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Autumn 2016 ISSUE

The Premier League & the unprecedented spends


Barcelona’s Famous Academy - La Masia

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Thomas Royall & Chelsea FC

‘Life After Football’ Marlon Harewood Louis Saha Matt Le Tissier Darius Vassell


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Welcome Contents Welcome to our Autumn 16 issue of Sports World Magazine. This issue lands with all professional clubs and players with the season well underway. We at Sports World Magazine have been working very hard behind the scenes to make this issue is our very best yet and we are more than confident our content proves so. Delivered across the globe, Sports World Magazine is a trusted source of news, information and guidance.  Exclusively produced for all sports clubs, professional players and businesses around the world. Sports World Magazine offers up to date views and opinions from executive members such as chairman, chief execs and director level individuals, all the way down to the backroom and coaching staff and of course into the hands of the professional players. This issue of magazine discusses all things positive both on and off the field. We continue to deliver exclusive interviews with the biggest names in the industry and the people behind the scenes. This high-end publication also includes the latest cutting-edge fashion, business news, life after football, wealth management, close protection and security. We are confident our informative interviews, fascinating insights and industry specific stories as well as various current and generic sports features throughout this issue will ensure reader captivation, advertiser trust and of course results.

A huge part of this issue focuses on ‘Life After Football’. A section of the publication we have been working on over the last few issues. We now have dedicated interviews with top ex pros to offer their wealth of experience and knowledge to current professionals, to help them prepare now for what the future may hold. We have additionally produced pieces on wealth management, close protection and security. It became apparent that these features needed to be present based on the feedback that came from some of the players. We have industry leaders providing top class editorial whilst also showcasing their services with a view to our clientele using them. As always our partners are a big part of the publication and we would like to thank them all for their continued support. You’ll see the best and most prestige businesses in the game showcasing their products and services from property, wealth management and investment right through to security, fashion and motoring. Offering a unique reading experience on everything we don’t hear in local tabloids, apps and newspapers.



Property and Interior Design


Wealth Management


John Terry | Thomas Royall and Chelsea FC


Tony Qaja | Louis Saha


Close Protection & Security


Marlon Harewood


Adidas, boots and apparel

46 Paul Pogba – The premier league’s unprecedented spends 52

Chris Eubank Jr | Tommy Langford


Bojan | Barcelona’s La Masia

62 Charlie Daniels – Bournemouth FC, the journey to the top flight 64 Alex Thomson, the challenge of a lifetime 70

Europe’s top 10 luxury spa breaks


Darius Vassell, the road to Persia

80 Matt Le Tissier, the agent and the pundit


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Sports World Magazine speaks to Ex-England skipper and Chelsea FC legend John Terry on his new swimwear brand Thomas Royall What inspired you to start and become a part of Thomas Royall? I first got involved with Thomas Royall last summer, I left my summer shopping until the last minute and had no swim shorts for my holidays, I went online and come across Thomas Royall and really liked the style and designs of the shorts, I placed an order and they arrived the next day very nicely packed and when I tried the shorts on they was so comfortable but smart fitting at the same time. I was really impressed and whilst away on holiday everyone was asking where my shorts were from, when I returned home I done some research and found out Sam and Liam owned the company so I made contact and meet the boys and wanted to invest and help grow the brand.

As current professional footballers what kind of social impact do you think you will have on Fashion Industry? As professional football players and being in the spotlight on TV in newspapers and magazines I think we all have an impact on kids fashion and fashion in general actually. There are so many nationalities in football and everyone brings their own style to the dressing room.

Swim wear is a very niche market do you intend to stick to the swimwear or do you wish to expand to other clothing and accessories As a company we want to expand and grow the business, when meeting Sam and Liam we all felt this was key but first things first, we are a swim short company and its vital we get that right to start with.

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We are looking into our customers views on this also about what their needs are , T-shirts , caps , Flip flops , towels ,wash bags and women’s bikinis have all come up in our research and hopefully we can grow into this in the near future. Thomas Royall and the team have a very promising future in fashion so you will be seeing a lot more to come from the brand.

Have the Chelsea and Brentford lads all purchased their holiday shorts? All the Chelsea boys have purchased their shorts for the summer and love the fit and styles of the shorts, again this is great because not everyone likes plain and not everyone wants pattern so you get great and honest feedback from the dressing rooms.

Life after football? Is this going to be one of your main focuses? For sure we will continue our time efforts and money into Thomas Royall after we all finish, but between us we still have a few more years left. Everyone has worked extremely hard to get us where we are today, We are in Harrods in London, Harvey Nicholls and hosting the Ibiza pool parties at Ocean Club. We feel this is just the start and we hope to continue growing. Thanks lads JT

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LM/ Welcome Tony to Sports World Magazine. We along with our readers are looking forward to reading about some of the sports stars that you have dressed. So how did it all start? TQ/ Thank you Liam, it’s a pleasure writing a column as it reminds me of my history and those long days travelling up the M1 and M6 from London. I used to work for a menswear store in London that regularly had high profile celebs as clients. As store manager it was always my duty to look after them. Naturally I had an affiliation to footballers. So when it came time to go alone, the players came to me. LM/ What exactly did you do for them? TQ/ Sky TV had just arrived and some of the players were invited to be pundits. However many of them used the programme as a fashion show, dressing as though they were going to a night club. So I educated them into dressing sharp but conservative as viewers wanted to hear their professional views and not be voting for Mr. SKY! LM/ You’ve dealt with many top players all over the country. Who was your best player? TQ/ Yes I have been fortunate to have met some fantastic people, from Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, to Johan Cruyff, George Best and Pat Jennings to name a few. However one of the most fun and considerate players which may surprise some of you was Paul Gascoigne – Gazza as we fondly call him. A funny story with him was when he signed for Lazio and I made him a purple suit that was different. I knew it had to be different so as to get the Italians to notice. Typically when interviewed he was asked where he got his suit from (at this point I’m thinking to myself…yes!! I can order my new car!) ‘ Oh I got it from my Rag & Bone man’ which obviously went right over the interviewers head! It was Gazza’s nick name for me. Had to stick out with the VW Beetle for a few more years!! LM/ As you have been involved in football since the beginning of Sky, have you noticed much difference with the players and sport? TQ/ Gosh! Where do you want me to start! The sport and the player are now both a business. I used to be able to turn up at Highbury, ring the bell and Nobby (doorman) would let me in and I’d walk through the marble halls and into the changing rooms to be greeted by manager George Graham who used to buy clothes from me. I would never be able to do that at The Emirates now. Those days to see a player you may have to go through his agent, but now the agents have agents, the managers have agents, the clubs have agents, the training ground has a Player Liaison Officer (agent), I think even the kit man has an agent! By the way Liam you did speak to my agent didn’t you!! LM/ I read somewhere that you also were involved with The Olympics. How did that happen? TQ/ I worked with sports brands to look after their players from a formal clothing perspective. So when Puma were appointed to do The Commonwealth Games in Manchester, they asked me to do the formal wear. This proved successful with nice comments from the athletes which lead

to me being approached by Ben Sherman to help with the Olympics in Athens. This also was a success and the BOA then approached me direct to do The Winter Olympics in Turin. So I have the full set! LM/ Is it true you had a Royal testimonial? TQ/ Yes, to my surprise I received a call from Buckingham Palace from HRH Princess Anne’s dresser who conveyed a message of gratitude from Princess Anne on the best fitting suit she had had during her involvement with the Olympics. No, I haven’t had the other call for the MBE yet! LM/ Wow…you’ve also been involved with other sports as well as music and film industries too. TQ/ Again I’m very fortunate to have worked with the RFU for the England Rugby team with the French speaking Monsieur Jonny Wilkinson. I have also been asked to do clothes for certain actors for films including a film with Michael Madsen. LM/ …and a certain Robbie Williams? TQ/ what a lovely guy! Had the pleasure of being involved for his album Feel, which was launched using a programme for the BBC called The Robbie Williams Show. We spent a week filming at Pinewood Studios which was an amazing experience. To be filming in the studios of my hero James Bond with Robbie Williams….well what can I say.

LM/ Do you play golf? TQ/ I hadn’t done at the time. So had to research the market and came out with what became known as the first tailored golf trouser that was designed specifically for golf. I created the now famous ‘V’ slits at the hem of trousers to help the trouser flow smoothly over the shoe. Also created the ‘marker’ pocket to allow easier access to the marker instead of fiddling about in the main pocket. Then an open pocket for the glove and a pocket with a flap to protect the score card from popping out. LM/ So how did this impact on your life? TQ/ The media interest was astonishing, suddenly golf became newsworthy, and it even started making the tabloids. They had something interesting to write about, the colourful trousers that made golfers appealing even fashion icons! This resulted in me becoming a brand. With TV, radio, magazines and newspapers wanting to interview me around the world. Even to the degree of having my own blog on CNN that went global. LM / Did a certain actor from Pulp Fiction come into your life? TQ/ Yes, we were introduced at the Dunhill Golf tournament. He seem to know of me and I replied ‘ you’re an actor aren’t you?’ To which he cracked

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TQ/ Golf, yes this was a real challenge that was to also have a major impact on my life. I was approached by a golfers agent to initially style his player with suits. He was so pleased with the resulting compliments that he received that he asked me to see what I could do with golf clothing.

‘you’re the man TQ, call me later and we do some fancy pants!’ LM/ That’s hilarious, well thank you Tony for an insight into your background and we look forward to hearing some great stories from your Celebrity friends.

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Sports World Magazine columnist Tony Qaja speaks to ex French International and ex Fulham, Manchester United, Spurs and Everton Striker – Louis Saha on his experience in the Euros, fashion and his new business venture – Axis Stars TQ/ What was the highlight of Euro2016 for you? LS/ Many of them, but the passion from the fans especially the Irish fans were fantastic. The emotion from all fans supporting their team was great especially after the recent bombing incidents in France it was good to see people still enjoying the tournament. It’s a pleasure to see different people from different cultures and from different countries respecting each other and being happy together TQ/ How did you find the role of punditry within the Euros? LS/ Yes I really enjoyed it. When you are a player you see things from a different angle, you cant really focus on other stuff because you have to be focused on winning and focused on your team. As a pundit its great to talk tactics but I wanted to focus on the spirit of the fans and the tournament, all the things I couldn’t really see when I was a player. As a pundit I had the opportunity to talk about other special stuff like tactics, security, the players and the sponsors, which I really appreciated and enjoyed. It’s very different from being a player at a tournament. You get the chance to eat, drink and relax and really enjoy everything without the pressure of expectation to do well and pressure of the press. As a player its about finding the right combination of being yourself and being focused on winning and handling the pressure. TQ/ Touching on the fashion side of things, who do you think had the most stylish kit whilst you were at the Euros? LS/ The French was good, very classic looking but all kits now are very stylish and very slim-line and close to the body TQ/ Who do you think had the worst kit? LS/ The Swiss kit wasn’t great, it kept ripping in more than one game, I think 3 or four of them were ripped. TQ/ Do you think team suits are a good addition to the game or do you think player should be allowed to express a little bit of individuality? LS/ I do think it’s always better to have the same suit especially with your national team, wearing the crest and representing your country. I like the team look, it used to be very relaxed with tracksuits but I think its quite important to be dressed professionally especially when visiting other countries with your team, it looks more stylish. You should always go with the culture and the Italian always dress really nice and smart and I think others have followed to look good for their country.

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TQ/ Did you like the way any of the pundits dressed? Rio Ferdinand was wearing my shoes I made for him… LS/ Yes I think Rio Ferdinand and also Thierry Henry always look good and dress well on TV.

was at Spurs… Who do you think is the most stylish footballer in the world? LS/ I think Cristiano Ronaldo is very stylish and is marketed very well. Maybe I think his style is a little too feminine but he knows how to present

TQ/ Do you think the best team won the tournament?

himself. He is really tall, stands really straight and is

LS/ In the game Portugal deserved it yes! Over the course of the tournament, No! The French team in the final disappointed me, they never really pressed for the win and after the final whistle they seemed happy even though Portugal won the final. The French team relaxed too much when Cristiano was taken off.

for sure. He has a great physique and will be a

TQ/ Lets talk more about you, from a clothing point of view and day to day wearing, what do you feel comfortable in? LS/ I used to travel a lot in a tracksuit but now I’m working a lot and living in the south of France and have a lot of meetings. Living here I can’t wear anything too formal but I like my chinos and a light shirt. As I am dark skinned I can’t really wear black so I like light colours.

probably the best competition for David Beckham favorite for the ladies I’m sure. There are also other players that are really stylish but in a different way, like Paul Pogba at Manchester United he has big personality to go with his style TQ/ More now on yourself and life after football now you have retired, you have been working on an app for your business ‘Axis Stars’ what is this about and why did you chose to do this? LS/ I chose this because I wanted to help other players to find the right entourage and find the right team to help them grow into entrepreneurship. When you are involved in football as a player it is sometimes hard to think

TQ/ Is there an item of clothing you can’t live without?

about other things. Axis Stars is an app to assist

LS/ My trainers, comfortable ones, probably black ones. I like to travel light so I can use these to go jogging or to relax in. Secondly my chinos and maybe a nice white shirt.

someone or a business, this will give them a

TQ/ Best clothing investment?

have money and don’t need help. After a year of

LS/ I love my suits both winter and summer.

doing this we are now starting to understand the

TQ Worst clothing item bought? LS/ This has happened many times. Ask my friends they will tell you some stories. I once bought some very dark beige / burgundy shoes and when I went to a club the doorman wasn’t going to let me in as they thought the shoes were trainers. TQ/ Who is your favorite designer, other than me of course? LS/ I like the slim fit of Dolce and Gabbana, they are good for my slim physique. I have big thighs and its not very easy to find the right fit for me in suits.

the players as a base for help should they need portfolio of people who can be trusted to deal with their needs. This has never been done before because nobody cares as they think all players

mechanics of how these businesses work and how their services can benefit the players no matter what sport they belong in. TQ/ what’s the best advice you would give a young footballer about to turn professional? LS/ There are 3 different sectors, focus on your qualities as a player, focus on your qualities as a man and do not listen to too many people giving you compliments. You should continually be looking to improve yourself in every aspect, and that’s it, that is your target every day for every player. Surround yourself with positive

TQ/ the French are known for their ‘je ne sais quoi’ on how they present themselves, as well as the Italian, I remember working with David Ginola when he

people but at the same time very honest ones. TQ/ Great advice Louis, thank you ever so much for your time and I will look forward to grabbing dinner when you’re next back in England.

