¡Fichado! 19-year-old French “wonderkid” Signs on a free transfer from Toulouse FC

Miami, FL (Wednesday, January 9, 2019) by Kenneth Russo – 

He has the name that just sounds like a big-time player for Les Bleus. The quintessential compound first name.

Jean-Clair Todibo. And now ‘J-C’ Todibo has a big-time fútbol club to complement that classic name. He will join the Blaugrana when his contract with Toulouse Football Club expires on June 30, 2019.

Jean-Clair Todibo. You could not be blamed for asking “who?” Likewise, you may be asking yourself whether I have spent too much time with Football Manager 2019. Not so. Who?

The 19 year-old, right-footed, centre-back, born in Cayenne, French Guyana, is seen as one of the rising stars of French football. He has been capped twice for France’s U20 team. He has a market value of €8 million according to website Transfermarkt.com. Juventus was also in hot pursuit of Todibo’s services. He is described as a player who has a strong physical presence who can also play in midfield. Barcelona believe Todibo can serve as an alternative to Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen, both of whom have struggled with fitness problems during their times at the Camp Nou. For his part, the young player explains that he is inspired and models his style after players like Andrea Pirlo in midfield and Thiago Silva on defense.

How rapidly has Jean-Clair Todibo arrived in the spotlight? Consider these facts: Todibo had not played a professional match prior to the beginning of the 2018-19 season, yet within the first few matches he rapidly established himself as a key figure for Toulouse. He played his first match in Ligue 1 on August 19, 2018, against Girondins de Bordeaux. His first professional goal came in September – a late equaliser against Rennes that showcased his importance to the side. He celebrated his 19th birthday on December 30, and has played a total of 10 matches for the Pink City club, 836 minutes of playing time. His last appearance for Toulouse was November 3rd away to Strasbourg.

Todibo joined Toulouse Football Club’s U19 team on July 1, 2016, having been trained at Football Club Les Lilas, a club in the eastern Paris banlieu of Les Lilas, Seine-Saint-Denis. (Link: Players who have been trained at FC Les Lilas) One year later in 2017 he was already promoted to the Toulouse B squad.

El jugador francés, procedente del Toulouse sin costo de traspaso, será nuevo jugador del FC Barcelona a partir del 1 de julio de 2019

The President of Toulouse, Olivier Sadran, was furious at the signing, saying the player had been “ill-advised” and disparaging Barcelona, added: “It is not very glorious coming from a big club, even if they legally have the right to. We also have our share of responsibility.” The best translation of this is that the Toulouse President is counting the Euros the club will not receive from Barça. Toulouse had tried to sign Todibo to a new contract, but talks broke down in November. Today, Sadran said in an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe that the deal is not complete. « Si vous m’appelez pour me demander si Todibo est à Barcelone et si je l’ai libéré, la réponse est non » (“If you call me and ask if Todibo is in Barcelona and if I have released him, the answer is no.”)

Barcelona was able to sign Todibo on what is commonly referred to as a “Bosman” signing, which takes its name from the famous Bosman ruling. Pursuant to Bosman, a player can now agree to a “pre-contract” with another club for a free transfer if the player’s contract with his existing club has six months or less remaining. The existing club does not receive a fee. As of January 1, 2019, the young centre-back was thus legally free to sign with a new team. Barcelona acted swiftly in presenting its offer to Todibo and his agent, BS & Partners.

Of course, nothing can guarantee that he will be the superstar envisioned. But given Barcelona and Juventus were in competition for his services, with Real Madrid reportedly also interested, it speaks to their belief in Todibo’s potential. Time will tell. You may not have heard the last of this name.

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El nuevo fichaje de FC Barcelona para 2019-20

Las once cosas que debes saber sobre Todibo / 11 things you need to know about Todibo

“Estoy muy feliz haber firmado con Barcelona.”

Todibo was pleased to be moving on to Barcelona. Here’s what he had to say:

« Je suis très heureux de m’être engagé avec le FC Barcelone à partir de juillet 2019. C’est plus qu’un club et je les remercie de leur confiance. C’est sera un nouvel étape dans ma jeune carrière et je mettrai toute ma détermination pour y réussir de grandes choses. En attendant, je reste un joueur du Toulouse FC et je suis disponible pour aider mes partenaires tant que je reste sous contrat. Le Tef m’a permit de grandir et de découvrir la Ligue 1 et je leur en serai éternellement reconnaissant. Merci. »

” Estoy muy feliz de haber firmado con el FC Barcelona a partir de julio 2019. Es más que un club y les agradezco su confianza. Será una nueva etapa en este inicio de mi carera y voy a poner todo de mi parte para conseguir grandes cosas. En este momento soy jugador de Toulouse FC y estoy disponible para ayudar a mis compañeros todo el tiempo que me queda en este club. El Tef me permitió crecer y descubrir la Ligue 1 y siempre estaré agradecido. Gracias.”

