World Cup 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014-0/news en-GB 4K World Cup – can it beat the real thing? http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/4k-world-cup-it-really-just-being-there/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the ultimate versus test: we watched a World Cup quarter-final in 4K and went all the way to Brazil to see the real thing, to find out if those extra pixels make you feel like you’re actually at the game. </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/4KWC2.jpg?1404815674" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week&rsquo;s World Cup quarter-final between France and Germany might&rsquo;ve decided which team would be first to advance to the last four of Brazil 2014 but it also had extra significance in the world of TV. The game was beamed back in Ultra HD (or 4K to its friends) to the Vue cinema in London&rsquo;s Westfield, and we were there to check it out.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The view </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>My seat at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo was about seven rows from the front, meaning my view of the action when it neared our end of the pitch was not dissimilar to that of the pitchside cameras at the Maracanã. They&rsquo;re the ones that show off the extra pixels so well you could almost read the accreditation badges hanging around the necks of pitchside photographers, but they still couldn&rsquo;t quite compete with my view of Wayne Rooney&rsquo;s first-ever World Cup goal. Unfortunately (or should that be fortunately?) the same can&rsquo;t be said for Uruguay&rsquo;s second, as it happened down the far end of the ground. That&rsquo;s not a problem for the 4K cameras, with 13 of them scattered around the stadium to pick up every bit of the action no matter where it happens. On that basis alone, 4K nicks all three points here.</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/4KWC3.jpg?1404815674" /> </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 resolution </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>Nobody ever told us what resolution the game was being shown at in Sao Paulo but it looked even better than 4K to me. I asked the stewards, checked the small print on the back of my ticket and even tried to get in touch with Sepp Blatter but apparently he had &lsquo;better things to do&rsquo;. Back in London, Sony was far more helpful. They showed it at 3840x2160, which I discovered is enough to see Raphael Varane&rsquo;s nipples through his shirt during the national anthems, if that&rsquo;s your sort of thing. Like football in 3D, it&rsquo;s less noticeable on the wide shots from the top of the stands, although you could practically pick out individual faces in the crowd on the far side. Get down to the dugouts or close-up at a corner kick and the effect is obvious. It looks fantastic. Unfortunately, despite Sony being much more accommodating than FIFA (quelle surprise), no matter how many pixels you add to the screen it&rsquo;ll always look sharper in real life. Another 3 points to reality.</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/4KWC4.jpg?1404815674" /> </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"> The atmosphere </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>Attending a World Cup is always a special experience but doing so in Brazil is incomparable. Brazilians live for football and being in a packed stadium surrounded by excited locals, Uruguayans, Americans, Chileans and who knows what other nationalities was incredible. Thankfully the England Supporters Band were nowhere to be seen (or, more importantly, heard) due to a ban on musical instruments in stadiums. Back in England I shared the cinema showing the game with people in suits, who looked like they&rsquo;d have no issue with participating in a Mexican Wave or mugging at the camera despite their team being 3-0 down. Apart from the noisy German sitting directly behind me it wasn&rsquo;t exactly raucous. Another victory for real life.</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/4KWC5.jpg?1404815674" /> </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"> The game </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>Neither were exactly World Cup classics but the England game certainly provided more clear cut chances to get out of your seat. The header that Rooney put against the bar from about four centimetres will haunt us for a good few years yet, while the one he put straight at the keeper from a few yards out would&rsquo;ve been a goal had he been wearing a United shirt. In the 4K quarter-final there were times when the ref&rsquo;s wonderfully rendered combover seemed more entertaining than the game itself and an Ultra HD half-time replay of Hamez Rodriguez&rsquo;s wondertonk against a Suarez-less Uruguay was certainly well received, although that would look spectacular no matter how many pixels it was made up of. Considering England&rsquo;s defeat we&rsquo;ll call this one a draw.</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/4KWC6.jpg?1404815674" /> </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"> Post-match analysis </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>Compared to watching in normal HD, 4K was like putting Lionel Messi up against Iain Dowie but apart from the multiple views, it loses out to attending a match in every way. Stick it in a VR headset and we may be onto something, though&hellip;&nbsp;<em>(All images by Getty Images for Sony)</em> <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/4KWC1.jpg?1404815674" /> </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-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> World Cup in 4K vs the real thing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s better, a futuristic UHD screening or a spot in the real stadium? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/4k-world-cup-it-really-just-being-there/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/4k-world-cup-it-really-just-being-there/feature#comments 4K World Cup 2014 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:28:46 +0000 Will Dunn 1441270 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 The 25 best football games ever http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is there a better way to mark the start of the Premier League season than with a definitive list of the best soccerball games of all time? No, there&#039;s not. So here it is </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 best football games ever" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-football-games-ever-main.jpg?1408119771" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s a sad fact that most of us won&#39;t ever be any good at football, but the best games can take you into a fantasy world in which you&#39;re a world beater. </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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</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"> 25. Match Day (1984, ZX Spectrum) </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>In essence the Speccy&rsquo;s answer to <em>International Soccer</em> on the C64, <em>Match Day</em> arrived from coder Jon Ritman simply wanting to create the first decent footie game for Sir Clive&rsquo;s rubber-keyed wonder. Solid, large players, a wide range of moves and a reasonably competent AI (if you ignore the bone-headed goalies) ensured it was a hit. Today, <em>Match Day</em>&rsquo;s sluggish nature makes for a rather genteel version of the beautiful game, but we remain eternally amused by its farty rendition of the BBC&rsquo;s <em>Match Of The Day</em> theme.</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="Match Day" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-match-day.