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Mercedes-Benz of Bristol is rolling out the red carpet for drivers eligible to acquire cars through the manufacturer’s VIP Programme. The Cribbs Causeway Retailer has a dedicated team in place to look after customers from the sporting world, entertainment and film industry who are entitled to the exclusive offers available through the scheme and many are already enjoying the benefits. Overseen by VIP Programme Managers, David Bowden and Gareth Vaughan-Pughe, the operation provides clients with an extremely professional yet highly personal service from initial enquiry and throughout their 12-month lease of their chosen Mercedes-Benz. Unlike sourcing a vehicle through a broker, they won’t have to pay any fees and will have a point of contact who is on-call to look after them even outside of normal business hours, together with the back-up and support from one of the largest Mercedes-Benz Retailers in the country. “Our aim is to provide clients with a service befitting of the Mercedes-Benz brand and to keep them at the centre of the experience at all times,” said David. “We understand our clients have busy lives so we will go out of our way to accommodate their needs and make the process of driving their desired Mercedes-Benz as simple, straightforward and smooth as possible.” Mercedes-Benz of Bristol’s service certainly didn’t fall flat for Gavin Henson, who along with Jack Lam, Jack Tovey, Jon Fisher, Ben Moses, James Hall, Ben Glynn, Chris Brooker and Jamal Ford-Robinson, is among squad members of Bristol Rugby Club to be supplied with cars by the Retailer. Indeed it’s fair to say that the twice Grand Slam winning fly-half, who has been capped 33 times by Wales, got plenty of kicks from the service he received after suffering a blow-out on the M5 in his GLE.

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“It was out of hours so I just called David for some advice as to what I needed to do to get recovered,” explained Gavin. “He told me to wait with the car and he would sort it, which he did and some. He arranged the recovery and for a taxi to take me to Worcester where I was headed and another to pick me up next morning and drop me off at the training ground, where he had a replacement vehicle waiting for me by 9am. “That’s incredible service and when some of the lads found out my story, they were keen to get onboard with the VIP Programme too.” Services provided as part of the scheme include extended 24-hour test drives to provide a longer assessment period with a car under consideration and vehicle handovers at a client’s preferred location – be it their home, office, studio, training or club ground. Collection and delivery can also be arranged should a car need to be looked at by Mercedes-Benz of Bristol’s expert technicians and a complimentary valet service is even offered to keep the vehicle looking at its best too. Clients are genuinely impressed by the effort made by David, Gareth and the Mercedes-Benz of Bristol team to go the extra mile. The service has been a massive hit with Casey Johnson, a member of the band Union J, who signed off E4’s reality series Stage School in style with the Retailer’s help after they supplied him with a topof-the-range S-Class Coupé for the final show. “David and I were talking about filming the prom that featured in the series finale and he just offered the use of the S-Class for me to arrive in and simply asked when and where I wanted it delivered,” explained Casey, who has a C-Class Coupé through the VIP Programme. “I can honestly say that the service I’ve had is

the best ever and a world apart from that I’ve received with my previous cars,” he added. “David and Gareth are just brilliant – you only have to send them a text if you’ve got any queries about the car and they respond within a matter of minutes.” The service that Mercedes-Benz of Bristol prides itself on is something that Premier League referee Lee Probert has become well accustomed. He has taken delivery of a variety of cars from the Retailer for the past nine years through the VIP Programme – the latest, a GLE, with its elevated driving position and smooth performance, providing the perfect transport as he recovered from the major back surgery that kept him out of the game for 15 months. “Driving 20,000 miles a season on average, comfort is vital as I need to arrive at a game feeling fresh and relaxed and a Mercedes-Benz ensures that whilst being economical too which is another important factor,” said Lee. “It’s great for me to drive a nice car but I’m appreciative of the fantastic service and help that the team at Mercedes-Benz of Bristol give me too,” he continued. “Nothing is ever too much trouble for them and they fit in with whatever I need including sponsorship of the Jamie Jenkins Charity Golf Day in aid of autistic and disabled children in Wiltshire, which I support and is run by Par4tcgm every year.” For further information on the Mercedes-Benz of Bristol VIP Programme, please call David Bowden on 07970 315208.

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Physical Secu rity Ris k Management

Comprehensive Physical Security Risk Management for High Net Worth Clients, Businesses and Insurance Underwriters Words Liam Bailey Tel 01707 567 123 Twitter @BaileySTAR9

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n a former life, the partners at Bailey STAR specialised in burglary, robbery, crack, heroin, ecstasy, stolen cars, credit cards and pretty much anything else that came their way. If they didn’t know who had committed a crime, they quickly found out from a network of informants, or if it was about to happen, it was deterred. The partners were the kind of guy’s criminals felt comfortable dealing with. And that was always the idea, because they were Undercover Cops. This exclusive article by the partners at Bailey STAR will give you an insight of how a high net worth target can be selected by criminals and provides realistic advice on how to avoid being the next victim.

Criminals who commit aggravated burglaries are not opportunists, they are skilled and experienced individuals who are not afraid to inflict violence on their victims. They could be described as professionals for whom crime is a ‘way of life.’ To be successful not just the once, but several times without getting caught requires care, planning and patience. The use of violence results in much longer jail sentences, making a career in aggravated burglary high risk, but also high reward. To such career criminals, badly designed and implemented security measures are easily overcome, often with minimal effort. Victims are rarely selected at random, instead the crime is strategically planned from start to execution.

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Criminals will try to ensure that the target they are attracted to has the highest reward for the lowest possible risk. Victim selection may take place following a professional sports star tweet, a businessman winning an award featured in the news or an innocent post on Instagram showing a new Rolex or sports car. From sources such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, it is easy for criminals to conduct lifestyle observations on victims from a Smart Phone. In today’s connected world the amount of information on each one of us is considerable. Unless privacy settings are locked down, it is relatively straightforward to discover: • Lifestyle (Instagram, Twitter, Social Media) • What family members look like (Facebook) • Addresses ( • Property value (Land Registry) • Floor-plan of a newly purchased home (Rightmove / Zoopla) • Trading address (Companies House) Google Street View provides large amounts of information, however, reconnaissance is normally conducted on a target prior to a burglary being committed.

When an aggravated burglary is committed, speed and shock are common tactics. Criminals will often try and force entry when the homeowner is opening their door or getting out of a car. Before the theft of valuables, the use of or the threat of violence is used to gain access and then to control the occupants. BaileyStar’s background and expertise come from years of serving in highly specialised operations units within police departments. We have experienced first hand from the criminals themselves and at hundreds of crimes scenes that the perception of security in and around your life is vital. Improving security is more about creating a non-vulnerable appearance than implementing unrealistic and expensive measures. These security tips are some of the most effective ways to keep safe: • Mitigate the threat of target selection by periodically reviewing your online and physical security appearance. • Avoid the threat by increasing the efforts that offenders must expend in the commission of a crime. • Transfer the threat onto a softer target by making yourself a non viable option. Most criminals will break off the crime if they feel that their victim has increased the risk of being caught to unacceptable levels.

The recent high profile burglary of Wayne Rooney’s mansion was the latest in a series of raid’s on high net worth homes. • Visible security systems The review of and improvement • Landscape to security often takes place • Standard of perimeter security after an incident such as stalking, harassment, an aggravated burglary, • The quality of entry points mugging or identity theft. • Adjacent properties BaileyStar’s advice is “Act now, do not wait until you have become • Area activity a victim”. • Vulnerabilities, for example, does By assessing every aspect of a the occupant accept deliveries property from landscape to location, Once reconnaissance is concluded a a tailored solution can be found that is both discrete and effective. decision is then made as to whether To prevent target selection, our the burglary is a risk worth taking. physical security risk management Even if you are not vulnerable, the is not just about bricks and mortar, victim selection process highlights electronic security devices or guards. the importance of not appearing It is about the understanding and evaluation of the true security threat. to be. To assess the risk of being caught a burglar will often look for:

1. Property crime accounted for 70% of all police recorded crime in 2014/15 (approximately 3 million offences), with those living in urban areas more likely to be victims than those living in rural areas. Source: Crime Survey for England & Wales 2. Many victims are targeted more than once in a short period of time and repeat victimisation is a common finding across all types of property crime. 3. Burglary is well organised by gangs who make significant profits from sending stolen goods abroad for sale. 4. We know that improving security works to reduce victimisation.

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Virtus Global Security

Virtus Global Security is company built on the foundations of Honesty, Integrity and Excellence.


he founder Ian Smith, is a former Royal Marine Commando with a wealth of International experience specialising in Close Protection and Consultancy. Ian has travelled the globe and there are not many continents he has not operated in.  Based in the North of England, Virtus has a genuine global reach. It has established working relationships in the Middle East, Africa, America and South America. It has a satellite office in London and is in the process of opening a new office in Dubai.   Virtus’ support team consists of former military (including special forces and military police), former high ranking civilian police officers, international MD’s and former founders of security companies. It has a diverse range of skills within its team to ensure a full range of security services can be delivered to clients.  Ian resigned from his job in the Middle East to establish Virtus Global Security. He saw a gap in the market for a company dedicated to providing a bespoke security service which could match its customer’s expectations. “Too many companies only employ ex-military or only employ ex-police. It’s quite a cliquey industry. We have steered away from this, so that we don’t just offer a narrow skill set to customers.” Virtus recruits specifically for client’s needs. “We like to be able to discuss with the client what they are looking for. Or if the client is unsure, we can take full control and provide the personnel or equipment

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required. It simply comes down to the client’s requirements and how much they want to be involved in the process.”  To borrow a line from the movie Wolf of Wall Street ‘if you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur’. Ian has some strong views on how the security industry is viewed. “Security is a non-tangible product and, like insurance, people are reluctant to pay. They often choose to go for the cheapest option. Unfortunately, this may be a security guard, who has completed a close protection course, but has no experience of operating at the higher end. However, due to the current security threats seen around the world, the market for professional, experienced and credible security providers is again resonating with many.” All of Virtus’ services start with a review of the client’s current security measures and an assessment of their security risks. This identifies only the services necessary to the

We like to be able to discuss with the client what they are looking for. Or if the client is unsure, we can take full control and provide the personnel or equipment required

client. Virtus will then work with the client to ensure the security provided works seamlessly with their lifestyle and fits their budget. “Virtus doesn’t believe in the hard sell, we just want to do what’s required”. Ian likes to lead by example. “I don’t ask my staff to do anything that I haven’t done myself. All of our management team have worked at all levels, and are always happy to step into a role if required.”

Ian’s aims for client satisfaction are clear. “I was once looking after a client in the close protection role who worked for a large international company, and he said to me ‘Ian, I always looked upon security as a necessary evil. However since working with you, I no longer feel that.’” Choose Virtus Global Security and let them change your mind on the value of security services.

Close Protection. National or International - overt or covert. No matter what, Virtus will ensure the personnel appointed are at the top of their game. All staff are vetted, and if the client has a young family with infants, it will ensure the client has an operator who has paediatric first aid. Residential Security Teams (RST) Virtus’ residential security teams will provide you with reassurance that your property and assets are secure whether your property is vacant or occupied in urban or rural areas.   RST is an effective way of protecting your home and it allows the security team to be available every hour of the day to attend to any security related matter. Chauffeurs Virtus can supply you with a chauffeur who is also a highly trained Close Protection individual, tactically aware with a high level of medical training. It can provide vehicles that suit your needs and budget. Events Private or corporate, Virtus will ensure your event is safe and the attendees and hosts can have peace of mind that the security is in safe hands. Security Systems From intruder alarms to CCTV, door entry and gate access Virtus can over all your needs. From one initial consultation, it will help clarify the best course of action for monitoring your premises and put together a bespoke solution handpicked from a comprehensive range of options. From fixed position cameras to those with zoom, tilt, pan and joystick-control capabilities. T: 0800 246 5929

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We focus on providing the best and most competitive car lease deals in the UK based around our clients specific needs and requirements. Regards, Chris 07832121019.

