“La calidad de España la conocemos todos” – Lagerbäck

Valencia, España (viernes, el 22 de marzo de 2019) – Kenneth Russo

Clasificatorios Euro 2020

Un día antes del partido, Lars Lagerbäck, seleccionador de Noruega, analizó el encuentro que este sábado disputará ante la selección española en Valencia, partido clasificatorio para la Euro 2020:

También añadó: Creo que estos jugadores de España son mejores que los que tenía en 2008 porque el fútbol ha ido evolucionando. Por eso estos futbolistas son mejores”.

Cómo el técnico ve el partido:

“La calidad de España la conocemos todos. El encuentro será muy duro por la calidad colectiva e individual de España. Depende de nosotros plantar cara. Hemos trabajado bien y en el fútbol siempre hay una oportunidad”.

Lars Lagerbäck, Seleccionador de Noruega

¿Pero Noruega tiene oportunidad contra España en La Mestalla? En mi opinión, no lo creo.

¿Cuál será la once inicial de españa? Buena pregunta. Aquí Luis Enrique nos presente su lista de jugadores para los partidos ante Noruega y Malta:

Por cortesía de Marca, 15 de marzo de 2019.

Porteros: Kepa, De Gea y Pau López

Defensas: Gayá, Jordi Alba, Bernat, Mario Hermoso, Iñigo Martínez, Sergio Ramos, Sergi Gómez, Sergi Roberto, Jesús Navas

Centrocampistas: Busquets, Rodri, Ceballos, Fabián Ruiz, Parejo, Canales

Delanteros: Marco Asensio, Rodrigo, Morata, Muniain y Mata.

Es notable que Isco estará ausente. La selección cuenta con la presencia de ocho caras nuevas para los partidos ante Noruega y Malta de los días 23 y 26 de marzo: Bernat, Sergi Gomez, Fabián, Parejo, Jesús Navas, Muniain, Canales y Jaime Mata son las novedades de una lista en la que ha dado un vuelco total a los seleccionados.

Estadio Mestalla, sitio del partido contra Noruega.

España y Noruega se encuentran en el mismo grupo clasificatorio para la Eurocopa del año 2020 junto a Rumanía, Suecia, Malta e Islas Feroe. Este encuentro en Valencia es la primera en este estadio desde el 8 de junio de 2005 cuando la selección jugara en una clasificación para el Mundial de Alemania frente a Bosnia-Herzegovina que finalizó 1-1.

2 El Clásicos In 3 Days: Does It Get Better Than This?

Miami, Fla. (Wednesday, February 27, 2019) – Kenneth Russo

At the time of writing, we are two hours from the kickoff.  ¡A dos horas del arranque del partido!

We’ve reached ‘that’ time of the year. Leagues are heading into their final two months, and Tournaments are heading towards their conclusions. In Spain, both La Liga and the Copa del Rey have seen their share of exciting moments.

In La Liga, Fútbol Club Barcelona hold a seven point lead over second place Atlético de Madrid, today, all eyes around the world are on Spain for the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, where Real Madrid CF plays FC Barcelona. The result after the first leg at the Camp Nou is 1-1, meaning Los Merengues hold the important away goal advantage. Despite that, everyone is expecting this to be a memorable match.

If the excitement of the Copa del Rey isn’t enough, in just three days, Real Madrid and Barcelona will face each other again, this time in La Liga Matchday 26, also in Madrid. It will be the first time in the history of the rivalry that Barça has played two consecutive El Clásico’s in Madrid.

The Copa del Rey match has been receiving the type of media coverage that one would expect, with updates and news stories all day long on TVE in Spain.

The same can be said across the world of social media, with tens of thousands of posts:

Barcelona is the king of the Copa del Rey, having captured the trophy a total of 30 times in its history, seven more than the second-best performer Athletic Club Bilbao. The Blaugrana have also won four straight Copa del Rey Trophies, becoming last season the first team in 85 years to win four consecutive trophies.

