Sport http://www.stuff.tv/sport/videos en-GB How Football Manager changed the beautiful game http://www.stuff.tv/how-football-manager-changed-beautiful-game/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As Football Manager 2015 makes its debut this week, we look at how the time-sapping soccer sim has influenced the world’s biggest sport for real </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FM_ProZone_main_0.jpg?1415529892" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lionel Messi was just 13 years old when Jon McLeish scouted the Argentine superstar for the first time.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But Jon, the son of former Scotland and Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish, didn&rsquo;t spot Leo on the streets of Rosario, or the training pitches at Barcelona&rsquo;s legendary La Masia academy &ndash; he was playing <em>Football Manager</em> on his PC.</p> <p>That was in 2001, when the game was still known as <em>Championship Manager</em>, and when 19-year-old Jon told his dad this kid was going to be a world beater the then Rangers boss laughed it off. And understandably so &ndash; Jon was just a teenager and it was just a game, right? But today his discovery might be taken more seriously.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The special one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;When Andre Villas-Boas was Jose Mourinho&#39;s chief scout at Chelsea he admitted that he was using <em>Football Manager</em> as a reference tool,&rdquo; says Miles Jacobson, a Watford season ticket holder and director of the game&rsquo;s parent studio Sports Interactive. That was the first sign of validation for the game from within the sport itself. The latest is a deal to supply player data to performance analysis giant ProZone&rsquo;s Recruiter tool, which means 30 clubs across Europe are now using the same database you (and Jon) play the game with to discover potential new signings across the world.</p> <p>That database is <em>Football Manager</em>&rsquo;s golden egg, put together using information supplied by around 1300 scouts based around the globe. &ldquo;We&#39;ve thought for a long time that we have the best scouting network in football,&rdquo; says Jacobson on the phone from SI&rsquo;s East London HQ. &ldquo;We have 51 head researchers in different countries and regions and they have networks of others that report in to them. In the UK we&#39;ve got scouts at every club down to Conference North and South level and they&rsquo;re watching the youth team, the reserves and the first team week in, week out.&rdquo;</p> <p>And these aren&rsquo;t just enthusiastic fans with nothing better to do. At least, they&#39;re not anymore. Jacobson picks out two guys in particular who have been contributing for over 15 years: one who is now chief scout for a team in the Champions League and another who holds the same position for a Europa League side, while there are contributors who also work for FIFA and UEFA. Other regional experts have also been asked to scout players for professional clubs. <em>FM</em>&rsquo;s database is essentially crowdsourced from the highest level of world football and has been since long before crowdsourcing even became a thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/secrets-behind-opta-how-stat-seeking-experts-watch-football/feature">How Opta analyses football</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="760" height="428" title="Football Manager 2015" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Home%20Screen.png?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All in the name of research </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While his virtual scouting is purely for research purposes (particularly if his wife asks what he&rsquo;s doing) Iain Macintosh is a man with a pretty good grasp of just how good the game&rsquo;s database is. A football writer for ESPN and <em>The Mirror</em>, and co-author of <em>Football Manager Stole My Life</em>, Macintosh happily admits to using the game as part of his preparation, particularly when covering relatively obscure teams in Europe. &ldquo;The database on the game is absolutely extraordinary and it&#39;s more trustworthy than a lot of sources you&#39;ll find online,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>&ldquo;I remember covering a Ukrainian team called Dnipro and I didn&#39;t have an awful lot of knowledge on them, so I booted up the game and played a pre-season with them. That familiarised me with little things like who the goalkeeper was or who the biggest striker was. You do that for about half an hour and then you go off and do proper research the old-fashioned way, but you find it so much easier because it&#39;s not just a whole selection of unfamiliar names anymore.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="630" height="356" title="FM2015 match" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Match%20Engine%202.png?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scout’s honour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just as no team should sign a player off the back of a YouTube highlights reel, neither should they sign one purely from seeing them on <em>Football Manager</em>, but the game does have the required accuracy and a proven track record to act as a trustworthy &ldquo;pre-scouting&rdquo; tool. ProZone&rsquo;s Recruiter takes the game&rsquo;s biographical, contractual and positional information, which can be used to compile a shortlist of players for a club to go and see in the flesh.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&#39;s nothing my dad hates more than an agent just sending in a DVD of a player&#39;s best bits,&rdquo; Jon McLeish, who now works as a football consultant for a sports management agency, tells <em>Stuff</em>. &ldquo;Nine times out of ten the stats from <em>Football Manager</em> are pretty accurate. If it says a player has 12 out of 20 for pace, it&#39;s unlikely to be 19 in real life. It may be one either side but it&#39;ll be fairly accurate. I know a lot of head scouts and they pride themselves on doing their homework. They&#39;ll all use various systems like that to try and find the best players.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review">FIFA 15 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="650" height="390" title="ProZone&#039;s Recruiter" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Recruiter_Mix_011.png?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Underage thinking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unfortunately a discovery like Jon&#39;s wouldn&#39;t happen today, purely because Sports Interactive isn&#39;t allowed to include players under 16 years of age in the game &ndash; but the adolescent stars of the future are still in the database just waiting to reach discoverable age. That means 15-year-old Norwegian wonderkid Martin Ødegaard can&#39;t be in this year&rsquo;s game, but hotly tipped playmaker Hachim Mastour from AC Milan can be. No doubt McLeish Senior is lining up bids for both right now.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are very young players on the database,&rdquo; explains Jacobson (pictured). &ldquo;We know of some 10-year-olds who are tipped for big things but typically we&#39;ll start watching them when they&#39;re about 14 or 15. At the moment my favourite young player is a guy at Bayern Munich called Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who can play in most roles across the midfield. For me he is the hottest of hot prospects.&rdquo;</p> <p>Of course, for every Leo Messi or Vincent Kompany &ndash; who Jon McLeish spotted as a youth player at Anderlecht, impressed by his ability to play in multiple positions &ndash; there&rsquo;s a Cherno Samba. &ldquo;Somebody should write a book about Cherno Samba,&rdquo; says Macintosh wistfully. &ldquo;He was so good at youth level in real life that I think Liverpool were preparing an absolutely enormous bid for him. On the game he was just ridiculous. He was like having a cheat mode.&rdquo;</p> <p>So why isn&rsquo;t Cherno held in the same regard as Messi or Ronaldo? Well that Liverpool move never happened, and stints at Cadiz, Plymouth Argyle, Panetolikos and most recently Norwegian Second Division side FK Tønsberg are hardly comparable to competing in El Clasico and fighting it out for FIFA&rsquo;s Ballon d&rsquo;Or year after year. Cherno is one of the <em>FM</em> legends that sadly never was.</p> <p>&ldquo;Obviously we&#39;ve got a few wrong,&rdquo; Jacobson admits, &ldquo;but every manager gets a few wrong.&rdquo; And he&rsquo;s quite right. Remember Eric Djemba-Djemba, Bebe or Michael Johnson? There&rsquo;s more to success than just great stats &ndash; for both individual players and whole teams &ndash; and Jacobson and the <em>Football Manager</em> team is in a better position to explain that than anyone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="760" height="428" title="FM2015" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Club%20Manager%20History_0.png?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2508" height="3763" title="Miles Jacobson" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Miles%20headshot.jpg?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Human after all </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;There are games every week &ndash; not just a few times a season &ndash; where a team will dominate yet lose,&rdquo; says Jacobson. &ldquo;It happens because humans are involved.&rdquo; And that&rsquo;s the mysterious alchemy behind the game&rsquo;s match engine. How do you turn a load of numbers into a realistic football match?</p> <p>It&rsquo;s at this point the information flows the other way and has done for a number of years. ProZone works with over 300 football clubs around the world, using cameras trained on every single player on the pitch to analyse matches. &ldquo;We use their systems the same way clubs use them,&rdquo; Jacobson explains, &ldquo;to look at where players have been standing during different phases of play. We&#39;re trying to be a simulation of football, so we need to make sure that all of the player positioning is absolutely spot-on.&rdquo;</p> <p>Led by Sports Interactive co-founder Paul Collyer the match engine has been 20 years in the making and it takes new recruits years before they&rsquo;re allowed to really get stuck into it. &ldquo;The time is spent studying, fixing smaller things and trying to work out how it works,&rdquo; says Jacobson. &ldquo;It&#39;s incredibly complicated code.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FM_ProZone_main.jpg?