Messi & Barcelona to star in eFootball PES 2020

first_imgBarcelona and Konami have renewed their global partnership agreement for the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise through 2023.The announcement of the extended agreement coincides with the unveiling of one of Konami’s biggest annual releases, rebranded as eFootball PES 2020Lionel Messi will adorn the front cover, following in the footsteps of team-mates Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho who appeared on the previous two editions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Furthermore, Konami will be releasing a special Barcelona edition of the game at the club’s shop at Camp Nou. Fans can also vote to decide on the cover.The renewed arrangement also sees Konami become the club’s official esports soccer video gaming partner, with collaborations planned at future events.In April, Barcelona ventured further into the esports market by signing a team to compete in the Rocket League. It already had a team in eFootball.Pro, a PES league developed by Konami and Gerard Pique.As well as teaming up for the release of eFootball PES 2020, Konami branding will appear on the inside and outside of Camp Nou, with the company having access to the Spanish league champions’ players for promotional purposes.Josep Pont, the commercial lead on the Barcelona board, said: “Our relationship began three years ago and this new agreement as global partners is testament to our shared journey, with clear commitment to the quest for excellence and to such common values as effort, teamwork and respect.”It also reinforces our commitment to connecting with fans all around through the esports universe.”Jonas Lygaard, senior director brand and business development of Konami, added: “FC Barcelona has been a loyal and a trusted partner for our company for the last three years and we are thrilled to have them by our side as we launch our most ambitious title yet in the PES series – eFootball PES 2020.”FC Barcelona shares our own ambition for eFootball and together, we shall take sport to new heights.”last_img read more

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MSC Monica Refloated after Grounding off Saint-Laurent

first_imgzoom The 43,618 dwt container vessel, MSC Monica, which ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, Canada in the morning hours of January 22, was refloated on Saturday, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).Damage to the vessel’s rudder forced it to move from the fairway and it subsequently grounded in the shallow waters.MSC Monica’s crew requested for assistance as the ship was not able to refloat on its own power, and after it was pulled out by three tugs, the 1993-built vessel moored at the Port of Quebec.The incident did not cause any disruption to marine traffic, and no pollution was spotted on the scene, the Canadian Coast Guard said.At the time of the incident the Panama-flagged vessel, owned by the world’s second largest container line Mediterranean Shipping Company, was on its way from Montreal.There were no reports of injuries to the crew.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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