors by losing to Sweden. They must now face the previous Euro winners and the 2010 World Cup winners. One good thing they can take away is that Spain did not look very good in their last game against Croatia either.

Let’s take a look at all the matchups we will be seeing in the quarterfinals. England will play Italy, Spain will play France, Portugal will play the Czech Republic, and Germany will play Greece. All of the matchups look good, but I would have to say that Germany have the best looking quarterfinal matchup. Greece have looked alright at the Euro’s, but Germany came into Euro 2012 as one of the favorites and look as though they are coming into their own as the tournament goes on. This is not good news for Greece. It will also be interesting to see if Mario Gomez can continue to score goals while wearing the Germany jersey. He has a tendency to be a streaky scorer, so that will be something to look for.

As I said above, France and Spain will be playing each other. Both teams are coming off bad performances and will be looking to improve. Spain had a difficult time breaking down the Croatia defense and their own defense looked shaky at times. When your country’s success is riding on Fernando Torres scoring goals, there could be issues. I understand he performed well against Ireland, but Ireland was arguably the worst team at Euro 2012.

Portugal against the Czech Republic is the game I am looking forward to the most. Both teams lost their opening games, but have rebounded quite nicely. Portugal has been much better than I originally thought. Their defense has been solid and if Ronaldo can find the goal scoring form he has with Real Madrid, Portugal could have a good run in this tournament and surprise many people.

The last matchup is England against Italy. Both teams have had decent showings at Euro 2012, and not many people expected these teams to be at this position before the start of the tournament. At first glance, you would expect a very defensive-minded game from both sides with both teams looking to score on the counter-attack. Wayne Rooney scored on his return to the national team today, and will be hoping to net some more. No matter how this game turns out, England fans must be happy with the job Roy Hodgson has done with this national team side. With a very short amount of time on the job and mounting injuries before the tournament began, reaching the quarterfinals can be considered a success.

All of these games should be fun to watch and, if the tournament keeps going the way it has, should produce a lot of goals. So far, every game at Euro 2012 has produced at least one goal. The teams I think will advance to the semifinals of Euro 2012 are England, Germany, Portugal, and France. The biggest omission that you will notice is Spain. I think Spain’s run will finally come to an end. Their passing looks nice, but at times the team struggles to create chances. If they are unable to find a goal with short passes, they don’t have a plan B to go to, especially with the lack of strikers in the squad. The players in France jerseys had a bad game against Sweden and I see them coming out with great energy and stealing a goal against the Spanish.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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Dutch Firm C1000 Release Wonderous “Birdy Song” Dutch Euro 2012 Promo…(Video)

I don’t know who thought of this lad, but they deserve a medal. Its fun, happy, and mirrors the general geniality you’ll feel when you bike down the road in Amsterdam. Loosely translated the refrain means “Oh my Nederland, My hopes are in your hands,” and that’s sort of covers the gist of the adverts message. All the best to the men in Holland jerseys…and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more of these beauties…

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Nike Croatia Away Jersey - 2012 (2)

Nike Croatia Away Jersey – 2012

After missing the 2010 World Cup, Croatia are hoping to have a good showing at Euro 2012. They definitely were not given any favors with the group they landed in. They will have to face Spain, Ireland, and Italy who will all be tough to beat. One good thing that Croatia can look forward to is the fact that they will be wearing some great looking jerseys.

Style

The new Nike Croatia away jersey looks great and still incorporates all the national team colors. Traditionally, Croatia’s home jersey always consists of red and white checkers throughout. The away jersey still features this checkerboard pattern, but tones it down a bit. The primary color is royal blue with the checkerboard pattern on the left chest and shoulder. The left chest also has the Croatia crest stitched on for added authenticity.

Feel

This jersey, in addition to looking great, also feels great. It is made out of 100 percent polyester for a light and comfortable feel. It features Nike’s Dri-Fit technology, which helps keep you cool and comfortable. These features will be nice now that summer is upon us. Instead of having a heavy jersey that puts you on the brink of heat stroke, these will be comfortable to wear while you support your team at Euro 2012.

