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Herbalife is New Official Nutrition Partner of 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup

Herbalife is New Official Nutrition Partner of 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup

Global nutrition company, Herbalife (HLF), has announced that it will become the Official Nutrition Partner of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup. This eight-team tournament, which features some of the world’s best and most prestigious football clubs from Spain, Italy, England and the United States, begins on July 27 and culminates with the championship final in Miami on August 7, 2013.

Herbalife will activate around this sports marketing platform with promotional opportunities in and around participating venues. As the Official Nutrition Partner of the event, Herbalife will also provide teams with a range of nutrition products, including its sports drink, Herbalife24 Hydrate.

The Guinness International Champions Cup, organized by Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, and broadcast by FOX, is the first-of-its-kind football tournament taking place across the globe with contests in Phoenix, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Valencia, Spain.

This agreement is part of Herbalife’s broader sponsorship program aimed at promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Herbalife sponsors more than 150 events, teams and athletes around the world, including international football star, Cristiano Ronaldo; LA Galaxy in the U.S.; FC Pumas in Mexico; Brazilian team, Botafogo; Spartak-Moscow in Russia; and the national teams of Belgium and Venezuela.

Stadiums in Europe that has Musala and Mosque

Stadiums in Europe that has Musala and Mosque

Tiga Pemain Muslim di Timnas Prancis: Ribery (kiri), Anelka (tengah) dan Benzema. Ilustrasi - AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

Rubin Kazan, professional clubs in the Russian Premier League, to build a mosque in his new stadium: Rubin Stadium. Construction of places of worship for Muslims by players or fans club of course a form of respect and tolerance of management.

Start 2013-2014 season, Rubin Kazan new stadium occupies. The sports complex will also be used for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Stadium with a capacity of 45 thousand spectators was headquartered Kazan, city Muslim population reaches 55 percent of the total city population.

Services prayer rooms for football fans is provided by the club in the Premier League, Blackburn Rovers. Since 2008 at the Ewood Park stadium complex there is special worship space, but can be utilized by the entire trust. One porch, diverse religions.

Tom Finn, managing director of Rovers, describes the worship space in the stadium was designed as a quiet room with soundproofing.

Thus can be used for worship in comfort and quiet. The club expects to bring in more spectators through the facilities of this kind.

As a pioneer who built the club worship space in the stadium, there are actually Bolton Wanderers. Since 2006, the club in the Premier League was founded in 1874 has been to build prayer rooms for fans.

As with Rovers and Kazan, Wanderers fans to prepare for all religions. The place of worship is called a ‘silent room’.

While the latest in the UK is Newcastle United. Starting this year, the club had a special prayer room in the stadium. Of all the players with different religions should use it.

There are seven players in the Muslim club based in St James Park Stadium, that is Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Mehdi Abeid who now has a special place for prayer. Previous them to pray in the existing spaces only.

“Religion has an important role to some of our players,” said Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, said the reason to build a place of worship.

In Germany, Bayern Munich club will build a mosque at the Allianz Arena stadium. The 2013 Champions League is a place of worship dedicated to the players who are Muslims and Muslim fans.

The plan stems from the demand for mainstay striker Munich, Frank Ribery converted to Islam to marry a woman from Morocco in 2006. Actually requested only a small space that can be used for prayer. But management wanted to get up bigger, with a mosque imam who worked full-time.

Those costs, the club is willing to bear 85 per cent. The rest is left to the players and fans to participate.

This kind of model is different to that done by other clubs. The entire cost of the construction was funded from the club’s finances.

Questioning Scarcity Left Back

Questioning Scarcity Left Back

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There is an anecdote that states that if you are a football player who wants a long career, be a left back. Indeed, at the time the striker, midfielder, winger or gain a lot of praise for individual action, a fullback can rarely spotlight.

However, lack of players capable of filling this post makes more fullback provide opportunities for footballers who want to play certainty.

Although only anecdotal, stories about the scarcity of players with a dominant left foot that can last not new anymore. Let’s see Brendan Rodgers who prefer to put Glen Johnson (right defender) or Daniel Agger (center back) when Jose Enrique could not compete. Or, how Philipp Lahm is often used as a left back before David Alaba pulled from midfield by Jupp Heynckes.

