Posterific Announcement: New EPL Posters

Hi guys,

We have some news for you! Good news, in fact! We recall that many of you have put down requests for several English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga posters of your choice. And so we did. We have replenished our inventory of EPL posters, pulling in superstar players from Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, inviting hotshots like Lionel Messi and Neymar from Barcelona, and the legends of Arsenal. We also have the club crests of the EPL big guns, as well as the stadiums where they host their matches.

Fancy a poster of Manchester City, the 2013/2014 Barclay’s Premier League winners on your bedroom wall? Then what are you waiting for?

Then come on over to our Posterific store at Taylor’s University Lakeside campus to flip through our poster racks. Or you can browse through our online poster album catalogue on our Posterific Facebook page and let us know which posters have caught your eye.

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17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

This Friday, the world will tune in to live telecasts of the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games 2014 that will be held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19, 2014 to October 4, 2014. The opening ceremony will start at 5:00pm (Malaysia time) on September 19 with the showpiece event of various performances exemplifying the elements of Korean traditional culture and their latest technologies. Athletes from all participating nations will be a part of the event, marching past their respective contingents on this very day. Even important officials from Asian countries will attend the opening ceremony.

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Official poster and three seals mascot for the 17th Incheon Asian Games 2014. Photo by India.com.

Similar to the Olympic Games, the Asian Games is held every four years and is the most prestigious event organized by the Olympic Council of Asia. The Asian Games follow a similar arrangement of the sports programme to that of the Olympics, with swimming and athletics at the core, while featuring disciplines in the diverse sporting culture of the continent, such as sepak takraw (Southeast Asia), kabaddi (South Asia), and wushu (East Asia). The first and foremost Asian Games was held in New Delhi, India, in 1951 with 11 countries competing in six sports categories. The 16th Asian Games took place in Guangzhou, China, in 2010 and featured 45 countries and regions competing in 42 sports categories. As a result, the growth of the Olympic Movement in Asia was highlighted. Now the 17th edition of the Asian Games will be held in Incheon, South Korea with 439 events in 36 sports categories and disciplines.

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The official poster of the Incheon Asian Games 2014. Photo by IAG14 (Blog).

Diversity Shines Here

The Asian Games 2014 is officially known as the XVII Asiad. ‘Diversity Shines Here‘ is the official slogan of the Asian Games which was unveiled on September 16, 2010. The official slogan represents and highlights the significance of Asia’s rich and wonderful diversity in history, cultures, and religions. Incheon was awarded the right to host the Games on April 7, 2007, after defeating New Delhi, India. It is understood that Incheon made an offer to raise USD$20 million of funds to support the countries who have yet to win a medal in the Games, as well as offering free flight and accommodation to all the participants, while India offered nothing, which led to the South Korean city to win the right to host the Games. Incheon is the third city in South Korea after Seoul (1986) and Busan (2002) to host the Asian Games.

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Other official posters depicting five games (racquet – top left corner / aquatics – bottom left corner / ball – middle / athletics – top right corner / combat – bottom right corner). Photo by IAG14 (Blog).

Malaysia is one of the 45 nations participating in the Incheon Asian Games 2014, with core focus on top local sportsmen and sportswomen like Lee Chong Wei (badminton) and Nicol David (squash). National hockey coach A. Arulselvaraj hopes his unorthodox ways of blaring Pink Floyd music on the loudspeakers will motivate, encourage, and inspire his team to a gold medal. Low Wee Wern from the national squash team hopes to have an all-Malaysian final in the Incheon Asian Games 2014 with World No.1 Nicol David. But she will have to wait and see what happens when Nicol David takes the squash courts by storm. The Malaysian Tiger footballers defeated Laos 4-0 in their second Group A match to stay afloat for their stint in the Incheon Asian Games 2014. And Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be looking to add more gold medals to his current tally as he prepares to wow his legion of Malaysian fans in the Asian Games. Chong Wei’s badminton counterpart Chong Wei Feng is relishing a left-handed battle with his childhood idol and China’s Lin Dan. No doubt everyone will be hoping for a bigger haul of medals for the nation this time. Malaysia Boleh!

