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Marc Anthony to Speak at Billboard Latin Music Conference Panel

By Monica L. Correa

Superstar singer, actor and entrepreneur Marc Anthony has been confirmed to take part in a Q&A panel discussion at the 27th Billboard Latin Music conference next April 27th at the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach.

marc anthony 1Joining Anthony in the “Marc Anthony: Creating Music That Stands the Test of Time” panel will be fellow music producers Sergio George, Julio Reyes and Motiff who together will be sharing professional anecdotes as well as the secrets behind their musical approach to creating hit songs.

The platinum recording artist who has received numerous music awards is also a finalist for six 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards, including Hot Latin Song of the Year, Streaming Song of the Year and Tropical Songs Artist of the Year.

Since the start of his career Anthony has won a total of 23 Billboard Latin awards and has had the most No.1 albums on the Billboard Tropical Albums year-end charts to date.

Marc Anthony has managed to balance a busy musical career along with several entrepreneurial projects including the start of the Maestro Cares Foundation and the newly announced Magnus Media an artist management, marketing and music label.

The Billboard Latin Music Conference culminates with the Billboard Latin Music awards on April 28th where Anthony is schedule to perform live from the Bank United Center in Miami and airing live on the Telemundo Network.

Global music idol Maluma joins Miami FC at historic home opener

After months of waiting for the highly anticipated return of professional soccer to Miami, internationally-renowned Colombian music star, Maluma, is scheduled to appear during pre-match and halftime at Miami FC’s home opener on April 9th against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The 22-year-old Latin Grammy nominee will be supporting the Miami FC, managed by Italian legend Alessandro Nesta, by performing at what will be a memorable evening for Miami’s soccer and music fans. With Maluma’s attendance now confirmed, the event is sure to be a major highlight in the clubs inaugural year.

With 10.5 million followers on Instagram, Maluma’s popularity has risen quickly after capturing the attention of Sony Music with his speedy success. Since then, his sophomore album “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums Chart in the U.S. as well as various countries throughout the world. His latest hit “Borro Casette” claimed the number one spot on the Billboard Latin Charts in the U.S. Maluma’s new single “El Perdedor” is currently number one in Mexico and rapidly climbing the charts in the U.S. Confirming his performance, Maluma said:

“I cannot wait to join the team and fans of Miami FC for its home opener. Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved soccer, so I’m honored and excited to be able to perform at the game. It’s going to be a special night and I’m looking forward to being on stage, singing in front of so many fans and seeing Miami FC win its home opener.”

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The news of Maluma’s appearance comes after the recent announcement of Miami FC’s youth soccer program initiative. The team has partnered up with the local youth clubs to provide complimentary tickets to all registered youth soccer players for every home game. Friends and family members are eligible to purchase tickets at a discount for $10 a match.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of such an influential artist like Maluma for our home opener,” said Cesar Velasco, Miami FC General Manager. “Tickets are selling fast and with Maluma joining us, we’re expecting a great turnout for our historical home opener.”

Miami FC is scheduled to have its first home game at Ocean Bank Stadium at FIU against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on April 9 at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. For the home opener, the club is offering special ticket prices of $10 for adults and $1 for youth tickets. The team invites fans of all ages to come out for this historic event and give a warm welcome to Miami’s professional soccer club as it kicks-off its inaugural season.

For more information about Miami FC or to purchase tickets, please visit www.miamifc.com.

 

Colombia’s National Team Releases ‘Copa America Centenario’ Jerseys

By Adriana Correa

The Colombian National soccer team and their sponsor Adidas released a picture of the special edition uniforms the Colombian players will be sporting in this summer’s “Copa America Centenario” (Centennial American Cup) games being played across the United States.

A message posted by Adidas Soccer on their social  media accounts read, “prepare to dance to their beat” a fair warning to rivals and fans alike who by now are very used to seeing the Cafeteros showcase their signature moves on the pitch after each goal scored.

