Football: AirAsia signs three-year sponsorship deal with FAS

SINGAPORE: Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

The sponsorship, worth S $ 1.8 million, will include flights of for the under-21, under-23 and senior national teams, as well as the National Football Academy’s age-group teams and women’s teams.

The partnership with FAS is set to provide the Necessary support to the association to further gamers footballing success and raise standards for all levels. The Singapore national football team are the recent Victors of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup campaign.

AirAsia will also offer “attractive travel packages” for football fans traveling to away matches, it said in a release.

“I never looked at the commercial aspirations … but to aim high and do something meaningful for Singapore football,” said AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

“Having AirAsia on the Singapore jersey is important, we want to put forward the message that we want to do better, that we want to dream. We hope to be part of that success; to help some of those young kids Realise their aspirations. ”

Mr Fernandes added that the sponsorship does not have “a fixed set of rules”.

“Whatever comes up with the FAS and requires our assistance, we are ready to help,” he said.

AirAsia has a track record of sports sponsorship, having backed the English Premiership football team Queens Park Rangers, Lotus Formula 1 outfit, the ASEAN Basketball League and MotoGP.

FAS President Zainudin Nordin said he is “absolutely thrilled to have concluded an agreement with an organization of AirAsia’s caliber and reputation”.

“We are really thankful to Tony Fernandes and AirAsia for their staunch support for football and we are looking forward to working closely with them to further promote the sport in the coming years,” he said.

He added: “It is a positive thing for us, Because Mr Fernandes and AirAsia are supporting youth, and sports in particular.”

Libya Bans Soccer Team Women Competed in Germany

Women’s national team soccer Libya will most likely fail to participate in Discover Football tournament in Germany which starts on Saturday (07/20/2013).

This event will bring together women’s soccer team from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, and Germany. The German government funded the tournament is to be a meeting of Middle East women’s soccer players since 2011.

However, the Libyan Football Federation, the reason the tournament was held in the middle of the month of Ramadan, stating that the country’s women’s team can not go to Germany.

“The federation said we could not go to Germany because he was fasting. We’d love to go, but the federation banned, “said midfielder Hadhoum el-Alabed.

El-Alabed (37), which is the most senior player in the squad Libya and have studied in Liverpool, said the ban was a matter of destroying the dream of social change after the fall of Moammar Khadaffy.

“The other teams could go to Berlin, then why can not we? All players cry when we federated states can not go, “said El-Alabed

Earlier, the Libyan Football Federation has given the green light for her team compete in Germany. However, they later changed their minds.

“We are currently in Ramadan. We are not opposed to women’s soccer, “said Secretary General of the Libyan Football Federation Nasser Ahmad.

Difficulties for women Libya football team is like no end. Before prohibited competed, they also received threats from radical Islamic groups.

This threat makes El-Alabed et al had to practice in secret, always on the move, and not infrequently they have to practice under the protection of the army.

In June, the group Ansar al-Sharia, which is related to the murder of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, issued a fatwa condemning women’s soccer.

“It’s (women’s soccer) is a matter that we can not accept because it is not in accordance with Islamic law,” the group said.

“Football makes women should be open most of his body and wearing a dress that is unacceptable,” added Ansar al-Sharia.

A leading cleric Libya, Salim Jabar, even urged that country women’s soccer team was dissolved.

“This team is made up of tall beautiful women and it’s not necessary this country,” said Jabar.

“Since the first day they join the team, they’ve sold themselves and give a sense of shame to their families,” he added.

In the reign of Khadaffy, women were allowed to play football masiih although in a limited format. They only play indoors away from public sight.

This prohibition also regrettable coach Emmad El-Fadeih. He said all the players have to follow the rules by wearing gym clothes and no socks and covered shorts.

“They also wear the hijab,” said El-Fadeih.

Although Libya is almost certainly not going to go to Germany, the committee said that the place for Libya remains open.

“We’ve heard what happened. We will wait for further developments, “said a spokesman for Discover Football, Johanna Kosters.

Honda refused Barca for Milan?

AC Milan CEO Ernesto Bronzetti confirmed that CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda to join the Rossoneri.
Men are also members of the club Milan was even claimed Japan 27-year-old star has rejected the proposal of Barcelona.
“Tonight after their League matches (Russian league) He will speak with CSKA president to tell him that she wanted to go,” said Ernesto on Sky Sport Italia.
“They want to keep him for the Champions League, but he only wants to join Milan,” he claims.
“He even turned down a move to Barcelona.”
Although constantly linked with Milan but about the value of the transfer is still an obstacle displacement Honda, Milan even mentioned going to wait until the January transfer window when the contract is completed the player which means Honda are going to Italy for free.

