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Meet LoveFooty.net – Football Blog Launches New Look Site

LoveFooty.net one of the webs oldest and most popular football blogs has launched a new look website with improved community & social features.

LoveFooty.net was initially launched at the start of 2007 and features all the latest news, gossip, opinions & football videos from the world’s most popular sport.

The new changes include a fresh design which is fast loading and easy to navigate. This is coupled with close integration with the internet’s top social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Google+ which makes it easier than ever for fans to share their views and content with other fans from across the globe.

Lead project designer James Scott who was in charge of the overhaul had this to say about the new look LoveFooty.net: “We had to completely overhaul the site design and we gave it a fresh lick of colour as the old site was rather bland, just in time for the African Cup of Nations 2012.”

Scott also had this to say about the social networking integration “The staggering growth in social networking sites and huge audiences available for popular topics like sports means we can tap into a huge audience very quickly.”

Not only does LoveFooty.net closely integrate their site with the top social networks but they also participate and engage with football fans worldwide using their social networking accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sportpost.com To Become The Largest Sport Specific Video On Demand Site In The World

Sportpost.com, the new sports social media portal, has taken another giant step towards its goal of becoming the largest sport specific video on demand site in the world, after signing unique deals with the Football Association, and Europe’s largest action sports portal, MPORA.com.

The media partnerships, unique to Sportpost.com, have been designed to give media and brand owners the ability to freely distribute premium sports content via their own video players that simply plug in to the Sportpost network. Media owners can engage with sports fans from all over the world whilst at the same time remaining in control of their own advertising revenue.

Peter Janes, Managing Director of Sportpost.com explained: “Previously, media owners would never share their content with each other, as they would lose the control and potentially the revenue associated. We are in talks with some of the world’s largest media producers and our new independent distribution model is proving very attractive. For no cost we can give all sports media owners access to the platform to help build audiences and drive traffic and advertising revenue. In return, sports fans via sportpost have total access and choice to the best sports content around the world in one location.”

Having only launched in March 2010, Sportpost.com has smashed forecasts, registering more than nine times the expected traffic numbers. The pioneering site encourages fans to ‘share your sport with the world’. It combines the sports videos, blogs, news and debates from the world of sport into one central location. It also gives a voice to the superstars of world sport, with exclusive deals to publish personal sport blogs from athletes including 2010 Grand National winner, A.P. McCoy, Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen and tennis stars Kim Clijsters, Caroline Wozniacki and Robin Soderling.

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Horse Racing Teams Up With Sportpost.com To Attract A Younger Audience

Sportpost, sports social media site, has become an odds on favourite for fans of horse racing as the sport battles for viewers and looks to attract the next generation of fans. This week both Racing UK and ‘At The Races’ (The UK’s biggest broadcasters of horse racing content) have joined the growing list of channel partners at Sportpost.com. This move also works hand in hand with the sports move to overhaul betting and utilise decimals which is a language much more familiar to the younger generation.

Horse Racing Teams Up With Sportpost.com To Attract A Younger Audience

The two channel partners join recent Grand National winner and jockey legend A.P.McCoy who already has his own blogging portal within the Sportpost site. The move is highly significant in that horse racing, which has always previously used traditional distribution methods, has now fully embraced social media. Social media is increasingly being seen as the medium of choice for engaging younger viewers and increasing brand awareness, sportpost.com is at the forefront of this shift.

Richard Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of Racing UK said: “Racing should always be looking at ways to introduce the sport to a new audience, and Sportpost is an innovative solution to do just that. Racing UK’s strong video content will contribute to the success of the site.”

Sportpost (Europe’s first sports social media site) is proving very popular with sports stars, rights holders and media owners as an exciting promotional tool. The multi-sport site already boasts, after less than a month since its launch, media partners such as Red Bull, Nike Football, the UFC, Euro League Basketball and now the two premier horse racing broadcasters in the UK. The full list of channel partners can be found within the sports videos portal at Sportpost.