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Front and center is current captain of the team James Rodriguez accompanied by fellow players Frank Fabra, Juan Cuadrado and Edwin Cardona.

Inspired by some of Colombia’s very first jerseys of the 1940s the new Copa America Centenario jerseys will be all white with navy blue and red accent lines and a splash of yellow found on the team’s federation logo.

The team will also wear the more familiar jersey design a red and yellow stripes across the chest and an inverted dark blue color instead of the familiar bright yellow we are all used to seeing this season.

According to Colombian soccer aficionados, white was a common color for the team’s home games, while in the 70s and 80s white was used for away games.

Hosted by the US Soccer, the Copa America Centenario tournament will be played this summer from June 3rd through the 26th at various stadiums throughout the United States including California, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Florida and New York to name a few.

Colombia and the USMNT are set to kick-off the tournament with the first match taking place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on June 3rd.

The Copa America Centenario is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the American Cup, one of the oldest international soccer competitions in South America.

Photo gallery of jerseys released for other teams playing in the American Cup Centenario.

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El Señor de los Cielos Season 4 Teaser

By Adriana Correa

Telemundo has just released a trailer for their highly anticipated narco series, El Señor de los Cielos season 4.

The network released the video on January 25th by posting a clip on the show’s Twitter account.

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Fans of the popular super-series are reminded of Aurelio Casillas’s (Rafael Amaya) devilish ways of settling his business with his enemies.

Check out the video bellow:

Clasico Vallecaucano in Miami

The passion of South American soccer will be red hot this week at the FIU Stadium when Colombian professional soccer kicks off their 2016 pre-season on American soil.

The derby style exhibition games dubbed ‘El Clasico Vallecaucano’ gathers four teams from the Cali River region whose long-standing rivalries will stirr some great soccer excitement for soccer fans right here in South Florida.

The action between the four teams from Medellin and Cali will kick off next January 13th and 16th with double headers on both days.

 

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Colombia’s National Soccer Team Reveals New Uniforms via Social Media

By Adriana Correa

In a somewhat clever marketing strategy, Adidas Colombia revealed Team Colombia’s brand new home uniforms via some of the player’s social media accounts.

Players like James Rodriguez who plays for Spain’s top team Real Madrid, and Pablo Armero who plays for Italian league A.C Milan, took to their social media accounts to express their home pride in wearing the brand new team jersey.

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“I’m very proud and it’s an honor to wear it,” said James Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also urged all Colombian’s to stand together in pride with the new official Team Colombia jersey for 2015.

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 Defender Pablo Armero wrote,   ” You and I are Colombia. Together with Glee! “

The new designs come just in time for the Copa America 2015  tournament in Chile which starts next June as well as all the qualifying tournaments leading up to the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The new shirts feature the classic bright yellow background similar to the uniforms used in the 2014 Brazil World Cup but with a rounder navy blue collar and two buttons.

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The Adidas standard stripes also in navy outline the shoulder portion of the jersey with it’s traditional logo on the left side.

The front of the jersey has a subtle faded imprint of the Colombian flag while the sleeves are cuffed with three stripes in yellow, navy and red which creates the Colombian flag.

Colombia’s Futbol Federation logo adorns the left top portion of the jersey and embellishing the bottom of the shirt is a contrasting thicker navy blue stripe.

Unchanged is the back of the collar with Team Colombia’s motto “Unidos Por Un Pais” or “United for one country” poetically meaning they play and stand united as one for their country of Colombia.

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“All You Need Is Ecuador” Travel Campaign Debuts During Super Bowl

By Adriana Correa

Looking to score big with American Travelers the country of Ecuador changes their tourism game plan by raising the stakes and advertising their new travel slogan “All You Need is Ecuador” during the Super Bowl’s half-time show making them the very first foreign country to advertise during the game.

The 30-second spot set to the tune of “All You Need is Love,” by the Beatles, highlights images of Ecuador’s most beautiful beaches and countryside.

