Chelsea Own a stand or build the training ground: Ex-Chelsea man Vialli helping fans invest in their clubs Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 18:00 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Chelsea Stevenage Crystal Palace Fulham Parma Portsmouth Premier League The former Italy striker has entered the unlikely world of football finance and is already impacting a host of big-name clubs with his new project Gianluca Vialli has traded goals with Chelsea, Juventus and Italy for Silicon Valley-style start up, Tifosy, which is aiming to give football fans an opportunity to invest in their clubs. Chelsea 5/2 to beat Palace -2 handicapTifosy has helped Fulham to build a statue honouring their World Cup-winning defender George Cohen, while Portsmouth now have two new academy pitches at their training ground in the city. The platform has also been used to build museums and new stands, while fans have taken advantage of opportunities such as playing on their club’s pitch in return for their investment. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Vialli is clearly still making a big impact on football after leaving a game where he won two Serie A titles, the Champions League and FA Cup. The 53-year-old had a successful spell as Chelsea’s player-manager in the late 90s, but now he is focused on helping fans to invest in their clubs by buying shares and mini-bonds. “My father was an entrepreneur,” Vialli told Goal when asked about why he traded football for the world of finance. “I always look out for stuff that excites me and I know I want to get involved in projects and companies that have got a mission to make a service that will make football or sport better. “Tifosy is a great idea in my opinion because it serves both the football clubs and the fans and, ultimately, I believe the sport will be better. I think I know the football industry quite well. Talking about football, in particular, and I think there are two major problems.”One is finance. Football clubs, they need money. Some of them spend money unwisely, some of them just spend money strengthening the side and they spend a massive amount of money, kind of a fortune, in investing in players.”Other clubs, I think wisely, want to invest money in order to invest it in tangible assets. Something that will make the club more financially sustainable, something that will assure a better future for the club. So I think there are so many clubs that want to spend money for the right reasons.”Whether they want to build a museum for the fans, whether they want new training facilities for the academy or build a new stand to make the stadium better and to get some more revenues. These are the sorts of clubs that we want to work with.”We are a tool that wants to help football clubs to raise money for tangible projects and also in doing that, we reconnect the clubs with the fans. We realise that the second major problem in football is that the fans don’t feel like they are part of the clubs anymore.”It might be due to the fact that there are so many foreign ownerships out there. It might be down to the fact that many fans are being treated like customers rather than being treated as partners.“So I think that working together, shoulder-to-shoulder and helping football clubs in order to become better football clubs makes the fans very proud and makes them reconnect to the club that they are so passionate about.”Tifosy has drawn comparisons with Kickstarter, which raises money for projects in return for incentives. However, Tifosy differs by being authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority and is able to allow fans to actually get involved in the business side of football. Fans in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Italy already have financial arrangements with clubs. Tifosy are now aiming to expand their team into Spain, Germany, France and the USA, as they come close to raising £1 million for themselves through their own website. “When we started, Fautso Zanetton, myself and James Pollock [the founders of Tifosy], the idea was to run rewards based campaigns,” Vialli added. “There was a charitable aspect but we basically wanted to do something for football clubs and we wanted the fans to contribute or to donate money in return for some sort of money can’t buy experiences.”Now these experiences have become particularly sophisticated, it is not just about a shirt, it is about having your name on a plaque at the training facilities or it is about spending the match day in the dressing room, listening to the players and the management just before they go on the pitch and so on.“So many fans are interested in contributing because on the one hand, they live an incredible experience that they will never forget. On the other hand, they know they are contributing and donating money to make the club eventually better.”So the museum at Parma, training facilities at Portsmouth, the 1966 World Cup winner statue at Fulham. The big screen inside a stadium at some second division clubs for the fans to look at the scores and watch the highlights.”These are the features that the fans are so keen on and some of the clubs didn’t have the money to [do them]. We had campaign contributions from 35, even 42 different countries. So we realised that it isn’t just about fans from one specific club but there are so many football fans out there in the world who the online platform could reach so they can contribute.”Later we realised that fans wanted more, they didn’t just want to contribute, they wanted to be investors. They started asking us if we could talk to clubs to sell some equities or launch some mini-bonds. So from campaigns based on rewards, we went to organised campaigns with mini-bonds or equities, so fans can invest.”They know they are investing in something that’s meaningful but they