Brentford Stadium

Brentford FC’s new stadium ground-breaking

A ground-breaking ceremony was held today to mark the preparations for the start of construction on the new Brentford Community Stadium and enabling residential development.

A family of Brentford supporters, Robert Muttitt, 70, together with his son, Peter Muttitt, daughter, Nicki Todd, and the latest addition to the Brentford supporting family his granddaughter Sophie, who celebrated her first birthday last week, were chosen to have the honour of putting the first spade into the ground. The Muttitt family association with Brentford goes back to the Club’s golden period in the 1930s when Robert’s father, Ernie Muttitt, joined Brentford from Middlesbrough. He played for the Club from 1932 to 1947 and was inducted to the Brentford Hall of Fame in 2015. Robert’s support for the club naturally began from an early age and he even recalls having his first ‘swimming lesson’ in the player’s big bath! Robert said: “We were so delighted to have the chance to take part in the ceremony today. I have so many old memories of the Club, swimming in the player’s bath, watching my father and others train on Tuesday and Thursday nights and playing football and cricket outside the old wooden entrance on Braemar Road. Now I am looking forward to the new ground, a great future and new memories – which hopefully will include my family and I watching Brentford play in the Premier League.”

Guests at the ground-breaking included Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford and Isleworth, fans, staff and players from BFC, representatives from the developer Be Living, the architects and other consultants who have worked on the project. The site enabling works will be continuing this month, allowing for the start on site for the stadium and phase one residential work during April.

The development will deliver a 17,250-capacity stadium, 910 much-needed new homes, a new base for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and other commercial elements to help regenerate the local area. The new stadium is due to be completed during the 2019/20 season.

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China City

Swansea City produce a commemorative Chinese New Year shirt.

Swansea City has become the first Premier League club to produce a commemorative shirt to celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 which will be worn by the team.

Working in collaboration with shirt sponsor LeTou, the special jersey features Chinese characters was worn in Swansea’s Premier League fixture against Burnley on Saturday February 10.

China is a huge target audience for the Premier League, with hundreds of millions of fans watching games every week and there is a strong Chinese community in Swansea.

The design takes inspiration from the NBA in the United States but this is the first time a Premier League team has done the same.

Letou CEO, Paul Fox, said: “I have experienced first-hand the passion of the fans in Asia and by working closely together, LeTou and Swansea are embracing Chinese culture to reach one of the fastest growing fanbases in the world.”

Swansea’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Pearlman, added: “We have spoken before about the importance of Asia as a key market for Swansea and indeed other Premier League clubs.”

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Win a Shirt

Win a shirt signed by Barça midfielder Sergi Roberto


Who is Sergi Roberto?

Sergi Roberto Carnicer (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾʒi roˈβɛɾto], born 7 February 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Barcelona. Mainly a central midfielder, he can also operate as a defensive midfielder, full-back or winger.

Club career

Born in Reus, Tarragona, Catalonia, Roberto began playing football with local UE Barri Santes Creus at the age of 8, arriving in Barcelona’s youth academy six years later from neighbours Gimnàstic de Tarragona. In the 2009–10 season, at only 17, he first appeared with Barça’s reserves, contributing with 22 games as the team returned to the second division after 11 years.

On 10 November 2010, Roberto made his debut for the first team, playing the second half of a 5–1 home win against AD Ceuta for the campaign’s Copa del Rey.

Roberto first appeared in La Liga on 21 May 2011, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win at Malaga in the season’s last round.

On 8 March 2017, Roberto scored the final goal for Barcelona in the 95th minute as part of a 6–1 home victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the Champions League round-of-16, making Barcelona the first club to overcome a four-goal deficit in the competition.

On 22 February 2018, Roberto extended his contract with Barcelona until 2022.

International career

Sergi Roberto playing for Catalonia against Cape Verde in 2013.
In October 2009, shortly after making his Barcelona B debuts, Sergi Roberto was called by the Spanish under-17 team for the 2009 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria.

Roberto made his debut for the under-21 side on 5 September 2011, playing the last four minutes of the 2–0 win in Lugo over Georgia for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers.[23] He received his first call up to the senior squad in March 2016, for friendlies against Romania and Italy. His debut took place in the former match on the 27th, as he started in a 0–0 draw in Cluj-Napoca.

Style of play

Roberto plays predominantly in midfield, he is known for his versatility, pace, strength rigorous work rate, power with the ball and accurate passing. In 2016–17 season under Luis Enrique, he played in seven different positions with Barcelona.

Personal life

In 2014, Roberto started dating Israeli model Coral Simanovich. In early September 2017, they became engaged.

From Wikipedia

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SK Rapid Wien

SK Rapid Wien

Since the start of our official collaboration with SK Rapid Wien we created two successful retro shirts. Today we have launched number three, the 1976-1977 home shirt.