Overall

If you are a Croatia fan and don’t want to wear the full checkerboard jersey, this away jersey provides a nice second option. It still has the checkerboard to maintain a style that Croatia has become known for, while toning the amount of checkers down. The blue also looks great with the red and white. Nike has done a nice job of coming out with great looking jerseys for Euro 2012 and this one is no exception. Now that there is less than a month left until the start of the tournament, I would head over to SoccerPro.com today and order one of these great looking jerseys, so you have it in time for Euro 2012.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

Euro 2012

Euro 2012 Preview: Group D

Only 15 days remain before the start of Euro 2012, and we here at soccerprose are getting anxious. This is arguably the second most important international competition behind the World Cup. It also provides us with an opportune time in between World Cups to get our international soccer fix before we go crazy. With that all being said, we now bring you the fourth part of our four part series on all the groups at Euro 2012.
Group D is one of the hardest groups to choose the two teams that will advance. The group consists of France, England, Sweden, and Ukraine. All of these teams, excluding Ukraine, have a good shot at advancing past the group stages.
France is likely the favorite and is looking to have a good showing following their disastrous 2010 World Cup. They have experience winning the Euro trophy previously. In both 1984 and 2000, France was named European champions and they are hoping to reach that mark again at Euro 2012. Their qualifying record was nothing spectacular, but neither are any of the teams that are in this group. They won six games, drew three times, and lost once. They also scored 15 goals while only conceding four. Although they do not concede many goals, they have had a difficult time scoring, averaging only 1.5 goals per game. They are going to need a good tournament from Karim Benzema if they are to go far. He had a good season for Real Madrid, scoring 21 goals and adding seven assists in 34 games. A problem for France could be injuries. Bacary Sagna is out of the tournament after breaking his leg, and Loic Remy is struggling to get fit after suffering a thigh injury.
England is an interesting team in this group and for the tournament. The appointment of Roy Hodgson as manager was controversial and he followed his controversial appointment with an interesting squad selection for Euro 2012. It is a very defensive-looking squad and there are not many goal-scorers other than Rooney. This could be a problem since Rooney is suspended for the first two games of the tournament. However, England’s goalkeeper, Joe Hart, and the defense are very strong, which could help England. If England is going to advance far in this tournament, they are going to need to use a similar blueprint to how Chelsea was able to win the Champions League. They must defend strongly and hope to get a goal on the counterattack against the run-of-play. If England are to make it out of the group stage, they could be an interesting team to watch, especially if they are able to defend as well as Chelsea did in the Champions League, since they have John Terry, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, and Frank Lampard all in the squad.
The last two teams in the group are Sweden and Ukraine. Sweden had a fairly successful qualifying campaign, winning eight and losing two. During their qualifying, they scored 31 goals and only conceded 11. Sweden has a good shot at making it through the group stages as well. Sweden has shown that they can play with good teams. In qualifying they lost to the Netherlands 2-1 in their first meeting, but were able to keep the game close. In their second meeting, they beat the Netherlands 3-2, so they have the ability to beat big-name teams in the tournament and cause some issues. Ukraine, on the other hand, has almost no chance of making it past the group stage. This is the first time they have qualified for the Euro’s and it is only because they are co-hosting the tournament. In the lead-up to Euro 2012, Ukraine won only five games out of 18. They also lost to France, Italy, Sweden, and the Czech Republic, which are some other teams in this tournament. Therefore, the future looks bleak for Ukraine at Euro 2012. However, looking on the bright side, they won’t have to travel far to get home after being bounced from the tournament.
For Group D, I see the men in England jerseys and the men in France jerseys advancing. I do think this will be a close group between the top three teams, but ultimately, I think France is too talented and England’s defense is too strong. England, contrary to what most people think, will go far in this tournament and shock a few people. Expectations are lower than usual for the Three Lion’s and that could help take some pressure off, so they can perform better. Group D should be a fun group to watch no matter who advances (assuming you’re watching from a neutral perspective).

