Newcastle United unveil new sponsor, Wonga (Getty Images)
On Sunday, Newcastle United played at home to Manchester United and lost 3-0. Last season, they won the corresponding fixture by the same scoreline. Either way, those who came to watch paid a substantial price for their tickets and the players of both sides pocketed many thousands of pounds in wages.
Liverpool declare independence, King Kenny to lead them to league title - originally posted on
Liverpool have declared their independence as a separate and sovereign nation, electing King
Kenny as their first leader. Liverpool will also breakaway from the English Premier League with
immediate effect to form their own Liverpool Premier League, where they, as the only members, will
be guaranteed silverware each season.
My pal Daniel over at BigDSoccer.com just posted this photo on his twitter feed. Valencia of La
Liga in Spain did this clever jersey sponsor idea of promoting their brand online instead of having
a big time sponsor. I'd say for clubs like FC Dallas, the Colorado Rapids, the Columbus Crew,
Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire that this wouldn't be a bad route for a year while they
finalize any deals with a big company.
First of all, apologies for being away a while. Busy time of year for all of us the last few
weeks and life gets in the way. This time of year the game domestically really starts to get
exciting with the MLS Combine, followed by the Superdraft and NSCAA Convention before clubs head
into their respective pre-seasons.
After a few weeks of speculating who Philadelphia would get as a jersey sponsor the club
announced today that they have signed a $12 millionÂ deal with the Mexican food company Bimbo. The
deal will last for four years for the sophomore club.
With the sponsorship signing the Union become the thirteenth of 18 MLS teams to have a shirt or
FC Dallas will finally have a new addition to their red striped kits for the next couple games.
Call it a test run for a kit sponsor if you will but according to the team today the team has
partnered up with ESPN to help launch ESPNDallas.com, the newest destination for Dallas/Fort Worth
sports news and information.
I am glad to say it is Friday. Somehow this week has flown by me here but thankfully we have a
weekend full of soccer ahead of us here. Two games tonight, with one just about underway in New
York, and plenty more tomorrow and Sunday. Nearly every game has playoff implications surrounding
Normally this wouldn't be a real big deal but during a tough economy this kind of breaks that
point. Real Salt Lake announced today that they have agreed to extend their current jersey
sponsorship with energy drink company Xango for another three years to 2013.
What's more interesting to some may be the new look at the jersey the club will sport next
Well, while most were watching the US-England game. Folks up in Seattle decided to announce a
partnership between Microsoft/XBOX 360 and MLS expansion side Seattle Sounders FC. As you can see
from the mock up of the jersey, it should look pretty cool. Thankfully it won't look a thing like
the rumored one I posted a [.
With a new season, brings new kits. It's just the way it is -- but what sets you apart is how
you unveil those kits. Take Chivas USA for example, they did their's at 30,000 feet in the air some
where between Guadalajara and Los Angles during a Volaris commercial flight.
Modeling these new kits in flight were Juan Pablo Angel, goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and midfielder
The Chicago Fire might be adding a new graphic to the front of their jerseys this season.
According to reports out of Chicago, the club is closing in on a jersey sponsor deal with Quaker
Oats, something that would end the club's sponsor hiatus after one season. Best Buy had been the
team's jersey sponsor from 2008-2010 before ending its commitment prior to last season.
As the marketeers at Crystal Palace ably demonstrated, producing a YouTube video that shows a
little skin can help generate a huge amount of interest around a football club. Sunday League side
Playford FC have followed suit, but instead of using supple lip-synching cheerleaders, they've
captured their own pasty underwear-clad bodies and thrown some LMFAO over it.
Many international football teams participating in international competitions are sponsored but the
names of these sponsors are not seen on the front of the shirts worn by the players in
The superb website Mirko Bolesan, named after an Italian midfielder who enjoyed a single appearance
for Cardiff City a few years ago, is a great port of call for an assessment of some of football's
oddities. Amongst the varied topics discussed can be counted a masterly account of 2009-10 kit
sponsors, club badges (didn't we call them "crests" in the seventies?
Burnley FC have released photos of their 2009-10 Away Kit. The new away jersey, like the new
Burnley home shirt, is inspired by the 1960 trophy winning team's kit. It is white in colour, with
claret and blue trims on the neck and the sleeves. Kit sponsors Errea, who had their logo on the