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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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Arsenal Soccer School In Dubai To Enable Pupils To Shoot For The Stars

Emirates has partnered with the Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai to enable pupils to shoot for the stars after being given a coaching master class by Gunners defender Mikael Silvestre.

The French international made a surprise visit to Emirates 7he Sevens at the Arsenal Soccer School Dubai during the first week of term to sign autographs and help out with the training drills. The 32-year-old gave advice to the aspiring footballers aiming to follow in his footsteps and play in the English Premier League, and he sees no reason why this can’t happen. He said: “This is great for the development of football in the UAE and a tremendous opportunity for the children who live here.

“The aim of the school is to give kids the chance to learn how to ‘Play the Arsenal Way’, the flowing, visionary style of football which is the hallmark of Arsene Wenger. The boss is world-renowned for his ability to nurture young talent and the coaching will be based on the same principles that he teaches us in the first team.

“With this platform, there is every chance that a kid from this school could become the first player from the Middle East to become an English Premier League star.”

One pupil who is already on her way to the Premier League is Nina Zammit Moore. The five-year-old, from Malta, and her father Jonathan won a trip to the Emirates Stadium to see her heroes play Chelsea on November 29, courtesy of the Emirates and Orbit Showtime competition.

Runner-up in the competition was nine-year-old Daniel Clamens, who won a free place on the school’s second term, which gets under way on 4 January.

Limited places are still available for the first 10-week term, with the choice of one or two sessions a week. Each session is between 60 to 75 minutes in duration. The school is open to boys and girls, with classes available in both Arabic and English. More than 1000 children – aged between five and 18 – will be trained each year. The first 10-week term kicked off on 5 October.

In addition to the children based in the UAE, Emirates will be opening up the opportunity to youngsters from around the world. With non-stop flights to Dubai provided by Emirates from six continents, parents will have the chance to relax while their kids enjoy coaching classes at a magnificent training facility.

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Sky Sports Football Score Centre Now Available on the App Store

Football fans can now get up-to-date match information at their finger-tips f r o m the Sky Sports Football Score Centre App which has been launched in time for the new season. The new football App has a range of features which have been designed to make it easy for users to track their favourite teams and to be able to view the latest scores f r o m all domestic league and cup matches played throughout England and Scotland, as well as the major European leagues, cups and international fixtures.

Users can select My Scores to follow their favourite team or to keep track of any matches they want to monitor, or they can now simply browse by competition and date for the latest fixtures, results and league tables. Other features include Team Lineups, Player Profiles, Scorecards, Match Statistics and the latest news f r o m Sky Sports News.

The new free Football Score Centre App is being made available for download f r o m the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

Football fans without an iPhone or iPod Touch can also access live Sky Sports action this season on their mobile with Sky Mobile TV which is available on 3G-enabled phones on Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange and 3 UK.

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The Mirror Group Has Launched A New Standalone Site Which Will Display Thousands Of Stunning Never-Seen-Before Images Of Britain’s Most Iconic Football Moments

The launch, which coincides with the new football season will s e t a new standard for football coverage online.

Mirror Football

Combining the latest Premier League updates, club-by-club breaking news, with the sharpest views in the sport, MirrorFootball.co.uk provides up to date football news as the season unfolds.

At the heart of this major new website, for the first time ever fans can now access hundreds of thousands of images f r o m the archives of Mirror Group’s stable of national titles.

Many of the photographs to be released online at MirrorFootball.co.uk have never been seen before, including remarkable shots of Sir Alf Ramsey’s England in training the day before the 1966 World Cup Final, rare behind-the-scenes photos of Manchester United and Liverpool’s great European triumphs, and newly-discovered pictures of iconic figures – f r o m Dixie Dean to Bill Shankly, Billy Wright to Bobby Moore, George Best to Paul Gascoigne.

Paul Hood, head of digital for Mirror Group said: “The Mirror has been at the forefront of covering football since 1903. Now we’re about to lead the way online.

“Not only will fans enjoy the absolute best in reporting and opinion of the modern game, but they will be staggered by the depth of content going back more than a century: breathtaking images of the most famous moments in football. MirrorFootball.co.uk will be a bookmark-must for every fan. For advertisers, Mirror Football represents a truly unique platform – the opportunity to reach a hugely engaged and receptive audience – to advertise within the most exclusive football image archive in the world.”

As well as a huge archive of rare and previously unseen football pics, the new Mirror Football site contains video interviews with football stars, a dynamic match centre updated minute-by-minute with a wealth of data and breaking stories, and web-exclusive content produced by some of the best sports journalists and columnists in the country, including Stan Collymore, Mark Lawrenson and Oli Holt.