The club is coming off a 4-2 win last weekend versus Sevilla Football Club, with Leo Messi scoring a hat trick, the 50th of his career. Messi has also scored the most goals in El Clásico matches, with 26. Ironically, he has never scored against Los Blancos in a Copa del Rey match.

Copa Del Rey Champions 1960-2018

For Barcelona to advance, appear in a sixth straight final and have the chance to win a fifth consecutive Copa, they will need to win tonight or tie with more than 1 goal. A 0-0 draw tonight sends Real Madrid through, while a 1-1 draw means extra time will be played.

Andres Iniesta holds up the Copa del Rey after FC Barcelona’s 2018 title.

Whatever the result when these two teams meet, it will be worth the time spent watching.

Photo Courtesy of Diario Sport, Barcelona.

NOTE: As mentioned, there will be another installment of El Clásico less than 72 hours after tonight’s match, on Saturday, March 2, 2019. For those of you watching in Miami, you are invited to view Saturday’s El Clásico at the M.I.A. Beer Company, 10400 NW 33rd Street, Doral, FL (Twitter @MIABrewing) beginning at 2 p.m. EST, with Inter Miami CF supporters’ group Southern Legion / Legión del Sur. For more information click the link here > Southern Legion

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Entrevista de Fútbol Miami TV con el Director Comercial de Inter Miami CF

Miami, Fla. (sábado, el 23 de febrero de 2019) ) por Kenneth Russo

Aquí les presentan una entrevista de Ricky Ricardo, reportero de Fútbol Miami TV, con Jurgen Mainka, Chief Business Officer del Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami (“Inter Miami CF”). En este encuentro que tuvo lugar en las oficinas del Inter Miami, nos cuenta sobre el estadio, Miami Freedom Park, la camiseta, nueva mercancía y más. No se lo pierda.

Fútbol Miami TV está dedicada a presentar cobertura del fútbol en el sur de la Florida. Se puede mirar más produciones haciendo clic en este enlace:

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MEDIAPRO signs groundbreaking deal with Canadian soccer

Grupo Mediapro will own the rights to every property within the CSB portfolio for the next ten years.

Miami, FL (Thursday, February 21, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

With the new Canadian Premier League (“CPL”) kicking off its first season across the True North this Spring, Canadians are about to have unprecedented access to soccer. It’s one of the bigger stories in the country’s soccer history.

Canadian Soccer Business (“CSB”) announced a 10-year Official Media Partnership with MEDIAPRO, a Spain-based media rights company. MEDIAPRO acquires a package that includes global and domestic media rights for Canada Soccer’s men’s and women’s national team home matches, the CPL, and League1 Ontario, the third-tier semi-pro division the league acquired last year.

The deal was negotiated by ThePostGame, a digital sports content and marketing agency, which is retained in August 2018 as the exclusive representative for CSB’s global media rights. CSB represents all corporate partnerships and broadcast rights related to Canada Soccer’s core assets including its national teams, along with all rights associated with the CPL.

Learn More: Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) -A-new-sports-enterprise in Canada

Oscar Lopez Garcia (left), CEO of Mediapro Canada, and Canadian Soccer Business CEO Scott Mitchell, right. courtesy of THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian Soccer Business

“It’s easy to define our plan in one sentence — we want to build a home for Canadian soccer.”

Oscar Lopez Garcia, CEO of Mediapro Canada.

It is customary for agreements such as this to be for three or perhaps four years, but, in this case, CSB had a longer term vision, which took into account where soccer is at the moment in Canada versus where it can be years from now. MEDIAPRO embraced that vision.

“Soccer is our cornerstone,” said Oscar Lopez, CEO of MEDIAPRO Canada. “For us, it’s part of our DNA. We breathe soccer. And, this is special, because this is a 10-year project. He added, “Usually in Europe, the period that you can have the rights is three years. It’s not enough time to develop a product or a story. But here, it’s 10 years, and for us, this fits perfectly with our philosophy and our ideas.”

The group’s vision? A prosperous, thriving CPL and Canada as an emerging soccer giant, culminating with the nation’s role as a co-host in the tri-nation 2026 FIFA World Cup.

