William Morris Signs Chelsea Football Club of the English Premier League

WMA will represent Chelsea FC in such areas as marketing partnerships, entertainment events, programming initiatives and other branding opportunities.

“As we begin our season,” said Peter Kenyon, CEO of Chelsea FC, “we look forward to working with the William Morris Agency to help build Chelsea Football Club into one of the premium sports franchises in the world.

Founded in 1905 the Chelsea Football Club is one of the most respected and successful football clubs in the world. The Agency represents clients in all segments of the entertainment industry, including Motion Pictures, Television, Music and Personal Appearances, Broadway Theatre and Theatrical Touring, Book Publishing, Commercials, Sports Marketing and Corporate Consulting. WMA’s corporate clients are managed by William Morris Consulting (WMC), the corporate advisory division of WMA. Joining Wirtschafter on William Morris’ Chelsea FC team will be John Mass and Philip Button.

“As one of the most renowned teams in the world’s most popular sport, Chelsea Football Club has incredible access to an enormous international audience; and we believe that there is a great opportunity to leverage this further on their behalf,” said WMA’s Dave Wirtschafter.

Founded in 1898, the William Morris Agency is the leading talent and literary agency in the world, with principal offices in New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, London and Miami Beach. WMC provides Fortune 500 companies, sports leagues and other organizations with strategies to adapt to and succeed in an evolving media, entertainment and sports landscape. Under Russian businessman Roman Abramovich’s new ownership, the team finished second in the English Premier League last season. 7, 2004–London’s Chelsea Football Club has signed with the William Morris Agency (WMA). The William Morris Agency can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.wma.com.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. Partnering with WMA is part of the club’s strategy to grow our brand and our business globally.” . Chelsea continued to make strategic moves this year to strengthen the team, spending more than $350 million to acquire new players and hiring one of the best coaches in football, Jose Mourinho, who won the Champions League in May 2004 with FC Porto. “With their existing market awareness and our ability to maximize their position, we will enhance an already formidable brand.”

About the William Morris Agency

Chelsea FC will be joining a roster of WMA corporate clients that includes such industry leaders as Anheuser-Busch, General Motors, the NFL, the United States Olympic Committee, the PGA Tour, Harrah’s Entertainment, Saks Fifth Avenue, Texas Instruments and Dennis Publishing, among others

Borussia Dortmund chief: Jurgn Klopp wil not come back for former players | Football | Sport

We have been through too much together.”

Names mentioned so far are Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Neven Subotic – players Klopp worked with in Germany.

“This is a great move for both Jurgen and for Liverpool. He can get them back to greatness. We don’t even have to talk about that.

“I am convinced that he will be as successful at Liverpool as he was at Dortmund.”

Klopp left Dortmund at the end of last season and was named Liverpool boss last week.

“I am 100 per cent certain about that. He would never approach any players behind our back.

However, Watzke claims those reports are wide of the mark and is not expecting a raid from his former employee.

Although he has only been in the job for a matter of days, speculation as to the players he might bring in is already circulating.

“Jurgen would never do anything that would damage BVB’s interests,” he told Bild am Sonntag.

Liverpool have not won the title since 1990, but Watzke is confident Klopp can guide them to silverware again.. “We are simply too close for things like that to happen

Football’s Biggest Wins and Highest Scoring Matches.

Australia 31-0 American Samoa.

In American Samoa’s entire history as an international football team they had managed only one victory. As Samoa’s coach Lui noted, ‘We don’t know what Australia were trying to prove scoring all those goals.’ In the end, Australia’s massive win didn’t do them any good. It is harder to support such practice in cup matches, as was the case in three of the games below. Australia, who were ranked 128 places above them. 18-year-old John Petrie scored 13 of those 36 (still a record for a single match) while Jim Milne Jr, Bon Accord’s goalkeeper, spent most of the match trying to avoid the rain underneath an umbrella. Part of you wants them to stop, while another part wants them to continue to tear them apart. Australia, who had just beaten Tonga 22-0. Sunday Herald, The, Jan 19, 2003 by Natasha Woods

Arbroath 1885

31st October 2002. In a pre-season friendly in 2009, Spanish side Villareal beat third division Navata 27-0. Archie Thompson equalled John Petrie’s world record with 13 (he would have broken it but for a disallowed goal). That came against the mighty Wallis and Futuna in 1983. ‘I’ve got to tell you they are woeful’, said David Smith, their Australian liason officer, ‘the reserves of a seventh division amateur side would beat them.’ And their opponents were Australia. Incredibly, on the exact same day and only 18 miles away, Dundee Harp defeated Aberdeen Rovers 35-0. For some reason, the referee didn’t abandon the game, and the players kept this up relentlessly for the entire match. Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord.

