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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

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.

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.

Dominique Garcia wearing a bathing suit by OndaDeMar
Instagram @falcao/Dominique Garcia in an OndadeMar swimsuit.

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.”

Domique shopping for her first birthday party
Instagram @loreleitaron/Dominique birthday shopping

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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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/Twitter

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.”

Real Madrid Debuts Pink Kits in Dallas

By: Adriana Correa

Last night, Real Madrid fans all over the world got an eye-full when their team stepped onto the pitch at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, sporting their brand new fuchsia colored away uniforms at the International Champions Cup match against AS Roma .

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The Club unveiled their 2014/2015 kits last June, and although the white design for home games was up to par with previous Madrista styles, it was their eye-catching all-pink road digs that broke away from all Real Madrid tradition causing an a surprising uproar among the critics.

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The new away kits inverts the colors of the white home kit with vibrant fuchsia as the predominant color, something never seen before in the 112-year history of the club.

The updated design by Adidas  celebrate the team’s achievements of the past 10 seasons with a catchy new slogan “Wear it or Fear it.”

According to Adidas the garment incorporates Climacool technology which helps regulate body temperature during play.

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James Rodriguez: The evolution of the perfect 10

By: Adriana Correa

If you haven’t yet heard the name James Rodriguez, chances are you’ve spent the entire World Cup, or should I say, “The World Cup of James Rodriguez” living under a rock!

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The soccer player who simply goes by his first name ‘James’ pronounced HAAHM-ESS, and not JAY-MZ, played for Colombia’s national team and became THE breakout star of the World Cup in Brazil.

According to NBC Sports,  the 23 year-old forward penned a six year deal for an estimated $107-million with the Real Madrid soccer club, one of the biggest clubs in Europe,  making him one of the top fourth most expensive transfers of all time.

James, an already established soccer player in Colombia and Europe, catapulted to soccer super stardom in Brazil after scoring a goal in every game, leading  the team into the round of 16.  He then made history in the process, by helping his team advance-for the first time ever-into the quarter-finals match with two of his  goals against Uruguay.

Although Colombia’s magic ended  in a 2-1 loss against host Brazil, James went on to be awarded the Adidas Golden Boot for being the top scorer of the World Cup with a total of six goals. He was also awarded FIFA’s Best Goal of the Tournament for the goal against Uruguay in the round of 16 match-when he chested the ball down and then kicked it into the goalie with cannonball-like force. (see below)

There’s no doubt that soccer runs in James Rodriguez’s DNA, both his father and his uncle played professionally in Colombia in the 80s.  Though his father did not play a role in his life, James’ mother Pilar Rubio and his step-father Juan Carlos Restrepo helped nourish his talent by enlisting James in a soccer academy when he was 5 years-old in the city of Ibague.

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Destined for greatness, James moved to Medellin after he was signed to Antioquia’s Envigado soccer club, and made his professional debut at the age of 14. Two years later, his sharp skills earned him a spot on Colombia’s national Sub-17 team where he represented the South American country in FIFA’s 2007 World Cup U-17 tournament  in South Korea.

It wasn’t long until recruiters from Argentina’s Banfield soccer club took notice of his talent and offered him a four-year contract at 17. James didn’t blink twice and with his mom’s blessings he moved to Argentina leaving his family and friends behind, all for the dream to play internationally.

In Banfield James quickly became the object of attention when he ended his first year as a title winner in the Apertura championship where he made history for being the youngest international player to score a goal in Argentina’s First Division.

Hard work and determination paid off for James after just two seasons in Banfield, Portugal’s Porto soccer club offered to buy him at the bargain price of €8.75-million according to the Colombian publication, El Espectador. While playing in the Portuguese league, James helped the team win the Europa League and three Portuguese League titles, he scored a total of 25 goal in three seasons.

In 2013 and after much success in Porto, James and his agent made a strategic move and agreed to a 5 year-deal with one of the top teams in the French league. The AS Monaco paid Porto the sum of €45-million for the the 21 year-old.  During the 2013-2014 season he’s been recognized as one of the top players in the Ligue 1.

James has admitted to being extremely competitive and for that reason alone one of his biggest dreams has been to play for the Real Madrid soccer club,  winner of 10 consecutive EUEF  Champion League trophies.

Last Tuesday that dream became a reality when he was introduced to the world as a Madrista player wearing his signature No. 10 on his Real Madrid jersey.

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Boy’s picture of James Rodriguez goes viral

By: Adriana Correa

With speculation in overdrive about the move of AS Monaco’s James Rodriguez to Spain’s Real Madrid soccer club. One sure sign that negotiations are moving forward is this picture taken by a young fan named Juan Manuel Gomez at the Barajas airport on Sunday.  james madrid 2Gomez captured the Colombian soccer player along with his wife Daniela Ospina moments after landing in Madrid-home of the Real Madrid-one of the soccer clubs that has shown heavy interest in purchasing the the soccer star from Monaco.

According to Spain’s AS.com, the couple arrived at the Barajas airport at 2:50pm  on board an Avianca airline flight out of Medellin, where Rodriguez has been vacationing following his stellar performance in the World Cup.

Juan Manuel and his younger sister boarded the flight in Medellin along with James. The boy told Cuatro Deportes, the flight crew tried to keep James from sight by hiding him in the cockpit.