“At the outset of this project, the owners of CSB felt it was hugely important to create a platform that was focused on anything and everything related to Canadian soccer,” said Scott Mitchell, CEO of Canadian Soccer Business. “The only way to do that is to find a world-class media partner who has experience doing just that and work with them on that platform. We’re not sure you can find a better example to emulate than what MEDIAPRO has done with La Liga.

“The reality of media consumption right now is that you can create a streaming platform that is ubiquitous for the consumers and easy to find in a variety of places and on a variety of devices. That is the primary focus before we turn our attention, with MEDIAPRO’s leadership, to other potential distribution partners.”

A leading global content producer, MEDIAPRO will be in charge of the production of thousands of matches and will launch a diverse and versatile channel that will be available for all platforms and devices entirely devoted to delivering world-class dedicated Canadian soccer coverage and content. This includes an OTT soccer streaming channel, complemented by unique soccer shoulder programming including magazine shows, documentaries and other Canadian soccer programming, focusing on a variety of topics, such as Canadian men’s and women’s national team performances in major tournaments, milestone moments in the CPL and the people who make it all happen. Content will also include telling the stories of soccer through daily programming across Desktop, Mobile and Smart TV platforms.

“For us, the match is only half the story we want to tell. The other half is the story of the players, the cities, the training and processes, everything around the match and about the teams. That’s how we built La Liga, which is on seven days per week.

Oscar Lopez Garcia, CEO of Mediapro Canada.

“We want to replicate that and bring that experience to the Canadian market. The good thing is that we start from scratch. We can create all this from the beginning.” Lopez added: “We know clearly that the agencies that only deal with buying and selling rights are coming to an end. We need to add more value to these rights.”

The agreement will also create infrastructure and career opportunities for Canadians, as Lopez affirmed that MEDIAPRO’s operation on this project will be Canadian-based, which was also an important mandate of the CSB to building this new soccer economy.

“We’re starting from scratch and we are really positive people,” Lopez offered. “We think that we have a lot of room to grow. Football – soccer in this case – is the people’s sport. It’s not expensive, it’s easy to play, and in the end, it’s the No. 1 sport in the world. “Soon, Canada will have a World Cup here – the event of all events in all of sport. We can try to piggyback this and create and build this philosophy of culture here in Canada.”

The ultimate goal of this partnership is to bring together like-minded individuals who share a common goal — growing the game of soccer across Canada. “I’m not sure you’ve ever seen this level of commitment to grow a sport in a developed country like this before, from an established company,” Mitchell told CanPL.ca.

Wanderers Grounds, Halifax, NS, home of Canadian Premier League side HFX Wanderers

“Getting a new technology and media company interested in the project wasn’t difficult, but landing a deal with a globally-respected company who wants to invest this seriously in soccer in Canada is certainly a first of its kind for Canadian soccer.”

The first season of the Canadian Premier League kicks off on April 27, 2019.

CSB has entered a ten-year Official Media Partnership with MEDIAPRO

Learn More about Grupo MEDIAPRO


— Link: MediaPro To Usher in New Era For Canadian Soccer

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UEFA Prepares To Launch OTT streaming platform

UEFA the first of soccer’s six continental governing bodies to operate an OTT service.

Miami, FL (Monday, February 12, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

European soccer’s governing body will launch its own over-the-top (“OTT”) streaming platform in the next six months. Once the platform is launched, it will make UEFA the first of soccer’s six continental governing bodies to operate an OTT service.

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin revealed this while speaking with the media after his re-election for a new four-year term as UEFA’s top executive. Čeferin confirmed that the service will initially show women’s and youth soccer matches, as well archive content and behind-the-scenes footage from matches.

However, the prospect of having the UEFA Champions League matches on the platform is unlikely until 2021 at the earliest, given the governing body’s existing contracts with broadcasters around the world.

“By putting respect, hope and solidarity at the heart of our strategy, we will make football more accessible for fans, all fans across the planet,” said Čeferin, speaking at UEFA’s annual congress in Rome. “This is one of the main challenges for the coming years. “This is why I am pleased to announce that UEFA will be launching its OTT platform in the next six months. We are fully aware that a revolution is under way and are in the process of agreeing historic partnerships with the world’s leading companies in this field.”

