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The industry classification of main jersey sponsors

unduhan-17The growing popularity and developments in football/soccer have affected the football/soccer industry dramatically. The popularity and developments have increased the interest of companies in the last two or three decades. Companies have started to invest and become a sponsor of football/soccer clubs. Jersey sponsorship has emerged as a result of the increasing interest and investments. Nowadays, the jersey sponsorship is popular and has become an important type of revenue source for football/soccer clubs. As a result of popularity of jersey sponsorship, jersey sponsors must be investigated and analysed. This paper deals with the industry classification of the main jersey sponsors which have names and logos on the front of the football/soccer clubs home jerseys. A total of 1147 football/soccer clubs in 79 countries top leagues, as of 31 December 2012, have been investigated. The Industry Classification Benchmark is used to classify the industries of the main jersey sponsors of football/soccer clubs.

U.S. Club Soccer national championship tournaments in Aurora this weekend and next are projected to give the local economy a $4.2 million boost — and offer fans a chance to watch clubs that gave a start to four men and women picked for U.S. and Canadian Olympic squads.

National Premier Leagues Finals and the National Cup XV Finals will combine to create the largest economic impact from youth sports in the state, the association said, outpacing the $1.5 million generated earlier this year by USA Hockey’s annual President’s Day Tournament.

This is the second time U.S. Club Soccer has hosted its national finals in Colorado; the first was 2013. The tournaments are being held at the 220-acre Aurora Sports Park, which has 23 grass fields and four synthetic-turf pitches where teams can train.

“This facility is one of the top facilities in the country,” NPL general manager Leo Garcia said. “And there’s a lot to do in this area other than soccer.”

Garcia said the 141 teams playing in the NPL finals arrived Wednesday night before the tournament started Thursday.

Teams play a game a day. Afterward, Garcia said the more than 2,500 players plus their families typically explore the area, in ways as simple as hiking or dining out, or as ambitious as whitewater rafting.

“We have a lot of teams that are enjoying the Colorado experience,” Garcia said.

Soccer Jersey Buying Guide

images-10International soccer is one of the most exciting and popularized sports in the world, but, unfortunately, it’s also typically one of the more neglected sectors of the sports memorabilia industry. Though soccer is a beloved sport worldwide, it is just gaining widespread interest in the United States due to the famous FIFA World Cup and emergence of American Major League Soccer. Now household names like Pele, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo have aided in the growth of soccer fans and increased the desire for collectibles autographed by world-renowned footballers.

Considering that buying sports collectibles isn’t the easiest of tasks no matter what major league your favorite athlete plays for, shopping for soccer memorabilia is quite confusing unless you’re a serious collector or avid fan. In order to help soccer fans show allegiance to their favorite international football teams and players, SportsMemorabilia.com has completed a complete buying guide to purchasing authentic autographed soccer memorabilia.

International vs. Club

Probably one of the most daunting aspects of purchasing soccer memorabilia is the multitude of teams that one given player may have been a member of throughout his career. Typically each international footballer plays for a minimum of two different teams; a national team that represents a player’s home country and a club team. For example, the prominent Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays for Real Madridand represents Portugal. Although a player like Ronaldo is exceptionally well-decorated on both the international and club level, certain players garnered most success on one team or another. A player, likePele, is a must for any sports collection considering his historic presence in soccer, but the most valuable Pele memorabilia honors his achievements as a member of the Brazilian national team. Whereas, an athlete like Paul Scholes is better recognized for his lengthy career playing for Manchester United compared to his time with the English national team. Since the worth of soccer memorabilia, and all sports collectibles for that matter, is determined by an international footballer’s achievements on the field, a broad knowledge about soccer and a player is vital when it comes to purchasing items of value.

Types of Soccer Memorabilia

Autographed soccer collectibles can bring variety and significant value to any sports collection, considering international football has given rise to some of the most famous and influential athletes in sports history. As with ever sport there are several different categories of memorabilia signed by athletes, but the basis of soccer collectibles is comprised of jerseys, soccer balls, photographs, and cleats, or otherwise known as boots.

