The genius that is Emilio Sansolini is at it again. He has featured several times on this blog with his ‘Vintage Kit Designs’ (here), ‘Patterns and Jerseys” (here) and his NBA mashup (here). Now he has turned his attention to creating kits that mix fashion with football. By looking at iconic fashion labels that are associated with different countries he has designed strips that blend the two together. The results are great…
A stunning victory last-night for Jamaica against the USA sends the ‘Reggae Boyz’ through to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
Goals from Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes were enough to secure a 2-1 victory and a meeting with Mexico to determine who are champions of North America and the Caribbean. Despite constant pressure the USA side could not break down the Jamaicans. In the other semi-final it was a night of controversy as Mexico were awarded two very late penalties (one in extra time) to beat Panama. Disgusting scenes involving rioting fans and players marred the match. Mexico will win a seventh Gold Cup if they beat first-time finalists Jamaica at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
The final of the Women’s World Cup was won by the United States last night. The US ladies ran out 5-2 winners in a thrilling match that was blessed by a series of great goals and individual performances. One player that stood out was Carli Lloyd who scored a 13 minute hat trick at the start of the first half. The third of her goals was a stunning lob from the halfway line that drifted over the Japanese goalkeeper. It was a fitting end to a tournament that was enjoyed by fans from all over the world. The near 55,000 crowd in Vancouver celebrated the end of the World Cup in style, and the United States walked away with their third world title.
In the individual awards Carli Lloyd won the Golden Ball, Germany’s Celia Sasic won the Golden Boot with six goals and Hope Solo of the United States won the Golden Glove. Kadeisha Buchanan of Canada won the best young player trophy.
Heartbreak for England. Last night the English ladies team crashed out of the World Cup semi-finals in the most cruel of all possible ways. With the match balanced at 1-1 and the clock ticking down it was an injury time own goal that sealed the tie for defending champions Japan. English defender Laura Bassett tried to clear the ball out for a corner at the edge of her own box but in doing so she somehow managed to knock the ball off of the underside of the bar and in. The holders Japan looked on is astonishment as a freak own goal sent them through to the final against the USA.
The English will still feel as though they overachieved in this tournament and they now have a 3rd place playoff against Germany on Saturday.