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Blokecore: Footballer Fashion is Having a Renaissance

Get your tracksuits ready, because this is the summer of soccer. Anyone who’s closely watched the fashion world knows that slender indoor soccer shoes like the Samba are having a moment, and designers like Wales Bonner are making waves reimagining garments like the tracksuit. Now, this may come as no surprise to our international audience, where soccer and its influence are undefeated, but here in the United States it’s a new element to the fashion lexicon. As the genre continues to rise to prominence, the term being tossed around for the football-inspired look is “blokecore.”

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”tiktok-embed” cite=”https://www.tiktok.com/@stringbeanboy13/video/7085765873507618090″ data-video-id=”7085765873507618090″ style=”max-width: 605px;min-width: 325px”> <section> <a target=”_blank” title=”@stringbeanboy13″ href=”https://www.tiktok.com/@stringbeanboy13″>@stringbeanboy13</a> Link the boys and head down the boozer, pick up a couple packets before heading down the club to pull a couple richards, choong tings only though, afterwardsbun a couple zoots to get a sleep, nolong ting#fy<a title=”fyp” target=”_blank” href=”https://www.tiktok.com/tag/fyp”>p #b</a>l<a title=”blokecore” target=”_blank” href=”https://www.tiktok.com/tag/blokecore”>okecore #m</a>a<a title=”mancity” target=”_blank” href=”https://www.tiktok.com/tag/mancity”>ncity</a> <a target=”_blank” title=”♬ That\u0026#039;s Entertainment – The Jam” href=”https://www.tiktok.com/music/That’s-Entertainment-6929232237049153537″>♬ That\u0026#039;s Entertainment – The Jam</a> </section> </blockquote></div>

Along with the World Cup adding an obvious air of soccer-centric excitement this year, it seems as though fashion minded folk are looking to the sport for style inspiration more than ever. Like many of today’s trends, however, the current wave of soccer influenced fashion seems almost like a product of convergent evolution.

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CakgN2NgsU9/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”14″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%;width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px);width:calc(100% – 2px)”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CakgN2NgsU9/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”></div></div></div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″></div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”></div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”>View this post on Instagram</div></div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″></div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”></div></div></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”></div></div></a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CakgN2NgsU9/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Wales Bonner (@walesbonner)</a></p></div></blockquote></div>

It’s no secret that rave is cool right now, from the most cutting edge producers modernizing the classic sounds of the noughties to the distinctly y2k influenced Balenciaga collections of late. While typically associated with the dark and brooding looks that populated the industrial scene, the rave scene was much larger and more diverse. Britain’s working class youths danced in warehouses across the country to booming mixes of jungle and drum and bass, often wearing their favorite Adidas track jackets paired with designer clothing items and a pair of Superstars. Hence the emerging name, blokecore.

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”tiktok-embed” cite=”https://www.tiktok.com/@andrqws/video/7092195836439858474″ data-video-id=”7092195836439858474″ style=”max-width: 605px;min-width: 325px”> <section> <a target=”_blank” title=”@andrqws” href=”https://www.tiktok.com/@andrqws”>@andrqws</a> bloke boys from dallas <a title=”outfits” target=”_blank” href=”https://www.tiktok.com/tag/outfits”>#outfits</a> <a title=”fits” target=”_blank” href=”https://www.tiktok.com/tag/fits”>#fits</a> <a title=”blokecore” target=”_blank” href=”https://www.tiktok.com/tag/blokecore”>#blokecore</a> <a target=”_blank” title=”♬ son original – 𝑷𝒂𝒖𝒍” href=”https://www.tiktok.com/music/son-original-7006981746310875910″>♬ son original – 𝑷𝒂𝒖𝒍</a> </section> </blockquote> \n</div>

The fashion sensibilities of these characters has been showcased by designers like Martine Rose, who have expressly noted the rave scene as inspirations. Similarly, designers like Gosha Rubchinskiy made the style popular for a brief moment at the height of its popularity in the late 2010’s. The style is often dubbed “chav chic”, a term that we stray away from due to the derogatory origins of the word.

Aside from these cultural cues, blokecore is in many ways the spiritual successor of the U.K.’s most famous footballer subculture: the casuals. Emerging in the 70’s, casual culture became the umbrella term for the space that allowed young working class boys their first foray into the world of fashion. During this time, interest in designer clothing clashed with traditional notions of masculinity, and casual culture became a hotbed for youthful rebellion.

Casual culture’s inception is most frequently attributed to devout Liverpool fans, who channeled their hooliganism through tribalism and camaraderie. The result was a style that served almost as a uniform, informing others of one’s beliefs and alliances in almost an instant.

Common brands from this era included Stone Island, C.P. Company, Lacoste, and many more. By the 80’s casual culture was a dominant subculture, and the rambunctious notoriety of its followers was followed by the popularity of the brands they donned. Casual culture maintained its popularity for quite some time, but by the turn of the millennium its popularity waned and new subcultures came to the forefront.


Despite its obvious historical connection, modern blokecore bears little resemblance to casual culture. Brand allegiance is less dominant, and the only mainstay from the bygone era is a required pair of adidas trainers.

Aimé Leon Dore

On the other end of the spectrum, footballer fashion and blokecore have infiltrated the luxury market from a different angle. The new wave of prep, which combines the best of streetwear and old money into a sort of neo-trad bro style, has taken cues from the soccer world as of late. Aimé Leon Dore, for example, has recently featured their take on a soccer jersey as part of their Spring/Summer 2022 collection. Wales Bonner has added a bit of that timeless 70’s flair that people love right now, creating beautifully patterned track jackets with a retro fit as well as collaborating with Adidas in elevating their classic tracksuits. Her shoe collaborations have also taken off, with her sleek takes on models like the Samba and Japan model fetching significant prices on the resell market.

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CZc9uJMNINS/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”14″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%;width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px);width:calc(100% – 2px)”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CZc9uJMNINS/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”></div></div></div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″></div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”></div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”>View this post on Instagram</div></div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″></div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”></div></div></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”></div></div></a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CZc9uJMNINS/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Bella 🦋 (@bellahadid)</a></p></div></blockquote></div>

Now, we can see celebrities like Bella Hadid incorporating these elements into their personal styles, subtly hinting at the sportswear influence without letting it dominate an outfit. Along with the baggy pants and outdoor garb all over the streets lately, we can only hope that comfort-forward trends like the aptly named “blokecore” will stick around for some time.

