Statistics, an increasingly essential part of football

Statistics, an increasingly essential part of football

Ribéry best performing big-5 league player … after Messi Continuing on from last season, Lionel Messi again tops the CIES Football Observatory ranking for the best performing player in 2012/13. However, the second ranked player, Franck Ribéry, almost achieves the same performance levels. This should make him a serious outsider for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award. Based on data [...]

Football, branding and marketing…

Football, branding and marketing…

The relationship between major brands and football is now firmly established. Brands crave the exposure that being associated with a major football club, player, competition or organizations can bring, and everyone in the latter group either wants or needs the money that brands will pay to sponsor them. Because there’s big money and long numbers involved. For example, Manchester United’s [...]

“Motivation”  A grassroots Project that motivates excellence in football

“Motivation” A grassroots Project that motivates excellence in football

“Motivation”  a grassroots Project that motivates excellence in football – as well as educational achievement in Latin-America for young footballers from 14 to 18 years old. A unique opportunity to invest in football development in Uruguay SUMMARY: Diego Forlan, Alvaro Recoba, Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani, all started their football at ONFI – Organización Nacional de Futbol Infantil (National Infant Foottball [...]

End of an era for Barcelona?

End of an era for Barcelona?

Last night Real Madrid convincingly beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp for the first time in many years. The Catalans were beaten 3-1 at the Nou Camp in the Spanish Cup, just a week after being beaten relatively easily by AC Milan. If there is one thing Barcelona fans enjoy more than beating Real Madrid, it is defeating Jose Mourinho. [...]

An interview with Benito Floro

An interview with Benito Floro

Benito Floro is one of the most highly respected coaches in Spain. Indeed, what is most surprising about Benito Floro is the respect he commands with his fellow colleagues where he is always rated as being one of the very best – and one of the fathers of Spanish football as we know it today. Sometimes referred to as “The [...]

Osvaldo Rodriguez

Osvaldo Rodriguez

OSVALDO RODRIGUEZ 22, full Costa Rica Internacional. One of the most talented player we represent at Sportzone is Osvaldo Rodriguez. Osvaldo is an attacking midfielder who can play all across the front, technically gifted with a strong physique, he is what would be considered ideal for the modern game. Osvaldo has an excellent work rate, works hard both on and [...]

Maksim Manko

Maksim Manko

 MAKSIM MANKO DATE OF BIRTH: 11.05.1989 (23), Kiev, Ukraine. NATIONALITY:  New Zealand WEIGHT:  81 kg HEIGHT:  1,87 m POSITION  Centre Forward (shirt 27). FOOT:  Right with good use of left foot 2008-2009Auckland City FC, 2010-2011 Waikato FC – ASB Premiership (National League of New Zealand) 2010-2012; Dock Sud, Argentina nacional C 2013; Santos DG,  Costa Rica, First Division. Characteristics:  Goal-scorer with good movement in and around [...]

Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo

Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo

WILSON ROBERTO PALACIOS SUAZO Date of birth: 29 July 1984 (age 28) Place of birth: La Ceiba, Honduras Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Playing position: Midfielder Current club: Stoke City Video highlights: