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Postprzez xiao+lan » 23 lip 2018, 08:17

Charlie Stillitano knows exactly when everything fell into place. “I sat down with José Mourinho in 2003 and he said. ‘I want to play really hard games,’” the New Yorker, who appears to be friends with every football A-lister, tells the Guardian. “José was the first person to not just embrace it, but demand it. Sir Alex Ferguson later wrote he learned something from José about getting ready to start the season. It was like total stamp-endorsing.”
Memories of this summer’s World Cup remain fresh in the minds of fans, yet the modern football juggernaut waits for no one. This week sees the good and the great from Europe — Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid, Liverpool and both Milan clubs among others — begin their pre-season preparations in earnest as the International Champions Cup (ICC) rolls around once again. A sauntering summer kick-about this is not – the tournament involves 18 teams, 27 matches, three continents, and 22 cities in eight countries.
Stillitano, executive chairman of Relevent Sports, the company behind the ICC, says this year’s incarnation is more inclusive than ever before. For the first time, a four-team women’s tournament is on the schedule, alongside a new under-14 futures competition, which is being trumpeted as football’s version of the Little League World Series.
Stillitano believes the quality of teams in the ICC means the days of the bigs guns from the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A reluctantly hopping on a plane, kicking a ball around, and smiling through gritted teeth at the opening of a new gas station, are gone.
“I went with Manchester United to Singapore in 2001, just to get a feel for things as we were bringing them over in future years,” he says. “They played a Singapore XI. Fabien Barthez played striker, and it was all the Manchester United fans laughing and joking, even the board members.
“It was more like the celebration of Man Unitedness. And, then I remember in 2002 was the first game we ever did. Real Madrid versus Roma. Fabio Capello was the manager of Roma and everyone thought we were going to do terribly. They said a club match wouldn’t sell, but Giants Stadium sold out.
“An English-American journalist stood up and said, ‘I don’t understand what the big deal is here. It’s just a friendly.’ Capello was having none of it. ‘Do you see who is here? Zidane, Figo, Totti, Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Panucci. You think they want to lose to each other tomorrow?’
“That stuck with me. If you can get them out in the field together, they’ll fight. Of course, it’s still pre-season. Players won’t be going all-out for 90 minutes.”
Purely from a North American viewpoint, the ICC helps football’s profile in the summer – particularly when the likes of the NFL and NBA are in their off-season and fans look to other forms of entertainment. Last summer saw three of the most attended football matches in US history - 93,098 for Real versus Manchester City in Los Angeles, 82,104 for Barcelona’s clash with Juventus in New Jersey, and 80,162 for Barca and Manchester United. The crowds will flock once again this year – Manchester United’s meeting with Liverpool at Michigan’s 107,000-capacity Big House could break records – and the ripple effect is clear.
Relevent have recently purchased football marketer BRC Group, allowing them to take control of FC Alianza, the largest and most prestigious amateur Hispanic football program in the US. The Futures tournament, meanwhile, includes eight state and eight MLS development teams, as well as Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Celtic and Bayern Munich.
“The future of the sport depends on finding, training, and encouraging emerging players,” says Stillitano.
However, the ICC’s two-week spell Authentic Demetri Goodson Jersey cuts right across MLS and eats into fans’ attention – as well as the revenue streams. The market isn’t that big, after all. So, is there any friction? “We have an open dialogue and a good partnership Authentic Bernie Parent Jersey with MLS,” says the Relevent Sports CEO, Daniel Sillman.,133184
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Will Everton’s failed gamble mean

Postprzez xiao+lan » 24 lip 2018, 03:58

The good news for football followers is that the Premier League will shortly be back. The bad news is that, if your club did not finish in the top six last season, it will almost certainly again be among the 14 also-rans this time round. The even worse news, looking at the evidence of the past couple of seasons, is that clubs “knocking on the door” of the top six – that is, showing Womens Mats Naslund Jersey ambition in trying to move forward and join the big boys – need Authentic Skal Labissiere Jersey to be just as careful over relegation worries as those teams who expect to spend most of their time in the bottom half of the table.
Take Everton. Granted they were not relegated last season but they were sufficiently worried to appoint Sam Allardyce, which more or less makes the point. This time last year they were throwing their money around, with a new owner keen to make his mark, a new stadium in the offing and a confident belief that seventh place in the 2016-17 table was a beachhead from where the top six could be attacked. To say it did not quite work out that way would be an understatement.
Ronald Koeman could not survive a dreadful Europa League campaign that impacted badly on league form, Allardyce steadied the ship but clumsily managed to alienate supporters and, though the club now have the replacement they originally wanted in Marco Silva, the optimistic signals and signings of last summer are just a memory.
They are not a particularly happy one either. One of the reasons Everton have yet to bring anyone in is because they are conscious of the need Authentic Stefen Wisniewski Jersey to move people out. Supporters were shocked to discover that two of the players who have taken less than a year to prove they are unlikely to have a future at the club – Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen – are both on contracts worth six-figure sums per week.
Everton have not given up on the transfer market: funds will be made available if business can be done for the targets Silva and the new director of football, Marcel Brands, have identified, though it is an open secret that the club is carrying too much dead weight – to use an expression of Wayne Rooney’s – on generous wages that few prospective buyers would be able to match.
While Rooney’s return to Goodison may not have been a complete success, at least he brought it to a neat and honourable conclusion.
Perhaps Everton have only themselves to blame for profligacy, though a year ago they were mainly showing the vision and enterprise supporters usually want to see in their clubs. They had a well-regarded footballing director in Steve Walsh to oversee player recruitment, backed a manager they imagined would be around for the foreseeable future and took a bold financial plunge. Unfortunately only the capture of Jordan Pickford could be described as money well spent and the failure adequately to replace Romelu Lukaku was, it must be admitted, an oversight that had consequences.
Yet it is also possible that Everton became caught up in what might be termed the Leicester effect: the suddenly intoxicating notion that the Premier League’s mid-sized clubs might not have to spend season after season labouring in the shadow of the European elite after all. While even now the Foxes’ unlikely title success of 2016 is regularly cited as proof that almost anyone can win the league – stand by for the odds on Wolves being slashed if the newly promoted side topple Everton on the first weekend – what should not be ignored is that the top six have strengthened massively in the last couple of years to prevent anything similar happening again.
The top six that established itself the season after Leicester’s win was the same one as last season, just in different order. In 2017 the gulf between Manchester United in sixth and Everton in seventh was eight points, last season the gap between sixth-placed Arsenal and seventh-placed Burnley was nine.
Perhaps that differential counts for little when Manchester City won the title by an enormous 19 points over their nearest rivals United, though the fact that 13 Premier League clubs were unable to break through the 50-point barrier suggests the elite are pulling away.,76673
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