L’Impact de Montréal complète un record transfert d’Alejandro Silva au Club Olimpia de Asunción 🔵 Montréal Impact complete record transfer of Alejandro Silva to Club Olimpia

Miami, FL (Tuesday, January 7, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

Si vous avez raté cette nouvelle hier, l’Impact de Montréal a complété le transfert d’Alejandro Silva au Club Olimpia de Asunción (Paraguay). Le milieu de terrain uruguayen a été transféré pour un montant de plus de 4 millions de dollars canadiens, ($3,082,088 USD) soit le plus gros transfert de l’histoire de l’équipe montréalaise.

Silva a marqué cinq buts et enregistré 11 passes décisives lors de la saison 2018. Il s’être joint à l’Impact en mars 2018, et en total, il est apparu en 31 matchs de saison régulière, dont 27 titularisations, et 2 368 minutes de jeu. Il a également marqué un but en deux matchs du Championnat canadien, dont un départ.

Il serait le troisième fois dans son carrière qu’il jouera avec Club Olimpia. Il était avec le club en 2013, aidant notamment l’équipe à atteindre la finale de la Copa Libertadores.

L’entraîneur-chef de l’Impact Rémi Garde a remercié le jouer, en disant: « Je remercie Alejandro pour son importante contribution la saison dernière. Son professionnalisme quotidien et son envie de gagner ont grandement aidé l’équipe à progresser. Il a ardemment souhaité saisir une nouvelle opportunité sportive qui lui permet également de se rapprocher de sa famille. Je lui souhaite beaucoup de réussite dans le futur. »

In case you missed yesterday’s news, the Montreal Impact completed the transfer of midfielder Alejandro Silva to Club Olimpia of Asunción (Paraguay). It is the largest out transfer in Montreal’s history, at more than $4 million CAD ($3.083 million USD).

Silva arrived in March 2018, and scored five goals and recorded eleven decisive passes during the 2018 season. He made 31 appearances, starting in 27, and played a total of 2,368 minutes in 2018. He also appeared in two matches in the Canadian club championship, scoring a goal.

Silva has played for Club Olimpia two other times during his career. He was with the club in 2013, when they reached the final of the Coma Libertadores.

Head coach Remi Garde thanked Alejandro, saying: “I thank Alejandro for his important contribution this past season. His daily professionalism and his desire to win greatly helped the team progress. He was very keen to take a new sporting opportunity that would also allow him to be closer to his family. I wish him a lot of success in the future.”

Niki Budalic Named First Director of Soccer Operations for Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami – EN|ES|PT|FR

Miami, FL (Monday, January 7, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

The making of the front office of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continued as the club announced today that Niki Budalic will join as the club’s first Director of Soccer Operations. Budalic, a Canadian citizen, will join the Inter Miami CF staff pending approval of his U.S. work permit.

Budalic’s role will be to manage and oversee all soccer operations. He will report directly to Sporting Director Paul McDonough and will work alongside Technical Director Kurt Schmid.

Sporting Director Paul McDonough was pleased to welcome Budalic, stating. “We want to welcome Niki to the Inter Miami family. Niki’s experience working alongside players and coaches at all levels will be an important addition to our technical staff, and one that will allow us to create an environment that cultivates success.”

Niki Budalic’s experience includes 3 years with Orlando City SC, where he served as General Manager of Soccer Operations for both Orlando City (MLS) and the Orlando Pride (NWSL). He joined Orlando City in January 2016 as Assistant General Manager and was promoted in December 2016.

Niki’s career has also included serving as Director of Soccer Operations for Kitchener-Waterloo United in the Premier Development League and leading the club to the 2015 national championship. He was also the Director of Football, North America, for Beswicks Sports.

Prior to working in soccer management, Niki was a professional player for various clubs in North America and Europe, including the Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, FK Haugesund in Norway, and Örebro SK in Sweden. Niki’s extensive soccer profile includes working in player representation, scouting, recruitment, consulting and coaching for both men’s and women’s soccer.

Niki holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami Nombró a Niki Budalic Su Primer Director de Operaciones de Fútbol

Miami, FL (lunes 7 de enero, 2019) – por Kenneth Russo –

La estructuración de la gerencia del Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continuó hoy cuando el club anunció que Niki Budalic se unirá como Directora de Operaciones de Fútbol del club. Budalic, un ciudadano canadiense, se unirá al personal del Inter Miami CF a la espera de la aprobación de su permiso de trabajo de los EE. UU.