Step 1 - Choose your vehicle. We can provide any variation on any vehicle and quote for any additional accessories you may require. Step 2 - Establish a credit line. A credit line will need to be established before any order can be placed, exactly like any Dealership would have to do. Step 3 - You place an order with us. Faxed or posted orders are acceptable with an authorised signature to confirm your acceptance of the rental quoted. Step 4 - Order is placed with dealer. We will place an order with a dealer on your behalf. Our dealer network offers a very high level of service standards and back up. All cars are covered by full manufacturer’s nationwide warranties and can be serviced by your local dealers. Step 5 - Sign your documents. A Direct debit form and a contractual agreement will need to be signed confirming the terms of the arrangement. Step 6 - Delivery. Delivery can be made nationwide by our dealership network for no additional cost. There will be a professional handover by the delivery driver at the point of delivery to enable you to familiarise you with your new vehicle. Alternatively, depending on the distances involved, you may be able to collect your car direct from the Dealer - this can be discussed during the Order process.

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Marlon Harewood Life After Football –

Flash Cars For The Stars First of all Marlon, I would like to thank you for taking the time to speak to us here at Sports World Magazine. AC13 Premier is an incredibly successful business and solid example of how a player can utilize his contacts to make it within the motor industry.

Marlon Harewood  Director, AC13 Premier  Bespoke Vehicle Providers

Tell us more about your playing days, your favorite memories with clubs you have played for? Starting my footballing career at the young age of 13 I have 20 odd years of memories from all over the world. Starting off in Nottingham and venturing to Finland and China. I am lucky enough to have experienced football outside of the English leagues and would recommend it to any young aspiring footballers if they are given the opportunity. What was the highlight of your career? The highlight of my career was the FA cup semi final with West Ham against Middlesbrough, I would say that was the most meaningful goal I have scored for both the team and the fans. What we achieved as a club that year was amazing.  At what point in your playing career did you start preparing for ‘life after football’? Quite early on in my career actually, I had an already solid friendship with my now business partner Andy Cole and it was a no brainer when we decided to go into business together. How were you first introduced to AC13 and what inspired you to get involved in this industry? I wasn’t introduced to AC13 it was a company that myself and my business partner started up together. I had a bad experience in the industry, which inspired me to provide a better service than I experienced myself. Tell us in more detail about your day-to-day role with AC13? I don’t really have a day-to-day role. It’s just what needs doing as and when. From collecting, delivering, networking, sourcing cars, settling deals, hands on installation and preparation or even collecting lunch. There is no job too big or small.

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Who is the biggest player you have sold a vehicle too? I wouldn’t set apart any of my clients as bigger than each other, I treat each client the same. They are all paying for the same quality service, so all receive the same quality treatment and service. How has your social status as an ex pro helped you to be successful? I wouldn’t say that our success is based on my social status as it was largely built on word of mouth through good service and friends I had made playing football. What advice would you give current day players to help with their transition into life after the game? Remember that it is a generally short-lived career and to not be too short sighted, it’s important to plan for your future and continue to learn where they can.

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Die marke mit den drei streifen: adidas, still at the top of their game in 2016 Ever wondered how internationally acclaimed, leading sportswear brands come into existence? Sometimes, a family feud can help…

Words Anthony Bunn


he world of sport is ultra-competitive, and it’s slightly ironic that Adidas came into existence after an argument between brothers Adolf (Adi) and Rudolph Dassler, leading to both going their separate sportswear ways. The rest is sporting sartorial history: For well over six decades now, adidas have been kitting out the world’s elite competitors, plus those who love wearing sportswear and footwear that looks great, plays great, and trains great. For many, it’s THE sportwear and lifestyle brand to be seen in. adidas is adored by those who wear it. From the world’s best footballers to iconic gymnast Nadia Comenici – so many sporting heroes have worn the brand.

But it’s not just the elite of the sporting world and those who love sport, fitness and exercise who wear the three stripes…. any number of celebrities, stars, musicians and the like also don the three stripe, too. Why? Because not only is the brand technically outstanding and performs superbly, it looks rather brilliant and so has an a-list credibility, as well! And adidas’ products constantly evolve and constantly get even better. Does any other brand take from its past to shape its future quite like adidas does? So what will you be seeing the world’s elite wearing over the coming months? And what can you wear to boost your own standards, too? Here are SPORTSWORLD’S pick of the very best from adidas in 2016.

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ADIDAS FOOTBALL BOOTS The 1954 World Cup in Switzerland saw adidas make a huge breakthrough in football boot technology by introducing a lightweight football boot with screw-in studs for the German national team. Have a wild guess who won the tournament? A star was born….. If you compare football boots in 2016 to that era, you’d think they were for another sport. But adidas still produce football boots based on the tried and trusted Adi ethos of comfort, great design, the very best technologies and materials, craftmanship, and performance. Oh, and they look great, too! adidas boots simply rock the world’s football pitches. Check out these three to see why…

Ace16+ Purecontrol To assist you choosing a pair of football boots, it’s probably wise to look at the king of assists. The Ace16+ Purecontrol are the choice of Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Özil, so you won’t be surprised that these afford players a silkiness of touch and control that is unbeatable, and the ability to play a killer pass to open up the tightest of defences. Taking inspiration from its Ace 15 range older brother, these boots are laceless, and seemingly faultless. Designed for firm ground and artificial, the laceless adidas Primeknit upper gives you in the brand’s own words “precision and total control at high speed”. What you get is a seriously innovative boot. Well, after putting on this boot, you will see that the PURECUT sock forefoot featuring zero edges or overlays puts you in total control of the football. And talking of control, bamboozle your opponents thanks to the NON STOP GRIP (NSG), a thin layer of raised dots that is applied to the upper that keeps the ball glued to your feet.

Ace 16.1 Primeknit FG A boot with tons of personality, that makes you feel the star of the show. The real standout here is how they feel on your feet: They simply have a superb fit, and when you play in a boot that offers supreme comfort you can take your game to another level. This is a serious football boot, and one that covers so many bases. A boot where technology and innovation meets adidas expertise. You know when you open the box just what you’re going to get: a pair of football boots that doesn’t need ‘wearing in’ and ones that give you a beautifully snug-yet-stable feel, thanks to a sock-like fit and an internal knit support system for next-level stability. Football is played at an electric pace. So don’t get left behind. Get a pair of the Ace 16.1 Primeknit’s: they’re called ‘Ace’ for a good reason!

X16+ Purechaos It must be bad enough lining up for a game and you’re facing Gareth Bale. Think how bad it must be if you’re facing him and he has a pair of these on, too! Why? Because X16+ Purechaos football boots are built for speed. Designed with explosive speed on firm ground in mind, these lightweight, mid-cut design boots also need no wear-in time, as their techfit® compression upper provides you with supreme stability and freedom of movement, and ensures the boot moulds to your foot as soon as you slip it on. The secureness, comfort of the fit, and explosive speed is heightened by the laces disappearing inside thanks to the PURECUT sock system, whilst the SPRINTFRAME outsole gives top notch stability even at your top speeds on firm ground surfaces. And then throw in the PURECHAOS heel lining, which ensures your boot stays exactly where it should do during rapid changes of direction.

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In 1967, the Franz Beckenbauer tracksuit was the first piece of clothing adidas had produced. It’s fair to say that over the next 49 years the brand with the three stripes have produced any number of iconic pieces. Their apparel is craved by those in the game and those on the street. Famed for a nodding glance to the past teamed with a need of the present and a vision of the future, adidas sportswear has substance and style. Here are our picks of some of the very best of the current adidas gear...

Men’s Z.N.E hoodie The first release from adidas athletics, this is the heavyweight hoodie that you will see the likes of Gareth Bale, Tori Bowie, James Harden, Ana Ivanovic and Coco Shillin rocking. It’s a remixed 2016 take on traditional pre-match outwear, specifically engineered to remove distractions and maximise athletes’ focus in the makeor-break period before they compete. In fairness, it looks pretty ace afterwards, too! Get in ‘the zone’ by sporting a hoodie that has three key elements; reduced noise distraction, minimal visionary distraction and protection from discomfort. Beautifully luxe fabrics and cutting-edge craftsmanship ensure that this will be a sportswear classic, and as its adidas, it looks great for rest or play!

Woman’s Z.N.E. Windbreaker Think of windbreakers and you automatically think of blustery UK beaches; all huddled together on a blanket. Think again... This windbreaker is neat for the street, or if your aim is the game... The Z.N.E. collection was designed to provide premium comfort to athletes for whatever their event, match, competition or training had to throw at them, or for a great look away from the heat and glare of the sporting world.

Woman’s Z.N.E Pant Street-ready style meets premium comfort. Give yourself the edge, both in looks and performance as these updated women’s pants feature modern cut lines to give them a street-ready style. Made of drapey viscose-blend fabric, the slight on-trend drop crotch and tapered leg give a great street-to-game look.

Climaheat Jacket Quite simply, one of the sports jackets for the coming months. This lightweight men’s jacket comes filled with luxe goose down and also climaheat™ to keep you warm. But you want even more snugness? Ok then, the Climaheat Jacket also features a highly elastic, adaptive Heat Seal fabric that fits snugly around your wrists and neck to help keep cold out and heat in, too. But all this cosiness doesn’t come at the expense of movement, as the pre-shaped sleeves give you a range of motion, whilst front zip pockets and a chest zip pocket give you plenty of storage options, too.

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Maybe it is an unintended consequence of Brexit. Maybe it was just the weather. But the fact is that in this summer’s transfer window not only was more money spent by Premier League clubs but more money was spent in England than ever before. The question many fans will now be asking is where that money goes next.

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ccording to research by the consultants Deloitte, Premier League clubs spent £1,165,000,000 in the transfer with fees ranging from the £89m Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba to the £1m Sunderland paid it for Donald Love. £445m of that total was spent on players from English clubs, roughly a 50% rise on last season. Further to that, spending on players in the Football League practically doubled, to a record £140m. The reasons for the rise in spending are not difficult to ascertain, with the advent of the new £5bn TV deal the primary culprit. “As has been the case for a number of years now, the increase in broadcast revenue is the principal driver of this spending power,” said Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte. “The increase in the value of these deals and the comparatively equal

revenue distribution of these by the Premier League have again allowed clubs throughout the division to invest significantly in this summer’s market.” For those concerned about the health of the domestic game the key question is what will happen to any newfound riches. According to Deloitte, the answer is simple: more players. “Membership of the Premier League has never been as lucrative as it is today and as such we have seen this have knock-on effects in terms of the spending in the Championship,” says Jones. “This summer saw a record £215m gross spend by Championship clubs, more than twice the previous record, driven by the investment of recently relegated clubs seeking an immediate return to the Premier League as well as by that of ambitious Championship clubs seeking entry to the world’s richest football league.” u

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These are unprecedented sums for the English football pyramid, although much of the spending is condensed at the top of the Championship. Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich between them, the three clubs relegated from the Premier League in May, spent roughly £117m on new players, more than half the gross total in the Championship. Further to that the sale of four Newcastle players – Giorginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, Andros Townsend and Daryl Janmaat – accounted almost entirely for the growth in transfer fees received by Football League clubs from their Premier League counterparts. “There are vast sums coming into the game and we want to see that shared more equitably throughout the footballing pyramid, right down to grassroots level,” Liam Thompson, a spokesperson for the Football Supporters’ Federation, said. “Concerted efforts from fans over the last few years have shown that clubs can do more with the money coming into the game. For example, Stoke City have continued to keep season ticket prices low as well as providing free coach travel to away games. A number of other clubs in the Premier League and Football League have frozen or reduced prices. This helps ensure live football is not out of reach of fans. The £30 league-wide cap on away ticket prices is a significant victory for football supporters but we urge football fans to remain vigilant and continue to ask their clubs what they’re doing for their supporters.” The £30 rule does not apply in the Championship and fans of relegated sides are finding they can pay more for away travel in the second tier than in the Premier League. John Williams is an academic at Leicester University who specialises in the social impact of the national game. He suggests clubs could focus on this issue to bring in more support.

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“The fear, with Championship clubs in particular, is that they will spend whatever money they get to try and get into the Premier League, that’s the danger,” he said. “The riches are so great, they’ll spend the money on players, wages and whatever else they believe necessary to produce that dividend. “But there are a few other places the money could go though. Firstly, clubs could spend it on the women’s game. This would firstly stimulate local support locally, but it would also show that clubs are working for the public good and for inclusion. It would also be a good investment as the women’s game is growing and is no longer sniffed at by big clubs. “It would also make sense to work hard on young supporters,” he says. “We know that the temptation is for young supporters to identify with much larger clubs, to wear their stuff locally. Anything a smaller club can do to reduce the price of their own goods is a good thing. Reduce the price of kits, reduce the price of tickets, see how far you can push it down, make it real.” One final tweak that could be made, Williams says, is one adopted by the Premier League champions. “Maybe do the thing that seems to have proven surprisingly popular at Leicester. The owners chose a couple of games and gave any supporter who came to the match a free donut or soft drink. When my students have interviewed fans since, they don’t see it as a crass stunt but as a sign that the owners care. Why not choose a couple of matches and show that we care and you’ll get something that you like too? Why not spread the love?”

