PUMA News Archive
We obviously begin with the highly anticipated game between Portugal and Les Elephants. And wow did our boys from Ivory Coast make us proud (rhetorical question). Even without Drogba in their starting 11, they proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in this World Cup. Not sure if it was their speed, quick passing, great movement from the whole team across the pitch, but they sure didn't make Portugal look their best. There was an amazing strike that hit the post from Cristiano Ronaldo in the early minutes of the game, but that felt like about all for the Portuguese.
We asked Gervinho why he changed his name from Gervais Yao Kouassi to 'Gervinho'?
"When you get in the football squad at ASEC Abidjan they give you a nickname," he explained. "Because we have a Brazilian coach, we're given Brazilian names. So, everyone in this current squad has a nickname: mine is Gervinho, his [pointing to his interpreting team-mate] is Kalouno. It's basically a variation of your name. My full name is Gervais Yao Kouassi, so the Gervinho comes from Gervais. For me, since then the name just stuck!"
During lunch with Les Éléphants the whole team celebrated Seydou Doumbia who won Player Of The Year Award in the Swiss Championship and the applause might still echo across the Alps.
A nice little rest and delicious lunch later the team gathered in the lobby to take the bus to training. And that's where this curious little man showed up. His name is Stefan Von Gunther, a 43-year old German and he's an autograph collector with over 16,000 signatures under his belt.
Oui! PUMAFootball have arrived in Paris. With this as a first huge French greeting, we're beyond psyched as we await the mighty Black Stars of Ghana to arrive for their last training camp before they head off to South Africa.
PUMAFootball had an equally fun as intense day of travel as we have arrived to Gstaad in Switzerland. First we bumped into Didier Drogba for coffee and tea at the airport and chatted about the FA Cup and their new coach, Sven Goran Eriksson.
PUMA Football thinks it may have been hexed by a very scary looking Ghanaian witch doctor. Admittedly, it wasn't a good time to take his picture. His team had just been trounced 3-1 by an Ivory Coast side that looked like they'd finally decided to win this tournament. If that wasn't reason enough for his grumpiness, he was being dive-bombed by giant moths and a torrential post match downpour was in grave danger of ruining his red face paint. If there's one thing that winds up an African shaman it's having his makeup run.
After Angola vs Mali when the host nation miraculously managed to throw away a 4-0 lead PUMAFootball thought the African Cup of Nations couldn't get any more unpredictable. Then it did. Michael Jackson moonwalked on to the pitch during Ivory Coast vs Burkina Faso.