Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays and Replay of 2010 !!!

As the year 2010 comes to a close, one cannot help but to look back at how eventful it was. The greatest highlight being the 2010 World Cup,  an event that was held on the continent of Africa for the very first time in history. (Better to focus on that than the referee scandal, ha!).  How about the  FIFA scandal  which allegedly involved  three FIFA executives who were bribed  to rig the World Cup host selections?  Aha, then came the dramatic moment   where one of the smallest countries in the world, Quatar, (and another surprise, Russia) shattered the hope of  other countries like the United Kingdom and the USA to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup events. 
 The integrity of FIFA as a World Football/Soccer governing body has, since then, become more questionable than ever before. One wonders whether FIFA's shortcomings are of its top- man's making or of the crew he cannot control, or both. Does that take away from the excitement the Sport brings around the whole world? No. Great to see that Soccer is slowly, but steadily growing and breaking through in the USA, at all levels- from youth leagues to Major League Soccer(MLS) and the Women's Professional Soccer league(WPS). Hopefully 2011 brings an even greater and bigger Soccer experience. Happy holidays!!! Click Here to Read More..

Saturday, November 6, 2010

After Soccer (Player) Career, What Next?

It is very easy  to blossom while the career blossoms and grows. It is exciting when, as a youth,  an individual begins to get the recognition of all who see the prospect in him/her. Even awesome, when they break through into a professional or even a semi professional Soccer arena and become some form of icon. As long as...everything is going well, it's rare that these talented individuals ever realize that their career will eventually start to slow down. Then what next? There has developed a traditional trend of ex-players engaging in Soccer-related careers, like Marketing, Coaching, Media reporting and Journalism, and modelling, or even some form of Management and Administration. However, because  the increase in  this population of veterans, such opportunities are becomming highly competative and rare to find- at meaningful pay rates. This can be a very frustrating and if it prevails for a longer time than anticipated, concerned veterans' lifestyles (and those of their families) can be negatively affected. This raises the question, how does a veteran Soccer player effectively prepare to transition into their post player-career, without significant drawbacks in-between? The essence of this discussion is to challenge  prospective, current and retired pro-Soccer atheletes to prepare for this stage, which if well planned, can be a very rewarding transition. Also, this discussion matters especially when we consider what this picture portrays  about the sport to very young prospective athletes. Hopefully,  the more successsful veterans and Soccer affiliated entreprenuers, as well as strategists, will consider pursuing this aspect of athlete moulding, preparation and development. This way, Soccer will not only be a sport worth playing while the playing career lasts, but will also ensure a  meaningful livelihood in a post-player status like several other sports! Click Here to Read More..

Monday, September 20, 2010

Women's Professional League 2010 Playoffs and Final's Week!

The 2010 Women's Professional Soccer League (WPS)  playoffs are here. Already one of the stronger of the four qualifying teams, Washington Freedom, has been eliminated in the quarter finals leaving three, namely;  the new Philadelphia Union, regular season strugglers,Boston Breakers, and the all- season tough FC Gold Pride. Boston Breakers was one of the most shocking surprises in these playoffs, never mind ending up in second place in the playoff qualification. Question: are we about to see a surprise upset of the predominant team of the season or will consistency pay off for FC Gold Pride? Will the all new Philadelphia Union make a mighty sweepthrough to make History of a new comer winning in their first year in the league? OR: Will under-estimated Boston Breakers seal their amazing comeback deal with a blissful victory? Young and upcoming Soccer players, Co-ed coaches, Soccer Moms, Soccer Dad's, Soccer lovers ,  families,  friends, supporters, affiliates; be a part of this eventful week in Women's Professional Soccer history when the semi finals and finals will be played!!! * For more about WPS, visit http://www.womensprosoccer.com/ Click Here to Read More..

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Conflict Of Interest in Sports Agency & Representation.

