Sunday, February 28, 2021

Reds deliver lesson with a difference with Joie

Reds deliver lesson with a difference with Joie

Anfield


Children from two local schools received a special surprise when they started their school day, only to find out their lessons had been taken over by Liverpool FC first team stars. Due to the ongoing pandemic, many children are currently having to learn remotely from home via lessons that are being delivered virtually by their teachers. Logging on to start their virtual history lesson, year six children from Whitefield Primary School were surprised to realise they had a new teacher - Mr A Robertson. 

The lessons were organised as part of the latest edition of Kop Kids, which is presented by club partner Joie. To help deliver the sessions, the players were supported by coaches from the club’s official charity, LFC Foundation. Supporters should also keep an eye out for video number two. Joie has also donated iPads to both schools to support with lessons inside the classroom, as well as teaming up with the club’s official mascot, Mighty Red, to deliver a bi-weekly Instagram quiz to encourage families to come together and take part. 

To help support parents teaching their children at home, Joie, the LFC Foundation and Mighty Red have provided these additional resources: 

 
Joie Managing Director, David Welsh, said: “These are tough times for kids – they have had their lives put on hold without any say in the matter. Schools are closed, extra-curricular activities are on hold and they are all missing their friends as well as having to get to grips with learning on line. 

It was our privilege to be able to give some of the kids at Whitefield Primary and St Marie’s Primary, a bit of a treat – they certainly deserve it.” As part of the club’s community response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the LFC Foundation and the Red Neighbours programme have been working together to support the local community during these unprecedented and difficult times. 

The Foundation has been delivering over 50 virtual sessions per week, providing young people, adults and families with the chance to still get active, connect with others and still be a part of the Foundation. From confidence-building sessions such as Step Up, to virtual football skills sessions.

Anfield


Thursday, February 25, 2021

No Blues for Everton

THE TOFFEES WILL GET A NEW GROUND

Proposed New Stadium
Proposed New Stadium

The blue half of Liverpool has had a good week.

Last Saturday Everton won the Merseyside derby 2-0, their first win at Anfield in 22 years. Then this Tuesday Liverpool City Council approved its plans for a new arena on the waterfront, ending years of stadium project false starts.

Bramley-Moore Dock stadium has a projected capacity of 52,888 and could be open for business in 2024 providing the housing minister Robert Jenrick, as expected, rubber stamps the application.

Goodison Park, the Blues' home since 1892, has 39,414 seats but with its notable poles and lack of cantilevers on the Bullens Road side it seems quaintly outmoded. 

Unable to expand on a classic residential site in Walton - St Luke's church famously sticks out in one of the corners, the club have been searching for a new site for a quarter of a century.

A number of plans and sites have fallen through, which left some Evertonians wondering if there was some curse on their club, watching jealously while Anfield modernized and expanded and other clubs moved to new and shining homes.

THE TOFFEES WILL GET A NEW GROUND
What the stadium could look like

The Bramley-Moore site is on the Mersey estuary and being a disused industrial site, offered space to build.

This will be the first European stadium built by American architects MEIS, who have built baseball and NFL arena before but also have the contract to build a new 52,500 home for Roma in Serie A.

There had a planning objection from English Heritage, worried about damage to the Liverpool waterfront's UNESCO World Heritage status, but the council decided the £500 million scheme and subdued design of brick, glass and steel would not ruin the built environment.

Goodison Park has earned its spurs as one of football's most historic arenas. It has hosted more top flight games than any other English stadium, six World Cup games including a semi-final, the F.A. Cup Final and several internationals including England's first defeat to a non-British nation (the Republic of Ireland in 1949) and was bombed in WWII.

Portuguese legend Eusebio called it "the best stadium in my life" after scoring six goals there en route to the Golden Boot at the 1966 World Cup.

(c) Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile

Sunday, February 21, 2021

補充兵源迎接亞冠 傑志簽入羅拔圖及謝家強

Sean Tse Ka Keung

傑志今日宣佈,球會已經簽下兩位經驗豐富的後防球員羅拔圖 (Roberto Orlando Affonso Júnior)和謝家強(Sean Tse Ka Keung). 羅拔圖原籍巴西,於2007年來港,曾效力晨曦、東方龍獅及富力R&F,可出任中堅及防守中場,他於2016年3月取得香港特別行政區護照,正式入籍香港,至今已代表香港隊上陣22場入1球。 

Roberto Orlando Affonso Junior

謝家強出身自曼城青年軍,可司職中場及中堅,他在2012年從英國來港,在港分別效力過南華、和富大埔及富力R&F三間球會。這位28歲球員已於2020年初申請特區護照。 

 羅拔圖和謝家強上季同樣效力富力R&F,富力去年10月宣布退出港超後,羅拔圖一直留在香港,他正在接受7天家居隔離,稍後通過新冠病毒檢測後便可歸隊。而謝家強則需於抵港後按例隔離21日,完成隔離後要再作檢測,呈陰性始能歸隊.