Mark Hollinshead, managing director of Mirror Group Newspapers, said: “Our firm intention is to fully capture the passion of football and its fans. MirrorFootball.co.uk will be a uniquely engaging website and an instant smash hit with a very broad and knowledgeable audience.”

Mirrorfootball also incorporates a brand-new dynamic and engaging weekly fantasy football game: Mirror Fantasy Stakes allows users to s e t up mini-leagues to challenge their mates to pick the dream fantasy team, weekend by weekend.

The site, launched on 7 August 2009 was developed in conjunction with Liverpool based creative agency Rippleffect.

About Mirror Football:
Mirror Football is a dedicated website produced by Mirror Group Newspapers. Mirror Group Newspapers is owned by Trinity Mirror plc, one of the UK’s largest newspaper publishers, with an award winning portfolio including five national newspapers, over 120 regional newspapers and 400 plus digital products.

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UK Soccer Team Manchester United 24 Hour Web Based Football Sports News Service Launches

Manuwire – http://www.manuwire.com/ The Manchester United Newswire is a new service for worldwide soccer and football fans to find out about new current events and the latest Manchester United (man united) news. The Manchester United Newswire brings you the latest news stories direct from the web via incoming feeds that display live news as it is reported worldwide on blogs and sports news sites with RSS news feeds syndicated to the world.


Manchester United Football Club is an English football club, based at Old Trafford in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and is one of the most popular football clubs in the world. The club was a founding member of the Premier League in 1992, and has played in the top division of English football since 1938, with the exception of the 1974–75 season. Average attendances at the club have been higher than any other team in English football for all but six seasons since 1964–65. Manchester United are the reigning English champions and Club World Cup holders, having won the 2008–09 Premier League and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. The club is one of the most successful in the history of English football and has won 22 major honours since Alex Ferguson became manager in November 1986. In 1968, they became the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4–1. They won a second European Cup as part of a Treble in 1999, before winning their third in 2008. The club holds the joint record for the most English league titles with 18 and also holds the record for the most FA Cup wins with 11. Since the late 1990s, the club has been one of the richest in the world with the highest revenue of any football club,[5] and is currently ranked as the richest and most valuable club in any sport, with an estimated value of £897 million (€1.333 billion / $1.8 billion) as of September 2008.[6] Manchester United was a founding member of the now defunct G-14 group of Europe’s leading football clubs and its replacement, the European Club

It’s this kind of news and more including that of the team players like David Beckham that The Manchester United Newswire will be reporting 24/7 365 with feeds live and direct from around the world, the latest stories and news delivered fast and direct to your web browser.

The Manchester United Newswire is brought to you by Harris Interactive media based in Orlando Florida, a leading web design and marketing company in partnership with Manchester UK based manuwire, an affiliate of Two Tones Media design.

Future plans for the site include a new feature set, live podcasts and a rolling sports news feed service with email and SMS alerts, premium membership services and live sports video feeds featuring the best premier league soccer action straight to your desktop.

For further information please visit: http://www.manuwire.com/

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Subside Sports ‘Poppy’ England Football Shirt

The eye catching Poppy emblazoned England football shirt went on sale on April the 1st. For every £49.99 England home shirt sold, major online retailers Subsides Sports passes on £5 to The Royal British Legion and will also contribute to all material and labour costs associated with the campaign. The shirt also features the British Forces badge to compliment the symbolic poppy flower.

The Poppy Appeal that is run annually by The Royal British Legion offers financial, social and emotional support to those who served or serve in the British Armed Forces, and their families. The Royal British Legion is one of the UK’s largest membership organisations and recognised a custodians of Remembrance.

Like The British Forces, The England Football Team take pride in their country, with the poignant words written on the shirt: “Serving Their Country: The British Forces & The England National Team”

Get your unique England Poppy football shirt from Subside Sports.

Subside Sports

Subside Sports sells one of the largest selection of football merchandise online, selling over 5000 products. Including football shirts, replica football shirts, football accessories, football shirt printing and football T-Shirts.

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Emirates Has Been Announced As FIFA’s Global Tour Operator For The 2010 FIFA World Cup In South Africa

Emirates will be offering fans from around the globe the chance to purchase world class, seamless travel packages that will include flights to South Africa, accommodation, ground transportation and match tickets to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Football fans will also have the opportunity to purchase, for the first time, unique ‘follow your team’ travel packages that will ensure they don’t miss a moment of their team’s action over in South Africa and safeguard them should their team be unfortunate enough not to qualify.