Matt Taylor, Head of Online for At The Races said, “Exclusive content is very important to any broadcaster or publisher, but it is impossible to ignore the opportunity to drive fresh viewers through social media. Sportpost is a fantastic tool as it enables At The Races to widen racing’s overall appeal and grow awareness of our brand.”

Sports stars are also seeing the potential of the sports blogs portal within Sportpost. The site partners with stars such as tennis world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, England rugby stars James Haskell and Danny Care and recent Grand National winner AP McCoy, who immediately blogged of his success exclusively through his Sportpost blog.

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Sportpost.com Release World Cup Virals

With the world cup just around the corner, sports social media site Sportpost.com has got into the spirit by releasing a number of funny videos of alternative world cup moments. The series of four videos are aimed at football fans and have been posted on the Sportpost site and its YouTube channel.

Sportpost.com Release World Cup Virals

The four animated football videos include alternative endings to famous world cup moments including Zinedine Zidane’s head butt in the 2006 final; Gazza crying at Italia ’90; Maradona’s hand of god and Beckham’s red card against Argentina. The videos have been created for anyone who has ever wondered what Materazzi really said to Zidane, or how Gary Lineker tried to cheer up Gazza. As the sports world gets geared up for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the highly controversial videos are already causing a stir amongst football fans and are proving popular on YouTube as well.

Peter Janes, Sportpost founder and director said, “The World Cup is the greatest show on Earth and as Europe’s first sports social media site we felt it was only natural to get involved.”

Peter added “Everyone remembers key moments from World Cup history, however we wanted to know what football fans would have wanted to see if those famous moments had turned out differently and so the idea behind our alternative world cup moments were born”.

With constantly updated football news, user comments and videos from around the world, the four new animated alternative endings football videos are already helping to ensure sportpost.com is the world’s premier sports social media, video and highlight website. The site has already attracted sports fans from over 200 countries around the world and is causing a huge stir within the sports industry already since its launch in March.

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Sportpost.com Launches Europe’s First Sports Social Media Site

Set to revolutionise the consumption of sports content globally, the pioneering new site encourages fans to ‘share your sport with the world’. It combines videos, blogs, news and debates from the world of sport into one central location.

Uniquely, Sportpost.com also gives voice to the superstars of world sport, with exclusive deals to publish personal sports blogs from athletes including England rugby international James Haskell, Cheltenham challenger renowned jockey A.P. McCoy and England football star, West Ham striker Carlton Cole. Additionally, brands including Nike Football, Red Bull, Monster Energy, UFC, Laureus Sports and World Sport TV have already rushed to take advantage of its premium High Definition channels.

“Sportpost.com aims to be the world’s premier sports social media site,” said the Managing Director of Sportpost.com, Peter Janes. “The site is a fun, interactive alternative to traditional sports media and news sites. To date, fans have been on the sidelines looking in. They have never really had a voice or the ability to create and share sports content before. Being completely independent, we can work with all athletes, brand owners and media partners to give our users total access and choice. We are confident Sportpost.com will change sports consumption habits significantly.”

The brainchild of three co-founders, Loughborough University alumni and sporting fanatics, Peter Janes (Managing Director), Paul Stewart (Sales Director) and Charlie Cooper (Technical and Design Director), Sportpost.com is expected to dramatically impact the way sports fans consume and share content in future.

David Brooks, Head of Digital Media, Red Bull said: “Red Bull is always looking for new and innovative ways for us to get our brand message and media in front of sports fans. Sportpost.com is such an exciting platform for us to hit our ideal target demographic and draw eyeballs to Red Bull’s products and events.”

Sportpost.com has been in development for more than 15 months and has now gone fully live for the first time. The original test site attracted over 800,000 unique users from over 200 countries, with the UK, USA, India, Brazil, Germany, Canada, China, the UAE and Russia featuring highest. Sportpost.com bridges the gap, giving brands and sports stars a smarter, more cost effective and targeted alternative to reaching passionate fans than the creation of their own websites or micro-sites. Testing demonstrated the site demographics to be male (over 90%) in the 18 – 40 age bracket (over 70%). The vast majority are ABC1 (over 70%), university educated (over 50%) and almost all have high disposable incomes.