A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports
Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League SoccerThe  conflict of interest within Sports agency and representation is such a paradox. It's amazing, yet intriguing, how agencies  continue to successfully represent players, coaches and Sports journalists (who cover the Sport) at the same time. How these agencies, representing two or more completely contradictory parties, manage ( especially when a crisis arises), leaves alot to be desired. How would one reconcile   this conflict so that all the parties involved are fairly, satisfactorily and, consequently, effectively represented without bias? First of all, do we agree it's a conflict? If so, why and how? If not, why not? Any thoughts and ideas? Get on board and share your views! The Business of Sports Agents, 2nd Edition Click Here to Read More..

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A "ZANGALEWA/ SANKALEWA" climax for the Republic Of South Africa!!!

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) (The Official 2010 Fifa World Cup (Tm) Song)Whatever the result of today's World Cup final, it's thumbs up for the Republic of South Africa (R.S.A) for planning, preparing for and successfully hosting this 2010 World Cup. This is phenomenal for a country with a history of apatheid, inter-tribal struggles, but also with a living revolutionary legend, Nelson Mandela to witness it!


Serious Reggae Business Today, Netherlands gets to engage in a world unifying event's final in the very country that was once its colony. Surprisingly, the two countries seem to have overcome their past strife and united in this venture. This depicts high level diplomacy and reistates a personal ling time belief that Soccer/Football is a universal language, but also the greatest potential conduit for world peace and reconciliation and peace. It may not be the end to conflict resolution, but the means to the same-- or both. Bravo, South Africa on this spotlight moment in which you have gained more International respect and credibility. It's indeed a "Sankalewa"/celebration moment for this nation. Regretfully, a powerful South African music legend, LUCKY DUBE, who sang alot of anti-apatheid songs that inspired the release of President Nelson Mandela, didn't live to see or even perform at this event (May he rest in peace). All due respect and congratulations to His Excellency the former president of R.S.A, Nelson Mandela!!! Click Here to Read More..

Sunday, June 20, 2010

World Cup on African Soil did not bring African teams much luck...

The African Song (Undeclinable Ambuscade)
African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World's Game (Ohio Africa in World History)It is phenomenal that for the first time, the African continent has hosted a Soccer World Cup, ever!  Yet this excitement has not  been reflected in the performance of the qualifying African teams. After watching Cameroon's hopes to proceed vanish yesterday, and now seeing Cote d'ivoire crumble under Brazil's pressure, one wonders what this historical event means to the continent.This could be the beginning of a new era in the African Soccer/Football legacy and a wake-up call to the African continent to rise to its potential. Many African players have often looked at their best propects for their Soccer/Football career being in the more developed countries, which is true in alot of ways. However, it may be time for them to see that their home-base could use past international talent to harness the great potential in the Sport and make a world mark. Other social, economic and, sometimes political factors may stand in the way, but the solidarity of Soccer/Football is comparable to no other. This is all it will take for Africa to claim her fame on the world scene as a Soccer/ Football power continent!
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

BRING THAT WORLD CUP GAME TO BOSTON, MA 2018/2022 !!!

A great call, a great opportunity...sign that petition for the bid!!! Click Here to Read More..

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Buenos Aires Cup International Soccer Tournament 2011... Travel and Play Soccer in style!!!

You (or people you know) interested  in travelling and playing Soccer in Buenos Aires Argentina? Consider being a part of this event coming up 2011. Visit: http://www.buenosairescup.com/ or contact Anna Renery at anna@buenosairescup.com Also contact Anna at (415)-738-8653 or (323)- 282-3450 for questions and details.Travel, play your favorite Sport, meet new people from allover, have fun with family and friends - all this adventure at once!!Don't wait... plan to register as soon as possible!  Buenos Aires Cup- Buenos Aires International SoccerTournament : www.buenosairescup.com Torneo Internacional de futbol. Sitio Oficial del evento más importante del año en sudamerica. Torneo Internacional de futbol. Sitio Oficial del evento más importante del año en sudamerica.  The Rough Guide to Buenos Aires 1 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)  
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Go Inter Milan!!!

adidas World Cup 2010 Capitano Italy Soccer Ball
Thrilled by Inter Milan's win of the Italia Serie A title, 2010... it is well with my soul!!!Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ain't it Crazy Trying to Catch up with All the Soccer Going on?

