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Monday, November 30, 2009

NFL Player Ahmad Carroll Encourages the Global Soccer Community

Putting together the latest episode of the Eat Soccer! radio program felt like an offensive attack in the last third of the field. You know how that feels. You got the ball at your feet, a player coming down both wings and a defender quickly coming to make that last minute slide tackle. You have 5 million ways to play the ball and less than 5 seconds to react. No margin for error lest it be off to the bench for you.

Well, it was the week of the American holiday (Thanksgiving), I had agreed to do a speaking engagement on Thanksgiving morning and I still needed to put together an amazing show to hit the airwaves. It wasn't your typical week, but as we footballers know, there is nothing typical on the pitch.

While thinking about some previous training sessions, I thought about a fun drill that many of you have done in the course of your training days. I don't know the name of it, but the coach has you to lay on the ground. Sometimes you are on your stomach. Other times you are on your back. The drill goes through a variety of postions, but the purpose of the drill is to help you improve your response time when you get knocked down on the field.

This drill caused me to think of one guy who I think is the ultimate "comeback kid." Ahmad Carroll was selected by the Greenbay Packers in the 1st round of the National Football League draft. Since becoming a professional American football player, he has experienced a number of setbacks that would've caused lesser athletes to call it quits.

Since we train at the same gym in Atlanta, I have had the opportunity to witness Ahmad's resilience-to disregard the naysayers and get back up when he's been down. It is an amazing story that is still unfolding. In case you missed our interview on Thursday, you can listen to it on the radio player above or at Podbean.

To continue following Ahmad Carroll NFL journey and his Humble Grind Foundation efforts, become his friend on Facebook or Myspace.

Vickie Torrey's Self Massage Tips for Footballers

On November 19th, our WRMI shortwave and Internet radio listeners had the opportunity to learn self-help, self-health tips from international massage expert Vickie Torrey. Ms. Torrey used her healing hands to work on the overworked muscles of a number of athletes during her tenure with Carolina Integrated Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now, she travels the world teaching others how to heal their own bodies through self massage and positive affirmations.

As athletes, we will push our bodies to the limit with the thousands of hours that we spend doing individual and team training. In this interview, Ms. Torrey teaches us easy ways to use self-massage to prevent injury, rid our bodies of stress and perform at our optimal level.

If you want to learn more about Vickie Torrey's massage work, healing experiences and international teaching adventures, become her friend on Facebook (Vickie Torrey), follow her on her blog Mystic Hands or check out her interactive e-book, Live Love Heal!

To listen to this episode of Eat Soccer! Click Here

Get Your Face Behind United

Betfair, an official sponsor of Manchester United, is offering a "Get Behind United" promotion that will give Manchester United supporters the opportunity to show their avid support to millions across the world by having their photos featured on interview board backdrops and perimeter field board signage at Old Trafford.

Betfair requires fans to submit a photo of themselves expressing their support along with their name and contact details on the Get Behind United promotional webpage.

Grand Prize: One (1) lucky winner will have their face featured on interview backdrops, win two (2) free tickets, and participate in an on-field skills challenge for the chance to win a signed Manchester United jersey
Secondary Prizes: A select number of fans will have their faces featured on the perimeter field boards at Old Trafford. The signage will be picked up on live game broadcasts being shown on ESPN in the United Kingdom and around the rest of the world

Betfair is running the promotion for a select number of upcoming Manchester United home games at Old Trafford (Everton - 11/21/09, Aston Villa 12/12/09).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FIFA Names Official Odor Fighter

Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced today a new licensing agreement that names WIN High Performance Sport Detergent the official licensed sport detergent of the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM). The partnership will introduce WIN Detergent, the world's first laundry detergent especially formulated to eliminate embedded sweat and odors found in performance athletic attire, to the global market.

The partnership with FIFA provides licensing rights around the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM). Entering the North American marketplace as the first official licensed detergent of the U.S. Olympic Team, the WIN-FIFA agreement will mark WIN's global distribution expansion into Europe and Latin America. Mirroring the successful US Olympic partnership, WIN will use the Official Emblem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM) and designations on all products and marketing materials targeted at consumers and products.

Earlier this year, WIN extended its product line with the launch of WIN Green, which is a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, dye-free and completely biodegradable formula. The ingredients used are sourced from natural, renewable sources and this formula contains no brighteners, which are commonly added to laundry detergents to make the clothes appear cleaner but have been known to cause allergic skin reactions. There are no phosphates used, which create algal blooms in groundwater that can leak toxins into drinking water and harm ecosystems.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

EA SPORTS FIFA SOCCER 10 Championship Begins Tomorrow

The Second Annual "Gillette - EA SPORTS Champions of Gaming Tournament on Xbox 360," is the world's largest multi-sport online gaming competition that pits gamers from around the globe against each other, and ultimately for the winners, against some of the biggest names in the world of sports, including Gillette Champion Tiger Woods.

