The Cinema

The Cinema

I came across an interesting thread on Twitter recently.I was surprised to see how often football shirts can be seen in films. Sometimes it is street wear, sometimes it is part of the storyline but it is always interesting to pick up classic and current shirts.

I have a Twitter account at www.twitter.com/ThisIsSpain although it is not wholly focused on shirts or refugees ….. or anything really!

Panini

10 Panini Heritage Fifa World Cup T-shirts

For many, a World Cup starts when the opening game is kicked-off. But for Panini-lovers, it all starts months earlier when the new album is in stores. Their eyes light up when seeing one of their favorite players in a newly opened packet of stickers.

For generations, football-lovers have been collecting the famous Panini sticker albums. With a FIFA World Cup coming up in June, we teamed up with Panini for a range of ten special Panini Heritage Fifa World Cup™ collection t-shirts.

The Panini Heritage Fifa World Cup T-shirts can be found online at copafootball.com, in our flagship-store in Amsterdam and via selected retailers and online resellers.

AS ROMA

RETRO AS ROMA, RETRO FC BARCELONA

Tonight, two iconic clubs will meet in the quarter finals of the Champions League. Will AS Roma be able to pull out a stunt in Camp Nou or will FC Barcelona already take a first big step into the next round?

We have teamed up with FC Barcelona and AS Roma to create retro collections, made and designed under official license of the clubs. The collections consists of retro shirts and jackets, captain T-shirts and My First Football Shirts© for the youngest fans. Both collections are Made in Europe with great care and pride, using the best possible fabrics for the right vintage look & feel.

Both collections can be found online at copafootball.com, in our Flagshipstore in Amsterdam and via selected retailers and online resellers.

Spain’s First Football Match

Spain’s First Football Match: Recreativo de Huelva v Sevilla
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One hundred and twenty years before Iker Casillas lifted the World Cup for Spain, the first ever football match took place on Spanish soil. That match set in train events that would lead the country to become a leading player in the global game.

After the formalisation of the Association football rules in 1863, there were two forms that the game spread from England around the world: Brits working abroad and bringing a ball with them, or visiting students returning to their own country with a rule book, a football and bags of enthusiasm.

In the case of Spain, it was the former. British expatriots working for the Rio Tinto mining company in Andalusia founded the team now known as Recreativo de Huelva in December 1889. The founding father was a doctor from Caithness, William Alexander Mackay.

Just one month later, and “after a deal of talk and a limited consumption of small beer”, according to the Dundee Courier, Sevilla Football Club was formed. As the anglicised name implies, it was a mixed project between Spaniards and Brits – principally Edward Johnson (president), Isaiah White (secretary) and club captain Hugo MacColl.

The team had started life with a five-a-side kick-about at the Racecourse Club by the banks of the river Guadalquivir on a Sunday morning. Unlike in Britain, where workers enjoyed Saturday afternoon off, which had proven to be a catalyst for the game in its home country, the same could not be said of Spain, but it appears the players managed to gain concessions from their employers to play..

The Dundee Courier was the first newspaper in Britain to report the match. The news likely came to the Dundee Courier via the ships that brought marmalade oranges from Seville to Dundee. The paper picks up the story:

There being a Recreation Club amongst our compatriots in Huelva, we wrote asking them if they could form an eleven and come to Seville and try their strength against us, and in a few days, we got a wire that they would meet us on Saturday, 8th March.

And that date – Saturday, 8 March, 1890 – marks the very first recorded competitive match between two established football clubs in Spain at the Tablada Hippodrome, Seville. The weather was chilly but “glorious” that day, and press and a small crowd of “twelve dozen” (around 100 people) had gathered to watch. Then the rain came down, but it didn’t deter them from a 4.45pm start.

There were two umpires – one from each club – and the British Vice Consul took on refereeing duties “to everyone’s satisfaction”.

Neither team had acquired a kit at this point, with the players presenting “a motley appearance, all kinds of costumes being in requisition”. Sevilla FC’s left winger had never been a part of a sports team and is reported to have donned a “fantastic patterned suit” of pyjamas, drawing the derision of the crowd and earning the title “Clown Yugles”.

Sevilla FC’s Ritson has the distinction of scoring the first competitive goal on Spanish soil, followed shortly by none other than the Clown Yugles. And that’s how it finished: Sevilla FC 2-0 Recreativo de Huelva.

The occasion that this was most probably the first football match in Spain was not lost on either party, and “covers for thirty were laid in the saloon of the Suizo Restaurant”. Sevilla FC’s president Edward Johnston toasted the British and Spanish monarchies, and the two clubs promised a rematch.

Huelva’s team featured two Spaniards – señores Duclós and Coto, while Sevilla’s was made up entirely of British expats who worked for Seville-based employers, such as Seville Water Works.

The Dundee Courier’s report finishes: “…and no doubt the inauguration of the game in this part of the country will be followed by organisations of a similar kind in all parts where a British colony exists in Spain.”

