Real Mallorca’s ‘courtside’ seats bring a touch of the NBA to Spanish football

The club’s VIP Corner puts spectators right next to the action in a manner more commonly seen in the US basketball league.

Ideal for sponsors, partners and fans alike, this unique initiative delivers premium services and catering, conference opportunities.

Miami, Fla. (May 31, 2019)

The sight of VIP guests sitting courtside in the NBA is a familiar one, but it is far less common in the world of football. However Spanish football side Real Club Deportivo Mallorca is changing that with its own uniquely crafted VIP offering that puts spectators as close as possible to the pitch of its Estadi de Son Moix stadium.

“The VIP area concept is to be close to the field, where you can have a different, closer experience, smell the grass and follow everything that happens in the game,”

Maheta Molango, CEO

The Balearic Islands team thought of the concept after visiting the United Ststes and taking in an NBA game at the home of the Phoenix Suns. Mallorca officials remarked about the fact that VIPs at games of US sports leagues are brought closer to the action, instead of being only offered a luxury box high up in the stands. “The VIP area concept is to be close to the field, where you can have a different, closer experience, smell the grass and follow everything that happens in the game,” Maheta Molango, RCD Mallorca’s CEO, remarked. This transforms the match day experience for those in this section.

The VIP Corner at Real Mallorca has room for about 20 people placed in a luxury area on the running track that surrounds the pitch, where they are offered catering, such as freshly made pizzas, and even beverage service during the match. “We wanted to turn our athletics track into an opportunity” explained Molango. “It has had a great reception from our fans.”

The goal of the VIP Corner is to offer a sense of exclusivity and a unique experience. A ticket in the VIO Corner also provides extra value. At the end of the game, the VIPs are treated to priority entry to what the club calls “the third half.” This is a meet and greet event where they can chat with the players and coaching staff and complete their memorable day with autographs or photos.

The results over the two years since its inception have been very positive. “We first implemented this initiative two years ago, testing it in the Second Division B and the numbers were very good,” Molango noted.

The club offers the VIP Corner to its corporate sponsors. “We have two types of clients, those that buy seats individually and companies that use VIP Corner as an opportunity to do business and to entertain customers and employees. Some companies buy the whole VIP Corner for exclusive use during a match. The feedback has been very positive here. People appreciate the creativity and originality that they have not seen in other football stadiums.”

Added Value To Partners

One of the positive attributes of having a stadium element like the VIP Corner is that is can be used even when there is not a football match taking place.

“It is also used for corporate events during other days,” revealed Molango. “It’s a perfect place to hold corporate events, from networking to business conferences, training courses, colloquiums and end-of-the-year events, among others.” Adjacent to the VIP Corner is a large indoor room which is attached to the club’s press room. This can also be used to ensure the club is maximizing revenue potential at the stadium throughout the year.

Mallorca receives millions of vacationers annually and the opportunities this initiative presents makes perfect sense in the eyes of Molango and create clear opportunities for the club’s partners. “We aim to take advantage of the 15 million tourists who come to Mallorca every year,” he said. “One package that we offer allows the VIP fans to be collected at their hotel by a driver, they see the game in the VIP Corner, they take part in “the third half” and then they have the option to choose one of our partner restaurants and be transported there by our driver. With this experience, the visitor can a plan for the whole day. We’re also helping sponsors to show off their product, which is something they value a lot.”

As if this writing, Mallorca sit 5th in the table in the Spanish second division, La Liga 123, and are in position for the promotion playoffs for a spot in La Liga. Promotion would only increase the value of the VIP Corner.

Football fans and visiting businesses alike now have another reason to visit the Islas Baleares. Initiatives such as these demonstrate how ideas from different sports and even different countries can lead to innovations that present a fresh take on the match day experience.