are also getting a financial return – 4% [in cash] or 8%, if you get some coupons or credit. So it is a win-win situation in my opinion for the clubs and for the fans.”Kickstarter has a different approach, they sort of use a kind of do-it-yourself approach, it is all down to the person who wants to raise money for a specific project to run the campaign on the website.”We do something totally different, we come up with the campaigns, we run it on the website, we do due diligence so we offer a 360 degrees type of service but I think the most important difference is that we have the license. We are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority so we need to do things properly.”The platform has seen a Portsmouth fan have a meal with a club legend, other supporters play at Selhurst Park and a fan at Bradford City unveiled as if he were a new signing for the club. However, the most innovative aspect of Tifosy’s platform is that fans are making real investments in their clubs with an interest return or ownership of official shares
Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba admits new contract frustrationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba has again expressed frustration over a lack of progress regarding new contract talks.He has a contract until the summer of 2020, but would like to move forward with talks on a new deal.”It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said after victory over Celta Vigo.”When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.”I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.”In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.”A deadline? When the contract ends.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsA week after announcing major cuts to First Nations advocacy groups across Canada, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan made an appearance in Edmonton.The topic was how industry and Aboriginal communities can work together.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.
CALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a decision by the City of Burnaby, B.C., to take its fight over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court is showboating.Notley said the city doesn’t have any hope of stopping the pipeline expansion in the courts.“If I were a taxpayer in Burnaby, regardless of my position on the pipeline, I would be very irritated to see my mayor throwing good money after bad in terms of a legal fight which I’m sure every single lawyer who has given him advice has told him they don’t have any hope of succeeding in,” she said in Calgary Wednesday.“He’s going to showboat all he wants and people will judge them accordingly.”Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said Tuesday the city will ask the country’s highest court for leave to appeal a lower court ruling last week.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a bid by Burnaby and the B.C. government to challenge a National Energy Board decision that cleared the way for Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local bylaws during pipeline construction.The expansion project would triple the amount of diluted bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby’s port for shipment overseas.The federal government approved the pipeline expansion in 2016, but the project faces significant opposition in B.C. Thousands of people have rallied in protest and the provincial government has raised concerns about the pipeline’s possible environmental and economic impact.There are still a number of other legal decisions pending on the pipeline, including a review by the Federal Court of Appeal of the decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet to approve the project and a review by B.C.’s highest court of the decision by the former provincial government to approve the pipeline.Premier John Horgan is also seeking a legal ruling on whether his province can restrict increased amounts of oil from coming into B.C. while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Notley said “willy-nilly” legal challenges — like Burnaby’s leave to appeal to the Supreme Court — will not deter investors.“I think the idea is that you hope to make investors uncertain but, at a certain point, investors have good lawyers too and they understand when they’re real legal challenges and when they are showpieces.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
According to the mayor’s motion, it would be at the Foundation’s discretion to choose which of the five days each week the museum would be open. The motion passed after a brief discussion.McPherson’s motion also included that the issue of what to do about the Museum FOundation’s funding woes be brought forth to a committee meeting with the intention of drafting a referendum question. “This will take us through the summer, until we get this hopefully taken to a referendum — find out what the people of Tumbler Ridge want,” said McPherson. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — The District of Tumbler Ridge is offering a $50,000 grant to the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation so that it can reopen its doors for the summer tourist season, after the museum closed its doors at the end of March. The Museum Foundation was unsuccessful in its application for a $200,000 grant from the District earlier this year, and announced shortly thereafter that it was closing its doors and laying off staff.Tumbler Ridge mayor Don McPherson made the funding motion at the District council meeting on Monday evening so that the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery could open five days a week from June 1st to October 1st. McPherson said that he came up with the $50,000 amount from looking at the Foundation’s budget for the year and tallying up staffing and operating costs.