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 24. Ultimate Soccer Manager (1995, Amiga) </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 all of <em>Championship Manager</em>&#39;s statistical goodness, nothing immersed you in a mid-&#39;90s football world like the <em>USM</em> series. Transfers and team selection almost became minor distractions, as you reclined in your office next to a fax machine and Teletext. There were advertising deals to negotiate, a stadium complex to build, and even bungs to offer the opposition. Yes, this was the George Graham era, when managers were unimpeachable emperors, and <em>USM</em> put you right on the throne with a hotline to football&#39;s dark side.</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="1400" height="900" title="Ultimate Soccer Manager" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-ultimate-soccer-manager-01.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 23. Footballer of the year (1986, ZX Spectrum) </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>People weren&rsquo;t sure what to make of this oddball at the time of release. Part management game, part board game, you aimed to take a kid from the old fourth division to the glory of cup finals and Division One. Success was mostly down to scoring goals in arcade sequences; chances were bought with &lsquo;goal cards&rsquo; purchased in-game, and &lsquo;incident cards&rsquo; enabled you to delve further into your young player&rsquo;s life. If this all sounds a bit familiar, <em>FOTY</em> was a big influence on <em>New Star Soccer</em> creator Simon Read&hellip;</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="Footballer of the Year" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-footballer-of-the-year.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 22. Tracksuit Manager (1988, C64) </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&rsquo;re not sure how you manage a tracksuit; stupid name aside, this Goliath Games effort was an impressive management game with depth. You arrived just as your team (England by default) had a disastrous World Cup (so, pretty accurate), and had to figure out a road to success. Highlights were akin to the running commentary you&rsquo;d today see on a news website, and while that lacked visual impact, it provided plenty of insight into who was providing the goods for your team, and who to send for an early bath.</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="Tracksuit Manager" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-tracksuit-manager.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 21. Score! World Goals (2012, iOS/Android) </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>Score!</em> is the weirdest entry in this list, being a combination of goal highlights and the path-drawing mechanic first popularised by <em>Flight Control</em> on the iPhone. The idea is to recreate classic goals, step-by-step, closely following the path the ball took at the time. This might have resulted in a stiff, unforgiving title, but <em>Score!</em> is a surprisingly fascinating puzzler that provides great insight into dozens of classic sporting moments.</p> <p><strong>​READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature">First Play - Far Cry 4</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="Score! World Goals" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-score.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 20. International Soccer (1983, C64) </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 C64 classic was the first truly great soccer game. Inspired by the earlier&nbsp;<em>Intellivision Soccer</em>, it utilised a side-on viewpoint, and had two seven-a-side teams battling it out for a chunky, pixelated cup. Despite creator Andrew Spencer not being a fan of football, he captured the feel of the sport, and squeezed throw-ins, corners and goal-kicks into the cartridge&rsquo;s tiny memory. It&rsquo;s also the one football game where you can sometimes head a ball half the length of the field - a bug Spencer noticed but left in because he thought it was funny.</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="International Soccer" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-international-soccer.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 19. Match Day 2 (1987, ZX Spectrum) </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>Knowing a good thing when they saw it, Jon Ritman and Ocean teamed up for a sequel to Ritman&rsquo;s original Spectrum smash hit. This time, the players looked a lot like bodybuilders, and the underlying mechanics had been suitably beefed up: along with a far superior deflection system, there was a league format, volleys, flicks and jumping. Shot strength was determined by a slightly awkward oscillating &lsquo;kickometer&rsquo; and the pace was again slow, but this merely made for more strategic play.&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="Match Day 2" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-match-day-2.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 18. Actua Soccer (1995, PS1) </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>Its name and tagline may have been a shot across Sega&rsquo;s bows (&ldquo;There&rsquo;s nothing virtual about Actua&rdquo;), but Gremlin Interactive&rsquo;s title was noteworthy for more than just a bit of snide trollery: it was the very first console football game to offer fully 3D players. These were motion-capped from Sheffield Wednesday stalwarts Chris Woods, Andy Sinton and Graham Hyde, providing a level of clogger realism never before witnessed on consoles.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JJ9d2WLxI18" 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 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"> 17. Kick Off (1989, Amiga) </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>Dino Dini&rsquo;s 16-bit classic added an ingredient that hadn&rsquo;t really been seen before in football games: speed. The little players darted about the pitch like they were dosed-up on something decidedly not allowed under FIFA&rsquo;s code, and the ball was initially impossible to control, given that it didn&rsquo;t remain glued to your feet. </p> <p>But once mastered, <em>Kick Off</em> made every other football game suddenly seem dull and dated by comparison, even if it was at times the football game equivalent of juggling bars of soap while riding a unicycle down a hill.&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="1150" height="900" title="Kick Off" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-kick-off.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 16. World Cup 98 (1997, PS1) </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>EA&#39;s <em>FIFA</em> series might now rule the football gaming world like some kind of digital Sepp Blatter, but it wasn&#39;t always thus. Back in 1998 it was merely one of several games vying for the hearts and minds of floppy fringed teens, and it was far from being the best.</p> <p>The previous edition, 1997&#39;s <em>Road To World Cup 98</em> had marked a big improvement though - while <em>FIFA</em> had always had the official licences, it finally had the gameplay to go with them too. <em>World Cup 98</em> built on that in some style, keeping the free-flowing football of the previous title and adding in-game tactical changes.</p> <p>It was all wrapped up in a slick World Cup skin that no other game at the time came close to, complete with commentary and unlockable classic games. Shame we had to put up with Chumbawamba&#39;s execrable <em>Tubthumping</em> every time it loaded though.