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Blokecore: Footballer Fashion is Having a Renaissance

Get your tracksuits ready, because this is the summer of soccer. Anyone who’s closely watched the fashion world knows that slender indoor soccer shoes like the Samba are having a moment, and designers like Wales Bonner are making waves reimagining garments like the tracksuit. Now, this may come as no surprise to our international audience, where soccer and its influence are undefeated, but here in the United States it’s a new element to the fashion lexicon. As the genre continues to rise to prominence, the term being tossed around for the football-inspired look is “blokecore.”

Along with the World Cup adding an obvious air of soccer-centric excitement this year, it seems as though fashion minded folk are looking to the sport for style inspiration more than ever. Like many of today’s trends, however, the current wave of soccer influenced fashion seems almost like a product of convergent evolution.

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CakgN2NgsU9/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”14″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%;width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px);width:calc(100% – 2px)”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CakgN2NgsU9/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”></div></div></div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″></div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”></div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”>View this post on Instagram</div></div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″></div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”></div></div></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”></div></div></a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CakgN2NgsU9/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Wales Bonner (@walesbonner)</a></p></div></blockquote></div>

It’s no secret that rave is cool right now, from the most cutting edge producers modernizing the classic sounds of the noughties to the distinctly y2k influenced Balenciaga collections of late. While typically associated with the dark and brooding looks that populated the industrial scene, the rave scene was much larger and more diverse. Britain’s working class youths danced in warehouses across the country to booming mixes of jungle and drum and bass, often wearing their favorite Adidas track jackets paired with designer clothing items and a pair of Superstars. Hence the emerging name, blokecore.

The fashion sensibilities of these characters has been showcased by designers like Martine Rose, who have expressly noted the rave scene as inspirations. Similarly, designers like Gosha Rubchinskiy made the style popular for a brief moment at the height of its popularity in the late 2010’s. The style is often dubbed “chav chic”, a term that we stray away from due to the derogatory origins of the word.

Aimé Leon Dore

On the other end of the spectrum, footballer fashion and blokecore have infiltrated the luxury market from a different angle. The new wave of prep, which combines the best of streetwear and old money into a sort of neo-trad bro style, has taken cues from the soccer world as of late. Aimé Leon Dore, for example, has recently featured their take on a soccer jersey as part of their Spring/Summer 2022 collection. Wales Bonner has added a bit of that timeless 70’s flair that people love right now, creating beautifully patterned track jackets with a retro fit as well as collaborating with Adidas in elevating their classic tracksuits. Her shoe collaborations have also taken off, with her sleek takes on models like the Samba and Japan model fetching significant prices on the resell market.

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CZc9uJMNINS/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”14″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%;width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px);width:calc(100% – 2px)”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CZc9uJMNINS/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”></div></div></div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″></div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”></div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”>View this post on Instagram</div></div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″></div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”></div></div></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”></div></div></a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CZc9uJMNINS/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Bella 🦋 (@bellahadid)</a></p></div></blockquote></div>

Now, we can see celebrities like Bella Hadid incorporating these elements into their personal styles, subtly hinting at the sportswear influence without letting it dominate an outfit. Along with the baggy pants and outdoor garb all over the streets lately, we can only hope that comfort-forward trends like the aptly named “blokecore” will stick around for some time.

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What is Subbuteo?

Before there was FIFA or PES or Football Manager or even Mario Super Strikers, there was Subbuteo, the tabletop proper football game that’s shockingly true to the genuine article. Invented by Peter Adolph in 1946, Subbuteo is essentially a more fluid version of foosball; whereas foosball figurines are attached to metal rods in four straight lines, each individual Subbuteo token is free to roam the entire gameboard-cum-pitch. Here’s everything you need to know about your potential new favorite board game.

How do you play?

A two-to-four person game, Subbuteo largely follows the rules of proper football—each team has 11 players/pieces which they use to try to push a ball into the other team’s net. The ball is advanced by flicking a piece into it, although the same piece can’t touch the ball three consecutive times, just as one soccer player can’t dribble the ball the length of the pitch by himself. Conversely, possession is lost if a player’s flicked piece fails to hit the ball or if the ball is “intercepted” by the other team. Defensively, you can maneuver your players around the board to shut down passing lanes or block shots, but there is no tackling, so you can’t flick your own pieces into the ball on defense. 

Besides the wonky, modified rules for possession, Subbuteo faithfully replicates aspects of the game such as offsides, goal kicks, free kicks, corner kicks and throw-ins. The one major change is the implementation of a “shooting line” in the final third of the field that the ball must be inside of before you can shoot; without the “shooting line,” the strategy of the game would deteroriate into who can huck the ball the length of the board more accurately. 

Where can you play?

Wherever! The easiest way to play Subbuteo is to buy it, which you can do on Amazon or from the game’s official list of distributors. If you want to sample the game before splashing out any cash, some areas have local Subbuteo clubs where you can practice and play against other enthusiasts. 

What’s with the all the accessories?

Beyond merely trying to create a table-sized simulacrum of proper football’s gameplay, Subbuteo reproduces the spectacle of the beautiful game too—you can buy sets of referees, ball boys, VAR officials and just about any game day-adjacent person you can think of. For the figurines alone, there are hundreds of different kits to dress them in; fans of megaclubs (i.e. Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid) and more obscure squads (Landskrona, Hartford Bicentennials, Antwerp) alike can recreate their favorite teams in Subbuteo. Similarly, hardcore Subbuteo-heads can construct full-on replicas of their favorite stadiums. 

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The 26 Most Valuable Sports Teams In The World

Despite the pandemic, the average value of the top 50 most valuable sports teams on the planet increased by 9.9% from 2020 to 2021, to a whopping $3.4 billion. Today, we’re taking a look at the top half of that list. Due to some ties in value, there are actually 27 teams on the list.

Of the list, 11 teams are in the NFL, seven are soccer teams, five are in the NBA and four are MLB teams.

1. Dallas Cowboys, $5.7 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Jerry Jones

Within the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have been the most valuable team since the late 2000s. When you take into consideration every sports team around, Real Madrid were the most valuable until 2016 when the Cowboys took over and they’ve been the most valuable team in the world ever since.

2. New York Yankees, $5.25 billion
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  • Sports league: MLB
  • Owners: Steinbrenner family

You don’t have to know the first thing about baseball to know the New York Yankees and recognise their world-famous logo that is often seen on fitted caps and snapbacks. Their branding alone makes it no surprise that they’re the only MLB team worth over $4 billion, at a whopping $5.25 billion. All this, despite the fact that the team’s last championship was nearly 15 years ago.

