Impact de Montréal: Kevin Gilmore remplace Joey Saputo à la présidence | Kevin Gilmore to replace Joey Saputo as club President

Miami, FL (mardi le 22 janvier 2019) Kenneth Russo –

Le propriétaire de l’Impact de Montréal, Joey Saputo, a annoncé ce matin qu’il quittait la présidence de l’équipe. Un ancien vice-président du Canadien de Montréal, Kevin Gilmore, lui succèdera.

Saputo (54 ans) a fondé le club en 1993. Il a guidé Montréal dès que sa naissance, a dirigé la construction du Stade Saputo en 2008 et l’agrandissement de la stade en 2012. En 2012 l’équipe est entrée en MLS. L’homme d’affaires restera le propriétaire du onze montréalais et de l’équipe de soccer de Bologne, qui évolue dans le Série A (championnat italien).

Kevin Gilmore est un ancien exécutive avec le Canadien de Montréal, connu pour son mandat comme vice-président exécutif et chef de l’exploitation, de 2011 à 2016. Il avait auparavant travaillé avec les Mighty Ducks d’Anaheim et les Kings de Los Angeles (LNH), ainsi que les Angels d’Anaheim (MLB). Il a également supervisé le développement d’un aréna et d’un projet immobilier en Chine pour le groupe Anschutz, entre 2006 et 2009.

The owner of the Montréal Impact, Joey Saputo, announced today that he is stepping down from the club presidency. He will be succeeded by Kevin Gilmore, a former vice president of the Montreal Canadiens.

Saputo (54 years old) founded the club in 1993. He has guided Montreal since it’s founding, directing the construction of Saputo Stadium in 2008, and its subsequent enlargement in 2012. He brought the club into MLS in 2012. He will remain the owner of the Impact as well as the owner of Bologna in the Italian Serie A.

Kevin Gilmore is a former executive with the Montreal Canadiens, serving as executive vice-president and head of operations from 2011-2016. Prior to that, he worked with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), as well as the Anaheim Angels (MLB). He also oversaw a real estate and arena development project in China from 2006 to 2009 for the Anschutz Group.

La Presse de Montréal – Article

RSL acquire Everton Luiz

January 7, 2019 by Kenneth Russo –

Real Salt Lake added some veteran depth to its squad, acquiring Brazilian midfielder Everton Luiz on a season-long loan from Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor (S.P.A.L.) in Italy’s Serie A for the 2019 season. He will join RSL in preseason, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and US work Visa.

Luiz joins RSL in preseason. He has made 21 appearances during the calendar year of 2018.

Luiz, 30, is a defensive midfielder who’s career has taken him through the ranks in Brazil. This will be the sixth different country he has played in. In Brazil, he has passed through Ponte Preta, Palmeiras, Marília, Bragantino, CRB and Criciúma. He has also played in Romania ( for Gloria Buzau), in México (for San Luís), Switzerland (for FC Lugano and St. Gallen) and Serbia (with Partizan Belgrade).

That led to a transfer to S.P.A.L., where he helped the club avoid relegation from a Serie A in the 2017-18 season.

He has scored seven goals in 155 league matches and ten goals in 246 matches across all competitions.

“Over the past several years we have restructured our roster with a young core.  Now is the right time to complement our young core with more experienced players in order to challenge for greater results.   Everton is the type of player that we feel can assist in helping us mature beyond being a competitive team and into one that challenges for bigger and better things,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said.  “He fits into the culture we are creating and is the type of player that our fans will enjoy watching as his on-field commitment is a standard they will surely appreciate.  His playing resume speaks for itself and his addition will allow the coaching staff to explore more options in squad selection each week.”

Disse o jogador Éverton Luiz:

A Major League Soccer tem crescido muito e está cada vez mais competitiva. Chego a um clube estruturado e com muito potencial para chegar cada vez mais longe. Consegui realizar meu sonho de jogar em uma das ligas mais respeitadas e dividir o campo com grandes jogadores. Não estava jogando tanto quanto eu queria. Procurando novos desafios, decidi, junto aos meus empresários, trocar de time, e vi no Real Salt Lake uma grande oportunidade de seguir crescendo na carreira.”

“MLS is a league that is growing a lot and becoming more and more competitive.  I am coming to a structured club that is full of potential to go further,” Luiz said.  “I’ve reached my dream of playing in one of the biggest leagues on the planet and share the pitch with many of the best players.  I wasn’t playing as much as I wanted and I’m looking forward to new challenges and saw in Real Salt Lake a huge opportunity to keep growing in my career.”

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.