Informed that his defense had given up 403 total yards to the 118th-ranked scoring offense in the nation, Everett Withers abruptly had one thing to say. “I think we gave up 15 points – that’s all I give a s— about,” Withers said. The total yards the No. 14 Buckeyes (4-0) gave up to the unranked and winless University of Alabama at Birmingham was likely something Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach was well aware of. Withers, likely, was cognizant of all of the day’s shortcomings, despite his defense’s refusal to give up a touchdown all afternoon long. But it didn’t change the course of events that had happened just some 30 minutes earlier. It didn’t change the fact that the 37-point favorites were fortunate to escape with a 29-15 win against, at least statistically, one of the worst teams in the country. It’s why the typical relief of a two-touchdown victory seemed to feel absent during OSU’s postgame interviews-especially with the year’s first Big Ten contest looming on the road against No. 20 Michigan State next Saturday. In its place, perhaps, frustration had found a way to mount itself for the undefeated – but arguably untested – Buckeyes. In a day that featured a struggles in all three phases of the game, OSU’s defensive deficiencies seemed to stand out as much as anything – especially for a team so hell-bent on returning to its “Silver Bullet” ways under the guidance of first-year coach Urban Meyer. Despite extra emphasis on the fundamental skill of tackling during the week leading up to their contest against the Blazers, Meyer said it was still something that ailed the Buckeyes on Saturday. “I still see guys flailing across and missing tackles. Far too many third-down conversions on defense. And it’s hard to pinpoint one thing that we have to get better at,” Meyer said. Wrapping up opponents, Meyer said, is something they’ll continue to work on. “That’s the fundamental – that’s the essence of tackle football,” he started, “and we’ve got to continue to improve.” And if they don’t, it could spell disaster when against the Spartans. It’s a fundamental key that sophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier said needs to be fixed. “It’s part of the game. We can’t miss tackles that lead to first downs, touchdowns, points,” he said. “So they’re saying that we need to stop missing tackles. We need to stop missing tackles.” Shazier, who led the Buckeyes with 13 stops, said he “probably missed like three of four” tackles. Part of it, he said, might be because some players are more focused on leveling crushing blows to the ball carrier rather than securing the tackle. “A lot of guys, we know we have each other’s backs pretty much, so a lot of guys are going in and taking a shot instead of just wrapping up and trying to get the tackle because we’re trying to make a big hit or get a turnover or whatever,” Shazier said. Fellow linebacker and redshirt senior captain Etienne Sabino said the missed tackles are due to technical failures. “Personally, we’re in a great position, we’re just not running our feet, we’re not wrapping, we’re going for the big hits or we’re lunging with our heads – myself included,” he said. “We’re all doing it and I can’t say why it is or whatnot but we need to stop that. We need to tackle better.” The consensus among some players, though, was that Saturday’s tackling efforts had improved from their previous outings. Senior captain and defensive lineman John Simon noted the defense had still missed some tackles, but said some are the result of a swarming defense. “That’s just guys being aggressive going to the football knowing that they got other guys flying there, too,” he said. “So even though we missed a few today, we had guys there to make the play also.” In fact, a more assertive defense might be key to ending what’s ailing OSU’s defense. Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard said part of the reason for the Buckeyes’ missed tackles is the innate difficulty of tackling in space, especially against teams that opt to use spread formations. And since the Buckeyes’ corners have been playing looser coverage schemes and lining up 10 yards off from opposing wide receivers, the challenge of making stops in the open field seems to magnify. “It’s definitely difficult and coach Meyer told us that he’s definitely going to shoot for us to play more man and press more so we can get up on guys instead of playing off,” Howard said. “As you can see, we gave them a lot of cushion to run a lot of screen plays and couple bubbles so that’s something that we’re definitely going to work on and I’m excited to see this upcoming week.” The change in philosophy might be because OSU, Meyer said, seems “like a very passive team.” “We’re on defense, we give up little screens, little bubbles. They didn’t score a touchdown on our defense but we gave up a lot of yardage,” he said. “That hurts. I sit there, I’m pained watching it. But we’ve got to be more aggressive on defense and play a little snuggler coverage. If our corners are as good as we think they are, we have to go play a little man coverage on people.” While OSU’s defensive woes weren’t disastrous enough to do them in against an overmatched Blazers squad, Sabino said the Buckeyes need to “step it up” against the Spartans. “You know, we’re not going to win many games missing a lot of tackles and giving up third-and-21’s,” he said. “It’s not gonna happen.”
