What Style of Goalkeeper Gloves Do the Professionals Wear?

With so many different styles of Goalkeeping Gloves on the market the question I hear many Goalkeepers asking is this. ‘What style of gloves is most popular with the pro’s?’. Hopefully after reading the following article I will have answered some of your questions and helped you make the right choice next time you buy a pair of gloves.

Petr Cech:
Glove Manufacturer: Adidas
Style: Response Pro

To the untrained eye you may think that Petr Cech has been wearing The Adidas Fingersave Pro for the last season and a half. Unfortunately this is a massive scam by Adidas! Cech actually wears the Response Pro with ‘Fingersave’ printed on the back of the index finger. However this glove is not available in the shops. The Fingersave model retailing at around £60 has Petr Cech’s name on the wrist strap. Very cunning plan to make money from Adidas. The Reponse Pro has a negative style palm and Cech has also been known to use yellow and green coloured palms as well as traditional white.

Gianluigi Buffon:
Glove Manufacturer: Puma
Style: Powercat 1.12

Buffon who was originally a Reusch wearer switched to Puma and became one of the lead names of the brand in the early 2000’s. Again similar to Cech, the Powercat is a fingersave glove but Buffon chooses to wear the glove without the finger spines. Buffon’s gloves feature a conventional flat style palm which is less popular these days especially in this country.

Ben Foster:
Glove Manufacturer: Sells
Style: Wrap Elite

With the weather conditions in Britain a large percentage of the keepers decide to wear roll finger palms. Ben Foster is no exception to this. Having been a proud endorsee of the Sells Wrap series since its early years he seems very comfortable with the roll finger palm.

Tim Howard:
Glove Manufacturer: Nike
Style: Premier SGT

Another keeper who has adapted a glove and put his own twist on it. The Nike SGT range traditionally has a laser cut palm which contours the shape of the palm. Tim Howards personalised ones have a flat palm but a rolled index finger. The glove is pre curved.

Brad Friedel:
Glove Manufacturer: Adidas
Style: Fingertip

‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!’ Brad Friedel has a been a long servant of the Adidas Fingertip. Featuring a roll finger style palm the gloves fingers are wrapped over the top to create a snug feel around every finger.

Top 10 Unique Hotels

Select from the best luxury hotels on an island to cheap hotel prison deals.

When it comes to vacationing, the hotel itself can be as much a part of the vacation as the destination. Before you make hotel reservations at some luxury hotel, think of all the options out there. From a tree house to an ice house, here are some of the most unique hotels from all over the world.

Kamalame Cay: Your own private island

The Bahamas: Do you have Robinson Crusoe dreams of living on your own private island? Well, Kamalame Cay offers a private island getaway with Robinson Crusoe adventures and all the luxuries of a four star hotel. This 96-acre soft sandy island is located right off of Andros Bay in the Bahamas and can only be reached by the resort’s private ferry or seaplane. Dotted with private villas, guests can enjoy Caribbean cuisine, some of the best snorkeling and fishing along the island’s pristizne beaches and can go for a dip in the freshwater pool located on the island. Kamalame Cay feeds the need for adventure while offering romance, luxury hotel accommodations and natural beauty.

Utter Inn: Sleep with the fishes
Vasteras, Sweden
The Utter Inn, or the Otter Inn in English, is a small, floating Swedish red house with an underwater bedroom fitted with panoramic windows, so you can literally sleep with the fishes. The inn is an art project by Mikael Genberg who has done several other artistic hotels like the Hotell Hackspett or Woodpecker Hotel, which is a tree house, located over 40 feet above a Swedish park. Just hope you don’t get claustrophobic, because you get dropped off by boat and don’t get picked up again until morning.

The Jail Backpackers: A taste of the Big House at a small price
Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
Built in 1864, this renovated jail now serves as a hostel for backpackers and travelers alike. Located in Mount Gambier, South Australia, the Jail Backpackers gives tourists a chance to spend the night or the weekend in the slammer for budget prices, $45 for a double room, $20 for a dorm room. Don’t worry though; you’re not locked down at night. This cheap hotel option offers a kitchen, TV lounge, pool tables, quiet lounge with a fireplace, walled garden spaces and a restaurant. The Mount Gambier area offers many outdoor activities, most well-known is Blue lake, which is a lake located in a volcano. There are plenty of hiking trails, cave tours and sand boarding opportunities.

The Queen Mary: Don’t jump ship on this haunted boat
Long Beach hotels
Queen Mary Hotel Reviews
If staying the night in a prison isn’t creepy enough, try spending the night in a haunted hotel/boat, the Queen Mary. This ocean liner and World War II troopship has a haunted history. One of the most haunted areas on the boat is the no longer used First-Class Swimming Pool. Women in vintage swimsuits have been seen wandering around and wet footprints have been found mysteriously leading from the deck to the changing rooms. The boat/luxury hotel offers more than hauntings, but historic tours, multiple world-class dining options, cabaret shows, a comedy club, spas and suites as well. For $459 you can spend the night in one of the haunted staterooms, but are you brave enough?