傑志足球總監朱志光透露,球隊在中堅李毅凱離隊後,現有兵源並不足夠應付亞冠盃及本地比賽兩條戰線,相信兩位經驗豐富的後防球員能填補球隊空缺。

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Historic auction to take place to bid farewell to Melwood

Historic auction to take place to bid farewell to Melwood

Melwood

Liverpool FC supporters are being given the opportunity to own a piece of Reds history as the club bids a final farewell to its famous training ground in a special online memorabilia auction.

The unique event, which will be held on 2 March 2021, will see more than 360 items from the last seventy years the club spent at Melwood go under the hammer and be auctioned off to fans.

A special selection of items from the sale will be auctioned specifically to raise funds for the club's official charity, LFC Foundation.

The monies raised, together with a Club donation from all the auction proceeds, will provide much needed food and support the ongoing work around physical and mental wellbeing in the local community, particularly during the COVID-19 response.

The driving force behind this unique occasion was the development of the new AXA Training Centre, which for the first time brings the club's first team and academy players together under one roof.

This hugely significant project saw the 1950s-2020 era at Melwood come to an end, during which time the likes of former players, Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Sir Kenny Dalglish, passed through the doors.

Some of the most interesting items that will be up for auction include: the whiteboard used by first team boss Jurgen Klopp to demonstrate his vital team selections and formation; the Champions Wall that was visible inside the main reception area displaying the club's illustrious trophy tally; and the press conference desk and backdrop that was used for every media briefing, where exclusive news from the club was shared with its supporters around the world.

Former player, Ian Callaghan said: "What a momentous occasion this is as we say a final goodbye to the beloved Melwood and look forward to a new era and what our future holds at the new AXA Training Centre. Melwood will always hold a special place in my heart, it was our home for over seven decades and saw us through some of the biggest moments in our club's history - from the ultimate highs to the challenges and tests we have faced together over the years. This is such a unique opportunity for supporters, allowing them to bid for their own piece of Liverpool FC history that they can keep forever."

Stephen Done, Liverpool FC curator, said: "This auction is a very special event to mark the end of an important era. The last fifty years have been a huge part of Liverpool Football Club's rich history, with so many memories and incredible moments to share. And not forgetting all the incredible players that have passed through those doors at the famous training ground during this era.

Without their tremendous talent and contribution to the club, we wouldn't have such prestigious memorabilia and fantastic memories.

"The items on offer in the auction are both unique and diverse - from the world-famous Champions Wall that greeted you as you entered the main reception area to the all-important press conference desk that saw news from the club shared to supporters around the globe."

The auction will be hosted by Graham Budd Auctions, which hosted the club's last auction back in 2018 when hundreds of items from the old Main Stand went under the hammer.

Supporters wishing to take part in the online auction must register their interest now at https://www.grahambuddauctions.co.uk/create-an-account

For more information on the auction and access, please visit: www.grahambuddauctions.co.uk.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Jurgen Klopp stars in Liverpool Chinese New Year Video

Jurgen Klopp stars in Liverpool FC's Chinese New Year Video 高普主演利物浦賀年短片 向紅軍球迷拜年

Liverpool FC launched its 2021 Chinese New Year video today to send season greetings to Red fans across the Greater China region. First team boss Jurgen Klopp stars in the video, telling a moving story of a Chinese Kop and he also appears at the end to send his greetings to the fans. www.facebook.com

Klopp

The video, with voice acting from Klopp, is mainly made of animations. The protagonist of the story is a loyal LFC fan from China who has supported the club for many years, accompanying the Reds through ups and downs in his own way, until the Premier League trophy finally arrived after many years of waiting. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has suspended everything and the Anfield Stadium is still empty, Klopp encouraged the fans to keep their faith because "at the end of the storm, there is a golden sky."

At the end of the video, Klopp says "You'll Never Walk Alone" in Chinese to send greetings on behalf of Liverpool FC amid the ongoing pandemic across the world – also wishing all LFC fans a happy Chinese New Year and a prosperous Year of the Ox! 

Klopp
利物浦今天發布全新賀年短片,向一眾大中華地區的紅軍球迷拜年。該短片由一隊教練高普講述一個來自中國紅軍球迷的動人故事,更於片尾親身粉墨登場向球迷拜年,相信紅軍球迷定必有共鳴。 賀年短片主要以動畫形式呈現,並由高普娓娓道來。故事主角是一名來自中國的忠實利物浦球迷,多年來一直對球隊不離不棄,用自己的方式陪著紅軍走過高山低谷,年復一年終於等到英超冠軍的來臨。雖然新冠疫情的到來令一切停擺,晏菲路球場至現時仍然空空如也,但高普勉勵球迷要繼續心懷希望,因為「在風暴的盡頭,那一定是金色的天空」。 最後高普用中文勉勵紅軍球迷「永不獨行」(You'll Never Walk Alone),代表利物浦祝願大家在全球疫情持續下新年快樂,牛年大吉。