MLB’s Minnesota Twins Announce 2018 “Prince Night,” New Year-Round Prince Merch Partnership

first_imgOn Friday, June 8th, Major League Baseball‘s Minnesota Twins will pay tribute to local hero Prince in a special theme night at Target Field in Minneapolis. In honor of the second annual Twins “Prince Night,” the first 10,000 fans to enter the stadium will receive their own inflatable purple “symbol” guitar modeled after the one used in Prince’s iconic Super Bowl halftime show in 2007. Immediately following the seventh inning stretch, fans in possession of the inflatable Prince guitar will remain standing and illuminate their guitars for a special moment in remembrance of Prince.In addition, as the Star Tribune reports, yesterday the team announced a partnership deal between Bravado, the company employed by Prince’s estate to handling licensing and branding and the Twins’ merchandise supplier, and Delaware North Sportservice to sell Prince-related merchandise year-round, including hats, shirts, and balls. This new co-branding deal is believed to be the first of its kind in the MLB. The new Prince/Twins gear will be available for sale exclusively at games at Target Field. As team CEO Dave St. Peter told the Star Tribune, “Along with our fans, we look forward to celebrating the legacy of a man who brought an international spotlight to our great city.”As part of the “Prince Night” festivities, the team is selling packages that include an exclusive purple Twins/Prince hat. According to Twins’ official “Theme Night” page on the MLB website, “This exclusive package includes your ticket to the game plus you will receive a co-themed Prince/Twins purple hat with ghost paisley print on front two panels. Fans must purchase the special Prince Theme Night package to receive the hat.” You can grab a Minnesota Twins Prince Night package here. Additional details on Prince Night will be released at a later date.Fans of Prince will no doubt have mixed feelings about this new brand partnership. The bond between the late musician and his home state was always strong, but anytime Prince’s memory has been commercialized since his passing, questions have been raised as to whether the Purple One would have approved if he was still around.Most recently, countless fans took issue with Justin Timberlake‘s grand, off-center gesture at the Super Bowl halftime show, which included a massive projection of the late artist on a white sail. Those detractors cited an old interview in which Prince condemned the very idea of playing with deceased artists as “demonic.” However Prince may have felt about this new merchandising partnership, it’s clear that the Twins and the city of Minneapolis have lots of love for Prince.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Gear: Best Baselayers for Winter 2014

