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In 2018 Football Came Home – The England Story

Thursday, 12th July, 2018

World Cup 2018 - Football Came Home For England

It was a story of hope from the beginning, which is unusual for England teams in recent times. The song from 1996 came back, with the mantra being said, shouted and sung all over England for a month; It’s coming home. England did not win the 2018 World Cup, but there’s no doubt, football did come home.

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Gareth Southgate’s Waistcoat – Get The Style [Advice]

Monday, 9th July, 2018

How To Get The Gareth Southgate Look - Waistcoast Style

This World Cup has been all about the football, and it’s been brilliant. In second place however, fashion has played it’s part; We all know about the Nigeria kit which sold out when Nike took 3 million orders, but the Gareth Southgate waistcoat, has been a massive hit in Russia this year.

Do you want to dress like Gareth and get the waistcoat style? It’s easy to pull off!

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Football Anthems Playlist For The World Cup

Friday, 6th July, 2018

The Michael 84 Playlist

If you haven’t got World Cup fever there’s something wrong with you. It’s getting to the serious stages now, and since we’re almost into the weekend, music is called for, but not any old music, football songs!

I’ve created a football anthems playlist which I think is perfect if you’re looking for ideas or inspiration for this weekend. I am sad that Spain lost, but for everyone else in the country that supports England, this will be a big weekend!

The playlist includes all the usual bangers you’d expect to see, a couple of novelty footy tunes as well as a mix of dance and Indie tracks which have made their way into football history being sung at grounds around the World. Whether it’s the John Barnes rap, Football’s Coming Home, Shouting Mitro’s on fire or just humming along to Seven Nation Army, they’re all hits and easy to join in with.

Check out the playlist, and if you want to listen to the whole thing, it is on YouTube below. 25 songs which are all about football, having a good time and singing as loud as you possibly can.

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Bum Bags Are Back! The Summer 2018 Trend

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018

Bum Bags On Trend In 2018

Just when you thought you’d missed out, bum bags are back in fashion in 2018!

If you are 25 years old or under, then you can be forgiven if you don’t know what a bum bag is, but if you’re like me, and grew up with 90’s fashion trends, then you’ll know all about them, and probably had one, if not a few.

The bum bag was quite iconic, used by many mostly for holidays and festivals, and used to a lesser extend as a general bag to carry around small items for daily use. However times have changed, we carry around a lot of small things, and can occasionally need something to carry them in. From phones to cameras and other tech devices, there’s so much we carry.

If you’re a girl you may get a small bag, but guys tend not to use a bag unless they want to carry around larger items, such as tablets or laptops. So they’re not only practical, but they’ve come into fashion, and love them or hate them, we’ll probably be seeing more and more this season.

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World Cup 2018 Review – How Spain Lost

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018

Spain 2018 World Cup Review - Revista De La Seleccion Española

It’s that feeling only the true football fans understand, it’s the feeling of emptiness. Spain have been knocked out of the World Cup, losing to Russia on penalties. It was not the greatest campaign for Spain, and as with the last one, there’s the emotional story behind it too.

You wait 4 years for the World Cup, then it’s 4 weeks of brilliant and unforgettable football if you make the final and win, but when you go out, those 4 years are gone in an instant; It’s replaced with the feelings of what if, and another 4 year wait for the next one, not knowing what the future holds.

Where did it all go wrong? Some will say 2 days before it started, with Lopetegui announcing he was joining Real Madrid and was sacked, it’s hard to pin point exactly what went wrong.

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Spain 1 – 1 Russia – Spain Out Of Tee World Cup On Penalties!

Sunday, 1st July, 2018

Spain out of the World Cup 2018, losing on penalties to Russia 4-3

Spain have been knocked out of the World Cup, losing in the last 16 to hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties, after the game finished 1-1 after extra time.

The match was all Spain over the 120 minutes, with over 1000 passes and all the possession, with Russia reduced to counter attack breaks and defending. Russia started the game with a flat back 5, a system which was incredibly difficult for Spain to break through for the whole game.

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Diadora RB94 Blue & White T Shirts

Friday, 29th June, 2018

Michael84 wearing the Diadora RB94 Olympic Blue T Shirt

I got myself a couple of new T Shirts in the sale! If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll have seen them before, they’re the RB94 T Shirts from Diadora.

If you’re not familiar, Diadora collaborated with Roberto Baggio on a capsule collection which was to bring back the styles of 90’s trends, in particular the USA 94 World Cup. The original collection featured a few pieces at the back end of last Summer and was limited, then shortly after a wider collection was released, including these T Shirts.

As mentioned, they’re based on the home and away shirts of the Italy football team, who played in blue and had a white away shirt. These tops are iconic, Italian football was the best in the world in the early and mid 90’s, before the Premier League really took hold. Football has always been huge in Italy, and after Italia 90, they had a real chance of winning USA 94, and got all the way to the final, before losing to Brazil on penalties. Their talisman and star Roberto Baggio missed the crucial kick, but is always remembered fondly around the world as one of the best players to play for Italy.

