​Chinese phone maker Vivo  official sponsor of World Cup 2018 and World Cup 2022

Vivo announced that it signed a six-year partnership with FIFA and will be an official sponsor of its tournaments in the period, covering two cycles. The partnership begins with the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia, following the pinnacle of football – the World Cup next summer. The deal will also cover the World Cup 2022 in Qatar and its concomitant Confederations Cup a year earlier.

During the partnership, the Vivo logo will appear on advertising boards, tickets for the venues, any related programs and leaflets and other key promotional areas. The company also promises to launch a unique phone that will offer a one of a kind experience for football fans.

Along with the deal, all FIFA staff are required to use vivo smartphones while the tournaments are going on.

vivo keeps going with the aggressive marketing and brand positioning, aiming to strengthen international recognition. This deal is third major one for the company after becoming the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League and signing a strategic partnership with NBA China. vivo even managed to invite Stephen Curry as an ambassador for thevivo Xplay 6.

Another 2 years for Wenger at Arsenal

The Gunners boss has extended his stay at Emirates Stadium until at least 2019 despite numerous protests against his management from disgruntled fansArsenal have confirmed that manager Arsene Wenger has extended his contract at the club until 2019.

The Gunners made the announcement on Wednesday after Goal had earlier revealed that the Frenchman had agreed to two more seasons at the helm.

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The new deal for the man who has spent over 20 years at the club was approved after a private meeting between Wenger and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke in a secret location on Monday.

Details of the Frenchman’s contract were then confirmed 24 hours later in a boardroom meeting, and Goal understands that despite widespread talk of a Director of Football model, the structure of the club is set to remain the same.

GFX Arsene Wenger Arsenal extension

Wenger’s future has been shrouded in uncertainty for the entire 2016-17 season, with Arsenal finishing fifth in the Premier League table to accelerate rumours that a managerial change was going to take place.

It is the first time that the north Londoners have failed to qualify for the Champions League under Wenger – a competition that once again ended in disappointment for the Gunners in the current campaign after they were humiliated by Bayern Munich back in March.

Arsenal did, however, claim FA Cup glory after a 2-1 win over Chelsea, with the announcement over Wenger’s extension now having arrived four days after that success.

Demonstrations and protests from various fans against Wenger’s reign have been commonplace over the season, with the likes of Thomas Tuchel, the now unemployed former Dortmund manager, and Eddie Howe having been mooted as possible replacements.

But Wenger clearly maintains support at boardroom level and will now look to step up preparations for the 2017-18 season, with the club’s supporters undoubtedly keen to see their team challenge for the title.

Following the announcement of his extension, the Frenchman told the club’s official website: “I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement. We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere. This is a strong group of players and with some additions we can be even more successful.

“We’re committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season. I am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan in doing everything we can to win more trophies. It’s what we all want and I know it’s what our fans around the world demand.”

Extending the contracts of star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who both have one year remaining on their current deals, will be a top priority for Wenger in the summer months.

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Goal understands that Manchester City are adamant that they will be able to lure Alexis to the Etihad Stadium and have held talks, with Bayern Munich having also been linked, while Ozil has also been continually linked with an exit.

Arsenal return for pre-season training in the first week of July before jetting off to Australia for matches against Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers respectively.

Petr Cech has agreed to join Arsenal from Chelsea on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper made over 400 appearances during 11 years at Stamford Bridge, winning multiple club and personal honours.

He also won the Premier League Golden Glove award on three occasion
A seven-time Czech Footballer of the Year, Cech made his international debut in 2002. He currently has 114 caps for his
country – four short of countryman Karel Poborsky’s all-time record.

Cech began his career in the Czech
Republic with Chmel Blsany, before moving to Sparta Prague. He joined Rennes in France in 2002, before arriving
in the Premier League with Chelsea in 2004.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said:“ Petr Cech is a player that I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased that he has decided to join us. He has proven
over many seasons that he is one of the outstanding keepers in the world and he will add great strength to our squad.”

New signing Cech said: “I’m really excited about joining Arsenal Football Club and can’t wait to join up for pre-season. I have
the same commitment to football, the same motivation and the same hunger for success as I had at the beginning of my career, and I love the challenges brought
by the top quality players you face while playing in the Premier League.

When Arsène Wenger spoke to me about his ambitions for this club, and how he saw
me as part of this team, the decision was clear.”
Cech has completed his medical and will join up with his new team-mates shortly
to begin preparations for the 2015/16 season.

Cech’s Arsenal squad number will be revealed soon through Arsenal’s official Instagram account.Source http://www.arsenal.com

BB Maintains Unbeaten Record in Super League

In their quest to defend the title, reigning Super League champions Big Bullets have
opened a five-point gap to sit
comfortably at the summit of the log table unbeaten with 26 points.

Out of 79 games of the 2015 TNM Super League, five matches have witnessed no goals scored with 57 either victories or losses and 22 draws.

So far 186 goals have been scored. With 22 goals to their credit Big Bullets are the highest scoring team. Mafco F.C boosts
having the meanest defensive setup after letting in only 6 goals.
Rookies Dedza Young Soccer are most generous defensively having allowed their goal minders to collect the ball 20 times behind the net.

Giants Civo United have managed to collect their first full points after edging their city rivals Silver Strikers 0-2 at their own backyard.
Dedza Young Soccer also managed to collect their first point away from home after holding Red Lions 1-1 in Balaka.

Blue Eagles lost their invincibility courtesy of their 2-0 loss away to Airborne Rangers
in Chitowe.

Mzuni F.C and Civo United remain winless at home while Airborne Rangers, Epac F.C,
Dedza Young Soccer and FISD Wizards (formerly Surestream F.C) are yet to claim victory away. Bullets, Nomads and Red
Lions are yet to record a loss away.

Innocent Bokosi of Red Lions is currently leading in the battle for the golden boot after scoring 8 goals. Green Harawa of
Silver Strikers is the second player to claim a hat trick after John Malidadi Jnr of Blue Eagles.

Justin Kamanga of Epac F.C and Richard Chande of Civo United plus Chisomo Mpachika of Dedza Young Soccer have
been the unlucky ones to score past their own goal keepers.

Civo Stadium has now hosted the highest scoring match this far (Epac F.C 3 Kamuzu
Barracks 5) upstaging the soccer mecca Kamuzu Stadium which previously had hosted the highest scoring matches (Big Bullets 5 Dedza Young Soccer 2).
Two hundred and sixteen cards have been flashed this far; 12 red cards and 204 yellow cards.

Kamuzu Barracks have seen red four times followed by Be
Forward Wanderers and Red Lions twice each while Mafco F.C, Azam Tigers, Epac F.C and Airborne Rangers once each.

Top Scorers are: 8 goals – Innocent
Bokosi (Red Lions), 7 goals – Chiukepo
Msowoya (Big Bullets) and Green Harawa
(Silver Strikers), 6 goals – John Malidadi Jnr
(Blue Eagles), Jaffali Chande (Big Bullets)
and Harvey Mkacha (Kamuzu Barracks), 4
goals – Paul Phiri (Mafco F.C), Nelson
Kangunje (Civo United) and Muhammad
Sulumba (Be Forward Wanderers).

TNM SUPER LEAGUE FULL FIXTURE WEEK 12 FIRST ROUND

SATURDAY 4 JULY 2015
Civo Fv Vs Dedza Young Soccer At Civo Stadium

Moyale Fc Vs Azam Tigers fc At Mzuzu Stadium

Mafco fc Vs Red Lions fc At Chitowe Stadium

Beforwrd fc Vs Airbon Rangers fc At Kalulu Stadium

SUNDAY 5 JULY 2015
Silver Strikers fc Vs Blue Eagles fc at Silver Stadium

Mzuni fc Vs Azam Tigers fc At Mzuzu Stadium

Epac fc Vs Red Lions Fc At Civo Stadium

SULOM PUSHES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW STADIUM IN BALANTYRE

The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) wants government to construct a new stadium in
Blantyre, citing that the current poor condition of the Kamuzu stadium is greatly
affecting gate collections during league matches.

Sulom says most of the openings are used as paths for some fans who enter the stadium free of charge. According to Sulom Vice President, Daud
Suleman the current state of Kamuzu stadium affects gate collections due to
gatecrashing of fans into the stadium, who get advantage of the poor security fence
and openings at the main gates.
During the match,
police officers at the stadium apprehended some fans who were so quick enough to
jump over into the with the aid of unused metals near the fence.

Suleman then made a plea to the
government after 2015 first Blantyre derby between Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and
Big Bullets to construct a new soccer cathedral in the commercial city.

At the moment, government is completing the construction of a new national stadium
in Lilongwe, which was initially said to beopened later this year.

The match realized money amounting to MK26.8 Million, as Bullets managed to beat old
town arch rivals 2-1 to remain at the summit of the top tier, living the Nomads second.

CIVO BEATS SILVER IN THE MUCH ANTICIPATED CAPITAL CITY DERBY

Civo United on Sunday chalked their first TNM Super League victory of the season
and could not have been sweeter than ending their winless run against their capital city rivals Silver Strikers at the latter’s backyard—Silver Stadium.

Relief was the prevalent emotion in Civo camp after the final whistle as they have moved a step up from the bottom of the
table.

They now have six points just like Fisd Wizards FC, who now anchor the table due to an inferior goal difference. The result means defending champions Big
Bullets have maintained a five-point lead at the summit of the table with 26 points.

Civo United put up a superb
performance and it took them 32
minutes to draw first blood through captain Emmanuel Zoya’s bicycle kick and the visitors went into the second half with a slender lead.

The civil servants were dominant in all departments and
they forced the Bankers into rearguard action with beautiful pass-and-move football which thrilled their long- suffering fans. The pressure was so intense and relentless that Silver panicked and conceded a penalty in the
73rd minute.

Silver captain Lucky Malata
was the villain, tripping Civo’s forward Charles Chilembo in the box. Nelson Kangunje was so composed from the spot-kick sending Blessings Kameza, in
goals for Silver, the wrong way.
A visibly relieved Civo coach Oscar
Kaunda said: “We played well and
deserved to win. It was a great win and thoroughly deserved.” His Silver counterpart Stein Chirwa was gracious in defeat.

“They were the better team.
We struggled a lot and could not find rhythm,” said Chirwa. In other matches,
Red Lions drew 1-1 against Dedza Young Soccer Stars. Lions scored through Ndaona Limbani while Henry Misinjo replied for Dedza whereas Kamuzu Barracks beat Azam Tigers 1-0 courtesy
of Harvey Nkacha’s strike. In Mzuzu, Moyale Barracks FC failed to utilise home ground advantage when they were held
to a goalless draw by Mafco at Mzuzu Stadium.