36-0 is a cricket score, which is appropriate considering Bon Accord were a cricket team who had been entered into the Scottish Football Cup by mistake. Public Domain.” data-credit-link=”http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Arbroath/Arbroath.htm” src=”https://static.suite.io/article_images/orig/3a6fa65e-e842-42bc-a04a-b2c285dc148d.jpg” title=”Arbroath 1885″/>Every now and again football throws up some terribly one-sided matches. This was always going to be an absolute mauling and Australia refused to show them any mercy

2 down, 36 to go!

The Spanish international and former Arsenal skipper will be hoping to capture his first Barclay’s Premier League title with Chelsea after failing to do so with Arsenal on 8 tries.

Rumours of Diego Costa joining the team he helped knock out of the Champions League only months earlier were finally put to rest with his arrival at Stamford bridge just days after the 2014 FIFA world cup. Although, Chelsea still looked solid in defense even after the departure of Cole (as Caesar Azpilicueta kept the veteran out of the team throughout last season), in addition to strengthening an already solid defense, Filipe Luis’ inclusion now affords the luxury of rotation at the back. Having more options in the back will go a long way in ensuring that Chelsea compete at a high level in every competition this season.

. Renowned for his physicality, and ability to put defenses under pressure, his exploits in the La Liga helped Atletico Madrid lift their first league title since 1996 ahead of city rivals Real Madrid and the Catalanian giants, Barcelona.

It did not take too long for Chelsea to get their summer shopping underway. A naturally talented left-back, Luis has come in to replace one of the longest serving members of Abramovic’s Chelsea era, Ashley Cole, who has just moved to Roma. Mourinho had made no secret of who he wanted to spearhead his attack in the new season: It was always going to be the Brasil-born Spanish international, Diego Costa, who Chelsea were unable to lure to the Bridge in the January window.

Filipe Luis makes up the last of the 3 key signings brought in in the summer. In the last 2 seasons, the 40million new signing have made a name for himself in the Spainish league establishing himself as one of the finest finishers in the world. Widely considered the missing link in Jose Mourinho’s midfield jigsaw, Cesc Fabregas came to Chelsea at a point where his presence in the midfield, following the departure of Frank Lampard, was much needed. Famous for his long range and wide variety of passing, and his quick thinking and ability to link midfield to attack, Fabregas’ arrival at the Bridge presents a whole new complexion to Mourinho’s side and further cements their claim as top title contenders. With Chelsea strikers being anything but clinical in the last campaign, the attack stood tallest in the priority areas in need of reinforcements

Borussia Dortmund’s impressive manager Thomas Tuchel is still on the up, but he’d change the methods that put him on route

I don’t want them to have so much around them to make their lives comfortable and easy that those things become ‘crutches’.

‘Great players will emerge on their own not the mass, but the very best because they know how to overcome difficulties, to thrive no matter what. ‘Now I’d do almost the opposite if I was starting again. Then the solutions will come naturally in match situations.’

Because Tuchel has firm views about the adequate diet for elite footballers, his club handed him control over constructing the nutritional side of his players’ daily life. ‘I would never try to dictate every little detail.

‘I know there are some coaches who think that they can drive the team bus better, that they can do the physio’s job better and so on.

‘I have some clear ideas about what to eat and what to avoid and so the club asked me to appoint a chef.

‘I think we eat too many carbs and that it makes us sleep less well.

‘But I really am no control freak, I trust my experts and delegate to them.’

He is a worrier fretting that the modern millionaire football player will be ‘unfocused’ because of the priority given to the newest contract, car, girlfriend, tattoo, hairstyle, social media account. Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel wants to want to blaze a new pathFormer Mainz boss took over from Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp this summerHe is revolutionary enough to want to rip up his own pillars of successByGraham Hunter for the Daily Mail

Published: 00:36 GMT, 11 October 2015 | Updated: 00:36 GMT, 11 October 2015

The first thing which happened on meeting Thomas Tuchel was that he shared an intriguing Susan Boyle anecdote which cannot yet be retold here because his Borussia Dortmund players are still to benefit from the inspirational values the young German coach sees for them in West Lothian’s finest voice.