The small nation with just over 15.7 million people,  spent $3.8 million on the ad which is  part of the “All You Need is Ecuador” travel campaign specifically aimed at Americans.

Here’s the ad in case you missed it:

 

In an interview with Yahoo Travel, Ecuador’s ambassador to the United States, Nathalie Cely said, “Tourism in Ecuador has grown 4 percent a year for the past 10 years, and the country wants to double that over the next five.”

The Country says that if they get a 1 percent growth on U.S visitors to Ecuador it will cover the money spent on the pricey ad.

Ecuador is popular among Americans who tend to travel to specific destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, the Montañita town for it’s world-famous beach resorts, and the small city of Baños which lies at the foot of the active volcano Tungurahua.

But with the already high number of American travelers who make their way to Ecuador year after year,  Ecuadorian travel officials say they are looking to highlight more than the famous archipelago or the whitewater rafting adventures on the Amazon river by promoting other famous attractions such as Quito‘s urban life, Cuenca‘s colonial charm and more of the beautiful Ecuadorian rainforest.

“We’re going to try very hard to tell the world in 30-seconds what Ecuador is all about and how unique a proposition it is for Americans to visit,” Cely said.

 

Ecuador Photo Gallery:

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The Streak is Broken: Miss Colombia Wins The Miss Universe Pageant

By Adriana Correa

At just 22 years old Paulina Vega has won the 63rd annual Miss Universe pageant.

Vega from Barranquilla Colombia breaks a long standing 57 year losing streak and brings the Miss Universe crown to the South American country.

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Since the moment the 88 pageant candidates arrived at Trump National Doral the international press immediately picked up on Vegas exuberant charisma and named her one of the favorites to win.

During the round of questions Vega showed her Colombian pride by saying, “Colombia has been an example to follow for the rest of the world. We are able to persevere in spite of so many challenges, we continue to fight for what we believe and we continue to shine on the world’s stage.”

Among the 5 finalist were USA, Holand, Ukraine, Jamaica and Colombia.

“It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today. A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.”  

A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.” Vega told the Associate Press earlier this week.

Vega is studying business administration and is the grand-daughter of legendary tenor, Gaston Vega.

Miss Colombia’s designs were the creation designer Alfredo Barraza also from Barranquilla, Colombia.  

Congratulations Miss Colombia!

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Maluma: First Latin Male Artist to Reach 2-Million Followers on Instagram

By Adriana Correa

Latin-Urban idol Maluma who hails from Colombia has now become the first male Latin music artist to surpass two-million followers on the social media site Instagram.

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“I have always said that I have the best fans and I suppose this is the very best end-of-the-year present they could have given me. I am so grateful for my fans and promise to share even more with them through social media in 2015,” said Maluma on a Sony Music press release. 

Since the reggaeton star launched his career in 2010, the account @MalumaOficial has been getting a steady stream of subcribers surpassing many big names within his own genre as well as Latin pop artists like Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.

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Maluma whose real name is Juan Luis Londoño rose to fame in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia by posting singles on YouTube starting in 2010.  Two years later in 2012 he was signed by Sony Music Colombia and released his first album Magia which generated top hits like Obsession, Pasarla Bien and Miss Independent.

The 20-year old reached superstardom in 2013 after his mega hit La Temperatura reached the top of the music charts in all of Latin America and just this Summer Maluma appeared as vocal coach on Colombia’s La Voz Kids.

His second album album Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy will be released in mid 2015.

James Rodriguez Releases New Designs for His J10 Collection (Photos)

By Adriana Correa

Just in time for the Holidays!

Real Madrid’s midfielder and star of the Colombian National team James Rodriguez has released a new collection for his popular and stylish underwear line.

Today, the Bronzini brand announced the release of the new J10 James collection for Bronzini Black. The Colombian brand released a series of photos featuring the international soccer star modeling a bolder and sexier looking collection.