So if it is almost 10 years the name Ashley Cole remains so answers to the question who the best left back in the world today, in fact it is not unusual anymore.

So what exactly is causing the scarcity of players left back in the world of football? The answer is simple. Number of left-footed players are much less dominant, so capable, or choose to be left, it would be much more minimal again.

Unmitigated, the comparison between the number of dominant players left leg with the player “legged” right can reach 1 to 4. This is evident from a study of 236 players who competed in the 1998 World Cup. This study states that 79% of footballers in the tournament often using the right foot in receiving and giving feedback. Meanwhile, only 21% are fluent in the left leg.

Similar studies give different figures. However, the average stated that the number of left-footed players less than 30% of the overall total footballers.

The small number of left-footed players, according to Gianluca Vialli, so one of the causes of the paradigm that the right-back will be the worst player on the team is filled.

This analogy: if a footballer has a good ability to survive and height above the average, so it will be positioned as a central defender. While those who have qualified technical control of the ball will be placed as a midfielder.

Then the remaining players, skill players survive and attack him mediocre, often installed as a right-back. Left footed players certainly different. He will be given special treatment because their numbers are small.

Fullback and Modern Football

Regardless of the number of players is minimal problems, left-back role in the evolution of modern football itself can not be separated from nature as a fullback. Also can not drop out of relation to other positions in the team, as well as the development of today’s tactical.

For example, on a game that gets narrowed to the middle of the field along with the popularity of the use of a 4-2-3-1 formation. With this trend, the fullback position so most get room to run, while the other players piled in the middle of the field. Being a fullback duties for “down-up” and so outlets assault, as well as widen the space game.

It mainly occurs in teams using inverted-winger role as one of the strategies in the attack. Moving winger cut into the penalty area he will be more effective when combined with a fullback to create a 2 against 1 situation with fullback opponent.
Illustration that describes this is the first season Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.

By bringing Dani Alves from Sevilla, Pep makes Lionel Messi-Alves combinations as the main pedestal Blaugrana attack. Messi, who ran into the piercing, and Alves who kept vigil near the touchline, often confuse fullback who were escorting them. Following Messi moved into the means providing space for Alves to launch cross.

While still on guard at the edge of the field means letting Messi kicks the strongest leg, the left leg. Nearest central defender did not move too freely to the fore, because it can be used by cutting edge or playmaker pushed up into the penalty box.

In this way, Alves recorded assists 10 times (some of which are key-assist: the creator of the first goal or assists the winning goal), and so one of the best players in the Barca the season.

This method is also used by Del Bosque later when Spain lost her mind to break the opponent’s goal. Jesus Navas is often put into the field to draw the fullback opponent so there is a gap for Iniesta to send feedback breakthrough.

Yes, in contrast to the winger who often get feedback in the opponent’s defense area, often “run” by itself does not lead to full-back control of the ball for himself. Running is not selfish. But the run is important for two things: to create a space for the winger, as well as to be a decoy for the purpose midfielder, winger, or even a keeper though.

Being Fit and Smart

Interesting implications of the development of the fullback role, in addition to left and right are required to have a capable passing ability, is the physical condition of the players.

By becoming an outlet assault, and with having the longest running space, automatic fullback who now assumed the role as player box-to-box. It is they who must now get used to sprinting, both in the short and long distances.

Therefore, the fullback is expected to have a higher fitness level than other players. Physical endurance to sprint to pursue the enemy, often from the opponent’s defense into his own goal line, in the final minutes of the match would be a crucial factor that must be owned by a fullback.

If a striker can still laze around when his physical condition declined in one game, this luxury is not obtained by the fullback. Mainly because there is space left by fullback when he rose to help the attack.

So do not be surprised if in a practice session, fullback get more run portion. Sessions usually run from one end to the other corner flag.

In addition to fitness, one of the other capabilities that are required of both right-and left-back is the ability to recognize how a midfielder or winger in the team wants to play. Listen to Glen Johnson’s narrative about his relationship with the other players at Liverpool in the season 2008/2009:

“If I play with Maxi Rodriguez or Dirk Kuyt, I knew I could run attack anytime.’s Because they will be cutting inside and give me space, while also providing assistance to survive. But Ryan Babel more often dribbling and using wing area field, so the task I prefer to help him, “said Johnson told Four Four Two magazine.

