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Who Else Remembers the 3 Most Electrifying Moments in FIFA World Cup History?

Who Else Remembers the 3 Most Electrifying Moments in FIFA World Cup History? | Anthony S CaseyWhat is it about football that drives us wild? Is it the pace? The rivalry? Yes to both. However, more than that, it’s the competitive drive, which pushes players up and down the field. Also, there’s the abundance of serious drama and action taking place on the green!

While the FIFA has presented a laundry list of unbelievable occurrences, let’s revisit some of the more exciting and intense moments in FIFA World Cup History.  

Italy v France, World Cup 2006: Zidane’s Headbutt

 

High energy rocked the stadium at the World Cup final in 2006. As the game was underway, television cameras captured France’s Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi’s chest, which caused him to be sent off the court. The headbutt was the wrong move for the incredible footballer, as this turned out to be a shocking end to his overall successful career. Many years later, Materazzi finally admits what he said to Zidane in the World Cup Final, which prompted the attack.  Check out the footage on YouTube.

England v Argentina, World Cup 1998: Beckham’s Retaliates

 

Little was more shocking than when David Beckham was handed the red card for kicking Diego Simeone as an act of retaliation. Correction: The greater shock was that Diego Simeone, who moments before fouled Beckham and knocked him to the ground, received just the yellow card for the assault. Beckham’s being sent off is still talked about as many believe that Simeone actually tripped over Beckham’s leg as he walked backward. Check out the footage on YouTube.

Argentina v England, World Cup 1986, “The Hand of God”

Diego Maradona scored two of the most famous goals in football history. The initial goal took place after 51 minutes, and he was able to score by using his hand, an act that became known as “The Hand of God.” The second goal involved the talent dribbling past five England players. This incredible feat became known as the “Goal of the Century.” Near singlehandedly, Maradona led his team to victory against England. Maradona went on to win the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. Check out the footage on YouTube.

Those three moments were great, but it doesn’t stop there. Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup Brazil, The Miracle of Berlin, Frank Rijkaard spitting at Rudi Voller, Schumacher Knocking Out Battiston, and other upsets and shocking moments have occurred at the World Cup. View the video below, which offers footage of other unbelievable moments.

Football Finance Note – June 2017 Performance Update

Dear Investors,

We would like to share the latest monthly performance fact sheet for the Football Finance Note (attached).

Having just returned from London, I am pleased to report a real buzz amongst the big Clubs, during this years EPL ‘Summer Transfer Window.’

The final week of July should produce frenzy of deals, before the window slams shut until January 2018. FFN hopes to participate in this deal flow.

For your convenience, I have summarised the commentary for the month of June below:

June saw the NAV rise to 1029 after last month’s cash distribution was paid out to all FFN investors, for partial year 2016. AUM remains at US$56m across all currency classes, with the USD class now at ~93% fully invested. I met with our partners in London, as well as the funds new Non-Executive Chairman, Lord Michael Grade. Lord Grade is very well placed to take FFN to the next level, given his high level contacts and relationships in both the TV and Football world. During our meeting, we discussed the new FCA regulated fund structure, an EPL requirement from next year, and the tremendous opportunity to invest in other sports, with attractive margins and equally secure income streams. Once the new fund structure for FFN has been finalised, I will be reaching out personally to all FFN investors to discuss.

I also had the opportunity to visit my old stomping ground in the Channel Islands, Jersey. A remarkable island producing outstanding business and very keen to partner with Asia. My old colleagues were kind enough to introduce me to their network of Trust Companies, Asset Managers, Banks and Family Offices. Lots of Football business was discussed and I look forward to developing FFN with a number of firms across Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

Chelsea FC will be visiting Singapore during the last week of July and will be playing both Bayern Munich and Inter Milan at the National Stadium. I will be hosting our investors at the Inter Milan game and look forward to a good match in preparation for kick-off of the new EPL season on 12th August. 

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You can now follow FFN on Facebook, Linkedin and even our Whatsapp chat group. We look forward to hearing from you.

With Best Regards,

FFN Team

Singapore Yacht Show 2017

Anthony S Casey ❤️ big boats ⛵️so he and his friends were very grateful to spend the evening onboard the fastest superyacht of its kind, the 252ft Silverfast. She has a range of 6000 miles at 14 knots. The yacht arrived in Singapore after spending 3 months in the Maldives 😎.

Anthony S Casey was invited to attend the Singapore Yacht Show 2017. The VIP cocktail party on the M/U Silverfast took place on Friday, April 7 at the One ’15 Marina Sentosa Cove.