Once all the passengers were seated, the soccer star came out and sat just a few feet away from the young fan. Gomez didn’t  waste a second before asking James to pose for pictures and autographs causing a stir in mid-air.  Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 2.17.36 AM

Gomez took to twitter to announce to the world he had spotted the soccer star on his flight, his picture has been re-tweeted close to 3,000 times.

Soon after landing in Barajas, James and his wife boarded a connecting flight en route to Nice, France where speculation suggests he will meet with his bosses and finalize his contract with his current club, AS Monaco before signing with Real Madrid.

AS reports The Real Madrid club is expected to make an announcement about their latest acquisition later this week.

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FIFA’s 2014 World Cup Golden Boot and other awards

By Adriana Correa

In just a couple of hours Germany and Argentina will battle it out on the field at the final match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil’s Maracanã stadium.

As speculation mounts about which team will take home the golden cup, the anticipation and excitement is also building as to which of the top scoring players in the tournament will be winning the Golden Boot Award.

golde boot adidasFirst introduced in the 1930 World Cup, the Golden Boot is the award given to the player who scores the most goals at the tournament.

Should there be a tie, the rules state the player with the most assists would win the tie-breaker. If there is still a tie, the player who has played the least amount of games wins the award.

This year the top contenders for the 2014 Golden Boot are: James Rodriguez from Colombia, Thomas Müller from Germany and Lionel Messi from Argentina.

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With six goals in five matches, Colombia’s James  Rodriguez leads the way followed by  forward and 2010 Golden Boot recipient Thomas Müller with five, and Lionel Messi with four.

Previous winners of the coveted accolade have been Miroslav Klose, Brazilian Ronaldo, Gerhard Müller, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, Just Fontaine, Sándor Kocsis.

The award is also called the Golden Shoe or the Adidas Golden Shoe.

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In the 1994 United States World Cup two other awards were introduced the Silver Boot and the Bronze Boot. The awards follow the same guidelines as the Golden Boot Award.

Other FIFA trophies awarded to players are; Man of the Match, Adidas Golden Ball, Adidas Golden Glove, Fair Play Award, Hyundai Young Player Award.

FIFA AWARDS
Courtesy: FIFA.com

Another exciting award is the the Most Entertaining Team award that can very well very well go to Colombia’s National team for providing its audience with a dance celebration after each goal they scored.

 

Beto Perez puts finishing touches on Shakira’s World Cup choreography

By Adriana Correa

Choreographer and Zumba® creator Beto Perez says he’s done putting the finishing touches on Shakira‘s choreography for Sunday’s World Cup closing ceremonies, before the final match between Argentina and Germany at Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

“What an amazing experience to be here!” said Perez.

The Colombian choreographer who lives in Miami and has worked with Shakira in the 90’s during her breakthrough album “Pies Descalzos” says tomorrows performance of “La La La” will have taken him full circle with the international singing star.

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Courtesy of Beto Perez and Zumba®

“I am grateful, fortunate and happy beyond belief to work alongside one of the most incredible and influential artists in the world.”

Beto took to his social media sites to thank Shakira for trusting him with the task and the opportunity to allow World Cup fans to see his choreography on the world’s biggest stage.

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Also performing at the Maracanã stadium will be guitarist Carlos Santana, Brazilian singers Ivete Sangalo, Carlinhos Brown, Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires who will be singing the theme tune “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)”

This will be Shakira’s third World Cup appearance the World Cup’s final match and closing ceremony is estimated to attract hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide.

You can follow Beto on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

USMNT’s Alejandro Bedoya Gifts Teammates a Message of Encouragement

Alejandro wtih BottleBy: Adriana Correa
(Originally published July 4, 2014)

The dream of a World Cup win ended last Tuesday for the US Men’s National team following an intense filled game where the U.S fell 2-1 against Belgium in extra time.

Although the elimination from the World Cup’s round of 16 was a real let down for its players. Team USA’s attacking midfielder and South Florida native, Alejandro Bedoya didn’t give into despair and opted instead to celebrate his team’s accomplishments in Brazil with special gift that was a sure way to bring some cheer to the US team.

ball bottle“I wanted to do something to commemorate the occasion, because win or lose making it to the World Cup, especially to the Round of 16, is an epic achievement,” Bedoya said.

Soon after the painful defeat Bedoya handed each of his teammates a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

bottle labelEach bottle of the premium whisky blend, which retails well over $200 was personalized and engraved with the inscription “Brazil Was Just the Beginning, Keep Walking.”

“We can’t change the past, but we can take a moment to reflect on this experience and use it to drive us forward. What we decide to do next, whether it’s on or off the playing field, that’s where all of our potential lies. I’m inspired to keep walking down the road ahead,” said Bedoya.

Bedoya took to twitter and his other social media sites to celebrate his 2014 run in Brazil and to share a message of inspiration with his teammates and coaches

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Bedoya who is of Colombian descent was born in New Jersey and grew up in South Florida. He comes from a strong soccer stock, his father played professionally with the Millionarios soccer club in Colombia and his grandfather with Deportes Quindio.

The 2014 World Cup was the first for Bedoya, he played in all of USA’s matches and logged in a total of 285 minutes. He now returns to France where he plays with the French club Nantes

Follow Alejandro Bedoya on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.