David Beckham follows ex-Manchester United teammates with 10% ownership in Salford City

Beckham joins his former teammates Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, The Neville brothers, Gary and Phil, and Nicky Butt in taking part-ownership of the club.

Miami, FL (Monday, January 29, 2019) – by Kenneth Russo –

https://salfordcityfc.co.uk

Not many outside of the United Kingdom have likely heard of Salford City Football Club. But when a former world football icon decides to invest in your club, things change, and quickly. Such was the case last week when David Beckham purchased a ten percent ownership interest in Salford City FC. With this purchase, the star matches his ten percent ownership stake in Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, which is celebrating its one-year birthday today.

“It’s a proud moment for me to join Peter Lim and the Class of ’92 lads as an owner of Salford City FC,” Beckham said. “It’s a really special club and a special group of people. My early years in Manchester were all spent in Salford. I grew up there in many ways so to be able to finally join the lads and the club today is a great feeling.”

“We all have ambitions and we all have goals, and you have to have big ones and reach for the sky.” – David Beckham

Beckham, 43, is the final member of the famed “Class of ’92” to take a stake in the club as the group of former Manchester United players, Nicholas Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Philip Neville & Paul Scholes, becomes the majority shareholders with 60% combined, while Peter Lim remains the single largest shareholder with 40%. The ownership entity in which the club is wholly-owned is known as Project 92 Limited. The transaction is subject to FA approval and regulations, and the club expects a further announcement to follow.

Lim will continue to offer financial stability to the club and is an essential figure in moving the club forward, while Beckham’s arrival strengthens the ownership profile.

Never a person with small ambitions, Beckham offered this: “We all have ambitions and we all have goals, and you have to have big ones and reach for the sky.”

Beckham’s investment comes nearly five years after his ex-teammates made their investment into the club. That influx of talent has been obvious.
Since 2014, Salford City has won three promotions in four seasons, Moor Lane has been redeveloped into the 5,000-plus capacity Peninsula Stadium, and the club is playing at the highest level in its history. Away from the first team, other areas of football operations have been developed, including Academy 92, Salford City Lionesses and independent charity Foundation 92 all established since 2017.

At the time that the Class of 92 bought the club in 2014, Salford City FC was playing in the Northern Premier League, Division One North. It became full-time in 2017 and currently plays in the National League following the string of promotions. As of January 23, 2019, they sits three point off top spot, with the division’s winners earning automatic promotion to League Two, the fourth division of English Football.

https://salfordcityfc.co.uk/league-table/

For their part, the former United stars say they were pleased David Beckham was joining them: “From the very beginning we wanted David to be involved and be with us on this incredible journey, however circumstances and commitments didn’t allow that. Now the time is right and is another exciting time in Salford City’s history.”

“It is important to emphasise that nothing will change in the day to day operations of the club but to have us all together was always the vision. We grew up in Salford, carved our careers here and that’s why we are doing what we are doing at Salford City.”

“We have grown to love this club and the fans and we would like to welcome David to the club and to becoming part of the Salford City family.”

Club officials were equally excited. “It’s really exciting I feel like it’s a new era for the club. I think the interest that we had at the beginning when the Class of 92 first came in will reinvigorate,” said Chairman Karen Baird. “I expect we’ll see more people come through the gates to see if they can see David Beckham, and going forward it will help raise the profile of the club around the world.”

Salford City FC Press Conference on January 23, 2019

Links to The Guardian, Sky News, and Salford City FC appear below.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jan/23/david-beckham-salford-city-stake-class-of-92-neville-giggs-butt-scholes

news.sky.com/story/david-beckham-follows-ex-manchester-united-teammates-with-10-salford-city-stake-11615261

https://salfordcityfc.co.uk/david-beckham-salford-exciting-times/

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2018 Concacaf Awards | Premios Concacaf 2018

Miami, FL (Tuesday, January 15, 2019) – Concacaf – 

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf)  announced the winners of the 2018 Concacaf Awards on January 15, 2019. The Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year awards went to Hirving Lozano and Alex Morgan, respectively.

2018 Concacaf Awards

La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf) anunció ayer a los ganadores de los Premios Concacaf 2018. Los Premios del Jugador y Jugadora del Año fueron ganado por Hirving Lozano (MEX) y Alex Morgan (USA), respectivamente. 

Premios Concacaf 2018

Via Concacaf: Lozano’s year was highlighted by an exceptional performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. While the Mexican striker had previously earned plenty of attention around the region for his play in both World Cup Qualifying and Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, it was in 2018 that the rest of the world met the 23-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward.