L’Estadi de Son Moix

Informació en Catalá:

L’Estadi de Son Moix és un recinte esportiu situat a la ciutat de Palma construït amb motiu de la celebració de la Universiada 1999 a Palma. És l’estadi és on disputa els partits el RCD Mallorca des de l’any 1999, ja que el club té un acord amb l’ajuntament de la ciutat per a la seva explotació amb finalitats esportives per un període de 50 anys. L’estadi està situat en el Camí dels reis s/n

Té capacitat per 23.142 espectadors i té unes dimensions de 105 x 68 metres. L’estadi disposa de 2000 focus de llums, zona de premsa de 150 metres quadrats i capacitat per albergar uns 300 periodistes. La zona d’aparcaments disposa d’1.500 m² per a unitats mòbils de televisió, 40 places per a premsa i 2700 per a públic en general.

The Son Moix Stadium is a sports center located in the city of La Palma built to celebrate the Universiada 1999. It is the home stadium of RCD Mallorca since 1999. The club has an agreement with the city council for use for a period of 50 years.

As seen in La Liga Newsletter, April 23, 2019

Real Betis goleó al DC United en partido amitoso al Audi Field.

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, May 23, 2019

No puede decir mucho sobre un partido amitoso, pero este partido fue interesante al menos. El Real Betis disputaba miércoles 22 de mayo ante el DC United, el primero de los dos encuentros amistosos programados en su gira por los Estados Unidos. Tras concluir el pasado fin de semana la competición liguera, los verdiblancos visitaban hoy miércoles el Audi Field para medirse al segundo clasificado de la Conferencia Este del campeonato norteamericano. Fue un partido entretenido y vistoso en el que el los verdiblancos demostraron su superioridad.

Loren adelantó a los verdiblancos cuando se cumplía el primer cuarto de hora y en el minuto 36 apareció Sergio León para hacer el segundo, llegándose al descanso con clara ventaja para el Betis.

En el inicio de la segunda parte, el D.C. United acortó distancias en el marcador con el tanto de Yow, pero el equipo de Heliópolis siguió mostrando su superioridad y Joaquín, en el minuto 63, logró el 1-3.

Poco después, replicó el equipo de Washington con el tanto de Amarikwa, pero Bartra, de penalti, y Robert, éste con una vistosa jugada, se encargaron de finiquitar el encuentro.

Tras este partido en Washington D.C., los verdiblancos viajarán el sábado al estado de Tennessee para enfrentarse al Chattanooga FC y cerrar la aventura en Estados Unidos para posteriormente iniciar las vacaciones.


DC United: Seitz; Ward, Verfurth, Robinson (Presley, m. 52), Odoi Atsem (Saravia, m. 65); Stieber (Kadono, m. 52), Moreno, McCann, Segura (Yow, m. 32), Arriola (Omar Campos, m. 91), Amarikwa.

Real Betis: Pau López (Joel Robles, m. 46); Emerson (Francis, m. 65), Bartra, Feddal, Sidnei (Calderón, m. 65), Tello (Abreu, m. 79); Javi García (Rodri, m. 79), Guardado (Kaptoum, m. 59), Joaquín (Roberto, m. 65); Loren (Jesé, m. 46) y Sergio León (Raúl, m. 46).

Goles: 0-1 (15′) Loren. 0-2 (36′) Sergio León. 1-2 (46′) Yow. 1-3 (63′) Joaquín. 2-3 (68′) Amarikwa. 2-4 (71′) Bartra, de penalti. 2-5 (75′) Robert.

Árbitro: Guido González Jr. Amonestó a Joel Robles por parte del Real Betis y a Orlando Sinclair en el DC United

For DC United, their starting lineup looked very different than it usually does, with many young players earning some of their first minutes for the side. While it was a 5-2 defeat for the Black-and-Red, they created some impressive chances and two players earned their first goals for D.C. United.

Griffin Yow, a 16-year old striker, making only his second appearance for DC, came in as a substitute for Ulises Segura in the 31st minute. He scored D.C. United’s first goal of the match at the start of the second half. Yow intercepted the ball off a goalkeeper throw and set up his shot just outside the 18-yard box. The ball took a favourable deflection off a Real Betis defender and soared past the goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. Quincy Amarikwa, who has been a frequent substitute for D.C. United in MLS matches, scored DC’s second goal in the 59th. Orlando Sinclair’s shot deflected off the goalkeeper, off the crossbar, and then found the head of Amarikwa, who put it into the back of the net.