In the new collection Rodriguez shows off his playful side and reveals a slightly more muscular and toned physique proof of his hard training schedule with the Real Madrid.

The J10 collection hit the market last August with a full underwear and sleepwear collection for men.

Check out the steamy pictures and behind the scenes video:

Behind the scenes video of the photo shoot

Coach Pekerman Announces Colombia’s Roster For New Jersey Friendlies

Colombia’s national team coach, Jose Pekerman,  has announced the names of the 25 players who will travel to New Jersey for the series of FIFA’s friendly games next October 10th thru the 14th at the Red Bull Arena.

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The 25 players called up are:
CRISTIAN ZAPATA – AC MILAN (ITA)
PABLO ARMERO – AC MILAN (ITA)
FREDY GUARÍN – INTER (ITA)
CAMILO ZÚÑIGA – NAPOLI (ITA)
JUAN GUILLERMO CUADRADO – FIORENTINA (ITA)
CARLOS CARBONERO – CESENA (ITA)
FALCAO GARCÍA – MANCHESTER UNITED (ING)
ABEL AGUILAR – TOULOUSE (FRA)
JACKSON MARTÍNEZ – PORTO (POR)
JUAN FERNANDO QUINTERO – PORTO (POR)
DAVID OSPINA – ARSENAL (ING)
CARLOS SÁNCHEZ – ASTON VILLA (ING)
JAMES RODRÍGUEZ – REAL MADRID (ESP)
CARLOS BACCA – SEVILLA (ESP)
JEISON MURILLO – GRANADA (ESP)
ADRIÁN RAMOS – BORUSSIA DORTMUND (ALE)
SANTIAGO ARIAS – PSV EINDHOVEN (HOL)
PEDRO FRANCO – BESIKTAS (TUR)
TEÓFILO GUTIÉRREZ – RIVER PLATE (ARG)
EDER ALVAREZ BALANTA – RIVER PLATE (ARG)
CAMILO VARGAS – INDEPENDIENTE SANTA FE (COL)
ALEXANDER MEJÍA – ATLÉTICO NACIONAL (COL)
EDWIN CARDONA – ATLÉTICO NACIONAL (COL)
YIMMI CHARÁ – DEPORTES TOLIMA (COL)
JOSE FERNANDO CUADRADO – ONCE CALDAS (COL)

Colombia Headlines Friendlies in New Jersey

By Adriana Correa

Following an exciting and eventful World Cup appearance in Brazil this summer, Colombian Men’s National Team returns to U.S soil to headline in two international exhibition games this month in New Jersey.

FIFA’s third-ranked team will face both El Salvador and Canada on October 10th, and October 14 at New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena.

The team, coached by Argentine Jose Pekerman who’s been at the helm since 2012 will feature some of the brightest stars in the world including Radamel Falcao Garcia (Manchester United), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) and Juan Guillmero Cuadrado (Fiorentina).

The Cafeteros have disputed a total of 11 friendly games with 6 loses, 4 draws and only one defeat against Brazil (1-0) last September 5 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.

Tickets for the games at Red Bull Arena are on sale now.

Colombia vs Brazil Match Draws Record Attendance at Sun Life Stadium

By Adriana Correa

The World Cup 2014 quarterfinal re-match between Colombia and Brazil scored record attendance numbers at Friday’s friendly game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

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Photo by: Adriana Correa

According to stadium officials the sold out game between the two rival countries drew a record 73,429 fans who came to witness the most anticipated re-match of the World Cup.

This new record beats the previous record set by the stadium on November 16, 2013 when Sun Life Stadium hosted the Brazil vs Honduras’ friendly re-match in front of a crowd of 71,124 fans.

The new attendance set on Friday ranks as the fourth in the United States for the largest crowd during the 2014 soccer season.

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Colombia vs Brazil: World Cup Re-Match Comes to Sun-Life Stadium

By: Adriana Correa
Previously posted on NBCMiami.com/LatinBeat 

South Florida soccer fans are getting a chance to relive the excitement of the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals between rivals Brazil and Colombia right here at home.

