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Barcelona News

Barcelona News

Two interesting items of news about FC Barcelona today.

From our friends at Copa here’s a little novelty item about Noel Gallagher of Oasis. “He was wearing our official FC Barcelona 1980 – 1981 retro shirt on stage during his High Flying Birds gig in the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona. He was spotted shopping for the shirt earlier that day in the The Camp Nou FC Barcelona Megastore.

This official FC Barcelona 1980-81 retro shirt and the complete collection, made and designed under official license of the club, can be found online at copafootball.com and via selected retailers and online resellers.”

…and right up to date. Do you want to want a 2017/2018 shirt signed by the newly wed, Mr L Messi?

The show continues with the contract renewal of Leo. Get a signed shirt signed by the Argentine star.
Enter the draw for this special item dedicated to the player with the most Ballon d’Or prizes in history.

2012

The Summer of 2012

I came across this team photo today. It is the Spanish team that won the 2012 European Championships. After a World Cup in South Africa in 2010 that ended in victory over the Netherlands much was expected in 2012 too. Spain defeated the Netherlands 1–0 with a goal from Andrés Iniesta four minutes from the end of extra time. It was watershed for La Roja because Spain’s best performance had been fourth place in 1950. In the seven games they only conceded TWO goals! Previously, they had won the 2008 European Championships so hopes were high for 2012.

The 2012 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2012 or simply Euro 2012, was the 14th European Championship for men’s national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament, held between 8 June and 1 July 2012, was co-hosted for the first time by Poland and Ukraine, and was won by Spain, who beat Italy 4–0 in the final at the NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kiev, Ukraine.

Spain became the first team to win two consecutive European Championships, and also three straight major tournaments (Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012).

How many of the 2012 squad can you name? Spoiler below me with the FA Cup (-ish!)

1 GK Iker Casillas (captain)
2 DF Raúl Albiol
3 DF Gerard Piqué
4 MF Javi Martínez
5 DF Juanfran
6 MF Andrés Iniesta
7 FW Pedro
8 MF Xavi
9 FW Fernando Torres
10 MF Cesc Fàbregas
11 FW Álvaro Negredo
12 GK Víctor Valdés
13 MF Juan Mata
14 MF Xabi Alonso
15 DF Sergio Ramos
16 MF Sergio Busquets
17 DF Álvaro Arbeloa
18 DF Jordi Alba
19 FW Fernando Llorente
20 MF Santi Cazorla
21 MF David Silva
22 MF Jesús Navas
23 GK Pepe Reina

Atletico Madrid

Atlético Madrid

Although everybody knows that I am a huge Real Madrid fan, I have always had a soft sport for Atletí and even more so now that Diego Simeone is head coach. I love his passion for the game and the way he transmits that to his players. Anyway, although I was on the far side of Madrid, I could not miss the opportunity of visiting their new stadium which is near completion. The Wanda Metropolitano has been featured extensively in the media and there is no doubt that it will be a great addition to La Liga. My concern with less than six weeks to go before the start of the new season is whether it will be ready! Mmmmm, let´s see!My bet is that it will not be and that they will have to reverse the first few fixtures but I wish them every happiness and success in their new home.

Zaragoza

Zaragoza

I found myself in Zaragoza for a few weeks so it would have been rude not to visit the stadium and find out about the kit for 2017. For many years they had considered themselves the number one club in Aragon but 2016-2017 was an indifferent season and their near neighbours Huesca got into the play-offs (losing to Getafe)

The ground, La Romareda, is 60 years old this year and they are making a big thing about this anniversary whereas they may be better making a big thing about redeveloping it. I have to say it looks very tired. Good luck to the club in 2017/2018.

Barcelona New Kits

Barcelona

The New Barcelona Kits for the 2017/2018 season are now on sale via their webshop.

Brentford 2017

Brentford Football Club and LeoVegas announce Shirt Sponsorship and Title Partnership

Brentford Football Club and LeoVegas are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership. The West London club and the industry-leading mobile gaming company have signed a two-year agreement today, Monday 19 June, that will see LeoVegas become the Title Partner of Brentford FC as they look to challenge for promotion to the Premier League.

Award-winning mobile casino and sportsbook operator LeoVegas.com, will have its branding on the front of Brentford’s home and away shirts for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. The logo will also appear on selected team Training Wear and be featured prominently around Griffin Park.

The two-year partnership means that when Brentford’s new adidas shirts are revealed shortly they will feature LeoVegas’ iconic branding. The mobile gaming company will also be displayed above the goal at the Brook Road end of Griffin Park and on the Braemar Road stand as well as on pitch side and programme advertising and at various promotional events. The deal is set to cover Brentford’s final two years at their historic Griffin Park home before a move to the Brentford Community Stadium and will start as The Bees begin their fourth consecutive season in the Championship after three top-ten finishes.

LeoVegas has cemented its position as a world leader in the mobile gaming industry, and since summer 2016 has been growing its sport offering – with the launch of its sportsbook and growing sponsorship roster, including partnerships with Leicester Tigers and professional golfer Mathias Schjølberg. The partnership with Brentford FC aims to increase its presence in the football industry and make the company a household name amongst sport fans.

Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted to welcome LeoVegas on board as a partner of the Club. We are pleased to add a rapidly growing brand like LeoVegas to an already strong commercial family that includes local, national and international companies.

“During our discussions with LeoVegas it was clear that they were a company we could work with. There was a synergy between us and the benefits of the relationship appealed to all parties. We believe there are common values we share and we look forward to working closely with LeoVegas over the next two years.”

Jon Sinclair, Head of LeoVegas in UK and Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Brentford FC. The much-loved club is, like us, ambitious and innovative – which perfectly aligns with our technological expertise and mobile first ethos.

“This partnership marks an exciting growth in our sports offering, and offers the perfect platform for us to engage with more football fans – something which is important for us to do over the coming months as we focus on the evolution of our sports betting product.

“Brentford play in one of the most-watched leagues in the world and have incredibly loyal fans – we’re thrilled to be at the heart of the action with them.”

Bier & Ballen

Bier & Ballen

This is the shirt we designed for the 10th edition of football cult festival ‘Bier en Ballen’. Our gift to all ‘Bier en Ballen’ volunteers and available in limited numbers, exclusively at the festival. Saturday, June 24, Breda – The Netherlands.
Bier en Ballen

This shirt is not available in our webshop, but can be ordered exclusively at the Bier & Ballen festival. All other COPA Football Shirts can be found on copafootball.com

Away Fans Matter

Away Fans Matter

In support of the Football Supporters’ Federation’s ‘Away Fans Matter’ campaign and inspired by a line from Herman Melville’s evocative 1851 masterpiece, Moby Dick, this design romantically portrays the unconditional devotion of the dedicated Away Fan, as a restless, driven adventurer.

The design presents a beautiful visual analogy for the extreme lengths that the Away Fan goes to; the incredibly arduous journeys, the ups and downs, the joy and the suffering… which, for most dedicated souls, is more often than not, the latter.

Away Fans ‘really do’ Matter. In an age of increasingly outrageous ticket prices, travelling costs and tough economic conditions, their support and enthusiasm is unwavering. They are the lifeblood of the game and bring considerable and much-needed revenue to clubs and local economies. Bringing noise, colour and character to football stadia, they are the catalyst to generating the unique atmospheres that have made watching the game so exciting, either as a live or televised experience. Football would certainly be less interesting and largely soulless place without them, so, bang the drum for Away Fans now and show your support for the FSF’s national campaign at:
www.fsf.org.uk/campaigns/away-fans

”As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.’
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

See the original article here

Virgin Media

Virgin Media

Virgin Media and disability charity Scope are teaming up to highlight disability discrimination in football grounds at Southampton’s game against Manchester United next week.

New research published today shows that disabled football fans feel excluded from live games. Eight in ten who attend football stadiums across the UK say they have experienced some form of discrimination or other issues resulting from their disability.

As a result, the majority (62%) of these disabled fans said these experiences had stopped them from going to a live match again.

To highlight the issue and to put disabled fans at the heart of the game, Southampton will wear a special Scope-branded shirt for their home match against Manchester United FC on Wednesday 17 May.

Virgin Media, the official shirt sponsor of Southampton FC, is removing its logo from the club’s strip to support its charity partner, Scope, in order to get behind disabled football fans.

It forms part of the company’s partnership with the charity to help transform the lives of disabled people.

To read the full story, click here

If you are in the UK and are interested in becoming a Virgin Media customer please feel free to email me.

Geoff Thomas

Geoff Thomas

Geoff is a former professional footballer. He recently sent me details of his awe-inspiring challenge for 2017.

“This year, I am taking on the “Three Tours Challenge”. This epic feat will see me cycle the three Grand Tours; The Giro D’Italia, Le Tour de France and La Vuelta a España consecutively.

This challenge is a monumental one. We will cycle a total of 10,504km, all in only 63 days of cycling just one day ahead of the likes of Chris Froome in the main professional events and I am delighted to have the support of Farr Vintners and my former team, Crystal Palace.

Find out more about the challenge: www.3tourschallenge.com

Only 39 professional cyclists have taken this challenge. No amateur or professional team or female cyclist has done it before and we would love a woman out there to join us. We are just 5 amateur cyclists who are passionate and driven to test ourselves to the limit for a great cause and this challenge will certainly take us to our limits and it is certainly for a wonderful cause.

Why are we doing it? We are trying to raise £1m to help blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia fully fund the expansion of the internationally renowned Centre for Clinical Haematology. Not only will the expanded Centre immediately save more lives but it will also hasten global progress towards eradicating all forms of blood cancer within 25 years, a goal that we all want to reach even sooner.

We have had great support from so many already including the current England football manager Gareth Southgate. Gareth said:

“As a former teammate of Geoff’s I know what a brave and committed player he was and these qualities will have no doubt helped him through his own battle with blood cancer. His fundraising since he beat the disease has not only raised millions but also inspired so many people in the process. I am in no doubt that Geoff and the team will complete this monumental cycling challenge and raise considerable funds towards Cure Leukaemia’s £1m Appeal so I hope the football community will unite behind this wonderful cause.”

Please give what you can because every single penny will go towards a charity that can help cure the 3rd biggest cancer killer in the UK. Please help us Cure Leukaemia.

The tour started on May 4th in Italy, any donations would be greatly appreciated.”