Head Coach Ben Olsen spoke highly of Yow’s performance:

“I thought he was great tonight,” Olsen said after the match. He added:

“That’s why we were keen on signing him and we’re excited to continue working with him to get him to where he needs to be… which is getting real minutes with the first team. He looked comfortable in his own skin out there. He’s clever, technically gifted and has a good feel for the game. We have to work on his physicality and he has some lessons to learn defensively… but he’s going to be fun to work with.”

Ben Olsen, Head Coach, DC United.

Javier Tebas: “La Liga es un motor económico.”

Miami, FL (jueves, el 14 de febrero de 2019) –

El presidente de La Liga, Javier Tebas, estaba en las noticias últimamente. En enero dio una entrevista con Juanma Castaño en El Partidazo durante el cual mencionó que existe la posibilidad de que un programa de Inteligencia Artificial se encargue de diseñar los horarios.

Javier Tebas, President of La Liga, speaking at SoccerEx USA 2018, at Marlins Park, Miami

“El año que viene quiero que haya un partido en Miami”.

Inteligencia Artificial para definir los horarios

El presidente explicó que para la temporada 2019-20, existe la posibilidad de que un programa de Inteligencia Artificial se encargue de diseñar los horarios.

“Hemos introducido datos de los últimos 15 años de asistencia a estadios y audiencias televisivas en una plataforma”, explicó, y señaló que las pruebas que han realizado hasta ahora tienen “un error del 5%”.

Javier tebas

Por otro lado, explicó que existe la posibilidad de que se añada un partido los domingos a las 14h. Los partidos en lunes son los que más sufren en asistencia a los estadios, explicó Tebas.

Asistencia Crecido

En general, la afluencia de público ha crecido un 8% esta temporada (3% en Liga Santander, y 35% en Liga 123), en parte, lo achacó a los buenos datos del Camp Nou, que ha superado los 75.000 espectadores en la mayoría de los partidos domésticos de Barça. Por otro lado, sobre las críticas por la programación del Sevilla-Betis en Domingo de Ramos, el presidente de La Liga aseguró que se podrá disputar por la mañana, y señaló que “no es tan fácil” hacer cambios en el calendario.

Partido En Los EEUU

La otra gran polémica esta temporada ha sido el partido del Girona-FC Barcelona en Miami, que finalmente no se ha materializado. A pesar del fracaso en esta ocasión, Tebas afirmó que “el año que viene quiero que haya un partido en Miami”, asegurando que seguirá trabajando para hacerlo realidad. Explicó que la demanda presentada ante un juzgado mercantil sigue en pie “para que permitan que se celebre un partido en el exterior” y que todavía no se sabe entre qué equipos, pero sería de características similares.

Tebas rechazó criticar el cambio de posición del Barcelona. “Durante muchos meses nos permitió trabajar por ello”, dijo. En cuanto a pérdidas económicas, el presidente aseguró que solo sería en dinero de las entradas gratuitas que se dieron a abonados del Girona para el partido de la primera vuelta en Camp Nou.

Para la entrevista, sigue el enlace aquí:

Interview of Javier Tebas on the Program “El Partidazo”

The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, was in the news lately. In January he gave an interview to Juanma Castaño on the show “El Partidazo” during which he mentioned that there is the possibility that an Artificial Intelligence program will be responsible for designing schedules next season.

“We have introduced data from the last 15 years of attendance to stadiums and television audiences on a platform, “he explained, noting that the tests they have done so far have” an error of 5%,” Tebas explained. On the other hand, he explained that there is a possibility that a match be added on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. The games on Monday are the ones that suffer most in attendance at the stadiums, explained Tebas.