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The New Football Pools is to be launched for the 2008/2009 football season

The New Football Pools is to be launched for the 2008/2009 football season with an exciting new range of online interactive games and a new star-studded panel of newly-appointed Pools Pundits forecasting results and performances, it was announced today.

Former Liverpool football stars Alan Hansen, John Barnes and ex-Chelsea player Tony Cascarino team up with referee Graham Poll to form the new Pools Pundits. Together they will be helping The New Football Pools gain unique insight into the game, giving predictions and opinion on every big weekly game. For today’s launch they are also joined by former Newcastle United and Tottenham star Les Ferdinand to offer players regular expert advice and match predictions.

Their comments about controversial and headline-making issues surrounding the game as well as their views on the players to watch, the big transfer deals and the teams they reckon will pick up silverware, will be published on the website weekly (www.footballpools.com)

Announcing the launch today, the Chief Executive of Sportech PLC, Ian Penrose also revealed that a Football Pools Trust had been set up to channel investment into football-related good causes. The public can apply for grants for good causes which will be considered by the new Pools Pundits who will then present cheques to the beneficiaries.

“At the height of the success of the traditional football pools over one third of the population played every week. Football is now one of the biggest talking points in our day to day to lives and the New Football Pools offers everyone a chance to join in, give their views and play the games in a very interactive way and there is no reason why we cannot attract millions of players,” said Ian Penrose.

Alan Hansen said: “The pools was a big part of my family upbringing and has always been at the heart of the football community. It’s like transferring the talk in the pubs and clubs to an exciting game online where anyone can bring their knowledge and skill to their predictions and walk away with a nice cheque and even help make a difference in their local community facilities.

The New Football Pools will also offer new games, Premier 10, made up of ten Barclays Premier League games of the weekend and Footy 15 which includes fifteen of the top weekend fixtures from across the Premier League, Championship, SPL and Europe. Playing is as simple as ever, selecting HOME, DRAW or AWAY for as little as £1 a time.

Getting started early on the punditry, retired referee Graham Poll predicted honours for Chelsea this season. “Scolari is a winner and vastly experienced at the very top level. Given the incredibly talented squad he has inherited he should be successful. It is interesting that some players who were reported to want to leave Chelsea have decided to stay – testament to Scolari’s approach. I think Chelsea will win a trophy this season.

Hansen, Barnes, Cascarino and Poll will be regular members of the Pools Pundits team offering weekly tips and views and they will be joined by ‘guest substitutes’ at key moments of the season or before crucial fixtures.

The games can also be played on many of the Paypoint terminals across a network of 17,000 retailers, through a minimum of 1,750 Ladbrokes outlets, online via 888.com, with yet more ways of playing to be announced soon.

As well as the new interactive prediction games, old favourites like Spot the Ball will be available as well as the Classic Pools where 8 score draws are picked from 49 fixtures and new Private Leagues syndicates can compete in their own private prediction league, pitting their skills and knowledge against each other.

The original and famous Pools Panel consisting of ex football heroes, England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, former striker Roger Hunt and ex Scotland star Tony Green will continue to meet at the Liverpool headquarters of The New Football Pools every Saturday to make their predictions in the event of match postponements.

Gordon Banks, a member of England’s World Cup winning team in 1966, commented: “The pools is part of our football heritage and it’s been part of our lives for years. We have a lot of fun meeting every week discussing the possible results and there is often some heated discussion. Like everything else the Pools has to move with the times and the new games on the internet offer even more excitement to the new generation of football fans.”

The launch also sees The New Football Pools steps up its support and development of sport and good causes in the UK through grants awarded by its Football Pools Trust. Over its 85 year history the pools has contributed over £1.1 billion to football, other sports, the arts and good causes.