Emirates’ partnership with FIFA began at the 2006 FIFA World Cup when it became the first airline to be a sponsor of this prestigious global sporting event. Following on from the success of 2006, Emirates then cemented its status as an Official FIFA Partner up to and including the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Emirates and we are pleased to be able to develop our partnership with FIFA by offering our world class travel services to football fans globally. This newest development of our FIFA activation demonstrates how, as a FIFA Partner, we are bringing the spirit of the event to our existing and potential customers worldwide and offering a comprehensive FIFA World Cup experience.”

“Emirates is a valued partner of FIFA and we are delighted to have them on board as our global Tour Operator,” commented Jérôme Valcke, FIFA General Secretary.

He continued, “The goal of our Tour Operator program for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is to facilitate safe and effective travel to the matches for the largest possible number of fans from countries around the world, and we know that partnering with Emirates will help us achieve this. As a partner of ours until 2014 we are looking forward to working closely with Emirates and developing further initiatives for fans across the globe over the coming years.”

The Emirates FIFA World Cup Offers will go on sale shortly and a further announcement will be made detailing the World Cup Packages.

About Emirates:
Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, is one of the world’s most successful and rapidly-expanding airlines. With a focus on high quality service and industry-leading products, Emirates has received over 400 international awards and accolades for excellence since its inception in 1985. Emirates is currently the only airline to operate non-stop flights to six continents from one hub.

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OleOle, the football community and social media site, has teamed up with U.S. Soccer to offer fans unique travel experiences as well as the ability to exchange U.S. National Team tickets

OleOle, the football community and social media site, has teamed up with U.S. Soccer to offer fans unique travel experiences as well as the ability to exchange U.S. National Team tickets. The U.S. Men’s National Team’s (MNT) much-anticipated match against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale and OleOle is the only fan ticket exchange guaranteed by U.S. Soccer to provide a safe and secure environment for fans to purchase and sell their match tickets.

For fans that are looking for a complete turnkey game experience, OleOle is exclusively offering official travel packages for all the home and away 2009 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, including the sold-out game versus Mexico. Packages are available at three and four star hotels and include a game ticket.

In addition to a ticket exchange and travel packages, OleOle’s website provides a 100% soccer fan-driven social media experience. Fans can connect with other US Soccer fans across the globe through a variety of social media offerings including blogging, sharing of photos, videos and news about previous U.S. Soccer trips and experiences.

U.S. Soccer previously partnered with OleOle to provide fans with unique travel experiences, including the opportunity to follow the U.S. MNT on the road when the team traveled to Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, where they fell 1-0 to Sweden, and throughout the 2007 Copa America tournament in Venezuela.

The match in Ohio will be the sixth World Cup qualifier hosted by the nine-year-old Columbus Crew Stadium. The U.S. has a 3-0-2 record in qualifying and an unbeaten 4-0-3 all-time record in the stadium.

The U.S, along with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago, is competing in the 10-game round-robin format until October 14th, 2009, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held November 14th – 18th against the fifth-place finisher in South American qualifying.

About Ole Ole:
Founded in 2006, OleOle is a privately-held international company with headquarters in Beverly Hills, California and offices in New Zealand as well as across Europe and South America.

OleOle is a football community and social media site with news, live scores, results and information on clubs and players from around the world. The multi-lingual content on the site – available in ten different tongues – is created by fans. From the news and the articles to the blog posts and player biographies, users are encouraged to contribute to the site as often and as comprehensively as possible.

In 2007, OleOle became the defacto online presence of the Copa America, the Oceania Football Confederation launched their website on the platform and OleOle became an official Travel and Hospitality Partner of the US Soccer Federation.

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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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Welcome to EPR Sports News

EPR Sports News is a new blog, part of EPR Network, that is going to be focused on and will be covering the sports news and stories from press releases published on EPR Network.

EPR Network (EPR stands for express press release) is one of the nation’s largest press release distribution networks on Web. The EPR’s nationwide network includes 12 State based PR sites, one major PR forum and a number of industry specific PR blogs and what started as a hobby on Internet years ago turned out to be a rapidly growing business today. EPR Network is also known as one of the most trusted (human optimized, published, edited and monitored, spam/scam/low quality PR content free) PR sites on the web with more than 10,000 company and individual press releases distributed per month. EPR Network is putting your press releases on top of all major search engines’ results and is reaching thousands of individuals, companies, PR specialists, media professionals, bloggers and journalists every day.

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