3. New York Knicks, $5 billion
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owner: Madison Square Garden Sports

The New York Knicks have been the most valuable team in the NBA for the best part of a decade. Through all of their struggles as a team, they remain beloved amongst New Yorkers. They took the spot as the most valuable NBA team from the Lakers when they signed an incredibly lucrative cable deal.

4. FC Barcelona, $4.76 billion
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  • Sports league: La Liga
  • Owners: Club members

Not only is Barcelona the fourth most valuable sports team in the world, the most valuable soccer team in the world and one of the few non-American teams on the list, but in terms of revenue, they are the world’s richest club, with an annual turnover of nearly $800 million.

5. Real Madrid CF, $4.75 billion
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  • Sports league: La Liga
  • Owners: Club members

Right behind Barcelona is their arch-rivals, Real Madrid, coming in with a valuation of $4.75 billion, just $10 million less than Barca. For those that don’t follow soccer and don’t understand the scope of it, it’s truly hard to fathom how big this Spanish team is. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, this team topped the list of the most valuable sports teams.

6. Golden State Warriors, $4.7 billion
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owners: Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber

From 2016 to 2020, the Golden State Warriors had a growth of 147% in value, one of the highest among the top 50 most valuable sports teams in the world. This is largely due to their championship success in that period and it made them the second most valuable team in the NBA, above even the great brand that is the L.A. Lakers.

Speaking of which…

7. Los Angeles Lakers, $4.6 billion
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owners: Jerry Buss Family Trusts and Phillip Anschutz

Not only is the purple and gold of the L.A. Lakers one of the best sports brands ever, but in 2012, the team signed a $4 billion, 20-year deal with Time Warner. This means that regardless of the trouble that they currently find themselves in, they won’t be losing any value or even growing at a much slower rate anytime soon.

8. New England Patriots, $4.4 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Robert Kraft

The New England Patriots are the second most valuable team in the National Football League and this is still largely because of the Brady-Belichick era, but the franchise history of winning 6 Super Bowls and having arguably the best coach in league history also has a lot to do with it.

9. New York Giants, $4.3 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owners: John Mara and Steven Tisch

Although they haven’t had a great run in recent times, the New York Giants’ history and the simple fact that they’re a New York team puts them high up on this list here and 3rd on the list of the most valuable teams in their league.

10. FC Bayern Munich, $4.21 billion
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  • Sports league: Bundesliga
  • Owners: Club members

If you’re an American sports fan, then grasping the way that soccer leagues work can be confusing. Luckily, you can read up about it here. Essentially, the Bundesliga is the premier soccer league in Germany and Bayern Munich is not only the most valuable soccer team there but the most valuable sports team in the country as well.

11. Manchester United F.C., $4.2 billion
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  • Sports league: Premier League
  • Owners: Glazer family

Manchester United sat atop the list of the most valuable sports teams in 2010, 2011, and 2012, before they were knocked off the spot by Real Madrid. Even then, it took until 2019 for them to get knocked out of the top 5. Following the Munich air disaster in 1958, Matt Busby is credited with rebuilding the team and setting the foundation for what they have become in the subsequent decades.

12. Liverpool F.C., $4.1 billion
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  • Sports league: Premier League
  • Owners: Fenway Sports Group

Liverpool F.C. are very much a global brand and the team is notorious for having a lot of supporters all around the world. This is a large part of the reason that the team has a valuation of over $4 billion.

13. Los Angeles Rams, $4 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Stanley Kroenke

From 2020 to 2021, the Los Angeles Rams had a whopping 20% increase in their value, which was 6% more than the NFL’s average in that same time period. When you consider that they’ve since won the Super Bowl, it’s safe to assume that that value might shoot up again in the next year.

13. Manchester City, $4 billion
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  • Sports league: Premier League
  • Owner: City Football Group

From 2016-2020, Manchester City saw a 108% growth in value, the 6th highest amongst the top 50 highest valued sports teams in the world. City became one of the top six in the 2010s and has since become a powerhouse not just in the Premier League or even soccer, but on the planet.

15. San Francisco 49ers, $3.8 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owners: Denise DeBartolo York and John York

The 49ers didn’t see as much growth from 2020 to 2021 as many of the other teams in the league did and they have a low operating income, but the San Francisco football team remains one of the most valuable teams in the NFL, and sports in general.

16. Los Angeles Dodgers, $3.57 billion
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  • Sports league: MLB
  • Owners: Guggenheim Baseball Management

The Los Angeles Dodgers are owned by Guggenheim Baseball Management who even if you haven’t heard of by name, you likely know the people associated with the brand. Of course, this team was originally the Brooklyn Dodgers and they moved to L.A. in the late 1950s. New York and L.A. are good homes for any teams, as the valuation shows.

17. New York Jets, $3.55 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owners: Johnson family

New York is a massive media market so in spite of the lack of success that the Jets have seen in recent years, they remain in a top spot with a value of just over $3.5 billion. 

18. Chicago Bears, $3.53 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owners: McCaskey family

A cool and unbelievable stat about the Chicago Bears when it comes to their value is that just over 100 years ago in 1920, they were purchased by George Halas for $100. No, that’s not a typo. That’s the equivalent of around $1,418, which is around a 249,000,000% increase in value.

19. Washington Commanders, $3.5 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Daniel Snyder

The Washington Commanders don’t have a great reputation as of late but their recent acquisition of Carson Wentz could do something to change that. Their rebuild period could be coming to the end but despite it, from 2016 to 2020, their value increased by 23%.

20. Boston Red Sox, $3.47 billion
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  • Sports league: MLB
  • Owners: Fenway Sports Group

Since their establishment in 1901, the Red Sox have won 9 World Series, tied for the third-most in MLB history. Interestingly, they’re owned by the same owners as the aforementioned Liverpool F.C., Fenway Sports Group, whose client base includes LeBron James and Johnny Manziel amongst its clients.

21. Philadelphia Eagles, $3.4 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Jeffrey Lurie

This might be a somewhat surprising entry in the list for people but for the Philadelphia Eagles, their passionate fanbase and their recent Super Bowl win has done a lot for their $3.4 billion valuation. 

22. Chicago Cubs, $3.36 billion
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  • Sports league: MLB
  • Owners: Ricketts family

The Cubbies were established in 1876 and have been an MLB team since 1994 and through their ups and downs, they remain a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the big bucks. In fact, in 2012 when the Cubs had a 61-101, they were the most profitable team in the league.

23. Houston Texans, $3.3 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Janice McNair

Considering the Houston Texans are one of just four NFL teams to have never made it to the Super Bowl, they’re doing a great job here with their valuation of $3.3 billion. They were founded in 1999 and were owned then by Bob McNair who tragically passed away in 2018.