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Can Money Buy Results?

After living and working in ten countries, Anthony S Casey joined the finance world in 1996.  He made it his mission to bring some much needed colour into an otherwise bland industry by coming up with exciting, rare, uncorrelated investment opportunities that would help engage clients and peers alike. The Football Finance Note is one such opportunity.

Here’s the latest.

The Clash of the Manchester Titans took place over the weekend where the combined team value reportedly topped $1Billion.

But all eyes were on the two stars of the show. No, it wasn’t Jose and Pep but Zlatan and Pogba. One, on a free transfer and the other being the world’s most expensive player. So, what have we learned?

Both teams spent roughly the same in this summers record-breaking transfer window.

 

City drew first blood, winning the game 2 goals to one.

Source: Football Daily

Although free transfer guy Zlatan hit a great goal, Mr. Pogba and Manchester Utd were not as triumphant. No matter how much money’s at play, it can’t always buy results. Let’s analyze by checking out some  key metrics from the game:

Source: Sports Business Institute Barcelona

Manchester Utd will take some comfort in becoming the first English Football Club to make over 500 million pounds in a financial year. Given their poor performance on the pitch last year, I can only imagine how much they will make when they start winning tournaments! But, the other Reds from across the Pennines, managed to put 4 past last years EPL Champions Leicester City, even if Reds Manager, Mr. Klopp did manage to lose his glasses in the process!

Source: Premier League

Perhaps Leicester City will now have to spend some of the GBP100m they recently picked up for winning the league on bolstering their defence team? But they may have to wait until the next Player Transfer Window in January. Will January’s spend top August’s? I think August will be hard to beat.

In fact, for the first time in the EPLs 24-year history spending topped a billion pounds so far this year, as demonstrated by the graphic below:

The ownership of EPL clubs has been a hot topic of late, with the EPL governing body now investigating the recent surge in Chinese purchases. The league considers any stake of more than 30% to represent an exercise of control. It prohibits any single owner from holding more than 10% of multiple clubs, to preserve the integrity of the league, avoiding any potential conflicts of interest. The investigation is focusing on where the funding came from. Was it from private or public sources, are the Chinese government trying to take control of the EPL? Or are the recent surge in deals driven by Chinese corporates simply trying to align themselves with President Xi’s massive passion for soccer?

Let’s take a look at the club ownership picture. US, Russia and China seem to be dominating the club ownership with China going on the most recent spending spree:

Source: Telegraph

Now lets get back to Football Finance Note:

FFN – Performance Update for August:

August was a month of two halves. The first half remained quiet with most of Europe still on holiday, but the second half went crazy, dominated by the closing of the EPL Summer Transfer Window. EPL teams spent over a billion pounds on player transfers for the first time in the leagues’ 24-year history.

FFN now has over GBP47m in deal term sheets issued and awaiting approval by the football clubs, together with more than GBP140m in qualified pipeline deals. This should mean that FFN will be fully invested by Q4.

The NAV has now increased to 1008.11 and during August we continued to receive inflow from our panel of Private Banks.

The Football Finance Note team have been invited to present at the Swiss-Asia Cap Intro event in Hong Kong on 4th October. This is the first time we have ventured into North Asia & we are expecting a lot of interest from mainland Chinese investors looking to play their part in the EPL action. If you would like to learn more about the event or wish to register you can do so here : http://www.swissasia-group.com/cap-intro/ 

 

FFN is still the World’s only route for investing USD into top flight English Football transactions, in a listed, regulated vehicle. As such, the team have been fielding enquires from sophisticated investors who are looking to purchase EPL and Championship Football Clubs outright. Given that our team deal directly with most of the Football clubs for FFN, we are in a strong position to introduce both buyers and sellers, without the need for agents, brokers or third party involvement. This will be an exciting addition to our services outside of regular FFN business.

 

Should you be interested in acquiring a stake in a top tier football club or simply wish to finance the next big player transfer, you can do so from as little as USD125,000 via the Football Finance Note, don’t hesitate to get in touch via FFN@swissasia-group.com or follow our page on Linkedin called ‘Football Finance Note.’

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Anthony S Casey want you to follow Football Finance Note to get to the heart of all the excitement.

The Premier League season’s launch is just a few days away. Are you ready to invest?

On Linkedin you can find great resources on football investment and insight from expert Anthony S Casey.

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How much “appearance fee” did the big clubs make during the last few weeks? Anthony S Casey weighs in. Looks like Manchester United is  leading the way.

