Introducing Umbro’s Pro Training High Summer 2016

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Umbro have unveiled their latest collection ahead of a summer of sport, taking inspiration from 1990s football culture.

We’re delighted to be able to introduce the brand new collection from Umbro, titled the Pro Training High Summer 2016 collection.   Umbro are a brand that gained notoriety in the 1990s by spearheading football kit culture. Think about those stunning England shirts, the classic Manchester United kits and many other offerings in 1990s football and you’ll fall in love with the latest Umbro offerings. The High Summer 2016 collection comes as a celebration of a summer of sport; with both the Olympics in Brazil and European Championships in France set to take place this summer. The collection contains a number of football inspired tops, sweatshirts and lightweight jerseys, all of which include 1990s inspired design and colour pallets.
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Introducing a new Penalty Mag

Reading Time: 2 minutesYou may have noticed already – we’ve undergone a bit of a redesign at Penalty Magazine. There’s two reasons for that; 1) we wanted to celebrate our upcoming 60 in Europe series with a new design and 2) we’re going to change the way we do things at Penalty. I’m here to introduce you to a new Penalty. In February 2016, two sites merged to create a brand new Penalty. Those two sites were the Football Thesis (run by myself) and Penalty (run by Joe Brine, who also founded the hugely popular TMRW Mag). The merge was seen as a way for us to join forces, create a new look Penalty and take our content to the next level. To some extent, we’ve done that. Penalty took on a new look and amplified the content we’ve been producing. We introduced a whole new team of excellent Continue reading "Introducing a new Penalty Mag"

Penalty’s Style Round Up – 09th April 2016

Here at Penalty Mag, we’re big fans of all things style. Be it trainers (a personal favourite), a new clothing brand or the latest release from fashion favourite, we’re all over it. We’re inundated with press releases from various brands and PRs telling us about their new releases, so we thought we’d introduce the Penalty Style round-up to put our favourites all in one place.

 

New Balance

New Balance, one of my favourite trainer brands, has released 2 new additions to their repertoire. These two designs are very different to those usually produced by New Balance; the Vazee Rush Suede and the Tokyo Design Studio. Exclusive Vazee Rush Suede New Balance Vazee Penaly Style Update
 Originally designed as a running shoe, New Balance re-imagined the Vazee Rush with premium suede, rich colours and a speckled outsole for an everyday look. The black and sandy colour-way delivers an eye-catching contrast with the symbolic ‘N’ as
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FM16: Manchester United, They Must Score

Manchester United fan Luke Alexander Davies looks to recreate the famous treble winning team of 1999 in the modern day, using Football Manager 2016.

The idea of a “promised land” has different meanings for different people. For Manchester United fans, it acts as a reminder of one glorious moment in 1999. Everyone remembers it even if they weren’t watching the events unfold. I was 9 years old and in my pyjamas, nervously standing in the living room as Manchester United trailed 1-0 to German league and cup champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. As we were also league and cup champions, we weren’t the only ones fighting for a treble. Mario Basler had opened the scoring after 7 minutes from a deflected free kick and for the next 82 minutes, the atmosphere was sizzling. The woodwork was clattered, emotions shattered and hearts pounding out of thousands of chests across Continue reading "FM16: Manchester United, They Must Score"

FM16: Manchester United, They Must Score

Manchester United fan Luke Alexander Davies looks to recreate the famous treble winning team of 1999 in the modern day, using Football Manager 2016.

The idea of a “promised land” has different meanings for different people. For Manchester United fans, it acts as a reminder of one glorious moment in 1999. Everyone remembers it even if they weren’t watching the events unfold. I was 9 years old and in my pyjamas, nervously standing in the living room as Manchester United trailed 1-0 to German league and cup champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. As we were also league and cup champions, we weren’t the only ones fighting for a treble. Mario Basler had opened the scoring after 7 minutes from a deflected free kick and for the next 82 minutes, the atmosphere was sizzling. The woodwork was clattered, emotions shattered and hearts pounding out of thousands of chests across Continue reading "FM16: Manchester United, They Must Score"

We Interview Kirsten Schlewitz of Unusual Efforts

Unusual Efforts is a brand new website and magazine for female writers to tell their stories and express their views and opinions on the beautiful game. We caught up with Kirsten Schlewitz, founder and an Executive Committe member of Unusual Efforts for an exclusive Q&A session.

Tell us a bit about Unusual Efforts, for those who haven’t come across the new site. The mission is of course to give women in football in a place to write and promote their work, why do you think the site was needed?

Unusual Efforts is a website and magazine (first edition will be out June 1!) that aims to address the problem of gender inequality in soccer media. The vast majority of writers, editors, announcers, commentators, analyzers… almost every role is occupied by men. In most cases, the sexism is likely unintentional: people tend to form networks with those who most resemble Continue reading "We Interview Kirsten Schlewitz of Unusual Efforts"

The Leicester Diaries: Part 2

With Leicester City approaching a historic Premier League title, we tasked our very own Foxes fan Nathan Louis with providing us with the Leicester Diaries.