Difficult to replace

Associated with the development of a more attacking role so here’s fullback, left back is more difficult to replace than his right.

Substituting a left-back to center-back can certainly be done. But this by eliminating the risk of potential side attack, because not all the center-back has the instinct to break forward.

Meanwhile, draw a defender midfielder would be more dangerous. This was all due to the midfielder has the ability to endure winger. Especially facing inverted right-footed winger (read: How It Works Inverted Winger).

For example, just look at how the difficulties Javier Mascherano in Barcelona for the counter attack from the left, while Jordi Alba was still in front. Alternatively, the death of an attack from the left wing while Daniel Agger Liverpool plotted to replace Jose Enrique. Dane is more often survive keeping his base rather than up to help Stewart Downing or Raheem Sterling on the left.

Right-defense sector generally do not have any difficulty in this regard. Each team has a reserve right-back relative the quality, not far from the core players.

In Europe alone may only Real Madrid club which finished with two quality left-back Marcelo is similar within and Fabio Coentrao. While still relying on Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, Man. City with Gael Clichy, with Alba Barcelona, ​​and Bayern Munich with David Alaba.

Similarly, with Chelsea also still rely on Ashley Cole. So if the price of Gareth Bale or Leighton Baines then sky-high, is not unusual anymore.

So how do I stop the left-kah are often up to help the attack? The first way you can do is put up a defensive winger who directly confront the attacks. One tactic that gave birth to a new generation of wing players such as James Milner fluent last, Park Ji Sung, or Dirk Kuyt. (Read: Genealogy Winger Part 3: Defensive Winger).

While the second, is to use a winger who is fluent dribbling, has a good acceleration, or who often scored. In this way, the fullback will think twice if they want to leave his post unguarded.

Perez: CR7 Will Retire in Madrid

Perez: CR7 Will Retire in Madrid

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reiterated his club’s stance on the situation Cristiano Ronaldo. Perez said that Ronaldo will not be sold and will end his career at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo kept the subject of transfer speculation because of his contract situation. Ronaldo’s contract will expire in 2015 but did not want to put a signature on a new contract despite the club already handed.
Some wealthy clubs had quietly peek Ronaldo situation in the hope of getting the superstar. PSG and Manchester United touted as a major interest in Ronaldo.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player the world and Real Madrid really count on him. I can confirm that here was the one he will end his career. In addition, we also have not received any offers for him, “said Perez told L’Equipe.
PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi had said that he had dreams of buying Ronaldo. But if he wants to realize that dream, he would do it the right way.

For the 2014 World Cup, Di Natale Reject AC Milan Bids

For the 2014 World Cup, Di Natale Reject AC Milan Bids

 

Italian veteran striker Antonio Di Natale turned down an offer to join AC Milan in the transfer market this summer. Di Natale Udinese chose to spend his career with a chance to keep the World Cup 2014.

Demonstrated commitment to continuing to strengthen Udinese after the players agreed to extend his contract with the team based at the Stadio Friulli it alone until 2015 Di Natale Udinese costumed been nine years since imported in 2004 from Empoli after being loaned to a number of clubs.

Udinese, he has appeared in 298 by scoring 158 party big gol.Naluri scored Milan seems to be the main reason for recruiting Di Natale despite the age of the players have stepped 35 years.

“I thank coach (Milan), Massimiliano Allegri and Vice-President, Adriano Galliani over bid (strengthening Milan),” Di Natale said as quoted by the Italian Football.

Di Natale explained, Milan are not the only team that made ​​a bid proposal to his agent. “But I have always insisted, wanted to end my career at Udinese,” he said.

According to Di Natale, Udinese persist in making chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup have always maintained regular play. Through appearances in the 2013-14 season, he wants to prove to the Azzurri coach, Cesare Prandelli, he is still worth a grand event was brought to the World Cup class.

“To be able to play in the Maracana, only once in a lifetime. If unable to do so, it was like adding icing to the cake my gait is very fantastic.”

“However, to convince Prandelli, I have to think about consistency, both in practice and makes a great season for Udinese,” Di Natale said.

