We can expect to see a variety of designs in the adidas Originals Spezial next year. included in the collection is this pair, which will start off the year. This time around, the handball silhouette is built from suede and canvas, all the while sporting a grey upper. Meanwhile, electricity green serves as the contrasting elements, working the shoe laces, stripes, and inner lining. Finally, a gum rubber sole anchors the look. The kicks will hit adidas shops including Aphrodite 1994 in January.
Like in Europe, there are two continental club competitions which are played each year in South America. The one that many are aware of is the Copa Libertadores, which is the equivalent of the Champions League. The other competition which is played is the Copa Sudamericana, which is the equivalent of the Europa League.
On Wednesday night, Argentine side Club Atletico Lanus defeated Brazilian club Ponte Preta 2-0 in the second leg and 3-1 in the aggregate score to claim the 2013 edition of the Copa Sudamericana.
The win is the second international title that Lanus have won, with their previous continental/international title coming back in 1996 when they won the Copa CONMEBOL, the predecessor to the Copa Sudamericana. Their success this season also represents a reward for a club who have been one of the best-run and most consistent in all of Argentina since 2005.
Lanus are currently in the middle of a week which could end up being the most successful in club history as they could win the Torneo Inicial on Sunday by beating defending champions Newell’s Old Boys and having the result of the Velez Sarsfield-San Lorenzo game go in their favor.
Having already won the Copa Sudamericana, they will be going into this game full of confidence that they can accomplish a feat that many would assume only one of Argentina’s big clubs could pull off.
It is precisely the fact that Lanus are not one of Argentina’s traditional power clubs that makes what they have accomplished in the last eight years a great example for all Argentine clubs to follow. It begins with the fact that the club is well run by a President and what is known as the Comision Directiva, which oversees all the club’s sporting operations.
The fact that they have run the club as well as they have is something that has become a bit of a rarity in Argentina given that so often lately, Comision Directivas have run clubs into heavy debt, especially at the bigger, traditional powers.
In addition to sound administration, Lanus also have a fine job of following a blueprint that has allowed them to see continued success on the field of play. Beginning with the era of Ramon Cabrero, the man who led Lanus to its only first division title back in the Apertura 2007 season, Lanus have fielded teams made up of players who have come up through the club’s youth teams while adding discarded players from one of the top teams.
That philosophy now has the team in a position where youth players along with players like Leandro Somoza and Santiago Silva, considered expendable over at Boca Juniors, has the club playing as well as it has this year.
In addition, since Cabrero departed, Lanus have given young coaches a chance to hone their craft. This patience has seen Guillermo Barros Schelotto show himself to be a very good coach and one who will lead a big club like Boca Juniors in a few years. Mix all this together, and its not hard to see why Lanus have won the Copa Sudamericana and why they can win the league title on Sunday.
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To commemorate its grand opening in the Amesterdam, Carhartt WIP is releasing a special limited edition T-shirt that will be for sale on opening day. The black tee features a design symbolic of the Amsterdam red light district nearby, an area notorious for lewd conduct and questionable acts. The neon-sign print on the front is subtle, while the larger back print completes the look for an all around dope balance.The T-shirt will be available in-store on Dec. 12. If you don’t live in the area, now’s the time to use your European connect.
The in-state battle between the no. 4 Wisconsin Badgers and the Milwaukee Panthers was everything expected and then some. Big plays absolutely spilled out of the game: we saw amazing 3-pointers, one spectacular slam dunk by Traevon Jackson and some all-around great plays made by both sides.
In the end though, Wisconsin ended up putting on a show as they defeated Milwaukee by a score of 78-52. With this win, the Badgers will improve to 11-0 on the year, while the Panthers fall to 9-3.
Senior Ben Brust showed exactly why he is a top-flight player for the Badgers as he scored 18 points, grabbed three rebounds and had two assists. With this performance, his season total improves to 122 points, placing him third on the team in points scored. For the Panthers, senior Kyle Kelm did his best to keep his team in the game by scoring 17 points, but it was not enough in the end to prevent his team from losing.
One surprising turn of events was Badgers forward Sam Dekker‘s lack of first-half shooting production. The sophomore was able to turn things around as he finished the game with 12 points. On the flip side, senior guard Brust could not stop making 3-pointers, he ended the night with seven 3-point baskets.
After tonight’s contest, the Badgers look ahead to their next game against Eastern Kentucky, who won their last game by a score of 76-67 against the Longwood Lancers. The Panthers will take on the Northeastern Huskies, who upset the Georgetown Hoyas back on November 21.
With such an explosive start to their season, the Badgers have sent quite the message to the rest of their conference, especially to their big-time rival, the no. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes. Currently, the Big 10 conference has four teams ranked in the top-25 standings, proving that this conference is loaded with talent. What is even more impressive is that three of the four teams in the top 25 from the Big 10 are ranked third, fourth and fifth in the standings: OSU, UW and Michigan State.
Dekker has continually shown that he can be a consistent on-court mastermind for the Badgers. His success is a large component of how well the Badgers have played this season. With 19 games left in the season, the Badgers have established themselves as a dominant force to be reckoned with not only in their conference, but in all of college basketball.
Wisconsin can take the momentum established early in the season and apply that to their tough conference schedule, especially when they take on the Buckeyes on February 1. It may be early in the season, but Wisconsin has already made a solid case for why they should do exceptionally well in their conference tournament and the NCAA tournament in come March.