23. Chicago Bulls, $3.3 billion
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owner: Jerry Reinsdorf

A large part of the Chicago Bulls’ success over the years has of course been due to their championships in the mid-1990s and Michael Jordan specifically. When the team was bought in 1985, it was for $16.2 million. By the late 90s after their championship run, they were worth $307 million.

24. Denver Broncos, $3.2 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Pat Bowlen Trust

The Broncos are looking to be sold this year and there’s still no word on who the new owner could potentially be, but they’ll be paying close to $4 billion for the Denver team. On this list, they’re tied for 25th place with a couple of other teams in different leagues and sports entirely.

25. Boston Celtics, $3.2 billion
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owners: Wycliffe Grousbeck, Irving Grousbeck, Robert Epstein and Stephen Pagliuca

You might be surprised at this valuation and the fact that Boston have the fifth most valuable team in the NBA, but the Celtics have a long history and have consistent success to this day. They were one of the first teams to sign a jersey patch deal.

26. Chelsea F.C., $3.2 billion
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  • Sports league: Premier League
  • Owner: Roman Abramovich

Tied for 25th place with the Boston Celtics and the Denver Broncos are Chelsea F.C., with a valuation of $3.2 billion. They’re the 7th most valuable soccer team in the world and through current controversy with their ownership, they remain the fourth most valuable team in the Premier League.

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ONE37pm’s Guide to The English Football League System

The English Football League System, also known as a football pyramid, is the way that the men’s association football clubs in England are set up and connected to each other. It can be a daunting thing to come across for the first time, with more than 140 individual leagues in total with over 7,000 teams.

The system works as a hierarchy. Each season, the best few teams in a league will get promoted up to the next league, and the bottom few teams will be relegated to the league directly below them. This keeps the entire table interesting throughout the season and gives each game a little more impact. It also means that, in theory, a team from the very lowest league could make it to the Premier League over time.

Premier League
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Founded in 1991, the Premier League is the crème de la crème in English football and arguably, football around the world. It contains the 20 best teams in England that season, who all battle it out for a chance to become the champions of England.

For years, the Premier League was run by the big four; Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. Between them, these clubs have 22 trophies. The only other clubs to win the Premier League are Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City. Nowadays, it’s the big six, with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs being added to the list.

A season begins in August and from then until May and what takes place is a double-round robin system. This means that each time plays each other twice, making for a total of 380 games. You win 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw and at the end of the season, the team with the most points wins. If points are equal, the next most prominent factor is goal difference. Then it’s goals scored. If still equal after that, teams occupy the same position unless this would decide the title. Then, a playoff game takes place on neutral ground.

The Premier League is of course the highest level in the English Football League System, which means that teams can’t be promoted in the same way that happens at every other level. However, there is an incentive to finish high in the Premier League other than winning the trophy. Every season, the top four Premier League teams qualify for the next season of the UEFA Champion’s League. The team that places 5th in the Premier League qualifies for the UEFA Europe League.

Every season, the teams that finish 18th, 19th, and 20th are relegated to the EFL Championship.

EFL Championship
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The EFL Championship was first founded in 1892 as the Football League Second Division and from 1992 to 2004, it was known as the Football League First Division. Since 2004, it has been known as the EFL Championship, or the Championship for short. It’s the second-highest division of football in the English Football League system under the Premier League and is the top level of the English Football League.

There are not 20, but 24 teams in the Championship. Every season, the teams that finish 1st and 2nd in the Championship automatically enter the Premier League for the next season. But of course, there must be three promotions. The teams that finish 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th all enter a playoff tournament, with the winner being promoted to the Premier League. The team in 3rd place plays the team in 6th place while the teams in 4th and 5th place play each other.

In terms of the season’s actual structure, things are pretty similar to the Premier League. Each team plays each other twice from August to May with 3 points awarded for a win and 1 for a draw. At the end of the season, the team with the most points wins.

At the end of a season, the bottom 3 teams on the table get relegated to EFL League One.

EFL League One
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Next up is the EFL League One, more widely known as simply League One. It’s the third-highest tier in the English Football League System and the second highest in the EFL.

The system here is almost exactly the same as the EFL Championship. There are always 24 clubs in the league and every season, each club plays each other twice; once at their home ground and once at their opponent’s home ground. Just like the Championship, the 2 teams that finish atop the table are automatically promoted to the league above them, which in this case is the Championship. The teams from 3rd to 6th on the table compete in playoff games and the winner also gets promoted.

The league was restructured in the 2004-05 season when it became League One after previously being known as the Football League Second Division and the Football League Third Division. Since that season, a total of 73 teams have spent at least one season in the division. Amazingly, of the 20 current Premier League teams (in the 2020-2021 season), 7 were in League One previously.

At the end of the EFL League One season, not 3, but 4 teams get relegated to the division below. This is the most teams that get relegated anywhere in the English Football League System and happen at other divisions throughout it. In other words, no league has 5 relegations.

EFL League Two
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EFL League Two is the end of what is referred to as league football. It’s the third-highest division in the English Football League and the fourth highest division in the entire English Football League System.

The League Two system, you guessed it, also works in the double-round robin format. Each team plays every other team in the league twice, with the standard point system. The only real difference is that because EFL League Two has 4 relegations, that of course means that EFL League Two needs 4 promotions. All this means is that in this league, the 3 teams that finish top 3 in the league are automatically promoted and the teams that finish 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th have the playoffs series.

Chesterfield and Swindon Town have the most League Two titles in history, with 2 each. 

At the end of a regular season, the bottom 2 teams are relegated to the National League.

National League
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This is the fifth level in the English Football League System and although it’s still a part of that, it also marks the top of the National League System. This means some interesting changes. From this division on, it’s considered to be non-league football. The NLS also features a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, whereas the aforementioned teams feature only professional teams. Semi-professional teams mean that the players aren’t necessarily playing the sport on a full-time basis, but are still receiving some payment for it, albeit nowhere near a professional player.

The National League was renamed to such in the 2015-16 season where before that, it was previously known as the Conference National. Although the league was first formed in 1979 as the Alliance Premier League, the promotion and relegation system didn’t begin until the 1986-87 season. Even then, there was just 1 promotion and 1 relegation. There wasn’t a second promotion until the 2002-03 season. As of right now, the end of the season means 2 promotions and 3 relegations. 23 teams compete each season.

The teams that are relegated go down one division to either National League North or National League South, which are equal in the English Football League System and have 22 clubs and 21 clubs respectively.