US Open 2014: Game, Set, Match!

The 2014 US Open Grand Slam is back with all your hottest sizzling tennis stars (literally too, under the scorching hot sun on the American soil), each of them ready to ‘ace’ the finals match and take the Grand Slam trophy home. Both the male and female tennis players slogged hard to win each round of the competition, running across the courts, trying to return each and every shot played. Each time they overcame their nerves, they aced their serves so they wouldn’t have to play so hard for the rest of the matches.

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BFF Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki having a good time in Miami. Photo by Mirror UK.

US Open Women’s Finals

American strongwoman Serena Williams outmuscled her opponent Russian Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 to put herself in the 2014 US Open finals. Danish player Caroline Wozniacki was on a roll herself, although she had an easier match against China’s Peng Shuai who retired nearing the end of the match 7-6, 4-3. Williams and Wozniacki have been known to be confidantes to one another throughout their hardships off the court (Wozniacki’s break-up from golfer Rory McIlroy, and when Williams was seriously ill in 2011), but they will have to put their friendship on hold as they battle to see who rules the hardcourts at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. We’re all hoping for a cracklin’ match!

US Open Men’s Finals

No prizes for guessing who are the two famous names in the men’s semi-finals berth though. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are prepared to renew their “hard court friendship” as they strive to prove to their supporters that they certainly are the best. However, there are two unlikely foes who stand in their way, blocking the gates to the finals match:

Croatian Marin Cilic and Japanese player Kei Nishikori.

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(L) to (R): US Open semifinalists Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, and Kei Nishikori. Photos by Zimbio, Flickr, Zimbio, and Tennis Earth.

Road to the Quarter-Finals

As it’s always the case, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer breezed through their rounds with ease, both winning their matches in straight sets over their opponents. World No.1 Djokovic swiftly disposed off Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to set up his quarter-finals meeting with Andy Murray, while World No.3 Roger Federer made light work of Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to meet Gael Monfils. Not a problem there for the two experienced and veteran players. Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori, on the other hand, were made to work hard for their victories; with Cilic defeating Gilles Simon in a five-setter 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to meet Tomas Berdych, and Nishikori was also involved in a five-set match against Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-4 to meet Stanislas Wawrinka. A lot of groundwork and running around but eventually, both Cilic and Nishikori got what they wanted: advancement to the quarter-finals.

Road to the Semi-Finals

In the semi-finals, however, the tables were turned. Marin Cilic had an easier game in the quarter-finals, only having to play a straight three-set match against Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Djokovic, Federer, and Nishikori were made to slog in order to go through to the semi-finals. The Serbian defeated Murray in a four-setter 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 6-4. The Swiss master saw off Monfils in a give-setter 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. And the young Japanese survived a five-setter over Federer’s fellow countryman Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. The road to the semi-finals was a really bumpy one.

Road to the Finals

The semi-finals pitched Novak Djokovic against Kei Nishikori, and Roger Federer against Marin Cilic. I don’t have a preference but I’d like to see the underdog winning the 2014 US Open Grand Slam for once. Djokovic and Federer have won many tennis titles already between the two of them. Perhaps a difference name and face would be a refreshing change for once, don’t you think As it turned out, I was right about the results for the men’s US Open 2014 semi-finals. Kei Nishikori worked hard to defeat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to book a spot for himself in the finals, while Marin Cilic sent the former World No.1 Roger Federer home after beating him in three straight easy sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Looks like the young guns are slowly coming up as the big shots now, and threaten to overtake the senior players.

The US Open finals will be on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 5:00pm in the US (early Tuesday morning, September 9, 2014 at 5:00am – Malaysian time). Who do you think will take home the 2014 US Open trophy? Who’s with me on supporting Kei Nishikori? Shall we pray for an Asian to win a competition often dominated by Westerners and Europeans?

Gentlemen, Rev Your Engines!

The 2014 Formula 1 season is back from a mandatory summer break. This time, the race will be held in Belgium on the 24th of August (this Sunday at 8:00pm Malaysian time). The drivers in this weekend’s race will be revving their engines and making their way to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit Belgium (image below).

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Above: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo taken from the official Formula 1 website.