Junior linebacker Joshua Perry was joined by a few of his teammates outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday afternoon to promote a cause he called “Whipping Childhood Cancer.”Earlier in the year, Perry befriended a young boy named Joshua Chambers who has been diagnosed with leukemia.Perry, joined by teammates junior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, junior cornerback Armani Reeves, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee, and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, took whip-cream pies to the face in an attempt to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the fight against it.
Fenerbahce have denied suggestions that they are looking to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa SissokoThe France international is yet to make another appearance for Spurs after playing the full 90 minutes of their opening day 2-1 win at Newcastle United.Sissoko was again absent in Monday night’s shocking 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.But Fenerbahce, who have been heavily linked with a move for the 29-year-old, have now moved to deny the speculation.“In the public opinion, the news that we are attempting to transfer Moussa Sissoko…does not reflect the truth,” read a statement, via Sky Sports.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“Regarding a transfer of Moussa Sissoko to our club, there has been no contact with the player, the manager or the club.”Sissoko joined Spurs in 2016 for £30m, but has struggled to establish himself under manager Mauricio Pochettino.25 Premier League starts in two years and 35 more as a sub is what he has to show for in two years.Although, Sissoko still has just under three years remaining on his current contract at North London
The Italian Lega Serie A club is teaching children to play the sport in the South American country while also feeding themThe current situation in Venezuela is critical.The country is suffering in all aspects of daily life, with people not having food to feed their families.But Italian Lega Serie A giants Internazionale Milan have done their part with their sport and education program Inter Campus.In a press release by the team, Inter has informed that they are helping many children.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Two football training sessions are held every week, with three instructors dedicating their afternoons to coaching the children in the heart of the Petare slum,” said the team on the official website.“Then add the magic of receiving the Nerazzurri shirt every year and feeling part of a group by putting it on – everything is now set for a year of sport and education with Inter Campus.”“Thanks to our local partners, we have been able to guarantee each child a warm meal at the end of every training session,” they added.“250 meals are being supplied every week, with the children having the opportunity to consume pasta, legumes and fruit and vegetables, things which are often missing from Venezuelans’ diets.”
Napoli defender Raul Albiol insists the team have to score if they’re to qualify for the second round of this season’s UEFA Champions League.The Partenopei can qualify for the next round, with a draw enough to take them through but Albiol insists the team must be compact and must score to achieve that aim.“We know that tomorrow will be a tough game, hard to play,” Albiol admitted in the pre-match Press conference, as quoted by Football Italia.“We have to be quick, because they’ll be aggressive from the start. We need to be attentive in every minute of the game and stay calm.”“Knowing how to defend deep is important, we need to be compact because we know they’re a strong team in the spaces, with quick forwards.”Sergio Ramos would love a fifth Champions League trophy Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, winning a fifth European trophy with his club would be crazy, but he wants to do it before retiring.“The most important thing is our mentality, we have to be able to score.”“We’ve worked hard to get to this game, we need to do everything we can to win it and go to the next round.”