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A game of two halves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This two-way exchange of ideas and information, whether it&rsquo;s intentional or not, is also evident in the visual style of coaching apps and software, such as Wyscout (above) and Globall Coach (below). Those little round player markers and profile pages look awfully familiar, right?</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s hardly surprising with so many people in the sport who&rsquo;ve grown up playing the game. Jacobson cites Villas-Boas, Ole Gunnar Solksjær and the 600 beta testers within the industry that include everyone from current players and scouts to chief executives and kit men. Italy&rsquo;s foremost midfield architect, wine connoisseur and beard owner Andrea Pirlo is also said to be a fan, while former AC Milan captain Demetrio Albertini ended up being the club&rsquo;s researcher for the game.</p> <p>Sports Interactive&rsquo;s most recent recruit even came from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was working for UEFA on Financial Fair Play. &ldquo;To me that shows quite how far we&#39;ve come on a football level, that we have people from inside the sport wanting to come and work here,&rdquo; Jacobson says.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wyscout" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wyscout_white_new.jpg?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="1200" title="Globall Coach" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff_02_0.jpg?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stats your lot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game&rsquo;s reach into the sport could also go some way to explaining football&rsquo;s recent obsession with statistics. Is it why we now get a breakdown of touches in the opposition box and percentage of possession in their half every time Sky&rsquo;s post-match pundits take to the touchscreen to pick apart a team&rsquo;s performance? &ldquo;All the people that played the game when it first came out in 1993 are now running the world,&rdquo; says Macintosh. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve grown up with this level of statistical analysis and probably now expect it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Simon Banoub, director of marketing for stats king Opta Sports, agrees: &ldquo;The generation of fans who have grown up playing games such as <em>Football Manager</em> and <em>FIFA</em> have helped us to grow the interest in football stats by having an instinctive understanding of why it is an interesting and important area of the game.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1214" height="754" title="Sky Sports" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fellaini.png?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better than life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what&#39;s next? The Premier League&rsquo;s first manager with only in-game experience? Coaches trained with nothing but a PC and a copy of <em>FM2015</em>? While its stricter financial constraints could certainly teach a few clubs a thing or two about money management &ndash; and some sports science university courses do use it to teach students about Financial Fair Play &ndash; Jacobson admits his game won&rsquo;t fully prepare you for a job in the dugout or on the training pitch.</p> <p>&ldquo;You&#39;ll certainly have a good player knowledge, a good basic knowledge of how a football club is run from the financial side of things, you&#39;ll have the basics on tactics and a very good knowledge of player roles, but you still need to go and do your coaching badges,&rdquo; he says, shattering the dreams of laptop tacticians the world over.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our match analysis tool inside <em>Football Manager</em> is pretty good, but it&#39;s not as good as ProZone&#39;s, so we are looking forward to learning more about them from that side of things. As we work together I think there will be more things we start doing together, both in the game and away from it. It&#39;s a very exciting time for us; not only are we making the best games we&#39;ve ever made but we&#39;re also finding that the football world is completely open to us. There will hopefully be a bunch of announcements next year once we get a few things signed.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="760" height="428" title="Did I get the job?" alt="How Football Manager changed the beautiful game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Job%20Interview_1.png?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Messi night in Glasgow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eventually Alex McLeish did take his son seriously, but it took an encounter with Spain&rsquo;s Under-21s and a familiar name on the opposition team sheet to convince him that <em>Football Manager</em> wasn&rsquo;t just another computer game: &ldquo;As the years went on I pointed out these kids called Xavi and Iniesta as well,&rdquo; Jon says. &ldquo;Xavi played in that U21 game and my dad said he remembered the name because I kept going on and on and on about him.</p> <p>&ldquo;So eventually he enquired with Barcelona about taking this boy Messi on loan at Rangers. They said he was a bit lightweight and probably needed to go out and get some games to bulk himself up, but about two weeks later he made his debut for Barcelona. The rest is history.&rdquo;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s difficult to imagine what might&rsquo;ve happened had the greatest player of his generation spent a season in the Scottish Premiership, but fortunately there&rsquo;s a game that&rsquo;ll let you find out.</p> <p><em>Messi photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for Sony</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature">The 25 best football games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4604" height="2928" title="A Messi night in Glasgow" alt="A Messi night in Glasgow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/491714255KT00078_Argentina_.JPG?1416221981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/how-football-manager-changed-beautiful-game/feature#comments Gaming Sport Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:36:41 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1452386 at http://www.stuff.tv 6 Instant Upgrades: Surfing http://www.stuff.tv/6-instant-upgrades-surfing/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Summer may be coming to a close, but Britain remains the hot spot for surfers. Check out our &#039;swell&#039; kit for catching the finest waves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Illustration by Jamie Sneddon / www.jamiesneddon.co.uk" alt="The best surfing gadgets and gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/instant-gadgets-surf.jpg?1408463376" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Throw away your tropical board shorts and ditch the cowrie shell necklace - that whole Surfing USA thing is so old. These days, it&#39;s all about Surfing UK...</p> <p>Yes, surfers are leaving&nbsp;California and Australia behind and&nbsp;flocking to the UK, where beaches in England, Scotland and Ireland boast a previously untapped source of world-class waves.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Guts Doodlebug </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Holy Grail for surfing the UK&rsquo;s varied coastline is a board that can handle conditions.&nbsp;The handmade Doodlebug fits the bill nicely. Its high volume provides plenty of float, while the shortboard design and&nbsp;tail make sure it&rsquo;s fast and&nbsp;easy to turn. Shaped by former European Longboard Champion Chris Griffiths, it&rsquo;s designed to be ridden four to six inches shorter than your normal board length, and can be given a custom paint job to help mark you out from the mass-produced hordes.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.gutssurfboards.com">Buy the Guts Doodlebug (from &pound;420)&nbsp;</a></strong><strong><a href="http://www.gutssurfboards.com">here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Guts Doodlebug" alt="The best surfing gadgets and gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/doodlebug-surf-gadget_0.jpg?1408463376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Vango Dry 20 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s your solution to&nbsp;carrying a dripping wetsuit around without getting the rest of your kit soaked. Made from&nbsp;fully waterproof ripstop nylon, the pack&rsquo;s roll-top is completely sealed and can be compressed via an air valve. If your wave-hunting involves long coastal walks, a ventilated&nbsp;back system, sternum strap&nbsp;and removable waist strap&nbsp;keep things comfortable. There&nbsp;are also three external zipped pockets (two of which are waterproof) for essentials&nbsp;such as surf wax and spare leash.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.vango.co.uk">Buy the Vango Dry 20 (&pound;55) here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vango Dry 20" alt="The best surfing gadgets and gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vango-dry-20-best-surfing-kit.jpg?1408463376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Patagonia Men&#039;s R3 Front-Zip Full Wetsuit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><b>For mid-summer to autumn&nbsp;</b><b>in the UK, you need a wetsuit that&rsquo;s at least 2mm thick. The R3 fits the bill, with a mix of 2.4mm and 3.4mm-thick neoprene and a snug Merino wool lining that keeps you&nbsp;</b><b>warm without too much bulk. Any &lsquo;flush through&rsquo; is kept to a minimum by the one-piece front and back panels, plus internal and external neck gaskets. The seams are also triple-glued for extra durability and strength.&nbsp;</b></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.downthelinesurf.co.uk/">Buy the&nbsp;Patagonia Men&#39;s R3 Front-Zip Full Wetsuit (&pound;380) here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Patagonia Men&#039;s R3 Front-Zip Full Wetsuit" alt="The best surfing gadgets and gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/patagonia-mens-wetsuit.jpg?1408463376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Finisterre Ekman Jacket </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning to stay in the UK rather than jet out to Oahu, you&rsquo;ll need a post-surf jacket to help you warm up. The Ekman has a soft, brushed inner to make it comfortable against bare skin, but is also roomy enough for layering up. It&rsquo;s also waterproof and breathable, packs up into its own inside zip pocket, and has an excellent adjustable hood (with enough room for beanie-wearers). Two zipped outer pockets are on hand to swallow your camera and phone.