The FA Cup
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Of course, we could keep going on down each level of the English Football League System, but there are a total of 21 levels, over 140 individual leagues and approximately 500 divisions.

Something else that’s worth mentioning when talking about the English Football League system is how cup eligibility works within it. We talked about it a little bit in terms of the Premier League’s relationship to the Champion’s League and Europa League, but it gets a little bit more complex than that.

The FA Cup (Football Association Cup) is an annual men’s knockout competition and is incredibly prestigious, being the oldest national football competition in the world. The teams that appear in leagues and divisions which appear from level 1 to 10 on the English Football League System are all eligible for it. This is an insane amount of teams and the record for most teams competing at once is a whopping 763 in the 2011-12 season.

The structure of the tournament is there are 12 rounds, a semi-final, and a final. The first 6 rounds are considered to be qualifying competition and after that, there are five rounds, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, and the final.

EFL Cup
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Next to the FA Cup, the next most prestigious trophy widely available in the English Football League System is the EFL Cup. As the name suggests, it’s available to teams in the top 4 levels of the English Football League System; the Premier League, the EFL Championship, EFL League One, and EFL League Two. This is a total of 92 clubs. A Premier League team has won the EFL Cup every year since the 2013-14 season.

There are 7 rounds and by round 3, there are always 32 teams. All rounds are single-legged except for the semi-finals, which take place over two legs. This means that each team has a home game and the winner is determined by the aggregate score.

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Five Random NBA Predictions In 2022

In its 75-year history, 2021 will go down as one of the most transformative years in the NBA. Several franchises saw their fortunes change overnight. A once-mediocre franchise became an NBA champion and was led by a player many didn’t expect to become the best in the world. And lastly, the league continued to navigate through a global pandemic. As 2022 is mere hours away from happening, I have five predictions for what could happen in the NBA next year.

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Ja Morant will win the MVP

As crazy as this sounds, it will only be accurate when it happens. The former second overall pick is taking that “superstar leap,” that consists of producing a career-best stat line (24 PPG, 5 RPG, 6 APG, and nearly two steals per game), team success (The Grizzles are 22-14), and MVP-like moments— Morant outdueled LeBron James two nights after making a game-winning shot on the road against the 27-7 Phoenix Suns.

Even if Morant doesn’t win the MVP this season, you can expect his name to pop up in the conversation, and he will probably begin the 2022-’23 season on the shortlist of viable candidates who can win the award.

The league’s interest in expansion will come to fruition

For years, the NBA’s reported interest in expansion sparked conversations that have only gotten hotter due to the number of potential teams growing. But with significant support from the general public, especially when it comes to giving the city of Seattle a team again, the NBA could make expansion a reality by the end of next year.

And besides Seattle getting a team, cities such as Las Vegas, NV, and Kansas City, MO have been mentioned as the following locations to receive an NBA team, specifically the former.

Ben Simmons will be traded… in February

Since last summer, the former first overall pick has been in a stalemate with the Philadelphia 76ers, and there have been few indications of when he’ll play for them again. As much as 76ers general manager Daryl Morey wants to get his “bang for the buck” in any deal for Simmons, there’s a reported expectation that the team will trade him by this coming February’s trade deadline.

With a sizable list of teams interested in the three-time All-Star point forward, most notably the Portland Trail Blazers, there will be a loud reaction on the day Simmons gets traded and how much the 76ers received in exchange for him.

Everyone will love an in-season NBA tournament
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Even though some people, including a few teams themselves, are still against the NBA’s play-in tournament, the truth is it’s a massive success from both a competitive and entertainment standpoint. The league has been motivated to find a way to make their regular seasons more critical, and they believe a mid-season tournament can help make that happen.

Fueled by several financial and competitive incentives, as well as European soccer’s ability to hold tournaments seasonally within their schedule, commissioner Adam Silver has championed this cause, with hopes it happens between next season and 2024-’25.

LeBron James will retire after the 2022-’23 season

It’s insane to believe that LeBron James and retirement hasn’t been realistic to us NBA fans because of his insanely-high level of play, but as the man himself said on Tuesday, “he is on the other side of that hill.” So given what it takes to play at the level the four-time NBA champion and MVP is required to play at, it wouldn’t be a surprise if James made the 2022-’23 season his last one.

Other than what is happening with the Los Angeles Lakers and their title chances, James will be playing in his twentieth season and could surpass Kareem Abdul Jabbar for most points scored by a player in league history. And minus the historic chance to play alongside his oldest son, Bronny James (who’s currently draft-eligible in 2024), King James doesn’t have much to play for at this point of his career.

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The Five Things We Learned Most About Sports In 2021

Sports tend to teach us incredible lessons on any occasion throughout a year, but what we learned in 2021 may have been the most taught to us in a long time. If there’s anything I took away from sports this year, it’s that not everything is what it seems, and anything is beyond possible. Below are the five things we learned most from watching sports in 2021.

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Dominance comes in different shapes and sizes

At the beginning of our relationship with sports, we were constantly presented with images of what dominant athletes looked like– all in great shape and deemed “perfect.” But in 2021, the likes of Tyson Fury and Nikola Jokic showed you could achieve dominance in your field even if that weren’t the case.

Fury, the undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion, and Jokic, the reigning NBA MVP, dominated their opponents with their unique blend of size, mental toughness, and intelligence despite lacking in other areas that some fans, and even their peers, believe are the most important to have.

Sports is now positionless

While positions in team sports will always exist, this past year really proved there are simply labels for the identification of players. In sports such as basketball and soccer, we watch everyone possess a similar skillset and push the boundaries for where the game is going next– a reality that was incomprehensible for some even a decade ago.

The Olympics allowed every country to have their moment

Despite the Tokyo Olympics being delayed a year because of the initial start to this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s most significant athletic competition was back in action this past summer. And among the various things we witnessed, it was the dominance a multitude of countries had in any sport.

As the United States maintained its lead in sports such as basketball, Great Britain excelled in boxing, and China shined the most in diving, with an extensive trail of countries putting the world on notice in their respective sports.

Women’s athletics is the home of trail blazers

While naysayers will continue to hate women’s athletics in any way possible wrongfully, this was an excellent year for women’s athletics. Sports such as basketball, gymnastics, and tennis saw their talent level get advanced on every level. A new wave of exciting talent got introduced in mixed martial arts and softball.

But most importantly, a majority of women’s athletics utilized their platforms to highlight issues in race relations, pay disparity, and equal rights.