Parrot Nest Lodge: In a tree under the stars
Cayo, Belize
Staying the night here won’t be as creepy as the Queen Mary, unless you are afraid of heights and birds. The Parrot Nest Lodge consists of two thatched tree houses, four cabins and two bathhouses and is surrounded on three sides by the Mopan River, which offers a refreshing swim. As its name implies there are large numbers of parrots, as well as hundreds of other birds, making this a prime bird-watching destination. Giant iguanas are also another friendly garden visitor. Breakfast and dinner are also included with your tree house room for only $40-50 a night room rental, making this a cheap hotel with resort qualities. Hope you’re not afraid of the wild.

Heceta Head Lighthouse: On the cliffs
Yachats hotels
If staying the night in a tree-house was too high, try spending the evening in a lighthouse perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Heceta Head Lighthouse is over a hundred years old and considered by many to be one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world. Heceta is also the brightest lighthouse in Seattle, casting light 21 miles out to sea. The Queen Ann style keeper’s house has been renovated into a bed and breakfast where guests get to view the lighthouse at night, a rare opportunity. Also, a seven course breakfast is served in the morning, which is included with your room. Magical is the one word many guests use to describe the Heceta Head Lighthouse and bed and breakfast.

Beckham Creek Cave Haven: Eco-tourist Haven
Parthenon, Arkansas hotels
Taking over four years to create, the Beckham Creek Cave Haven was created with the philosophy that the on-going preservation of our environment is paramount. Set on a 530-acre estate in Buffalo National River country, this cave hotel offers solitude and plenty of outdoor entertainment among the Ozarks for eco-tourists. On the estate alone there is a mountain and plenty of hiking, biking and fishing places.

Ice Hotel: Freeze your ice off
Sweden A cave of sorts, the Ice hotel is a cavern of ice carved from 10,000 tons of crystal clear ice cut from the Torne River. Every year the hotel must be built from scratch, with new designs and new concepts; it is continually being re-birthed. This luxury hotel includes an ice chapel, an ice art exhibition hall, a cinema and the world famous Absolut Ice Bar. If you can brave the freezing temperatures, the Ice Hotel is well-worth the trip.

The Gladstone Hotel: 37 artist designed rooms
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Each room is not designed out of ice, but designed by a different artist. Located in Toronto, the Gladstone Hotel is a unique, urban hotel with artist designed hotel rooms, as well as short-term art studios and exhibition spaces. The hotel offers a unique insight to the diverse artistic environment of Toronto. Make hotel reservations for the Teen Queen room and relive your Jr. High years or spend the night in the serene Skygazer Room decorated with an amazing wall treatment of plastic relics in cloudlike forms.

The Burj-al-arab: Sail away with luxury
Dubai: Located in one of the fastest growing cities, this Dubai hotel is more than just a hotel; it is an experience. That is if you can afford to make the hotel reservations. Resembling a billowing sail, the Burj-al-arab dominates the Dubai skyline at 321 meters. Acknowledged by some to be the best hotel in the world, this all-suite luxury hotel caters to the affluent and offers around-the-clock attention from highly trained butlers, private reception desks on each floor and a spa and health club. At night, the hotel is surrounded by choreographed color sculptures of water and fire. The Burj-al-arab is luxury at its finest and most extravagant.

Communication Styles in the Workplace: Goals Vs Flow

As coaches, we spend a lot of time helping people understand the distinctions between the six different Perceptual Styles. Why? Because these distinctions are essential to understanding conflicts that arise in the workplace (and everywhere else, too).

A classic example is a corporate client we had that was in serious danger of bankruptcy. They hired a “turn-around” specialist who had the Goals Perceptual Style. His initial plan involved some severe “reductions in force” and the shutting down of all projects and lines of business that were not part of the organization’s core. The time frame he outlined was aggressive.

In explaining the Goals Perceptual Style, I often use a military analogy: If you tell a person with the Goals Style that the objective is to “take that hill”, they will immediately march forward, straight to the top of the hill, dispatching any resistance they meet along the way, and perhaps even sustain heavy losses to their own platoon in the process.

While the example is simplistic, the image conveys the Goals approach-direct, immediate, tenacious, determined, and fully focused on the objective. These qualities make such people a tremendous asset in a crisis, as they have the ability to see the most important objective and drive towards it, ignoring everything else.

This particular organization, however, had been around for over a hundred years and had a long history and tradition. Part of that tradition was placing a high value on people-an attitude of “taking care of our own”. The specialist failed to take these organizational values into account at the beginning of the process when he brought all the managers together and laid out his restructuring plan.

Three of the key managers involved had the Flow Perceptual Style. Those with this style are the keepers of history and tradition, and they understand the human dynamics involved in organizations better than any other Style. People with the Flow perspective see the impact on the human system that changes will create, and they know how to subtly use and influence the human community within an organization to mitigate, diminish or even block such changes.

This group of Flow managers began “doing their thing,” and before the specialist knew what was happening, he found himself in front of the company’s CEO defending and then finally backing down on the abrupt nature of his plans. He was shocked by this turn of events because he knew that unless the organization changed quickly, they would not survive. What he missed was that because of the power of the organization’s history and traditions, it could not survive if it tried to change so quickly.