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.finisterreuk.com/">Buy the Finisterre Ekman Jacket (&pound;275) here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Finisterre Ekman Jacket " alt="The best surfing gadgets and gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/finisterre-ekman-jacket-surf.jpg?1408463376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Dragon H20 Jam Sunglasses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if you don&rsquo;t manage to stay afloat after a wipeout, it&rsquo;s always useful if your sunglasses do. These shades have a light nylon frame that helps them stay on the surface and saves you buying a new pair in the event of catastrophic slippage (unless a very fashionable seal gets there first).</p> <p>Polarised lenses and complete UV protection help you see clearly in all conditions, and they&rsquo;re available in six different colour schemes to help you find a match for your board.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.dragonalliance.com/en-us/sunglasses/the-jam-26637/720-2176-999">Buy the Dragon H20 Jam Sunglasses (&pound;140) here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dragon H20 Jam Sunglasses" alt="The best surfing gadgets and gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-h20-jam-sunglasses-surf.jpg?1408463376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Rip Curl Search GPS Watch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Triathletes have long sported GPS watches, and now it&rsquo;s the turn of surfers. Rather than serve up pre-loaded wind and swell stats, the Search GPS locks on to satellites to grab&nbsp;the latest tide information from 1300 surfing locations around the world. Once you&rsquo;re on the water, it then provides live stats such as top speed, total distance&nbsp;and number of waves caught, before syncing data and maps with an iOS map and Rip Curl&rsquo;s site. There&rsquo;s no &lsquo;live shark cam&rsquo; available yet, though.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ripcurl.com">Buy the&nbsp;Rip Curl Search GPS Watch (&pound;290, due Sept) here</a></strong> <p><em>Words by Alf Alderson</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rip Curl Search GPS Watch" alt="The best surfing gadgets and gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rip-curl-search-gps-watch_0.jpg?1408463376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Best UK Surf Spots </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Thurso, Scotland</strong></p> <p>Thurso&rsquo;s world-class&nbsp;reef break may be cold, but it&rsquo;s worth putting&nbsp;up with that for the quality of ride it provides. If that&rsquo;s a bit too daunting there are plenty of less challenging beach breaks in the area, including one in Thurso itself.</p> <p><strong>Llangennith, Wales</strong></p> <p>Generations of Welsh surfers have cut their teeth on the waves that break along this stretch of golden sand, and the throngs here on a good swell mean there&rsquo;s always a great party scene in the campsite above the beach.</p> <p><strong>Saltburn, Cleveland</strong></p> <p>Saltburn has been the centre of the northern England surf scene for decades. The coastline has everything from great beginner waves to more challenging reef and point breaks, along with surprisingly consistent and good-quality waves.</p> <p><strong>Newquay, Cornwall</strong></p> <p>The self-styled surf&nbsp;city has a big après-sea scene. August sees the Relentless Boardmasters festival, with the world&rsquo;s top surfers and gigs by Snoop Dogg, Bastille and Chase &amp; Status.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/6-instant-upgrades-surfing/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/6-instant-upgrades-surfing/feature#comments Sport Surfing Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:48:50 +0000 Emily P Burt 1445178 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Moto 360 price and details leak, Pokémon game coming to iPad, and Nike’s amazing LED basketball court http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/fully-charged-moto-360-price-and-details-leak-retailer-pokemon-game-coming-ipad-and-nike-s- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off Monday by catching up on the news you missed this weekend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto 360" alt="Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-360-worn.jpg?1408343581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto 360 price and details leak via Best Buy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola previously listed an RRP of US$250 for the Motorola 360 smartwatch in the terms and conditions of a giveaway, and now American retailer Best Buy has seemingly confirmed that price target by prematurely posting a listing for the Android Wear device.</p> <p>The listing claims that the Moto 360 will indeed be priced at US$249.99, which converts to about &pound;150 as of this posting. However, expect a higher actual UK price point, as the Samsung Galaxy Live sells for $199 in the States and &pound;169 here, while the LG G Watch is $229 in the U.S. and &pound;159 here. That doesn&rsquo;t provide the most consistent lead on estimated UK pricing, but we imagine it&rsquo;ll be &pound;10-20 more than its rivals.</p> <p>Additionally, the listing offers some notable specs on the device, such as a 320x290 resolution for the 1.5in screen, running at 205 ppi with Gorilla Glass 3 keeping the face protected. It has a built-in heart-rate monitor and pedometer, plus it&rsquo;s waterproof up to 1.1 metres for 30 minutes.</p> <p>We should get confirmation on the UK pricing and availability pretty soon, as Motorola has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-event-4th-september-moto-360-and-new-smartphones-expected/news">an event planned for 4 September</a> that may launch the Moto 360 alongside a couple of new phones (and maybe a headset).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.droid-life.com/2014/08/17/moto-360-shows-up-at-best-buy-for-249-outs-list-of-features/">Droid-Life</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pokémon Trading Card Game coming to iPad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For some time, Nintendo has refused fans&rsquo; and analysts&rsquo; suggestions that it bring its beloved properties to mobile and tablet devices. Still, the Nintendo-owned Pokémon Company will break that decree later this year with the release of <em>Pokémon Trading Card Game Online</em> for iPad.</p> <p>Currently available on PC and Mac, <em>Pokémon Trading Card Game Online</em> delivers a digital approximation of the real-life card-battling experience. The Pokémon Company confirmed the news to VentureBeat after the game was spotted at an event over the weekend, with the release planned by the end of 2014. It may not be a core <em>Pokémon</em> title, but that&rsquo;s still a huge step for the ailing Nintendo.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/15/nintendo-confirms-pokemon-trading-card-game-online-comes-to-ipad/">VentureBeat</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tragic-future-nintendo-iphone-ipad-and-android/feature">The tragic future of Nintendo on iPhone, iPad and Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="721" title="Pokémon Trading Card Game Online" alt="Pokémon Trading Card Game Online" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pokemon-tcgo.jpg?1408343581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Check out Nike’s reactive LED basketball court </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As part of its Rise campaign to spread the appeal of the game throughout China, Nike constructed this basketball court with a full LED floor that reacts to players&rsquo; movements. It certainly has flash, as evidenced by Los Angeles Lakers star and Nike pitchman Kobe Bryant serenaded with a glowing marker with every step he takes.</p> <p>But there&rsquo;s real benefit to the LED floor when it comes to training, as the young players can see where they need to go to take optimum shots, and learn about strategy when they&rsquo;re not in the thick of a game. The Rise promotion continues on further into August with a Chinese reality show; you can see more of the court in this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA1pRUzSQO0">episode of the series</a> (with English subtitles, thankfully).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2YhDQtncK8">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/15/nikes-led-basketball-court/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/past-and-future/movie-classics/25-best-sports-movies-ever">25 best sports movies ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/u2YhDQtncK8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/fully-charged-moto-360-price-and-details-leak-retailer-pokemon-game-coming-ipad-and-nike-s-#comments iOS games Moto 360 Motorola Nike Nintendo Sport Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445141 at http://www.stuff.tv Football fans the winners as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brighton &amp; Hove Albion’s clever signal-sharing app gets Football League backing just in time for the new season </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The home of football. Well, according to Tom Wiggins" alt="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/brighton-and-hove-albion.jpg?1406808634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An app that aims to end the problem of bad phone signal in big stadiums is heading to more football grounds around the country, including Loftus Road, home of newly promoted QPR.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An official tie-in with the Football League also means latest scores from around the grounds are supplied by Opta, plus there&rsquo;s the usual travel info and Twitter feeds.</p> <p>The iOS version of its previous incarnation &ndash; the Brighton-only <a href="http://Links: http://www.stuff.tv/how-brighton-hove-albion-s-digital-stadium-app-solved-problem-bad-signal-big-crowds/feature">Digital Stadium</a> &ndash; used Apple&rsquo;s Game API to communicate between phones, but the new version operates more like its Android sibling: it makes use of the iPhone&rsquo;s Multipeer Connectivity tech to send data over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct (aka AirDrop) or local networks, rather than having to rely on 3G signals or an internet connection, much like FireChat does to exchange messages with other nearby users.</p> <p>The Albion, the Seagulls-specific version of the app, is available now (and will even work at away games), along with Hornets Hive for Watford fans, Blues Hive for Brummies and the less imaginatively titled Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers apps for use at Loftus Road and the Trotters&rsquo; newly renamed Macron Stadium respectively.