FFN will be joining Manchester City FC’s brand guardian on 29th August 2016. Mark your calendar to hear exclusive insights on how to build a football brand in Asia Pacific.

The football business is a regional and global marketing platform. There is strong competition for fans, sponsors, media coverage and even broadcast opportunities. Learn how Asia’s favourite football league, the English Premier League, enables Manchester City to engage Asia Pacific.
In a landscape drenched with popular teams, how do you differentiate your brand? Manchester City is relatively new to fans in Asia.  How do they compete? How do they, as a brand, compare with rivals Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal. This discussion will also cover the role of franchises. It’s sure to be a great discussion! We hope you join us later this month.

More details on British Chamber of Commerce

29th August 2016 7:30am @ BritCham Singapore.

Singapore Rugby Sevens

As a rollercoaster ride of no time-outs, scintillating acts of athleticism, and age-old rules passed down from centuries of traditions, it’s no wonder rugby is one of the fastest growing sports around the world, especially now that the Rugby Sevens is making its Olympic debut at the Rio Summer games this year.

Singapore’s World Rugby Sevens Series has provided an exciting competition for fans in over 150 territories since 1999. Anthony S Casey attended the Singapore leg of the games. The two-day tournament featured 16 of the world’s top Rugby Sevens teams; from the Aussies to the tough Kiwis, to the South African Blitzboks. Plenty of ferocious fumbles, tackles, rough-housing, tears and laughter, were to be had. The chaos and beauty was as wonderful as the host city, Singapore.

Check out Anthony S Casey’s photos of the event.

 

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Making Protein Part of Your Fitness Routine

 

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What is protein? Why are so many fitness buffs obsessed with getting lots of protein?

When you eat foods that are rich in protein, digestive acids in your stomach break down the protein molecules into amino acids. The amino acids are restructured in unique sequences throughout the body to make the necessary proteins to keep you fighting fit.

There are 22 amino acids that scientists agree are essential to human health. Out of these 22, the human body produces 13 of them without the additional intake. We receive the other 9 essential amino acids by ingesting protein-rich foods.

Protein keeps your immune system healthy, repairs tissue, and contributes to the growth of nails and hair. It’s a “macronutrient” – this means is that humans need lots of it.

Proteins from animals; meats, cheese, and eggs, are considered “complete” because they contain all of the essential amino acids. Plant-based proteins miss a few.

According to active.com, the recommendation for normal protein intake for a healthy adult is 0.8 g per kilogram of body weight per day (so, just about 80 g of protein if you weigh 220-pounds).

But more protein is recommended if you’re highly active.

Additional protein promotes muscle adaptation during recovery from exercise in several ways. It aids in the repair of damage to muscle fibers, promotes the synthesis of new proteins, training-induced adaptations in muscle fibers, and encourages the replenishment of depleted energy resources.

This isn’t to say you should bulk up on your daily protein and expect to become superhuman. In fact, the best way to take in protein is through a normal diet regimen, not enhanced methods such as powders.

Individual protein requirements can be determined by the size of an athlete and the demands of the sport; whether the activity is more so “endurance” or “strength”-oriented determines the necessary protein intake. And understand that the amount of dietary protein required for muscle recovery is markedly small, requiring only 5 to 10 grams of amino acids. This is only 20 to 40 kcal of protein!

Foods such as fish, meat, eggs, and milk are great for finding essential amino acids. If you’re an athlete, learn what protein regimen works best for you. Remember, don’t overdo it!

 

New Year, New You

It’s that time of year again: the holidays. And right after the holidays, the new year is right around the corner. Do you have your resolutions ready. Is getting fit on that list? you’re not alone. Getting your body in shape is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. Here are some tips to make that New Year’s Resolution a reality.

1. Go easy on yourself

There’s nothing wrong with moving at your own pace. When you’re at the gym seeing other people around you running at fast speeds and lifting very heavy weights, it’s easy to get caught up in comparisons. It’s best to start small and you can slowly build up more endurance. Even if you’re just going on a 1 minute walk a day you are moving toward your goal.

2. Formulate a plan: When, How, and What?

The best way to work towards a goal is to set specific expectations for that goal. If you just start the year saying “I want to get fit” you need to figure out how. First, ask when you will exercise. Remember that exercising is not a competition and you don’t have to train as many days a week as other people you know. As long as you set a schedule for yourself, you’re on the right track.