World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics. World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and GeopoliticsToo much Soccer stuff going on, which is a great thing. From local to regional leagues- national and, yes,  the international ones! Of course, World Cup fever is rising... Soccer love is filling the whole atmosphere and one can't get enough of it even if interest was narrowed to specific leagues. Here in the US, the Major League Soccer(Men's), Womens Professional Soccer League(WPS) and the NASL ( the men's Second Division league)  are all running at the same time! It's tough to decide where to direct loyalty considering that other exciting continental leagues are in action, too. Besides,a lot of focus is being directed to the once-every- four- year event, the World Cup 2010. I am most intrigued by how all this balances itself out, socially and economically and maybe, politically, for an internationally popular Sport like Soccer!!!  
                                                                2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 FIFA World Cup.                                                                             

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Why Arsenal Will Win The League This Season & Not United Or Chelsea!?

Why Arsenal Will Win The League This Season & Not United Or Chelsea!?
After reading this article, the judgement is yours. Mine? The odds are in Man United's favor!
The Jurisprudence of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (Asser International Sports Law Series)Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2010
The discussion is open...                
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Soccer AND or VERSUS Technology?

Technology seems to be evolving faster and faster lately and one can't help wondering whether this is a good thing or a bad thing for  Soccer as a Sport and as a sector. With 3-D (Sports) Television networks coming onto the scene...

What will become of the traditional box office and all its beneficiaries? It is enough that the Sport struggled in its sales in 2009(in the US) and this new technology development might only make it worse. Who wants to sit outside in very cold weather to watch a Soccer game if they can have the same thrill and experience within the comfort of their cozy living room? (Soccer is strictly an outdoor Sport unless otherwise specified.) I am not worried about the big time managers, but about the middle and lower class Sports sector employees. Their future in this industry is at stake.
On a positive note, Marketing Biz prospects look great as more corporate sponsors and advertizers scramble for the cutting edge opportunity to maximize visibility infront of  the massive audience that will be enticed by this new Television phenomenon.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

WOMEN'S PRO SOCCER LEAGUE SITUATION STARTLING AND WORRISOME ...

Just after one year of existence, the Women's Professional Soccer League has already lost one of its strongest teams, Los Angeles Sol. What could this imply regarding the future of the league?
The team's management could no longer sustain it, so it was dissolved; but good enough, most of the players have been taken up by other teams. The question remains, what is the future of the league- never mind the players' ? What if this happens to more than one team in a given period; what will the fate of the players be? Red flags about how much effort is put into the formation and authorization of these teams are automatically raised. Is it because it is a new league and, therefore, accomodations have been made for  short- run inefficiency and failures; or is it due to the unpredictability of investment-outcomes of this new venture? If these  two are the underlying factors for this situation, then the failure is excusable. However, if  the failure is due to sluggishness and negligent oversight at the time of formulation and authorization of the concerned teams, the Women's Professional League better wake up and address this issue with aggressiveness and urgency; otherwise the league will lose credibility and trust across the board!!!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

US SOCCER WAVE, 2010, ON ITS WAY!!!

It's almost time for the pre-season for all the US major Soccer leagues and there is anticipation that this will be an  even more exciting year, not only in Men's Soccer, but also in Women's Soccer (WPS). Yes, the tip of the iceberg is the US Men's team opening its 2010 World Cup experience with England's, come June 12th. Who knows what is in store for this team?

Great expectations! One continues to hope to see more Corporate Sponsorship and Involvement in this growing Sport, because this is one of the key avenues for irreversible, sustainable growth of any given Sport. It attracts great talent that would otherwise opt for more profitable Sports, and encourages retention of the same. At the end of the day, the  sponsors enjoy the harvest of  a great market from the massive fan- base, related business networks and impassioned audiences.
Well it's just exciting enough that the Soccer wave will be felt again soon!
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Happy and Hope- filled New 2010!!!

It's a new year and a new decade! Yes, the World Cup is here come June this year. National and local leagues continue- all we can hope for is to see a greater 2010 in the Soccer realm.
Happy New Year to you all!!!
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