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DB says proceeds will go to Central Campus general scholarship fund and to Men's and Women's soccer as a down payment on building them "a home."
Not sure what "a home" means - a training facility out by the already beautiful stadium and practice fields I presume.
Clarification: Home would have coaches' offices, locker rooms, recruiting lounges, lockerrooms, etc. More of a home base than just the stadium, practice fields and lockerrooms that already exist.
I think it's pretty cool. I'll be rooting for Real Madrid since they're yellow and blue!
That's fun and all, but Real's main color is white. Trim varies (Blue on that logo, has also been purple, uniform trim also periodically black) but they wear all white in a sport where teams aren't bound to white on any uniform.
In response, their archrival Barcelona never wears white on any uniform. Ever.
They do rivalries right in Europe.
Well Manchester wears red, so that's a good enough reason for me to root for Madrid I think!
current 3rd kit is pretty Duke-ish black and blue
Good chance they'll wear it, too. Pretty standard for Euro clubs to show off alternate uniforms whenever possible during exhibitions. Count on a non-home uni for one or both.
All Euro clubs will be announcing new home, away and alternate kits in the next month or so ahead of this summer's selling season. Some already have but I haven't seen either United or Real's yet.
And yeah, Real's nickname is Los Blancos.
Um, you don't have to call it "kit" just because the British do. I guarantee that they do not call it "kit" in Spain. They have their own words for that, and so do we.
We'll know when we've advanced as a Soccer nation when we can use our own words for things instead of British words that we never use any other time just because we are talking about Soccer: "kit", "pace", "nil", "pitch", etc.
I even hear people on this Blog strangely use the plural form of team like the British do, but only when talking about Soccer: "The USA are up two - nil". Yet they would never say "Michigan are up 21 - nil over Ohio State".
I'm split on this. Obviously, a lot of this comes from the charm of reading game stories and analysis written in the unique European English style. One really does absorb the vocabulary after a while, and it's fun.
It can also be worth resisting, because I don't like to change words or pronunciation just because I'm dealing with a sport or concept centered in another part of the world.
Here's the thing, though--Soccer is a unique sport, and just like other unique sports (baseball, football, hockey, etc) it has its own vocabulary. We don't notice it much, but there are good examples of other areas that we kind of take this for granted. For example, if the Red Wings beat the Wild 5-3, do you (in an effort not to conform) say they scored five points? Are the Tigers up 7 points to 2 right now?
No. Those have unique words to describe what is essentially the same thing, the way the sport keeps score. The vocabulary is unique to the sport. And it can help describe things better than generic words in many cases. For example, football players are capable of having both "quickness" and "speed," and those are different things. "Pace," a soccer term you complain about, is not really the same thing as speed.
Yeah, I agree for "official" Soccer terms that are unique to the sport, like Yellow Card or Corner Kick. And there is a certain charm to the British vernacular when watching Soccer . . . I could listen to Ian Darke all day long.
But it's really odd when Americans use British terms for common everyday things that are not Soccer-specific, terms they would never use any other time, just because they are talking about Soccer. It makes them look like insecure posers.
I'd like for us to have enough self confidence as a Soccer nation to use our own damn Soccer terms.
They're called the red devils but they also wear black and blue? What what what?
Their primary uniform is a red jersey, white shorts, and black socks (white socks for Champions League matches). They will also wear alternate black shorts for certain games, usually when the home team wears white shorts themselves.
However, European clubs don't necessarily wear traditional road uniforms as we understand them. There is no need for them to have the same design, concept, or colors as the home uniform. The only real requirement is that it contrast with the home uniform. And so, while some teams occasionally have that (or at least wear a white alternate with basic team color piping), as often as not the road and alternate uniforms have no relationship to the home uniform whatsoever, save for the sponsor and the badge.
This leads to curious situations where Man U winds up wearing a blue road uniform that shares zero of the design elements of the home uni. Arsenal has a long tradition of contrasting its home (Red jersey, white sleeves, white shorts, white or red socks) outfit with a very Michigan-like yellow top, blue shorts blue socks option.
It is jarring to Americans who are used to home/away uniform systems that go together. But you get used to it. It's just a different paradigm.
I can at least respect MLS fans but fans of European teams piss me off to no end.
Why? What interaction have led to this belief?
With two of the greatest clubs playing at a wonderful facility. What's not to like? Interesting thing is that tickets in the lower half of the Big House are significantly more expensive than those higher up in the same section. Much better views rows 40 to 60.
Proceeds going to new soccer facility
Last year Chaka Daley brought in 5 of the top 150 recruits in soccer
This year Daley had 2 top-10 commits and 5 of the top 100.
Get ready for Michigan Soccer
They just built a new soccer facility.
This new facility is going to be offices, recruiting lounge etc. Not a new stadium
Not a competition facility. Coaches offices, practice locker rooms, film rooms, lounge etc.
Shit, I played varsity soccer at UM in 2001-2002 before I was sidelined by a back injury, and I remember changing in the building adjacent to the baseball locker rooms.
My, how things have changed.
My link to show I'm not BSing you all.
I'm a much bigger UM football fan now than soccer, so the overlap of a soccer match being played in the Big House is Pretty cool to me - although Bo said no soccer would ever be played in that stadium....
PS: my 15 minutes: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/110501aaa.html
Do you think they'll let people bring the vuvuzelas in?
Hopefully the department bans them, then sells them in-stadium for $20 apiece. Even better if they can't output any noise.