Theodore Theodoridis, UEFA’s secretary general, added that the service should be available by June, indicating that the governing body will look for ways to include its flagship competitions on the platform when its existing rights deals expire.

“Now, we don’t know what the future will tell,” said Theodoridis. “But, we have to be ready for the future and the creation of this platform will solidify UEFA in this case; and as of 2021, where our current deal, our current rights expire, together with the clubs, we will see the possibility, in certain territories, of having some premium live matches.

“Also, as of 2022, with the national associations, [it will be] the same because we have a difference of one year in the cycle of TV rights between club football and national association football. But together, we will decide where and if we are to include some premium live content.”

The news of UEFA’s initiative to launch an OTT platform first emerged in September, when the organisation’s marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein told Spanish outlet Palco23 that the governing body wanted to give more airtime to categories which do not benefit from as much exposure as men’s soccer.

In the United States and Canada, popular leagues such as the NBA, the NFL and NHL all have streaming subscription services that show live games. At the same time, television continues to pay higher amounts to acquire rights to show games. With the continued development of connected devices and their growing popularity versus traditional means of viewing, can we simply envision UEFA engaging in direct commercialisation to football fans through exclusive subscriptions, bypassing the intermediaries?


L’UEFA se prépare à lancer sa plateforme de streaming OTT

Miami, FL (lundi, le 12 février 2019) par Kenneth Russo –

UEFA lancera sa propre plate-forme de streaming over-the-top (OTT) au cours des six prochains mois.

Le Président de l’UEFA, Aleksander Čeferin, a confirmé que le service diffusera dans un premier temps les matchs de football pour les femmes et les jeunes, ainsi que le contenu des archives et les images des coulisses des matchs.

Après sa réélection à la tête de l’UEFA la semaine dernière, Aleksander Čeferin a fait quelques annonces stratégiques sur les prochaines années de son mandat.

L’un des principaux objectifs du président de l’UEFA est de rendre le football plus accessible à travers le monde, notamment grâce au numérique.

Toutefois, il est peu probable que l’UEFA Champions League soit disponible sur la plate-forme avant 2021 au plus tôt compte tenu des contrats en vigueur entre l’instance dirigeante et les radiodiffuseurs du monde entier. «En plaçant le respect, l’espoir et la solidarité au cœur de notre stratégie, nous rendrons le football plus accessible aux fans, qu’ils soient fans de la planète», a déclaré Čeferin, lors du congrès annuel de l’UEFA à Rome. «C’est l’un des principaux défis des prochaines années.»

« Je suis heureux de vous annoncer que l’UEFA lancera, dans les six prochains mois, sa plateforme OTT » a déclaré Ceferin depuis Rome. « Une révolution est en marche. Nous en avons pleinement conscience et nouons des partenariats historiques avec les groupes mondiaux leaders du domaine. […] Comme vous le savez, nous avons déjà commencé à aller dans cette direction grâce à un accord de sponsoring avec le groupe Alibaba. Ce partenariat est plus qu’un simple accord de sponsorship. C’est un accord qui ouvre sur de nouveaux horizons, comme la création d’un centre d’excellence sur les nouvelles technologies dans le football ou des projets communs de commerce électronique. » 

Reste à savoir si, à terme, l’offre digitale de l’UEFA proposera les compétitions majeures comme la Champions League, l’Euro ou encore la Ligue des Nations. Surtout, une offre de contenus premium peut-elle être compatible avec la vente de droits TV aux chaînesbusiness qui représente la majorité des revenus de l’UEFA ?

Aux USA, les principales ligues comme la NBA, la NFL ou encore la NHL proposent des abonnements permettant de suivre l’intégralité des rencontres depuis une application. En parallèle, les télévision continuent de payer des montants toujours plus importants pour acquérir quelques matchs. Avec le développement des appareils connectés, peut-on tout simplement envisager que l’UEFA commercialise directement auprès des fans de football des abonnements en exclusivité en se passant d’intermédiaires?