Each week, Nathan will run us through his thoughts on the Leicester game as they take each step towards the title. In part 2, its Leicester’s victory over Southampton.

  Another weekend. Another 1-0 victory. That’s our fourth consecutive one now which is ridiculous. But now we sit SEVEN points clear at the top of the table and the elusive dream is becoming ever more so a distant reality.  I’m still not counting my chickens just yet. After all we are Leicester City. But yesterday was such a huge victory. Southampton are no mugs and we were under siege for much of the second half without them troubling our goal too much. Defensively man for man, I think it was our best performance. Wes Continue reading "The Leicester Diaries: Part 2"

Freddy Adu: It’s Not Too Late

If you’re an avid Football Manager player, the name Freddy Adu will certainly hit a chord with you. The American was a special talent on the game in his early teens and was a must buy for all Football Manager players.

At just 14 years of age, Adu was labelled the next Pele, the saviour of American football and much, much more. What were you doing at 14? I doubt you were saving a country’s sport and the MLS’ youngster ever player. In 2007, the DC United star made the much anticipated move to Europe.  Portuguese giants Benfica paid $2million for him. Sadly, it never worked out for Freddy Adu. He made just 11 appearances, before moving on loan to four different clubs. Last year, much fuss was made over a club promo night that Adu held in Washington DC. How was it possible for the world’s biggest footballing talent to go from
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We Review Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography

Anothony O’Dea, our new and resident book reviewer here at www.Penaltymag.com takes us through the Cristiano Ronaldo Biography by Guillem Balague.

Where to begin with the enigma, outrageously talented and always controversial character that is Cristiano Ronaldo. Having been a long term fan of Spanish football and someone who watches La Liga on Sky Sports I am very familiar with Mr. Balague. What the author does very well here is paint a picture of a man who to the outside world is a machine, but privately is a quiet, family man who is no doubt full of the insecurities doubts and mood swings that every person suffers from. I particularly enjoyed the stories of early Ronaldo growing up and being obsessed with the game and building the self belief that allowed him become one of the worlds best players. A player who when he arrived at united dealt Continue reading "We Review Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography"

Did Wales prove that they can cope without Bale and Ramsey?

Wales’ portrayal as a one-man team has, in many ways, always been evident. There was the era of John Charles, the legendary striker who sought great success with the likes of Italian giants Juventus, and more recently, the separate ages of Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy. The media and fans alike are largely responsible for this, often failing to see beyond the star studded few that dominate the headlines.

The Welsh national side has made enormous strides in recent years, and clinching qualification for the summer European Championships in France was undoubtedly the pinnacle. However, this surely undermines the argument, as it is clear that a large number of players made positive contributions to the qualification campaign, and not just Bale and Ramsey. A number of footballers who had previously remained nomads on the Welsh football scene forced their way into recognition, with the likes of James Chester
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The Story of Ex-Players as Director of Football

 

The average career length of a footballer is eight years, with a retirement age of 35. This is according to the Professional Footballer’s association.

With this 30 years lower than the average retirement age, the need for another career is vital, despite high wages.

The football director is a role that has increased in popularity since Sir Matt Busby resigned as Manchester United manager. He then appointed Wilf McGuinness as a chief coach in 1969.

Gary Neville stated in 2015 that “the year of the gaffer is over” with a suited role in football now becoming more and more important. In January 2016, Alessandro Del Piero became the sporting director at Mallorca. It remains to be seen how well he will do – but how have ex-players fared in the boardroom? Here are some good and bad examples:

Director of Football: The Good

Marc Overmars

The decorated Overmars became Director

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Introducing ClubApp

We speak to the guys at ClubApp, a new technology start-up looking to revolutionise the beautiful game.

Tell us a bit more about ClubApp. 
ClubApp was born out of frustration at not being able to follow teams outside the top tiers of football that receive mass media coverage. It has grown to be a huge help to clubs and teams with match day coverage on social media, with more visual automated graphics as well as streamlined and more visual Live Updates in social media feeds. ClubApp also generates player stats from each update that is posted, which clubs are really loving as the stats game becomes more interesting, even at Sunday League level and we love it!! Who’s the brains behind ClubApp? We’ve got a dedicated team who are continuously working hard to ensure ClubApp’s success. We all came together from different backgrounds, there are two founders Greg Coleman and Barry Nestor. Greg Continue reading "Introducing ClubApp"

The world’s best player and the pig’s head.

Walking out to around 98,000 jeers and boos at the Camp Nou; Luis Figo knew at that point he was a man with a bounty on his head. Once a Catalan sweetheart, he made the move to arch-rivals Real Madrid in the summer of 2000. It was a world record transfer fee. A transfer Barcelona fans were never going to forgive him for. Figo helped Barcelona reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and Copa Del Rey, before impressing for Portugal at the European Championships. As a result, he was well on course to win the FIFA Ballon d’or. When Florentino Perez won the presidential elections at Real his first act was to bring one man to the Bernabeu -Luis Figo. Figo’s €60.1 million transfer was the building block of the Galactico era. Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham all making the switch to the Spanish capital within three years of Figo. But the Portuguese international had left a team Continue reading "The world’s best player and the pig’s head."