The two South American powerhouses are coming together this Friday at Sun Life Stadium for the much-anticipated rematch of the World Cup, where Brazil ended Colombia’s historic quarterfinal appearance by beating them 2-1.

Brazil’s return to the pitch since their humiliating 7-1 loss in the semi-finals against Germany will give them a chance to defend their win against the Cafeteros.

Colombia’s squad lead by coach Jose Pekerman, includes some of its biggest international soccer starts like striker Radamel Falcao Garcia (Manchester United) who missed the World Cup due to a knee injury, Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), defender Pablo Armero (AC Milan), Teofilio Gutierrez (River Plate), Juan Caudrado (Florentina), and goalie David Ospina (Arsenal).

While many fans feel the re-match here in Miami is a chance for Colombia to seek revenge against Brazil, World Cup top scorer James Rodriguez said he feels different.

“This is just another game, I think we shouldn’t take this as a revenge game,” Rodriguez said. “Our job is to go out and play, and win that’s all.”

Leading the Brazil side will be team manager Carlos Verri better known as “Dunga” who brings back only 10 of the 23 players who made up the World Cup squad.

Among them is star striker Neymar (Barcelona) who left the World Cup early with a back injury, defender David Luiz (Paris Saint Germain) Oscar (Chelsea) and last minute additions are Fernandinho (Manchester City) and Marcelo (Real Madrid). Hulk and Thiago are injured. Dani Alves and Fred are off the team.

This is Brazil’s first of two friendly games that will be played in the U.S the second will be played against Ecuador on September 9th in New Jersey.

The game is set today September 5th at 8:30pm at Sun Life Stadium and NBC6 will be there to bring you all the latest on this exciting FIFA re-match playing out right her at home.

Falcao Garcia’s Transfer Soap Opera

With the close of the soccer transfer season upon us, the final episode of the soap opera surrounding Monaco’s striker Radamel Falcao Garcia reached a strange and interesting twist on the ‘Twittersphere’ leaving many fans scratching their heads in confusion.

The play-by-play:

It was “the” moment Falcao fans had been waiting for since the striker returned to the pitch following a knee injury earlier this year.

Shortly after 7pm on Saturday people closely following @Falcao on Twitter swore they saw a Tweet on their feed from the soccer star where it put to rest all speculation in regards to his transfer out Monaco.

The tweet read “Dream come true” both in Spanish and English with the hashtag #HalaMadrid, a chant associated with Real Madrid fans meaning “Go Madrid.”

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The unofficial news spread like wildfire among Real Madrid fans boasting with glee to their rival counterparts from teams like Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, who were also eagerly awaiting news of a Falcao transfer to their respective teams.

However in a strange turn of events, the message that supposedly Falcao posted on his timeline disappeared from view within minutes.

Jubilant re-tweets and messages from fans quickly turned into angry rants leaving @Falcao followers in a state of shock and disbelief.

As twitter lit-up, television and print media quickly began reporting about the mysterious message. Was Falcao’s Twitter account hacked? or was he prematurely celebrating his long awaited transfer to Europe’s Champion team.

In an effort to put the rumor to rest Falcao took to his Twitter account several hours later to deny the message was his.  He wrote, “I have to refute the story about a tweet that I did not post and that it’s a photo montage.”

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With fan emotions on high gear about his much awaited transfer, it’s easy to understand why fans would get worked up over a Twitter message.

On Friday a sports reporter from BeIN Sports reported that sources close to the player confirmed Falcao’s had agreed to join the Real Madrid on a loand deal, but details were still sketchy.

Then earlier on Saturday the player who was expected to start in a match against Lillie, was suddenly dropped from Monaco’s starting line-up. He Instead watched the game from the stands with his agent Jorge Mendes and sporting director Vadim Vasilyev to his side, feeding into the speculation that his transfer is imminent.

