Monthly Archives: July 2015
- July 21, 2015
At Hertha Berlin, both fans and officials alike have an awful lot of faith in Pal Dardai. This past season, as the Blue-Whites teetered toward relegation, Dardai took over as manager and steered the football club to a 15th place finish. It wasn't a great result, but it kept Hertha BSC out of the red zone and alive to fight another day in Germany's top-flight division. Now, Hertha Berlin manager Pal Dardai has been granted an "indefinite contract" which could keep the Hungarian manager in Germany for quite some time.
Dardai's Hertha Berlin History
Of course, it makes sense that if Hertha were going to put faith in anyone at this point, it was going to be Pal. Dardai played the majority of his career at the football club, coming aboard as a midfielder in 1997, and staying put until retiring from the game in 2011. He made 297 league appearances for the team-making him the most capped player in Hertha BSC history.
- July 21, 2015U.S. Citta di Palermo fans got a treat on June 30th, as the Italian football club unveiled a slew of new kit designs for the 2015 2016 season. Rather than separating the launches of their various kits as other clubs have done, the Eagles opted to publicly unveil all of their new jerseys at the same time. Soccer Box already has stock available of the new Palermo kit 2015 - 2016 home and away jersey designs, while new versions of the team's third jersey and goalkeeper shirt have also been introduced.
Once again, Palermo's official jerseys come from Joma, serving their second year as the soccer club's kit manufacturer. Previously, Palermo had worked with Puma (from 2012 through last year) and Legea (from 2010 to 2012), while Lotto was the football club's kit manufacturer for the first decade of the 2000s. Joma did stunning work on the squad's uniforms last year, though, and is continuing the tradition of excellence with these new 2015 2016 soccer shirt designs.
- July 20, 2015
It's been a rollercoaster five years for fans in the AS Monaco jersey, leading us to ask can AS Monaco win the Ligue 1 title? In 2010 2011, the football club crashed and burned, finishing in 18th place in the French Ligue 1, and suffering their first relegation to the second division since the mid-1970s. The 2011 2012 season was only marginally better, with the Red and Whites only sputtering to an eighth place finish in Ligue 2. For a moment, it seemed as if the team was doomed to languish in a lower-tier French football division for years to come.
But then something surprising happened. Instead of giving up, the Red and Whites buckled down and went to work. In 2012 2013, under the guidance of new manager Claudio Ranieri, Monaco soared to first place in Ligue 2, winning 21 games and cutting their loss number to four games (the previous season, they'd lost three times that number). Just like that, AS Monaco were back in the top-flight league. Unlike most recently promoted
- July 20, 2015
After months of drama, during which Raheem Sterling was remarkably vocal about his desire to leave Liverpool for a transfer to Manchester City, that transfer has finally come to fruition. On July 12th, it was announced that Manchester City sign Raheem Sterling, the Reds and the Sky Blues came to terms on the 20-year-old striker, who will head to MCFC on an initial transfer fee of £44 million-plus another £5 million in potential add-ons, pending Sterling's medical at Man City.
It's a hefty transfer fee, especially for someone as young as Raheem Sterling. In fact, provided that Liverpool gets the full £49 million, Sterling will be history's most expensive English player and the most expensive footballer under the age of 21. Is he worth the lofty price tag for Manchester City? Or will Liverpool benefit from the big cash flow more than the Sky Blues will benefit from their acquisition?
A Potential Superstar
- July 19, 2015
Barcelona had a banner season in 2014 2015, winning the treble of the Spanish La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League, and providing plenty of thrilling offensive maneuvers along the way. Needless to say, fans are eager to see Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, and the rest of the Barca squad reunite for the start of the 2015 2016 season, and the good news is they won't have to wait much longer. While the La Liga season won't start until Saturday, August 23rd, Barca supporters will only have to wait until Wednesday, August 5th to see their beloved soccer team on the pitch at Camp Nou once more. They will face AS Roma in the Joan Gamper Cup.
The Joan Gamper Cup
Each year, FC Barcelona invites another football club to Camp Nou for a highly anticipated friendly fixture known
- July 19, 2015
Liverpool has been one of the most active football clubs-if not the most active football club-throughout this summer's transfer window. So far, the football club has signed James Milner, Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, and Roberto Firmino, and you can bet that manager Brendan Rodgers will be looking for at least one more major signing to replace the outgoing Raheem Sterling. But the on-the-field squad isn't the only thing that Rodgers has been shaking up at Liverpool FC. On the contrary, the coach has also been making changes to his backroom team, sacking assistant manager Colin Pascoe and first team coach Mike Marsh, and replacing them with new blood. But will Brendan Rodgers new backroom team enable the squad to fight for the Premier League top spot?
- July 18, 2015
Back in May, Bayern Munich officially launched their 2015 2016 home kit, a red and white jersey that
hewed close to designs from the football club's past. Around the same time, designs of the 2015 2016 away shirt and third jersey allegedly leaked onto the Internet. The leaked away shirt was a white jersey with grey and red trim and detailing, while the leaked third kit was a charcoal grey kit with subtle striping and pinkish trim. On July 10th, two months and one day after FC Bayern officially unveiled the 2015 2016 home jersey, the football club officially unveiled the Bayern Munich away kit 2015 - 2016 other shirts that will be in their wardrobe for the forthcoming soccer season.
- July 18, 2015
For over a century now-since 1904, to be exact-the West Ham United Boleyn Ground is where the club has played their home football games in Upton Park, East London. At the end of the 2015 2016 season, the soccer team will bid farewell to the stadium for good. In 2011, West Ham were selected to move into London's Olympic Stadium following the 2012 Summer Games, and with the 2016 2017 soccer season, that move will finally come to fruition.
In many ways, the move will be a hugely positive thing for the Hammers. For one thing, Olympic Stadium is markedly larger than the Boleyn Ground, capable of accommodating a soccer audience of 54,000 (compared to Boleyn's 35,016). For another, the Olympic Stadium is expected to be the new standard for luxury, comfort, and spectator satisfaction in league football. Specifically, every seat in the venue is expected to offer a brilliant view of the pitch.
A Fond Farewell
Still, even though
- July 17, 2015
While many football clubs throughout Europe are unveiling the 2015 2016 kits in a rolling fashion-launching the home kits first, waiting a few months, and then launching away jerseys or third shirts-Barca have already revealed their full wardrobe for the 2015/16 season. The new kit selection is a nice mix of tradition (the red and blue striped home jersey) and fresh ideas (the vibrant yellow away shirt, or the stunning light blue training kit), and Soccer Box has the full stock available now!
New Training Gear
For instance, where last year's presentation tracksuits were black, deep blue, or navy, this year's selection includes a brighter colored option. The Barcelona blue warm-up tracksuit 2015 2016 boasts the same beautiful sky blue color as the club's
- July 17, 2015
17th July 2015.
After two consecutive seasons of sixth place finishes in the Russian Premier League, Spartak Moscow are mixing things up for the 2015 2016 campaign. The football club will have both a new Spartak Moscow home kit 2015 - 2016 and a new manager when play commences for the new season on July 19th. But will the "out with the old, in with the new mentality" bring about a change of luck for the People's Team? Will the new Spartak Moscow coach bring about success? Or will their lengthy title draught continue for another year?
Alenichev and a History at Spartak
Whatever happens, most of the responsibility will rest on the shoulders of Dmitri Alenichev, who will take over the position as manager at Spartak Moscow. A former attacking midfielder, Alenichev has old ties to the People's Team: he played two separate stints for the soccer club during his senior career-first from 1994 to 1998, and later