&nbsp;Middlesbrough&rsquo;s version of the app is scheduled for release later this week.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fancy checking the apps out in time for the new season? You can download the Android versions <a href="https://play.google.com/store/search?q=tribehive&amp;c=apps&amp;hl=en_GB">here</a> and the iOS versions <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/tribehive/id829576364">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature">The 25 best football video games ever</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The app is packed with options for football fans" alt="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/signal-sharing-apps.jpg?1406808634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1000" height="900" title="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" alt="Poor old Cardiff" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/signal-sharing-apps-2.jpg?1406808634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Smartphones Sport Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:09:56 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443745 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike week: Chris Boardman's guide to this weekend's cycling http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-chris-boardmans-guide-weekends-cycling/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cycling legend takes us on a tour of the Tour&#039;s first three days, with a guide to the best bits to ride yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="896" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TourSt1A.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In case you weren&#39;t aware, the Tour de France will be racing through Yorkshire this weekend before sprinting into London on Monday. We asked Chris Boardman, whose cycling CV includes Olympic gold, the yellow jersey and three world records, to talk us through the stages and the best bits to ride from each stage, which you can do using the Ordnance Survey&#39;s new <a href="http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/resources/maps-and-geographic-resources/os-ride.html">OS Ride</a> app.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stage 1, sat 5 july: Leeds – Harrogate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;The Dales is all rolling hills,&nbsp;as the name suggests,&quot; says Chris,&nbsp;&quot;so there&#39;s no specific feature that will define this stage. It will be an attritional day, and they&#39;ll have sore legs by the end of it for sure. I think we can expect to see a sprint finish, with the vast majority of the field coming in together for a huge spectacle. It&#39;s a beautiful part of the world, coming into the finish at Harrogate.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Cycle this bit:&nbsp;Leeds &gt; Skipton, 53km</strong> <p>Though many riders extend the route all the way to Liverpool, this mostly traffic-free towpath cycle is a more sedate half-day ride. If you&#39;ve still got energy in the tank, you can always head into the Dales.&nbsp;</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature">Five bikes that won the Tour de France</a>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1196" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TourSt1.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stage 2, Sun 6 July: York – Sheffield (198km) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;This is a much more mountainous stage than stage 1, so it&#39;s a different kind of challenge. This day is going to make the General Classification (GC) riders, the guys going for the overall win in the Tour de France, really nervous. They&#39;re going to use their team to look after them all day to make sure they&#39;re kept out of trouble. The race is really going to kick off at the biggest hill in the peak district Holme Moss in the second half of the race.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Cycle this bit:&nbsp;York &gt; Addingham, 65km</strong></p> <p>Take a leisurely tour of York, gawping at Clifford&#39;s Tower and the River Ouse, before heading out into the Yorkshire countryside through to Knaresborough and the superbly-named Blubberhouses.</p> <p>WATCH THESE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-reasons-watch-tour-de-france/feature">Five of the greatest cycling videos (and a couple of crashes, obviously)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TourSt2.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="400" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OSride2.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stage 3, Mon 7 July: Cambridge – London (159km) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;This stage is pretty flat&quot;, says Chris, &quot;and it will almost certainly be a sprint finish. There are a lot of riders who know they can&#39;t win a sprint, though, so there&#39;ll be a lot of attacking at the start to try and get a break away. Then the responsibility will be with the sprint team to try to control the race and bring it back together for the finish in London. Hopefully we&#39;ll see Mark Cavendish taking a win on home soil.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Cycle this bit:&nbsp;Chelmsford &gt; London (78km)</strong></p> <p>A &#39;Tour de Essex&#39; might not sound glamorous, but this route heads from Chelmsford&#39;s busy asphalt down into Epping Forest and towards Buckingham Palace, where your imaginary roaring crowd awaits.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature">Our five favourite affordable road bikes</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BphYunoCYAA5Iuj.jpg-large.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="400" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OSride3.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-chris-boardmans-guide-weekends-cycling/feature#comments Bikes Sport Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:54:04 +0000 Will Dunn 1441006 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike week: how to photograph the Tour http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-how-photograph-tour/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re going to be one of the thousands lining the Tour route this weekend, try these cyclo-papping tips from professional snapper Alex P (alexp.com) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2014-06-06-at-15.49.55.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to get some decent snaps any major sporting event faster and livelier than the World Handwriting Championships, you need to prepare in advance. Follow these simple guidelines from Alex P (<a href="http://alexp.com" target="_blank">alexp.com</a>) and you&#39;ll have no trouble getting a couple of memorable shots.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Scout a location </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best spot depends on the story you&#39;re trying to tell. The loneliness of the long distance cyclist or a peloton bunfight? Either way, work out where the bikes will in relation to the camera and background &ndash; ideally between the two.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/one-shutterstock_111934835.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Prepare to burst </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Burst mode, that is. Rapid-fire shots (10-15fps) give you more chance of getting the right shot, but also slow down your auto-focus. Choosing .jpegs as your file format will enable quicker buffering and download speeds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="959" height="880" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Burst1.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Turn to &#039;S&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>...or &#39;T&#39;, on some cameras - the Shutter Priority setting that allows you to pick the speed of your shot. Fast shutter speeds freeze motion and help sharpness, so go for a speed no slower than 1/125 and try something in the 1/400 - 1/800 range. Move the camera with your subject (a technique called &#39;panning&#39;) to provide an added element of speed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen-shot-2014-06-06-at-15.49.55.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. turn around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&#39;t just snap the cyclists. Crowd reactions with the relevant action in frame give great results, as do &#39;behind the scenes&#39; images of rider prep and post-race reactions. In any area of photography, you get the best shots by capturing images that others don&#39;t think of, or can&#39;t get access to.</p> <p>Find more easy advice on how to create amazing photographs in <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/two-shutterstock_33605863.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-how-photograph-tour/feature#comments Bikes Photography 101 Sport Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:08:20 +0000 Will Dunn 1440894 at http://www.stuff.tv Exclusive: Stuff talks to Novak Djokovic about tennis technology http://www.stuff.tv/exclusive-stuff-talks-novak-djokovic-about-tennis-technology/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As he battles for a second Wimbledon title, we caught up with the world number two for some racket chat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Exclusive: Stuff talks to Novak Djokovic about tennis technology" alt="Exclusive: Stuff talks to Novak Djokovic about tennis technology" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/novak-djokovic-1.jpg?1404705921" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal may be out of this year&rsquo;s Wimbledon Championship, but one of the world&rsquo;s top three players remains in the tournament &ndash; in fact he&rsquo;s now favourite to win it.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re talking of course about Novak Djokovic. The 27-year old Serbian already has one Wimbledon singles title under his belt (as well as five other Grand Slam singles titles), and with his greatest rivals fallen by the wayside looks to be on course for a second. We caught up with him in the run-up to Wimbledon to pick his brains about technology.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech makes a racket </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;Technology plays a very important role in our sport &ndash; rackets especially. Rackets today allow the player to have more control on the strokes, more precision, more power, more acceleration.