This is a common Goals versus Flow conflict, and although the example is from a corporate client, this type of conflict can occur just about anywhere: in coaching relationships, in small business environments and even at home-anywhere these two styles interact.

People with the Goals Style step up to engage a problem and boldly and directly lay out a solution that will achieve the desired end, but ignore the impact and ripple effects it will have on people, the environment, and clients. People with the Flow Style see these impacts only too well and begin to refine, modify, discreetly block, or completely ignore those directives in order to soften the “damage”. The more Goals pushes, the more Flow backs away, and the more Flow backs away, the more Goals pushes.

As in all conflicts, of course, there is truth on both sides, and a solution lies in accepting that each view is limited.

In our example, the specialist had to accept that his ability to understand the human impact of his plan on the organization was limited, and that his plan would have a much greater chance of success if he listened to the managers’ advice on how to deal with its impact. The managers had to acknowledge the reality of the dire situation they were in-and accept that if they blocked all of the changes proposed, the organization would disappear.

Conflicts can be resolved by acknowledging the value that other Perceptual Styles bring to the table, and by accepting that one’s own understanding, without the input of others’, is both limited and incomplete.

Dragon Keeper Game Review

Seek the help of powerful dragons in order to defeat an evil witch and save your kingdom in Dragon Keeper! Help the dragons raise their young in order to earn their trust and obtain powerful magical items from them. Care for the drakes, feed them and protect them from nasty adventurers. Efficiently manage the dragon gems and create a well-defended money-generating den in this fun time management game!

Dragon Keeper is a time management game in the style of farm/garden management games such as The Fifth Gate. However, instead of running a farm full of corn, ducks and pigs, you get to manage a dragon’s den! And it’s not nasty fire-breathing evil-looking dragons either. You’ll be taking care of cute little baby dragons and watching them grow as you protect them from the nasty adventurers who come invading and searching for treasure.

You are a dashing prince, and the game begins as you are about to get married to your beloved princess. However, an evil witch gatecrashes the wedding and casts a curse. Your princess gets turned into stone, the party-goers get trapped in the castle, and you are banished from the realm. Desperate for help, you head to the mountains to search for the powerful dragons, hoping that they will be able to provide you with magical weapons to fight the witch. They agree, but there’s a catch: you have to take care of their kids!

The way the game levels work is slightly different from other time management games. Rather than having quests for each day/level, Dragon Keeper has a whole set of quests for each chapter, and you can take as many days as you want to achieve those goals. However, you need to complete them in a specific time in order to achieve the Expert level. In this sense, the game is also more freeform, allowing you to choose how you want to play; whether to spend the first few days creating a strong economy before attempting to complete the quests.

You start with a baby red dragon (which you hatch by pounding the egg with a hammer), and must feed it when it gets hungry. When it is happy and well-fed, it produces gems (which is weird, but definitely better than other types of bodily waste!) These gems form the basis of the game’s economy, and when collected will be used to generate cash which in turn is used to buy more dragons, other creatures and various other upgrades. The dragons are separated into different colors, with each color being able to produce 3 different quality gems as the dragons age. So a red dragon will be able to produce 3 different cuts of rubies.

At the end of each day, the gems you collect can then be converted into jewelry. The jewelry screen will let you convert gems into various rings, necklaces and crowns, each of which require a different combination of gems. The jewelry can then be sold for more than what you would get if you had sold the gems individually. A fun addition is that each day may have a special “daily deal”, such as bonus cash for each necklace you make, or bonus cash for each emerald you use.

You can’t just collect gems waiting for a well-paying jewelry combination though. There is the running cost of replenishing your food supply. Your gem chest also has limited space, and you won’t be able to collect more gems once it is full. Thankfully, you can buy more chests using the money you earn. You can also buy more dragon eggs and more meat racks to feed your growing menagerie. Space is limited however, and you will also need to hire imps to clear the debris to make more space.

There is also the problem of intruders. Adventurers will randomly appear to try and steal your gems or attack your baby dragons. You can simply attack them yourself, or hire trolls to help whack these annoying intruders. Defeating these adventurers will provide you with loot that you can sell, as well as a special essence. If used during the day, these essences can be used to zap other adventurers. If you collect them instead, they can be used to upgrade your den, creating more efficient imps, more nourishing food and other effects that increase your efficiency.

The game is refreshingly more open-ended than normal, letting you choose how to play the game. If you are good at clicking things fast (ie. collecting gems, feeding dragons and fighting adventurers), you could fill your den with lots of dragon nests and imps to create more space. If however you prefer a slower and more strategic style, you can hire more trolls to do the fighting for you and invest in better food that requires less feeding time. It’s all up to you, as long as you eventually complete the quests.

Dragon Keeper is a game that’s high on cuteness factor and fun gameplay. You will spend many hours enjoying taking care of the dragonlings, collecting gems and making jewelry (especially if you are one of those who likes shinies!) You will love the Dragon Keeper PC game if you liked similar farm/garden management games such as The Fifth Gate or medieval-themed games like the My Kingdom for the Princess series. Get the Mac version here.

Rating: 4.0/5.0