Autographed Jerseys

Jerseys are a staple in any collection and the ultimate ode to a player, as well as their team. Selecting a footballer’s signed jersey relies largely on two facets. The first being which team you support, if you’re purchasing a jersey solely to show your team pride or honor your favorite player. On the other hand, if you’re buying a signed soccer jersey as an investment, it’s financially smarter to purchase a jersey dedicated to a team where the player has recorded most success in regards to individual achievements and/or team championships.

Signed Soccer Balls

A ball signed by any athlete is a true dedication to a player of the sport that will remain relevant no matter what team they play for, being that there are no added team logos. Although a classic soccer ball honors an athlete and his contributions to the sport, a logo soccer ball is also a unique way to show team pride wherever you choose to display your sports memorabilia. Considering it’s always best to protect an autographed soccer ball with a display case to prevent damage to the signature, a case is vital for a signed soccer ball because of its material that smudges easily.

Autographed Photos

Signed photographs of an athlete allow sports fans to preserve the true essence of a player in action and relive their favorite sports moments for a lifetime. Autographed soccer photos capture every penalty kick, game-changing play, and championship celebration of internationally prominent footballers on both the international and club level. In addition to signed soccer photographs that feature players competing on both their national team and club team, there is an availability of black and white photographs from historic moments, as well as modern colored images. Selecting an autographed soccer photograph is based on preference for an athlete and his team, but value will increase depending on their achievements with a given soccer team, whether it be his current or former club affiliation or even longtime international team.

Signed Cleats/Boots

Although autographed cleats are not as highly popularized as the other three categories of soccer memorabilia, they offer fans and collectors a unique addition to their collection or sports room. Boots are a piece of the standard international soccer uniform that is symbolic of the sport. A pair of cleats worn by a certain soccer player is typically significant in regards to his team and commemorates every goal or huge play that contributed to the team’s success.

Germany and their jersey

No one can deny Germany’s deserved success at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. While teams like Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal centered their game around one special player, the Germans went for an all-inclusive style of play, a black and white phalanx of 11 men on the pitch, and reinforcements on the side waiting to come and bolster the team when needed.

To give them more credit, they dealt with a plethora of fitness concerns. Rising star forwardMarco Reus was ruled out of the World Cup just before it started after suffering a serious injury in a friendly, while skipper Philipp Lahm and both holding midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira were not fully fit when the tournament got underway. In addition, before their quarterfinal against France seven of Germany’s players were struck with the flu. Still, they overcame all that to lift the cup.

Before the World Cup, Germany coach Joachim Low stated that “there are other important things: family, friendship, and values,” and it was these off-the-field elements mixed together that created Germany’s recipe for success.

A Eurosport report went on to call this Germany side “the best at this World Cup, [as] they exhibited all the qualities required of great champions – skill, discipline, unity, and determination.”

With their latest triumph, Germany is now one World Cup win away from Brazil’s record of five World Cup championships, and will now have four stars above their national badge on their jersey. But should they actually have four stars?

The truth is, they shouldn’t.

That same Eurosport report claimed that “Germany like to win World Cups the hard way. Their first, in 1954, saw them defeat a supposedly invincible Hungarian side.”

Perhaps that rings true for this past tournament as the Germans dealt with injuries, fitness, and illness to lift the cup. In the process, they recorded resounding wins like the 4-0 demolition of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal side and the unforgettable and record-breaking 7-1 win against Brazil, who were dealt their worst ever defeat at home and had an unbeaten home record in competitive matches stretching back to 1975 snapped.  In that same match, Miroslav Klose also added an individual milestone for Germany as he became the World Cup’s highest ever goal scorer with 16 goals, stealing a record from Brazil as he usurped the striker’s throne previously held by the legendary Ronaldo.

In 1954, however, the recipe for success was quite a different one.

To begin with, while all the other sides were wearing boots that were designed to protect players’ feet, usually riding above the ankle area like modern day American football shoes, a German company supplied their national team with an avant-garde new boot that distinguished itself as a lighter boot. The innovative footwear that focused on agility also came with interchangeable studs that suited different climates. This brand was, and still is, called adidas.