En su rol con el club, Niki reportará directamente al Director Deportivo, Paul McDonough y trabajará junto con el Director Técnico Kurt Schmid en todos los aspectos de las operaciones de fútbol.

El Director Deportivo Paul McDonough tuvo el placer de dar la bienvenida a Budalic. “Queremos dar la bienvenida la más cordial a Niki a la familia del Inter Miami. La experiencia que Niki trae consigo gracias a sus años de trabajo con jugadores y entrenadores en todos los niveles, complementará de sobremanera a nuestro cuerpo técnico y también nos ayudará a crear una cultura de éxito en el club.”

La experiencia de Niki Budalic incluye 3 años con Orlando City SC, donde se desempeñó como Gerente General de Operaciones de Fútbol para Orlando City (MLS) y Orlando Pride (NWSL). Sus años en Orlando inició unió en enero de 2016 como Gerente General Adjunto y fue promovido en diciembre de 2016, después de solamente once meses.

Niki también se desempeñó como Director de Operaciones para el equipo del Kitchener-Waterloo United (Ontario) de la PDL, al cual llevó al campeonato nacional en el 2015. También fue el Director de Fútbol (América del Norte) para Beswicks Sports.

Antes de trabajar en la gestión del fútbol, Niki fue jugador profesional para varios clubes en América del Norte y Europa, incluyendo el Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, FK Haugesund en Noruega y Örebro SK en Suecia. El perfil extenso de Niki incluye experiencia más allá de la cancha, y toca aspectos de la industria como la visoria y el reclutamiento de talento, representación de jugadores, consultoría, dirección técnica y entrenamiento tanto para hombres como para mujeres.

Niki tiene una Maestría en Administración de Negocios (MBA) de la Universidad Wilfrid Laurier en Waterloo, Ontario, Canadá.

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Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami Nomeou Niki Budalic Seu Primeiro Diretor de Operações de Futebol

Miami, FL (segunda-feira, 7 de janeiro, 2019) – Kenneth Russo –

A criação da gerência do Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continuou hoje quando o clube anunciou que Niki Budalic se unirá ao clube como seu Diretor de Operações de Futebol. Budalic, um cidadão canadense, se juntará ao time Inter Miami CF, aguardando a aprovação de sua permissão de trabalho dos EUA.

Em seu papel no clube, Niki se reportará diretamente ao Diretor Esportivo, Paul McDonough, e trabalhará com o Diretor Técnico Kurt Schmid em todos os aspectos das operações de futebol.

O Diretor Esportivo Paul McDonough teve o prazer de receber Budalic. “Queremos dar as boas-vindas a Niki para a família Inter Miami. A experiência que Niki traz com seus anos de trabalho com jogadores e treinadores em todos os níveis, vai complementar muito a nossa equipe de treinadores e também nos ajudará a criar uma cultura de sucesso no clube “.

A experiência de Niki Budalic inclui 3 anos com Orlando City SC, onde atuou como Gerente Geral de Operações de Futebol de Orlando City (MLS) e Orlando Pride (NWSL). Seus anos em Orlando começaram em janeiro de 2016 como Vice-Gerente Geral e foi promovido em dezembro de 2016, após apenas onze meses.

Niki também atuou como Diretor de Operações da equipe Kitchener-Waterloo United (Ontario) do PDL, que liderou o campeonato nacional em 2015. Ele também foi Diretor de Futebol (América do Norte) para Beswicks Sports.

Antes de trabalhar na gestão de futebol, Niki foi jogador profissional de vários clubes na América do Norte e Europa, incluindo Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, FK Haugesund na Noruega e Örebro SK na Suécia. O extenso perfil de Niki inclui experiência além do campo e aborda aspectos da indústria como recrutador de talentos, representação de jogadores, consultoria, direção técnica e treinamento para homens e mulheres.

Niki possui um Mestrado em Administração de Negócios (MBA) pela Wilfrid Laurier University em Waterloo, Ontário, Canadá.

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Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami A Nommé Niki Budalic Premier Directeur des Operations de Football.

Miami, FL (lundi, le 7 janvier 2019) – Kenneth Russo –

L’assemblage de l’équipe de management du Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami a continué d’évoluer aujourd’hui quand le club a annoncé que Niki Budalic se joindra comme le Directeur des Opérations de Football. Budalic, un citoyen canadien, rejoindra le personnel de Inter Miami CF en attendant l’approbation de son permis de travail américain.