first_imgWe’re getting into Fall in the Blue Ridge so time to gear up for the impending ski season. With weather patterns seeming more variable than ever before, a good set of baselayers has never been more important – the more unpredictable the weather, the more versatile and breathable your performance apparel needs to be. And the latest technologies and material combinations now available are giving baselayers a revitalized and important story to tell. Think of the right base layer combination as an insurance policy for warmth and comfort. No matter the conditions or cold-weather activity, they’ll be working to keep you warm on cold mornings and wicking away sweat when the sun peaks in the afternoon.Best Baselayers for Fall and Winter 2014:Adidas OutdoorsAdidas Outdoors is bringing a number of options to the table for Fall 2013, and first up is their men’s Winter Midlayer. The employment of Climawarm technology provides thermal insulation in cold weather conditions and this mid-layer features a half-zip for ventilation. The Terrex Icesky Half-Zip Long Sleeve, as seen below also features Climawarm technology and its construction allows for ultimate performance while in motion. The final piece in the new collection is the Terrex Swift Long Sleeve Half-Zip Tee. The Swift’s activated carbon endows it with evaporative cooling, odor management and UV protection. The Swift features a half-zip design with higher fitted collar for extra protection. www.adidas.comAdidas Outdoors terrex Icesky half zip long sleevelsCore ConceptsFrom Core Concepts comes the Old Faithful, a perfect start to any three-season layering program. Idaho’s Core Concepts is an independent company that crafts authentic adventure apparel for real people that moves seamlessly from active to everyday life. The Polartec Power Dry bi-component fabric is comfortable against the skin, wicks moisture and dries quickly. The Old Faithful sports a custom designed, sublimation printed artwork in the underarm panel. www.corelayers.comCore Concepts Old FaithfulISISWhen it comes to baselayers, ISIS has women covered in warmth and style. The Versa-Lite Half-Zip is made with a blend of Merino wool and polyester for excellent thermoregulation, wicking and comfort, an ideal baselayer for active cold-weather pursuits. With a long cut and slim silhouette, the Versa-Lite stays tucked in and layers easily. Flatlock stitching eliminates chafing and a metallic Lurex strip adds an element of sparkle. They’re also available in matching Versa-Lite Tights with a full-coverage, flat waistband for comfort and easy layering. Another option is the Forma Half-Zip. More than just a mid-weight baselayer, the Forma Half-Zip is a versatile performance piece. Made with a blend of polyester, nylon and spandex, the Forma uses body mapping to place wicking panels, stretch panels and support panels right where they are needed most. The Versa-Lite Crew provides an additional option, made with a blend of merino wool and polyester. This is a go-to for cold-weather sports. www.isisforwomen.comLAYOUT_ISIS Forma Half-Zip- PeonyMountain HardwearMountain Hardwear’s new baselayer, the Integral Pro Long Sleeve Zip T, provides wool’s warmth plus synthetic performance. The Integral takes full advantage of Mountain Hardwear’s exclusive Wick.Q Wool technology to provide unbeatable comfort and performance in an outdoor fitness top. Wick.Q Wool is a machine washable wool/polypropylene blend that dries quickly and wicks efficiently like a synthetic, while kicking in the consistent warmth of natural wool. www.mountainhardwear.comMountainHardware_IntegralProLSZipT PatagoniaFrom Patagonia comes several new pieces that will be sure to keep body parts warm during cold days. The Merino 3 Midweight Hoody provides a slim cut which allows it to layer nicely beneath a winter or spring shell. Its quick-drying, moisture-wicking and odor-resistant qualities make this a great hoody for on or off the mountain. The Merino 2 Lightweight Crew is another great option. Stronger and more durable than 100 percent wool, this combination of Merino and polyester blends to keep the active adventurer dry and comfortable even when wet. This crew naturally controls odor and wicks perspiration, and the raglan sleeve seams won’t chafe beneath pack straps during long treks. One of the more innovative baselayers out this Fall is the Capilene 4 Expedition Weight One-Piece Suit, light, breathable and able to wick away moisture while keeping you sealed up inside. With a hood for men and a high collar for women, this baselayer takes everything into consideration, including a drop-seat in the back for when nature calls. www.patagonia.comLAYOUT_Patagonia W Merino 2 Long Sleeve CrewSalomon Salomon adds technological advancements for active baselayers with the EXO Jersey, made from extra-light fabric combined with EXO technology to provide