Nike does it again: #RiskEverything ahead of World Cup 2014

All eyes turn to the South American country, Brazil from tomorrow as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in that nation. I am SUPER bummed I’m not going. Despite all the issues the host nation has faced in the build up to the event, there is no doubt in my mind that it will be incredible and the vibe is going to be insane. Are you going? I hate you if you are :p

Nike Football, in the build up to the event, have released a short movie on how some of the footballs risk everything to make the beautiful game what it is. Such a fantastic concept. Here’s a little more on the film:

‘The Last Game’ is a story about risky football versus safe football.

The scientist and the clones want to prove that riskless football is more effective.

Ronaldo Fenomeno and the original players disagree, and they are willing to risk everything to prove the scientist wrong.
There is only one way to know who is right: the Last Game.

Featuring (animated): Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar Júnior, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Andrés Iniesta, David Luiz, Franck Ribéry, Tim Howard and Ronaldo Fenomeno.

Register for the new Nike Football App and get the gear to Risk Everything at:

Latin America:
Rest of World:

Check it out below:

Rio Corre and beyond

Jason von berg at Christ the Redeemer

I’ve been a little quiet since my last blog post, but it has been a little crazy since my last update. So as you know we were here to compete in the Rio Corre 10km run on Sunday. This happened to be my first race outside of South Africa and I can tell you it was a fantastic introduction to the world’s sporting events. Nike never holds back and it’s always a festive, fun and vibey experience. We had an early call time, but that allowed us to take them selfies and absorb all of the pre-race excitement ahead of the race. I must tell you standing at the start was somewhat intimidating though. Obviously there are people who take this really seriously, so all them stretching regimes, psyching themselves up was happening around us… The crazy, loud South Africans. Anyways, we also got ourselves in the zone and then we hit the road.

I have never experienced such incredibly hot and humid conditions, but despite all of that I managed to clock my personal best time, sneaking in just under forty five minutes… Granted it was a flat route, but whatever 🙂 I pushed hard and it clearly worked. I wasn’t the only one who did well. Top SA runner, Gladwin Mzazi won the men’s race in a whopping 28:30, while the Phalula sisters came in second and third respectively. Represent Mzansi, represent. It really was a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to do more (I have my mind set on the NYC 21km next year).

After interviews, prize giving and general hanging out, our much needed showers were in order. I’m sure many were pleased to hear we showered, haha. We then headed through to the Ipanema hippie market, which was just a glorified market really, but it was good to see nonetheless. Ipanema has a really great beach actually. I assume that the surfing is better there, judging by the amount of surfers in the water. And despite the shit weather, people still did some beaching. I guess it’s a Sunday afternoon, so when in a Rio really. Later we headed back to the race area, where there was a free concert featuring some of the local stars. Obviously we got into the VIP area, but it’s always nice being around the crowds and experiencing the true concert experience. So that’s what I did. I don’t understand he language, but the universal language of music resonates with us all and that was good enough for me. Sidebar, the World Cup is going to be incredible next year and if I have a chance,I will definitely be aiming to head back here. The new Nike jersey was revealed at the concert and for this soccer-crazed nation, this was clearly a winner. So book your tickets… I can recommend a good tour guide too 🙂

Yesterday was one of my best days… Again, the weather wasn’t working in our favour, but we went up to Christ the Redeemer anyway and what a special part of the trip that was. I’m not a very religious man at all, but the presence and complete sense of calm I felt up there was amazing. It’s divine to say the least and an experience I will hold dear to me for a long time to come. Plus the views from up there were beautiful, with the city peaking through the clouds and all. The rest of the day was spent shopping and eating… We’ve done a lot of that since we’ve been here, gosh!

And now, here I am sitting on the balcony of my hotel room looking out onto the ocean and reflecting on this awesome experience. It really came at the right time for me, personally and professionally and I’m very grateful for it. I said on Facebook that my love affair with South America would be starting here and that it has. I guess it’s because I see a lot of similarities to the way we are back home; passionate,friendly and alive with possibilities. I also enjoy the new culture, the language and it’s simply awesome. No lies, I’m not overly excited to be heading home just yet, but it must be done and this love affair will continue for many years to come – cannot wait. Thank you Seruscka, Peter, Pippa, Simmy, Claudio, Alexander and the rest of the Nike team for making this #RioCorre experience amazeballs. To my fellow travelers, (Zama, Lebo, Lebohang, Thato, KK, Busi, Gladwin, Laura, Tasha, Xoli, Obet) you guys rock the party. I loved traveling with each and everyone of you.. Thanks for the laughs and memories!

