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Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

Turmoil In Spain – Lopetegui Sacked – Replaced By Hierro

Lopetegui Sacked - Spain in Turmoil before the World Cup

Yes, it’s turmoil in Spain, only 24 hours before the World Cup, and 48 hours before the first Spain game.

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain manager. It all started on Tuesday, when Lopetegui and Real Madrid shocked the football World, confirming that after the World Cup Lopetegui would leave his post as the Spain national manager, and join Real Madrid.

Less than 24 hours later, the president of the Spanish Football Federation, the RFEF, announced that they’d sacked manager Julen Lopetegui. RFEF president Luis Rubiales stated that he only found out about Real Madrid and Lopetegui 5 minutes before the press release.

It was a shock to Spain, to the football World, and to me. Lopetegui only signed a new contract which would see him take charge until the end of Euro 2020 a few weeks ago in May, and now he’s gone.

Fernando Hierro, who’s been in the ranks in the Spanish national team and RFEF for years is taking charge of the team for the World Cup. It has been announced that Carlos Marchena, Julián Calero and Juan Carlos Martínez Castrejón have also joined the Spain coaching staff.

The next permanent manager has not been announced, could it be Hierro? It will probably come down to the team’s performance in the World Cup.

Other managers who’ve been mentioned to take control permanently are Albert Celades, Arsene Wenger, Rafa Benitez and Luis Enrique, some even mentioning a return for Vicente Del Bosque.

How will Spain do in the World Cup? It will depend on the players. If they all support the decision of the RFEF then they’ll be able to play well, and if they’re in revolt, it could be quite bad. In the previous World Cup, Spain got eliminated at the group stage, after losing their first game against the Netherlands 5-1.

Spain will play Portugal in their opening game on Friday evening.

Image: Luis Rubiales, Julen Lopetegui and Fernando Hierro via SEFutbol Twitter.

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

Finally Got My Spain Away Shirt For The World Cup!

The Spain 2018 Away Shirt - I Finally Got It!

Yes, I have finally got my Spain away shirt for the World Cup!

If you’re a long time reader of the blog, then you’ll know I always buy the Spain shirt, home and away, and usually goalkeeper shirts too, and usually get them on the release date. This year has been different, I’ve waited and waited, and finally I’ve bought the shirt, but only the away one.

I will get the home one eventually, but I haven’t been able to make my mind up between the authentic players version, and the usual replica. I’ve got a few of the players versions, and they are a lot better in my opinion. But they are twice the price, and these days I don’t actually wear football shirts all too often, I usually only wear them for when the match is actually on.

I have also been talking to Adidas, and their printing. There’s not too many places which sell the authentic version, and I usually get it direct from Adidas, but I want a name and number printed. On the Adidas website the numbers which they print are different from the “official Adidas” numbers which can be seen. This seems odd to me, so I asked Adidas, and after a day or so they got back to me, and stated that they’ll print the exact numbers/names which are on the site.

This seems really odd to me, that the official Adidas website will not print official Adidas numbers (If you want to know the difference, the official Adidas numbers has a thin line through the middle of the number, and the Spain/country badge in the middle at the bottom). I asked them several times, and they told me their ‘expert’ has told them this. Since it would make it personalised and I’d be unable to return it, I decided not to take the chance.

So since then, I’ve been debating on which home shirt to buy, and so far, I have none.

The away shirt is really nice, it’s probably nicer live and in person rather than as you see on TV or on screen. It’s very white, the red is quite an interesting one and looks almost like luminous orange when it gets darker, as opposed to the rich red you’d see in the usual home shirts. It’s got a tonal pattern in really light blue, I didn’t like it at first, but now I’ve seen the top up close and personal, I like it.

What name and number should I get printed on this?

Doing tricks with the Adidas ball in my Spain 2018 away top

Here I am doing tricks 😂 I was spinning the ball on my finger, which looked better in my mind than it does in a snap shot in a photo. But look at that concentration! 😂

Can you spin the ball on your finger? I was having a go, and got better and better, but can’t really do it for a very long time.

Have you got your football shirt ready for the World Cup? Remember you can check out every World Cup shirt on the blog if you haven’t already.

Monday, 4th June, 2018

The Hottest World Cup WAGS 2018 – Ladies Of The Football [Photos]

World Cup 2018 WAGS - The Hottest Wives & Girlfriends From The World Cup

The World Cup is upon us, and for many that means not only looking at the footballers on the pitch, but looking at the WAGS off it. That’s right, we’re talking about the wives and girlfriends of the World Cup!

You’ve already seen every World Cup Kit for 2018, and now it’s time to meet the ladies of the footballers who’ll be playing in those shirts!

The WAGS were probably made most famous during the periods of 1998 and 2002, the Posh and Becks era, and ever since then, everyone wants to know who is on the footballers arm. Since then there was the Wayne & Colleen Rooney era, with Gerrard and co, and now there’s a new generation, with all the rest of the World partaking in the game of who’s going out with who, and who is on who’s arm.

There’s a big difference between the English WAGS and the rest of the World. For the English, it’s about being glammed up and looking strictly A-List, like they’re at a film premiere rather than a football game.