Age is nothing but a number if you’re Tom Brady or LeBron James

Earlier this year, sports fans marveled (or groaned) at the sight of quarterback Tom Brady winning his seventh Super Bowl title. At the age of 44-years-old, Brady is balancing the act of dominating his competition and still improving, a situation 37-year-old LeBron James is going through in the NBA.

This is a massive development as the narrative around an athlete’s prime and longevity is revised. It will get accepted that their “prime” is much longer than everybody else for some players.

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From Soccer Influencer to NFT “Degen” — A Conversation with Daniel Got Hits

The term “degen”, short for degenerate, typically has a negative connotation, but in the crypto community, it’s a term that is celebrated. As cryptocurrencies and NFTs become more mainstream, early adopters take pride in their convictions despite years of criticism.

All of that is starting to change now, as Bitcoin and Ethereum recently hit all-time highs and celebrities like Jimmy Fallon are actively researching and buying NFTs.  

Over the past 9 months, the NFT market has matured significantly. Sales volume on Opensea has dropped and it appears buyers are starting to become more thoughtful in their evaluation of NFT projects before they ape-in. 

Despite NFTs getting more expensive (which poses more risk to new entrants), the market is still relatively small with a lot of room to grow. 

For example, in the last 30 days, there were ~227,000 active users on Opensea. To put this in perspective, Coinbase announced a forthcoming NFT trading platform and amassed 1 million waitlist sign-ups in just 24 hours. 

Given the impending expansion of NFT buyers and sellers, I chatted with soccer influencer Daniel Got Hits about his experience in the market and how to educate yourself to navigate the rapidly growing world of NFTs. 

Please remember, this is not financial advice. It’s important to do your own research and never spend money you cannot afford to lose.

Discovering NFTs after Sustaining a Knee Injury
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Stay open-minded even if it goes against your own investment ; it’s not good to be stubborn.

Daniel Got Hits is a soccer influencer by day with 356,000 followers on Instagram, but when a knee injury in the spring sidelined him for 4–5 months, it was his perfect opportunity to dive deep into NFTs. 

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His interest in crypto started a few years earlier, driven by the idea of an economy that reduced friction for transactions and had a global reach. Daniel has family all over the world, so the idea of cryptocurrencies resonated with him. 

He caught wind of CryptoPunks by LarvaLabs in 2020, but by then they were out of his reach. It wasn’t until May of 2021 that he minted his first NFT, a Meebit, which was created and released by LarvaLabs. 

Because he was so new to NFTs, Daniel had to go on Twitter to figure out how to view the Meebit he had minted, which is how he discovered Opensea. The same day of the mint, someone sold a rare Meebit for a few hundred thousand dollars and it clicked for Daniel that there could be life-changing opportunities in the NFT market. 

He knew those types of gains in a short period of time wouldn’t last long as the market would become more saturated, so he committed to diving deeper. 

He bought and sold a few NFTs and eventually stumbled across Bored Ape Yacht Club, which now has a floor (minimum) price of about $200,000. 

After purchasing 3 Bored Apes, he sold 2 of them and used the profits to buy Curio Cards, the first NFT art project on Ethereum.  

After doing well with Curio Cards, he wanted to learn about other historical NFT projects that were released before CryptoPunks. He started receiving message after message encouraging him to look into RarePepes, an NFT project released on Counterparty in 2016, which sat on top of Bitcoin. 

He ignored the project first, but so many people reached out that he couldn’t ignore it any longer and went deep on RarePepe research. The key lesson from his experience is that he didn’t blindly buy into the project — he spent many hours learning, jumped into the Discord group to interact with the community, and got educated before buying assets from the project.

Daniel Got Tips — For Navigating a Maturing NFT Market
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Don’t trust me, anyone, celebrities, and even people that have given good advice before. Do a lot of research, and believe in yourself. Your own thoughts are valid

Bored Ape Yacht Club now has a floor price of roughly $200,000, but back in April, you could mint 1 for .08 ETH ($200 at the time). Many quality NFTs could be purchased for under $1,000 in the Spring and Summer, until the market exploded. 

New projects launch every day, and it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Developing conviction takes time, and Daniel reminded me that he will sometimes spend 10–12 hours per day on Twitter, Opensea, and in Discord groups learning and watching for trends. 

He credited his early gains to “sheer luck and timing” but said that the market is much more challenging now. People might think that there’s easy and quick money to be made, but don’t fully comprehend how many hours are behind the success of those making the right moves. 

His specific recommendation to NFT newcomers, or those who want to up their game, is to find Twitter users with Punk avatars, Bored Ape avatars, .ETH Twitter names, and read. As you come across things you don’t understand, utilize the Twitter search bar to find your answers. 

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Twitter search bar is underrated.

Daniel has over 22,000 Twitter followers and has a knack for posting interesting content about NFTs, but has emphasized that he wants people to think for themselves. 

A lot of influencers on Twitter remain anonymous, but he’s chosen to identify himself publicly and it motivates him to maintain his reputation while creating content to help people learn more about various NFT projects and offer his takes. 

NFTs and decentralized finance have inspired people to learn fundamental market behaviors like no other time in history. Daniel commented that many likely “wouldn’t learn it if there were numbers on a chart” but the art makes it fun. 

This means that there are a lot of intelligent and informed people on the internet sharing thoughts and opinions, but listening to your inner voice and trusting your gut after spending significant time researching is still a better move.

How Daniel Plans to Further Integrate NFT Culture in His Daily Life

There are people quitting their day jobs to go full-time into NFTs, and many more are thinking through how to integrate the new phenomenon into their everyday lives outside of just buying and selling. 

Daniel Got Hits

I grew up listening to hip hop, and hip hop was about being ahead of the curve, being first to the newest thing that’s popping. I like having my finger on the pulse and staying up to date on what’s cutting edge.

Daniel happens to be in a very interesting position — he’s a successful soccer influencer and creates engaging content that has built an audience. His goal is to mix soccer and NFTs to make lifestyle content. He said it would be fun to get a 3D render of his Bored Ape and include the Ape in his soccer content. When he does this, the growing Bored Ape Yacht Club brand will lend itself to Daniel’s personal brand. 

The majority of current NFT activity is research, making connections and friends, learning the technology, buying, and selling, but we are beginning to enter a new phase. 

As NFTs trend toward mainstream exposure, it’s likely that we will see them show up more in our daily lives and careers. The potential for creativity is an open canvas — many people now own assets that are part of a larger community and brand. 

Like many others, Daniel wants to integrate his prized NFT assets into part of his identity. Just looking at the roster of celebrities who own a Bored Ape, there’s a lot of social proof for non-celebrity owners who can proudly display their assets as a Twitter profile picture (pfp). 