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/43555660@N00/7103136603">Kate on Flickr</a></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ces-2014/hands-video-preview-sonys-tennis-racket-sensor-will-help-you-improve-your-swing/video">Sony&rsquo;s tennis racket sensor will help you improve your swing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="706" height="977" title="Djokovic uses Head rackets with both natural and synthetic strings" alt="Djokovic uses Head rackets with both natural and synthetic strings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7103136603_54be47432f_o.jpg?1404705921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like a lot of tennis pros, Djokovic strings his rackets with a combination of synthetic strings and natural gut (from cows) &ndash; so despite their high tech nature, there&rsquo;s still an element of tradition present.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We ain’t seen nothin’ yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t know how far it can go, and for me that&rsquo;s exciting. A few years ago we didn&rsquo;t have Hawk-Eye, and we thought it couldn&rsquo;t go further than that. And now we have the challenge system and even more advanced rackets. It&rsquo;s really unpredictable but we can definitely expect a lot more changes to come because there are people who are always looking for improvement and progression, and I think that&rsquo;s the right approach for [tennis] and for life in general.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hawk-Eye has been a mainstay of professional tennis for eight years" alt="Hawk-Eye has been a mainstay of professional tennis for eight years" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hawk-eye.jpg?1404705921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hawk-Eye, a British invention now wholly owned by Sony, was first used in 2001 in cricket, progressed to professional tennis in 2006 and was introduced to the English Premier League (for goal-line monitoring) in the 2013/14 season. It uses multiple cameras (usually six or seven, but 10 in tennis) to triangulate the position of a ball to within 5mm.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s more to life than tennis </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;Technology allows us to speak to a person on the opposite side of the world, and to see that person while we&rsquo;re doing it, so it&rsquo;s quite incredible going back 10 or 15 years and then seeing where we are at this moment.&rdquo;</p> <p><em><strong>Credit:</strong> Novak Djokovic is the brand ambassador for Peugeot; </em>Stuff<em> spoke to him at the unveiling of the new Peugeot 508 in London.</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-great-tennis-videogames-get-you-mood-wimbledon/feature">The 10 best tennis video games ever</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Novak Djokovic and the new Peugeot 508" alt="Novak Djokovic and the new Peugeot 508" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/djokovic-with-peugeot-508.jpg?1404705921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Sport Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:48:28 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1440784 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike Week: five great, affordable road bikes http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tickled by the Tour? Tempted by triathlon? If you fancy getting into road biking, here are five steeds that will make a good starting point </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/opener_1.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you find yourself watching the Tour de France as it whizzes across England this weekend and thinking &#39;I could do that&#39;, then, well, you can&#39;t. Seriously, you can&#39;t. The Tour is over 3000 kilometres, a lot of it very steeply uphill, ridden at an average of around 40km/h. But straddle one of these affordable road machines, all of which have been ridden by Team Stuff, and you&#39;ll get a feeling for what it&#39;s all about, even if the reality is that your longest ride is a five-mile pootle to a country pub.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Boardman Road Sport (£450) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For several years the default answer to the question &ldquo;what&rsquo;s the best affordable road bike?&rdquo; has been &ldquo;probably a Boardman&rdquo;, and the <strong><a href="http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/boardman-road-sport-bike-medium-53cm" target="_blank">Road Sport</a></strong> explains why: an assortment of proper Shimano 2300 and Sora componentry on a surprisingly good 7005 aluminium frame makes this a proper road bike for very little money.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="776" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Boardman_Road_Sport_xl.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Raleigh Airlite 100 (£500) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Raleigh&rsquo;s recent progress in high-end racing bikes for its professional team has developed into a much nicer range of consumer bikes. Like the Boardman is has an aluminium frame that will introduce you to the light, still nature of road bikes, some decent components and some nice finishing touches, including much nicer tyres (Schwalbe Lugano) and saddle (San Marco) than you&rsquo;d expect to see at <strong><a href="http://www.cyclesuk.com/10494440/products/raleigh-airlite-100-se-2014-road-bike-in-black-and-blue.aspx" target="_blank">this price</a></strong>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="828" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/raleigh.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You call that affordable? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Okay, so we couldn&#39;t buy one of these bikes without saving up, but spending any less on a road bike is normally a false economy because you won&#39;t get to experience any of the speedy fun offered by a real racer. One notable exception, however, is the <strong><a href="http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-red-road-bike-id_8274036.html" target="_blank">B&#39;Twin Triban 3</a> (&pound;300)</strong> from French sports megastore Decathlon (you may have seen their shops on trading estates). We haven&#39;t ridden the Triban 3 so we can&#39;t recommend it in this list, but if you&#39;re on a budget it&#39;s definitely one to consider - ride it in the same week as the Boardman and see how it shapes up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Genesis Equilibrium (from £850) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many riders are of the opinion that while aluminium and carbon have their merits, nothing rides like a steel frame, and the <strong><a href="http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/road/sportive/equilibrium-00" target="_blank">Equilibrium</a></strong> is made from Reynolds 520 or 725 - widely regarded as some of the best iron around. Add a carbon fork, a decent set of wheels and well-chosen componentry and you have one of the best all-round bikes on the market. And if you&rsquo;re a fan of retro looks, this British bikemaker&rsquo;s steeds will have you drooling all over your Lycra.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="738" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Genesis.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verenti Insight 0.3 105 (£900) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Offering a very different ride to the Genesis is this <strong><a href="http://www.wiggle.co.uk/verenti-insight-03-105-2014/" target="_blank">full-carbon bargain</a></strong>. Verenti (the own brand of online retailer Wiggle) has managed to add a Shimano 105 gearset and brakeset to the already impressive frame and fork, and while you can see where money has been saved on the wheels and bars, it&rsquo;s a very nice ride &ndash; like most carbon frames it climbs well, but unlike many carbon frames, it&rsquo;s assured, grippy and unrattled by steep descents.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Verenti.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hoy Sa Calobra .003 (£1000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Joining Chris Boardman in the pantheon of riders-turned-bikesmiths is Big Chris, the most successful British Olympian in history. Like Boardman, the Hoy range is backed by a big chain of bike shops and offers excellent components for the money - <strong><a href="http://www.evanscycles.com/products/hoy/sa-calobra-003-2014-road-bike-ec051523" target="_blank">in this case</a></strong> it&#39;s Shimano 105, RS10 wheels and a stiff frame, extensively tested by the mighty legs of Sir Chris himself, that offers great power transfer when you&rsquo;re standing on the pedals.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="790" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoy.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thrifty tip: buy last year&#039;s model </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just as with buying a car, the smart money waits until the last few bikes of one model year are left in the shop and snaps one up when they go on sale. The new models arrive in September-October, so search the web for 2014 models from September to November and you could pick up a serious bargain. Alternatively try search for 2013 models now - there are always a few left over (especially in really big or really small sizes) and you&#39;re still getting a brand new bike. If you&#39;re buying your new steed online, it&#39;s still worth taking it in to your local bike shop to get it set up.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature#comments Bikes Sport Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:40 +0000 Will Dunn 1440779 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike Week: 5 bikes that won the Tour de France http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All you need is a huge amount of natural talent, luck, money, decades of training and one of these bikes, and you&#039;re in with a pretty good chance of winning the Tour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202014-06-30%20at%2015.33.13.png?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the Tour began, gears were a pipe dream and your regular amateur bike was two wooden circles and a iron bar. Since then the basic riding position has remained the same, but things have improved somewhat: today&#39;s Tour steeds have to be given a minimum weight allowance (a whispy 6.9kg) or they&#39;ll just start hovering. Here&#39;s five that have helped their riders to wear the yellow jersey.