Suffice to say that she is stepping into Michael Jordan’s shoes.

Typical Tommy, the Tuchel followers would say.

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel wants to want to rip up his own central pillars of success

The former Mainz manageris interesting and surprising on practically any football subject you care to raise

Happily, he is at least as interesting and surprising on practically any football subject you care to raise.

His predecessor, the new Liverpool manager, felt Bayern Munich were football’s version of the ‘Bond villain’ gobbling up the world’s playing resources.

In contrast, Tuchel reckons Bayern have become ‘modest’.

He is passionate about the daily menu at Dortmund’s training ground, talking personally-appointed chefs through the jas and the neins of what his players may eat. Now that Klopp is hogging the headlines and Tuchel is about to play Mainz (from where each of them trampolined to the Dortmund job) for the first time since walking out on them, it is time to get to know him a little.

Whether moderate talent or a chronic knee problem was his greater problem will rest as a matter of hypothesis, given the fact he was invalided out of second and third division football aged 25.

A youth coach at Stuttgart just two years later, he had already found the vocation in which he was destined for excellence.

His work in developing, teaching and forming successful youth eras at Augsburg and then Mainz earned him promotion to the senior ranks.

Last weekend Tuchel’s Dortmund were shredded 5-1 by Jurgen Klopp and his rampant Bayern Munich side

There is so much more texture to his Dortmund ascent but some highlights were Mainz beating Bayern in three straight seasons (Louis van Gaal and Jupp Heynckes the defeated coaches) and consecutive Europa League qualifications.

Prior to defeat in Munich two weeks ago, his reign at Dortmund began with 10 wins, three draws and a flood of goals.

The forum this week in Berlin was an Aspire summit on youth development and Tuchel shared a daring secret. Tuchel recently indulged in a year-long ‘sabbatical’ and thinks he will repeat that trick in 2022 because the Qatar World Cup will be ‘terrible for European clubs’ if it is played during winter.

He is a man who, not just because of last weekend’s 5-1 shredding at Bayern Munich, wants to be ‘in the eye of the hurricane’.

‘Quiet, in a bubble of space, away from the ping-pong back and forward in the football media’ is his fuller expression.

And, intriguingly, he is sufficiently revolutionary to want to rip up the central pillars which formed his enormous youth-development success and left him succeeding Jurgen Klopp at Westfalenstadion.

Standing 6ft 4in tall, with the face of Niles Crane, football evangelist by nature Herr Tuchel is one interesting man. So for the last five years with Mainz and six months with Dortmund, I’ve never put on an 11 v 11 training match.

‘I might use half the pitch, I might use a very narrow strip of pitch or very wide. I’d say: ‘Let’s make it difficult for them’.

‘I’d only want one TV for match analysis and ensure that the video attached to it didn’t always work; I’d order that the pitches weren’t cut often enough so that the grass was too long; no air-conditioning in the changing room; make sure that the driver for the team bus didn’t turn up one day so that the kids had to work out how to make it to the game for themselves.

Everything Tuchel has done before, he now questions, although he is determined not to be a control freak

‘It’s fantastic to have all the great developmental facilities we have nowadays but we might end up spoiling the emerging talents.

‘They have to be able to overcome obstacles, to think for themselves. That’ s what separates them. That everything he has done before, he now questions to the point of disbelieving.

‘For so many years in youth football I was always demanding better facilities, better equipment via which to test the players, better pitches, better travel, under-soil heating,’ he confessed. But what I attempt to ensure is that I give the players difficulties in training I try to test them and force them to overcome problems for themselves. Whatever.

Tuchel’s team-talks are often displaced by motivational videos in an attempt to inspire his players

Which is where his famous use of basketball megastar Jordan, talking about how he had become a success only because of the hundreds of times he had failed, came in.

Tuchel’s team-talks are often displaced by motivational videos hence Susan Boyle! All of which he had time to think about during his ‘gap-year’ which he seized after quitting Mainz in spring 2014.

‘I believe that unless you travelled the globe and did spectacular things, then you’d failed in a sabbatical wasted it,’ he admitted now.