A Tribute to Johan Cruyff

Sad news broke today that Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest footballers of all time, lost his battle with cancer. He died at the age of 68.

The Dutch legend is widely known for revolutionising the beautiful game, a figurehead of Total Football and the man that laid the blue prints for Barcelona’s tiki-taka style of play. He started his career at Ajax, whom he joined on his 10th birthday and went on to spend 9 years with his local club. He made history, scoring 190 goals in 240 games. At Ajax, he won 8 Eredivisie titles, 5 cup titles and 3 European Cups. It was a golden age for Dutch football, with Cruyff at the front of it. The Dutchman left for Barcelona in 1973, where he scored 48 goals in 143 appearances during a 5 year spell in Catalonia. His move was a world record transfer fee and helped Continue reading "A Tribute to Johan Cruyff"

Is Football still racist?

Racism within football exists – players suffer it all too regularly in the UK and abroad. Is football racist? Probably not – but looking closely at some areas of football, racism is certainly part of, if not ingrained in, footballing culture and procedure.

Football, and sport more generally, is often at the centre of debate about a country’s social complexities, attitudes and can often mirror the country’s social makeup as a whole – a microcosm of society that truly reflects the nation, or does it simply show the stance and give platform to the few who stay prejudiced? Racism within football appears to support both elements of sport’s role in society – discrimination seems far less prominent than it once did in the days of monkey gestures and bananas thrown onto the pitch. These images are far more closely linked with permed and moustached footballers donning shorts shorter than we
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The Leicester Diaries: Part 1

With Leicester City approaching a historic Premier League title, we tasked our very own Foxes fan Nathan Louis with providing us with the Leicester Diaries.

Each week, Nathan will run us through his thoughts on the Leicester game as they take each step towards the title. In part 1, its Leicester’s trip to Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace.

Another game down and now the dream seems so more realistic. I think for the first time this season, our fans realised that it really could be our year at the weekend. Crystal Palace were no pushovers despite their form but our 1-0 victory on Saturday looked so efficient. I made do with watching the match on a stream and bar a few dangerous crosses and the heart in mouth moment in injury team, it felt strange being a City fan and not feeling like I was going to have a Continue reading "The Leicester Diaries: Part 1"

We speak to Fronteers about their love for football

We chatted to the brilliant Fronteers about their new song Idol, their love for Hull City and the beautiful game and find out which of the boys is the best on the pitch.

For those who don’t know the Fronteers, tell us a bit about yourselves. 
We’re two sets of friends from Hull that met at school and formed a band at the end of summer 2014. We understand you’re all big Hull City supporters – how did that come about, are they your local club? Yeah they’re our local team and we grew up around city fans in our family’s and friends. How do you rate Hull’s current season? You’re comfortably in the play-offs at present, do you think you can secure promotion? Yeah we’re having a good season. We should go up but hopefully we can get automatic promotion rather than been in the play offs, that Continue reading "We speak to Fronteers about their love for football"

Farah Launch SS16 Collection

We feature the latest collection from Farah, the leading menswear brand. The piece takes inspiration from the 90’s Britart. Take a look and let us know what you think.

  We’re big fans of Farah here at Penaltymag, with the brand making a fair few appearances in our wardrobe! We were excited to see an e-mail announcing the SS16 arrive in our e-mail recently. The new SS16 collection from the menswear brand takes inspiration from the Young British Artists group, who were credited with the creation of the popular Britart in the 1990’s. The collection includes reworked 90’s sportswear pieces in bright primary colours – to give the collection a premium sportswear feel. I am particularly a big fan of the sports jackets from the collection, especially the stone/camel coloured one.
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We Review the New Balance 373s

Our friends over at JD Sports were kind enough to send us a pair of trainers to review as part of our Style series. They sent us a pair of Navy New Balance 373, which were absolutely beautiful.

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I’ll be honest; I’ve always been an Adidas kid – specifically Adidas originals. I think that they are the best trainers on offer in the UK, in terms of quality and design. As a result, I’ve kinda looked past every other trainer for myself. It turned into a bit of an obsession and it got to the stage where all I was wearing was Adidas trainers – problematic if you have any other Adidas gear on as you quickly turn into an Adidas fan boy!

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Penalty Predicts: 6 Things To Happen This Summer

With only 8 games remaining of this Premier League season, we look ahead to the summer activity. All is still to be played for and final positions will seriously impact any business done in the summer, but regardless we think we are able to predict 6 things to expect in the Premier League this summer.

More Money in Manchester

Manchester City have already announced that Pep Guardiola, the current Bayern Munich manager, will be their new boss next year. A title for outgoing manager Mauricio Pellegrini seems unlikely, but Champions League football will be a minimum it seems. Along with city rivals United, we expect a lot of money to be spent in Manchester. A new manager will also be in charge of the red half of Manchester, but we’re yet to find out who, but it’s likely that more money will be spent again. There’s big money in Manchester Continue reading "Penalty Predicts: 6 Things To Happen This Summer"