Since I featured these tees on the blog last year they’ve always been on my radar, and since going to Rome recently they came back into my mind, and after a quick search I found a couple from the collection which I could get, which were also on sale which was a bonus.

Michael84 Italy RB94 Diadora T Shirt

They make perfect clothing for street wear style, and as I’ve mentioned plenty of times I love 90’s trends, so these are perfect. The Italian badge is replaced with an Italian style Diadora badge, along with the Diadora wording on the opposite breast. It has tonal patterns within the shirt, synonymous with the football and sports shirts of the era. It was a tough decision whether to get the blue or white, so I ended up getting both 🙂

Spain 2 – 2 Morocco – High Drama!

Monday, 25th June, 2018

Spain 2 - 2 Morocco - Dramatic Draw In The World cup

That was dramatic!

Spain are into the last 16 of the World Cup after drawing 2-2 with Morocco, but it wasn’t an easy game to watch!

Morocco took the lead with a goal, a complete mix up with Iniesta and Sergio Ramos lead to them losing the ball around the half way line, the Moroccan Boutaïb was clear through on goal, kept his composure and scored. It only took Spain 5 minutes to get an equaliser, intricate play from Iniesta and Isco, with Isco making it 1-1 going into half time.

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About Last Week & Happy Monday!

Monday, 25th June, 2018

Happy Monday! Michael 84 is ready for Spain!

Happy Monday guys!

It’s the start of a new week, the sun is shining and Spain play their final group game later tonight, so there’s a lot to be happy about.

The last week has been so much fun! The World Cup has taken over my life as it always does, but we’re into day 11 which means that it’s getting more serious, and it’s the last group games which start today, and we go down from 3 kick off times to only 2, so even though there’s 4 games we can only watch 2 since there’s 2 on simultaneously. I am already having withdrawal of not being able to watch 3 games per day!

Michael84 Birthday Cake

Last week I watched every single game, including the England ones which were good, and of course the Spain games. It was also my birthday last week, and it’s always a good one when the World Cup is on. This is my cake which was so nice to eat! I think I better give cake a break for a while, this was quite a big one! You can’t have cake without some fizz, I had a leftover bottle of Bottega Gold, so had that with my cake.

I also had to celebrate Midsummer, because…Why not!

Yesterday England had a big win, it was fun to watch them scoring 6, and I am happy for Harry Kane who I think is world class, and now the world finally sees how good he is too – He’s the leading scorer in this World Cup.

As for today, Spain play later on, I have my shirt on ready, hopefully we’ll be playing in the red home shirt, since we’re drawn as the home team and we’ve played in the away kit for the first two games.

Spain Adidas Custom Trainers by Michael 84

I also have my custom made Adidas “Spain” trainers on, as I usually do when Spain play. We should win and be top of the group, and then I can get excited about the next round, and also excited about the remaining games of the group stage…I almost prefer watching other teams, it’s far less stressful! 😂

Here’s to another great week, we’re definitely getting the weather for it, and of course more football! (Sorry if you don’t like football!)

Happy Midsummer 2018

Saturday, 23rd June, 2018

Happy Midsummer 2018 from Michael 84

Glad Midsommar / Happy Midsummer! 🇸🇪

Last night was Midsummer Eve, and today has been Midsummer, have you enjoyed it?

It’s a great time to play music, eat and drink, so I have to have a few bottles of my favourite cider from Rekorderlig 😉 I’ve also got the new botanical cider, this one is a grapefruit and rosemary pear cider, and I’ve just had some, and it’s so nice!

What’s not to love about a (kind of) holiday where you drink cider? It’s more of a Nordic thing, and is a big deal in Sweden where you do things like dance like a frog around a Midsummer pole, and if you’re a girl, put 7 different flowers under your pillow and you’ll dream of your future husband. I follow a ton of Swedish people on social media, and this has always been a big deal, so years ago I decided why not join in at least a little with the celebration 😀

It’s really strange, because we now have a maypole being set up in Newcastle, right on Grey’s Monument for the Great Exhibition of the North, it’s a shame they didn’t think ahead and get it ready for today!

I had to wear my Sweden “Sverige” Adidas T Shirt, it seems I only wear this top on this particular day, but I have has this tee for a while.

There has been an added bonus to this one, earlier tonight Sweden played Germany in the World Cup, and it was a thrilling game which had everything! Germany had to win to stand any chance of qualifying, and went 1-0 down. They scored and made it 1-1, piled on the pressure on the Swedes, but then got a man sent off. The Germans then got a penalty in stoppage time, and of course scored and made it 2-1. Both teams can still qualify, but it will take a lot for Sweden to get through.

It’s been a great day and night so far, and there’s plenty more cider to be drunk 😉 Tomorrow England play against Panama which should be a good game and hopefully lots of goals, along with two other games to finish the weekend.

Have fun 🙂