FIFA President Sepp Blatter says soccer originated in China

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 19 June 2014

With the World Cup fever currently raging on, let’s decide if it is the best or worst time to debate on the origins of the world’s most popular sport. You may have heard the one about how soccer got started, whereby a group of victorious warriors beheaded an enemy general and kicked his head around in a post-battle celebration in eighth-century England.

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Social messages conveyed via Brazilian graffiti in the wake of World Cup fever

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 19 June 2014

In Brazil, it is legal to spray the outside of anyone’s house with graffiti as long as there is permission obtained from the owner. But we sincerely hope this is not going to encourage you if you can’t differentiate between graffiti as art and graffiti as vandalism.

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Weird sports of the world: photos by Sol Neelman

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Saturday 10 May 2014

If you’ve traveled a little, you’ll realize just how many sports there are in this world. And how many of them are just plain weird (I’m looking at you, American football). But what about the really weird sports? Like ostrich racing or bog snorkeling or even chessboxing? These sports are hilarious, yes, but totally legit, […]

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Illustrations of football players by Daniel Nyari

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By Darwin Cosico in New Illustration on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Romanian illustrator and graphic designer Daniel Nyari has come up with a series of amazing illustrations titled ‘Match of the Day’. The series include players like Theo Walcott of Arsenal, Gareth Bale of Real Madrid (was Tottenham Hotspur), Neymar of FC Barcelona, and Robin van Persie of Manchester United. Daniel Nyari currently lives and works […]

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Photos of athletes doing stuff in real life

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 22 October 2013

Hey, remember that time you went gaga over those dancers getting photographed doing real life things? Yes, that dude dangerously dancing in the shower. THAT photography series. It’s back. Jordan Matter is doing for athletes what he did for ballet dancers, making them do real life stuff. [Our readers did a Facebook Q&A with him. Check it out here]

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Imaginate: Danny MacAskill’s unique approach to bike riding

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By Callum Russell in Video on Tuesday 3 September 2013

Red Bull and trail bike rider Danny MacAskill spent two years creating this amazing video. While previous videos focused on MacAskill’s crazy bike stunts in different locations, Imaginate sees MacAskill take a completely different approach to riding, pulling mad stunts, indulging his cycle-pathic tendencies. One for the bike-curious.

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Bubble football ensures minimal injuries

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Thursday 4 July 2013

What did I just watch? Bubble football, or Funballz, which somewhat reminds us of Zorbing — the human-sized equivalent of racing around in hamster ball-like bubbles— was unleashed earlier this year on Norwegian TV by comedy talkshow hosts Henrik Elvestad and Johan Golden. It’s basically football involving players who don huge inflatable bubbles. Funny looking […]

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Don’t sweat it, do a bike workout in the pool

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Thursday 20 June 2013

It’s summer again where I live, which means I will be battling ridiculously intense heat waves. It’s so hard to convince myself to go for a run or bike ride when the weather outside feels unbearably hot. But take heart fellow exercise enthusiasts: thanks to this new trend of placing spinning machines and treadmills in pools, you can stay cool this summer while getting a fantastic cardio workout.

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Chris Write’s Sports Cheeses: beautifully illustrated cheese puns

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By Anthony Garratt in New Illustration on Monday 27 May 2013

Chris Write’s determination to relieve folk of the hum-drum of the daily ‘rind is aptly demonstrated in his awesome new selection of sports cheeses; beautifully crafted cheese puns illustrated in Wright’s inimitable style. Jamie Oliver is evidently a fan and I have also just ordered my slice of the action.

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Sports Balls Replaced With Cats website

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Websites on Thursday 25 April 2013

It says here on the site that it’s ‘just a bunch of athletes competing for the sweetest kittens’. Whether it’s football, water polo or basketball, the athletes will take care of the cat, thank you very much.

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NCAA basketball players might be ballet dancers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 3 April 2013

TIME Magazine recently picked out some choice shots from the massive influx of NCAA basketball action we’ve seen all March, distilling these into what essentially seems like ballet moves. Very cool.

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Sunday League Referees: a photo series by Dave Imms

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By Dave Imms in New Photography on Tuesday 2 April 2013

Every weekend on the Hackney Marshes in London, UK, hundreds of people participate in football matches as part of the Hackney and Leyton Sunday League. This mini-series is about the home-made thrown together referee attire, the individuality and personality to a bloke that’s always seen as the bad guy…maybe it is about that £30 for the 90 minutes […]

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Extreme sports meets stop motion animation

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 19 March 2013

We’ve seen many Playmobil stop-motion videos, but none as well-shot as the ones by Karim Rejeb, who merges his love for both extreme sports and stop-motion animation into what he calls ‘xtrem stopmotion’ on his site. We really dig the surfing one above (all of over 7 minutes long!), while his most recent work is […]

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Eerie photos of football fields by Simon Harsent

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Friday 25 January 2013

Football fanatic Simon Harsent documented different locations for playing football around the world. According to Harsent, his purpose was “to go behind the headlines, the transfer fees, and the Ferraris”. From well-known stadiums to forgotten alleyways, these photographs show a more eerie side to this beloved game.

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The Roller Derby revival

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By Jack Ripple in New Trends on Thursday 23 September 2010

Two words: Roller Derby! I got involved in the resurgence of modern Roller Derby about five years ago, as a fan and volunteer, and it has since taken over my life. I love it. Gone are the days of staged matches: it’s evolved into a real sport with explosive growth across America and is catching on in other parts of the world now. Proof positive? The new Yokasuka Sushi Rollers are just getting organized on a military base in Japan. Yes, the past is catching up with us. On roller skates.

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