Barcelona, ES (Thursday 2 May, 2019) -by Kenneth Russo
Fútbol Club Barcelona continued on its mission of capturing Europe’s biggest prize, beating a strong and well-managed Liverpool side 3-0 in front of 98,299 spectators at the venerable Estadio Camp Nou last night in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Luis Suarez scored the opening goal (26′) while Leo Messi added his 599th (75′) and 600th (82′) career goals for Barcelona.
At the beginning of this season, Lionel Messi made a promise to the Blaugrana faithful: “We promise we’ll do everything possible to bring that beautiful and desired cup back home.”
With the group stage first-place finish and after eliminating Olympique Lyon and Manchester United, Liverpool was up next.
The Reds are a very strong side and are battling for the Premier League title, currently sitting on 91 points, one point off the top of the table to leaders Manchester City, with two games left in the season to play. Liverpool actually had more completed passes and more possession than Barcelona in last night’s match, a remarkable feat in itself which rarely occurs in a game versus the Blaugrana.
But Barça have Messi.
Messi is from a galaxy far, far, away.
This video tells the story better than any words; it would be impossible to make this up:
The 600th Goal for Leo Messi
By now anything complementary that could be said about Leo Messi has been said. We’ve run out of superlatives to describe his presence, which is a problem considering Messi has not run out of new ways to leave us mesmerised. Here is a quote from today’s FC Barcelona website:
“The 31-year-old virtuoso continues to marvel as an undisputed leader who scores goals not of this world, who cuts through opponents like a hot knife through butter, who passes the ball with uncanny precision, and who, when required, even becomes a feared defender. Messi is the total footballer. He is unstoppable. That’s why he wears the captain’s armband and why the team follows his lead.”
ter Stegen as Überman in Goal
Meanwhile, Goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen had rendered a stellar performance, making at least four critical saves to preserve the game for the home side.
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.
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.
Miami, FL (Tuesday, January 29, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –
Happy Birthday Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami! January 29, 2018. It has been one year. One year since David Beckham took the stage at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center and delivered a famous speech in which he recounted how his academy coach once told him “You’ll never make it as a footballer.” “I never quit,” was Beckham’s reply. One year since Marcelo Claure also gave a speech recounting the story of the more than four years between the original announcement on February 5, 2014, during which he and David Beckham tried unsuccessfully to secure a stadium site and to find suitable investors in order to be able to launch the Miami Major League Soccer Club. About how he and David had concluded that the dream was “too big” and against their wishes, had decided to move on. One year since Jorge Mas gave an emotionally charged speech in which he told the story of how he had been contacted by MLS Commissioner Donald Garber, who asked him if he would be interested in co-investing and helping David Beckham get the Miami franchise off the ground, and what Miami has meant to his family and those of people who come here from other places to make a better life.
Between January 29, 2018 and September 5th, the club used the name “Fútbol Miami” as a placeholder while deciding on the actual name, colours and logo. We knew the owners were getting closer, and during the summer several potential team names appeared in trademark searches online at the USPTO. These names, trademarks by lawyers at the direction of companies connected to Miami Beckham United, LLC, included many outstanding names including Club Atlético Miami, Miami Mundial Club de Fútbol, and others. See USPTO Search.
One of the biggest highlights of the year came before daybreak on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. In the predawn hours, a giant mural painted by local artist Alejandro Mijares was revealed on the walls of a building at the corner of SW 8th Street and SW 1st Avenue in the Brickell neighbourhood of downtown Miami, revealing the club’s name and badge.
At the same time, the team had the front and back covers of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald wrapped in pink with the team’s logo and explanations about the symbology. Mijares also painted the newly revealed logo on a wall in the Wynwood neighbourhood.
In the months since then, the club had many firsts. Soon after, plans were announced to redevelop Melreese Golf Course into the future home of Inter Miami CF and Miami Freedom Park. In July, we endured two full days of hearings before the City of Miami Commissioners, in a the effort by Miami Freedom Park, LLC to have a measure placed on the ballot to allow residents of the City of Miami to decide whether the City should negotiate to enter into a long-term lease of city-owned land at the Melreese Golf Course. In the end, three out of five commissioners approved.
On November 6, 2018, the club celebrated its biggest victory to date: the measure to transform Melreese Golf Course into a world-class stadium and Miami’s largest park, along with 23 acres of public soccer fields, an office/hotel complex with technology jobs and entertainment area passed with a strong majority of voters saying “Yes on 378.” “We won tonight!” are the now famous words of Jorge Mas.
It was also a year when the club made its initial moves on the soccer operations and business sides of the front office. Paul McDonough was the first staff member to be hired when he was appointed to the post of Sporting Director in August, just a few weeks before the unveiling of the club´s name and badge. A short time later, on September 20, 2019, Jurgen Mainka, who had previously worked at Concacaf and other MLS Clubs, was named as the club’s first Chief Business Officer. In October, the club named Dennis Sprenkleas the head of HR and Administration. At the beginning of January, 2019,Kurt Schmid joined as the first Technical Director, followed by Niki Budalic as the first Director of Soccer Operations. In the last couple of weeks prior to the one year anniversary, the club began laying the foundation of its Academy, adding Victor Pastora and Juan Carlos Michia, both of whom had been key figures in the famed Weston Football Club youth academy program.
Indeed, it was a year of many firsts. What lies ahead for Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami? A look at this video tells us: “Wait, that was just the beginning. We’re not done. Not by a long way.” It is going to be an exciting 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”