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James Rodriguez Model Player

By Adriana Correa

Colombian Soccer star James Rodriguez is making headlines by stripping down to his very own line of designer underwear.

The Real Madrid striker who recently signed a 6-year contract worth $107 million, launched to super-soccer-stardom this summer during the World Cup where he was awarded the Adidas Golden Boot for being the top scorer of the tournament, outscoring stars like Messi and Neymar.

His enhanced international exposure has turned the James Rodriguez brand into a marketing goldmine in his home country. Rodriguez currently holds deals with top shampoo and deodorant brands, Nestle, Adidas and even has his own energy drink Gold 10.  

Much like his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, the player is now venturing into the fashion world and lending his name to Colombian fashion brand Bronzini Black. His first line of men’s underwear appropriately labeled “J10 James”, stands for his initial and the number he wears on his Real Madrid jersey.

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J10/Bronzini Black

The J10 James collection includes briefs, boxer, pajamas, tank tops and T-shirts available for men and boys, and will be released in Colombia starting August 29th.

J10 James Photo Gallery:

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The brand also released this exclusive behind the scenes video that was taped during the 5-hour photo shoot where the soccer star is seen modeling and showing off his skills with the soccer ball…impressive!

 

 

 

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Pro-Soccer Hunks Top 5

By Adriana Correa

Thanks to social media the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge movement has now gone viral in the U.S thanks to Pete Frates, a Boston College baseball player diagnosed with ALS in 2012, who helped the challenge gain momentum earlier this Summer after he began challenging others to donate via his Facebook page

From everyday people to celebrities, to athletes, and even world leaders the silly but very significant trend is also making waves across Europe. Joining the challenge this past week were some of Europe’s sexiest soccer hunks, here are my Top 5, let’s hope they all made a donation too!

Top 5 pro-soccer players who have taken the challenge

1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid scored the top spot on this list due to his clever move to complete his challenge in nothing but his underwear! The striker who usually models his line of CR7 underwear, was challenged by  Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher. Nicely done Cristiano!

2. Lionel Messi: Also scoring big by taking the challenge in his briefs and a tight sleeveless tee is Argentinian player Leo Messi who plays for FC Barcelona. Messi completed his challenge inside the team’s shower room, and although the echo distorted the audio a bit, Messi says he was challenged by fellow teammate Dani Alves.

3. Falcao Garcia: Standing on his patio high above one of Montecarlo’s marinas is Colombian striker Radamel Falcao Garcia. Falcao (or El Tigre as he is known) plays for AS Monaco and accepted the challenge from fellow Colombian singers Carlos Vives and Maluma.

4. Marcelo Viera: Real Madrid’s Marcelo Viera, was challenged by Canadian soccer star Kaylyn Kyle. The player got a little help from teammate Cristiano Ronaldo who made his second appearance of the day in his blue CR7 underwear. Hey no complaints here!

5. Gerard Pique (and Shakira): Rounding off the top 5 list is Barcelona’s defender Gerard Pique who first helped his long-time girlfriend Shakira complete her challenge set by Brazilian model Giselle Bundchen. The task however got trickier for the Colombian singer when she had to pour the ice water over Pique, who was challenged by former Manchester United teammate Wes Brown. Very funny!

According to the ALS Association  the Ice Bucket Challenge has now help raise  well over $70 million in donations for the debilitating aliment known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease that affects nerve cells in the brain.

If you would like to donate click here.

Falcao’s Daughter-Dominique-Turns One!

By Adriana Correa

The 2013-2014 European soccer season turned out to be quite an eventful time for Colombian soccer player Radamel Falcao Garcia and his wife, Argentinian singer, Lorelei Taron.

Through the many victories and challenges of the season emerged one of his most memorable highlights of the year, the birth of his first daughter Dominique.

On August 13 both Falcao and his wife took to their social networks to celebrate and share with their legion of followers a very special message dedicated to their baby daughter on her first birthday.