postural support and muscle support in key areas to foster maximum skiing performance. The EXO Tight employs the same technology as the Jersey and features knee support to increase stability. Salomon’s new Halo Down Smartskin is a midweight layer that has stretch panels inside the arms and elbows to allow for easier movement and breathability. The Trail Runner Warm Long Sleeve Zip Tee is also a great option, comfy and warm enough to cut the early morning chill, yet breathable enough to stay cool as the day goes on. www.salomon.comLAYOUT_Salomon_Exo_Motion_Tight_M_Black_ExoSensifit_hi_68399 ColdPrufFrom ColdPruf comes the Premium Performance Layer. “As a vertical manufacturer, we have created a unique fabrication and garment fit that is ideally suited to our more active customers. Our pricing is very competitive as well. Again, it is all about the value that ColdPruf brings to the market,” said John Willingham, president of Indera Mills, the 99-year-old parent company of ColdPruf. Available for both men and women, this set of trim fitting tights and long sleeve shirts are great for fall and winter weather. This industry up-and-comer keeps the active athlete warm and comfortable while exerting high amounts of energy during colder months. The presence of spandex (85/15 blend of performance polyester and spandex) allows for optimal flexibility while the moisture-wicking Coldpruf technology keeps things dry from the inside out. www.coldpruf.comColdpruf_trim fitting tights and long sleeve shirtsSmartwoolThe men’s or women’s PhD NTS Light 195 Wind Zip T from Smartwool is a specialized top from the baselayer collection with a windproof front panel that provides warmth and protection from the elements. The top was designed for high aerobic activities in cold weather. Lightweight fabric on the back and sleeves and a venting center front zip allow for efficient cooling. Body-enhancing fit and design lines are seen in the sculpted side panels, eliminating side seams for reduced chafing, and in the contoured sleeve cuff and drop tail bottom hem for increased coverage. The Women’s NTS Mid 250 Pattern Hoody is 100 percent Merino wool and features a form fit interlock knit along with a back body seam that wraps to front for an enhanced fit. The performance fit hood with two ponytail exits can be worn underneath a helmet while flatlock seam construction is designed to eliminate chafing. Also with a form fit interlock knit, the Men’s NTS Mid 250 Pattern Crew is a 100 percent Merino wool layer complete with shoulder panels to eliminate top shoulder seams. www.smartwool.comLAYOUT_Smartwool-w_NTSMid250_pat_hoody CraftCraft provides an innovative layering system of the highest quality, ranging from the warmest and most active to windproof and warm, and are ideal for alpine and Nordic skiing, running and cycling. Craft offers three collections to choose from: Stay Cool, Be Active and Keep Warm lines. Each is specifically designed for the temperatures one can expect to be in. For winter endeavors the Keep Warm line has you covered, designed for temps ranging from 32 degrees to as low as 22 below zero. New this season is their Active Extreme Concept Piece Long Sleeve, made of a thin, lightweight and elastic fabric that is channel-stitched with two high-tech polyester fibers. A hexa-channeled fiber against the skin enhances moisture transport, which cools the body. On the outside, a hollow fiber offers insulation as well as transport of moisture to the next layer. Pieces are engineered to keep odor away. A second option is the Cool Concept Piece Short Sleeve, designed to keep you cool while exercising in warm conditions, both indoors and outdoors. The garments feature unique multi-channeled fiber constructions that effectively pull perspiration away from the body. 3D construction ensures optimal freedom of movement and a perfect fit. www.craftsports.usLAYOUT_Craft_ActiveExtreme_Concept_LongSleeve_MObermeyerNew this year, Obermeyer has engineered a smart, lightweight, 100 percent nylon-treated Dri-Core fabric used within their new baselayers for 2013. The fabric works in unison with the brand’s chosen insulation and shell goods for the ideal waterproof-breathable ski-specific combination. The first baselayer in the lineup is the Flex Dri-Core First Layer Top, a men’s full half-zip base layer body mapped to optimize moisture control performance. The Cocona, fast-drying fabric is mapped under the arms to accelerate the moisture transfer away from one’s core. The next option is the Julia Dri-Core First Layer Hooded Top, a multi-purpose technical baselayer for cold-weather activities. The Dri-Core fabric allows for superior breathability, is lightweight, and aids in insulation as the layer closest to your skin. www.obermeyer.comObermeyer_Julia Dri-Core First Layer Hooded Top_FrontColumbia SportswearFrom Columbia Sportswear comes their