Liverpool to visit Indonesia next year | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Liverpool have revealed they plan to visit Indonesia on their 2013 pre-season tour after signing a three-year partnership with their national airline Garuda Indonesia, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool have revealed they plan to visit Indonesia on their 2013 pre-season tour after signing a three-year partnership with their national airline Garuda Indonesia, reports the Liverpool Echo.

One of Asia’s most rapidly growing brands, Garuda Indonesia will become the club’s global official airline.

Reds managing director Ian Ayre said: “This is a fantastic partnership for both parties. Liverpool Football Club has a huge international following and we are looking forward to working with Garuda Indonesia across many markets in order to capitalise on their rapid growth.

“It is an honour for us to be associated with a brand that has become a leading player in global aviation, and in particular, a brand that has its base in a region where we enjoy such a passionate fan base.

“Indonesia is an ambitious country with a rapidly growing economy which the club has great affiliation with and where we hope to hold next year’s pre-season tour.

 

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FIFA continues to be an embarrassment to football | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Fifa president Sepp Blatter was aware senior officials were paid millions of pounds, according to a court investigation into bribery claims, reports BBC Sport.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter was aware senior officials were paid millions of pounds, according to a court investigation into bribery claims, reports BBC Sport.

Former president Joao Havelange and executive committee member Ricardo Teixeira were named on Wednesday as having received huge sums by Fifa’s former marketing partner ISL.

Neither were disciplined by Fifa.

Instead, Fifa paid £1.64m to a Swiss court on condition criminal proceedings were dropped.

On Fifa’s website, Blatter says he knew about the payments but that they were legal at the time.

He said: “Back then, such payments could even be deducted from tax as a business expense. Today, that would be punishable under law.

“You can’t judge the past on the basis of today’s standards. Otherwise it would end up with moral justice. I can’t have known about an offence that wasn’t even one.”

 
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Villas-Boas: New signings perfect for Tottenham | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is confident new signings Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson will add depth to the squad.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is confident new signings Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson will add depth to the squad.

“They give us further solutions,” the former Chelsea boss said.

“Sigurdsson had a tremendous impact in the Premier League last season. With the interest around him, for him to join Tottenham with this ambition is something we are grateful for.

“Jan is tremendously experienced and can play in a number of positions, which is another thing we look for in the way we build our squad.”

 

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Mullins leaves Portsmouth for Birmingham berth | Transfers | Tribal Football

Championship Birmingham have completed the capture of Hayden Mullins from League One Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.

Championship Birmingham have completed the capture of Hayden Mullins from League One Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.

With Pompey having suffered relegation to League One and currently still in financial turmoil, the departure of senior players from Fratton Park has become inevitable.

And the 33 year old, who still had 12 months remaining on his contract, has become Blues boss Lee Clark’s third signing in four days after forward Peter Lovenkrands and keeper David Lucas.

 
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Man Utd agree pre-season broadcasting rights | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Hamburg-based media rights agency UFA Sports has a signed a deal with Manchester United that will see it market the international broadcast rights to their upcoming pre-season tour, reports SportsPro.

Hamburg-based media rights agency UFA Sports has a signed a deal with Manchester United that will see it market the international broadcast rights to their upcoming pre-season tour, reports SportsPro.

Manchester United will play five games in total across three continents and over a three-week period from 18th July.

The tour begins in South Africa with a game against Amazulu, before taking in a trip to China to face Shanghai Shenhua, before United return to Europe to play Valarenga and Barcelona in Oslo and Gothenburg respectively.

Previous pre-season tours have seen Manchester United opt to give international media distribution rights to IEC in Sports.

Although figures have not been released, United can expect to make a significant six-figure amount through the deal with UFA Sports.

 

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Hill prepared to fight for QPR place | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Veteran defender Clint Hill is ready for the challenge of claiming a first team spot at QPR despite boss Mark Hughes strengthening his squad over the summer.

Veteran defender Clint Hill is ready for the challenge of claiming a first team spot at QPR despite boss Mark Hughes strengthening his squad over the summer.

The 33-year-old was named Player of the Year by both the fans and players last season.

“You’re always looking and thinking ‘oh right, he has come in to replace me’,” he said.

“I am one of these people that thinks it is a clean slate. Last season has gone now and I’ve got to prove myself again.

“I’ll come in, work hard from the start, give 100% and hopefully that will be enough.

“I mean, it has been a good two years. Last year was a bit up and down in terms of me going away on loan and not really knowing where I was going to end up.

“But it finished on a high and I am just delighted I managed to secure another year at QPR and in the Premier League as well.”

 

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StubHub in deal with Everton | Premiership News | Tribal Football

According to the Daily Mail, Everton have signed a new £1.7 million deal with secondary ticketing company StubHub, reports SportsPro.

According to the Daily Mail, Everton have signed a new £1.7 million deal with secondary ticketing company StubHub, reports SportsPro.

The deal is yet to be officially confirmed by either Everton or StubHub, however, when announced the partnerships will be the American company’s first signing in the Premier League.

StubHub launched its UK operations in December 2011, a move that was complemented in April 2012 through a partnership with USA Basketball concerning the governing body’s upcoming exhibition matches in Manchester on 18th and 19th July.

“In the UK, we’ve been really successful over the last six to eight months coming in and there’s a huge appetite to work with StubHub,” said StubHub director of business development and partnerships Danielle Maged speaking with SportsPro in May.

“I think what we offer on the customer service and the security and our dedication to people is really attractive to people. So I think that you’ll see that we’ll have a ton of partners in the UK over the next two years depending on when contracts expire.

“The UK is a springboard for other territories in Europe,” Maged added. “You can expect to see us advance, spreading. Definitely, I would say by 2013 we’ll be in another country in Europe and then we’re clearly looking beyond Europe.”

 

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