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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Adidas Spain Away Jersey – 2012

Spain is the reigning European champions, having won the tournament in 2008. They are coming into the tournament without David Villa, one of their best strikers, but should still be considered one of the favorites to take home the title once again. One thing is certain though; Spain will have great looking jerseys to wear during Euro 2012, especially their away jersey. The new Adidas Spain away jersey is one of the best looking jerseys I have seen for the upcoming tournament.

Style

This jersey design is different than previous years. Although Spain tends to use blue as their away color, they don’t normally use baby blue. In my opinion, they should continue using the color even after the Euro’s because it looks terrific. The main color is baby blue with three navy stripes going down each sleeve as well as navy trim around the collar and sleeve cuffs. In addition to the navy accents mentioned above, this jersey features horizontal navy stripes that go diagonally across the chest similar the sash on United States jerseys . The colors go well with each other for a very pleasing end product. For added authenticity, the Spanish crest is stitched on the left chest with a single star above it. Another nice detail is the inside of the neck. It says “Campeones de Europa” with 1964 and 2008 to show the two times Spain won the tournament.

Feel

Not only does this jersey look great, it feels even better. Since summer is upon us, you don’t want a jersey that will be heavy and make you hot while wearing it. Luckily for you, this jersey features Adidas’ climacool technology to keep you cool and comfortable, even when the temperatures are high. This jersey also features mesh under the arms to allow your body to be able to breathe a little more. The good thing about this jersey is the fact that it runs pretty true to size, so you won’t have to worry about what size to order online.

Overall

Spain has won the last two international tournaments, Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, and is looking to make it three out of three this summer. If you are a fan of Spain, I would head over to SoccerPro.com today and grab one of these jerseys before we run out. With a team as popular as Spain, these jerseys are going to be flying out of the warehouse, especially when the jersey looks as good as this does.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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Euro 2012: England Preview

This year’s Euro tournament provides something different than what we are used to, England are not one of the favorites. Even though England has been unsuccessful at the international level for years now, they have at least been seen as a potential team to win. Now England are stuck with a somewhat controversial managerial appointment in Roy Hodgson followed by an interesting team selection. Here is the England roster for the Euro tournament:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Robert Green, John Ruddy.

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, John Terry.

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young.

Strikers: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck.

As you can see, this is not the most threatening lineup that you’ll see at Euro 2012. The defense should not be an issue. Joe Hart has had a good campaign in a Manchester City jersey and Gary Cahill and Joleon Lescott should be able to keep the center of defense strong. The problem for England is going to be getting goals. With Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two games of the tournament, the goal scoring will be left to Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, and Danny Welbeck. Of course midfielders and defenseman could add some scoring, but these are the pure strikers on the squad. The three scored 24 goals with seven assists playing in a combined 90 games during the Premier League season. That is not many goals produced from your strike force, especially considering Wayne Rooney scored 27 goals in 34 games this season.
The midfield is comprised of more defensive midfielders than true attacking midfielders, with the exception of Theo Walcott and Ashley Young. The midfield also has older players like Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Another problem for the players in England jerseys , as well as their fans, is the fact that they must play France and Sweden without Rooney. France is the favored team to make it out of the group, but if England drop points to Sweden, they are unlikely to make it past the group stage of the Euro’s.
It looks as though it will be a short tournament for the England team. I do not think they will let up many goals with a solid defense and goalkeeper, I just don’t see where goals are going to come from during Wayne Rooney’s absence. Their best hope is to not concede and hope to get a goal against the run of play, similar to how Chelsea was able to win the Champions League. If they are able to get favorable results until Rooney gets back into the squad, I could see them going far and potentially surprising teams. Unfortunately, I do not see them winning either of their first two group stage games, which will ultimately lead to them failing to make it through the group stage, resulting in more heartache for England fans.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

*Credit BBC Sport for England Squad information and ESPN Soccernet for statistics.