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Old 02-14-2006, 10:42 PM
alsoran alsoran is offline
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Default Nike continues to gain control of soccer around the world....

New national uniforms....

I know it's the oldest trick in merchandising for clubs, but for national teams? All at once? Because of Nike?

U.S. and Mexico look rather different. The others (don't know what Korea's old unis looked like) appear to be pertty similar but the public will have to go out and buy.

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Old 02-15-2006, 05:22 AM
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Default RE:Nike continues to gain control of soccer around the world....

I should probably know this, but who is the guy on the extreme left?
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:08 PM
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Old 02-15-2006, 03:47 PM
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Shawn:

Even I knew that.

Adriano has to be the biggest Brazilian international ever. Does this guy work out with NFL players? The guy's a tank. Will be very interesting to see who stars for Brazil. Does anybody think there could be some ego issues for Brazil in 2006? Or is there something in Brazilian culture that supresses such ego problems?
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Old 02-15-2006, 09:54 PM
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>>Does anybody think there could be some ego issues for Brazil in 2006?<<

Can't see Adriano and Ronaldo sharing the same field - but Ronaldo was rumored to possibly be traded to Inter for a while and both said they'd like to play together. I also remember Bebeto and Romario supposedly not being friendly but they got the job done.
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Old 02-15-2006, 11:52 PM
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Yeah, alsoran. It's hard to envision all these guys sharing the field/ball.

At least 1 or 2 big names will be sitting each game. How about Kaka and Ronaldinho in midfield? Is there a conflict of styles there?

I could see this being an awesome team. But somebody's going to have to accept a reduced role.
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Old 02-16-2006, 01:45 PM
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How about leaving Ronaldo home like they did to Romario in 2002? Ewerthon is playing lights out at Zaragoza and deserves a spot on the roster. Fred has been great for Lyon as well. There's so much depth in Brazilian football, any of those guys could fit into a team and make people forget about Ronaldo who's definitelly not on top of his game.
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Old 02-17-2006, 04:01 AM
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Ronaldo plays for the biggest club in the world.

Nike wants him to play, just like they wanted him to play eight years ago.

End of story.
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Old 02-17-2006, 06:11 PM
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Well, from what I'm seeing in that picture above, it's not Ronaldo on the kit unveiling, is it? Actually, it's been a while since he's featured in any of their campaigns, not sure how much Nike has riding on him any more. A lot different situation than 8 years ago, that's for sure.

And last i checked, Real wasn't the top of the list anyway [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif[/img]
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Old 02-19-2006, 12:31 PM
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Default RE:Nike continues to gain control of soccer around the world....

Deloitte's list came out only this week...
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Old 02-19-2006, 02:33 PM
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Oh, you're gonna trust the guys that did the books for Adelphia and Parmalat? [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif[/img] LOL
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:29 PM
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They tell us Everton are the 18th richest club in the world, they must be an authority APMSL [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif[/img]

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Old 02-20-2006, 05:26 AM
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Default RE:Nike continues to gain control of soccer around the world....

Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world, period. No we won't win every trophy because we're not always the best team, but they can compete with the team funded by the Russian oligarch, the team funded by the catalan provincial government, the team owned by the Italian Prime Minister, the team in the North of England that was bought by the Yank with no money down (reminds me, I have to do that someday, buy a team that way...)... and we do it with a balanced, or nearly balanced annual budget. Yes the debt was out of control there for awhile, like it was everywhere else, but these days money in equals money out.

I defended the Beckham deal not necessarily on footballing terms, but definitely on moneyspinning terms, and I was correct. Look at the shirt sales. 25 mill was way too much to pay for Beckham, but the Beckham-23 merchandise sales means that, for that imnitial outlay, we actually got Beckham, the Beast, and Cicinho and within a year we'll have all of that 25 mil back.

For a hundred years, community clubs have struggled with the issue of how to pay players to field competitive teams. Everton were the Bank of England team awhile ago; now Chelsea are the Bank of Russia team. Sides like Red Star Belgrade, Santos, Ajax, and Boca Juniors had some of the best youth set-ups in the world, whether they were aided by government policies or not, and had kids steping in annually as players wre sold. Barcelona are out-and-out taxpayer funded. Real's route is merchandising. Twenty years from now the landscape will probably change, but right now merchandising is the road to number one.
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