2016 Mourinho Promises to Train Inter

Jose Mourinho seemed to be doing his sensational career trail with re-refine the clubs have ever coached.
The Special One is currently back sitting in the Chelsea reserves as steering strategy game Frank Lampard et al, and it turns out that recognition by Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti, Mourinho also promised to return to coaching Inter.
“I contacted Mourinho to congratulate her on her return to Chelsea and he told me that within three years we would meet back at Inter,” Moratti said.
If what is said is true Mou means that 2016 will turn trained Mourinho’s Inter.
Mou did take it apart once admitted Chelsea, Inter is a club he loves. With Inter from 2008 to 2010, he was offered two Portugal Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League trophy.

Undergo Medical Tests, Higuain almost certainly to Napoli

Jalani Tes Medis, Higuain Hampir Pasti ke Napoli

Rome – Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Napoli just waiting for a matter of days. Certainty is increasingly clear after the striker’s Real Madrid landed in Italy to undergo medical tests, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, while Italy.
Higuain is now landed in Rome. He reportedly will be running the medical tests Villa Stuart clinic in Rome, as reported by Football Italia on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Napoli and Real Madrid finally reached an agreement to transfer Higuain in the price of 37 million euros (USD 503.6 billion). 25-year-old striker will be paid 1 million euros more (USD 13.6 billion) by Napoli from his salary at Real Madrid is currently mencapia 5 million euros (USD 68 billion).
Higuain is now dropped from the squad for Real Madrid against Lyon in a preseason game. Last week he could defend Real Madrid as Los Blancos played with the club Bournemouth.
Higuain move to Napoli news not long after the blocked his transfer to Real Madrid Arsenal. Arsenal are only able to pay for Higuain Real Madrid for 25 million euros (USD 340.3 billion) finally had to bite the fingers after Napoli dare meet Higuain price of 37 million euros.
Napoli also reportedly will soon inaugurate a move goalkeeper Pepe Reina from Liverpool on loan. Reina is planned to undergo a medical test at the same clinic where Higuain conduct medical tests.

July 3, 1974: Total Football, Joga Bonito Pulping

Brasil versus Belanda pada 1974. (dok. Istimewa)

On July 3, 1974, Netherlands to ensure a place in the final of the World Cup. Carrying the typical game of Total Football, Johan Cruyff cs successfully crushed Joga Bonito Brazilian style with two goals unrequited.

The meeting was presented in the final match second group phase. Before this game, the two teams both have two wins from another rival, East Germany and Argentina. Thus, the winner of the match Netherlands versus Brazil will make the final step. While the losers had to settle for competing in the third place playoff.

Led by Ballon d’Or winner, Cruyff, De Oranje aggressive strategy attacking style of Total Football. While in camp Brazil, still relying on veteran players, Jairzinho, who scored seven goals in the World Cup before.

The game itself runs fierce and hard. Pretty much a violation occurs. Despite giving birth just three yellow cards and two untuuk Brazil to the Netherlands. However, total fooball proven its value. Once as strong in the first half, Johan Neeskens and Cruyff was able to record two goals in a span of five minutes.

Asa Brazil catch up just tipped havoc. In the 84th minute, Luis Pereira had sent off by German referee Kurt Tschenscher West due to a hard tackle. The result, a 2-0 win and lock the Netherlands the right to advance to the finals, before foundered from the hosts, West Germany with the score 1-2 at the Olympiastadion, Munich.

Allegri: Milan Will Difficulty in Big Three

Allenatore AC Milan, Massimiliano Allegri predicting Serie A season 2013/2014 will be tough. In fact not denied opportunities Rossoneri Allegri again perched in the top three will be very difficult.

Allegri prediction is not without reason. Rival Milan clubs are now clean up by bringing in new players. Inter Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Napoli strengthen the ranks in the transfer market this summer.

Last season Milan managed to finish third after a stumbling start to the season. Milan is under Juventus and Napoli to make sure to appear in the Champions League.

“Every year is different but Juventus still the favorites in my opinion. They bring in quality players sorts [Carlos] Tevez, [Fernando] Llorente and [Angelo] Ogbonna,” said Allegri reported by Soccerway.

Therefore, Allegri confident competition in the top three will be tight this season. “It would be more difficult for Milan than last season because Juve and also six other teams will fight for the top three,” said Allegri.

“Inter Milan became stronger with the arrival of [Walter] Mazzarri and they will play once a week. Romans brought [Kevin] Strootman, a player with vast experience, although still young,” said Allegri.

“So also with Napoli, Lazio and Fiorentina will be increasingly difficult to be conquered so the competition will be tougher,” he continued.
For Allegri, this season will be the fourth season after being appointed coach of the Rossoneri in the summer of 2010.

McCarthy’s Musings: Directness and precision prompt U.S. dominance over Honduras

Klinsmann has shown the dexterity to alter his formation and use different players to extract the best performances out of his squad in this tournament. His decision to stick with the successful 4-4-2 setup – complete with the often criticized and quietly influentialKyle Beckerman in central midfield – and start Eddie Johnson up top reaped significant dividends against a Honduras outfit ill-equipped to cope with the problems presented by those selections.