Paul Pogba may have cost Manchester United a small fortune, but the French midfielder has already started repaying his ginormous fee after it was revealed his shirt sales have reached £190 million in just three weeks. As one of Adidas’ main sponsored athletes, the German sportswear company invest most of their marketing and advertising budgets into the 23-year-old, and it seems to be paid off in spades. It has been revealed by Adidas that Manchester United shirts with ‘Pogba 6’ on the back have blown away records for fans purchasing them – by generating almost £200 million since the first week of August. To put that into context, that amount is more than the entire

Football League has spent on transfers this summer, and West Bromwich Albion – a Premier League club with access to the most lucrative TV deal in world football – were sold for just £150 million last month. Following United’s capture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the shirts started flying off the shelves and had generated £76 million in their first week of going on sale. That was pretty incredible, but it appears there’s a new king of shirt sales at Old Trafford.

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Sports World Magazine spoke to previous British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. on his father and the future of his boxing career. Your currently ranked by Box REC .COM as the best middleweight in the UK and No.4 in the world. After a very successful career so far what are your current ambitions within Boxing? My ambitions now that I’ve become a British champion is to become a world champion and to make British boxing the beacon of world boxing .We have already got a lot of current world champions in the British boxing scene and I kind of want to be one of the flag flyers of great Britain and really represent. I do think I will get my opportunity to fight for a world title within the next 6 months so there is some exciting times ahead. What impact and inspiration has your father had on your career? There was a lot of pressure with the second name Eubank there was a lot of expectation and I remember going into a gym for the first time and I remember over here in England they knew who I was they put me in the ring I was about 14 or 15 they put me in the ring with an 18 year old he already had about 10 fights and they just thought I would be able to hold my own just because of my name and I got battered for 3 rounds and that was my introduction to the sport of boxing . Its a tough game but at the same time with the pressure and expectation that kind of drove me to perform and train to dedicate myself that much more because I knew all eyes were on me. I used it to my advantage most definite. He was one of the best if not the best British fighters ever, one of the best boxers to come out of Britain. He was always a great role model someone I always looked up to and I always tried to emulate and I knew if he could do it I could do it. We had same blood, he was always there, so I knew if I listened if I really dedicated myself there was no reason I couldn’t do what my dad did. He has had a very big impact on my career. You where denied a fight against Gennady Golovkin and the terms could not be agreed then the fight was then offered to Kell brook, do you intend to pursue that fight in the future? 100% as far as I am concerned I am fighting the winner of Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin, Eddie Hearn has said that is definitely on the card. I am ready to fight him whenever that fight will happen.

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We have seen lately Conor McGregor watching your clips of you on the pads. What is your relationship like with UFC star Conor McGregor? I don’t know him personally to see him an athlete of his calibre studying what I am doing with Floyd because of obviously MMA there is a lot more to it than boxing. Boxing you are just punching there is no grappling no elbows no kicks so obviously the best fighters they study all different aspects of Combat. With Conor he is looking at speed combination punching and he is trying to add that to his fight style. As far as speed combination and pad work there is nobody in the world doing it like me and Floyd He is watching it and trying to emulate it with his trainer, which is a great compliment. Do you feel the knockout incident against Nick Blackwell has had a negative impact on your career? It was national news; it was worldwide news it was on CNN so through that fight I had a whole new fan base and destiny, which bolstered my career as far as being a known fighter. As far as it affected me being a fighter it has only made me stronger it was a bad situation at the time thank god he is ok now but at that time it wasn’t a nice situation to be involved in when he was in a coma. When I sat down and thought about I though you know this could really happen this is what can happen when you are not as prepared as your opponent you can be seriously injured and that realisation has lit a fire inside me and made me realise this can never happen to me And it can happen this isn’t a movie, this isn’t a book, this isn’t a story this can happen. It happened in a fight I have been involved in it could happen to me. I know it can all go and you can be put into retirement, your career can end if you are not fully prepared. After a twitter exchange what are your thoughts on the possible rematch with Billy Joe Saunders in the future? I don’t think there is any better opportunity for me at this stage of my career. It is a huge fight for Saunders and me everybody wants to see it. We have history it’s a huge grudge match.

People are demanding it the fight has to happen I have saying this for a long time now we are in talks. Saunders is a fight I would relish to be involved in just as much as Golvonkin. I need to avenge that loss; it was a win for him I don’t feel as though he deserved. I believe I am the better fighter, I believe I was the better fighter on the night and I still think I am the better fighter. All I have to do now is to wait for my chance to prove that. Being a global sports publication here in the UK we have to ask you what are your favourites sports outside the ring and what teams do you follow? I have been watching all different types of Sports which some I didn’t know existed. I am a fan of all the disciplined sports in the Athletics, Swimming, Tennis, and Gymnastics. That is the one sport Gymnastics its one of them sports similar to boxing with the hardships you have to go through the pain they have to go through to get to that level I would compare that to what we do in the boxing world as to what you have to put your body through. British boxing has a very exciting future with fantastic boxers like yourself and Anthony Joshua creating a lot of attention do you realise you are pioneering the sport for young upcoming British boxers and what advice would you give them? British boxing is at an all time high it is back to the level that my father and Nigel Benn, Michael Watson, Steve Collins brought it to then it died down now it is right back up there. It is exciting times they is some great British Fighters in the divisions. Any youngsters, who want to get involved, this is the time. There is no better time to get involved and this is the noblest sport on the planet. You can’t get the respect that you get from excelling in the sport of Boxing in any other sport. In my opinion it’s the purest form of sport and competition. It is not for the faint hearted you have to have a certain craziness about you and a certain type of grit and determination that a lot of people don’t have. But if you do have it and you are willing to put it to test there are some great rewards out there for you. There is no doubt you have a very succesful future ahead of you in the world of boxing is there any un sung heroes you would like to thank for thier continued support throughout your career? Roy Davis he’s been there from Day 1 he’s my trainer manager he’s more of an overseer he getting on so he doesn’t do some of the things he used to do he’s been a great mentor and he’s always been there for me. Secondly Brighton Hove Boxing Club that is where I train at now that’s my base that club and the trainers there they have always been a part of my career it is a great boxing club they give great opportunities down there for the kids to perform in the amateurs. Many thanks Chris for taking the time out today to speak to Sports World Magazine, we very much appreciate your words and wish you every success for the future. Many thanks Chris for taking the time out today to speak to Sports World Magazine, we very much appreciate your words and wish you every success for the future. Thanks guys, my pleasure.

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Sports World Magazine spoke to WBO IC and Commonwealth champ and undefeated middleweight Tommy Langford on his past, present and future and of course the Chris Eubank Jnr saga. Tell us about your early start? Where did you train and what inspired you to get into Boxing? I started 11-years-old at Bideford Amateur Boxing Club in North Devon. I originally started to get fitter and stronger for football, but once I started boxing I loved it and carried on. After a very successful career so far what are your current ambitions within Boxing? The only ambition is to eventually be world champion; that’s the long-term goal. Who has had the biggest impact on your career? My trainer Tom Chaney. I moved from Bideford to Birmingham to train with Tom at Hall Green Boxing Club when I was 18. I was 16 when I had my first session with Tom but I was still at school then. Basically, I got to spar with Frankie Gavin – England’s first ever amateur World Champion – when on an England training camp, and he was so good that I couldn’t hit him, and I had always been a very sharp shooter! I was so impressed that afterwards I asked him where he trained and took his number down. The very next weekend I was up there training with him and Tom, and when I went to university, I naturally moved up to Birmingham and been there ever since. Who is your role model? In life, my role model is my dad. In boxing, it’s always been Marvin Hagler. I’d say current day, it’d be Andre Ward. Do you have any plans for life after Boxing? No, not yet, just to keep busy by doing something! I’ve always had an interest in working with kids and with my uni degree, I could go into teaching someday. I’ve done a bit of punditry work for BoxNation TV a good few times now and been interviewed by BBC and Bunce’s Boxing Hour a lot; so I wouldn’t mind doing punditry one day. Tell us more about your fighting style, and why you think anyone is yet to overcome you? I’m a high-tempo, box-fighter. It’s a style that’s just fallen into place for me, not something I’ve ever copied.

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I’ve always had a high work rate, as fighting away from home as an amateur, a kid from Devon was never expected to win, so I always had to outwork my opponents in order to get the decision. It’s never come easy for me, I had it incredibly hard in the amateurs and I started off on the small hall shows when I first turned pro so I’ve got a point to prove every time I get in the ring, so the intense work rate has always been ingrained in me. People have said I’m similar to Joe Calzaghe, being a good boxer with a high work rate, but he’s southpaw and I’m orthodox. Former world champion Paul Williams used to throw over a hundred punches per round and I have been likened to him before. It’s funny that they’re all southpaws and I’m not! You are currently an undefeated middleweight, who has been your toughest fight? Probably Lewis Taylor as he’s the only one I’ve dropped any rounds to. I’ve boxed 96 rounds in my pro career and won them all except for two in that fight with Taylor for the Commonwealth title. What impact has Frank Warren had on your boxing career? Massive impact! It gave me a lot of confidence when he wanted to sign me, recognising my ability and talent, and investing in me. Even though I’d had good amateur career, winning 86 0f 106 fights and collecting lots of titles, also beating Team GB boxers Callum Smith and Anthony Fowler, I was always overlooked. Frank has put me out on the big shows and given me huge opportunities, and he is delivering the title shots for me, so it’s had a big impact on my boxing career as a whole. What was it like beating Julio Cesar Avalos by fourth-round TKO in your first pro title shot? He was good seeing as he was a late replacement, as the original opponent pulled out a week prior, but it’s always good to beat a tough Mexican as they’re known for their boxing ability, especially in front of an Irish crowd and consequently I picked up a few fans from there. It meant a lot to win that belt, especially in that fashion, because it gives you a world ranking so I went straight in at number 15 and, four successful defences later, I’m now number 2.

Being a global sports publication here in the UK we have to ask you what are your favourites sports outside the ring, we noticed you’re a big West Bromwich Albion fan? Football…that’s it! That’s the only other sport I follow, although I also like to do a little bit of surfing when I’m back home in Devon. I play golf sometimes, too. I’m a big West Brom fan, it’s well documented! My dad is from the Black Country originally and I still have lots of family there. We are all season ticket holders in the Woodman Corner at The Hawthorns – my dad, brother, uncles, cousins, and me. The club have been great and really supportive of my career, everybody there - the staff, the players, and particularly the fans. I go to every game and they all know me personally now, and that inspires me even more; it’s one big family and they’re hugely behind me in my career. Where were you when you first heard the news that Eubank had pulled out of the fight?  I was just leaving The Hawthorns after watching West Brom FC beat West Ham 4-2.  What are your thoughts on his latest comments on why he pulled out?  His comments are ridiculous. I don’t believe he has had the injury and I certainly don’t believe that it was so bad it can stop him from fighting five weeks down the line. Tennis elbow is an overuse injury and can be rectified with regular physio and certainly doesn’t rule you out altogether. Also, you can’t do an injury of that nature in one spar, that’s something that builds up over time. Their comments about being too far ahead of the rest of the domestic fighters and vacating to let the lesser fighters fight for the belt are not only stupid and completely disrespectful to all British middleweights but contradict every thing they have said in the past about wanting to own the Lonsdale belt outright and how it was so prestigious to them. It also is not what boxing is about. Fighters fight and champions defend against challengers. If everyone said I’m too good for my challengers so I’m not going to fight, we wouldn’t have a sport! Will this be a fight you will look to pursue in the future?  Absolutely not! The Eubanks are a bunch of time wasters who completely overlook, undermine and disrespect everything around them. They think the rules don’t apply to them and therefore are not worth the time, effort and money. They will never again have any title I want, such as a world title, because, quite simply, they won’t fight anyone and should they ever take that jump, they’ll get beat. So the only way they ever get into a position to fight me is if I win something and then they can beg all they want but I’ll sit there as the champion and just tell them to sod off!  What is next for Tommy Langford?  I will still be fighting on 22nd October in Cardiff. I am waiting to find out if an opponent will be sanctioned by BBBofC for the vacant British title. If not, I will be fighting for another major title and will then push on with my career onto bigger and better things.  Thank you Tommy, we wish you you all the best for the future and of course your next fight.

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ere, Michael Artis, director of leisure at strategic design consultancy 20.20, explains how the landscape is changing and how fan engagement should be top of the agenda. It wasn’t too long ago when a match ticket, car parking space and a free programme were the epitome of a sports hospitality package. Fast-forward a few years and as mega TV deals are struck across the globe, multi-million pound transfers are seen as the norm and shiny multipurpose stadia are popping up in almost every major city, it appears that sport has changed forever. As we enter this new era, this shift has been matched by the desire to create hospitality spaces that engage, stimulate and enhance an individual’s experience of game day. As we’ve seen with many cash-rich clubs across the world, flexing your financial muscles and throwing money at a situation seldom brings rewards. So, it begs the question; how do decision makers get it right and what role does fan engagement play? Provide the fan with authenticity Despite sports now becoming a multi-trillion pound industry, it would fall apart at the seams without the fans. By their very definition, that’s what they are - fanatical. They’re made up of a mixed breed drawn together by a shared love. Regardless of how in-depth those follow their particular club, they all need a genuine connection and recognition of what their support brings to their team. This should be recognised the moment guests arrive at the venue, greeted with familiarity and a warm welcome. The value of being treated like a human, without scripting, will help fans feel appreciated and engaged.