</p> <p><strong>​READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature">The 25 best games on Android right now</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/TYM2_nEG63Q" 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 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"> 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"> 15. Football Manager (1982, ZX Xpectrum) </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>Kevin Toms graced the front of Addictive&rsquo;s <em>Football Manager</em> cover, enticing you to buy the game with his charm and beard. And what a game it was: on your little Spectrum, you could buy and sell players, pick a team, and watch highlights on pitches with comically large goals. Today, it all looks a bit primitive (the C64 conversion was at least a bit prettier), and yet its simple gameplay remains surprisingly compelling in an era of over-complicated (micro) management sims. (Excitingly, Kevin Toms is working on a <a href="http://footballteamcoach.com" target="_blank">new football management game for mobile</a>; less excitingly, he no longer has a beard.)</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="Football Manager" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-football-manager-8-bit.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 14. Tehkan World Cup (1985, arcade) </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>Tehkan World Cup</em> wasn&rsquo;t the first overhead football game (that accolade probably goes to <em>Exciting Soccer</em>), but it was the first to make that viewpoint work. This was a fast game, in part down to the trackball controls, and decent goalies also ensured that matches were often frantic end-to-end battles. </p> <p>The game very heavily influenced Sensible Software, and more or less came to the C64 in the form of <em>Microprose Soccer</em>, but its legacy was really being the grandfather to the outstanding <em>Sensible Soccer</em> series.&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="Tehkan World Cup" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-tehkan-world-cup.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 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"> 13. New Star Soccer (2012, iOS/Android) </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>In answering the question &ldquo;How do you create an in-depth career-long football game for mobile devices?&rdquo;, <em>New Star Soccer</em> just says &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t!&rdquo;, and instead serves up a selection of mini-games draped over a basic framework that&rsquo;s not a million miles from 1986&rsquo;s <em>Footballer Of The Year</em>. </p> <p>Although a touch IAP-hungry, it&rsquo;s a mobile classic, having you balance a kind of hyper-real version of a young footballer&rsquo;s life (Buy a car! And now a TANK!) with pitch-based exploits and the demands of a boss, advertisers and a nagging partner.&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="New Star Soccer" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-new-star-soccer.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 12. FIFA 10 (2009, PS3/Xbox 360) </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 a footballing version of Rocky Balboa vs Apollo Creed, the <em>FIFA</em> and <em>Pro Evolution Soccer</em> games slugged it out relentlessly throughout the &#39;00s without either landing a final knockout punch. <em>Pro Evo</em> was generally the better game, but <em>FIFA</em> retained a strong following by virtue of its proper team and player names and presentation nous. That all changed with <em>FIFA 10.</em></p> <p>Both games introduced 360-degree player control for the first time in their 2010 editions, but <em>FIFA 10</em> did it better, allowing you to expertly slide a pass through at just the right angle for your striker to run on to it. Or, more commonly, for you to expertly slide a pass straight to an opposition defender. Coupled with a wealth of game modes - from Be A Pro to Ultimate Team and Manager Mode -&nbsp;<em>FIFA 10</em>&nbsp;was a more complete footballing experience than any previous title in the series and finally edged ahead of its rival too. And it hasn&#39;t been seriously threatened since.</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="1400" height="900" title="FIFA 10" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-fifa-10.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 11. International Superstar Soccer (1994, SNES) </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>In hindsight, this SNES classic is a bridge between classic-era side-on fare and modern football titles. A predecessor to <em>PES</em>, the original&nbsp;<em>ISS</em> offered a stunning array of moves - everything from feints to shoulder charges - when various buttons were combined. </p> <p>Visually, it was also leagues beyond the likes of <em>Match Day</em> and <em>International Soccer</em>. Yet for all its gloss and cleverness, what made <em>ISS</em> appeal most was its fun and frantic nature, retaining a very arcade sensibility, in that brief period before sports titles became totally obsessed with a kind of TV-style realism.</p> <p><strong>​READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - 30 great games you can play for free in your browser</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="International Superstar Soccer" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-international-superstar-soccer.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 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"> 10. Virtua Striker (1994, Arcade) </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>Sega&rsquo;s legendary AM2 team (also responsible for <em>Daytona USA</em> and <em>Virtua Fighter</em>) developed this groundbreaking title &ndash; the first football video game in history to use 3D player models. Being available only in arcades, <em>Virtua Striker</em> was designed for fast and furious action over serious simulation, but for those of us who crammed countless coins into the cabinet, it was the most realistic digital appropriation of the beautiful game we&rsquo;d ever seen.</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/GibBeX5M7lE" 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 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"> 9. Emlyn Hughes International Soccer (1988, C64) </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>A spiritual successor to Andrew Spencer&rsquo;s <em>International Soccer</em>, <em>Emlyn Hughes International Soccer</em> was the last great side-on football game of the 1980s. Brimming with options, advanced players could utilise techniques such as &lsquo;5-direction&rsquo; passing, sliding tackles and backheels, all from a joystick with only a single fire button. The result was the first truly fluid football game, where you could string together some genuinely breathtaking moves. The goalies were still rubbish, though, natch.</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="Emlyn Hughes International Soccer" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-emlyn-hughes-international-soccer.jpg?1408119771" /> </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"> 8. Football Manager 2011 (2010, PC) </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>In its divorce with Eidos, Sports Interactive lost the <em>Championship Manager</em> name but carried on creating the only management games worth playing &ndash; and this edition is one of the greatest, adding a full 3D engine that, if you were so inclined, allowed you to watch every single pass, shot, tackle and horrendous goalkeeping error in a match.</p> <p>Among the other innovations were press conferences &ndash; a small detail that served to add colour to an already frighteningly real football universe that featured no fewer than 117 playable leagues.&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="1150" height="900" title="Football Manager 2011" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-football-manager-2011.jpg?1408119771" /> </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-18"><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"> 7. Kick Off 2 (1990, Amiga) </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>Kick Off 2</em> looked an awful lot like its predecessor, and it was really a combination of <em>Kick Off</em> and a couple of expansion disks, all carefully refined. But that attention to detail transformed an enjoyable but occasionally uncontrollable knockabout title into a product that demanded a lot more skill. </p> <p>Along with tournaments, refs with varying moods and - crucially - fewer bugs, this Amiga sequel dropped the pace and boosted the controls, copious use of &lsquo;aftertouch&rsquo; enabling you to fashion the kind of dazzlingly audacious shots of which even Matt Le Tissier would have been proud.