Johnson made particular sense in this match because he offered the Americans a chance to stretch the field vertically. He offers decent hold up work as a nominal target player, but his true strength remains pushing behind the opposing line and relying on his pace to unsettle opposing defenses. His immediate contribution against El Salvador on Sunday mandated his inclusion tonight. And his work on the evening – combined with the willingness to play narrowly on the shoddy and tight temporary surface at Cowboys Stadium – ultimately exposed the weakness within the Honduras ranks.

Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suárez left out most of his regulars for this tournament and shunted a few of his remaining pieces into unfamiliar areas to form his 4-2-3-1 formation. The absences ofVictor Bernárdez, Roger Espinoza and Wilson Palacios proved particularly harmful on this night as the Hondurans prepared to deal with Johnson and the robust American approach. That particular trio adds the resolve and the steel necessary to deal with the combined threat of an in-form Landon Donovan buzzing around and Johnson trying to push through the defense.

In their stead, the Hondurans completely collapsed when confronted with direct play from back to front. Donovan dropped off at will to pull the rearguard apart. Johnson operated as a target man from time to time and surged through the line frequently against a back four ill-equipped to cope with the movement and the power presented by the Americans on the night.

Johnson registered the opener through a streamlined move through the middle of the park. Clarence Goodson played the ball into Donovan’s checking run back into midfield. Donovan flicked through to catch out the stagnant Honduran rearguard. Johnson then raced behind the line and slotted home to open the scoring after just 11 minutes.

At that point in the affair, Honduras should have adjusted to the threat created by the American willingness to bypass the midfield at times and pile pressure on the back four with vertical balls. Most of the fault lays with the center defenders – Osman Chávez endured a torrid night when his experience should have helped to guide him through – for failing to communicate properly and rectifying at least a portion of those concerns with better positioning.

The second goal reinforced the themes introduced by the first. Johnson flicked a direct ball out of the back toward the back line. Alejandro Bedoya – perhaps in his most influential match in a U.S. shirt – beat his marker to the pass and shuffled it toward Donovan in the middle. And Donovan produced a goal of sublime quality – a cushioned trap off the chest and an instinctual flick with the outside of his foot – to cap off the move.

Honduras somehow managed to survive the remainder of the half without conceding and then switched its personnel at halftime. Suarez sent Marvin Chávez and Jerry Palacios into the fray to give his side more menace going forward, but the American dominance in possession – keeping the ball when required and then using it effectively to create chance after chance – blunted their influence.

Chavez did impact the game from a set piece to arrange the last meaningful sequence of the match. The San Jose winger exploited the Americans’ continued weakness on set pieces with a teasing service from the right. The unmarked Nery Medina headed home to inject some modest doubt into the proceedings. It lasted for less than a minute as another Goodson longball over the top, another pass from Bedoya and another finish from Donovan restored the two-goal lead in short order and scuttled any lingering thoughts about a Honduras revival.

It never looked likely anyway, given the cohesiveness and the menace conjured by the Americans on the night. Klinsmann correctly identified the Honduran weakness with his team selection and watched his players feast on that soft core time and time again. The entire display oozed confidence and reinforced the now pervasive notion that the United States will enter the final as the favorite. Klinsmann will have one or two concerns to address – including his own availability for the match after his late dismissal – before the encounter, but he can take ample encouragement from this display as the preparations for Sunday’s final in Chicago commence.

PSSI Establish Cooperation with International Sports Law Association

PSSI Jalin Kerjasama Dengan Asosiasi Hukum Olah Raga Internasional

JAKARTA – The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) formed a partnership with the International Association of Sports Law (IASL) to build sport tourism and prevent football from terrorist acts.
There are seven scope of cooperation between the PSSI with IASL, the exchange of information and documentation, organization of joint activities for specific activities and the implementation of joint activities such as conferences, seminars and workshops on issues of international sports law.
Signing of the MoU by Dimitrios Panagiotopoulos IASL President and the Secretary-General (Secretary) PSSI Joko Driyono at Hotel Atlet Century Senayan Jakarta, Friday (28/6).
Secretary-General (Secretary) PSSI, Driyono Joko said, cooperation is expected to contribute positively to the flagship program PSSI, the Indonesian Football Millennium Development (IMFD) in international forums.
IMFD has been approved in the PSSI congress in Surabaya June 17, 2013.
“We are very excited. It’s a new era in the development of Indonesia Millennium Development Football, “he said.
On that occasion, IASL appointed Indonesia as the host of the 19th IASL Congress next October. Congress to be held in Bali that will be attended by 40 countries.
“Sport tourism and terrorism will be issues that will be discussed in Bali,” he said.
IASL is an international scientific association founded at the first International Congress on Sports Law, December 11 to 13, 1992 in Athens, Greece. IASL goal is the cultivation and development of science, research and teaching Sports Law and the Olympic institution.