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> La Française, 1903 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The very first bike to win the Tour was ridden by Maurice Garin (aka The Little Chimney Sweep) and its heavy steel frame only had a single gear. It did have toeclips, though &ndash; an invention only a few years old at that time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaFrancaise.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Allegro, 1937 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Roger Lapébie won the Tour on one of the first bikes sporting a Super Champion derailleur, which had only just been allowed under Tour rules and meant that riders no longer had to get off their bike and loosen their back wheel every time they wanted to change gears.&nbsp;<em>(Image credit: theracingbicycle.com)</em></p> <p>INTERVIEW ARCHIVE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tour-de-france-contender-mark-cavendish-talks-bike-tech/feature">Mark Cavendish tells Stuff about his bike tech</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1937%20Allegro%20CREDIT%20THERACINGBICYCLE.COM_.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bottecchia, 1989 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tour-winner Greg Lemond&rsquo;s time trial bike was one of the first to pay close attention to aerodynamics with the addition of Scott aero bars, designed by ski coach Boone Lennon to mimic the position of a downhill skier. His time trial performance won him the 1989 Tour.&nbsp;<em>(Image credit: pedalroom.com)</em> <p><strong>INTERVIEW ARCHIVE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chris-froome-talks-tour-de-france-tech/feature">Chris Froome talks Tour de France tech</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bottecchia-equipe-10662_4.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trek 5500, 1999 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 5500 OCLV (Optimum Compaction, Low Void &ndash; yeah, we don&rsquo;t know either) was the first carbon fibre-framed bike to be ridden from start to finish in the tour, and it took Lance Armstrong to his first tour victory (Armstrong&#39;s title was later stripped, but the bike wasn&#39;t to blame). <em>(Image credit: Rudi Riet)</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-bits-cycling-gear/feature">5 of the best cycling gadgets</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Trek5500_CREDIT%20RUDI%20RIET.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pinarello Dogma 65.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ridden to victory by both Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the Dogma has been the stand-out bike of the last few years. The frame is made from Japanese Torayca carbon, said to be the finest in the world, while the wavy &#39;Onda&#39; fork smooths out the road vibrations that can plague a very stiff road bike. Consumer versions sell for comfortably more than &pound;5,000 but you can personalise it with your own colours, using <a href="http://www.pinarello.com/en/myway-dogma-65.1">Pinarello&#39;s MyWay system</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-cycling-movies-ever/news">The 10 greatest cycling movies</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/D65-799.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature#comments Bikes Sport Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:25:38 +0000 Will Dunn 1440539 at http://www.stuff.tv Top 5 tennis apps for Wimbledon http://www.stuff.tv/node/1440099 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Celebrate the start of Wimbledon with a glass or three of Pimm’s. And these five tennis apps for Android... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stick Tennis" alt="Stick Tennis" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stick-tennis-android.jpg?1403705272" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/node/1440099#comments LG Promotion Sport Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:07:53 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440099 at http://www.stuff.tv Top five football apps for Android http://www.stuff.tv/node/1439471 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A World Cup tournament used to mean a month camped out on the sofa… but not any more! Thanks to smartphone and tablet technology, you can now keep in touch with what’s happening in Brazil from almost anywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stickman Soccer" alt="Stickman Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stickman-soccer.jpg?1403087136" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/node/1439471#comments Android Android apps Android games Apps and Games LG Promotion Sport World Cup 2014 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:25:36 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439471 at http://www.stuff.tv World Cup 2014: all the stories http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/world-cup-2014-all-stories/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s World Cup extravaganza kicks off – we&#039;ve got everything from the best footy games to the tech behind the tournament </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Brazuca football" alt="Brazuca football" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/football.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The World Cup is underway! Brazil&#39;s stadiums are packed to bursting with footy fanatics &ndash;&nbsp;while Britain&#39;s pubs ring to the whoops and groans of fans.</p> <p>We&#39;ve rounded up the best football stories on Stuff.tv to keep you motivated between matches; much better than a half-time orange.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 25 best football games ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is there a better way to mark the start of the World Cup than with a definitive list of the best soccerball video games of all time? No, there&#39;s not. So here it is.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best football games ever</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="444" title="25 best football games ever" alt="25 best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever_1.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s World Cup training camp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s all kicking off! Literally! The great festival of fancy fitba has come around again, and we&#39;ve rounded up all the films, podcasts and books you need to prepare yourself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/stuffs-world-cup-training-camp/feature" target="_blank">Prepare yourself here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Shaolin Soccer" alt="Shaolin Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shaolin-soccer_0.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nike Football creates 3D printed World Cup gear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wayne Rooney, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are toting Nike&rsquo;s new shin pads and bags in Brazil. This isn&#39;t any ordinary kit, though; it&#39;s 3D printed, meaning that it&#39;s stronger and more flexible. And coming to a pitch near you. Eventually.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike/nike-football-turns-3d-printing-world-cup-gear/news" target="_blank">Find out about the kit of the future here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Nike Rebaro bag" alt="Nike Rebaro bag" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nike-rebaro-bag-main.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adidas Smart Ball hands-on: can it level up English football? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We go for a kickabout with football&#39;s first intelligent ball &ndash; and finally learn how to hit a &#39;knuckle&#39; shot&hellip;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-smart-ball-can-it-level-english-football/news" target="_blank">Stuff gets feet-on here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Adidas Smart Ball" alt="Adidas Smart Ball" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Smartball1.gif?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adidas&#039; crazy knitted football boot/sock hybrid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Adidas brings the fight to Nike with its new footie footwear; part sock, part boot, and part&hellip; insane. But there is method to Adidas&#39; apparent madness.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-brings-fight-nike-new-knitted-football-bootsock-hybrid/news" target="_blank">See the new boot here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Adidas Primeknit" alt="Adidas Primeknit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adidas-primeknit-fs.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nike unveils knitted Magista football boots </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, that&#39;s knitted boots. But these radical new footie shoes could be game-changers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike-unveils-knitted-magista-boots-ahead-world-cup/news" target="_blank">Find out why here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Nike Magista" alt="Nike Magista" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nike-magista-football-boot-011.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How Opta analyses football </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Opta reveals the inner beauty of the beautiful game; find out how a footie match is turned into retweet-ready data &ndash; and how it&#39;s being used to predict who&#39;ll win the World Cup.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/secrets-behind-opta-how-stat-seeking-experts-watch-football/feature" target="_blank">It&#39;s better than a magic octopus</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Opta" alt="Opta" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/opta-main.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The World Cup 2014 football revealed: Stuff looks at five reasons why Brazil 2014&rsquo;s weapon of choice is &ldquo;the most tested football ever&rdquo;.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/it-s-round-it-bounces-it-s-called-brazuca-introducing-new-world-cup-football/feature" target="_blank">They&#39;ve got a robot leg</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca" alt="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adidas-3.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/world-cup-2014-all-stories/feature#comments Sport World Cup 2014 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:22:33 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439052 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's World Cup training camp http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/stuffs-world-cup-training-camp/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s all kicking off! Literally! The great festival of fancy fitba has come around again, and we&#039;ve rounded up all the films, podcasts and books you need to prepare yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Brazilian flag. We predict it will be flying high come final day" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/brazil-flag.