The Tournament, which attracted more than 350,000 gamers last year, begins on tomorrow and runs through February 14, 2010. Gamers will be able to compete against other gamers on Xbox LIVE, within their geographical region, on several EA SPORTS titles including - Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10, EA SPORTS(TM) FIFA Soccer 10, Madden NFL 10, NHL® 10 and Fight Night Round 4.

Winners on each title will have the chance to be crowned a Gillette - EA SPORTS Champion of Gaming at the Final Event in March 2010. At the Tournament Finals, Gillette Champion Tiger Woods, as well as other sports superstars, are scheduled to take on one of the five Gillette - EA SPORTS Champions of Gaming participants in an EA SPORTS title -- with the winner claiming ultimate bragging rights.

To get in the game with FIFA Soccer 10, go to

Friday, November 13, 2009

Brandon Culpepper Mentors Footballers on Courage

For the second episode of my international radio broadcast Eat Soccer!, I had the wonderful opportunity to introduce the listeners to one of the most courageous, motivated athletes I know. Brandon Culpepper is an American football player, and he took time out of his busy NFL schedule to give soccer players tips on how they can develop the courage to pursue their dreams to play soccer.

In my own personal soccer journey, I have received advice and mentorship from athletes, business moguls, ministers, trainers, massage therapists, bus drivers, computer name it! I believe everyone can teach you something.

So although Brandon's football is oblong and our football is circular, the actions that he has taken, to build and act on his courage to approach NFL coaches and further his professional sports career, is something we can all learn from.

If you want to continue following Culpepper in his courageous NFL journey, follow him on his blog Culpepper's Dreams and Goals Are Reality or become his friend on Facebook.

The new episode (2) is loaded on the podcast player above. Enjoy the interview!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Emoze Application Brings 2010 World Cup to Fans

Emoze has developed a new downloadable application in preparation for World Cup 2010.

Recieving a constant stream of "pushed" content will cost just $5 (one time payment) and will provide international football news daily from now until after the tournament's final in July.

The Emoze application features 'pushed' real time soccer updates and news, player of the day pictures (in html format), game venues, scores and of course full tables of the team groups. The opening splash screen features a real-time countdown to the big games in South Africa, and then once the tournament starts, countdowns to individual games - football fans need never miss a second of the action no matter where they are or what they are doing.

The Soccer Updater is available worldwide and can be downloaded on any Symbian or Windows mobile handset, with Java phones to follow shortly. You can download it now at:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


It seems like being a journalist to the soccer masses can be a little hectic. News is breaking at every moment, and all you want to do is turnaround a good story-fast! Working at break-neck speed can cause a few "administrative" details to fall through the cracks.

Let me help you out. Mark your calendars because November 13th is the deadline for you to receive media accreditation for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009. To register, go to

You have 2 1/2 days and counting. Log on now!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Woonsocket Girls Fight For the Win

High School Division 4 Championships took place yesterday. Despite the 5-0 rout by Woonsocket, fans received an extra bonus (2 fights and longer newscoverage). There's alot of anger on the field as of late...Is it really that serious?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mason Park, Houston TX: Free Soccer Clinic

Mark your calendars: On Saturday, November 7, 2009, the Hispanic Health Coalition and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health will present the third annual !Vive tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!(TM) celebration in Houston. The event promotes Hispanic family physical activity for better health and wellness for people of all ages and all sizes. The event will be held from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Mason Park in Houston's East End located at 541 South 75th Street, Houston, TX.

Fun activities for the whole family include soccer and tennis clinics, aerobics, zumba, jump rope contests, kickboxing, and rock wall climbing. In addition to the FREE health screenings and activities, there will be raffles, door prizes, and much more!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Waterlogged FC Hansa Fan Club

The second division rivalry between the German clubs FC Hansa Rostock and St. Pauli ended with a 2-0 victory for St. Pauli and some Hansa Rostock supporter being on the receiving end of a water cannon.

Angered by the loss on their home pitch, 500 die hard fans of FC Hansa Rostock tried to breach a police barrier and began throwing bottles and firecrackers. To bring order, the police unleashed a water cannon on the mob. 23 people were arrested and 27, of the 1500, police officers on hand for the match were hurt.