Budalic aura pour rôle de gérer et de superviser toutes les opérations de football. Il relèvera directement du Directeur Sportif, Paul McDonough, et travaillera aux côtés du nouveau Directeur Technique, Kurt Schmid.

Le Directeur Sportif Paul McDonough a eu le plaisir d’accueillir Budalic. «Nous souhaitons la bienvenue à Niki dans la famille Inter Miami. L’expérience de Niki auprès des joueurs et des entraîneurs à tous les niveaux constituera un atout important pour notre personnel technique et nous permettra de créer une culture du succès.»

L’expérience de Niki Budalic comprend 3 années passées à Orlando City SC, où il a été Directeur Général des Opérations de Football pour Orlando City (MLS) et Orlando Pride (NWSL). Il a rejoint Orlando City en janvier 2016 en tant que Directeur Général Adjoint et a été promu en décembre 2016, seulement quelques mois après son arrivée.

La carrière de Niki a également a comporté le rôle du Directeur des Opérations de Football pour l’équipe Kitchener-Waterloo United de la Premier Development League où il a mené le club au championnat national en 2015. Il a également été Directeur du Football pour l’Amérique du Nord avec Beswicks Sports.

Avant de travailler dans la gestion du football, Niki était un joueur professionnel pour plusieurs clubs en Amérique du Nord et en Europe, notamment l’Impact de Montréal, le Lynx de Toronto, le FK Haugesund en Norvège et le Örebro SK en Suède. Le profil étendu de Niki dans le football inclut des activités dans la représentation des joueurs, le dépistage et recrutement des joueurs, la consultation et l’entraînement pour le football masculin et féminin.

Niki est titulaire d’une Maîtrise en Administration des Affaires (MBA) de l’Université Wilfrid Laurier de Waterloo, en Ontario, au Canada.

Juventus, Adidas Renew Kit Supplier Contract For 6 Years

Miami, FL (Saturday, January 5, 2019, by Kenneth Russo)

The first week of the new year sees the leaders of Serie A, Juventus, reaching a six-year extension of their contract with Adidas. The German company will now continue to supply kits and merchandise for Juve until 2027. The contract extension is worth $58 million USD per year. The new agreement begins at the start of the 2019-2020 season.

The Serie A champions’ previous six-year agreement with the kit supplier was set to expire in 2021. Under terms of the contract extension, Adidas will pay Juventus $464 million USD over the course of the next eight seasons. Adidas will also be the technical partner of the club’s youth side. Other terms and conditions of the existing contract remain unchanged.

Juventus have made a concerted effort to increase their marketability, highlighted by signing last summer of global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for a fee of €100 million ($114 million USD). They also had a special shirt featured (see cover photo) in this year’s edition of the EA Sports series, FIFA 19.

Juventus releases a statement about this new deal with Adidas: “During this period, Adidas will be the technical partner of all Juventus teams for a minimum fixed consideration of €408 million. The consideration does not include additional royalty payments upon exceeding a threshold of sales and sports performance bonuses.”

The club news release added: “With respect to the excellent performance of the commercial partnership and to the increased visibility of the Juventus brand in 2018, Adidas recognised an additional bonus of €15 million for 2018, which will be paid prior to 31 December 2018.”

In a separate agreement, Adidas will also grant Juventus a $17 million USD bonus as a result of the club’s successful 2018 season, in which the Torino based club won Italian soccer’s Scudetto for a seventh consecutive year.

It’s been another stellar season thus far for La Vecchia Dama. They sit nine points clear of rivals Napoli and are favourites to win an eighth consecutive Scudetto. Massimiliano Allegri’s side have only having dropped four points in the first half of the season.

Bem-vindo o Primeiro Diretor De Futebol de Inter Miami CF

Miami, FL (sexta-feira, 4 de janeiro de 2019) Kenneth Russo

O Clube Internacional de Futebol Miami anunciou ontem que contratou Kurt Schmid como seu primeiro Diretor de Futebol. Schmid é um veterano de 10 anos da MLS. Ele se junta à Inter Miami CF após uma carreira decorada com o LÁ Galaxy e o Seattle Sounders.

Disse o Diretor Esportivo Paul McDonough: “Estamos muitos felizes em receber Kurt a família de Inter Miami. Suas profundas raízes e conhecimento no cenário nacional do futebol, juntamente com sua vasta experiência como espectador de talentos internacionais, serão componentes inestimáveis para nosso clube e nosso equipe técnica.”

Kurt trabalhará diretamente com o Diretor Esportivo, Paul McDonough, em todos os aspectos relacionados ao futebol do primeiro time e da academia, com um foco particular na busca de talentos, nas esferas locais e internacionais do clube.