But Twitter PFPs are just the beginning. 

Timbaland is using a group of Bored Apes to form a group that will perform and produce music. And it won’t just be celebrities that capitalize on the Bored Ape (or other NFTs) brands, others can use the assets they own as they please.

For someone like Daniel, incorporating an NFT that’s part of a project owned by Jimmy Fallon, Post Malone, Steph Curry, and others into his own content will likely help him grow his audience and could lead to bigger opportunities in the future.

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Meet Nico Cantor, Star of ‘The Golazo Show’

When the National Football League first introduced a new project known as ‘NFL Redzone’ over 12 years ago there were concerns about the disruption of the traditional viewing experience.

American football games could now be viewed in a very different way, especially with the rise of social media and fantasy sports influencing the ways in which consumers absorb sports.

Fast forward to 2021 and Redzone is now a hot commodity in the American football space and CBS Sports has taken a page out of the NFL’s book with its launch of a similar concept in the European football world.

Meet ‘The Golazo Show’ and its first host, Nico Cantor.

He’s the son of legendary broadcaster Andres Cantor, who has covered World Cups, Olympic Games and a number of other major football events throughout his famed career with Telemundo Deportes, NBC Sports and other outlets. 

Nico is making a name for himself though in a unique space though, one that has the chance to spark a new interest in proper football in the United States with a product that allows fans to see the highlights of all the top matches across Europe’s UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions.

“When I took the job I didn’t really know what to expect,” Cantor told ONE37pm. “It was very different than anything I had previously done, especially in another country.

“It was interesting because not only was it my first time properly working in English language television, but I was working in England. I think each week now I’m learning something different and that’s helping the show evolve in its own way.”

Cantor, who got his start in broadcasting with former NASL side Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, has had to train himself to prepare in a different manner than he has in the past for previous opportunities.

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Instead of focusing on a single team or league, his attention is now drawn every which way with the Champions League and Europa League encompassing the entire European continent.

“I’m prepping all the time,” Cantor said. “Everything I watch now technically counts as prep work for me. Knowing the context is huge.

“I think understanding the context of where every team is at is important so when it’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday and my girlfriend wants to go to brunch I’m the one that has to be like ‘I have to watch Chelsea-Aston Villa.’

“It’s just about being informed with everything that’s going on.”

The change in routine has been a welcomed challenge by Cantor during the early stages of ‘The Golazo Show,’ but he’s embracing all aspects of the job.

With the presence of proper football growing in the United States and CBS’ willingness to take a major step towards introducing the game to a greater audience stateside, the program has a massive opportunity to capture a new age of fans in a similar way that NFL Redzone has done.

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As Cantor points out, fans often don’t have the time or energy to watch every minute of every match, and that’s where ‘The Golazo Show’ can thrive.

“I really believe this is a game changer and I think there’s a really interesting product that we have in our hands right now,” Cantor said. “I see that every day, on social at least, more people find out what ‘The Golazo Show’ is and I do believe that people really like it.

“Sometimes I’m really baffled because people will write to me on Twitter asking when the next ‘Golazo Show’ is coming on and there’s genuine interest in what we’re doing. It feels like people are actually craving it and that’s a huge credit to everyone at CBS that’s helped put this together.

“They’ve made it dynamic enough with the right materials and right guests. There’s this great balance in having a broadcast where you can sit back and have fun and watch ‘The Golazo Show.’”

Viewers can tune in to ‘The Golazo Show’ every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the Champions League and Europa League campaigns on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+. The program returns next week when the resumption of both competitions starts on Sept. 28. 

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The 25 Best Defenders in Soccer Right Now

In a time where goal scoring studs are at a premium throughout the world of soccer, defenders don’t get the recognition they often deserve.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the sport for over a decade-and-a-half each, but some truly talented defenders have graced the pitch as well including Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique and John Terry.

What’s that saying about defense winning championships? In a lot of ways it’s certainly an accurate statement considering the best clubs around the globe have stellar back lines to protect their net.

Manchester City just claimed another Premier League title, and while the tabloids will highlight Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez, there’s a need to discuss Ruben Dias, John Stones Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker; a group that’s allowed just 26 goals in 35 matches this season. 

Meanwhile, Lille have a similar, but slightly better, record in France on the defensive end with 22 goals allowed to this point in the season and Les Dogues are on pace to win their first Ligue 1 title in over a decade.

Let’s get into the discussion further now with the best defenders in soccer from the 2020/21 season.

25. Jose Fonte (Lille)
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Lille’s unexpected title run has garnered plenty of its own attention as the club aims to outduel PSG in France’s top flight, but Jose Fonte deserves his own credit as the 37-year-old center back likely finishes out his career.

After spending years in the Premier League and holding up quite well for clubs like Southampton and West Ham United, Fonte has guided Lille to the best defensive performance in Europe in 2020/21. Lille has allowed just 22 goals, which is tied with Atletico Madrid’s mark in Spain.

24. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
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Sometimes it’s hard to remember De Ligt is only 21 when you consider the club he’s at and the success he previously had at Ajax. This is a player that was a game away from a Champions League final with the Dutch club just two seasons ago, and while Juventus has struggled this season De Ligt is beginning to find his way in Italy with the Bianconeri.

He’s been littered with awards as a teenager, and there’s no reason to believe there won’t be more to come in the future as De Ligt evolves as a player.

23. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
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Although Sergio Ramos is often the focal point of Madrid, and rightfully so when you consider the success he’s had with Los Blancos, Varane is steady as can be defensively and that’s why he’s so highly coveted in the minds of other clubs.

The 2018 World Cup winner has played a significant role in Real’s squad over their numerous Champions League and La Liga successes, and at 28, Varane still has plenty of great days ahead of him.

22. Stefan Savic (Atletico Madrid)
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The Montenegrin has been the prototypical Atletico defender that Diego Simeone looks for in building a back line.

Since 2015, Savic has been one of the centers of attention defensively for Atleti and that consistently resulted in Madrid boasting one of the top defenses in the world.

21. Jules Kounde (Sevilla)
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Kounde helped guide Sevilla to a Europa League title last season, and the 22-year-old is quickly becoming a major target for other top sides in Spain and beyond. Kounde isn’t the tallest central defender you’ll find, however, he makes up for it with his physicality and technique.

For that, teams like Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly have eyes on Kounde and he could very well be in the mix for France at the national team level moving forward.

20. Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)
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Upamecano is on the brink of a dream move to Bayern Munich next season, and given his success at Leipzig it makes perfect sense why the Bavarians would want the young center back. 