Marcel Desailly, Freddie L’junberg heading to SA

UEFA Champions League - Arsenal v Hamburger SV
Soccer fans and Freddie fans will love this news. Heineken is excited to announce that they will be bringing football legends, Marcel Desailly and Freddie L’junberg to South Africa next week. The two will be here as part of Heineken Star Mansion launch. They’ll also watching the UEFA Champions League semi-final in an undisclosed venue in Johannesburg. I’ll be there to catch all the action, so check back here for details.

Full press release below:

Cape Town, 15 April 2013: Heineken® has revealed that it will be bringing out two major football personalities, as part of its plans for the Heineken Star Mansion

events announced this week. Premiership legends, Marcel Desailly and Freddie Ljunberg will be hosting the launch event in Johannesburg on 23 April 2013. The events, which form part of Heineken®’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) campaign, aim to bring the excitement of the world’s best club tournament to South Africans on their home turf. Continue reading “Marcel Desailly, Freddie L’junberg heading to SA”

Pray For Muamba

Soccer fans and many others are at this moment praying for Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba. The 23-year-old collapsed during the Premier League Match earlier from what many are suspecting to be a heart attack. Bolton was taking on Tottenham at White Hart Lane. This happened with just five minutes to go in the first half of the match. Below is a brief statement from Bolton.

Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been taken to hospital following his collapse at White Hart Lane this evening during the FA Cup quarter-final”.

There are no new updates available at this point but I wish him well and I’ll keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers at this hour. You two can send him your well wishes by following the #PrayForMuamba trend on Twitter.

News and details to follow as and when available.

Lira and Soweto Spiritual Singers tribute to Nelson Mandela

FIFA World Cup closing ceremony

Check out some of the amazing pictures from last night’s FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony here. I thought Shakira and Freshlyground did an amazing Waka Waka; I though the ‘Everywhere you go’ track by several top African artists was okay. I was a bit shocked that Kelly Rowland wasn’t there. I know she’s busy getting her new material out there, but seriously you can’t ask for a bigger platform then this. So I feel she lost out. As for the 3D technology? Well. That was simply magnificent. It kept the themes and cultures associated with Africa, but modernised it in such a way so as to prove to the rest of the world (and the haters) that this continent is special, splendid and world class.

Besides the fireworks at the end of the game, which saw Spain winning the World Cup for the first time, the highlight for me was seeing our former president, Nelson Mandela riding across the field. From his golf cart, the almost 92-year-old living legend waved and in a sense blessed this momentous occasion. I was at the official fan park in Sandton, Johannesburg and let me tell you as soon as the 35 000 + crowd saw him, everyone jumped to their feet to honour his presence; clapping and cheering loudly. I will shamelessly admit that I was so moved when I saw him that I had many a tear in my eyes! His blessing, his presence. Wow. Such an wonderful, good and wise spirit.

Well done to South Africa and its citizens for hosting this event in true style. To Danny Jordaan and the rest of the Local Organising Committee; to Sepp Blatter and his FIFA team; to the media and to all our foreign guests: Well done and congratulations. This is a once in a lifetime event that I will hold close to my heart for a very long time. Blessed, humbled and thankful to be able to say, I was there!

Hup Holland Hup

It’s come to this… A Netherlands versus Spain final in the FIFA World Cup. I can’t believe it’s almost over, but I think the two teams in the final are both deserving and either way, this is history! If I have to choose though, I’m going with Holland. I hope they win. Their fans have been amazing, met some really cool Dutch people; they’re festive and fun! Hup Holland Hup!

UPDATE: Paul the ‘Psychic’ octopus has made his decision and he’s going with Spain to win and Germany to triumph over Uruguay in tomorrow’s match. Let’s wait and see.