new Heavyweight Baselayer for both men and women. With a retro-waffle feel, this baselayer is getting back to the basics while still implementing new-age Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology. The durable top also features Omni-Wick technology under the arms for breathability. This lightweight baselayer with ergonomic seaming is a great option for very cold weather at a value. www.columbia.comColumbia Sportswear Heavyweight Baselayer - MensThe North FaceAs usual, and for Fall 2013, The North Face has a number of baselayer options for all activities. In performance, check out the Men’s Isotherm Half-Zip, an innovative hybrid top constructed with wind-resistant core, wool blend and FlashDry mesh ventilation panels, to keep you protected and warm on cold-weather runs. For winter action, the Women’s Expedition Tight is an expedition-weight baselayer for low- to- medium-intensity activities and features an innovative two-layer, one-way moisture-transport construction and FlashDry technology, which works with your body to improve dry time. The Men’s Alloy Merino Top is a technical wool-blend baselayer that utilizes Thermo3D design, FlashDry technology and multiple fabric weights to provide optimum warmth and temperature regulation in a 10.22-ounce package. www.thenorthface.comNorth_Face_MensAlloyMerinoTopIcebreakerIcebreaker has a host of new styles that combine the natural benefits of premium wool with high-tech weather protection. Debuting in Fall/Winter 2013 are two water-resistant technical tops for trans-season running, cycling and other outdoor sports. The Dart LS Half-Zip for women and Drive Long Sleeve Half-Zip for men are lightweight technical tops that contain tiny nano particles with a ridged surface that reduces contact area, allowing water, mud and oil to simply run off. The Dart and Drive also feature Icebreaker’s Free Seam – a seam that is smooth against the skin to prevent chafing – and breathable eyelet panels. Both can be worn solo or under another layer. Also new this season are the men’s and women’s Quantum+ Hood, an upgraded version of Icebreaker’s best-selling hoody, with nanotechnology for water resistance. Stylish and dynamic, it’s ideal for running and technical sports, and for the outdoors. us.icebreaker.comIcebreaker Quantum+ HoodPolarmaxNew for 2013 from Polarmax is the ultra-soft Micro H1 and H2 and the company’s lightest base layer to date, Travel Silk, all part of their All-Year Gear line of Casual Base Layers, developed to be layers you can wear all year long from snow to summer. Made from 100 percent Acclimate Dry Polyester, Travel Silk, MSRP $30 tops and bottoms, builds on the success of their lightest weight base layer, Tech Silk. At 2.8 oz per square yard, Travel Silk is by far their lightest layer ever. With its Acclimate Dry Moisture Wicking treatment this garment will help keep you dry no matter how strenuous your plans for the day are. Micro H1, MSRP $30 tops and bottoms, is made from 94 percent Acclimate Dry Polyester and 6 percent Lycra. With the interest in their soft heather fabric debuted at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2012, Polarmax put the fabric to work in their new Micro H1 line, feeling reminiscent of bamboo or merino. With Lycra for stretch and a relaxed fit, this base layer is certain to be a hit year round. The Micro H2 tops and bottoms, uses the same fabric as the H1 line but with a plaited construction so it is twice as thick. With an athletic fit for the bottoms to be worn under pants without extra bulk and a relaxed fit in the tops for comfort, these layers are the best of both worlds. Polarmax has been manufactured with everything sourced within a 15-mile radius of West End, NC, for more than 30 years. Everything from making the thread to weaving the fabric, to the cut and sew, to the final shipping is done within 15 miles of their headquarters, allowing them to quickly make changes to product at any step of the process. www.polarmax.comPolarmax_WomensPant_1U32V_BLK_01TascTasc debuted its new Performance Bamboo:Merino Base Layer System at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013, with even more exciting updates at Summer Market, including briefs and socks. They offer both men and women’s styles in two thicknesses, level A and level B. The main characteristics of these base layers are: comfort, temperature regulation, moisture wicking, UPF 50+, anti-odor and chemical free. “We created the base layer system by mixing merino wool and viscose from bamboo to complement and enhance the natural fibers’ ability to wick moisture and fight odor. The bamboo fibers also give the fabric a much softer hand and feel than pure merino wool competitors. All performance attributes are inherent to this mixture of natural fibers,” said Tasc’s Jessica Walther. www.tascperformance.comtasc men base SSlast_img read more

