Spanish invasion: Adelaide United talent with managers Jon-Michail and Manuel Seisdedos of FIA Sports Management.
He might have missed the first five weeks of pre-season, but new coach Josep Gombau has hit the ground running as he aims to bring the beautiful game to Adelaide United.
The Spaniard’s pedigree – he’s held multiple positions with Barcelona’s youth teams – means he’ll imprint on the Reds the kind of style Ange Postecoglou has brought to the A-League with Brisbane Roar and now Melbourne Victory.
A-League chiefs are forecasting a bigger, better-attended and more widely broadcast season than ever before. But their focus is well beyond the confines of the 2013-14 campaign, when Central Coast Mariners will seek to defend the title it richly deserved after becoming champion for the first time in last season’s grand final, with its win over debut sensation Western Sydney Wanderers.
A-League boss Damien De Bohun has a blue-sky vision of expansion well beyond Australian shores when the next television deal is negotiated, with matches regularly taking place in Asian cities.
Longer term, Asian clubs might become part of a multi-country expansion program for Australia’s premier competition.
9 year old Swedish footballing prodigy Zico Jr Marecaldi will leave his home town of Malmö in southern Sweden this week to move to Barcelona after having been signed up by the all-conquering Catalans.
“On Wednesday Zico leaves for Barcelona for new challenges,” BK Olympic, a Swedish fifth-tier club based in Malmo, announced on their website.
The management group that secured the Welshman’s €100 million move to the Spanish capital have themselves earned a staggering nine-figure sum through his signing-on fee and salary.
Gareth Bale joined a small elite of mega-rich sportsmen when he completed his world-record €100 million transfer to Real Madrid earlier this month.
But a sizeable portion of the 24-year-old’s monstrous €358,000-a-week wages will go to the management firm who made the deal happen.
If there is a team and player in MLS that gives the Montreal Impact headaches, it is the Columbus Crew and Dominic Oduro.
The Impact looked to be cruising to a win after Marco Di Vaio’s goal in the 23rd minute when the crafty Federico Higuain went to work, setting up a pair of second-half goals in the Crew’s 2-1 comeback victory on Saturday afternoon.
Defender Chad Marshall and striker Dominic Oduro scored for Columbus, which has been a thorn in Montreal’s side this season.