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 ENGAGEMENT IN HOSPITALITY SPACES tend to have over twenty occasions a season to engage fans in different ways. This is where creativity becomes king. For example, if Arsenal are playing at home in the Champions League against Barcelona, selecting a bottle of wine from vineyards close to the Catalan capital is just the starting point.     It’s just not cricket

 Luxury means the rules don’t apply to me Premium hospitality spaces should be the pinnacle of attending sporting events and offer something truly unique. Last month, former England international Rio Ferdinand stood on the start line of the Singapore Grand Prix and talked with real enthusiasm about his experiences of the day. It was something money couldn’t buy – accessing the inaccessible – walking the starting grid and being part of the perfect advert for the sport. By avoiding the cheap and gimmicky, and offering the real deal, the fan will naturally feel special and engaged. These experiences will be interchangeable and are dependent on specific sports. For Formula One, it is an annual event for each track, in which the hospitality crowd must be wooed over a single weekend; therefore the grid walk is the Holy Grail. However, in football, operators will

The game should always remain the main event and football, in particular, is a high intensity sport and during those 90 minutes supporters are submerged in the match. Efforts should be made to ensure that any additional services and choice do not interfere with their enjoyment of the game but enhance it. Everything should be done so that the fans can get back to their seats in time to cheer on their team. Each hospitality experience must be sport and occasion specific. You simply can’t shoehorn a football experience into a day out at the Test match. A great example of this is On 5 at Ascot, a race day experience which recognises that guests are there for seven hours and want to feel special throughout their day. Even the name engages people, taken from the five craftspeople of the sport – the farrier, the trainer, the groom, the saddler and the jockey, all who bring a racehorse to the track. The nicer touches, such as presenting the lighting at 45 degrees – the angle a racehorse strikes the floor – can be revealed in this short space of time. There’s also the poetry in the bathroom, which reads as if a woman is doing her hair for a grand occasion, but actually turns out to be the perfect way to prep a racehorse. The guests are expected to understand the punch line in these quirky features that take little brainpower to decipher but leave a lasting impression.

With venues such as Arsenal’s Diamond Club, you can afford to have more of a hidden narrative. As guests return throughout the season, more stories will be discovered week-onweek. The general theme of these kind of spaces is indeed standalone, yet it’s peppered with further stories that will be discovered over many visits. This keeps the fan engaged and interested in what could possibly be unearthed next. The future is in the past Operators can’t afford to lose sight about what sport is really about. Despite the glitz and glam in the modern age, we can all relate to the real value and authenticity of where it began for us. In any sport, this passion is first felt as a young child just wanting to meet your heroes. Designing future spaces should stick to this mantra and it’s a tried and tested formula in which people can relate. I expect to see a lot more gamification, as clubs begin to engage with fans through the likes of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). We’ve seen some Premier League clubs already experimenting with new technology; including staging fans via VR in the dressing room during the half time break. Ultimately, it all comes back to seeing behind the curtain and offering exclusivity seen nowhere else. Hospitality spaces are judged by the stories they tell, the experience they portray and the feeling the punter goes home with. It’s vital that moments of interaction are elevated to ‘moments of truth’ and fans feel a genuine connection to the club and the venue where they reside.

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Anthony Bunn talks to Stoke City’s BOJAN about his career, focusing on his formative years at Barcelona’s famous academy, La Masia.


t’s 2pm on a bright, warm Thursday afternoon, and I’m down at Clayton Wood, Stoke City’s training ground. I’ve just driven through the autograph hunters at the electronic gates who look, ahem, ‘slightly’ disappointed when I turned the corner and my 09-plate Kia crawled apologetically past them and through the security gates…I walk into the reception area and Mark Hughes and his coaches walk past. By now, the rest of the Stoke squad have departed. We exchange ‘Good afternoons’, and then the small, smiling figure of Bojan Krkić Pérez walks through the changing room door. He’s more commonly known as simply Bojan, and after just first six months of his time at Stoke City, Potters supporters often referred to him as ‘El Petit Geni’, Catalonian for The Little Genius. We shake hands, sit down and immediately start talking football. Throughout our conversation one thing becomes absolutely clear: Bojan takes his football unbelievably seriously. For the entire interview he never moves his gaze away from me when he’s talking. It’s slightly unnerving in a way, but this is a fully focused footballer that eats, drinks and breathes football. It’s soon clear that the sport and his family are hugely important in Bojan’s life. As was his footballing upbringing at FC Barcelona. Now 26, Bojan still looks youthful, and after several months out of the game in 2015 with

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cruciate knee ligament damage, he looks supremely fit and healthy, too. He grew up in Linyola, about an hour’s drive from Barcelona and a place he describes as “my best place, my favourite place”. Bojan’s family still live there and he regularly returns whenever he gets the chance to. Indeed, much of his recuperation from knee surgery was based in Catalonia. “ Yes, it was very important for me to go back home to recover. It was hard to move away from the team and the club, but I had to as I felt that it’s so important to get your mind totally right and focused, without distractions. For that, you have to be around family and friends”, he candidly states, before mischievously laughing as he adds, “…the sun also makes a difference too!” A self-admitted “quiet boy at school, who enjoyed football and playing the violin”, Bojan started getting into football at the age of four, and had the benefit of a father who was also a professional footballer who he “watched playing a few games, but not many. He played in my position; he was a number 10”. By the end of the 1990’s, Bojan Jnr was making noises in junior football, and he soon came to the attention of the team he loved, Barcelona. “Yes, I was playing in a tournament in France. It was an international tournament and there were lots of scouts there. They (Barcelona) saw me and liked me. A lot of teams had scouts there, but I

signed for Barcelona, the team I loved, aged nine. It was a dream.” In September 2007, Bojan would go on to make his first-team debut for the Blaugrana at the age of just 17 years and 19 days, breaking the record set by a certain Lionel Messi at the time. He then made his Champions League debut three days later. But his rapid rise to the Barca first team was not unexpected in the slightest: he was scoring and assisting goals at a phenomenal rate throughout his time in the Barca junior set up, and was hailed as a youngster who would reach greatness. Bojan Krkić Pérez came through the famed La Masia (Full title: La Masia de Can Planes, usually shortened to La Masia, and Catalonian for ‘The Farmhouse’), FC Barcelona’s training centre. In 2011, La Masia moved to La Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despí, situated by the B-23 highway, whereas the original La Masia sat in the shadows of the Camp Nou. The success of the academy has been evident for all to see. Indeed, in 2012 Barca had a team on the pitch all of whom had come through their academy! When Bojan first attended La Masia for the first three years he was travelling from home, but from the age of 12 moved to Barcelona to live with my grandparents in a flat. So, what’s different about La Masia compared to other academies and training camps?

“Well, in the morning I’d take a bus to school and spend all morning there. Everyone has different ways of coaching kids and what they believe in. I think that Barcelona’s is the best academy because they put your schooling first and after that it’s the football. I like the idea of that. School is very important as it’s everything when you are a youngster growing up.” Bojan acknowledges that having a philosophy based on education gave him a better mentality on and off the pitch. Whilst he has admitted in the past that he may have missed out on some formative childhood experiences, his time at La Masia ensured he also received the very best in coaching methods and facilities. When asked about the coaching he received at La Masia, where he reportedly scored over 900 goals in several years, he answers quickly and decisively. “When we trained it was almost always with a ball. Always.” This is backed up by fellow La Masia graduate and Stoke City team mate Marc Muniesa. “Yes, everything was with the ball. Everything. I didn’t really touch the gym until I was 17/18 years old”, he states, before adding, “Sometimes you hear about kids of 10 or 11 doing gym work or just running. Not at Barcelona – we had the ball all the time and it’s a concept they have there that has done well for them.” Bojan is quietly spoken, personable, extremely polite and possibly slightly shy throughout the interview, but as stated before, he takes his football very seriously. He’s not one for the trappings that come with being a Premier League footballer, possibly because of the education received at La Masia? But surely playing at one of the world’s biggest football clubs, and what is an institution in itself, brings its own pressures? Bojan thinks for a second whilst taking a sip from his water bottle before replying. “I agree, there was a lot of pressure as a 17 year old, but you don’t really notice it at the time. But I wouldn’t change a thing about my time at Barca or La Masia. I’m very, very proud to have played for the club I supported; it’s such a big club, and I tried to do my best at all times. It’s hard when you’re 17 as you think as a 17 year old thinks, but when you are playing for such a great football club you must expect pressure. That’s why having such a good schooling is important. I loved my time at Barca”. During our chat, I came to the opinion that I doubted if anyone couldn’t get on with Bojan. He’s a very likeable, happy person, and despite being a youngster and training/playing with some of the greatest players of a generation, he rarely namedrops (“I wouldn’t like to single out just one player. There are a lot of players there and they all helped me to develop”). However, he does admit to being star struck. “Ha, ha! Yes, of course I was in a way, because before I played for Barcelona I was always a big fan. I was in the stadium to watch the games, and then suddenly I was playing for them! It was a fantastic feeling; a dream come true to play for Barca and with such great players.” But Bojan’s path to where he is now hasn’t been plain sailing. He eventually left Barcelona and despite playing for three more of Europe’s greatest clubs – Roma, AC Milan, and Ajax – some felt his career wasn’t progressing as they expected. “Yes, after Barcelona I played in some great cities and for some great clubs…but it’s hard

when you’re on loan. But when the loan ended at Ajax I said to my family that it was now the time to settle down, sign a contact somewhere, and play regularly”. That somewhere was Stoke City. So how did ‘the next Messi’ end up in The Potteries? Manager Mark Hughes had a huge part to play in getting the talented Catalonian to join his club. “I knew Stoke were a Premier League club and had played many years in that league. I knew Stoke City had a lot of history, too. I knew of the reputation they had before I came and some people said to me ‘look at their reputation’ – but I knew Mark Hughes was the manager and I replied to them that if Mark Hughes wanted me then I know he wants to play in a certain style. Mark Hughes was hugely important in getting me to Stoke. He knew I wanted to play games. He gave me confidence and it was a really good move and I feel really comfortable here.” A big difference between the Spanish and English leagues are the physical demands placed on players, and Bojan admitted to “needing to add more muscle” to his slight frame when he first came over. Something that he soon did, and Stoke were the ones to benefit… Just before his knee injury (at Rochdale in the FA Cup in January 2015), Bojan was in majestic form, and Catalonian flags and the Ole’s abounded within the Potters’ support. He was the darling of the Stoke faithful. Stoke City were flying, and Bojan was playing some of the best football of his career, with a huge smile on his face and a spring in his step. His eventual return to Premier League action after eight months out, saw him joyously celebrating a sublime finish against eventual champions, Leicester City on 19th September 2015. He would eventually finish the season as the club’s second top Premier League goalscorer with 7 goals, and he was simply outstanding in wins against the likes of the two Manchester clubs, amongst others, as The Potters finished an excellent 9th for the third season running. Whilst seemingly quiet on the outside Bojan’s inner determination and single-mindedness when faced with adversity was fully shown during his rehabilitation and fitness work after knee surgery: something that was regularly shown on social media as the player posted videos of himself going through hell in the gym, on mountains, and even in the warm Mediterranean waters in a show of strength to allay any fears over his eventual return. “Yes, it was my idea to put videos of my recovery on social media as we as footballers are important to our fans. But not only when it’s going well and you are in a good way – it’s easy then – but more so when it’s hard. I worked really long hours to get back to good health and get my leg strong, and I even wrote a daily diary, but it was worth it!” he states before continuing, “I wanted to show my fans that ‘ok, this hard, but I am going to come back stronger and I am doing my very best to do so’. I feel they have the right to see how I am doing and they liked doing so”. It was more than symbolic that Bojan returned to Catalonia at such a crucial time in his career. It’s where he grew up, where he regularly goes back to, where his family and friends still live, where he feels comfortable, and where he graduated with honours from probably the world’s greatest footballing educational establishment.

