Dalian Wanda Group has reached an agreement with the controlling shareholders of Club Atlético de Madrid, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín and Enrique Cerezo Torres, to come into the share capital of the Club.
Wanda Group’s capital contribution in the Club will allow Atlético de Madrid to significantly shore up its balance sheet, as well as accelerate the growth of its brand globally.
Wanda Group is a leading Chinese conglomerate operating in sectors such as entertainment, hotels and real estate with an extensive footprint in its domestic market and strong growth in Europe and the US.
With Total Assets over $62 billion, Annual Revenues exceeding $30 billion and net profits in excess of $2 billion, Wanda Group is the largest Chinese company in the entertainment industry and one of the largest worldwide.
Furthermore, Wanda Group has a deep knowledge and a long-standing presence in Chinese football, where it was the main sponsor of the Chinese Super League for several seasons. Wanda Group has been showing a constant support to the development of football in China, specially focused on the growth of grassroots football through China’s Future Star Program, in which Club Atlético de Madrid has also been actively collaborating for several years.
Both parties have agreed that the transaction will be implemented through a rights issue, in which all of the cash provided by the Wanda Group will be injected in the Club, thus benefiting all existing shareholders.
To this end, the Wanda Group has committed to subscribe a number of shares representing, after completion of the capital increase proposed which the Club’s Board of Directors will immediately submit to the General Shareholders’ Meeting, a 20% equity share of Club Atlético de Madrid, through a €45 million investment.
~~ Digging this commercial…. Because it really does capture what it’s like to be out on the field with your boy, #SkillCheck-ing eachother over and over and over…. Great stuff.
PUMA is launching the new evoPower 1.2 FG today. It is built with new innovations and improved technology with a focus on helping improve accuracy when kicking. As with previous models, the evoPower is based on the idea of playing soccer barefoot. I first saw this last year back in Barcelona, and PUMA has taken that initial idea and improved upon it. The boots also feature Gradual Stability Frame, GripTex Technology to help your touch on the ball in wet conditions and an AccuFoam lining geared towards helping with accuracy. In addition to all of this, these are comfortable boots. There is a different feel to them that is somewhat difficult to accurately describe. Do yourself a favor and at least try these out.
In addition the the evoPower 1.2 , PUMA is also releasing an updated color way in the evoSpeed 1.3.
PUMA has also released this short film featuring Mario Balotelli and Cesc Fabregas in which Balotelli goes Head To Head with Fàbregas in a match up of Power versus Accuracy, closely watched by Thierry Henry. For the launch of the PUMA evoPOWER 1.2 football boot, these two football stars show off their skills and the Power and Accuracy this next generation evoPOWER boot generates.
PUMA also sat down with Cesc Fabregas to chat about being back in the Premier League, what it’s been like at Chelsea so far and the new PUMA evoPower 1.2.
Describe your first season back in the Premier League so far. How has it been?
It’s been great so far, I’m enjoying it a lot. The Premier League has definitely improved since I left three years ago. The passion is still the same – from the fans, the players. Physically it has always been a really hard league because it is so competitive, but tactically it’s now much better. I think to break down defence these days is more difficult than before.
From your first game back in the Premier League, it was like you had been playing with Chelsea for years. Were you surprised how easily you adjusted to playing for a new team?
I was lucky to have a good pre-season. We played four or five games pre-season and that really helped me find my rhythm. We have a very young and talented squad and I get on well with everyone, so that made my introduction really easy.
What impresses you about Chelsea as a club?
It’s a very well structured club. The people inside the club, the people who work for Chelsea are really nice and make you feel very welcome and I settled in very quickly. It’s been very positive.
What can Chelsea achieve this season? Can they realistically compete for four trophies?
It’s obviously difficult to say, but at the moment we are still competing in all of them, so I’d never say never. We will try our best, but we’ll only see at the end of the season.
How important is Matic in that holding role for Chelsea to enable you, and other creative players perform further up the pitch?
It’s called the holding role, but I don’t think he is the typical holding midfield player. He runs a lot, he is all over the place because he loves winning battles and he loves winning the ball back. So we move quite a lot in midfield and everyone helps, but definitely Nemanja is a key player for us because his defensive attributes are really important for the team.
You have played a lot of football this season. Do you feel that’s the case – are you tired, is your body tired?
No, you know, this coach knows very well what he does. We play a lot of games but he also gives a lot of freedom to the players. If he feels that players are playing a lot, that they are getting tired, he will give you three days off, so you can rest and spend time with your family. He is very intelligent and he is doing very well.
What you think of the new evoPOWER boot?
It’s really good. I tested it for a few weeks, the boot felt really comfortable, it’s actually the best boot I have ever worn.
What has improved in it since the last boot?
They are very comfortable, they are light, and your touch with the ball is even better now.
What is more important: Power or Accuracy?
Both are very important, but I believe more in accuracy because the power is more about how physically strong you are, and accuracy is about the technical ability that you have. So, I personally believe more in accuracy.
Do you think of yourself as an accuracy player, when you shoot, when you pass?
Ginola told Sky Sports News HQ that his bid was genuine and he is busy trying to garner the necessary support before the end of the month. He needs the backing of five member football associations in order to prevent his campaign being stopped in its tracks.
He said: “We are not laughing about this. You can laugh if you want. We are taking this seriously. I am not a politician but I am very confident that in the next few days people will be behind me. We see the campaign as something very positive for the people and for the world of football.
“The main priority is to get the support of five different football associations before the end of January. This is something that we have worked on for weeks and months. We have nine different policies we want to put in place, we want to restore trust in FIFA.
“There are no guarantees that we will get that support, but we will be working on this very hard. You look at the candidates who are standing, they may have worked or are working for FIFA, but I am an independent candidate and I think it is good to have such a voice in a debate. Things must change. FIFA has a duty to leave a positive legacy and our first initiative is to work on tax.
“When you have the World Cup and you get four billion dollars out of it I think the least you can do is give something back to the country. Because of that we want to work with the community and I think the $250m would have been well received by the local community in Brazil.
“I am not against the other candidates who are standing, Mr Blatter, Jerome Champagne or Prince Ali. I am just doing my best for the fans and the game.”
~~ I’ve been a huge fan of Sebastian Giovinco since watching him (and calling the games) during the Toulon Tournament in 2007 or so…. Dude is absolutely ridiculous and is a HUGE signing for Toronto FC and I can’t wait to see him in Major League Soccer.
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