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Gift Ideas

With a little over a week left until the Christmas season ends, you may be rushing around trying to find that last minute gift for the soccer player in your life. Here are a few gift ideas to help the shopping go a little bit faster.

What’s better than staying warm this Winter? How staying warm and supporting your favorite club! A team scarf is sure to help you stay nice and warm during the down season.

The latest installment of the FIFA series features the standard team and player customization options of the previous FIFA titles with the addition of the new Personality+ system which sees a soccer player’s ability on the pitch mirrored authentically in game, creating clearly differentiated players with individual personalities.  Fans can create their own team and play against the league’s finest all from the comfort of the couch!

Sometimes we forget that the most important part of the game is right beneath our feet. The Nike T90 Strike (hi-viz version pictured) is a true-flying ball that is perfect for recreational and competitive play. At its low price point, this ball can compete with the equipment that professionals use without breaking the bank.

One of the best ways to prepare for an upcoming match is a good night’s sleep, but with all the traveling some of the clubs do, this can be tough. A comfortable pillow can make the hours stuck in the car/bus go by much faster. There are a variety of goodies the traveling player could use, so think creatively!

Of course, the ultimate gift for any soccer fan would be a ticket to one of the new, exotic places that will be hosting the World Cup in the years to come. Brazil, Russia, and Qatar would all make fantastic vacation destinations and everyone knows it’s best to book as far ahead as possible.  If someone you know has been extra good this year, this is the gift to get!

Q&A With Chuck Blazer

Chuck Blazer is the only American member of the FIFA comittee. Do not try to sit on his lap come Christmas time.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, the New York Times recently interviewed the most Santa Claus-esque member of the FIFA World Cup Committee and the only American member, Chuck Blazer. Blazer talks about the voting process and the future of soccer in the United States in the complete interview, available here.

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