With newcomers Herbert Feurer and Helmut Kirisits on board, Rapid Vienna approached the 1976-77 season determined to bring the Bundesliga title back to the club. However the power in the Austrian game during much of the 1970s lay in the Tyrollean capital of Innsbruck and SSW proved too strong and too consistent. Trophies may not have been forthcoming for Rapid but goals certainly were. The division’s goalscoring sensation once again was the international centre forward Hans Krankl who fired home 32 goals in 35 League games.

All COPA SK Rapid Wien retro shirts can be found online at, in the club fanshop, and via selected retailers and online resellers.


Win a shirt signed by the brand new Barça signing, Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho is a Barça player

The player comes to the Club for the remainder of the 2017/2018 season and five more, and will have a buyout clause of 400 million euros.

Barça’s new Brazilian midfielder admitted he is “very happy” to have signed for the Club and that he had “often dreamed of scoring in the shirt”

He is now officially an FC Barcelona player. The Brazilian signed on the dotted line during his official presentation on a busy Monday in the city of Barcelona. The day began with a medical at Barcelona Hospital and at the Club’s Medical Centre and then followed the signing of the contract and his first appearance on the field at Camp Nou in a Barça shirt.

The final event on the packed agenda was a press conference at Barça’s famous stadium in the presence of more than 150 journalists from over 40 different media outlets. Coutinho explained his “anxiousness to begin playing for Barça,” a team for which he confessed to have “dreamt many times about scoring a goal in the shirt.”

“It’s really emotional to wear the shirt of the most important club in the world,” continued the Brazilian international. The midfielder added: “I never had any doubts about signing for the club and it’s an honour to be able to play alongside my heroes. I hope to enjoy it and win trophies.”

More from Coutinho’s press conference:

“I will be lucky to say that I have played alongside Messi and Suárez. Leo Messi is a spectacular player. I am really happy to be able to play with Luis Suárez once again. It’s an honour and he is a good friend who has helped me a lot.”

“It was my dream to come here and these chances are unique. It’s easy to choose Barça because they are the best team in the world. They have the best players and my heroes play here too.”

Enter the draw here to win a very special shirt personally signed by the Brazilian magician himself.

2017 Throwback – Retro Shirts

2017 Throwback – Retro Shirts

As we move into 2018, my friends at Copa are looking back on a selection of many memorable retro shirts they launched in 2017. They say, “It has been a great year where we have been privileged and proud to work with clubs from so many different countries.

But make sure you stay tuned, because the best is yet to come. Many more exciting collaborations will be revealed in 2018.

As a thank you to all our customers, fans and followers we want to offer you a
10% DISCOUNT on your next purchase via, to start 2018 in a good way. Discount code ‘COPA2018’ is valid through January 31, 2018.

Happy New Year!”

Common Goal

Common Goal

I am very excited to see the progress that the Manchester United footballer, Juan Mata is making with his Comon Goal project. The Manchester United star is leading a drive to donate a percentage of footballers’ earnings to good causes around the world. Clearly Global football is more awash with money than ever and the Manchester United star Juan Mata is leading a project to give back to the communities that raised today’s stars by redistributing a small percentage of those resources to charitable causes around the world.

The project is called Common Goal. Already he has enlisted many world names in football – men, women and administrators to the project and can already count on the like of

Mata announced in an article for The Players’ Tribune in August 2017 that he was pledging one per cent of his salary to Common Goal, and called for other players to do the same.

He wrote, “So starting today, I am pledging 1% of my salary to Common Goal, a collective fund — run by the award-winning NGO streetfootballworld — that supports football charities around the globe. It’s a small gesture that if shared can change the world.

I’m asking my fellow professionals to join me in forming a Common Goal Starting XI. Together we can create a movement based on shared values that can become integral to the whole football industry — forever.

I am leading this effort, but I don’t want to be alone.

“One of the first lessons I learned in football is that it takes a team to accomplish your dreams. We live by this mantra on the pitch, yet we don’t see it enough in the social space. Common Goal is creating a collaborative way for football to give back to society. It’s the most effective and sustainable way that football can deliver long-term social impact on a global scale. Football has the power to do this, but we need to act together.

So now I would like to call upon my fellow footballers to help. We have so many opportunities simply because we play a children’s game. We are so lucky to live a dream. Let’s come together and help kids everywhere experience that same light and joy. By doing so we can show the wider football industry that Common Goal needs to happen and that it will happen, because it’s right.

The focus now is on contributions from players, but the the long-term goal is to unlock 1% of the entire football industry’s revenues for grassroots football charities that strengthen their communities through sport.

Just last month, I traveled to Mumbai, India, to see one such charity. We went to a slum just outside the main city, and at first it was very hard to comprehend the level of poverty. No child should have to live like that. Seeing the conditions, my spirits were a bit down.

But then we started interacting with the local kids. Their English wasn’t great, and I’m not sure all of them even knew that I was a football player, but we communicated through laughter and the game. If I smiled, they smiled. If I ran, they ran.”