Recreativo can claim to be the first sports club to play football in Spain, while Sevilla FC can claim to be the first club formed exclusively to play the game. For their first decade, just Sevilla FC, Recre and a team from Riotinto team were active in Andalusia. Travel around Spain was not simple in those days.

Recreativo de Huelva has come close to collapse in recent years, but has now stabilised in Spain’s third division, Segunda B. Sevilla FC has filled the trophy cabinet in recent seasons, winning five Europa League titles between 2006 and 2016.

Chris Lee runs the football travel, history and culture blog Outside Write, you can follow him on Twitter – @CMRLee and @OutsideWrite.

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Ryedale for Refugees

Award-Winning Journalists on a ‘Journey to Freedom’ in Yorkshire’s Food Capital

Two award-winning journalists will be in Yorkshire’s Food Capital on 29th June to draw attention to a ‘Journey to Freedom’.

Ryedale Book Festival has invited Christina Lamb OBE and Emma Jane Kirby to share their experiences of the refugee crisis at a special celebratory dinner ahead of the Festival’s latest events.

Christina is co-author of ‘The Girl from Aleppo – Nujeen’s Escape from War to Freedom’ and Emma Jane Kirby, penned ‘The Optician of Lampedusa’, and these respected writers will share a meal with guests at the Old Lodge Hotel in Malton, North Yorkshire ahead of the Festival’s journey-themed literary weekend.

Christina and Emma Jane will join guests for the two-course dinner featuring recipes from Marlene Matar’s ‘The Aleppo Cookbook’, which wowed food critics from around the globe when it was published last year.

Sarah Tyson, Festival Director, said: “There is much that we can learn from the stories that Christina and Emma Jane: not all journeys are taken willingly in our world today.

“The evening promises to be an uplifting and inspiring event, spent in the company of two respected writers who have helped to put a human face to the on-going global refugee crisis through their journalism and their books.”

Profits from the evening will be donated to The Refugee Council, a charity that is supporting refugees to make their first challenging steps towards resettlement in North Yorkshire.

Tickets for the dinner are available from the website http://ryedalebookfestival.com/whats-on/journey-for-freedom/ or the Festival Box Office: 07983 943 029

Utilita Energy

Utilita Energy to power Griffin Park’s final years

Championship outfit strengthens partnership with rising energy brand

Brentford Football Club – and its iconic and historic Griffin Park home – will now be, quite literally, powered by Utilita Energy, one of Britain’s fastest growing energy suppliers.

The Bees and Utilita first joined forces in 2016 before extending their partnership last summer for a further two seasons.

Now – as well as being the Club’s Official Energy Partner – Utilita will be powering Griffin Park as the club’s energy supplier until the move to the new stadium.

The move further strengthens the relationship between the top ten Championship club and Utilita – Britain’s leading smart pay-as-you-go energy supplier, with around 90% of its 630,000 domestic customers already fitted with a smart meter.

Bees fans have got used to seeing Utilita branding on the dugouts at Griffin Park, on Brentford’s new LED perimeter signage, and elsewhere on the Club’s digital platforms.

Further branding is now in place across the whole of the Ealing Road End and Utilita’s music sub-brand – Utilita LIVE – will power Brentford’s matchday music playlist at every home game.

There are also exciting plans in place to tie the two organisations even more closely next term with further details to follow in the summer. The revised deal means Utilita has quadrupled its investment in the club since the partnership launched in 2016.

Every Bees fan that switches to Utilita will receive a £25 voucher to spend in the Brentford Club Shop, a free limited-edition Bees in-home display cover and a smart meter allowing them to monitor and control their energy usage in real time – at no extra cost.

In addition, they will also have access to all the benefits of being a Utilita customer including no standing charge, Friendly & Emergency credit and automatic membership of Utilita LIVE – with access to offers and ticket giveaways to some of the UK’s biggest music festivals & gigs in association with the world’s biggest concert promoter, Live Nation.

Jem Maidment, Director of Marketing and Communications at Utilita, said: “This is an exciting period on and off the pitch at Brentford and we are thrilled to be backing the Bees as they move forward into a new era.

“To be powering one of London’s – if not Britain’s – most recognisable and iconic football stadiums in its final years is something we are immensely proud of.

“Just like Brentford, we are rapidly growing and this partnership outlines our long term commitment to the club.”

Mike Sullivan, Brentford FC Commercial Manager, added: “We are thrilled that Utilita Energy has agreed to become the Club’s Official Energy Partner until the end of our time at Griffin Park.

“They are Britain’s leading supplier of smart pay as you go energy and are well known within the football industry for being one of the leading brands in this sector.

“With the great news of work starting on the New Brentford Community Stadium last, we are delighted that Utilita Energy has shown its support of the Club whilst at Griffin Park.”

Brentford Stadium

Brentford FC’s new stadium ground-breaking
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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.

To keep in touch with progress and developments on the new stadium, please register your interest at newstadium.brentfordfc.com.

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.”

Article in full here

Win a Shirt

Win a shirt signed by Barça midfielder Sergi Roberto

CELEBRATE SERGI ROBERTO’S NEW CONTRACT BY WINNING A SIGNED BARÇA TOP. GOOD LUCK!

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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