LAHORE: Two biggest iconic names in the world of football, Kaka and Luis Figo will arrive in Pakistan on January 10 to offer a New Year’s gift to Pakistan from World Soccer Stars.
The duo will make special appearances starting in Karachi at The Pearl Continental hotel followed by a grand finale fan experience in Lahore at The Packages Mall, said a spokesperson of the organizing committee of the event while talking to APP here on Friday. The visit offers both cities a chance to get a glimpse of the stars and witness the gravity of the tour in the presence of industry, media, brands and most importantly Pakistan’s football fans, she said.
World Soccer Stars has been crafted to uplift football in Pakistan and will see the use of interactive coaching clinics that will be assessed by world football stars and offer a gateway to football talent at grass-root level to recognize their skills. Kaka said “I am delighted to visit Pakistan and play an instrumental role in promoting and helping football in the country. I have never been to Pakistan so I am really excited to come and play football whilst helping unearth hidden talent.”
Luis Figo said, “It’s exciting to see another emerging country in Asia embrace football. I’m certain in a population of 220 million there must be huge potential waiting to emerge into the international scene.” Ahmer Kunwar, a UK-born Pakistani, CEO of TouchSky Group (TSG) is the architect of World Soccer Stars and said, “TSG is committed to investing in Pakistan. TSG is bringing the world’s biggest sport to Pakistan. World Soccer Stars will promote the soft image of Pakistan through the world football stars, bolster trade between UK & Pakistan, promote Pakistan as a tourist destination and all in the effort to galvanize Pakistan’s image worldwide.”
World Soccer Stars is all set to evoke emotions of Pakistani football fans and will create a football fever over the coming months with other world icons to be unveiled in a spectacular style with a star-studded line up assembled and the tour will create dreams into a reality for Pakistan. To keep up to date with the latest information visit www.worldsoccerstars.com or follow us on #UnitedForFootball.
World Soccer Stars promises to be the greatest football spectacle in Pakistan starting from April 26-29 with two matches in Karachi and Lahore.
Fans baffled as Liverpool star Mohamed Salah goes offline
CAIRO: Fans were left baffled on Wednesday after Liverpool’s star Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah appeared to have deleted all of his social media accounts where his followers number in the millions.
The Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts of Salah, who is idolised in Egypt and Liverpool, went offline without warning a day after he posted a cryptic tweet.
“2019 Resolution: Time to get in touch, for real,” said the final tweet, screenshots of which were shared widely on social media.
Those navigating to his Twitter account on Wednesday could only see a message reading “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”.
On Instagram, the message read “The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed.” A similar message appeared on Facebook.
It was not immediately clear whether the shutdowns were deliberate.
Spain to help China develop football
MADRID: La Liga and China’s Super League on Friday signed an accord to “make Chinese football grow throughout the world.”
“We are going to learn from La Liga as much about developing young players as about promoting our brand,” Dong Zheng, the general secretary of the Chinese league told a press conference in Madrid.
“I hope that with the help of La Liga, the Chinese Super League can become a premier league at the Asian and even the World level,” said Zheng.
The agreement is for four years and covers the sport as well as the organization and financial controls.
Chinese professional football said Javier Tebas, the Liga president, “is looking to organize as we do in the biggest leagues in the world.”
“We will work together on strategies of financial oversight, one of the concerns of Chinese football with the increasing influx of a lot of private investment,” Tebas added.
In the last five years, La Liga has applied rigorous economic controls including, cleaning up club accounting and centralizing the sale of TV rights.
The agreement also includes collaboration in marketing and digital development, in which “we will try to share experiences and make Chinese football grow all over the world,” Tebas said, who added that the project could help fulfill the ambitions of Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who once said he wants to see China win the World Cup.
“If we work in Chinese professional soccer, in a strong Chinese league, we contribute to the dreams of the Chinese president of being able to organize a World Cup in China, qualify for a World Cup and, one day, win the World Cup,” said Tebas.
Messi scores 400th La Liga goal for Barcelona
BARCELONA: Lionel Messi scored his 400th goal in La Liga against Eibar on Sunday to extend his record as the division’s all-time top scorer.
Messi collected the ball off Luis Suarez and drove it into the bottom corner in the 53rd minute at Camp Nou to give Barca a 2-0 lead over Eibar and notch his quadruple century after 435 matches.
It is 14 years since the 31-year-old Argentine scored his first La Liga goal and he has gone on to build an enormous lead at the top of the league’s all-time scoring chart.
Cristiano Ronaldo remains the second highest scorer with 311 goals in 292 games while Spain’s Telmo Zarra is third with 251 goals in 278 games.
Messi has finished top scorer in La Liga five times. He has 17 goals already this season.