‘But it was the opposite! All I did was visit people, think, assimilate, take time to talk and wonder and I’m delighted with how I used my year.

‘Already in this job, there is zero time to mull things over.’

Share or comment on this article . But he shudders at the idea of being a control freak.

Tuchel worked in the Mainz youth system before building his way up to eventually become Dortmund boss

‘No way am I a micro manager!’ he insisted

Juergen Klopp Takes Over as New Liverpool Manager

His task is to close the gap on the big four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, and get the team back in the Champions League.

Liverpool is 10th in the league and in a rebuilding phase after the departures of striker Luis Suarez, iconic midfielder Steven Gerrard and young star Raheem Sterling over the last two seasons.

Klopp left Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season after guiding the club to two German league titles and a Champions League final.

The English Premier League club has called a news conference for Friday morning when Klopp will be officially unveiled.

Bespectacled, never short of a quip and exuding passion on the touchline, Klopp is one of European soccer’s big personalities and was a fan favorite at Mainz — where he started his coaching career in 2001 — and then Dortmund.

In preparation for Klopp’s arrival, the club instigated a clear-out of many of Rodgers’ backroom staff.

His first match in charge of Liverpool will be against Tottenham on Oct. His philosophy is a high-octane, hard-running style that suffocates opponents, similar to the approach Rodgers desired and had success with in the 2013-14 season when Liverpool almost ended its wait for a first championship since 1990.

Klopp is taking charge of a similar club to Dortmund — with its working-class roots, strong heritage and passionate fan base — and many believe the German is a perfect fit at Liverpool. He won the league in 2011 and 2012 and reached the Champions League final in 2013, but his energy-sapping approach had taken its toll on the squad by the time he quit in May. As, in part, had the loss of star players including Robert Lewandowski and Mario Goetze over consecutive offseasons.

Brendan Rodgers was fired on Sunday following an 18-month slump since nearly winning the Premier League title in 2014.

Assistant manager Sean O’Driscoll and first-team coach Gary McAllister have left their posts. 17.

Liverpool is one of the most successful teams in England with 18 league titles and five European Cups.

Klopp took over at Dortmund in 2008, with the team having finished 13th in the Bundesliga the previous season. Liverpool hired Juergen Klopp as its new manager on Thursday, turning to one of Europe’s most respected and charismatic coaches to reverse a slump in form and return success to the fallen English giant.

It will be the 48-year-old Klopp’s first job outside Germany, where he made his name as an extrovert, a maverick and an innovative coach — particularly in a seven-year stint at Dortmund. Head of performance Glen Driscoll and head of opposition analysis Chris Davies have also lost their jobs.

What are the 10 best soccer players ever?

Stayed at one club for his entire career too.

5. 9. Paolo Maldini

Became greater than Baresi or Mattheus from longevity, versatility, captaining ability and calmness in the tackle. Nerves of steel meant he could score two goals in the 1998 World Cup final. The only truly complete player.

10. Alfredi DiStefano

Lead the great Ral Madrid side that won 5 European Cups. Never even got booked in his career. Roy Keane

The heartbeat of the Manchester United side that dominated from the mid 1990’s until the early 2000’s. Still managed to become the all time top scorer of the World Cup. George Best

Possibly a greater dribbler than Garrincha himself. Great leader, great composure, incredible scoring record.

3. Pel

When he was only 17 he was the star of a World Cup. Eusebio

Stayed at Benfica for his entire career.

His goal record speaks volumes. See Champions League final 2nd leg 1999.

1. Always stayed loyal to Santos and only moved after his prime. Always ready to score or set up a vital goal in style, for example “that goal” in the 2002 Champions League final.

6. Never afraid to tell someone where to go when he had a problem and always had a simple and brutal assessment of himself and his team. Retired from international duty early just one goal short of Bobby Charlton’s record. But when you see some of them you truly understand.

7. Zinedine Zidane

The man with the audacity to chip a penalty in the World Cup final but also with the integrity to give a man a headbutt when he deserved it even though it meant missing out on the World Cup. Ronaldo

Injury is probably the only reason he is not top of this list. Played all over the pitch and had endless stamina. Would have easily beaten it had he wanted.. If God had a first tough he would still be jealous of Zidane. Sheer power, speed and creativity along with a deadly shot with either foot and incredible dibbling ability made Ronaldo a legendary player.