A Brief History of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most storied venues in the world of motorsports. It is also known as the home of the Belgian Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Spa, and the Spa 1000K. Fondly known as Spa, it has long been recognized as a supreme test of courage and skill. Spa’s list of winning drivers reads like a history of Grand Prix and sports car racing, such as Michael Schumacher, Pedro Rodriguez, Jim Clark, Jo Siffert, Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo, Juan Manuel Fangio, Ayrton Senna, Dan Gurney, and Alberto Ascari.

The circuit was designed by Jules de Their and Henri Langlois van Ophem in 1920. The triangle-shaped circuit originally ran over public roads between the Belgian towns of Spa, Malmedy, and Stavelot in the Ardennes region. The elimination of a hairpin turn in the Eau Rouge Valley creek shortened the circuit by about a kilometer and added to its already fearsome speeds. Even if Spa lacked the long lanes of Le Mans, Monza or Reims, with the exception of the famed La Source hairpin, it comprised exclusively of fast, sweeping curves where speeds rarely fell below 100 mph.

Spa has seen many changes over the years. The revamped circuit retains much of the original course and many of its signature turns including La Source, Blanchimont and the daunting Eau Rouge. The renewed Spa features a demanding, purpose-built section that sweeps down a valley through the fast Pouhon curve and the Campus esse bend before rejoining the “old” circuit near Blanchimont. As a result, it is the most challenging tracks on the current Formula One and sports car racing schedule. According to seven-time world champion driver, Michael Schumacher:

“It is the best circuit in the world. The kind of atmosphere you get at Spa is similar to the old Nurburgring. The only place which still has quality and atmosphere. Eau Rouge is really the most tremendous corner. Imagine flying downhill and seeing a big mountain in front of you. You feel as though you are driving into the road before going up and it is probably the best sensation and the most satisfaction you can experience as a racing driver.”

The timetable below shows the action for this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix:

DATE SESSIONS TIME
Friday, 22 August 2014 Practice 1 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Practice 2 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, 23 August 2014 Practice 3 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Qualifying Round 8:00pm
Sunday, 24 August 2014 Actual Race Day 8:00pm

The timing above follows the local Malaysian GMT+8.

Did you know…

… that Lewis Hamilton is the only current driver to take pole position more than once at Spa, yet despite his luck, he still trails Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in the victory count?

Did you also know…

… that all four of Jim Clark’s Belgian triumphs and five of Michael Schumacher’s six victories came without the benefit of starting from pole position?

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing has won the Belgian GP race for three years in a row, from 2010 to 2013. And now he will fight to maintain his place on the podium as the drivers of Mercedes, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, will do their best to snatch the victory from Vettel. Rosberg and Hamilton have both won a number of races already this year. Rosberg have been on the podium four times this year, having won races in Australia, Monaco, Austria, and Germany. His partner, Hamilton, outshone the German and took home trophies from races in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Spain, and Great Britain, one more race than Rosberg.

Show your support for this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix with a purchase of a Fernando Alonso or Ferrari poster. Get yours today at the Formula One Grand Prix poster album from Posterific Facebook, while stocks last!

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The 2014/2015 BPL Season is BACK!

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The Barclays Premier League official logo by Premier League.com

The clubs are back with a vengeance and a nose for revenge with only one goal in mind: to get that elusive EPL trophy! With purchases of new players, incoming managers at the helm, and your weekend heroes battling for first place, the 2014/2015 EPL season kicks off on Saturday, August 16, 2014, with a string of matches that will leave you at the edge of your seat. Each nail-biting, heart-stopping match with 11 full-fledged experienced players on each team will leave you hoping, wishing, and praying hard that the team you support will end the season on a high!

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The Nike Ordem footballs in three different colours by NIKE, Inc.

Did you know…

… that Nike has unveiled the official match ball for the 2014/2015 Premier League? The ‘Nike Ordem’ is the most innovative, aerodynamic, tech-savvy football assembled from fuse-welded panels that offers unprecedented flight control with special grooves woven to grip and channel the air to produce better trajectory. With maximum visibility in mind, this ball may well be the reason for some top-flight wonder goals!