He was named to the Champions League Team of the Season in 2019/20 after nearing getting Leipzig to the final, and he followed it up once again this year by helping his team finish top four in the Bundesliga.

19. Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
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It’s been a complete revitalization for Shaw since the restart in 2020, and United has benefited greatly from his presence at left back.

Coupled with his willingness to get forward and aid Marcus Rashford on the left side of the pitch, Shaw’s been massive for the Red Devils defensively and helped allow the third-fewest goals this season.

18. Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan)
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Antonio Conte’s side has been simply tremendous this season after dethroning Juventus atop Serie A and de Vrij and the Inter Milan defense has been a huge reason why.

De Vrij and Co. have allowed the fewest goals in Serie A this campaign, 30, and his presence at the heart of the defense has contributed to Milan’s push back to the top of Italian soccer.

17. Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City)
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Leicester’s center back star replaced the outgoing Harry Maguire upon his move to Man United, and Soyuncu has passed his test with flying colors. The Foxes are in position to capture a Champions League spot yet again for the 2021/22 season and with a little bit of help they could make another title push soon.

16. Merih Demiral (Juventus)
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Like De Ligt, Demiral has been a godsend for Juventus despite battling a few injuries this season. The Bianconeri have been far off the pace they had hoped to set in 2020/21 but defensively they’ve been strong under Andrea Pirlo.

Demiral will play a crucial role with Turkey as they face a difficult Group A at Euro 2020 (played in 2021) which features Italy, Switzerland and Wales.

15. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
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It’s felt like a long time coming that Koulibaly would make a move to one of the giants in Europe, and that’s disrespecting Napoli. It’s a testament to how talented Koulbaly is as a defender and how important he’s been in Serie A for several years now.

About to be 30 in June, Koulibaly still has lots of good play in front of him and the physical center back will be key for Napoli as they move into a new era that features lots of new talents in front of him.

14. Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
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PSG’s loss proved to be Chelsea’s gain with the veteran center back arriving at Stamford Bridge this season. Silva’s been exactly the veteran presence the Blues have needed at the heart of their back line alongside the new arrival of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

At 36, Silva even has a legitimate chance of being called up by Brazil for this summer’s Copa America, where the Selecao will be the clear favorites to hoist another trophy.

13. Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain)
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The man PSG expected to permanently replace Thiago Silva has been a major bright spot for the Parisians defensively despite some struggles with the rest of their starting back four. 

The Brazilian scored valuable goals for PSG this season in the Champions League despite their semi finals exit and Marquinhos will certainly be a cog for the club moving forward as they look for that elusive UCL title.

12. Edmond Tapsoba (Bayer Leverkusen)
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Tapsoba may be one of the most promising defenders in Germany at the moment and gives off major Jerome Boateng and Virgil Van Dijk vibes when watching the Leverkusen man play.

He’s only 22, but has been linked to Barcelona and Manchester United along with various other top sides in need of a central defender for the future.

11. David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
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Bayern’s already made it be known that Alaba won’t be back next season but the Austrian has become such a huge figure for the club over the years. Alaba played a massive role in Bayern’s 2019/20 UCL title and the club just captured another Bundesliga crown.

Whichever club is lucky enough to secure his services next will benefit greatly, and it looks like Barcelona or Real Madrid are the prime contenders for the seven-time Austrian Footballer of the Year.

10. Will Orban (RB Leipzig)
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The Leipzig defender has guided the club to lots of success in recent years, including another top four finish this season, and Orban will be crucial for the team moving forward under new manager Jesse Marsch.

9. Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
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Maguire has drastically turned the corner at Man United and his play is directly helping the Red Devils build a defensive unit that is one of the Premier League’s best.

The United captain will play a significant role with the Three Lions moving forward as they push for success at major tournaments in the future.

8. Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)
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Chelsea’s revived defense has been incredible since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, and Andreas Christensen has been one of the top beneficiaries of the German manager’s presence at the club.

The Blues have allowed the second-fewest goals this season and are also second in clean sheets held during the Premier League calendar.

7. Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach)
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Casual Bundesliga supporters likely won’t know Elvedi, but he’s becoming a massive figure in Germany despite Monchengladbach’s troubles in the league this season.

Elvedi has also become a regular fixture for Switzerland and could be on the radar of bigger clubs with a strong performance at the Euros this summer.

6. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
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Although Van Dijk has missed much of the season with a knee injury, the Dutch defender is unquestionably still among the best defenders in the game when healthy.

His absence from Liverpool has been well documented and it’s easy to see why the club’s struggles have resulted from Van Dijk and Joe Gomez’s respective injuries. The Reds will hope to have Van Dijk back to full strength in time for next season so that they can become title contenders once again.

5. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
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Cancelo arrived from Juventus in 2019 and while it took some time to adjust to life in England, the Portugal international is becoming one of the top left backs in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s decision to move Cancelo from the right to left side of the defense has been crucial not only for the defender himself but City’s unit collectively. He’s tremendous going both ways and especially offering another wrinkle in the Citizens’ attack.

4. Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
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Gimenez has garnered plenty of attention at clubs not named Atletico Madrid, but somehow the club has been able to keep him to this point. He’s tremendous at commanding the back four of Simeone’s side and the Uruguayan continues to guide Atletico to defensive success despite the club’s troubles in the attacking third.

Atleti currently leads La Liga with a few matches remaining, and Gimenez will be huge in making sure the club can get over the line and secure victory over Barcelona and Real Madrid.

3. John Stones (Manchester City)
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A few years ago Stone wouldn’t have been this high on the list, but the combination of having Ruben Dias alongside him and Stones raising his play has made this an easy decision after watching Man City regularly.

Stones figures to be a huge part of what England does moving forward as well as at the heart of Gareth Southgate’s defense heading into the Euros and 2022 World Cup.

2. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
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The accolades are nearly endless for Ramos, who’s easily become Real’s most successful defender in club history. The numerous Champions League and La Liga crowns have made Madrid a must-watch since Ramos began playing for Real in 2005.

Ramos’ biggest achievement of all was certainly helping Spain win its first World Cup in 2010, but what the defender has done since by exhibiting stellar performances year after year is quite the achievement in itself.

1. Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
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When Man City brought in Dias the club’s vision was very clear. Establish a presence centrally that mimics what Liverpool was able to do with their transfer of Virgil Van Dijk a few seasons ago.

Dias has been that exact presence Pep Guardiola has been looking for and guided the club to yet another Premier League title. The Portuguese defender has raised City’s level yet another gear and it’s imaginable that he and his side will only continue to get better together.