El año de Lozano se destacó por un desempeño excepcional en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en Rusia. Mientras que el delantero mexicano había ganado mucha atención en la región por su juego tanto en la Clasificación a la Copa Mundial, así como en la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank, fue en 2018 que el resto del mundo conoció al delantero del PSV Eindhoven, de 23 años.

Morgan led the United States Women’s National Team to a sparkling year, which included a 5W-0D-0L record at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. The 29-year-old played a major part in her team’s qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, by scoring seven goals and winning the tournament’s Golden Boot.

Morgan lideró a la Selección Nacional Femenina de los Estados Unidos a un año brillante, que incluyó un récord de 5W-0D-0L en el Campeonato Femenino de Concacaf 2018. La jugadora de 29 años jugó un papel importante en la clasificación de su equipo para la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2019, al marcar siete goles, ganando la Bota de Oro del torneo

The Winners  |  Los Ganadores

Jugador del Año | Men’s Player of the Year
1. Hirving Lozano (MEX) – PSV Eindhoven/NED
2. Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
3. Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) – Toronto FC/CAN

Jugadora del Año | Women’s Player of the Year
1. Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride/USA
2. Khadija Shaw (JAM) – University of Tennessee/USA
3. Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns FC/USA

Portero del Año | Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
2. Guillermo Ochoa (MEX) – Standard Liège/BEL
3. Cody Laurendi (PUR) – Oklahoma City Energy/USA

Portera del Año | Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Starts/USA
2. Yenith Bailey (PAN) – Sporting SM/PAN
3. Stephanie Labbe (CAN) – Linköpings FC/SWE

Entrenador de Fútbol Masculino del Año | Men’s Coach of the Year
1. Matias Almeyda (ARG) – San Jose Earthquakes/USA (Formerly CD Guadalajara/MEX)
2. Remko Bicentini (CUW) – Curacao National Team
3. Juan Carlos Osorio (COL) – Paraguay National Team (Formerly Mexico National Team)

Entrenador de Fútbol Femenino del Año | Women’s Coach of the Year
1. Hue Menzies (JAM) – Jamaica Women’s National Team/Florida Kraze Krush/USA
2. Jill Ellis (USA) – United States Women’s National Team
3. Monica Vergara (MEX) – Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team

Árbitro del Año | Men’s Referee of the Year
1. Cesar Arturo Ramos (MEX)
2. Mark Geiger (USA)
3. Joel Aguilar (SLV)

Árbitra del Año | Women’s Referee of the Year
1. Lucila Venegas (MEX)
2. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
3. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Gol del Año | Goal of the Year
1. Joe Corona (MEX) – SCCL: Club America (MEX) vs Tauro FC (PAN), 19′
2. Alan Pulido (MEX) – SCCL: CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs Toronto FC (CAN), 72′
3. Khadija Shaw (JAM) – CWC: Jamaica vs Cuba, 2′

Premio al Desempeño Sobresaliente |Outstanding Performance Award
Jamaica Women’s National Team

XI Ideal Masculino | Male Best 11
GK – Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
DF – Hugo Ayala (MEX) – Tigres UANL/MEX
DF – Edson Alvarez (MEX) – Club America/MEX
DF – Cuco Martina (CUW) – Stoke City FC/ENG
DF – Francisco Calvo (CRC) – Minnesota United FC/USA
MF – Hector Herrera (MEX) – Porto FC/POR
MF – Michael Bradley (USA) – Toronto FC/CAN
MF – Andres Guardado (MEX) – Real Betis/ESP
FW – Hirving Lozano (MEX) – PSV Eindhoven/NED
FW – Bradley Wright-Phillips (ENG) – New York Red Bulls/USA
FW – Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) – Toronto FC/CAN

XI Ideal Femenino | Female Best 11
GK – Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Starts/USA
DF – Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN) – Olympique Lyonnais/FRA
DF – Crystal Dunn (USA) – NC Courage/USA
DF – Tanna Sanchez (MEX U-17) – Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Puebla/MEX
DF – Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) – Utah Royals FC/USA
MF – Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns/USA
MF – Khadija Shaw (JAM) – University of Tennessee/USA
MF – Nicole Perez (MEX U-17) – CD Guadalajara/MEX
FW – Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride/USA
FW – Christine Sinclair (CAN) – Portland Thorns/USA
FW – Jody Brown (JAM) – AS Roma/ITA

Want to Establish a Great Culture at Your Soccer Club? Do this first.

Miami, FL (Tuesday, January 15, 2019.)

At the core of any successful company is a great culture. To establish one, think about how you want your company to impact the world. Where does one begin this?

Football (Soccer/Fútbol) clubs are no different. What do two of the largest clubs have to say about this? What does a new club do first?

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