</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="1300" height="900" title="Kick Off 2" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-kick-off-2.jpg?1408119771" /> </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-19"><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. Sensible Soccer (1992, Amiga) </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>Sensible Software were fans of <em>Kick Off 2</em> and football, but were irritated by the former&rsquo;s shortcomings that didn&rsquo;t - as they saw it - do justice to the latter. <em>Sensible Soccer</em> was their attempt to bring to gaming the feeling of how you imagined playing professional football would be, coupled with the kind of attention to detail only a true football geek possesses (including correct hair and skin colour for each of the players). </p> <p>The game zoomed the viewpoint out, showing more of the pitch and enabling it to dispense with a <em>Kick Off</em>-style radar; passing and shooting was simplified and streamlined and everything was done on the frame, making the game extremely responsive. Until sequel <em>SWOS</em> arrived, this was the pinnacle of the genre.</p> <p><strong>​READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review">First Play - FIFA 15</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="Sensible Soccer" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-sensible-soccer.jpg?1408119771" /> </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-20"><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"> 5. ISS Pro Evolution (1999, PS1) </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>Ah, the Master League: just how many hours have we spent cocooned in your comforting embrace, steadily building up a team of honest pros and turning them into world beaters? Probably several thousand - and that&#39;s no exaggeration. And it was here that it first appeared. </p> <p>Although at this stage a relatively basic affair, the Master League still bolted a decent career sim on to an already superb football game. You could buy and sell players, but you used points earnt by winning games, rather than money, and there was none of the complicated day-to-day running of the club that you&#39;d have to endure in <em>Championship Manager</em>. Instead, it gave you the chance to shape the team of your dreams, packing it with attacking midfielders if you chose, or instead making sure you had a Mourinho-solid defence.&nbsp;</p> <p>While the Master League was a great addition to the series, it would have meant nothing if the gameplay hadn&#39;t matched up to it. But in truth <em>ISS Pro Evolution</em> was already creeping ahead of <em>FIFA</em> by this time; it was more realistic yet also more playable - and that&#39;s a winning combination in any game.</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="ISS Pro Evolution" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-international-superstar-soccer-pro-evolution.jpg?1408119771" /> </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-21"><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. Championship Manager: Season 97/98 (1997, PC) </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>Sports Interactive&rsquo;s series looms like a Colossus over all management games.</p> <p>Despite being derided by small-minded dullards as a glorified Excel spreadsheet, <em>Championship Manager</em>&rsquo;s masterful tactical engine, reams of accurate data (this was the first instalment allowing you to run more than one league simultaneously) and giant player database wove together a rich, convincing football universe that sat parallel to our own &ndash; and it fired the imagination like no other game around.</p> <p>And it was so, so addictive: the game&rsquo;s official forums were full of tales of lives all but lost to Champ&rsquo;s particular brand of &ldquo;just one more game&rdquo;-itis, or grown men so proud of taking a lower league team to the FA Cup final that they would don a suit for the occasion.</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="1300" height="900" title="Championship Manager: Season 97/98" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-championship-manager-97-98.jpg?1408119771" /> </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-22"><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. FIFA 14 (2013, PS4) </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>Modern day <em>FIFA</em> games aren&#39;t to everyone&#39;s taste. Some despair that they prioritise über-realism over arcadey fun, that they look like a Sky Sports marketing man&#39;s wet dream of carefully packaged ultra-commercial &#39;content&#39;. In short that they&#39;re less of a game, more of a simulation.</p> <p>These people are right of course - but that doesn&#39;t make the games any less brilliant.</p> <p>The thing with the latest <em>FIFA</em> titles is that they really are like football. And football isn&#39;t always fun; any fan of Coventry city or Leeds utd can tell you that. Like the real thing, <em>FIFA</em> can frustrate you with its painstaking realism, with the way your weedy winger gets pushed off the ball by a hulking full back. But it can also delight you when your exquisite chip puts your forward clear on goal. Or when your 30-yard free kick curves and dips over the wall in just the way you told it to. Or when your defensive midfielder, covering for an out-of-position defender, blocks a goalbound effort.</p> <p>Anyway, if <em>FIFA</em> had already cemented its position at the top of the modern football pile over the previous four editions, <em>14</em> is by some way the best yet. The leap to next gen consoles was immense - not just graphically, but also in terms of realism. So while it may not always be fun to play, it&#39;s never anything less than essential. Again, just like the real thing.</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="1600" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-fifa-14.jpg?1408119771" /> </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-23"><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. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (2005, PS2) </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>There are times in popular culture when a thing - band, TV series, game, whatever - reaches such a peak, you think it can&#39;t possibly stay there. But then it does - for year after year after year. <em>The Simpsons</em> did that from about season 3 to season 9, for instance, but it&#39;s pretty rare. Well&nbsp;<em>Pro Evolution Soccer</em> managed the same feat.</p> <p>That its standards did eventually drop was inevitable, but it doesn&#39;t make the glory years from 2002-2005 any less special. We could have picked any of the four games from <em>Pro Evo 2</em> to <em>Pro Evo 5</em> and made a case for its inclusion. Frankly, we could have had all of them in this list. But that would be silly, so instead we&#39;ve picked the probable highest point in a series of very high ones.</p> <p>What made it so special? Just... everything.&nbsp;The Master League had by now developed into a proper four-division set-up, with promotion, relegation and a Champions League equivalent and there were even, finally, proper player names.&nbsp;On the gameplay side, it was as fluid and playable as football games get. Not quite as frantically insane as <em>Sensible Soccer</em>, not quite as gloriously detailed as <em>FIFA 14</em>, but instead a wonderful mid-way between the two extremes. You could score screamers from 40 yards or tap-ins after a goalmouth scramble. You could waltz through five tackles, if you had a skillful enough player, but you couldn&#39;t get away with just running the ball into the net. In short, it was beautifully balanced.