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2014 football World Cup is finally almost here - and we&#39;re so excited we&#39;re almost hyperventilating.</p> <p>With a total of 64 matches taking place, there won&#39;t be any shortage of action to keep you occupied over the next month. But at the same time, you can&#39;t spend all of your day watching, then re-watching the games. Well you could, but that might be overkill.</p> <p>Instead, why not set aside a few hours each day to do something different. Read a book, for instance, or watch a film or listen to a podcast.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Read these </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many words have been penned about the beautiful game, and you can expect to see mountains of verbiage written across the newspapers and blogosphere this summer. But if you want to dig deeper, you can&#39;t beat a book; we&#39;ve picked out five titles that offer in-depth analysis of tactics, player biographies and paens to the spirit of Brazilian football.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we&rsquo;ll soon be tired of hearing this summer, football is pretty important to the Brazilians. Here Alex Bellos (a Rio-based Brit who also ghost-wrote Pele&rsquo;s autobiography) explores the quirky, sometimes seedy underside of that passion, from the cattle-like selling of players to Autoball: soccer played with cars. All football life is here.</p> <p><strong>&pound;7 <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Alex_Bellos_Futebol?id=sUpUAwAAQBAJ" target="_blank">Google Play</a>, &pound;7 <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Futebol-Brazilian-Way-Life-Updated-ebook/dp/B00JLEOXMC/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/futebol-1.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And Gazza Misses the Final </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now this is a weird but oddly wonderful approach to revisiting old games. Rob Smyth and Scott Murray&rsquo;s minute-by-minute <em>Guardian</em> match reports have acquired such a cult following that they&rsquo;ve now covered 20 old World Cup games too, including the infamous 1990 England vs Germany semi-final. A novel new way to re-experience the agony.</p> <p><strong>&pound;9 <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gazza-Misses-Final-R-Smyth-ebook/dp/B00GHK77VC/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And Gazza Misses the Final" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/and-gazza-misses-the-final.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Inverting the Pyramid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Jonathan Wilson&rsquo;s entertaining tome is a bible for both tactics geeks and those who only watch big World Cup games but want to chip in with some sensible-sounding soundbites. The newly updated version progresses from the gung-ho 19th-century seven-strikers system to the &lsquo;tiki-taka&rsquo; of Barcelona and Spain, who sometimes use no strikers at all.</p> <p><strong>&pound;7.20, <a href="http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/jonathan+wilson/inverting+the+pyramid/9356669/" target="_blank">waterstones.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Inverting-the-Pyramid.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Messi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An exhaustive but enlightening profile of the Barcelona icon by Guillem Balague, a familiar face from Sky&rsquo;s La Liga coverage. The well-connected journo gained official backing for this biog, and explores the shy superstar&rsquo;s road to glory, while also analysing his relative lack of success with Argentina. Will the real Lionel light up Brazil?</p> <p><strong>&pound;18,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Messi-Guillem-Balague-ebook/dp/B00DS9FU96/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Messi" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/messi.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Story of the World Cup: 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Venerable sports scribe Brian Glanville updates his seminal history of the World Cup, bringing it bang up to date. Each tournament gets a preamble of background info, profiles of the contenders, and reports on the opening games, second round and finals. An excellent primer; it&#39;s particularly entertaining to read about the 1950 Brazil tournament&#39;s difficulties in getting the Maracanà Stadium ready on time. <em>Plus ça change</em>&hellip;</p> <p><strong>&pound;0.99 (Kindle edition), <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-World-Cup-Essential-Companion-ebook/dp/B00H122IM8/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/secrets-behind-opta-how-stat-seeking-experts-watch-football/feature" target="_blank">The inner beauty of the beautiful game: How Opta analyses football</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Story of the World Cup: 2014" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-story-of-the-world-cup.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch these </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Football and the silver screen have had their ups and downs (ups: Pele&#39;s bicycle kick in <em>Escape To Victory</em>; downs: everything else in <em>Escape To Victory</em>). But there&#39;s been a rash of excellent footie flicks in recent years, from documentaries to fiction. Fire up the Blu-ray player and pop on one of these.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shaolin Soccer (2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Behold, the masters of kung-football. The admirably barmy <em>Shaolin Soccer</em> follows the exploits of Sing, a martial-arts missionary who brings his message to the masses by forming an ass-kicking football team who must ultimately face &lsquo;team evil&rsquo; (an outfit almost as ruthless as the Mexico &#39;86 Uruguay team). Gravity-defying volleys, mid-air tackles and flaming footballs &ndash; it&rsquo;s the referees we feel sorry for.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://netflix.com" target="_blank">Netflix</a> and &pound;14 (Blu-ray),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shaolin-Soccer-Blu-ray-Stephen-Chow/dp/B002BD9DTS/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Shaolin Soccer" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shaolin-soccer.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Class of &#039;92 (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beckham, Giggs, Scholes &ndash; which of Manchester United&rsquo;s gifted early-&#39;90s graduates did Pele pick as his star performer at the 2002 World Cup? The workmanlike midfielder Nicky Butt, of all people. This well-crafted documentary compares the careers of these varied personalities, the most painful bits being England-related: Beckham and Phil Neville were both vilified after tournament exits. It&rsquo;s only a game, people.</p> <p><strong>&pound;15 (Blu-ray), <a href="http://www.tesco.com/direct/the-class-of-92-extended-collectors-edition-blu-ray/625-0294.prd?pageLevel=&amp;skuId=625-0294" target="_blank">tesco.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Class of &#039;92 (2013)" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Class-of-92.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Offside (2006) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unique, insightful and surprisingly accessible, <em>Offside</em> is the story of an unnamed Iranian girl, who dresses as a boy to sneak into the only-males-allowed crowd at a vital World Cup qualifier. It doesn&rsquo;t quite go to plan. Filmed on the hoof at a real qualifier, <em>Offside</em> was banned in Iran and its director eventually imprisoned. A starker side of the global game.</p> <p><strong>&pound;6 (DVD), <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Offside-DVD-Sima-Mobarak-Shahi/dp/B000GQMM22/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Offside" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/offside-1.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One Night in Turin (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that England&rsquo;s best World Cup since 1966 was a pretty awful tournament, overall, and that&rsquo;s not just post-penalties sour grapes. Thankfully this evocative Italia &#39;90 documentary &ndash; based on Pete Davies&rsquo; excellent memoir <em>All Played Out</em> &ndash; omits the hours of tedium and centres on the England campaign that helped make football likeable again. Just don&rsquo;t expect a happy ending.</p> <p><strong>&pound;5, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/one-night-in-turin/id672207667" target="_blank">iTunes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="One Night in Turin" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/one-night-in-turin.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Two Escobars (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 1994 World Cup lacked the usual calamity of an England loss on penalties, but it did have a genuinely tragic moment &ndash; the murder of Columbian defender Andres Escobar after his team&#39;s loss to the USA. This compelling doc weaves together his story with that of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, whose money laundering led to the rise of &#39;narco-soccer&#39; and cast a shadow over his country&#39;s vibrant, idolised football team.</p> <p><strong>&pound;15 (DVD), <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Escobars-DVD-Jeff-Zimbalist/dp/B004CSKD5I/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-brings-fight-nike-new-knitted-football-bootsock-hybrid/news" target="_blank">Adidas brings the fight to Nike with a new knitted football boot/sock hybrid</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Two Escobars" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TwoEscobars.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Subscribe to these </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Brazil with these excellent podcasts and services. Perfect for the morning commute.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Offside Rule </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Offering a refreshing change from the rule that football chat has to mean blokey &#39;bants&#39; or Partridge-style pundits, this weekly podcast is hosted by three female football reporters from TalkSport, Sky News and Sky Sports News. International reporters also chip in to make it a well-rounded look behind the scenes of tournaments and big broadcasters.