Polarcus wins 3D seismic work in Australia

first_imgMarine geophysical firm Polarcus has entered into a contract for the acquisition of a broadband 3D marine seismic project in Australia.Polarcus said on Thursday that the project was due to begin in the first quarter of 2018 and would run for approximately one month.The new contract follows the two contracts the company announced at the end of October.Namely, Polarcus in October said it had received two deals for seismic work from unnamed clients. More precisely, Polarcus received a pre-fund multi-client XArray 3D seismic acquisition project in the Middle East and a broadband 3D marine seismic project in South America.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Equinor, Shell, and Total get nod for offshore CO2 storage in Norway

first_imgNorway has given permission to Equinor and its partners Shell and Total to develop CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.Image source: EquinorThe government on Friday said it had granted the company an exploitation permit, with the allocated area for storage of CO₂ located near the Troll oil and gas field in the North Sea, as announced in July 2018.Equinor is currently performing front-end engineering and design (FEED)-studies on storage with project partners Shell and Total. The storage solution is part of the large-scale carbon capture and storage-project in Norway.“The government has the ambition to realize a cost-effective solution for full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway, given that this will result in international technology development. The companies’ effort to mature a storage solution is a prerequisite for a successful project, says Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Minister of Petroleum and Energy.The allocation of an exploitation permit is necessary to continue the FEED-studies for a CO₂-storage solution. The FEED-studies will also provide more accurate cost estimates necessary for an investment decision.This is the first exploitation permit for storage of CO₂ on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The allocation is made under the CO2-storage regulations from December 2014.Equinor, together with project partners Shell and Total, will now mature the storage concept towards a Plan for Development and Operations (PDO) scheduled for delivery in 2019. An investment decision for the Norwegian full-scale carbon capture and storage project is expected in 2020/2021.The storage project is part of Norwegian authorities’ efforts to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway. It will capture CO2 from three onshore industrial facilities in Eastern Norway and transport CO2 by ship from the capture area to a receiving plant onshore located on the west-coast of Norway.At the receiving plant, CO2 will be pumped over from the ship to tanks onshore, before being sent through pipelines on the seabed to several injection wells east of the Troll field on the NCS.The first phase of this CO2 project could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million ton per year.The company last year, while it was still named Statoil, shared its sustainability priorities with CEO Eldar Sætre saying that to perform well in today’s global context, “sustainability is essential for business.”Statoil, now Equinor, in May last year said its next-generation portfolio of oil and gas projects has a CO2 intensity of 3 kg per barrel of oil equivalents, less than 20% of the current industry average – at an average break-even of USD 21 per barrel.The company said it was already a leading company on CO2 efficient production and on track to realize its 2030 ambition to reduce the CO2 intensity from its current portfolio to 8 kg per barrel of oil equivalents, less than half the current global industry average.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Man City stars could walk away for nothing after club ‘fundamentally breached their contracts,’ says…

first_img Loading… The lawyer said: “City players could contend that their player contracts have been fundamentally undermined – and resign in response, effectively becoming free agents.” But Fifa would need to be persuaded that the players had “just cause” to terminate their own contracts with the club. Mehrzad added: “Their agents can now demand hefty guaranteed payments/renegotiated contracts for players to stay.” Guardiola’s future at the club is in doubt as the club could miss out on £170million after being booted out of the Champions League. SunSport exclusively revealed that Mauricio Pochettino has already been tipped to replace him at the Etihad. And former Premier League midfielder Jermaine Jenas has claimed the club will now struggle to keep hold of their star players following the decision. “If it’s a year, I can see somebody like Raheem Sterling saying, ‘I’ll be fine, I’ll stick it out, I’m 26 years old. “But if De Bruyne, who is 29 years old, as I have said before and the few others, I think a few are going to really, you know. Read Also:Sensational report claims Man City could be stripped of 2014 Premier League title “I think City will have to accept they are going to lose a few of their stars.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester City stars could reportedly walk away as free agents because the club have fundamentally breached their contracts. Pep Guardiola’s future is in doubt after Manchester City’s UEFA ban The Citizens have been banned from the Champions League for two years and hit with a £25million fine by Uefa. City have been found guilty of seriously misleading European football’s governing body and breaking Financial Fair Play rules. Top sports lawyer John Mehrzad has claimed the club have breached the “trust and confidence” of the players’ contracts. As a result, the stars will be able to walk away from the club for nothing or request improved financials terms in order to stay. The same would apply for manager Pep Guardiola and his coaches. Mehrzad is a leading barrister that represents football players, managers, agents and clubs. And he tweeted: “City arguably has fundamentally breached their contracts, entitling them to walk out of the club or seek improved financial terms to stay.” City’s stars could argue that the club has acted in a way that has destroyed their ability to play in the Champions League for two seasons.center_img Promoted ContentThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Top 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The World13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Larry Sutton