For the rest, they all seem to embrace the occasion, most supporting their guy (and country) with a football shirt, the way it’s supposed to be.

Here’s the hottest WAGS who’s footballing halves are going to the World Cup.

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Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

The Bold Type Season 1 Review

The Bold Type Review In The UK On Amazon Prime

I found my new TV Show to watch! The Bold Type, which is on Amazon Prime, and it’s good!

It’s actually not new, it aired in the USA in 2017 on an American network, but we got it in the UK back in February…You may have seen the ads for it on TV. If you like programs like Entourage, Girls, Red Oaks etc. then you may like this. I love shows like this, because it’s all about the characters and their friendships, which is exactly what those other shows are about. The backdrops are different, but other than that, the shows are a similar style.

So The Bold Type is about 3 friends and a fashion/lifestyle magazine called Scarlet, where they all work. Jane is a new writer, who’s just been promoted and is looking to make an impact in her career. Sutton is an assistant who’s looking to break into the fashion side of the magazine, and Kat is in charge of the social media at the magazine.

The secondary characters are brilliant and play a key role too; There’s Jacqueline, the boss at Scarlet. Richard, a board member, lawyer and secret love interest of Sutton. Alex, a writer at the magazine. Ryan aka Pinstripe guy, writer for Pinstripe, a men’s magazine owned by the same group as Scarlet, and the love interest of Jane. Adena, a photographer and romantic interest of Kat.

I have now watched the whole season and really enjoyed it. It’s kind of coming of age, with all the characters growing and discovering throughout the season, all set in New York City which always makes a perfect big city scene.

The good news is that there’s a second season coming up in June! So if you want to jump on The Bold Type bandwaggon, now is the time, and you’ll be ready and set for the second season.

Monday, 14th May, 2018

Last Weekend: Football, Eurovision & More

Last Weekend - Wearing Shirt & Light Denim


I hope you’ve had a good weekend. How is Monday treating you? We have the sunshine and it’s warm, but have you seen all the greenflies and other tiny flies which are around? There’s so many swarms of them here!

This weekend was pretty low key. I watched Eurovision which was on by Israel and that novelty song; What did you think of that? I usually get hyped for Eurovision, but this year I didn’t catch the 2 semi-finals, and I thought the final was pretty average at best.

It’s always a bittersweet time for football too; It was the last day of the season! 🙁 It was a good win for Newcastle, beating a poor Chelsea team 3-0, and finished the season 10th. It was higher than expected, and well clear of relegation in the end. Will Rafa stay, and will Ashley give him money to spend? Probably not on both counts, Rafa only has a year left, and if he’s not given money to strengthen, then why would he stay?

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Sunday, 13th May, 2018

Film Night: Logan Lucky Review

Logan Lucky Film Review

For film night I decided to check out to see if there was anything good on Amazon Prime, and I happened to see that Logan Lucky was on there, so decided to give it a watch. I kind of knew of the film, I saw previews of this when it came out at the cinema last year and it looked good, so I was happy to give this a watch and see what it was all about.

It’s a comedy heist film, in the same kind of style as Oceans 11 and it’s squeals, and is directed by Steven Soderberg, who was responsible for those films too.

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Tuesday, 8th May, 2018

First May Bank Holiday Of 2018

Early May Bank Holiday! Wearing Reebok, Chinos and Air Max in white

Hey guys!

I hope you are well and have enjoyed the Bank Holiday, and our mini heatwave we’ve had. Yes, it was the hottest early May Bank Holiday “Since records began” as the news is always keen to point out.

I had the most relaxing long weekend ever, and did precisely nothing, and it was great! I didn’t go out, got up to nothing exciting and just relaxed for the few days we’ve had. It’s always good to take time to do nothing. Some people find it boring but I always think I need time to just relax, I don’t like to waste days off but when you rarely get them, you look forward to them more and more.

I did watch El Clasico, aka Barcelona vs Real Madrid. It was a really good game which ended in a 2-2 draw, and a player getting sent off which seems to happen all the time. It feels so weird that the football season is coming to an end, the last game of the Premier League is next weekend, then there’s the FA Cup final, Champions League final and then that’s that. This Summer we do have the World Cup and I am really looking forward to that!

For the rest of the time I have got some really good blog content written which I’ll be posting soon. I was feeling inspired so I got a few good articles and posts written down, so expect to see some big fashion guides on the blog in the coming weeks 😉

The one thing I love about the Bank Holiday’s is not only the long weekend you look forward too on the Friday, but the proceeding week is shorter! 😀 It’s Tuesday already, so not long to go now…And we do it all again at the end of the month.

It’s been so hot I was wearing shorts, but I swapped them today as it was cooler, and wore some dark blue chinos. I’ve been wearing my white Air Max for a couple of weeks now, I almost forgot I had them; I have far too much in the way of footwear these days.

T Shirt weather is great, no need for jackets, and I wore my Reebok Classics Tee today.

The good weather is slowly coming to an end though, but hopefully we’ll be getting more in the proper Summer months.

Eurovision starts tonight with a semi-final, however there’s also football, the big game with Swansea and Southampton so I will have to watch that and catch up. then there’s footy on tomorrow and Thursday too, so that’s pretty much my plans for the week. I already feel like I’m going to miss the football.