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free,&nbsp;<a href="http://offsiderulepodcast.com" target="_blank">offsiderulepodcast.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Offside Rule" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Offside-Rule---New-Logo-Tile.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Football Ramble </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like eavesdropping on a pub chat between football geeks who frequently put TV pundits to shame, this weekly pod excelled during the 2010 World Cup with features such as Diego Corner (updates on the life of Maradona) and the Balotelli Basement (discussing the antics of Italy&#39;s bonkers striker).</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free <a href="http://thefootballramble.com" target="_blank">thefootballramble.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Football Ramble " alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ramble-logo-stacked.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Blizzard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Inverting The Pyramid</em> author Jonathan Wilson also founded <em>The Blizzard</em>, a high-quality quarterly that cerebrally ponders global soccer. Recorded live with an audience, the occasional Blizzard podcasts gather a panel of notable contributors and probe them for stories that wouldn&rsquo;t fit into more traditional outlets. Forgotten games, obscure names, discussed by fine brains.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free,&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/blizzard-podcasts" target="_blank">soundcloud.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Blizzard" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TheBlizzardt500x500.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Guardian World Cup Football Daily </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <em>Guardian</em>&#39;s Football Weekly is the best soccerball podcast out there: consistently entertaining and informative, with plenty of opinion and an endearingly ramshackle feel. So good news that it&#39;s going daily for the World Cup. Essential if only for host James Richardson&#39;s terrible puns.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/series/footballweekly" target="_blank">theguardian.com</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/world-cup-football-daily/id188674007?mt=2" target="_blank">iTunes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Guardian World Cup Football Daily " alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/guardian-world-cup-football-daily.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky Sports World Cup fixture calendar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not have TV rights for the games, but Sky has chipped in with this handy fixtures calendar for your Google Calendar, Apple&#39;s Calendar and Outlook. Head to the link below for instructions on how to import the 21st Century equivalent of a wall planner.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free, <a href="http://www1.skysports.com/FIFA-World-Cup-2014/news/15241/9066717/world-cup-calendar" target="_blank">skysports.com</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike/nike-football-turns-3d-printing-world-cup-gear/news" target="_blank">Nike Football turns to 3D printing for World Cup gear</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Sports World Cup fixture calendar" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Calendar_0.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/stuffs-world-cup-training-camp/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/stuffs-world-cup-training-camp/feature#comments Sport World Cup 2014 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:21:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438922 at http://www.stuff.tv Nike Football turns to 3D printing for World Cup gear http://www.stuff.tv/nike/nike-football-turns-3d-printing-world-cup-gear/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wayne Rooney, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo will be toting Nike’s new shin pads and bags in Brazil </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike Football Rebento bag with 3D printed base" alt="Nike Football Rebento bag with 3D printed base" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nike-rebaro-bag-main.jpg?1402483703" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I don&#39;t normally care much for bags, but that bag is my kind of bag.</strong><br />Presumably you&#39;re a professional soccer star, then. Nike Football has unveiled two hi-tech pieces of gear that&rsquo;ll be used by a handful of the world&rsquo;s top players in soccer&rsquo;s premier showcase: the Rebento duffle bag and Mercurial FlyLite shin guard.</p> <p><strong>Hi-tech how?</strong><br />Well, for starters both come with 3D printed elements. The bag has a 3D-printed plastic base (with leather forming the bulk of the actual bag) and the shin pad has a webbed shock absorption system that replaces the foam you&rsquo;d usually see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike-unveils-knitted-magista-boots-ahead-world-cup/news">Nike unveils knitted Magista boots ahead of World Cup</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How does that help, though?</strong><br />Well, in the case of the bag the cocoon-like base structure is both lightweight and supportive of whatever a ludicrously rich footballer might want to carry in it. With the shin guards, the structure provides more consistent impact protection than standard foam and flexes more easily, which means it can wrap more tightly around the lower leg. It breathes better than foam too.</p> <p><strong>Can I buy them?</strong><br />Not yet. In fact, there are only three Rebento bags in existence, and they&rsquo;ll be toted by Wayne Rooney, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo (assuming he shakes off his injury) at the World Cup. The Mercurial FlyLite, on the other hand, will be available at nike.com from 1st July (price to be confirmed).</p> <p>Alternatively, if you&rsquo;ve got a 3D printer you can have a go at designing your own &ndash; although we make no guarantee that your homemade shin pads will protect you from a crunching challenge next time you&rsquo;re playing five-a-side.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://nikeinc.com/news/nike-launches-summer-2014-football-equipment-innovations#/inline/29991">Nike</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">MORE HOT STUFF STORIES</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Mercurial FlyLite shin pad features a 3D printed structure" alt="The Mercurial FlyLite shin pad features a 3D printed structure" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nike-flylite-shin-pads.jpg?1402483703" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 3D printed base of the Rebento bag" alt="The 3D printed base of the Rebento bag" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nike-rebaro-bag-detail.jpg?1402483703" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> 3D Printing Nike Sport World Cup 2014 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:15:31 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438818 at http://www.stuff.tv Nike+ FuelBand http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/nike-fuelband/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nike is an old hand at the fitness tracking game, but has its latest band been overtaken by fresher legs? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand review" alt="Nike+ FuelBand review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NikeFuelBand-main.jpg?1395158363" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apparently inspired by Daft Punk&#39;s robot heads and &quot;Harder, better, faster, stronger&quot; mantra, the Nike+ FuelBand is the most overtly futuristic fitness band ever.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £130.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Future wrist tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The trailblazer in wrist-worn step trackers is engineered to perfection, offering strength, comfort, looks and functionality. Plus its LED display will make you feel as if you&rsquo;re in an &rsquo;80s-imagined future. Yup, it tells the time, too &ndash; who&rsquo;d have thought that could be so handy? A row of coloured lights show your goal while the screen displays calories burned, steps taken and NikeFuel points attained. All this can also be tracked live on your Nike+ mobile app in tasty graph form.<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand app" alt="Nike+ FuelBand app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FuelBandApp-1.jpg?1395158363" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nike+ FuelBand Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bluetooth 4.0, iOS app, water resistant, 4-day battery, 27g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Been around the block </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it has been around the longest and the tech isn&rsquo;t new to Nike, it still feels the easiest to fool. And while NikeFuel offers motivation via community competition we found real-world data such as steps and calories more rewarding. Being more active earns you more NikeFuel, for which you&rsquo;ll receive achievements and awards to keep you motivated.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to pull Nike+ Running app data into your profile, though it&rsquo;s not as all-encompassing as the third-party app offerings of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/jawbone/review" target="_blank">Jawbone Up</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review" target="_blank">Fitbit Flex</a>. Bluetooth and live tracking work well but are iOS-only and unless you really want a watch the extra cash just pays for the brand.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand app" alt="Nike+ FuelBand app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FuelBandApp-2.jpg?1395158363" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand web interface" alt="Nike+ FuelBand web interface" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FuelBandWebScreen.jpg?1395158363" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Engineered to perfection and a real looker, if it weren&rsquo;t for the price it&rsquo;d be perfect</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/nike-fuelband/review#comments Health and fitness Multi-Sport Sport Wearable tech Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:05:31 +0000 Tony Horgan 1433891 at http://www.stuff.tv