FIFA is planning to team up with Saudi Arabian, Chinese and American investors in a $25 billion, 12-year deal that could add two major international tournaments to an already crowded soccer calendar. With preparations for this year's World Cup in Russia reaching a climax, FIFA President Gianni Infantino is looking to launch an expanded 24-team Club World Cup — played every four years starting in 2021 — and a separate global competition for national teams every two years. FIFA would have a 51 percent stake in the joint venture with the investors underwriting guaranteed revenues of at least $25 billion, people with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the confidential talks publicly. The Club World Cup is currently a seven-team event played each December and usually won by a European club. The Champions League winner joins the five other continental club champions and the … [Read more...] about FIFA looks for $25 billion, 12-year deal for new tournaments
New year deal
Alan Lithgow has committed his future to Livingston by signing a new two-year deal with the Championship club. The 30-year-old has been in impressive form this season, his second at the club, and boss David Hopkin says he was delighted to get the centre-back signed up - and hinted that more contract extensions are on the way. He commented: “Alan’s been terrific since he’s been here and I’m pleased that he’s signed on for another two years. Read more: Livingston 3 Morton 2: Alan Lithgow heads Livi to the brink of Championship play-offs “Before he came here, he’d been playing part-time for a few years but he’s come here and really embraced all that we do here. “He can defend but he’s also a great footballer and you’ve been able to see this season that he can chip in with goals. He scored two magnificent headers on Saturday. Read more: Livingston captain Craig Halkett admits relegation was blessing in disguise as he … [Read more...] about Defender commits future to the Lions with new two-year deal
0 Comments Rodney McAree signs new Dungannon deal amid Glentoran rumours BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The man said to be Glentoran's number one summer target has signed a new three-year deal to remain with Dungannon Swifts. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/irish-league/rodney-mcaree-signs-new-dungannon-deal-amid-glentoran-rumours-36783942.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36631613.ece/63b27/AUTOCROP/h342/bt_0702KS17_699.jpg Email The man said to be Glentoran's number one summer target has signed a new three-year deal to remain with Dungannon Swifts. Rodney McAree, who led the Swifts to their first ever senior national title earlier this season when they lifted the Bet mcLean League Cup, was reportedly top of Glentoran's wish-list. But the Oval club will have to look elsewhere for their next permanent boss after Dungannon announced the deal on Saturday afternoon. “I am very happy that I have agreed to commit my immediate future to … [Read more...] about Rodney McAree signs new Dungannon deal amid Glentoran rumours
In the capital Helsinki, police had to respond to 444 callouts compared to 353 a year earlier.Inspector Tuomo Tuohimaa claimed the rise in callouts was likely to be because the warmer weather led to people staying outside for longer than normal. He explained that people were out in large numbers because Finland enjoyed one of its warmest New Years for around 50 years. The most common callouts were in relation to drunkenness, assaults, domestic incidents and vandalism. One of the most serious incidents was a stabbing outside a Helsinki city centre bar, which police are investigating as attempted murder. The city’s police received 63 calls relating to assault, 57 to domestic incidents and 40 about fires caused by fireworks. Across the country there were a few fires started after fireworks hit buildings or shot through windows, including one in which two people died in Kempele. In Tohmajarvi, one person died and another suffered serious injuries after a fire in an apartment block. … [Read more...] about Finnish police kept busy over New Year
Catalans Dragons have tabled a four-year deal for Wigan star Sam Tomkins, according to the Sun. The Perpignan outfit are desperate to land the Warriors full-back – and have offered a contract which would take the England international until the end of 2022 and until he’s 33-years-old. Wigan have an option at their disposal for 2019 but speculation has intensified in the coming days that Tomkins is bound for the South of France next season. The report also states that Shaun Wane could lose prop Ryan Sutton to Parramatta Eels in mid-season, with John Bateman also keen on a move down under if an NRL side comes in for him. Wane, in today's pre-match press conference, told Wigan Today: "Until I’m I told otherwise, as far as I’m concerned Sam is my player." Symonds leaves Giants Huddersfield back-rower Tom Symonds will return to Australia after cutting short his injury-ravaged stint in Super League. The former Sydney Roosters forward joined the Giants from Manly Sea … [Read more...] about SL news: Four-year deal on table for Sam Tomkins at Catalans Dragons?