It's a pity it's an August exhibition. That, to me, is the only real negative. These are titanic sports franchises that feature (if they actually play) some astonishing athletes. Ronaldo is one of the two best players in the world right now in the midst of an individual rivalry with Lionel Messi that is as astounding as any in the history of sports.
It's a pity I don't live in town anymore, I'd be there. Tickets need to be a bit cheaper, though.
...but Man U is in 7th right now and have been playing horribly, from what I understand. I actually caught part of a match with Man City, and Man U looked like they had given up on the match and the season. I agree, it's two great franchises, but a pity that we're catching Man U when they are at a nader.
This is, by far, the worst league season Man U has experienced in 20 years. They still have quite a bit of talent, but as mentioned elsewhere in this thread they have depth issues and cashflow problems that cause quite a bit of tension amongst their faithful.
When Malcolm Glazer bought the club, there was a lot of anger from the fanbase. I thought then and still think now that a fair amount of it was just provincial anti-Americanism, but they did make one crucial argument that has been bourn out by the facts: Glazer financed the purchase by adding significant debt to the club, and as a consequence they are having trouble keeping up with the free-spending of foreign-owned oil baron clubs like City, Pool, and Chelsea. The debt is finally catching up to them.
ManU has looked like a rudderless ship under Moyes. They have had some injuries but the talent is there to do much better. If they don't finish at least 6th Moyes may not be with the team in August.
The World Cup had specific field dimensions including a width of 64 meters. SInce this is not a WC match, the field probably will be just FIFA compliant. FIFA specs are that the length must be longer than the width. The field width must be a minimum of 45m or 50 yards. An American football field is 53 yards wide so widening the field is not necessary for this exhibition match.
Under The Lights III
Brandon says Penn State would be a good option for night game. But wouldn't confirm. Announcement soon he said
Tired of losing to those fucks after beating them 9 times in a row. We need to crush them under the lights.
And we will this year. Michigan should have defeated them last year, but we know how that went.
But I like this move. Even though it's an exhibition game, it'll still be pretty awesome to see these two great teams play in Michigan Stadium. Lots of star power in the Big House-very cool stuff. Well done , Dave Brandon.
Think there will be beer in the Big House for this game?
My big question is whether or not it will be necessary to buy tickets within a few days of the on-sale date. Do we think this comes close to selling out? USA/Mexico had 65,000ish people I think. I just wonder if its worth it to buy face value tickets or see if it fails to sell out and I can save a little money by going the Stubhub route. It works for football games...
I would think it will sell out. Man U and Madrid have an absurd amount of fans. Using facebook likes might be a bit...lame...but just for comparison's sake Michigan football has 1.3 million likes. Madrid has 55 million and Manchester United had 44 million. The Yankees have 7 million.
My guess is that they will draw nowhere near 100,000 for an exhibition at these prices. When United played Olympiakos in Toronto there were about 25,000 if I remember right. Rooney didn't play. Obviously Madrid will draw more fans. The Wings-Leafs game was brilliant because about 60,000 Leaf fans came into town. If it were Wings-Ducks probably would have been 70,000 max in the Big House- and it was a real NHL match that counted.
$45 to sit in the top corners of the Big House is probably a good view for the money. Rest are probably good future Stub Hub buys.
If they fall noticeably short of 100K I think it will be a bit embarrassing for the event organizers, considering how all the other special events at the stadium have gone over 100K easily. Are there really 100K+ soccer fans in driving/bus distance who will pay the asking prices?
I hope that Man U brings some authentic soccer hooligans with them. It'd be interesting to see them wreak havoc at Conor O'Neil's and Zingerman's.
Well, everyone I know living in Ann Arbor (including myself) is willing to drop $45 on a
football soccer Saturday in August.
I bet a lot of the local high school soccer teams try to put things together since it will be right before their seasons start as well.
anyone know the vuvuzela policy!
On sale to season ticket holders and donors starting Monday at 8:30!!!
But would you rather watch football in a football stadium, or football in a football stadium?
Tickets might be expensive but I expect attendance to be high. I went to United/Barca at FedEx Field a few years ago when it was a rematch of the Champions League and it was nearly full--something like 81,000 people there and I think tickets were more than they were for this match.
People will travel to see these teams play (even in a friendly) and I'm guessing we'll see a bunch of Canadians coming over for it as well.
I'm gonna sell my 40 yard line seats to the highest bidder (non-Sparty or Nutter) then use the proceeds to buy a keg of Guinness, thereby supporting this lovely event.
I'm so there. I don't care that the stadiums for sale on that day.
Oh gawd yes.
I am stoked too -- I haven't been back to Ann Arbor for a long time, and I figure, with the wife's schedule (she's a teacher), we should man up and drive up to AA for this game. We went to the MUFC-Kansas City Wiz (or whatever the fuck they're called) game in KC a few summers ago.
Warning (I believe soccer fans understand this): there will be a lot of 2nd and 3rd teamers playing in this game. However, these are unequivocally two of the biggest sports clubs in the world, no matter what the sport. If you have a chance, go to this game. I hated soccer until the World Cup was in the USA back in '94, and then the MLS started, and I went to a billion DC United games. On a wintry, hungover Boxing Day in '96 (I think), I watched MUFC against hated Liverpool, a game which Liverpool won. I decided at that moment to become an MUFC fan, and I was rewarded with a Premier League championship that year, thanks to Newcastle tanking a 9-point lead.
I'm not as hardcore as I was, but I am glued to the TV for the World Cup and for other games when I have time.
This should be a lot of fun, and I look forward to rolling into Ann Arbor wearing my red.
Go Blue (in case there is any doubt about my true allegiance)