Happy Birthday my dear child, we love you with all our heart.” Falcao wrote on his post.

His message got well over 1.5k “likes” on Twitter which included an Instagram picture of little Dominique at the beach sporting a very stylish bathing suit by Colombian high-end swimsuit designers OndadeMar.

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Shortly after Falcao’s message was published, Lorelei posted her very own message on Instagram that read,

“Today our little princess Domi turns one. Her smile…her charm brings us so much joy every single day motivating us wholly. Her tenderness…her  kisses transforms us and fills our hearts with joy.”

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Taron who is a devout Evangelical Christian along with her husband, continued her post by explaining the special meaning behind their daughter’s name.

“We named her Dominique because it means “the one who belongs to God.” God has given us the privilege of having Domi so we can educate her, giver her our love and teach her to follow the right path so that she may grow to be wise and  love God above all. It is our biggest wish to be the best parents, thank you princess for teaching us so much every day. We don’t have words to explain how much we love you.”

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Earlier in the day Lorelei and Dominique visited a local party store and stocked up items for the tot’s birthday bash.

The proud momma later shared this picture of the family at Dominique’s birthday party while she and Falcao gave their little princess a big birthday smooch on her cheeks-the caption on her post reading….”Kiss, Kiss.”

Happy first birthday to Dominique!

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Photo Gallery: A Year In The Life of Dominique Garcia

It seems like it was only yesterday when Falcao dropped the news of his wife’s pregnancy by posting a picture on April 12, 2013 of himself kissing the mom-to-be’s baby bump.

Through the nine-months the joyful couple kept busy on social media by sharing with their fans their latest happenings from Falcao’s Copa del Rey title win in May, to their big move to Monaco, family vacation in Miami, and of course Dominique’s birth. Click on the gallery to watch more of baby Domi’s first year.

Follow Falcao and Lorelei on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @falcao  and @loreileitaron.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Debuts CR7 Collection Worldwide

By: Adriana Correa

In typical Cristiano Ronaldo flair the soccer star’s CR7 underwear line released its much anticipated 2014-2015 collection in several cities in Europe and here in the United States.

“I am really proud of my second CR7 Undewear collection and wanted to launch it in way that is personal to me and to have some fun with it,” said Ronaldo in a statement.

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The images shot by famed photographer Rankin display the soccer player’s toned physique in various soccer-like poses projected onto seven iconic landmarks in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, Lisbon and New York City.

The soccer player who wears the number seven on his Real Madrid jersey explains the reason behind why his brand chose to release the pictures in only seven cities.

“The number seven has always been close to my heart,” said Ronaldo. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with Rankin and incredible to see the images released in this unique way.”

His army of followers across all of his social media platforms were treated to a special message from the 28 year-old striker expressing his excitement on the launch of his latest collection.

“I am very proud to finally launch my new Rakin X Ronaldo for #CR7Underwear campaign! The second collection launches today, hope you love it as much as I do!”

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Ronaldo worked with ex-Donna Karen and Marc Jacobs designer Richard Chai and together with JBS Textile Group launched their first line in 2013. Both have been an integral part in helping the soccer star achieve his goals in the world of fashion.

The brand also released a video to go along the pictures where Ronaldo is seen twisting and kicking to show the unlimited range of motion offered by the stylish collection.

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Emirates Cup: Falcao Marks Comeback with a Winning Goal

By: Adriana Correa

Soccer sensation Radamel Falcao returned to AS Monaco’s starting line-up on Sunday.

He marked his highly anticipated comeback from the injured list with a winning goal against London’s Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

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Falcao scored his last goal on January 22 during a French Cup match against Chasselay where he drastically injured his left knee. The injury kept him in rehab for the past six-months crashing his hopes to join his national team in the World Cup.

In the match against Valencia on Saturday, Falcao entered the game as a substitute in the second-half where he played close to 20 minutes. The game ended in a draw after teammate Lucas Ocampos scored a goal to even out the score.

