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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Soccer federation gains UN health agencys top award for tobaccofree World Cup

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) will present FIFA with its highest tobacco control prize – The Director-General’s Award – on 28 May during the 53rd FIFA Congress in Seoul. The honour is given to people and organizations that have shown exceptional courage and vision in tobacco control. Among past recipients are the King of Thailand, the current Foreign Minister of South Africa and the former Attorney General of the state of Minnesota in the United States. “Sports and tobacco do not mix,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. “We have a common goal: that all sports are free from tobacco. FIFA’s decision to back our public cause is a significant step towards achieving this goal. The world’s biggest sporting event is now tobacco free.” “Since 1986, FIFA and indeed the other sponsor companies have rejected tobacco companies from the pool of official sponsors of the World Cup or any other FIFA competition,” said Keith Cooper, FIFA Director of Communications. “That’s why FIFA has been very ready to work with WHO to see how we can use the World Cup to reflect modern knowledge and modern awareness of the dangers of tobacco use.” The games kick off on 31 May, which has also been designated by WHO’s 191 Member States to mark World No Tobacco Day in an effort to raise worldwide awareness about tobacco control issues. As part of an agreement between WHO and FIFA, there will be no tobacco advertising or promotion at World Cup venues and tobacco and tobacco products will not be sold at the games in the Republic of Korea or Japan. Smoking will not be allowed in public areas, and specially designated smoking zones will be few and clearly demarcated, situated away from the general public to protect them from exposure to second-hand smoke. Frequent public announcements will inform and remind the public about the tobacco-free policy. In addition, public service announcements on World No Tobacco Day and Tobacco Free Sports will be broadcast during the opening match. These spots will also be contained in the basic video material sent out to international broadcasters and will be aired all over the world. read more

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Caribbean cricket hijacked by small clique – Dr Rowley

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Bankruptcy of WICB would have been best for Windies cricket’ – says T&T Prime MinisterMarch 17, 2016In “Sports”T&T’s Queen’s Park Oval gets India Test matchMay 5, 2016In “Sports”CARICOM acquiring legal advice as WICB fight intensifiesMarch 14, 2016In “latest news” Cricket in the Caribbean has been “hijacked by a small clique” of people. That is the assertion of Dr Keith Rowley, the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, who is part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that has been highly critical of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The CARICOM has blamed the WICB for West Indies’ slump in the ICC’s Test and ODI rankings for more than a decade.Dr Keith Rowley, the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, is dismayed by the lack of crowds at matches in the West Indies (AFP photo)The CARICOM’s opposition to the WICB coincided with the rise of Dave Cameron, who was unanimously re-elected for a third successive term as board president. Last year Cameron rejected the CARICOM cricket review panel’s recommendation to dissolve the WICB.According to Cameron, the CARICOM panel had ignored the “sweeping” changes brought in by the WICB since 2002 in its governance structure and had also failed to consult territorial boards and WICB directors before listing its findings.The defiant attitude of Cameron and the WICB, according to Rowley, had only distracted from the real question of who owns Caribbean cricket. The CARICOM, he said, believes cricket is a public product that belongs to the people and not to the WICB.“Caribbean cricket has been hijacked by a small clique of people who are hell bent on destroying Caribbean cricket,” Rowley told the Trinidad-based TV station CNC3 TV on Wednesday. “And this is my position that unless the question is answered as to who owns that asset we spinning top in mud.”The WICB, Rowley said, had told him the board was not accountable to the CARICOM any more, considering it was now a business entity and had become West Indies Inc.In the media release it sent out following Cameron’s re-election, the WICB had spoken of its efforts to rebrand itself.“In moving forward, the President and the team will have the new strategic plan which will facilitate improved performances at the regional and international level and explore a more robust governance system,” the WICB said. “The strategy revolves around the rebranding of Cricket West Indies; the development of our commercial arm – Windies Inc; and the creation of a development foundation to finance cricket development in the region”.Rowley has questioned the basis for the change.“I was told to my face, me and my colleague the Prime Minister of Grenada, that you all have no say in this. This is West Indies Cricket Inc. West Indies Cricket Incorporated. And it is their shareholders that they have to please. I don’t know who the shareholders are, but what I do know [is] unless there are drastic changes to the current arrangements West Indies cricket will never get back to where it is expected to be.”For Rowley, in addition to the decline in West Indies cricket, the most “painful” thing was the fans moving away from the game. He gave the example of driving past Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain and being bewildered by the silence inside when a match was on.“You know how painful it is for me. In this country lining up outside the [Queen’s Park] Oval from 6’0 clock in the morning to get in. That’s how cricket used to be. Barbados is playing Trinidad & Tobago and the Oval is full because you got to beat them Bajans, ha! And now, you are passing outside the Oval and you ask, “what’s happening in there?” You know how painful that is.” (ESPNCricinfo) Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo read more

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