Ambitious Of Tottenham To Translucent Champions League

Ambitious Of Tottenham To Translucent Champions League

Tottenham Berambisi Tembus Liga Champions

Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas insists his team’s ambition is to penetrate in the Champions League season 2013/14.

Spurs, who currently resides in Hong Kong, would like to reply to the failure of the last two years, in which they almost succeeded in holding the Champions League.

“We want to be the club qualify for the Champions League,” said Villas-Boas. “That is our main ambition. We were able to do it this time.”

Tottenham will begin their adventures in the Premier League away games with diving face Crystal Palace on August 18.

Toronto FC announce signing of Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rey

Toronto FC announce signing of Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rey

oronto FC have added a new player, and a new nationality, to their roster during the open transfer window.

The club announced Thursday they have signed Spanish midfielder Álvaro Rey. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per team and league policy.

Rey, 24, most recently played for Xérez in the Spanish second division, where he scored three goals in 28 appearances. A product of the Real Betis youth system, Rey also played with Spanish second division side Gimnastic de Tarragona before joining Xérez.

“Álvaro trained with the team for several weeks last month, and played in a reserve match with us against Montreal. He’s very technical and quick, and is good at taking on defenders,” Toronto FC president and general manager Kevin Payne told the team’s website. “He offers something different than we typically see in MLS and we think he’ll help our team become more dangerous.”

Rey will be added to the roster and eligible to play once his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) arrives.

PSG Soon Attract Marquinhos

PSG Soon Attract Marquinhos

Tajir origin Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain, a leading club in the hunt for the signature AS Roma defender, Marquinhos. Reportedly, a step PSG get 19-year-old defender is.
Previously, there are at least three clubs who want to get the Brazilian. Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG are both reportedly intends to land the former Corinthians player.
The third club was even touted has sent a formal offer to Marquinhos. However, PSG seems to excel at hunting efforts signature Brazilian defender.
“We all stayed up late to be able to reach an agreement. But, we finally made it. This success is a good news for all people, “said the brother Marquinhos, Luan Aoas, as quoted by Football Italia on Friday (19/7).
The news circulating mention, PSG have agreed to pay a transfer fee of 30 million pounds (USD 465 billion) to AS Roma. The plan, the two clubs will announce the move this weekend Marquinhos.
The player’s full name Marcos Correa Aoas it does look impressive at the back AS Roma in Serie A last season. Bertandem with former teammate in Corinthians, Leandro Gastan, Marquinhos managed to displace Nicolas Burdisso in the heart of the defense I Lupi.
Marquinhos achievement was more special, because Serie A last season is Marquinhos debut season in Italy, and even Europe. Marquinhos imported from Corinthians in July 2012.

De Laurentiis did not want Zuniga Release

De Laurentiis did not want Zuniga Release

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists Juan Camilo Zuniga is not in the list of selling in this summer.
Affirmation of the president associated with linking spekulai 27-year player with the interest of Juventus winning the Scudetto.
The Colombian player contracts that apply STAYED next season, until now there has been no sign about a new contract for a player who has strengthened the Napoli in 144 games.
“Zuniga is a Napoli player. He has given so much to the team and will continue to do so, “chirping De Laurentiis via his Twitter account.

Guardado unsure Soldado will stay at Valencia

Guardado unsure Soldado will stay at Valencia

Valencia winger Andres Guardado is unsure where Roberto Soldado will be plying his trade next season amidst interest fromTottenham.

The north London club has become increasingly confident it can seal a deal for Soldado, with the player considering submitting a transfer request to speed up his exit from Los Che.

And Mexican winger Guardado has added fuel to the fire by admitted his doubt regarding whether the prolific striker will still be at the Mestalla next season.

Guardado told Marca: “I haven’t been able to speak to [Soldado] since the Confederations Cup but I don’t know whether he’ll go or stay.

“That’s not something I can manage myself, but I wish him the best anywhere. Iif he is here, then all the better since Soldado is a great player, our goalscorer and an important part of this team.”

Reports in Spain suggest Soldado has already agreed a salary package worth just over 3 million euros-per-year to play at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is desperate to strengthen his strikeforce this summer, and has already missed out on David Villaand Christian Benteke, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe his only recognized first-team frontmen.