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Community Shield Winners: Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester City by Yahoo! Sport

Last weekend, Arsenal kickstarted their new season campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield. Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners and their fans hope that the team will rise through the ashes and deliver the trophy. Manager Arsene Wenger has made some changes to the team by bringing in several new players: Mathieu Debuchy, Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina, and Calum Chambers. Debuchy, Sanchez, and Chambers were in the Gunners’ 3-0 victory over City, and their first trophy as an Arsenal player. This is Mikel Arteta’s second trophy as a Gunner ever since moving from his former team Everton.

Other clubs have also made changes, the biggest being Louis van Gaal’s instalment as Manchester United’s manager. Man Utd fans are praying that the Dutchman can instil some improvement to the once-fearless team that Sir Alex Ferguson left behind. Van Gaal recruited 3 new players for his first season’s battle for top spot: Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao), Luke Shaw (Southampton), and Vanja Milinkovic (Vojovdina). Big names like Ferdinand, Giggs, Vidic, and Evra have left Old Trafford to pursue their footballing careers elsewhere.

Liverpool emerged with biggest haul. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Dejan Lovren, all from Southampton, Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica), Divock Origi (Lille), and Javier Manquillo (Athletic Madrid) hope to spur the Reds to remain in the top-four and fight for the EPL trophy. Luis Suarez, despite his inglorious days as a villain on the field, will be wearing Barcelona colours as he takes on his La Liga rivals while former goalkeeper Pepe Reina has gone to Bayern Munich.

Here are the kick-off of the first ten matches this weekend, all in our local Malaysian time:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Manchester United vs Swansea, 7.45pm
  • Leicester vs Everton, 10pm
  • Queens Park Rangers vs Hull City, 10pm
  • Stoke City vs Aston Villa, 10pm
  • West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspurs, 10pm

Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, 12.30am
  • Liverpool vs Southampton, 8.30pm
  • Newcastle vs Manchester City, 11pm

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Burnley vs Chelsea, 12.30am

Who will be the Man of the Match? Who will be the player with the fastest goal or the most unsual goal scored? All will be revealed this weekend! Make sure to prepare the couch for the match, and please, guys, try not to antagonize the girls just to watch the match or she might throw you AND the TV set out the door! Alternatively, you can call a few buddies over to your nearest mamak restaurant and watch the match together. Don’t forget to support your favourite teams with posters from our Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, and other EPL clubs albums at our Posterific Facebook page!

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Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

From 23 July to 3 August 2014, the focus will shift from post-World Cup to the XX Commonwealth Games that will be held and hosted in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom and for a modern cultural and sport-loving city, it has lively hearted, forward- and creative thinking Scottish folk (the people of Glasgow are also known as Glaswegians). 71 nations and territories will be participating in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Glasgow 2014: XX Commonwealth Games by Singapore Athletics.

 Among the 71 nations, we are proud to announce that our beloved nation, Malaysia, is also participating in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games! Our athletes will represent our country in Glasgow and participate in games such as badminton, cycling, diving, gymnastics, hockey, judo, squash, swimming, and table tennis, among the other games that some of our other athletes will be participating in. Names like Liew Daren (badminton), Josiah Ng (keirin cyclist), Pandelela Rinong (diving), Nicol David (squash), and Khoo Cai Lin (swimming) should ring a bell somewhere not too distant in our memories.

Did you know…?

… that the mascot for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 is a ‘thistle’ by the name of Clyde (see picture below)? A thistle is defined as a beautiful but common weed in the form of a prickly-leaved, pink or purple-flowered Scotch thistle. The thistle is actually a national symbol of Scotland, besides the tartan.

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(L): Glasgow Games Mascot Clyde the thistle by Design Week. (R): Scottish thistles by Visit Scotland.

Eager to feel the Scottish vibe and build the mood and momentum for the Glasgow Games? Then come on over to our Posterific Facebook page and get your posters on United Kingdom in our ‘Maps & Flags‘ album as well as the ‘Keep Calm‘ album! If you’re interested in flying to Scotland to watch the Games live, or visit Glasgow as part of your vacation, then click here to find out more about the city before making your holiday plans!

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