This is a really good spot for Alexi. You get to see a little bit of that off the field personality from our guy Big Red. The cat is a cool customer. Interesting for me to look at this video, because we were literally talking to Alexi either minutes before this was shot, or minutes after this was shot.
The BP_TOW crew was at the stadium at the exact same time hanging out with some familiar faces during All-Star weekend and we were having a conversation in the bowels of the stadium about all of his travels in the last few months and what he’s been up to. I can attest, the Alexi you see is Alexi, good dude.
* Another thing. Love seeing current and former stars, current and former personalities, getting more and more shine with major brands. This is something that we try and talk about a lot here on TOW, and how we’ve all helped this soccer movement get a lot more mainstream over the last few years.
I think we’ve all had a chip on our shoulder for the a while because we never felt that our game was getting the respect that it deserved, but it feels a lot like the rest of America is seeing the light. The way to keep this momentum going, is that when we see our guys representing and doing big things, we need to support it.
We need to support the brands that support us. We need to go to games. We need to watch it on tv. We need to go see movies that are about soccer. Its only going to get bigger and its an awesome feeling to be on the front lines pushing it forward. Let’s make sure we continue to do that.
The Seattle Sounders will host a book drive for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program on August 30th vs Colorado Rapids.
If you are anything like me, I’m sure you have an sh**ton of book laying around your place getting dusty and doing you no good anymore. Well, I used to. Then I moved a few months back and ended up spending a few hours thumbing through some of the titles and thinking of something good I could do with them. At first, I thought about doing a sale. I thought about throwing them up on eBay, or one of those book sites, or selling them in bulk somewhere, but in all honesty, I ended up thinking that it would be too much trouble.
So, I was looking for a different solution. I happened to get on the internets and googled something about book drives and figured that it would be so much better to just give them away to someone who needed them. At the end of the day, I figured, what good is getting 3 to 4 dollar per book (AT MOST) when there are a lot more people who could use them. I ended up finding out that you can just walk in to any local library and bring them your used books and they will find a home for them. I even got a chance to talk to a lady there who reminded me of my grandmother and told me some crazy kid book stories that you wouldnt believe. It was awesome.
That whole story doesnt really apply to this, because Seattle is asking that you donate new kids books to their drive, but I started typing before the video was over. So, buy a couple of kids books for the drive – they aren’t expensive at all – but also go through some of your old books sitting on the shelves and donate them to a local shelter or library, you’ll feel good about it. Peace.
The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors.
As such, FC Barcelona is to serve a transfer ban which will see the club prevented from registering any players at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting with the next registration period (January 2015) given that the appeal of the club had been granted suspensive effect by the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee. FC Barcelona has also been ordered to pay a fine of CHF 450,000 and been given a period of 90 days from today in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned.
Meanwhile, the RFEF has been ordered to pay a fine of CHF 500,000 and granted a period of one year in which to regularise their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football.
~~ CRAZY MONOPOLY MONEY being dropped… Not surprising to see Spain spending up with the likes of Luis Suarez, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez coming in, but VERY interesting to see Italy spending down 64%.
FIFA TMS has released a new report today providing an overview of the international transfers involving clubs from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain during this year’s summer transfer window to date. The current window will close on 1 September 2014 for these “Big 5” football markets, with FIFA TMS set to release a detailed report shortly afterwards covering the entire summer transfer window period.
The latest report compares this summer’s transfer window figures with those of the last three years at the same stage. Highlights include:
• The total transfer fees spent by the Big 5 countries for the summer transfer window (as of 12 August 2014) is USD 1.36 billion, remaining at roughly the same level as last year (USD 1.35 billion).
• The average transfer fee per player of the Big 5 continues to grow (USD 12.1 million in 2014 from USD 10.1 million in 2013).
• English and Spanish clubs are driving the market so far, representing 73% of the total spending recorded by the Big 5 countries during this summer transfer window.
• Spanish clubs have multiplied their spending by more than 3.5 times compared to the same period last year (USD 491 million from USD 139 million in 2013).
• Transfer spending in France and Italy has significantly dropped year-on-year, by 64% on average for both countries.
For more information and to download the full Market Insights report for free, go to www.fifatms.com.
Olympiacos FC have announced the signing of Jimmy Durmaz from Gençlerbirli?i SK, having allowed Andreas Samaris to depart for SL Benfica.
Samaris, also 25, has signed a five-year deal with the Portuguese champions after they agreed a reported €10m fee with Olympiacos. The midfielder arrives at the Eagles after helping Greece to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, taking his tally of caps to seven in the process, and joins fellow former Olympiacos midfielder in Lisbon after his switch last summer. Samaris scored four goals in 28 appearances in his only season at the Piraeus club, having made his name over four years at Panionios GSS.
Benfica and Olympiacos will start their UEFA Champions League campaigns in the group stage and will find out their opponents during Friday’s draw in Monaco.
~~ Plenty of pictures circulating around the interwebs today about the current states Gazza is in and it’s heartbreaking…. Had the opportunity to train alongside Gazza at Glasgow Rangers for three months in 1997 and he was hands down the funniest person I’d ever been around and an even player. Hopefully things don’t go down the path we’re all expecting.
“I saw him about a month ago and said: ‘I’ll pick you up in the mornings, Gazza, come training with me and do a bit of work with the kids.’ I’d love it if he could do that,” the Rangers manager Harry Redknapp said.
“I’d pick him up every morning at quarter to six at the top of his road. He can go and do some coaching with the kids and help Steve Gallen with the younger players. It’s an open invitation to him.
“He’s a great lad and it’s sad to see what’s happened to him and how he’s looking at the moment. I see Gazza around and I love him. He’s got a heart of gold. He’s probably given his last penny away. That’s how he is. But everybody has tried to help and the only person who can help him now has got to be himself.”
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