A carreira de Kurt na MLS começou em 2009, quando ele se juntou ao Seattle Sounders como Assistente Técnico e Caçador de Talentos em sua temporada inicial. Durante suas sete temporadas com os Sounders, ele os ajudou em quatros títulos de U.S. Open Cup (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014) e um título de Supporters Shield em 2014. Ele foi nomeado Diretor de Espectadores em 2016. Imediatamente após a vitória na Copa da MLS em 2016 ele foi promovido ao cargo de Diretor de Pessoal para Jogadores.

Após seu tempo com os Sounders, Kurt se juntou ao Galaxy em 2017, onde atuou como Diretor de Espectadores e Pessoal de Jogadores.

Antes de sua carreira na MLS, Kurt trabalhou como Assistente Técnico em nível universitário, primeiro no Saint Mary’s College e depois na University of California Irvine em 2007-08. Também, Schmid jogou futebol nas universidades de Wake Forest e UCLA, vencendo um campeonato da NCAA com a UCLA em 2002. Ele recebeu um diploma bacharel da UCLA em Economia e Negócios.

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami Names First Technical Director

Miami, FL (Thursday, January 3, 2019) by Kenneth Russo

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami today announced that it has retained the services of Kurt Schmid as the club’s first Technical Director.

Schmid has worked in Major League Soccer for the past ten years, and moves to Miami after a career with the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders.

Kurt will begin working with Sporting Director Paul McDonough on all soccer-related initiatives of the first team and the academy, with a particular focus on leading scouting efforts. The club’s scouting will include both local and international players.

Sporting Director Paul McDonough said, “We are extremely happy to welcome Kurt to the Inter Miami family. His deep roots in the national soccer landscape, paired with his vast global scouting experience will be an invaluable component for our club and our technical staff.”

Kurt’s career highlights include working as an assistant coach and a scout for Seattle in the clubs first season in MLS in 2009. He spent seven seasons with Seattle, during which time the club won four U.S. Open Cups (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014) and one Supporters’ Shield (2014). In 2016, he became the head scout. After Seattle won MLS Cup in 2016, he was named Director of Player Personnel.

In 2017, Kurt became the Director of Player Personnel and Scouting for the Los Angeles Galaxy. His career also goes back to the university level, where he worked at Saint Mary’s College as an Assistant Coach, later working in the same capacity at the University of California Irvine in 2007-08. Kurt also played soccer while attending Wake Forest University and UCLA. He won an NCAA Chanpionship with UCLA in 2002. He is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Business Economics.

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami contrata su primer Director de Fútbol

Miami, FL (jueves, 3 de enero de 2019) por Kenneth Russo

El Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami anunció hoy que han contratado Kurt Schmid, un veterano de 10 años de la MLS. Se une al Inter Miami después de una carrera decorada con los LA Galaxy y los Seattle Sounders. Será el primer Director de Fútbol del club.

En su nuevo puesto con Inter Miami CF, Kurt trabajará directamente con el Director Deportivo, Paul McDonough, en todos los aspectos relacionados con el fútbol del primer equipo y la academia, con un enfoque particular en la búsqueda de talento, en un nivel local tanto que internacional para el club.

“Estamos muy contentos de dar la bienvenida a Kurt a la familia de Inter Miami”, dijo el Director Deportivo Paul McDonough. “Sus profundas raíces y conocimiento en el panorama del fútbol nacional, junto con su vasta experiencia como visor de talentos internacionales serán componentes invaluables para nuestro club y nuestro cuerpo técnico.”

La carrera de Kurt en la MLS comenzó en 2009, cuando se unió a los Seattle Sounders en su temporada inicial como Asistente Técnico y visor de talento. Durante sus siete temporadas con los Sounders, los ayudó a cuatro títulos de la U.S. Open Cup (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014) y un título de Supporters Shield en 2014. Se nombró Visor en Jefe en 2016. Inmediatamente después de la victoria de la MLS Cup en 2016 fue promovido al puesto de Director de Personal de Jugadores.

Después de su tiempo con los Sounders, Kurt se unió al Galaxy en 2017, donde se desempeñó como Director de Visores y Personal de Jugadores.

Antes de su tiempo en la MLS, Kurt trabajó como asistente técnico en un nivel universitario, primero con Saint Mary’s College y después con la Universidad de California Irvine en 2007-08.

Schmid jugó fútbol en la universidades de Wake Forest y UCLA, ganando un campeonato de la NCAA con UCLA en 2002. Se graduó de la UCLA con una licenciatura en Economía y Negocios.