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Charlie  Sports World Magazine spoke to Charlie Daniels from AFC Bournemouth on the future of the club, the player and the road to the top flight. First of all Charlie, a huge thanks from all of us here at Sports World Magazine for taking the time out to speak to us and running this interview. From the start Charlie, tell us about your early days, your playing career for youth club Ridgeway Rovers and Interwood FC before then moving to Norwich and Spurs youth academy? I started playing football at a really young age. I remember going to a school at the age of 3-4 to play. The training was run by my coaches who I played for at interwood (Trevor and Danny Bailey). I think even at that age i knew this was for me! At the age of 6 I joint Ridgeway Rovers and played above my age as there wasn’t a team in my year. Growing up around the area, you knew that Ridgeway was one of the best and it showed as we won many trophies. But of course the highlight was meeting the most famous players that has worn the shirt, David Beckham. It was our presentation event and he turns up in his Porsche at Chingford assembly hall and you think “wow, I want to be like him”. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a professional footballer. Then I moved to Interwood and we had an unbelievable team. Out of 11, 3 are playing professional and another 3-4 are playing semiprofessional. We won everything! I have to mention Trevor and Danny Bailey as coaches because for me, they taught me the most and I still go back during the summer and work with them because I believe they are that good. Around the Walthamstow and surrounding areas, they have soccer schools and training during the week and kids come for far away to train because they respect their work techniques and ethics and know they will improve as a player. At 13 I got scouted by Spurs and went for a trial. I was there 6 weeks and Jimmy neighbour was the coach who said I should stay on and I’m thankful to him. How long have you been involved at Bournemouth and what first attracted you to the club? This will be my 6th season at Bournemouth and at most clubs I would be the longest serving player but I’m about 5th! Russell slide who was the manager at Leyton Orient said that Bournemouth have made a bid and Barry Hearn has accepted it, Bournemouth were in the same league as Leyton oOient so many

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people thought I wouldn’t go there. I travelled down to Dean Court on a Wednesday and Lee Bradbury was the manager. He showed me around the ground as they do and then we sat down to talk football. He told me about the vision the club wanted to go on and how Bournemouth play would suit my game and he would make me a better player. I asked him to explain the vision; he said “we want to be in the championship in the next 2 years”. That’s what clinched it for me. I wanted to play in the highest league as I can and this was a good chance. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of playing for a club like AFC Bournemouth? The most challenging is obviously the size of our club compared to the rest of our league. We know we can’t challenge them financially but we are a club that are very together and a close knit club who work very hard for each other to reach greater heights both for the team and the club. The most rewarding has been seeing this club grow over the last 5 seasons and also the fans who had to put their own money into saving this club not so long ago, seeing the pleasure on their faces after 2 promotions with one championship has given me so much joy in playing for this club. What do you believe could be some of the biggest challenges the club may face in the next 5 years? I think maintaining our status in the premier league is our main target. After that, I’d think we all would like the see a new stadium and hopefully that can boost our finances and step-by-step progressing up the league. How important is youth to a club like Bournemouth? Bournemouth put a lot of emphasis on the youth. We have fantastic coaches in Carl fletcher in the u18’s and Steven Purches in the u21’s who have played to a very high level and are teaching the youngsters the “Bournemouth way”. We have some very good youngsters coming through and I’m sure you’ll see in the 1st team in the next few years.

Daniels How does the club ensure that young players enjoy a smooth transition into the senior game? From the u21’s they train with the first team a few times a week and you can see the development after a few training sessions, they grow in confidence and we get to know them a bit better so it’s good for everyone. There’s nothing worse than going into a new place and not knowing anyone, no matter what profession your in. Would you consider yourselves to be a community club and if so, what do you do to ensure this as a senior player? We are a very community based football club. We haven’t forgotten where we have come from and what the community done to help this club when it was in the dark days. We have players who are patrons of local charities/organisations and we do a lot of visits during the season to various events. Do you have any favourite memories from your current time with the club? My favourite moment has to be Bolton at home when we got promoted to the premier league. We was playing on the Monday and I was watching soccer Saturday on the weekend and the clubs we needed to lose/draw was winning and I was getting a it frustrated so I went for a walk to the shop round the corner. When I came back it all turned around and I couldn’t believe it!! So going into the game on Monday we knew we had to win. As soon as I walked in the dressing room, I knew we were going to win. The feeling in the dressing room was so positive that we could of beat anyone that night. We won 3-0 and the celebrations that followed will be something I will never forget and I’m knowing I’ll be playing in probably the best league in the world was euphoric. Out of the two, which has been the clubs biggest achievement so far… Promotion to the Premier League or staying in the premier league?

You are now 29, although you still have many miles left in the tank, do you have any plans for life after football?

The biggest achievement is staying in the premier league. The stature of the clubs we played against and beat is something that probably shouldn’t have happened to some people but as I said before, we work hard for each other and never give in and as our saying goes “together, anything is possible”

After football I’d like to either become a pundit/tv presenter or a coach. I have family in America so I’d love to play in the MLS before retiring and doing some coaching in a university.

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Sports World Magazine in association with PHA Media caught up with Alex Thomson. HUGO BOSS sailor, Thomson, will risk life and limb in November, when he embarks on the challenge of a lifetime – a three month long, solo, round the world mission on board his 60ft race boat. This is a challenge not for the faint-hearted! How did you first get into competitive sailing? I originally wanted to be a helicopter pilot believe it or not. When I was younger I went to get my eyes tested and they told me my eyesight was so bad that I couldn’t even join the Navy! The only other thing I could do was sail. I became a deckhand at Clipper Ventures and worked really hard to become a skipper in the 1998/99 Clipper Round the World Race. It was after I had won this race I decided to go pro. You were the youngest skipper ever to sail around the world. What did that mean to you? For many, the Clipper Race is a life-changing event, and I was no exception. That was the first moment where I began to really consider turning this into a career. What is your greatest achievement to date? Finishing third in the 2012-2013 Vendee Globe. The race is a solo, unassisted, 25,000 nautical mile round-the-world race. It’s one of the toughest sporting challenges on the planet so to finish the race in third place and break a British record along the way was something I will never forget. Outside of sailing, my greatest achievement is my two children – Oscar and Georgia. The Vendee Globe comes around every four years. What makes this race ‘the Everest’ of sailing? It is one of sport’s most extreme endurance challenges. The Vendee Globe pushes you to your very limit. Just 71 of the 138 starters since the race started back in 1989 have successfully completed the race, and three have lost their lives along the way, which shows you what a challenge this is! When you’re on board, things like sleeping have to take a back seat. There is no-one else on board and the nearest boat could be thousands of miles away, so it’s very much down to the sailor to survive and to keep moving towards the finishing line. To put this into perspective more than 4,000 people have climbed Everest, over 500 people have been into space and yet less than 100 people have completed the Vendee Globe! Talk us through the key challenges when you’re on-board the boat during the Vendee Globe It’s a combination of factors, really. You’re spending 80 days alone at sea, facing wind speeds in excess of 70mph and battling waves as high as ten story buildings, whilst traveling at speeds in excess of 30 knots. You face all of this on minimal sleep. You survive on freeze-dried food, and your communication with the outside world is limited. Your new race boat – HUGO BOSS – was unveiled not so long ago. What makes the boat so special? We spent two years designing and building the new boat, and it’s pretty special. She’s 5% lighter than our previous boats and has a lot of unique design features.  The boat build involved a lot of the same techniques and technologies used in Formula One, and we had a team of 30 people working full time on the project. A lot of people are surprised to hear that the boat is actually only about 2.75mm thick. And it has to sail 25,000 nautical miles, in one go, without stopping. So we have spent a huge amount of time making sure that it is as reliable as it possibly can be. How have you been preparing – physically and mentally for the Vendee Globe? The physical preparation is relentless. I spend between 4-9 hours a week working on my strength and endurance and I include a lot of cardio work to

make sure I’m physically fit enough to manage all aspects of the boat alone. My personal trainer pushes me hard, particularly in the lead up to a race of this magnitude. There is also a lot of work that goes into preparing for sleep deprivation. During the Vendee Globe I sleep between 20-40 minutes every 2.5 - 4 hours.  I used to try to get myself into this regime before the race start but it causes more stress than it is worth.  Nowadays I try to get as much sleep before the race as possible. I also work with a sports psychologist who helps me prepare mentally. It’s important that I’m able to stay calm, focused and in control when in rough seas and stormy weather.  How dangerous, in reality, is this race? Very! You can hit foreign objects (UFOs) in the water and be forced to make emergency repairs (or worse retire altogether), your communications system can go down (which means you have no means to communicate with your team and loved ones), you could have to abandon the race to rescue a fellow competitor, you could injure yourself on board and have to tend to your own injuries…so much can happen. If you win, you’ll become the first British sailor ever to do so. What will that mean to you? A French competitor has only ever won the race but this time around, I want to become the first British sailor to win it. It took some time for me to get used to HUGO BOSS (the new boat) and I feel very confident that this is the boat, which will enable us to win the Vendee this time around. You’re fortunate enough to have two incredible sponsors in HUGO BOSS and Mercedes-Benz. How have those partnerships proved so successful to both you and to those brands? HUGO BOSS has sponsored me since 2003, with Mercedes-Benz becoming a core sponsor in 2015. I am incredibly grateful for their ongoing support. They are of course fantastic brands, which stand for success, quality, innovation and passion, which are what myself, and my team at Alex Thomson Racing also stand for. Aside from competitive sailing, you’ve made a name for yourself as a bit of a daredevil of the sport, with your stunts – The Keelwalk, the MastWalk and The Skywalk – how did those come about and why do you do it? I’ve always been a bit of a thrill seeker. The stunts began with The Keel Walk, back in 2012. As a team we devised a plan to get me out on the water, dressed in a HUGO BOSS suit and dive off the end of the keel into the water. When we released the video, the reaction was huge and most people questioned whether it was even real. We started planning the next stunt soon after. Stunt number two was The Mastwalk, which involved me running up the mast of the 60ft race boat and diving off the top into the water, while the boat was sailing at high speed. I had to have diving lessons before the stunt, and my fear of heights didn’t help too much, but it all went well in the end and the video was watched by millions of people all over the world. Naturally, we had to complete the trilogy, and we did so in 2016 when we released The Sky Walk. That involved me attaching myself via a rope to the race boat while kite surfing above the boat into the air, and landing on the water. It combined my two biggest loves – sailing and kite surfing – so it was a lot of fun to do. Will we get to see any more stunts from you? Right now it’s all about the Vendee Globe; that’s all we’re thinking about. After that? Who knows!

HUGO BOSS and Mercedes-Benz sponsor Alex Thomson. Follow Alex’s progress in the Vendee Globe at

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HAYDALE – REVOLUTIONISING COMPOSITE DAMAGE DETECTION How Haydale, a company based in South Wales, is working with Alex Thomson Racing and others developing technology to improve damage detection in composite materials. What brings Alex Thomson Racing and their racing yacht HUGO BOSS, technology company Haydale and a major aircraft manufacturer together? Well they are working on a British Government funded research project to easily identify when damage has occurred to composite materials. Aircraft manufacturers want to know if their composite planes have damage through bird strike or accidental on the ground “hits”. Alex wants to make sure his boat, and especially the rudders, will continue to operate at peak performance. Small hits with marine life and unseen obstacles such as floating debris are a constant threat. Alex Thomson is one of Britain’s most talented sailors. Competing in the IMOCA 60 class, and sponsored by HUGO BOSS since 2003, it makes their relationship one of the longest and most coveted in sailing and sports sponsorship history. The extreme conditions experienced in offshore racing puts the yacht under immense pressure and stresses. Both man and machine are pushed to the limit and need to perform at their peak in the harshest of environments. Damage that is not identified could have catastrophic consequences, which is why research is ongoing to enable damage previously invisible to the naked eye to be identified through a visual “bruise”. Haydale are leading the research project PLAFCAP (PLAsma Functionalised CAPsules for Composite Damage Detection) a 2-year Innovate UK funded Research & Development project focusing on Bruisable Composites technology. Composite materials are being employed in an increasing range of applications and the ability to establish if a structure is damaged is an important part of asset management. Damage to composite materials can be difficult to detect and currently requires costly non-destructive evaluations. These inspections need the boat out of the water and may occur at intervals of several months, meaning damage can go un-detected, and worsen over time.

To improve the identification of damage to composite materials, bruisable microcapsules can be incorporated into the laminate to show damage. When ruptured, the microcapsules highlight barely visible impact damage by releasing dye to form a bruise, thus enabling visual identification of damage. Action can then be taken immediately to repair or replace the damaged component. Aircraft manufacturers prefer the damage to be invisible unless shown under a UV light which is no problem for the innovative Haydale team. Haydale has developed a patented scalable low temperature plasma process to functionalise (which is the addition of chemical groups) the graphene and other nanomaterials. These additions are at the nano level (where we are at one millionth of a metre in size) but the chemical particles allow bonding in a resin and that gives massive improvements in its mechanical and physical properties. A vital factor in developing a reliable, repeatable system is the bonding of the bruisable microcapsule shell to the matrix resin of the composite. Haydale’s HDPlas® functionalisation technology is being used to chemically modify the bruisable microcapsules to improve the bonding of the microcapsules into composite matrix resins. This will enhance the consistency and reliability of bruising by ensuring that damage will release dye. Having worked for 18 months with Huntsman and their world leading Araldite® epoxy resin, the Haydale team know how to mix their nanomaterials with high end adhesives. We know that different resins require alternative chemical adaptation of the microcapsule surface. The HDPlas® process allows different chemical groups to be added to the shell of the microcapsule to tailor it for compatibility with a wide range of resin systems. It’s high tech stuff, but then so are the Alex Thomson Racing boat and modern aircraft! When you are best in class you need to work with the best in class. Alex Thomson Racing and Haydale are just that. This technology is not limited to yachts and aircraft but has applications across a wide range of markets, such as composite cars!

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Kate Mcrae originally qualified as a sports therapist and two years ago started her own business under the umbrella of the global brand Forever – the world’s largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of aloe vera products. Here she shares some of her favourite products. What is special about Forever’s products? Forever is largest producer of aloe vera products and owns all its plantations. Only the inner leaf gel, which is hand harvested is used in the products and the company has a patented stabilization process where the aloe is cold pressed within hours which means that all the nutritional value of the aloe is preserved.

Why do you think Forever products are so special? Because Forever manages the entire supply chain from growth, manufacture through to distribution it is able to exercise complete control over the quality of its products. The products do not contain banned substances giving sports professionals peace of mind.