&nbsp;</p> <p>It couldn&#39;t last of course - but boy was it fun while it did.</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/EX2Kdo6F-Ug" 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 class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><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. Sensible World Of Soccer (1994, Amiga) </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>Twenty years young, <em>SWOS</em> is still top of the league. It took everything that was great about <em>Sensible Soccer</em> and just ran with it. You got the same fantastic arcade-oriented gameplay, but the title comprehensively acknowledged the rest of the world&rsquo;s existence, with the kind of slavish devotion of a true footballing aficionado. </p> <p>Management features and player trading were boosted by the inclusion of a whopping 24,000 teams and 15,000 leagues. It should have been the start of something great, but <em>SWOS</em> was somehow allowed to be eclipsed by <em>FIFA</em> and <em>PES</em>. Still, <a href="http://www.sensiblesoccer.de" target="_blank">dedicated fans keep the flame alive</a>&nbsp;with leagues, events, and patched versions of the game that incorporate modern data - the wonderful, crazy nutters.</p> <p>Can it compete with <em>FIFA</em> for realistic gameplay or <em>Football Manager</em> for exhaustive statdom? No, obviously not. And for many people, the&nbsp;classic mid-&#39;00s era <em>Pro Evo</em> beats it as an all-round football game; it&#39;s definitely split this office at any rate.&nbsp;</p> <p>But for sheer &quot;JUST LOOK AT THAT GOAL! THAT WAS LIQUID FOOTBALL!&quot; joy, it will never be bettered. Go on, then, just one more game.</p> <p><em>Additional words: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/users/sam-kieldsen">Sam Kieldsen</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/users/marc-mclaren">Marc McLaren</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/users/mark-wilson">Mark Wilson</a></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">These are the 200 greatest games of all time</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="Sensible World Of Soccer" alt="The best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever-sensible-world-of-soccer.jpg?1408119771" /> </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-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the World Cup kicks off, we pore over the best footie video games </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming World Cup 2014 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:50:21 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438926 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 Adidas Smart Ball hands-on: can it level up English football? http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-smart-ball-can-it-level-english-football/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We go for a kickabout with football&#039;s first intelligent ball – and finally learn how to hit a &#039;knuckle&#039; shot… </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="Adidas Smart Ball" alt="Adidas Smart Ball" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Smartball1.gif?1402625118" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>English football isn&#39;t big on refining technique. Stroll past any local match and the dominant sounds (&quot;away!&quot;, &quot;get rid!&quot;, &quot;box &#39;em in!&quot;) reveal that skills and possession are still prized more in Fifa than the real world.</p> <p>So how do we breed players who see the ball as a friend rather than an unpinned grenade? The FA hopes &pound;100 million of grassroots funding over the next three years will do the trick. But going a much techier route is Adidas with its Smart Ball.</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"><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"> Impudent chips </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 Smart Ball is, as the name suggests, a football that sends performance feedback to your smartphone (it&#39;s currently iOS-only, with no plans for Android). It does this via Bluetooth 4.0 and, suspended in its centre, a module that houses an accelerometer and magnetometer.</p> <p>Despite these unusual innards, the Smart Ball is regulation weight and looks and feels like any other Size 5 ball. That is, apart from the arrows and markings on its skin, which show you which part of the ball to strike for different types of shot.</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="Adidas Smart Ball" alt="Adidas Smart Ball" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Smartball2.gif?1402625118" /> </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"> Set piece specialist </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>Not that the Smart Ball is capable of serving up Opta-style match analysis &ndash; it&#39;s very much a &#39;dead ball&#39; training aid, and one that can only provides feedback when it&#39;s struck at least ten yards and one yard above the ground.</p> <p>While this sounds limited, two things elevate it above gimmick status. The first is the impressive range of stats (how hard you hit the ball, where you made contact, the ball&#39;s flight path and its spin in RPM) that are sent almost instantly to the free app.</p> <p>When used in the app&#39;s &#39;challenges&#39;, this can provide genuine insight &ndash; the kind nerdier sports like golf consider essential for cultivating what one coach hilariously calls &#39;unbelievable tekkers&#39; (that&#39;s Banterese for &#39;technique&#39;).</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="Adidas Smart Ball app" alt="Adidas Smart Ball app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Smartball3.gif?1402625118" /> </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"> More than a game </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 example, the &#39;power challenge&#39;, which sounds like an invitation for a punt up to the &#39;big man&#39;, makes you choose a &#39;target range&#39; of speeds at which to hit the ball in a &#39;best of five&#39; game. With precise control of a ball&#39;s speed also crucial in open play skills like passing, that&#39;s a genuinely useful game.</p> <p>Equally helpful are the &#39;pro challenges&#39;, which ask you to hit precise ball spin RPMs and flight paths to improve your free kicks. After your strike, the flight path is shown next to a pro&#39;s perfect arc and a star rating is given. It&#39;s basically real-world New Star Soccer, without the option of buying a gold ring afterwards.</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="Adidas Smart Ball app" alt="Adidas Smart Ball app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Smartball4.gif?1402625118" /> </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"> Tactics truck </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 final feature that helps the Smart Ball transcend gimmick status is the app&#39;s new video recording function. This lets a friend shoot a slow-mo video of your kick while it records the stats, letting you examine exactly why the shot arrowed through your neighbour&#39;s new greenhouse.</p> <p>Combine this with &#39;get better&#39; videos for various skills and a record book that automatically records your best shots, and the Smart Ball becomes a useful training aid and a refreshing change from the usual obsession with shaving grams off boot weights.</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/YwWrrlJg0XQ" 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 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"> First impressions </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 problem is that this all comes at a cost of &pound;250 (from the <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/HFQQ2ZM/A/adidas-micoach-smart-ball">Apple Store</a>). Though this includes the ball&#39;s charging station (a recharge takes about an hour and lasts for around 2000 kicks), it&#39;s a bit of step up from buying cones and bibs.