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Marlins decline to share home with Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami

“We don’t feel at this time that Marlins Park is the ideal fit for us.” Jorge Mas, Inter Miami CF Managing Owner

Miami, FL (Thursday, February 7, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami’s proposal to use Marlins Park as a temporary home will not be in the best interests of the Miami Marlins or Inter Miami CF.

Marlins Director of Operations Chip Bowers indicates that the baseball team does not feel their facility works for Inter Miami because the baseball season overlaps with that of Major League Soccer, which plays a March through October calendar. “We’ve had some conversations with MLS Miami and Jorge Mas and his team,” he said. “Very positive. Been very diligent. Both sides, to each party’s credit, has been really focused on making sure this is the right operational fit. I think the reality is, we’ve both realized, it probably isn’t.”

Bowers said the concurrent MLS and MLB seasons was a major concern.

“I think there’s some challenges having a 17-, 18-game soccer schedule simultaneous to a baseball schedule that falls on the exact same calendar,” he said. “The field would really take a beating. There’s a lot of operational issues that go along with it that would make it really difficult for us to realize.”

Jorge Mas, Managing Owner of Inter Miami CF said: “Frankly, we have a preferred site. We’re going to be making an announcement on that late February, early March, which I think will be great for our fans, for our team and our sponsors. We don’t feel at this time that Marlins Park is the ideal fit for us.” There is still a possibility Inter Miami CF will play a few games at Hard Rock Stadium during the first season in 2020.

Using Hard Rock Stadium however, as an exclusive temporary home is also looking doubtful. Though officials from RSE Ventures declined comment, it appears they also do not feel it is feasible to provide a temporary home to Inter Miami because of spring conflicts with the Miami Open Tennis Tournament that is now housed at the stadium, and fall conflicts with the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami Hurricanes.

Using a baseball stadium to play soccer is never the best option for the simple reason that the sightlines are terrible. The only baseball stadium in the United States that is used for MLS is Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, which has been the home of New York City FC since the club’s inception while NYCFC seeks a permanent stadium site. The difference in New York City is that the Yankees are investors in the soccer team, giving them incentive to make the shared arrangement work. Nevertheless, the conversion from baseball to soccer pitch and back is an expensive, three-day process.

“There’s only one other facility that has done it, and that’s Yankee Stadium with New York FC. The difference there is there’s an equity piece with the Yankees and that particular team,” Bowers said. “There’s a million-dollar-a-game commitment by the team to the Yankees to overcome some of those operational challenges, none of which we think is really in the cards here given the conversations we’ve had with MLS Miami.”

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Inter Miami CF Enters Into Agreement with KIN

KIN Partners will be the exclusive sponsorship sales representation agency.

Miami, FL (Tuesday, February 5, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami (“Inter Miami CF”) continues to make impressive steps in its development, now with slightly more than one year before it kicks off play in North America’s Major League Soccer.

The club announced on February 1, 2019, that it has entered into a contract with the London-based firm, which is headed up by industry veterans Simon Oliveira and Matthew Kay, KIN recently expanded into Miami and Oliveira, the Managing Director of KIN, has previously worked on Beckham’s other business projects. Among KIN’s roster of international clients is Neymar, Jr.

KIN’s role will be to identify and develop sponsorship opportunities for the expansion club.

“Miami is recognised as a global city with a mix of wonderful cultures and we cannot wait to start working with both the vastly impressive ownership group and one of the most exciting properties in world sports today,” said Matthew Kay.

The announcement comes within days after Inter Miami put forward plans to build a training facility, including a multi-purpose stadium, on the site of the Lockhart Stadium, previously used by the now defunct North American Soccer League’s (NASL) Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Given the transformational aspect of Miami Freedom Park, partnering with an international agency appears to be a smart move. Interest in Inter Miami CF has been high, and the home of the team, in addition to a 25,000 seat stadium, a public park and public soccer fields, will feature hotel, entertainment and retail space as well as a technology hub. It is a US$1 billion complex that will create thousands of jobs and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue to the city, county, state and school board.

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