From Manchester United’s musical announcement that they had #Pogback, to 2 Chainz kicking things off in Atlanta, the worlds of music and football often collide…
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Whether it’s famous faces spotted on the terraces watching their team in action or adrenaline-inducing tunes being blared on stadium sound systems, both pursuits of music and football are constantly intertwined.
This week, for example, Portuguese giants FC Porto announced that they have joined forces with James to promote a new equality campaign.
(We should clarify at this point that in this case we hear james, the Manchester stalwarts of the 1990s indie of “Sit Down” fame, not former Porto striker James Rodriguez. Which would be a slightly less unlikely pairing.)
👉H’ muitas caras, mas apenas uma ra’a humana. Tod@s loss aqui.
FC Porto e James lanam campanha pela igualdade
👉 There is only one human race, #manyfaces, everyone belongs here pic.twitter.com/SUGOfkYFUb #everybodybelongshere #onlyonehumanrace @wearejames #FCPorto.
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) January 15, 2020
Here we look at several examples of the milization of worlds, with groups that associate and/or become synonymous with clubs and players, and vice versa.
Stormzy and Pogba
PogBOOM arrives at Old Trafford.@paulpogba: Welcome home to @ManUtd.#FirstNeverFollowshttps://t.co/UKrEgp7Mcy
— adidas Football (@adidasfootball) August 8, 2016
When Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United in the summer of 2016, the infuriating transfer saga rumbled for months before the British star stormzy officially announced the news.
Kasabian and Leicester City
Kasabian have always been Leicester City fans and still have their song “Fire” circled on the tannoys at the King Power Stadium whenever the Foxes score.
As such, it was quite normal that the local band was at the forefront of Leicester’s title celebration celebration in 2016.
Macklemore and Seattle Sounders
Macklemore is a shareholder in the Seattle Sounders, who join Ciara and Russell Wilson in the MLS group of star owners. It happened during the celebrations when the Sounders won the MLS Cup last year.
2 Chainz and Atlanta
Macklemore isn’t the only American rapper involved in MLS either, with 2 Chainz invited to drive home the Golden Spike – a pregame tradition at Mercedes-Benz Stadium – to his first Atlanta United game in front of 71,000 feverish fans.
Iron Maiden and West Ham
Announcement ‘The With Your Boots On’… a unique collaboration between Maiden and @WestHam
The new homemade kit is available to order now – https://t.co/96NTHdKmHJ#IronMaiden #WestHam #DieWithYourBootsOn #Football #UpTheIrons pic.twitter.com/PTv95BxD06
— Iron Maiden (@IronMaiden) November 29, 2019
Steve Harris, a founding member of Iron Maiden, has been a strong West Ham supporter since he watched his first game in the 1960s. He even regularly plays shows with the Hammers Crest on his bass guitar.
It must have been a dream come true then, when last year Harris collaborated with his childhood club to produce a special limited edition West Ham x Iron Maiden replica shirt.
Kaiser Chiefs and Kaizer Chiefs
The Leeds-based group chose its name in 1997 after being inspired by Lucas Radebe’s former team in South Africa, changing a letter to avoid confusion.
Several years later, the Chiefs (the group) were able to meet the Chiefs (the football club) when they fell during a tour of South Africa.
Bayern’s Davies learn local lingo
Moving to Bavaria: a @AlphonsoDavies 🎬😂 story#MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/HqL6q9xiOc
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 16, 2020
A year after his big move to Bayern Munich, Alphonso Davies is slowly beginning to tackle the local way of life.
The Canadian winger filmed himself in front of the mirror as he made the various stages of his new run in the city auslander Bavarian own-in-hand.
As demonstrated, things are certainly improving with Davies able to recite at least three bursts of precious Bayern-themed phrases.
I don’t know if he can order a white-angryt or successfully navigate its way to the Station Still, but we are confident that all of this will happen in time.
Pep launches new Puma boots
Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City boss, helped launch a new Puma boot specially designed for Sergio Aguero, Marco Reus, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
The “Sparks” pack features new FUTURE and ONE boot models with an eye-catching new “ultra-yellow” paint job that is highlighted to great effect in the launch promo.
Puma designed the boots to focus on allowing key players to give their teams the spark they need to turn a game into a moment of spontaneous genius.
“It all starts with a SPARK, that’s how the players become champions,” Guardiola said.
“They are the ones who are redefining the game.”
We are not sure that he will be so in love with them if Messrs Reus, Suarez or Griezmann spark his Team of Champions League city while wearing them.
Brilliance has a place of birth. 🇧🇷
From the courts of Sao Paulo to your local street game, the #PhantomVSN2 IC is inspired by the precision and agility of small-scale football around the world.
Available now through our organic 🔗!
— Nike Football (@nikefootball) January 16, 2020
Nike also released a new boot this week, updating a modern classic by launching the latest incarnation of their ever-popular PhantomVSN boots.
The PhantomVSN 2 features a revamped ergonomic fit and eye-catching texture designed to meet the needs of technical offensive players.
The upper part is divided into four “touch zones” — medial trapping zone, strike zone, join zone and dribbling zone — to increase ball control and fully meet all the specific needs of a winger or a delicate No game. 10.
The keen-eyed observer will also notice a series of embroidered numbers on the pull-tab, a small digital graph that refers to the GPS coordinates of the Nike Football design lab.
Reims targets cheeky beards with VAR puffs
Ligue 1 team De Reims won on social media on Thursday by having fun on their thoughts on refereeing in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in Amiens.
Johan Hamel, who oversees the match at the Stade de la Unicorne, refused to consult the video-assisted referee (VAR) twice during the match – denying Reims what they considered to be two clear penalties.
Coach David Guion could not hide his disappointment after the match and claimed that the VAR was not even necessary to acknowledge a foul on Moussa Doumbia, whom Reims compared to a “clothesline” move from the video game Street Fighter.
A Christophe Jallet handball also went unpunished, prompting Reims to become cheeky and suggest that he was buy-a-get-one-free on VAR injustices with current sales on.
Fortunately the #VAR here – Amiens… 👀
In #StreetFighter on call ‘a blow of the rope’ linen 🤼 And in @Ligue1Conforama? pic.twitter.com/HBaBNoUPrx
— Stade de Reims (@StadeDeReims) January 16, 2020
Ironically, Amiens cancelled out Dereck Kutesa’s superb opener on the half-time shot early in the second half… You guessed it, VAR!
🚨 #Soldes a VAR 🛍
For non-recourse, the second offered 🔝#ASCSDR pic.twitter.com/sWJ6ROCCVu
— Stade de Reims (@StadeDeReims) January 16, 2020
The hosts received a penalty that was initially ruled out by Hamel and although Predrag Rajkovic saved the initial effort, Moussa Konate scored the rebound.
Reims’ last touch on their elaborate grief against Hamel was to wish the technical director of refereeing Pascal Garibian happy new year in the very tongue-in-cheek manner.