first_imgBeloit, Kan., veteran Larry Sutton is competing at his 11th IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (IMCA Photo) “I just like the competition, working on cars and racing the cars,” he said. “It’s exciting when you build your own car and do well with it.” What he enjoys about Super Nationals is the friends old and new and the challenge of the track.  BOONE, Iowa –  Larry Sutton was ecstatic to watch son Tyler qualify for the Modified main event at last year’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The 35-year veteran would be almost as happy to match that accomplishment at the 37th annual event. center_img “Tyler had a real good week last year and I was ecstatic to see him qualify. It was the greatest feeling in the world,” said Sutton, from Beloit, Kan. “It would be great if I made it in this year, knowing that would be two years in a row we made it.” “Qualifying would be another notch in longevity. It would show I still have some talent at this age,” he said. “There are a lot of good cars and a lot of talent out there these days.”  A regular at Salina Speedway, Sutton is in his 33rd year in an IMCA Modified. This is his 11th trip to Boone Speedway to be part of America’s Racin’ Vacation.last_img read more

Spring Kick-Off set this weekend at Kennedale Speedway Park

first_imgKENNEDALE, Texas ­– IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars race for $1,000 to win on opening night of the Feb. 25-26 Spring Kick-Off special at Kennedale Speedway Park.Saturday’s main event for the Sprints pays a minimum of $150 to start.Running Saturday and Sunday nights are IMCA Modifieds for $500 to win and $75 to start and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center South­ern SportMods for $400 to win and $60 to start.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Modified and Stock Car regional and Allstar Perfor­mance State points will be awarded.Gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. on Satur­day. Gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 4 p.m. Sunday.An open practice is from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.More information is available at the website.last_img read more

EPL: David Luiz header sends Arsenal third place

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal have climbed up to third in the Premier League table after securing a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in a tense game at the Emirates Stadium.David Luiz bagged his first goal as a Gunners player – his ninth-minute header turning out to be all that separated the two sides.Unai Emery’s men had chances to extend their lead with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe going close.However, they nearly failed to hold onto the three points with Callum Wilson, Jack Stacey and Josh King giving the Arsenal defence things to think about.But Arsenal claimed a deserved three points and go into the international break with only Manchester City and Liverpool above them.But their thrashing of Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday lifted spirits slightly and Arsenal started this game very confidently.They could have taken the lead on six minutes but Aubameyang’s curling effort from the left whistled just past the post.Arsenal didn’t have to wait long to get their goal though when Luiz met Pepe’s corner from the right and glanced the ball into the net – the ball taking a telling deflection off Josh King before bouncing in.Pepe almost doubled their lead shortly afterwards but his effort sailed slightly over the bar, while Aubameyang had an effort cleared off the line by Philip Billing.The visitors were much more potent in attack in the second half and were nearly level when Wilson rounded Bernd Leno from a tight angle but his ball across was cleared away.Jack Stacey’s cross-cum-shot forced Leno into making a smart save, while Matteo Guendouzi made a vital block to deny King a certain goal on 89 minutes.Aubameyang should have scored when he hit the post on the stretch from six yards out in stoppage-time, although the striker was offside when the low cross came in.But none of that mattered in the end for the home side as they held on for the win. Tags: ArsenalCallum WilsonDavid LuizPierre Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more

Casillas eyes Spanish FA job

first_imgRelatedPosts Spain legend, Casillas, retires at 39 Casillas bids discreet farewell to Porto Casillas drops out of race for Spanish FA presidency Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has confirmed he is to run for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation. Casillas, who won 167 caps for his country, is to stand against current president Luis Rubiales when the election is held later this year. The 38-year-old, however, has not played since suffering a heart attack during a training session with current club Porto in May last year. Via a series of tweets, and running with the hashtag #IkerCasillas2020, he announced his intention to take on Rubiales, who has been in charge since May 2018. “Yes, I will run for the presidency of the @RFEF when the elections are called,” said Casillas. “Together we will put our federation at the level of the best football in the world. “I have informed the president of my club, FC Porto, of this decision, to whom I can only express my deepest gratitude. “We are working with the utmost respect and determination in our candidacy. More than 23,000 voters are waiting for us in a fair and transparent election. 139 assembly members will decide. “Thank you all for the love I have received. Your support and your strength encourage me. Go for it!” After making his debut for Real Madrid in 1999, Casillas went on to make more than 700 appearances before joining Porto in 2015. As captain, he led Spain to victory in the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.Tags: Iker CasillasSpanish FAlast_img read more