A few weeks break sees the 4ATB team refreshed and raring to go, as Dale and Thom visit Scott’s pad to mull over the big issues in football this week.
We whip across the world at warp-speed, discussing the Champions League final, A-League fixture lists and Newcastle’s cinnamon challenge.
Guest columnist Zeb Woodpower looks at who’s going where during the European summer as he delves into the comedic and ever changing managerial rumour mill after the fuse was lit last week by Ferguson’s retirement, let the shenanigans begin. Read the rest of this entry
In the lead up to this month’s Champions League Final at Wembley between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich resident graphic designer Thom Kelly put this online poster together for 4ATB. Click on the poster for a higher resolution version.
The poster incorporates the two club’s colours and kits into the design as well as touching upon the venue with a stylised vision of Wembley along with the twin lions referencing the FA’s 150th Anniversary.
With FIFA 14 in development for a September release Thom looks at what he would fix or introduce into the next edition.
EA’s flagship sports franchise FIFA has become a phenomenon over the past 10 years for the footballing community, strong debate about the game has become just as important as playing it.
But I must admit before suggesting any additions or changes to the FIFA franchise that my first love with football gaming was and always will be Football Manager. The tactical nous and the micro-management of players is what gets me in, but FIFA does offer actual gameplay which is difficult to surpass. Read the rest of this entry
Warrior recently released Liverpool FC’s new home kit for the 2012/13, resident kit-nerd Thom Kelly reviews the newest instalment on Merseyside for 4ATB.
Liverpool’s 2013/14 is a natural evolution of their most recent kit with Warrior tracking through the Anfield club’s visual history. The 2012/13 edition was inspired largely from Liverpool’s pre-WWII kits, with the flappy collar and minimalistic design influenced by history as well as new wave of ‘tailored’ kits largely manufactured by Umbro and Nike. This kit has drawn influence from one of Liverpool’s greatest nights, the 1984 European Cup Final, beating Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on penalties. The red and white three stripe pattern used on the 84′ collar is the main inspiration for the visual identity of the new kit. The pattern is introduced onto the collar, sleeve, shorts and socks and enforces the club’s visual history on the present.
“In front of more than 3,000 Portland Timbers faithful, eight-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre netted four goals, including the game-winner, to power The Green Machine to a 10-9 victory over the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field.
The Timbers teamed up with Make-A-Wish® Oregon to grant the wish to Atticus, who learned he had cancer last fall and missed his last soccer game of the season with his teammates on The Green Machine. Guided to victory by Timbers head coach Caleb Porter, The Green Machine faced a formidable Timbers side that included a Starting IV of Jack Jewsbury, Will Johnson, Darlington Nagbe and Mikael Silvestre, and was coached by Timbers assistant coach Sean McAuley.
When Atticus had the chance to make a wish, he chose to scrimmage the Timbers at JELD-WEN Field, home of the Timbers. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Atticus was outfitted with his own locker next to Timbers captain Will Johnson, while he and his family were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Timbers locker room and workout facilities. Additionally, head coach Caleb Porter introduced Atticus to the team before the Timbers pre-training meeting.”
Right in the feelings.
If you’re ever wondering what your club or fan group can do to engage the community, this is a good lead to follow.
As spoken about in the most recent podcast, the 4ATB lads have varied tastes in golazos.
Howitzers, dinks and belters all – here are our choices for Goal of the Season.
Honourable mention – Marco Rojas vs Newcastle.
GOTY – Shinji Ono vs Brisbane.
Honourable mention – Jason Culina vs Wellington.
GOTY – Marco Rojas vs Newcastle.
Honourable mention – Josip Tadic vs Western Sydney (seen here at 2:10).
GOTY – Jeremy Brockie vs Melbourne Victory.
What do you think? Did the A-League get it right with it’s choice of Goal of the Season, or was there a more worthy winner? Let us know!
4ATB launched our instagram account last month, so we thought we’d show you our best shots from the past couple of weeks. From the A-League Grand Final to the silence of a football pitch at half six in the morning.
Search for our instagram account “4attheback”.
So 2012-13 was quite a season, hey? We had superstars and rising stars, Kiwi Messi and messy Kiwis, and of course there was Kruno Lovrek.
In this bumper pod, Dale, Scouse and Thom pick over the details of the 2013 A-League Grand Final, as well as give special mention to our favourite plays and players of the season just passed. We discuss plans for the off-season and drop a very VERY late bombshell thanks to Scouse and the internet.
Strap yourselves in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.