What products would you recommend for athletes and sports professionals? Argi+ This sports drink contains five grams of L-Arginine per serving plus vitamins, including vitamin C – which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue – and vitamin D – which contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function.. Forever Freedom Forever Freedom is orange-flavoured and combines stabilised aloe vera gel with glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate - two naturally occurring elements that have been shown to help maintain healthy joint function and mobility. Forever’s Freedom also contains vitamin C and MSM. Aloe Heat Lotion- This topical lotion contains warming agents and aloe, it is a rich emolient lotion which provides blissful relief from everyday stresses and strains. Great for warming up before exercise or soothing aches after a workout. Aloe MSM gel is a combination of aloe vera and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in a non-staining, clear gel that soothes joints and muscles. An excellent product that no sports bag should be without. MSM is a naturally occurring nutrient that provides the body with essential sulphur and methyl groups that are used in healing and repair processes.

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This delicious and nutritious berry-flavoured sports drink contains five grams of L-Arginine per serving plus vitamins, including vitamin C – which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue – and vitamin D – which contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function.

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Give your body the spa break it needs with this cleansing detox holiday set in the picturesque countryside of Italy. Offering a menu of delicious and cleansing cuisine for a satisfying detox spa break, your body will be cleansed of harmful toxins, leaving you feeling completely revitalized. Together with the help of expert consultations and a variety of cleansing spa treatments, you will soon be feeling completely refreshed and rejuvenated again. Make the most of the complimentary educational healthy living classes on your spa break and you will soon be on your way to a fresh, healthy start.

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Boost your health and fitness levels by the beautiful coast of Turkey on an active spa break at D-Hotel Maris. Tailor-make your stay with a choice of 1-on-1 activities and spa treatments including spinning, beach bootcamp, yoga and a range of massages, for a fitness spa break that will soon reveal improvements in your well-being. After an active morning, relax at the award winning spa and enjoy being pampered with reviving spa treatments as you feel the hard work pay off. Make the most of an invigorating spa break by the Mediterranean Sea with five private beaches to explore.

Overlooking Portugal’s infamous Algarve coastline, get your youthful glow back on an anti-ageing spa break that will turn back the clock with reviving spa treatments. This transformative healthy ageing holiday includes a biophysical examination, nutrition consultation, stress and lifestyle consultation, to ensure a personalised programme that will rejuvenate and renew. Surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens and remarkable views over the Atlantic Ocean, this stunning coastal spa break offers direct access to the beach. Come back having revitalized your senses and enhanced your radiance; looking and feeling younger!

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Go for the short spa break and retreat to the tranquil surroundings of the Surrey countryside to boost your health and fitness on one of our exclusive BodyBreaks tailored to your wellness needs. After an initial health and fitness consultation, you will be able to personalise your spa break by choosing the activities and treatments that suit your needs. Combine activities from power plate sessions and interval training, to yoga and Tai Chai lessons, with a range of spa therapies. Make the most of the complimentary group classes, including circuit training and aqua fitness, to add even more variety to your spa break in the countryside.

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At ScalpmicroUK its about the whole experience not just your treatment a promise from award winning owners in their own fields   Daniel Johnson - is an Award-Winning, International, Celebrity Hair Stylist and Scalp Micro Pigmentation specialist in the UK.


aniel is one of the most renowned names in the hair industry and recognized globally. He is also Panasonic Grooming Ambassador. Craig Bottomley - High Award winning SMP specialist. With their fusion of celebrity lifestyle atmosphere brought in by Daniel and his male grooming expertise and a wealth of knowledge within the micropigmention world brought to you by Craig. This combination looks to be the winning formula to date, as their testimonials from both celebrity and ‘Joe Blogs’ as they put it are much to be desired. At a recent awards ceremony they were penned as the Ant and Dec of the Scalp Micropigmentation world, although Craig did laughingly say it’s more like Brains and beauty... he’ll leave it up to you who’s who’s J From the initial point of contact via any of their many platforms, you will be put at ease by their professionalism and compassion to your needs. Scalp micropigmention is a Scalp Enhancement treatment with INSTANT results for both male and female, takes 2/3 sessions depending on the procedure and last up to 5Years! Whether is just adding some density to thinning areas or creating a whole shave looked to a head leaving you with natural or sharp hair line, camouflage

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scaring, Alopecia... nothing phases either of them and that projects in your first consultation and instills your confidence even more. “We wanted to create a relaxing and inviting space where you could easily spend a few hours” states Craig. Their luxurious spacious clinic in Herefordshire, offers exactly that with a no stress ‘its all about you’ attitude. Each week brings with it a cacophony of clients from all aspects of life.... from celebrities, footballers, boxers, doctors, businessmen, actors, teachers, we cover everyone. At ScalpMicroUK we ensure all our clients leave feeling happy with their scalp enhancement treatment and youthful new look!  Keep up with the latest on all our social media platforms Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/YouTube - ScalpMicroUK. Website - to book your consultation please email our team “Using Scalp Micro UK has changed my life. Confidence has increased, my whole approach to life has changed and it’s helped me become a better person, which for me is priceless.” Daniel Johnson Celebrity Hairdresser Check out Twitter: @IamDanielJ

Words from Sports World Magazine. ‘’Myself and Andrew visited Dan and Craig last month for our consultation and first sitting, wondering what the outcome would look like and what impact it would have on us as individuals. Needless to say shaving your head and having the treatment is a scary thought, however we could not be happier with end result. The whole process from the luxury pick up, the general friendly chat to the relaxed atmosphere, the guys made us feel comfortable and at total ease. The treatment itself was a very smooth transition with very little uncomfort and instant results which was very pleasing. We cant recommend this VIP hair treatment enough and we are very much looking forward to working with Scalp Micro UK for the foreseeable future’’ Liam Milburn, Managing Director, Sports World Magazine.

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Justin Carr or @Justscuts is the founder of That Feeling ™, an award winning barber who doesn’t compromise on quality, every blade movement is precise and exact. @Justscuts strives on ensuring the service he provides to his clients is of the highest quality, professional and always confidential.

I have many achievements which I am grateful for including winning many of my barber awards, becoming an educator within the industry and helping youths within the community by setting up focus groups. However, I feel my main achievement so far would have to be being blessed with the opportunity to cut the hair for the England 2016 football team at the Euros in France. It was very surreal and a memory I will never forget.

What is That Feeling ™? That Feeling™ is a sudden sensation of self assurance ,it’s more than an emotion ,it’s the confidence that my clients feel when they leave the barber chair. In a world where life doesn’t stop it’s a chance for them to slow down and replenish, to relax and rejuvenate. It’s when you look in the mirror after a haircut and you feel like a new improved you, a better you. It’s not just a haircut or a trim, or a shape up nor a fade, a gradient or a style. Once you’ve sat in my barber chair, you’ll understand; It’s just That Feeling ™. @justscuts

Where can you find @Justscuts? You can find me on Instagram @Justscuts. I am based in a barber shop in St. Albans, Hertfordshire @barberinc_barbershop, whilst also working as a mobile barber travelling to Essex, London and Hertfordshire with the availability to travel further afield.

Why choose @Justscuts? I take pride in my work, every haircut is not the same. I build relationships with my clients making sure that the experience both in and out of the barber shop is memorable. Every person is different, so you’ve got to give them a haircut to their character. Some people like lines, some people like it clean cut, some people like tapers/ fades. You’ve got to know what suits your client and what suits their personality. So it’s never just a haircut and I pride myself on making sure each client receives the best service.

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Ex Villa, City, Leicester and England international Darius Vassell spoke to Sports World Magazine on ‘Life After Football’ and with regards to being a person. I am still very excited about my life ahead I think that is important.

How you finding life after Football? Very busy I have quite a lot of things going on at the moment, Obviously I have got the book coming out that has took a lot of my time up with regards to 2016. My daughter is one now she is getting very active and testing us so we are enjoying having her around and spending time with her and watching her grow up and develop. I am at college doing a Sports Science Degree I am on my second year of that, I am doing my coaching badges, currently on the FA Youth Award and I am just being appointed supportive coach for Wolves U14s which is keeping me in the game, keeping me lively, keeping me smart, keeping me, letting me have eyes on the upcoming talent and being able to help them out and achieve their goals I have been there before so I am trying to help the youngster at Wolves out. Obviously thanks to them for giving me the opportunity I can safely say I am probably as busy as I have ever been. There is so much love for the game once you retire it is very important you do keep yourself busy I think the only alternative would be sitting down somewhere wishing I was still playing and it would be a very sad place and I think nowadays the standard of players and age wise it would be very difficult for me to get back playing after being out of it for the last three years What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your retirement? The most challenging aspect was learning to

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During your career what was your biggest highlight?

manage myself it would be nice to think in the future I could be a manager but I am very far away from that, the most rewarding aspect is obviously my daughter Persia and my book, the book is named after her ‘The Road to Persia’ I very much feel after losing football out my life as regards to playing the game I really needed something to make up for that or replace that so to speak and Persia is more than that you aren’t going to get anything more important in life than your child and it is nice to have her at a time like now so that all my focus can be on her instead of still trying to negotiate a football career at the same time which with the travelling and the hotels could mean that I am not around as much as I would like but you don’t know I have team mates which make it work they have 3 or 4 kids while they were still playing football they are rewards to that the kids get to come and watch you play something like I am probably never going to experience but again that is the beauty of the book my daughter when she is growing up will get to experience my career through words and through pictures in the book. It is definitely Persia she is challenging she is making me learn a lot about myself with regards to being a husband with regards to being a father

It is a strange career mine I didn’t actually win anything I won the Interstate Cup a couple of times nothing major but at the same time my career still had major highlights with regards to representing your country at any level at any sport that would be highlight to represent them once or over a 100 times I have team mates who have only played for England once and they look back on that in the same way as I look back on my 22 caps . Representing England was obviously my biggest highlight but again I didn’t only represent England I scored on my debut that could be classed as my biggest highlight I missed a penalty for England in the European Championship being knocked out of the quarter final stages which was absolutely heart breaking which is something you have got to experience for you to understand but I came through it, I still had a great career after that I managed to play for Man City of all teams then went onto play for Leicester City. That is a personal highlight going to these clubs and being signed by their managers and being part of it. It is your career you have got to own it, my highlight was making my debut for my hometown club Aston Villa, scoring my first goals again a highlight

My debut goal for England from a David Beckham Cross and the one which I scored against Turkey which got us through into the Euros we were struggling at a stalemate and the manager put me on as a sub and I managed to score a goal which got us 1-0 ahead Out of your 4 clubs which one did you enjoy the most and why? Difficult question because I had different experiences at each club I will whittle it down to two clubs which would be Aston Villa and Manchester City which I spent my full contracts their I really wanted to be at Man City it was a great place to be things where changing their and you could tell they were going on to bigger and better things and I wanted to ride that journey as long as possible and that journey started in my second season there, I had another two seasons to get through with new players, new management, new staff, new structure and new regimes. Aston villa! To play for your hometown club, to be scoring goals regularly to be on the team bus travelling back with your heroes and they are thankful that you are on the bus that was a great feeling I would probably say out of the two Aston Villa for one reason and Man City for another reason Aston villa for the during and Man City probably looking back after there was a time at Aston Villa it was difficult coming back after a bad game knowing you have let your team mates down, your friends and your family Tell us more about Inama Group Having set the company up with the future of my daughter which hopefully one day we can tailor the business for her when she grows up. We have helped local football clubs out by sponsoring them and supplying kit. There

tracksuits that puts the company out their around the area which I am from, I remember playing for them when I was younger and I was always cold after games so we have supplied the club with tracksuits so other people will see my logo something I have created and designed they are going to see my companies name in sporting areas which is great . My wife who is an avid netball player we are currently in discussions with sponsoring the netball team, which my wife plays for so that will be nice to be a part of that. For my wife to be able to go to her netball tournaments knowing she has had an influence as a team with regards to kit With regards to the company it is still in its enfant stages I am pretty sure it will be the main hub to get my book from and I can safely say we have supported sports teams in the area in which I live and we just hope to continue this, I just want to have something to put my name to and tick me over. Corporation tax, Vat bills, invoices etc. all these types of things I wouldn’t of had a clue about being a footballer it would have all been done for me if I needed it done whereas now I am doing it myself. I feel a sense of achievement with the book coming out it will give people the chance to read about my career as a footballer Although I didn’t win league cups or score 200 goals I had a career people will be able to see the way I did it, the way I made it work, you have got to be dedicated, honest, open and willing to work my book is a representation of that and my company is a platform where we can launch that What does it mean to reaching the peaks of playing 22 games for your country and scoring 6 goals? For me personally knowing that playing for England was a burning ambition of mine to

actually get there, you where in a dream, I was trying to live the role and not making any mistakes Learning more about the physiological factors now for young players in the game I now realise I could’ve done a lot more for England through no fault of anybody I used to think I cannot make mistakes at this level whereas if I looked at it as an opportunity everybody is looking at me now that I am the best player in the world I knew deep down that no one could handle me on one and one basis in 90 minutes, that could kind of create the havoc I could, I always thought no one could do that I would never say that through my humbleness, I would never brag about I had to have that belief inside me People ask me what clubs I have played for while they still no I played for England Local people don’t ask me that but on a worldwide perspective I will get recognised in Hong Kong for instance as I have played for England It just means that someone like me having to speak to growing up I didn’t have much But be able to say you have played 22 games for your country and being able to say you scored 6 goals they weren’t accidents, I went to European Championships, I played, I was involved I am able to tell that story people ask what is David Beckham like? What is Sven Goran Eriksson like? I am able to answer that because I have spent enough time with them. It gives an importance to my life score some goals and put some crosses in and for people to say well done Darius what playing for England has done is to give that in abundance, I am thankful for that, thankful to FA, Sven Goran Erikson for picking me and to the England players who I played with at the time for making my time there easy and comfortable. I am very grateful for that it is the biggest experience Tell us more about the book – ‘The Road To Persia’ The end of my career at Leicester I got an ACL injury, which takes anything from 6 months to a year to recover from, unfortunately this injury happened when I had 6 months of my contract left at Leicester city and the manager brought me in had just left the club. My wife was changing my Game Ready it is an ice compact unit, which works when you are sleeping at night she was changing every half an hour. I knew time was running out and I knew the new manager Nigel Pearson who I had never heard of at the time. I managed to get fit have conversation with the manager and he said he wouldn’t sign me because I wasn’t fit, I didn’t want to be a journeyman so I decided to come out of the game it was around that time I started my college course which allowed me to learn more about the game. I couldn’t have a testimonial, I wasn’t at a club which I could do that so I thought I will put all my experience together into the book. I would love to have a book out which represented my history in the game Thank you for your time Darius, we wish you every success with your book and for the future. Thanks guys!