Pleased with his performance on Saturday, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim felt confident to return him to his usual post in the starting line-up in their final Emirates Cup match.

“I’m very happy with his return and very satisfied that he scored a goal that gave us the win,” said Jardim in a press conference.

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Following his comeback goal fans and media outlets took to social media to express reaction and overall joy over Falcao’s memorable return to the game.

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The Colombian striker played a total of 58 minutes and netted a powerful header to give Monaco a victory over favorite to win Arsenal in their final pre-season friendly before opening the French Ligue 1 campaign at home against Lorient next Sunday.

Falcao: The Return of El Tigre (The Tiger)

By Adriana Correa

Colombian international soccer star Radamel Falcao Garcia made his long awaited return to the pitch at the Emerites Cup in London Saturday.

The 28 year-old striker from soccer club AS Monaco made his first appearance in today’s friendly match against Valencia as a second-half substitue.

Falcao who has been out of the game for the past six-months ruptured his left-knee ligament earlier this year.  The injury kept him from taking part in his home country’s World Cup campaign where Colombia made history by reaching the quarter-finals.

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Greeted by a resounding cheer from the crowd el Tigre (The Tiger as he is known) entered the pitch during the last 18 minutes of the match when Monaco was trailing Valencia 2-1.

Falcao was sharp as always and played agressively but didn’t get a chance to score a goal. Instead his teammate, substitute, Lucas Ocampos evened out the score 10 minutes  before the end of the match.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was pleased with Falcao’s performance and anticipates he will be part of the  starting line up in tomorrow’s match against Arsenal.

Shortly after the match Falcao took to Twitter to simply express his gratitude to his wife, daughter and fans and added a psalm entry to express his deep emotion. His message read:

Thanks to God for consoling me and giving me encouragement over the last six months.  (Psalm 86:11) Thank you Lore (his wife Lorelei) for putting up with me over these 193 days when I was unbearable to handle.   Thanks to my daughter, your smile makes me forget my sadness. Thank you everyone for your simple messages of encouragement.”

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Falcao also spoke exclusevly with AS MonacoTV and said following:

“Following a long absence from the game, and going through a very difficult situation it’s overwhelming to be able to return. Just before I entered the pitch lots of things went through my head, but I tried to enjoy every minute even though it was just a couple of minutes of play.  I thank everyone who came out, the Arsenal fans who were present at Emirates Stadium and cheered me on when I entered the pitch.  It brings me great joy to know people recognize the work I do and are happy with my return to soccer.”

Cristiano Ronaldo’s CR7 Underwear Line Gets in a Bunch

By Adriana Correa

A Rhode Island man is taking legal action against soccer super star Cristiano Ronaldo‘s underwear line CR7.

43-year old fitness entrepreneur, Christopher Renzi filed a complaint in Rhode Island federal court against JBS Textile Group from Denmark. The complaint seeks a formal declaration from the court stating he is the sole owner of the trademark CR7 and not JBS.

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The two letter and number combination which represents Ronaldo’s name and the number on his Real Madrid jersey, also stands for Renzi’s initials and his birthday which coincidentally is October 7th.

Renzi states in the complaint,  he registered the moniker “CR7” in 2009 and has used it on several clothing items, a website and a workout video.

JBS on the other hand states on a separate complaint, they hold the exclusive worldwide license rights to market Ronaldo’s CR7 line,  and say Renzi’s trademark of CR7,  was  used to profit from the soccer star’s fame.

Renzi insists his line was registered first and was used in commerce in the United States first. “It’s really based on who’s using it first. We can show we were the first use of the CR7 name,” Renzi told the New York Post.

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Ronaldo who is currently on a tour with his team in the United States has been very active on all his social media platforms promoting his line and has not commented on the lawsuit.

CR7 underwear and socks for men and boys are marketed and sold JBS Textiles in Europe and plan to launch the line in the U.S later this year.