Written by Rudy Madrigal

Iker Casillas y Andrés Iniesta invitan a sus compañeros de La Roja a las Finales de la NBA

The Spanish National Team is currently training for a friendly versus Haiti in Miami and they plan on having a little fun while they’re down there. Iker Casillas and Andrés Iniesta are ambassadors for the bank BBVA, which is the official bank of the NBA and a sponsor of the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, the two teams playing for the NBA Championship. With this connection and the timing of their friendly and first game of The Finals, the two Spanish legends see this as a great and unique opportunity to experience one of the most exciting atmospheres American sports has to offer.

And let’s not forget that basketball is one of the top three sports in Spain, both in participation and viewership. The Spanish National Basketball Team has won three silver medals in the Olympics (’84, ’08, ’12), a gold medal in the FIBA World Cup (’06) and 10 medals overall in the FIBA EuroBasket Tournament, with two being gold (’09, ’11). Spain also has six players currently active in the NBA with the most famous being two-time NBA Champion Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

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Written by The 91st

Neymar

Brazilian superstar Neymar announced that he has signed with Barcelona, joining forces with the premier club in the world and other superheroes like Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

This is turning out a lot like the plot of Avengers. World domination is sure to follow. Messi has already given his seal of approval on the deal and Barca confirmed it via Twitter.

Brazilian media is reporting that Barca will pay about 30 million euros ($38.8 million) for the 21-year-old former Santos star.

“I’m sad to be leaving Santos, but it’s a great honor to be signing with a club like Barcelona and to be able to play with some of the best players in the world,” Neymar said.

[ESPN FC]

 

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Written by The 91st

In the small confined spaces, you have to find ways out.

Andres Iniesta was talking about the tactics of his childhood small-sided games, but he could’ve just as easily been referring to anyone’s humble beginnings. We all start somewhere.

The Barcelona star gives us a glimpse into his start in this cool Nike ad.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Lionel Messi recently shared his voting plans for the Ballon D’Or Award, given to soccer’s top performer. Surprise, surprise: he will not be voting for his bestie Ronaldo.

In one of the weirdest award rules ever, Messi actually gets to vote along with fellow international captains for an honor that could ultimately go to him.

“Last year, I voted for Xavi, Iniesta and Aguero, in that order,” he said. “I reckon this year it will be the same … Xavi and Iniesta will be there for sure and I am thinking between [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Angel] Di Maria or Aguero.”

Messi then went on to name 150 players, including two U12 strikers, whom he would consider voting for.

Ronaldo never came up.

[ESPN]

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

 

I’ll start with the important stuff. Andres Iniesta wins the very well-deserved player of the year award from UEFA today. Iniesta also won the player of the tournament award during EURO 12, which was the difference-maker in the end. Iniesta got 19 votes while Ronaldo and Messi got 17 each. The decision is made by 53 journalists representing each nation in UEFA.

Everyone expected Ronaldo to win this one so it comes as sort of a surprise, especially to Ronaldo apparently. This wasn’t the best time for Ronaldo to try out his McKayla Maroney impression. Then again, Ronaldo is never impressed with anyone but himself. This all happened the day after Real Madrid beat Barca in the Supercopa and Ronaldo didn’t feel like shaking hands with Messi. Lesson here is that Cristiano Ronaldo is both a sore loser and sore winner. See the video of the awkward non-handshake after the jump.

 


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Written by Jahmal Corner

Great ad from Nike and Andres Iniesta. With his new CTR360 Maestri IIIs, he’s quite the puppet master on the pitch.

But who’s pulling the strings here? Andres? The CTR360s? Or … (after the jump)

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Written by Jahmal Corner

If there was one thing we learned from our 91st Minute trip to Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon it was this:

Everything Nike does has a purpose. And I mean everything. They may tell you to Just Do it but nothing at Nike is ever just done – it’s analyzed, then studied, then tested, then broken down, then built up … then revealed.

Take the new Nike CTR360s, which haven’t yet been released for retail but were thoroughly unveiled to us (be jealous).

As you may recall, the CTR series is all about control and geared toward the play-makers. Nike’s choice to design a new iteration of these comes as the game is currently being dominated by possession style (something they’re acutely aware of).

These boots have been made for the midfield maestro: the Andres Iniesta (who had major input into the boot), the Jack Wilshere or Ganso.

The CTR360s are equipped with a 3D control pad that uses separate strips with fins of varying sizes to hug the arch and maximize contact with the ball, optimizing receiving and passing accuracy.

These have been tested in wet conditions and just about every other condition on planet Earth to ensure they’re adaptable.

You may notice that Nike boots tend to come in striking colors – that has to do with a level of science that I neither completely understand or can explain.

But just know this: the colors are chosen based on how they contrast with the pitch and ‘flicker’ in a player’s peripheral vision. It’s that extra bit of visibility that can make all the difference.

Oh yeah, plus Neymar has always wanted a yellow boot.

Sometimes the purpose is as simple as that.

More CTR360 pics after the jump.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

You know who probably doesn’t think Spain is the greatest team of all-time? Yup, Neymar.

As this Nike Football ad shows, the Brazilian star was too busy sitting alone in the dark and sending out competitive lonely texts to Andres Iniesta to get caught up in the fandom.

Oh yes, 2014 should be fun. Hopefully Neymar will be ready to go outdoors by then.

To be continued …

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

With Euro 2012 kicking off Friday, ESPN has been counting down their top 40 players of the tourney.

Today it was announced that Ronaldo came out on top (duh) which left a top five of:

1. Ronaldo
2. Andres Iniesta
3. Xavi
4. Robin van Persie
5. Mesut Ozil

My only issue: I would’ve moved Van Persie up a spot – his season has just been too good. Plus, he gave me endless entertainment with this.

But I guess that’s why it’s ESPN’s list. If I don’t like it, I should do my own. Hmm …

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

In this documentary about Barcelona’s world renown training facility, La Masia, we get an inside look at the training ground that developed the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

Watch and learn.

 

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