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Life After Football The Pundit / The Agent

Matt Le Tissier

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier spoke to Sports World Magazine about his playing days, life as a Sky Sports pundit and his new company 73 Management.

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Firstly Matt, I would like to thank you for your time in speaking with us today. I’ll begin by talking to you very briefly about your playing days at Southampton and then your transition to life after football

You spent your whole career at Southampton. Tell us more about your favourite memories and goals at the club? MLT: My favourite memories centre around pivotal moments in my career, like making my debut, scoring my first goal for the club, my England debut and obviously scoring goals that won both goal-of-the-month and goal-of-the-season awards. Those are the sort of things that stick in your mind and that people remember long after your playing career. As we are all North East lads in the office, a lot of our team remember your goals against Newcastle, which were all pretty famous to say the least… MLT: Yeah, I scored a good three or four decent ones against Newcastle. I’m not sure why I picked on Newcastle more than anyone else! But the decent ones, quite a few of them, came against the Geordies in the mid 90s. What were the most challenging and rewarding aspects of being the star player at the club at that time? MLT: The most challenging for quite a number of years was being in relegation battles – managing to keep the team in the Premier League on resources which were probably a lot smaller than most teams in the league. The most rewarding was when we did stay up. I also loved it when we beat the big teams, those that were challenging for league titles. We had quite a good record against the big teams at The Dell. We made life difficult for them down there and had some very famous wins. I remember beating Liverpool when they were the top dogs in 89/90 – winning 4-1 at home when it could have been seven or eight – and then a 6-3 against Man United and 3-1 against United in consecutive seasons, when they were the best team in the land. Those games stick out in your memory – beating the best teams quite convincingly on your own turf. What do you feel have been the biggest changes in the game since your playing days? MLT: I think the biggest change is the fact things are a lot more professional than they were back in my day. The attention to detail has gone to incredible lengths. The players also get a lot more rest than we used to. There is a lot more rotation in the squads than back in my day. If you were 75/80% fit to play, you were out on the pitch and you just got on with it. The sports science side of things plays much more of a role within the game now than it ever did in my day. What do you believe will be the biggest challenges football will face in the next five-ten years? MLT: With the amount of money that’s in the game now, I’d say managing finances is probably the biggest challenge facing football clubs – making sure they keep their house in order and don’t put the future of the club at risk by spending more than they can afford to. After you finished your playing days, what inspired you to go into punditry? MLT: I didn’t really have any idea what I was going to do when I finished. Sky asked me to do a midweek soccer special just before I retired. I quite enjoyed that and then for a couple of years I kind of stepped in every few months when one of the regulars was off on holiday. Then, when Rodney

Marsh got sacked, I was the one they turned to and was asked if I would like to do it every week. That was 12 years ago. It’s been fantastic. I love the job and have been very fortunate to be doing it for over a decade. How did you adapt from being a professional player to a pundit and now a player mentor/ adviser? MLT: The punditry side of things I found quite easy because football was my job. It was my hobby. I loved it and I watched the game anyway. I enjoyed chatting about football, so it all kind of fitted together as it was all the stuff I loved doing. I have been very fortunate throughout my life as I have ended up doing what I wanted to do as a kid growing up - playing and being involved in football. Tell us about your day-to-day role as a pundit and what it involves? MLT: We get an email on a Thursday telling us what game we will be covering on the Saturday and along with that comes a whole raft of stats about all the Premier League games which are going on that weekend. The statistician at Sky emails us all the relevant stats that might be useful bringing up in conversation on the Saturday. You have a flick through them, take out what you think is interesting and what might come up and then keep your ears close to the ground and talk to people within the game. You make sure you know who is suspended, who is injured and that kind of stuff. Occasionally, we do a couple of midweek shows. It takes up around seven days a month screen time but obviously there is a little bit more that goes into it than that. Congratulations on the launch of 73 Management. Tell us more about who is involved in the football management company, and what your ethics are? MLT: Basically, four of us set up 73 Management. There is obviously myself and my former team-mate Francis Benali. Then there’s James McLaughlin, who was the commercial guy at Southampton when I retired. He went on to work at other football clubs, for Nike and was the commercial director at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. He is now the CEO of Birmingham-based blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia and also represents former England cricketer Jonathan Trott. The fourth guy is one of James’ contacts, James Hennigan, who has 20 years’ experience as a sports lawyer. James has a key role to play regarding players’ contracts, commercial arrangements and legal matters. We decided we wanted to set up a management company that was going to act in the best interests of the player. I’ve looked at some transfers in the past and thought ‘that lad is not going to play going there, so why is he signing for that club’? You kind of think there are only two reasons for that – either the player wants to make as much money as he possibly can and isn’t bothered about playing, or the agent is earning more money out of that move than he would taking his player to a club where he is going to play. With 73 Management, our players will know we are working in the best interests of their career – not our own. We want to work with players who mirror our philosophies – players who put football first and want to be role models. We don’t just want them to be great footballers, but to also set the right example. u

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regarded, not just by their football clubs but also within their communities. Footballers have a lot of downtime and we will encourage our players to use it wisely. Our short-term aim is obviously go out there and find those players, which we are now in the mix of. Financially, for some players and clubs the UK football industry is at its peak. How do you feel this will change the way you as an adviser adapt to different personalities? MLT: It will be interesting, but as I say, if we get the right players on board with the right mentality, I don’t think there will be too many challenges in that respect. If we pick the right players first off and are doing our job properly then I don’t envisage any problems. We also want to work with clubs and build a good rapport with them. Our reputation is very important to us. We want to be seen as reputable people that can be trusted by both players and clubs. Based on what you have said there, am I right in suggesting a player’s attitude is something you guys will look at first and foremost? MLT: Absolutely. That is what we check out first to make sure they are on the same page as we are in terms of what they want from their careers and how we can help.

What do you hope to achieve in the long term and short term with the agency, and what is your main USP? If I was a professional footballer and I had a few agencies interested in me, why would I chose to go with you guys at 73 Management? MLT: I think the fact Francis and I have over 800 top flight games between us is very important. We want to draw on our knowledge and experience to mentor players through the varied challenges of their careers. 73 Management has been designed by footballers, for footballers. Between the team, we have 100 years’ experience of the football industry. We offer a complete management service covering every aspect of a player’s career - both on and off the field. Our long-term goal is to work with a small stable of players that can be role models for the kids of today. It’s more and more important in this day and age that players set good examples. Their profiles are so high that anything they do wrong makes headlines. It would be nice to have a settled stable of players that are highly

Is there anyone you would like to thank as part of this interview for their continued support throughout your career, life after football and help with the start up of what should prove to be a very successful management company? MLT: There is a whole raft of people that helped me during my career. First and foremost, my parents were incredibly supportive in my early days and throughout my playing career. On the football side of things, Dave Merrington, my youth team coach, transformed me from a boy into a man when I joined Southampton. I will be eternally grateful to him and all the managers I took things from. A big thanks to John Simpson, our PR and media guy, for his help in setting up 73 Management. John has been an absolute diamond in terms of the work he has done for us. Also, guys who I have leaned on for help – former team mates, Gordon Watson, Keith Granger – people like that who are there on the end of the phone and have been very helpful regarding what we are trying to achieve. Obviously, you’re an iconic figure within the game so, lastly, I have to ask if there is any advice you would give young professionals to help them through their career, and also professionals at the back end of their career preparing to make that transition to life after football? MLT: I have always said it’s important to take advice on board from people that have achieved what you want to achieve or been where you want to be. I took a lot on board from the senior players at Southampton. It’s important to listen and learn. In fact, you never stop learning throughout your career. It’s very difficult for players who are retiring and making that transition from the dressing room, as it’s what they’ve been doing for the previous 16-20 years. You almost have to forget about what you have done. Although it was great, it has been and gone and you need to focus on the future. If you focus on the past too much, you fail to move on, and I think that’s when people have problems. For further information about 73 Management, visit or follow @73Management on Twitter

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DESIGNED BY FOOTBALLERS, FOR FOOTBALLERS Highly-respected former Premier League players Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali lead a team bursting with 100 years’ experience of the football industry, guaranteeing players and their families an all-encompassing support network.

Players represented by 73 Management have every aspect of their career covered – on and off the field. Our team of experts offer the best possible advice to help players make the right decisions for their career and family.

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If catering is required our rear kitchen is perfect. You and your clients can choose from a selection of menus – from continental breakfasts to afternoon tea, or even champagne and canapés. We can arrange catering to suit all of your requirements.

The Kings Ferry has been providing VIP services and coach transport for the sports industry for more than 25 years. We are passionate about providing exceptional service and endeavour to develop long-term relationships built on trust. We have a reputation for providing a reliable, flexible and personalised service that is second to none. Here are just a few of our professional team clients: Norwich City F.C., Fulham F.C., Watford F.C., Brighton & Hove Albion, Millwall F.C., Gillingham F.C.

We know sports travel – from Premiership football, right through to local rugby clubs and supporter travel. Our impressive fleet of coaches and dedicated team of managers will ensure you arrive at the game relaxed and ready to perform. Supporter travel We know that strong crowd support can make all the difference to a team’s performance, especially at away fixtures. The opposition will no longer have the home advantage as we can transfer thousands of supporters cost effectively in our fleet of coaches, seating up to 74 passengers per vehicle. Vehicle Options With sumptuous seats and ample legroom, each one of our luxury hire coaches has been hand-picked to meet our VIP standards and to deliver to you a stylish and glamorous travelling experience. Whether

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Create the wow factor with our rear lounge vehicle, perfect for meetings or private areas. The armchair seats give you plenty of legroom, with each of our luxury hire coaches handpicked to meet the high standards required to deliver to you to your final destination in style. Rear Kitchen

Vehicle specifications • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Arm rests and illuminated tables Executive Lounge/Kitchen Air conditioning & central heating Carpets and curtains Air suspension Tinted Windows Stereo radio/CD/DVD Leather seats 12/240 volt power supply to seats Toilet Public address system Plasma/LCD screens Games console

• Link to in-coach monitor for lap-top presentations • Bar facilities including a full range of wines and champagnes • Hostess/steward • Full catering options, from Danish pastries to a three-course meal • Sky TV Professional Team Clients

VIP Car Hire The Kings Ferry is renowned for luxury coach travel but it doesn’t stop there. We also have other VIP vehicles that aim to please. If you want to treat your clients and give them the taste of the high life that they’ll never forget, then one of our luxury cars is what you need. Our VIP car fleet offers you a range of vehicles and models to choose from. With your own executive chauffeur, we can offer single or multiple destination drop-offs, meaning your VIP experience lasts as long as you want it to. For enquiries, quotes and bookings get in touch with our dedicated VIP team today on 0845 257 9909 or visit our website

The ultimate in First team & supporter transport Travel in luxury, arrive in style

Our impressive fleet and dedicated team will ensure you arrive at the game relaxed and ready to perform. Contact our VIP team today | | 0845 257 9909

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VTL Group

Visual Technology is a specialist company dedicated to planning, installing and maintaining large screens in iconic locations, such as the O2, Wembley Arena, Chelsea Football Club and The Odeon in Leicester Square.


ur team has successfully installed LED screens in the most challenging locations in the UK and overseas. Visual Technology has all the relevant knowledge and experience to take clients through all the key stages including obtaining planning permission, financing, technical requirements and specifications through to installation and commissioning. This can also include content management and maintenance needs.

Now, Visual Technology is equally at home working directly with clients providing best in class products integrated into its own designed solutions. The screen itself is just part of the solution needed by many end-users. When providing you with our services, we believe you deserve nothing but the best.  We realise that each and every one of you will have different requirements for LED screens and displays – we will offer you a bespoke package that is directly suited to your company, your audience, and your needs.

Here at VTL we work hard to develop and push technology to bring the most innovative and unique ideas and products and make them available to our clients. One of our most recent and impressive projects being ‘visanté’ by Pye TV. The world’s first fully outdoor television!

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