</p> <p>Still, Adidas suggested that a hiring system could become a possibility at local football centres, and even a small grassroots campaign could help promote technique over maxing out your shooting power bar.</p> <p>We did notice one interesting omission, though &ndash; the app doesn&#39;t have any challenges or videos related to taking penalties. It seems the Germans are keeping that secret to themselves&hellip;</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> <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="Adidas Smart Ball app" alt="Adidas Smart Ball app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Smartball5.gif?1402625118" /> </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-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feet-on with the Adidas Smart Ball </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-smart-ball-can-it-level-english-football/news#comments Adidas World Cup 2014 Tue, 27 May 2014 11:19:42 +0000 Stephen Graves 1437942 at http://www.stuff.tv Adidas brings the fight to Nike with a new knitted football boot/sock hybrid http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-brings-fight-nike-new-knitted-football-bootsock-hybrid/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part sock, part boot, and part… insane. But there is method to Adidas&#039; apparent madness </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="683" height="512" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/adidas-primeknit-fs.jpg?1402484012" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not content with Nike&#39;s freshly unveiled <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike-unveils-knitted-magista-boots-ahead-world-cup/news" target="_blank">Magista boots</a> stealing the footy thunder, Adidas has brought its own crazy boots to the table. Or pitch, rather.</p> <p>Like the Magistas, the new Adidas Primeknit FS is a knitted all-in-one football boot and sock hybrid, with the added distinction of having a longer integrated sock.&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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-brings-fight-nike-new-knitted-football-bootsock-hybrid/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-brings-fight-nike-new-knitted-football-bootsock-hybrid/news#comments Adidas World Cup 2014 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:34:03 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433428 at http://www.stuff.tv Nike unveils knitted Magista football boots ahead of World Cup http://www.stuff.tv/nike-unveils-knitted-magista-boots-ahead-world-cup/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, that&#039;s knitted boots. But these radical new footie shoes could be game-changers </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 Magista knitted football boots" alt="Nike Magista knitted football boots World Cup 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Nike-magista-football-boot-011.jpg?1402672436" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forget your Gran&#39;s Christmas jumpers - Nike&#39;s new Magista boots are the coolest thing to happen to knitting ever.</p> <p>The boots, unveiled ahead of the 2014 World Cup which starts in Brazil in June, use Nike&#39;s genius new Flyknit tech to make a shoe that &quot;feels like an extension of the player&rsquo;s body&rdquo;.</p> <p>Stuff got hands on - or should that be feet on - with them at their launch in Barcelona.</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/lucy-hedges" title="View user profile.">Lucy Hedges</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"> BACK OF THE KNIT </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 why knitted? Well, says Nike, by using such futuristic construction techniques the boot will fit around your feet like a glove, creating a second skin &ndash; or sock-like feel &ndash; while simultaneously delivering the strength, structure and support needed to play ball.</p> <p>Ultimately, the material is designed to bring your foot closer to the ball for enhanced control, and Nike is so confident about its ability, it&rsquo;s claiming &ldquo;no other boot will get your foot this close to the ball.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s like wearing a glove,&quot; says Phil McCartney, Nike&#39;s VP of sport performance footwear. &quot;A glove starts at the wrist, not halfway up the hand. You need that transition so you don&rsquo;t disrupt your body&rsquo;s natural movement. The mid-cut allows the foot, ankle, and lower leg to work together as a single unit, emphasising their natural movements. This isn&rsquo;t a boot that just goes on your foot, it&rsquo;s a boot that works with your foot.&quot;</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 brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3316464752001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3316464752001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </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 Magista knitted football boots" alt="Nike Magista knitted football boots World Cup 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nike-magista-football-boot-005.jpg?1402672436" /> </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"> STRONG IN THE TACKLE </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>According to Nike, the web-like 3D-knit material on top gives you &quot;a more aggressive texture to create friction on the ball for accurate dribbling and striking.&quot; Great - but surely that&#39;s at the expensive of protection and durability? Not so. Nike assures us that the Magista retains the strength and protection of a conventional boot. Brio cables have also been knitted directly into it, creating strength in the way that a suspension bridge works.</p> <p>So while the Nike Flyknit technology provides a lighter, more comfortable ride, if you come into contact with a player&rsquo;s studs, there&rsquo;ll be no reason to dramatically feign injury while rolling on the floor. Well, none other than the usual ones like trying to win a free kick or get an opponent sent off.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikes-power-laces-coming-2015-just-time-marty-mcfly/news">Nike&#39;s Back To The Future power laces coming in 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="1200" height="900" title="Nike Magista knitted football boots" alt="Nike Magista knitted football boots World Cup 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nike-magista-football-boot-010.jpg?1402672436" /> </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"> HIGH-TOP OF THE LEAGUE </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 use of Nike&rsquo;s FlyKnit tech isn&rsquo;t the only awesome thing about the Magista&rsquo;s design. When was the last time you saw a football boot with a high-top design? According to Nike, that&rsquo;s a Dynamic Fit collar, to give you a locked-down fit and flexibility of movement.</p> <p>But how will they fare on a squelchy, sodden pitch on a Sunday morning? NIKESKIN&rsquo;s your answer. It&rsquo;s a 0.1mm thick layer that essentially melts on to the knit to protect the boot and prevent water damage.</p> <p>If you&#39;re still struggling to believe that a knitted boot - did we mention they&#39;re knitted? - will help you achieve footballing glory, maybe a few half-decent players can convince you.&nbsp;&ldquo;Unbelievable&rdquo;, &ldquo;perfect&rdquo; and &ldquo;futuristic&rdquo; were just some of the words used to describe the Magista boots by Barcelona&rsquo;s Andrés Iniesta and Bayern Munich&#39;s German forward Mario Götze, who have worked closely with Nike bods during the boot&rsquo;s four-year development.</p> <p>&ldquo;The fit of this boot is so unique that I don&rsquo;t think about it when I&rsquo;m wearing it,&rdquo; says Iniesta. &ldquo;It allows me to move the way I need to instinctively and with more confidence.