My name is Steve Hall. I am a Brit who lives in Spain and who loves football.
In 2010 I cycled to all the 92 football league clubs in England and Wales. I set off in May and finished on 23 September 2010. I was met with almost universal kindness, hospitality and friendship.
Please check through the site to learn more about the project, the people involved and how you can also help and get involved.
Play at the Camp Nou, Barcelona
Have you ever dreamed of playing at Camp Nou? Now’s your chance with Beko!
Win the chance to play on the pitch at Camp Nou, an exclusive training session with FC Barcelona’s expert coaches and a tour around Camp Nou. Travel, accommodation and food is all included too.
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The 92 Grounds Shirt
There are a couple of interesting offerings from Copa this week.
The ‘terão’ or urban field is an oasis in the Brazilian urban landscape and the place where family, friends, adults and children are cheering together for their local team. A breath of fresh air in the daily lives of those who live in the city outskirts of Sao Paulo.
These fields, the basis of Brazilian football as we know it, are increasingly rare to be seen because of property speculation and land occupation. Brazilian photographer Renato Stockler managed to catch a few of these last remaining typical fields in his beautiful serie ‘Grounds from above’.
The Ground From Above All Over T-shirt can be found on copafootball.com, in our flagshipstore in Amsterdam and via selected retailers and online resellers.
I came across this wonderful story about Isco (Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez) who plays for Real Madrid. Many years ago he lived down the road from me in Arroyo de la Miel (“The Stream of Honey”) on the Costa del Sol. He moved from Málaga CF where he made his name after being released by Valencia CF and has been a lynchpin in Zidane’s squad this season. As such I have always watched his progress. Many will know that I am myself sincerely “hearing impaired” which, apparently is the new politically-correct expression for what I really am ….deaf! I was therefore delighted to read this article in this week. #RespectIsco
Isco fulfills goal celebration promise to young fan in a big way
An encounter at an autograph signing leads to a lovely gesture
On Friday (14 April), Isco took part in an autograph signing that gave him the chance to meet eight-year-old Manar, who attended the event with her parents, who are deaf. As she got Isco’s autograph, she asked him if he could do the sign for “I love you” if he scored a goal in the next day’s match against Sporting Gijon. Isco told her that he would.
Fast forward to Saturday and just 17 minutes into the match, Isco scored and did the sign. But he wasn’t done. Isco then scored a 90th minute winner to beat Gijon 3–2 and did the sign again. After the match, he explained that he thought of Manar in those moments, prompting the gesture.
Making this whole thing even better is the fact that their encounter at the autograph signing was caught on camera. Take a look:
And as if all that wasn’t wonderful enough, now Isco even has his young son doing it (in a full Real Madrid kit, above).
So that’s how I became an Isco fan.
Article first produced in Howler Magazine
I just had to add this from the BBC
A man’s mission to build all 92 English League grounds out of Lego
Chris Smith has combined his passions for football and Lego, and has set about reconstructing all 92 English League grounds. So far he has built nearly half, including Manchester Utd’s Old Trafford, QPR’s Loftus Road and County Ground, home of Swindon Town.
He told 5 live: “I was surfing the internet one day and found that nobody had already embarked on this project so I thought I’d have a go at it myself.”
Chris says the trickiest Lego constructions were Wembley and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
This clip is originally from 5 live Drive on April 12 2017.
brickstand is the attempt to create all 92 league grounds from Lego bricks. It is now a live Kickstarter project where you can get involved in making this happen. Please follow this link for all the information
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Limited Edition Antwerp Box
It took 13 years but Royal Antwerp FC are finally back where they belong after reaching promotion to the First Division in Belgium. To celebrate this we have made an exclusive Antwerp box for the real fans.
Obviously the book from football photographer Marco Magielse about Antwerps’ iconic stadium ‘de Bosuil’ is not missing. From this book we have selected one of our favorite pictures to make a special T-shirt and luxury art print. Both the book and print have been signed and numbered by Marco.