Then, think about how you will exercise. A key part of your workout plan is exactly what you are going to do. The best way to go about this is finding something you enjoy. Lastly, figure out how much time you will spend exercising. Make a plan and stick to it!

3. Get an exercise buddy

Sometimes a exercise buddy can be the wind beneath your wings. As long you are truly doing it to root each other on and not to be competitive, exercising with a friend can be a great social activity. It can be so much fun that you almost forget you’re working out (well, almost). If you know someone who also resolved to get fit, be each other’s accountability buddies. On days when you don’t want to get off the couch, a workout buddy can be just what you need.

4. Make sure your goal is realistic

One of the biggest reasons people drop their New Year’s Resolutions is because they were unrealistic in the first place. Be honest with yourself. You need to develop a solid foundation for fitness before cranking up the intensity. Set a goal that is reasonable and achievable.

The rest is just sticking to your goal and believing in yourself. You can do it!

What is the 5:2 Fast Diet?

Eat this, don’t eat that. Exercise in the morning, exercise at night. Try a sugar and carb free diet, only eat raw meat. There are hundreds of ways to lose weight, each one more complicated than the last.  To be honest, in our busy day-to-day lives, we rarely have time to make substantial adjustments to our routines. The 5: 2 diet is a way to focus less on dieting techniques and more on the daily buzz of life.

The Fast Diet is composed of 5 days of normal eating paired with 2 days of fasting (5:2). Participants are allowed to select any two days of the week on which they would like to fast, restricting caloric intake to 500 calories for women and 600 for men. The average woman may consume up to 2000 calories on a non-fast day and a man, 2400. Depending on your individual BMI (body mass index), these numbers will slightly vary. Your recommended caloric intake will also appropriately scale to your weekly activity level: sedentary, lightly active, moderately active, very active, or extremely active. The 5:2 program is designed to encourage better eating habits in the long run and simply advocate weight loss as a byproduct of an improved lifestyle.

The diet itself became popular in the UK after the BBC Horizon documentary, Eat, Fast and Live Longer. In addition to the 2012 documentary special, celebrity endorsement and media attention has positioned the diet in a favorable light.

It’s important to note that ‘fast days’ do not mean “eat nothing” days. They simply mean that instead of eating as you normally do, you prepare and consume particularly low calorie meals. Here are some excellent low calorie meals you should try for your 5:2 diet:

Slow Cooker Pepperoni and Chicken

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1 cup contains 295 calories, 78 from fat and 52g of protein. This is an excellent post-workout meal.

Mushroom Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna

At 280 calories per serving, this vegetable-based dish will make for an excellent lunch or dinner.

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon

SalmonToast

Smoked salmon is the way to go! This breakfast high in omega-3 will give you a strong boost of energy thank will last well into the day.

Have you tried the 5:2 diet before? Let me know!

More Butter Please!

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Not all fats are bad, and sometimes your meal needs that extra boost. Surprisingly, fats are starting to overcome their infamous reputation of being completely terrible, and instead, more people are opting to incorporate extra fat into their diets. Counting macronutrients can be a great way to achieve difficult or high level fitness goals. However, it is important to know when it makes sense to add extra fats to your diet and when it does not.

Most of us know that not all fats are made equal. States like New York have long since banned trans fats, and this June, the FDA issued a final statement determining that there is no safe level of industrially-produced trans fatty acids that are safe for human consumption. Trans fat must be removed from prepared foods by June 2018. That being said, many other fats have positive properties, actually producing tangible health benefits. Flax seed oils are high in omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for healthy nail, hair, and skin.

In general, our bodies benefit from moderate consumptions of saturated fatty acids (butter, cream, lard, bacon), medium-chain fatty acids (coconut oil), monounsaturated fatty acids (avocado and olive oil) , and polyunsaturated fatty acids (fish, some nuts and seeds). But what’s important to remember is this: not all foods need additional fats. Be sure that the food you are consuming is truly in need of a supplement.

The truth is, fats helps you absorb vitamins. Vitamins have difficulty making it into our bloodstreams without the assistance of fat. If you typically have a healthy diet, you probably receive more than enough vitamins. However, if for whatever reason you’re participating in an extraordinarily low-fat diet, you may consider adding a goal appropriate fat that caters to your needs. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble. This does not apply to vitamin C or any of the B vitamins. Milkshakes don’t count either! After decades of bad advice, fad dieting, and lack of information, we became accustomed to believing that ultra low-fat or fat free diets were good things. This simply isn’t true! A balanced ratio of macronutrients creates the best dietary combination for our bodies.

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