&rdquo;</p> <p>Nike says &ldquo;football will never be the same again&rdquo;, which is a pretty bold statement to make. But with Adidas also revealing its own knitted boot earlier today in the form of the Primeknit FS, there&rsquo;s no denying that footie footwear is undergoing its biggest change since the days when players wore pigs&#39; stomachs on their feet. Or maybe we&#39;re remembering that wrong.</p> <p>Either way, the Nike Magista boots will be available for pre-order on April 29 &ndash; just don&rsquo;t expect to play like Iniesta every time you slip them on.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/it-s-round-it-bounces-it-s-called-brazuca-introducing-new-world-cup-football/feature">Meet Brazuca, the 2014 World Cup football</a></strong></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="1200" height="900" title="Barcelona&#039;s Andres Iniesta helps launch the Nike Magista knitted boot" alt="Nike Magista knitted football boots World Cup 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nike-magista-football-boot-012.jpg?1402672436" /> </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/nike-unveils-knitted-magista-boots-ahead-world-cup/news#comments Health and fitness Nike Sport Wearable tech World Cup 2014 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:57:17 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433356 at http://www.stuff.tv The inner beauty of the beautiful game: How Opta analyses football http://www.stuff.tv/secrets-behind-opta-how-stat-seeking-experts-watch-football/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Find out how a footie match is turned into retweet-ready data – and how it&#039;s being used to predict who&#039;ll win the World Cup </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 secrets behind Opta: how the stat-seeking experts analyse football" alt="The secrets behind Opta: how the stat-seeking experts analyse football" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/opta-main.jpg?1402626534" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Opta Sports has been picking apart football matches since 1996, supplying a squad of clients &ndash; now including Match of the Day, FourFourTwo&rsquo;s <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/fourfourtwo-football-stats/id453744566?mt=8">StatsZone smartphone app</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.fourfourtwo.com/statszone">web app</a>&nbsp;and many of the biggest clubs in the world &ndash; with more numbers than the stockroom in a calculator factory.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three men and a Bebe </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 have data collection centres all around the world. For every match we have three guys using bespoke software, which overlays a live video feed on a pitch graphic: one guy watches the home team, another does the away team and the third man is essentially a data checker,&rdquo; explains Banoub.</p> <p>&ldquo;Using a combination of hotkeys and mouse clicks they track who&rsquo;s on the ball and what happens to it. So let&rsquo;s say Wayne Rooney picks it up on the halfway line and passes it out wide to Antonio Valencia; they&rsquo;ll click where Rooney is on the pitch when he plays it, again where Valencia receives it and the software records an X/Y coordinate and time stamp of the pass.&rdquo;</p> <p>Each match produces between 1,600 and 2,000 individual pieces of data, which are analysed by Opta&rsquo;s in-house team and packaged for use by broadcasters, the press, brands, irritating betting ads and coaches to formulate game plans for upcoming matches by obsessively observing opponents.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-football-apps/feature">5 of the best football apps</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="1200" height="900" title="BBC Match of the Day" alt="BBC Match of the Day" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bbc-match-of-the-day.jpg?1402626534" /> </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="Sky Sports" alt="Sky Sports" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/opta-sky-sports-stats.jpg?1402626534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="442 Statzone" alt="442 Statzone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/442-statzone-app.jpg?1402626534" /> </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"> Statting all over the world </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 what if the data collectors miss something, or can&rsquo;t agree on who blocked a shot? &ldquo;If the home team analyst records a free kick that gets smacked into the wall and the away team analyst doesn&rsquo;t see who blocked it, it&rsquo;ll be flagged, and the third guy will rewind the video and allocate that block to the correct player.&rdquo;</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s just for one game. Opta does the same for every game in the Premier League, the Championship, Bundesliga 1 and 2, French Ligue 1 and 2, Serie A, the MLS, A-League, the list goes on. But what about fans of Scottish, or lower-league teams, such as Cowdenbeath or Accrington Stanley (&ldquo;Who are they?&rdquo;): &ldquo;We have a guy in the ground, essentially phoning back goals, corners, and red and yellow cards to a call centre type operation,&rdquo; says Banoub. &ldquo;It collects less data but it powers things like the vidiprinters at the BBC and Sky Sports News.&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="Opta Canal+" alt="Opta Canal+" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/opta-canal-plus.jpg?1402626534" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not everything has to be done there and then either. The Opta team also fully analyses the Women&rsquo;s Super League but does so using DVDs rather than live pictures. &ldquo;When we&rsquo;re not analysing live footage we&rsquo;ll use it as training because there&rsquo;s less pressure,&rdquo; explains Banoub.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone in all of our data collection centres is trained to have the same definition of a tackle and a duel, to know the difference between a chipped pass and a launched pass, all that kind of stuff. The consistency is very, very important and only five people out of every hundred that apply end up analysing live games. They say the two key skills are being very good at video games and knowing loads about football. I think that&rsquo;s why we tend to get a lot of students who are successful.&rdquo;</p> <p>This retrospective approach means they can also do historical matches, which are analysed in exactly the same way as a live game so data from 40 years ago can be compared to what happened last Saturday: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve analysed all of the World Cup games that have been filmed in full since 1966, so we can compare Pele to Maradona to Messi,&rdquo; says Banoub.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-brighton-hove-albion-s-digital-stadium-app-solved-problem-bad-signal-big-crowds/feature">How Brighton &amp; Hove Albion&#39;s Digital Stadium app solved the problem of bad signal in big crowds</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="Opta HQ" alt="Opta HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/opta-office.jpg?1402626534" /> </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"> So who will lift the World Cup? </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 can Opta Joe and co put this data to good use and tell us who&rsquo;s going to lift the trophy in Brazil on 13th July? Using data collected from internationals since the last World Cup, Opta has worked out how many goals each team can be expected to score in each fixture. Using these numbers Opta&rsquo;s analysts can predict how likely teams are to advance beyond the group stage and go all the way to the final (see graph) &ndash; and it won&rsquo;t take many by surprise to learn that Brazil and Spain can be most confident of coming away victorious.