Well, it´s Boxing Day, which is always a HUGE football day in England and I was delighted to receive two emails within minutes – firstly from my friends at Copa and then from Brentford FC which was my local club when I last lived in England. It would be wrong therefore not to share the good news immediately!

Brentford FC Retro Shirts

We are delighted to confirm that Copa has teamed up with West London-based Brentford FC and launched two retro shirts. Both shirts are based on iconic ‘Bees’ shirts from the past.

The Dutch airline KLM sponsored Brentford for many years, including the 1985-1986 season. A big Dutch multinational doing business with a relatively small club from London, It might seem like a bit of a strange fit. But if you ever took a plane to London Heathrow you probably know why KLM was pretty happy with the deal. Just minutes before touchdown, Griffin Park looms up when you are enjoying the London skyline. The roof of the New Road Stand is in full sight for hundreds of people each day. And that is why KLM made sure that ‘Next time you’d better fly KLM’ was written on the roof in big bold letters.

Both retro shirts can be found online at, in the club fanshop, and via selected retailers and online resellers

The 1,000,000 Seat Challenge

*The 1,000,000 Seat Challenge*

What you need to know!

What is the 1,000,000 Seat Challenge?

Stadium Hoppers and have combined their force to create the 1,000,000 Seat Challenge! The aim: to visit stadiums with a cumulative capacity of 1,000,000 seats. The target is between 26th December 2017 and 26th January 2018! During this time The Stadium Hoppers Team will be embarking on a very special set of Hops!

Effectively this is a Beat The Boss Style Challenge. We want all Stadium Hoppers to join in!

What are the rules?

The rules are simple and anyone can join in!
To class a Stadium as “visited” you need to either visit a game, go inside or physically touch the stadium!
All Stadiums or Arenas that host sport can count – however big or small!
If you’d like to be eligible for 1,000,000 Seat Challenge prizes you’ll need a selfie at each stadium you visit.
What can I win?!

1st Prize: Stadium Hoppers sports map of your choice

2nd Prize: Limited Edition Stadium Hoppers Beanie

3rd Prize: Terrace Battles Card Game

Everyone who achieves over 500,000 will receive a sheet of our new Stadium Hoppers stickers to do with what they wish!

How do I join in?

Powered by, the site will be a leaderboard to chart your progress and show how you compare to other Stadium Hoppers! It takes less than a minute to sign up and if you already have a login, then you can use this!

Choose Love


“Choose Love” Christmas pop-up for Help Refugees opens in Soho
18 Broadwick Street, London 24 until end of January 2018

Choose Love is the world’s first shop where you can buy real products for refugees. From emergency blankets to school bags and medical equipment, you can shop to your heart’s content, leave with nothing, and feel great. All funds raised will go directly to UK charity Help Refugees supporting their vital work across Europe and the Middle East.

The innovative store will be beautifully designed to create an uplifting yet meaningful retail experience – a striking space where people can learn about refugees while doing something practical to help.

Help Refugees is a pioneering organisation working on the frontline of the refugee crisis in Europe and beyond. Founded in 2015 as part of a grassroots movement of volunteers, in just two years they have become one of the most prominent and effective humanitarian aid organisations working directly with refugees.

Josie Naughton CEO of Help Refugees, “It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have a bed, a blanket and a roof over our heads. For thousands of refugees this winter, these basic human needs are completely out of reach. This shop is all about one simple idea: that we should all choose love this Christmas and help those in need”

The pop-up store has been created by creative collective Glimpse, whose mission is to use creativity for good. They were behind the impactful campaign last year where all the adverts in Clapham Common tube station were replaced with pictures of cats.

The space in the heart of Soho has been provided by Shaftesbury – a Real Estate Investment Trust who invest exclusively in London’s West End. It will showcase a range of items that represent the three phases of a refugee’s experience: Arrival, Shelter and The Future. The curated selection of items, such as blankets and gloves, are all items distributed by Help Refugees on the front lines of the refugee crisis. Each item on sale is accompanied by short stories about how and why it was chosen.

Visitors to the store simply take an item’s tag to the till or buy directly from one of the store staff. Along with their purchase, visitors can find out about the work of Help Refugees through the charity’s staff.

The items on sale will include emergency blankets, children’s shoes, warm socks mobile phone credit and more. Costs will range from £4.99 to £499 with an option to even ‘buy the store’. James Turner from Glimpse: “We want charity giving to become as much a part of the festive shopping experience as secret Santa and stocking fillers. This Christmas we’re hoping people will come together, Choose Love and buy gifts for refugees who truly need them.”
The team have also opened an online store. Through December passers-by can also expect surprise celebrity staff, events and special promotions.


Opening: 24 November 2017 Closing: 31 January 2018
Address: 18 Broadwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 8HS
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 – 6 pm, Sunday 12 – 6 pm

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