Football Superstar Jerome Boateng Reveals the Benefits of Being a Nike Athlete

There's little that Bayern Munich and German National Team star defender Jerome Boateng hasn't accomplished in his career. He's won the Champions League, World Cup, and five Bundesliga titles in a row. He's also a huge Nike athlete and sneakerhead, and he's reaped all the benefits of being hooked up by the Swoosh to feed his footwear addiction.

He recently stopped by the Complex office to talk to Sole Collector producer Rich “Maze” Lopez over a game of foosball to talk about beating Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup, his footballing career, and how he's able to get so many hyped sneakers. To find out what he had to say, watch the video above.

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Ryan Lochte Says He Considered Suicide Following Rio Olympics Scandal

After making up a wild, fake robbery story at the Rio Olympics, Ryan Lochte became one of the most loathed athletes on Earth. And who could blame the public for hating his guts? He fabricated a story about his time in another country, making Americans, his temporary hosts in Brazil, and a laundry list of other people look bad in the process.

If you let Lochte tell the story of what has happened since, the public backlash to his made-up tale was enough to push him to the brink. In an interview with ESPN's Allison Glock, Lochte confided that he considered suicide in the time following the 2016 Olympics.

When Lochte arrived home in Charlotte (on what he says was a prescheduled flight), there were a dozen media vans outside his house. He watched the news, read the online comments, the searing articles outlining how “Ryan Lochte Is the Worst!” In days, he lost every sponsor. He also received death threats. At a public appearance, Reid had a glass thrown at her head.

“After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world,” Lochte mumbles. “There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, 'If I go to bed and never wake up, fine.'” Asked if that means he considered suicide, Lochte nods slowly. “I was about to hang up my entire life.”

It sounds like the swimmer was in a dark place after the controversy in Rio, and you would never wish for someone to feel like their only answer in life is to end everything. Almost everyone deserves a second chance to make good after indiscretions, and we've seen people in the sports world emerge from dark moments to inject some good into the world. Michael Vick and his post-prison activism for animal rights is a perfect example of how to take another chance a run with it.

That said, it feels a little off to be talking about Lochte as some sort of redemption story. Prior to admitting he had suicidal thoughts, he seemed to convey a lack of contrition for his actions. “People wanted a reason to hate me,” he said. A more accurate version of events would be to say people expected a 32-year-old man to know better than to completely fabricate stories, or at least to show some remorse after he was caught doing so.

If Lochte wants to win back public favor, sharing his inner turmoil with everyone is definitely the way to go. People are happy to listen when you open up and express the troubles in life you've experienced, but that has to come attached to acknowledging his own fault in the Rio debacle. 

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Ronaldinho Ditches Retirement For New Dance Music Feature

It seems like a lifetime ago that Ronaldinho Gaúcho was dubbed FIFA’s Player of the Year two years in a row, simultaneously captivating the world’s soccer community and welcoming an entire generation of players to the sport. Now, we seldom hear much about the retired star, and we can’t help but crack a smile at his newest endeavor: music.

Brazil’s DennisDJ has just uploaded the music video for “Professor da Malandragem” featuring our favorite footballer along with Wesley Safadão.

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time Ronaldinho has made a musical appearance, he’s featured on DennisDJ’s 2014 “Vamos Beber” and Wesley Safadão’s “Solteiro de Novo,” both equally rowdy takes on Brazil’s beloved forró.


H/T: Dancing Astronaut

This article was first published on Your EDM.
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Music On Board, From Brazil To Ft. Lauderdale

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Cruise raves are all the rage, and with reason. What’s not to love about boats and hoes coupled with a bit, or rather a lotta EDM. Well, get ready, because there’s another installment setting sail this upcoming November. Music On Board is a renowned floating festival from Brazil, and it’s setting sail from the U.S for the first time ever. Jump aboard the Celebrity Constellation from the three-day dance extravaganza, beginning November 21, 2014. The infamous Opium Group, as well as the team behind Space are the masterminds behind the floating party, so you can expect it to get nutty. Music On Board is known for its jaw dropping production and all star DJ lineup. Kaskade, Roger Sanchez, Gareth Emery, Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, Sharam, and The Martinex Brothers have all cruised the turntables on this voyage before, so we can only imagine what they’ve got in store for the first ever ‘Merica edition. Stay tuned for more info.

In the meantime, you can find out all you need to know and purchase presage tickets, which went on sale yesterday at 1 PM by visiting

Or watch the teaser trailer …

Dannic – Yearmix 2013

Listen here: Dannic – Yearmix 2013

2013 was the biggest year of DJ Dannic’s life.

An inspirational year for the artist, his popularity has increased immensely with his up beat an wild style. He has been performing all over the place including some big time festivals including EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland and Dance Valley. Dannic also put on unbelievable performances at infamous clubs including Pacha in Ibiza, Hakkasan in Las Vegas, Ministry of Sound in London and Green Valley in Brazil. Dannic should be at the top of everyones list to see live if they are lucky enough to have the chance.

Recently Dannic surpassed the great mild marker of 100K followers on Twitter. So in a sign of appreciation to all his fans Dannic released a mix that is an hour long and mixes some of his best and favorite tracks from 2013.

Enjoy the mix and get the free download!