8. Sacrificed all for his team (including the Champions League final 1999) but for what he believed was right (World Cup 2002). The greatest captain of them all. The one who inspired many of the greats.

2. Gary Lineker

Greatest goal poacher of them all. Played at RB, LB, CB, SW and CDM. Goal record considering he is a winger is what makes him better though.

4. Fernando Hierro

His versatility was priceless to Ral Madrid and Spain in the 1990’s. Ferocious tackling, killer passing and an eye for important goals only meant half as much as that calming and organising influence he has on his team

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Week in Sports: May 16 — May 22 – Photo 18 – Pictures

Dallas won 2-1.

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Phil Giebler slams into the wall in the first turn during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 17, 2008.

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Boston Red Sox’ Manny Ramirez (24) throws his bat as he is almost hit by a pitch by Milwaukee Brewers’ Seth McClung during the seventh inning of the first game of their day-night baseball doubleheader on Saturday, May 17, 2008, in Boston.

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Runners wave and dance before the start of the ‘GutsMuths Rennsteiglauf’ marathon, one of Europe’s most popular cross-country races, in Neuhaus/Rennweg, eastern Germany, Saturday, May 17, 2008.

San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili, (20), reaches for a loose ball with Los Angeles Lakers’ Lamar Odom, back left, and the Spurs’ Robert Horry, back right, in the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals, Wednesday, May 21, 2008 in Los Angeles. The GutsMuths run is the longest cross-country race in Europe and gathered more than 15,000 runners from 21 countries this year.

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Washington Nationals center fielder Lastings Milledge drops a fly ball hit by Baltimore Orioles’ Melvin Mora during the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game, Friday, May 16, 2008, in Baltimore. The Spurs won 91-82.

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New York Mets hitting coach Howard Johnson, back left, and bench coach Jerry Manuel, back right, are shown in the dugout shortly before home plate umpire Bob Davidson, left, tossed out Manuel after Carlos Delgado’s fourth-inning three-run home run was ruled a foul ball against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 18, 2008. The Mets cruised to an 11-2 rout.

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates after the Penguins scored a power-play goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period of Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference hockey finals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 18, 2008.

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. The Orioles won 5-3.

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Competitors jump in the pool in the 200 meter freestyle final during the Santa Clara International Invitational swimming grand prix in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, May 16, 2008.

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Marcus Fraser of Australia plays out of the water at the 7th hole during the 2nd round of the Irish Open Adare Manor Golf Club, Limerick, Ireland, Friday, May 16, 2008.

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Ryan Briscoe, of Australia, slams into the wall in the first turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 16, 2008. Nadal won in three sets 7-5, 6-7 and 6-3.

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Big Brown, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, crosses the finish line well ahead of the pack to win the 133rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Saturday, May 17, 2008.

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Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco (35) stops a shot from the Detroit Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg (40) in front of defenseman Sergei Zubov in the third period of Game 5 of their NHL hockey Western Conference series in Detroit, Saturday, May 17, 2008. The Red Sox won 7-0.

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Dallas Stars’ Brad Richards sits in the locker room after the Stars lost to the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference hockey finals, Monday, May 19, 2008 in Dallas.

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San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, center, battles New Orleans Hornets’ Tyson Chandler, right, and Chris Paul (3) for a loose ball in the first half of Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal basketball series, Monday, May 19, 2008, in New Orleans. Jankovic defeated Cornet 6-2, 6-2.

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Inter Milan Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, celebrates with teammate Patrick Vieira, of France, as Mario Balotelli, left, joins them, during an Italian first division soccer match between Inter Milan and Parma, at the Parma Tardini stadium, Sunday, May 18, 2008. The Lakers rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat the Spurs 89-85.

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Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester throws his last pitch, a strike, to Kansas City Royals pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo for his no-hitter in the ninth inning during their MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, May 19, 2008. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in a 2-0 win over Parma.

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after he won against Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the final of the ATP Masters Series tennis tournament in Hamburg, Germany on Sunday, May 18, 2008. Puskar

Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce leaps and shouts during the final minute of a 97-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball series in Boston on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

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Brendan Hansen competes in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke final during the Santa Clara International Invitational swimming grand prix in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, May 18, 2008.

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Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic kisses the winner’s trophy after defeating France’s Alize Cornet in the final match of the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 18, 2008