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4-2 Boneheaded play by France French goalkeeper little too casual on getting goal shot cleared.
Sounds like France showed up to win today...
And played the role of a wet blanket all too well
And that's all she wrote. 4-2 The Tricolour seals the deal.
KYLIAN MBAPP wins Best young player (Big Suprise) Harry Kane of England Golden Boot (Leading Goal getter)
Sweet, I wished I could have watched this final, sounds like it was a good one...
Thanks for posting the score updates, I was keeping up with the game from your posts lol...
Uncertainty Made Russia 2018 the Best World Cup in Decades
Want an easy explanation for why none of Brazil, Germany, or Argentina made the semifinals for the first time ever? They were too old. Along with Spain, those sides all brought aging squads to Russia and paid for it. The peak age for a professional varies by position but it’s typically in the 24 to 28 range. Half of Brazil’s starting XI were beyond peak age, and almost all of Argentina, Spain, and Germany’s key players were beyond that benchmark, too.
The Story Behind Why Soccer Players Sit In Race Car Seats
While watching the FIFA World Cup a few weeks ago, my boss noticed players sitting in race car seats, and ordered me to figure out why. So I reached out to one of the biggest race car seat manufacturers, Recaro. Here’s what I learned.
While I’m not sure who makes the exact seats coddling the butts of soccer players at this year’s World Cup (since numerous inquiries to Fédération Internationale de Football Association went unanswered), I did learn about how heavily-bolstered sports car seats wound up on the sidelines of a football pitch in the first place. At least, according to German automotive seat maker, Recaro.
“The story about the car seats at the sidelines goes back to the 1990s,” Tilman Schaefer, a company representative told me via email. He went on, saying the owner of Recaro at the time, Ulrich Putsch, was on the board of the German soccer team F.C. Kaiserslautern, and apparently gave the team’s manager Kalli Feldkamp a sports car seat because “the guy had back problems.”
It wasn’t long before, in 1994 according to the company’s website, the rest of the team wound up sitting on a “custom-tailored players bench,” with Schaefer saying: “They put the seat right next to the bench. Because the players thought the seat to be just gorgeous Ulrich had a complete bench produced for the home team” as a part of a sponsorship deal.
That’s when customized sports car-inspired seats began taking over the sidelines around the world, and other seat manufacturers from other industries also wanted in, with Schaefer telling me:
Other teams became so excited that they ordered benches from RECARO – so this became a special sales project over the years.
Other seat producers–even airline seats–followed line and started to supply seats to teams they sponsor.
So this is kind of a standard today on soccer sidelines (plus baseball in Japan, plus business seats in the stadiums). In Europa and Japan RECARO is probably the biggest supplier.
Today, according to Recaro, over 70 top soccer teams—including Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Debreceni Vasutas SC and Ferencváros Budapest—sit on Recaro bucket seats.
As for the reasons why, Recaro’s spokesperson put it simply: “[The] seats are very comfortable and often supplied with a seat heating for the winter. And [they] look great.”
So while I’m not sure who makes the seats for this year’s World Cup (seats that still have the seatbelt holes that would be used for a five-point racing harness), it seems like this whole trend began in 1994 because of one man’s back problems.
Well, I'd rather have an egg thrown at me than pelted with toffees, I think the candy would be a lot more painful lol...
KFA decides against punishing egg-throwers
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