Sportech plc Chief Executive Ian Penrose added: “The pools has played a key part in improving sporting facilities during its 85 year history and over 60 million people have been given winning cheques. With the new online games, there is an opportunity to play exciting games and win money by making accurate predictions but also know that you are contributing to good causes –it’s a win, win for everyone.”

Among the first clubs to benefit from the pool’s funding to make grounds safer for fans were Liverpool and Glasgow Rangers, who were each then able to convert terraced areas of their stadia to seats. Stadia such as Millwall’s New Den, Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium and Huddersfield Town’s McAlpine stadium were also supported with Trust Grants.

The Pools has also established strong links with football through a three-year partnership to become one of a select number of official licensees of The Premier League and Football Leagues and official partners of The Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football Leagues. The Football Pools Investment Fund has also been set up to channel significant investment into Football related good causes.

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Football’s Fans’ Survey reveals pre-season expectations across the country

Barclaycard has launched a Barclaycard Football’s Fans’ Survey to see how optimistic fans from across all of the football leagues feel about their club’s prospects in the new season. To date, over 5,700 fans have completed the survey, but there is still time for others to have the chance to share their thoughts as well. The survey is being run in partnership with independent research body the Football Fans Census and final results will be available prior to the season kick off.

So far, the Barclaycard Football’s Fans’ Survey shows that the most optimistic fans in the country are those of Swansea in League 1 with the top ten most optimistic sets of supporters being:

1. Swansea – League 1
2. Manchester United – Barclays Premier League
3. Tottenham Hotspur – Barclays Premier League
4. Chelsea – Barclays Premier League
5. Peterborough United – League 2
6. Wolverhampton – Championship
7. Liverpool – Barclays Premier League
8. Millwall – League 1
9. Rochdale – League 2
10. Shrewsbury Town – League 2

In the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United fans are the most optimistic, clearly fancying their chances of retaining the title. The surprise package, according to the survey, could be Martin Jol’s Spurs whose recent signings seem to have caught the imagination of the White Hart Lane faithful.

Confidence of fans at North London rivals Arsenal, however, seems to have taken a dive following the departure of talisman Thierry Henry to Barcelona. Another high profile exit that seems to have damaged supporters’ spirits is that of Sam Allardyce from Bolton Wanderers, however, his arrival at St James Park appears to have stoked the enthusiasm of the Magpie faithful.

In the Championship, optimism is riding high at Molineux, with Wolves fans the most confident in the division, closely followed by followers of last season’s relegated teams Sheffield United, Watford and Charlton Athletic. Crystal Palace and newly promoted Scunthorpe United are favourites for the drop based on responses from their fans.

League 1 plays host to the most confident set of fans in the country with Swansea City supporters optimistic of a successful campaign ahead. At the other end of that division, however, it’s a familiar story at Elland Road for Leeds United’s long-suffering supporters as they confirm they are amongst the least hopeful fans in the country.

Peterborough United player/manager Darren Ferguson makes it a family double in League 2. While fans of father Sir Alex’s Manchester United are the most optimistic in the Barclays Premier League, Posh fans are top of the table for confidence in League 2.

The Barclaycard Football’s Fans’ Survey has been launched by Barclaycard to mark the launch of Barclaycard Football, a new card which offers fans 0% interest on season ticket purchases, rewards on spending and the chance to win once-in-a lifetime football prizes.

Commenting on the survey, Amer Sajed, Head of UK Cards said: “With the new season getting nearer, expectation levels are either sky high or rock bottom and this is a great chance to let other fans know how your club will do next season.”

Tim Gentles, Managing Director of the Football Fans Census, said: “It will be interesting to see if clubs can meet their fans’ expectations on the field.”

About Barclaycard
Barclaycard is a multi-brand credit card and consumer loans business which also processes card payments for retailers and merchants and issues credit and charge cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. It is one of Europe’s leading credit card businesses and has an increasing presence in the United States.

In the UK, Barclaycard comprises Barclaycard and Sky Card branded credit cards and FIRSTPLUS secured lending. Barclaycard also manages card operations on behalf of Solution Personal Finance.

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