Increased Attendance: Attendance has grown 8% this season (3% in La Liga Santander and 35% in League 123), in part, due to the attendance figures at Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium, which has been averaging in excess of 75,000 spectators per game.

The other great controversy this season has been the attempt to play the Girona-Barcelona match in Miami, which in the end did not materialise. Despite the failure on this occasion, Tebas said that “next year, I want a match in Miami,” assuring that he will continue working to make it a reality. He explained that the lawsuit filed before a mercantile court is still standing “to allow a match to be held abroad” and that it is still not known which teams will play abroad, but it would be similar to this year’s attempt.

Tebas refused to criticise Barcelona’s change of position. “For many months they allowed us to work for the game,” he said. As for economic losses, the president said that the only such losses would only be in money from the free tickets that were given to Girona members (subscribers) for the first round match at Camp Nou.

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Un futbolista mexicano más jugando en Europa: Traspaso del joven Diego Lainez al Real Betis desde América CF | ES/EN

El joven jugador mexicano se va a los Béticos con la transferencia más cara entre mexicanos que emigran a Europa.

Miami, FL (jueves, 10 de enero de 2019) – Kenneth Russo

El Real Betis Balompié y el América CF recientemente han concluido una transferencia más cara del jugador Diego Lainez, quien firmó un contrato de 5 años con los verdiblancos. Su contrato termina el 30 de junio de 2024 y fue condicionado por la aprobación del preceptivo reconocimiento médico.

Lainez será compañero de su compatriota Andrés Guardado, uno de los capitanes y referentes del Real Bétis.

Diego Lainez Leyva fue nacido en Villahermosa, Tabasco, México el 9/6/2000. Se ha formado en las categorías inferiores del Club América, y, escalando en los escalafones inferiores del equipo, debutó con el primer equipo de las Aguilas en 2017 a la edad de sólidamente 16 años.

Lainez ha sido internacional con México en las categorías sub-17, sub-20 y sub-21. En 2018, hizo su debut con la selección nacional, con el que ha disputado dos encuentros.

El Betis pagó alrededor de 14 millones de euros ($17 M USD). Con esta figura Bétis se hace 80% de la carta del joven mexicano, mientras que America recibirá el otro 20 % en caso de una transferencia del futbolista en el futuro.

Este cifra supone el récord como la mayor cantidad desembolsada por un equipo europeo para tener a un futbolista mexicano en su primera transferencia profesional hacia el Viejo Continente.

Lainez, con 18 años, jugó 50 partidos para Club America y anotó 5 goles. Con este fichaje, los Béticos adquiere un futbolista con velocidad y dribbling y los técnicos del Betis cree muchísimo en su potencial y alta calidad técnica. Se juegue en el extremo izquierdo pero jugar también por el derecho y medio centro ofensivo.

Diego Lainez’ message to Betis fans

Real Betis Balompié and América Club de Fútbol recently concluded a record transfer of Diego Lainez, who signed a 5-year contract with the Green and Whites. His contract runs until June 30, 2024 and was conditioned on passing the appropriate medical test.

Lainez will be a teammate of fellow countryman Andres Guardado. a captain and one of the outstanding players on Real Betis.

Diego Lainez Leyva was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico on June 6, 2000 was raised as a player in the academy at Club América. Rising through the ranks of the lower teams, he made his debut for the Eagles’ senior team in 2017, at only age 16.

Lainez has been capped with Mexico’s U17, U20 and U21 teams. In 2018, he made his debut with the senior national team, and has won two caps.

Betis paid around 14 million Euros ($17 million USD). They will hold 80 % of the card, while Club America will retain 20 % in the event of any future transfer of the footballer.

This signing marks a new record as the highest amount ever spent by a European club for a Mexican player in his first transfer from Mexico to the Old Continent.

Lainez, 18 years old, has played in 50 games for Club America and scored 5 goals. With this signing, Real Betis acquires a player with speed and dribbling and the technical staff at Betis believes in his huge potential and great technical ability. He is a forward who plays on the wide left but can play on the right side or in an attacking midfield role.

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