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Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

I’ve Been To Rome!

Michael 84 Goes To Rome!


I’ve been to Rome! Sorry for the lack of updates, but last weekend I went to Rome in a bit of a hastily planned trip. I had lots of planning to do at short notice, then went to Rome and only got back yesterday, which is why the blog has not been updated for a while.

But I am back now, and I’ll be sharing my trip on the blog over the next few days.

Rome was never a placed where I’ve always wanted to go, but I wanted to go somewhere, and now that I’ve been I can say that I loved it! It could be the best tourist place I’ve been to, and is such a cool city. I wanted to go somewhere this year, after I missed out going abroad last year for no particular reason, I always had in mind I’d go somewhere, and just went ahead and booked it.

Everything about the planning was good; The flight times, the flight days, it’s nice and hot, and I found a nice hotel. So I was all set to go, and last weekend I did. I was there for 3 days and nights, and saw pretty much everything.

As always I’ll be posting in the travel blog, and split it up into my days and nights of being there. So over the next few days I’ll be sharing my photos and letting you know what I got up to 🙂

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.

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018

Every Home & Away Football Shirts For The World Cup In 2018

Every World Cup 2018 Football Shirt Home And Away

The World Cup is right around the corner! Here is every single home and away shirt you will be seeing in the World Cup, that’s 64 different kits! Virtually every team will be wearing a new kit in the competition, some with different designs, and some slight updates on their kit. It’s always good to see the fresh new kits in the World Cup, from the heavyweights such as Nike, Adidas and Puma, to the smaller brands such as Hummel, Errea and Uhlsport.

There’s a couple of first timers in the World Cup, including Iceland and Panama, so a few new kits to look out for. Do you have any favourites?

Check out every kit below

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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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Thursday, 31st May, 2018

Chanel Bleu De Chanel Parfum Review (2018)

Bleu De Chanel Parfum Review 2018

Chanel has released a new version of it’s much acclaimed Bleu de Chanel fragrance line, and for 2018 we have Bleu de Chanel Parfum. The original is loved by virtually everyone, and it’s definitely a modern classic, making most people’s “best scent” lists. I have owned the original eau de toilette since it’s release in 2010, with an eau de parfum being released in 2014, this is the latest in the collection, and is a full parfum.

I heard about the parfum version, and since I’m a fan of the original I was excited to try this one out. This one was created by Olivier Polge in cooperation with the Chanel Laboratory of Fragrance Creation and Development, and is said to adjust the proportions of the woods and citrus of the previous two incarnations.

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Tuesday, 29th May, 2018

Umbro Projects Summer – Retro Football Shirts For The World Cup

Umbro Projects Summer Shirts For The World Cup

Who’s excited for the World Cup? Yes, I am! There’s plenty of brand new kits which you can be wearing for the competition this year, but if the modern 2018 shirts are not your style, Umbro has came up with the answer. The iconic football kit maker has released it’s Umbro Summer Projects collection, and it’s brilliant!

Any fan of football or 90’s culture will be instantly taken back to the good old days of football, and in particular that infamous Summer of Italia 90. Umbro have created these tops which have clearly been inspired from the early 90’s tops, with countries like Spain, Belgium, Russia, Italy, France and of course, England being represented.

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