Small, but an eye catcher for sure, is the Subbuteo figure based on the 1970s Antwerp kit as hand painted by David Baxter from the UK. And as a finishing touch a football scarf in the red and white Antwerp colors is added to the box to show your love for the club on the stands.
Limited Edition Antwerp Box – COPA
The limited edition box can be found online at copafootball.com
I am excited to have received this email from Jeff Stelling today. It is so important that I pass it on in its entirety
Marching to Wembley feels like only yesterday
You may be aware on this day last year (30 March 2016) I completed my 262 mile march from Victoria Park, the home of my team Hartlepool United, to somewhere we’d never been, Wembley, for Prostate Cancer UK.
We were joined along the way by 400 people fundraising to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. Together we raised over £420,000 and we reached thousands, possibly millions, of people across the UK on TV, radio and in the press.
Last year was an amazing and humbling experience. With Russ Green (former Hartlepool CEO now at Rochdale) by my side for the 10 day journey we met so many people with inspiring stories. Like Kevin Webber, a 51-year-old, diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer and given two years to live. This year Kevin will be doing all 15 days, warming up to it by undertaking the Marathon De Sable. He’s raised thousands and aims to raise even more walking with me, and he’s getting his company involved too. Like many football fans he was unaware of the disease until it turned his life upside down.
After the agony and ecstasy of the walk last year, particularly the agony, so many people, like Kevin, have been in touch with me, with stories of their fight against prostate cancer. I decided I couldn’t sit on my backside and do nothing. And with your support I know we can make this bigger and better than last year. It has to be. Prostate cancer kills one many every hour in the UK and we need to make sure as many men and their families are aware of the risk of the disease.
I want to get out there and meet as many people as possible, and raise the money to stop this disease in its tracks. I’ve seen and heard how it is ruining lives of families across the country and that’s why I’ll be putting on my walking boots in 2017. And I’d love your support. If you haven’t already signed up now is the time to join me and help us beat this disease.
You can find out more about the route here: prostatecanceruk.org/jeffsmarch.
We hope you can join us for an amazing adventure in June.
Prostate Cancer UK ambassador
PS If marathon walks are not for you visit marchformen.org to find out about our local walks in London, Leeds and Glasgow.
Smells like a Shirt!
Smells Like a COPA Football Shirt
Football and music have walked hand-in-hand since the 1960’s when George Best became the world’s first rockstar footballer and earned himself the nickname ‘the fifth Beatle’. We specialise in football but draw inspiration from music too. We have combined these passions to create a unique football-themed tribute to one of our musical heroes.
Kurt Cobain was the lead singer of mighty Nirvana, the band revolutionised alternative rock in the early 1990’s and remain a huge influence on many a quarter of a century later.
The year 1991 saw the band release the ground-breaking “Smells Like Teen Spirit” single. The shirt that Kurt Cobain wore in the video influenced this special COPA release. With this football shirt we pay homage to the cultural impact Nirvana had and still has 25 years later. So wear your Kurt Cobain shirt with pride and Come As You Are.
This Football Shirt can be found on copafootball.com, in our flagshipstore in Amsterdam and via selected retailers and online resellers.
The picture used for this new T-shirt is taken by World Press Photo winner Alejandro Kirchuk during a Superclasico match between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Argentina.
In most Latin American countries football is a powerful passion. It unites people from different social strata, genres and cultural backgrounds. Football works as a social equaliser.
Boys playing in a slum, men in a private neighborhood, girls facing a final match, guys gathered in a rural area, crowds celebrating in a derby match, blind people feeling the game more than anyone; all these situations are bonded by the strong passion for football in Maradona’s and Messi’s land.
The T-shirt can be found on copafootball.com, in their flagshipstore in Amsterdam and via selected retailers and online resellers.
Los hinchas – fans, supporters often with the implication of ultras, hooligans etc