</p> <p>As for England&rsquo;s chances, the numbers say Roy Hodgson&rsquo;s team will be lucky to see the right side of the group stage. &ldquo;Personally, I think we&rsquo;re going to get knocked out in the second round,&rdquo; says Banoub, &ldquo;but you don&rsquo;t need to be a mathematical genius to work that out!&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Opta Sports is part of Stuff&rsquo;s Best of British issue, which celebrates the latest and greatest tech from the shores of Blighty. Pick up a copy in shops and on digital magazine stores from 5th February, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/march-issue-sale-now/news">find out more here</a>.</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="Opta World Cup prediction" alt="Opta World Cup prediction" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/opta-world-cup-winner.jpg?1402626534" /> </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-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How Opta analyses football </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/secrets-behind-opta-how-stat-seeking-experts-watch-football/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sport World Cup 2014 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:49:42 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431888 at http://www.stuff.tv It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup football http://www.stuff.tv/it-s-round-it-bounces-it-s-called-brazuca-introducing-new-world-cup-football/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff looks at five reasons why Brazil 2014’s weapon of choice is “the most tested football ever” </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="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup football" alt="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/adidas-3.jpg?1402484794" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't&nbsp;have&nbsp;to be a die-hard season ticket holder with a full back tattoo of your&nbsp;favourite&nbsp;team to know that balls are rather&nbsp;important&nbsp;in Football.</p><p>Adidas - official provider of the World Cup ball - seem to take the art of creating&nbsp;kickable&nbsp;spheres rather&nbsp;seriously, as we're about ot find out...</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"> The proof is in the panels </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 most revolutionary technology in the Brazuca is its unique outer shell. Six crosses of identical, if not entirely uniform, design connect together to form a thermally bonded case to make the ball as consistent and accurate as possible.</p> <p>&ldquo;They lock together into a harmonic design,&rdquo; says football innovation director Antonio Zea. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a simple, but beautiful, product that we hope players will love to use, their lucky ball.&rdquo;</p> <p>Throw in pimples that maximise foot-to-ball contact that have been a major part of the current Champions League football &ndash; the base for the Brazuca &ndash; and it&rsquo;s an impressive bit of kit.</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="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup football" alt="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adidas-2.jpg?1402484794" /> </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"> Water absorption (or lack thereof) </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 any football to be used in an official match, it must pass a series of FIFA criteria governing its weight, roundness, how it bounces at 20C and 5C, water absorption and durability.</p> <p>&ldquo;Whatever the FIFA standard tests, we wanted to better them,&rdquo; says Mecking. &ldquo;For example, the Brazuca only gains 0.2 per cent of his weight in wet conditions, so it performs equally well in all conditions.</p> <p>The FIFA standard is 10 per cent.&rdquo; The ball sits inside a machine in 2cm of water and oscillates 300 times, its weight compared to the reading at the beginning of the test.</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="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup football" alt="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adidas-1.jpg?1402484794" /> </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"> The aerodynamics of progress </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>Usually the preserve of fighter jets and the odd super car, Adidas have measured the Brazuca&rsquo;s aerodynamic capabilities. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s slightly more theoretical than some other lab tests,&rdquo; says Matthias Mecking, business unit director for football hardware, &ldquo;but is still a very important way of assessing the Brazuca&rsquo;s flight path behaviour.</p> <p>The Reynolds tests works out when the ball leaves the ideal flight curve, the Yaw test measures the ball&rsquo;s in-flight movement and the Reverse Magnus effect tests how it reacts to swerve and when it deviates from the ideal path.&rdquo; All that, just for football.</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="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup football" alt="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adidas-6.jpg?1402484794" /> </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"> Who needs players when you’ve got robots? </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>After the lab comes what the Adidas boffins call &lsquo;objective testing&rsquo;. At the centre of the Adidas Innovation Team (AIT) lab is a robotic leg that simulates kick after kick for a frame-by-frame camera to assess minute deviations that could only come from a problem with the ball.</p> <p>&ldquo;We needed repeatable, scientific results,&rdquo; says football innovation director Antonio Zea. &ldquo;The robot leg allows us to kick a ball the same way every time. We can test the flight path, accuracy and speed. We can also wet the ball and test in different conditions too and even put different boots on the end of the leg to test how that affects everything.&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="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup football" alt="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adidas-4.jpg?1402484794" /> </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"> Player testing </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>In total, the ball has been in development for two-and-a-half years, travelling to 10 countries and has been tested by more than 600 players.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s these subjective tests that have provided the backbone, including live tournament testing &ndash; with a disguised design &ndash; at this year&rsquo;s Under-20 World Cup in Turkey for the first time ever and tests with 30 teams around the world from Chelsea and Bayern Munich to the Spain and Argentina national teams.</p> <p>&ldquo;It all sounds nice, in theory, but I wouldn&rsquo;t be talking about it if I didn&rsquo;t believe in it,&rdquo; says Mecking, who has been working with the company for over 15 years. &ldquo;We can truly say that the Brazuca is by far the most tested ball we&rsquo;ve ever produced. We&rsquo;ve never spent so much energy in testing a ball.&rdquo;</p> <p>So there you have it. Whatever happens at next summer&rsquo;s, it won&rsquo;t be for the lack of tech in the ball that causes open goals and keeper foul ups.</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="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup football" alt="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca: introducing the new World Cup f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adidas-5.jpg?1402484794" /> </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/it-s-round-it-bounces-it-s-called-brazuca-introducing-new-world-cup-football/feature#comments Adidas World Cup 2014 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:42:35 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1429758 at http://www.stuff.tv