Inter Miami, David Beckham’s Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise, announce Dutch beer brand Heineken as their first founding partner
MIAMI, Fla. (August 5, 2019) —
The multi-year agreement will see Heineken serve as the official beer partner of Inter Miami, securing signage, intellectual property rights and retail activations.
An official release said that Heineken’s status as a founding partner of the club will grant the brand ‘the highest levels of visibility’, as well as team access and the opportunity to engage with fans through a range of experiences.
Miami, Fla. (Saturday, August 3, 2019) – Kenneth Russo
Inter Miami begins its first season in Major League Soccer next March, and team officials were present at last Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game in Orlando. Managing Owner Jorge Mas spoke with BBC Sports and other reporters, telling them that the team is “very close” to hiring a manager, and further that it is “someone you’re going to know who has coached before at the highest level and who has played at the highest level.” He said they are looking for a long-term coach.
“We are trying to get someone who can also commit here for a period of time and leave his fingerprints on our team,” Mas said.
Jorge has previously mentioned the fact that the team had been to Europe to talk to candidates. With the above criteria and taking into account managers who are available, a shortlist of candidates would include:
The 42-year-old Argentine played at River Plate, Atlético Madrid, and Inter Milan, and has coached the Argentine national team, Real Madrid youth and briefly Real Madrid CF.
Solari took over the reigns at Real Madrid after Julien Lotepegui was dismissed following a 5-1 thrashing to Barcelona in El Clásico at the Camp Nou last October. He was the victim of two fatal weeks, in which Real said adíos to having a chance to win any of the three competitions in play (Copa del Rey, Champions League and La Liga). His time in charge ended on March 11, 2019 with the arrival of Zizou.
Solari retreated after his dismissal to his house in Ibizato relax and destress. He still is being paid his salary by Real Madrid as his contract with the Merengues runs until 2021. He reportedly also received an offer to work at the club as a coach at their academy (“fútbol base de Valdebebas”) in April 2019 but wanted more time to respond, and ultimately did not take that job.
Both Solari and Julien Lotepegui want to continue to manage at the senior level. In the case of Lotepegui, he has received offers in the past from clubs in the Premier League, and it is thought that his preferred coaching style would be well suited to that competition. Solari was reportedly considered by Real Betis as a replacement for Quique Setién, who managed Betis for the past two seasons.
Massimiliano “Max” Allegri
Allegri, 51, Italian, is a former midfielder who played in the Serie A and most recently led Juventus to five consecutive Scudettos (Serie A league titles, four Coppa Italia titles) and two Champions League finals from 2014-19. His five straight Scudetti is a first for a Serie A manager. Since his first appointment at Aglianese in Italy’s Serie C2 in 2004, Allegri has been on an increasing upwards trajectory which has now placed him as one of Europe’s top coaches. He won the Serie A title in his first year coaching AC Milan in 2010-11 season.
Allegri is ranked number four in the ESPN ranking of the world’s top 100 Coaches. Apart from his very obvious leadership qualities, Allegri’s success is also due to his tactical flexi bility, which makes him probably the most complete coach in the world. Allegri has also proven he can handle big personalities and players, with names likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gennaro Gattuso, Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf, Alexandre Pato, Robinho, Antonio Cassano and more recently Cristiano Ronaldo shining under his leadership.
“Playing well is one thing, winning is another.”
The 56-year-old Scot played at Celtic, then coached at Preston North End, Everton Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham United).
Moyes recently spoke openly about his experience when first beginning at Everton:
He also recently had this to say about Manchester United, where he was hired in 2013 to replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, and later sacked after just 10 months at Old Trafford. He admits he will always be disappointed that he failed to carry on Fergie’s run of success.
Klinsmann, 55, is a former German international and US Men’s National Team coach who resides in Southern California. He too fits the description. He played for VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich, and played on the 1990 World Cup Champion team for Germany. In addition to the United States, Klinsmann has coached Germany, guiding Der Mannschaft to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup. No matter where he has managed, he has left behind a slew of supporters and detractors. As a club manager with Bayern Munich, Klinsmann lasted less than a full season, being fired in April 2009. He was credited with bringing new philosophies and even new-age training ideas to a club steeped in tradition.
Klinsmann seems like an unlikely candidate for the Inter Miami job. He has indicated a willingness to get back into coaching, but only if the right opportunity were to arise. It also appears his interests lie in coaching a national team rather than a club.
“Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, I had four or five inquiries from teams playing there,” Klinsmann told Sport Bild. “But I turned them down because their goal was to survive the group stages.”
“I had this goal with the U.S. (at the 2014 World Cup). It’s not enough for me now. If (I return), I want to lead an association of a certain calibre and with the goal to reach the semifinals at the World Cup. But if such a situation does not come to pass in the foreseeable future, I wouldn’t mind it for family reasons. My daughter Laila still attends school. And when she attends university next year, the situation changes.”
The current manager of the Belgium national team, Roberto Martínez, 46, was linked as a potential successor to Ernesto Valverde at FC Barcelona. The Spanish national is originally from Catalunya. He is under contract with the Belgian federation until June 30, 2020, as is Valverde at Barcelona.
According to a local Barcelona media report, the Blaugrana would prefer a coach who is ‘tougher’ in training, more ‘daring’ with his tactics and substitutions, and plays a more ‘attacking’ style of football. That local media outlet settles on Martinez as an individual who ticks those boxes.
Martínez began his playing career at Balaguer (his hometown in Spain), then played in England and Scotland (Wigan 1995-2001, Motherwell 2001-2002, Walsall 2002-2003, Swansea 2003-2006 et Chester 2006-2007). As a coach he has been in charge of Swansea from 2007-2009, Wigan 2009-2013 and Everton 2013-2016 prior to accepting the position with the Belgian Federation in 2016.
Martinez signed a contract to become the manager of Wigan Athletic in June 2009. Upon his arrival at the Barclays Premier League team, Martinez quickly established himself as one of the best young minds in the ranks of European football managers. He spent four Premier League seasons at Wigan.
Martinez was named the manager at Everton FC in June 2013, taking over the team from David Moyes who replaced legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
His most notable distinction to-date is leading Les Diables Rouges to a third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup. He also guided Wigan to the FA Cup title in 2012-13.
Henry, the 41-year-old former French international, won a World Cup with Les Bleues and is one of the best strikers of all-time, and has played and coached at the top level. Henry played for Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal (leading scorer in club history with 174 goals), Barcelona, and the New York Red Bulls, which gives him MLS experience. He was an assistant coach for Belgium’s World Cup team in 2018 and coached in his first assignment as a manager at Monaco last season, but was let go.
Italian sports daily publication La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that former Italian international midfielder Gennaro Gattuso is one of the leading candidates to become the first manager of Inter Miami CF and has been in serious talks with the club. Gattuso was one of the key players on some great AC Milan squads during the early 2000s, playing alongside such stars as Defenders Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta, midfielder Andrea Pirlo and under the direction of manager Carlo Ancelotti. He was also a teammate of David Beckham in 2009-10.
Gattuso, 41, resigned as coach of AC Milan in late-May after the team finished in fifth place in Serie A, one spot short of qualification for the UEFA Champions League. Talking about his emotional departure from the Rossoneri he told La Repubblica:
“Deciding to leave Milan’s bench is not easy. But it’s a decision I had to make. There was not a precise moment in which I made it, it was the sum of these 18 months as coach of a team that for me will never be like the others. Months that I lived with great passion, unforgettable months. Mine is a painful but thoughtful choice.
“Am I giving up a two-year contract? Yes, because my story with Milan can never be a question of money.”
He went to say that the stress had gotten the best of him. “I’ve barely slept in the past 18 months, mentally I’m in pieces.” He had two years left on his contract at the time of his resignation; he asked that his remaining salary be divided among his assistant coaches.
Gattuso played 468 matches for Milan from 1999-2012 and wore the captain’s armband after Paolo Maldini retired. During his career, he won Champions League titles, Serie A championships, and played in three World Cups with the Italian national team, including as a member of the World Cup Champion side in 2006.
Gattuso was known for his fierce play. He left everything on the field every match, becoming famous for his fighting spirit, heart and determination. There is no doubt that he has first-hand knowledge about what it is like to play for a championship side.
Gattuso previously coached AC Milan’s U19 team, assuming the managerial post for the first team midway through the 2017-18 campaign following a tough start to the season for the Rossoneri. Pundits immediately questioned the decision due to his lack of experience. Gennaro tackled the question at his initial press conference: “It’s ridiculous to me that all we ever talk about is my grit,” he said. “They didn’t just give me my licence, I studied to get it.” Gattuso lit a fire under the Milan players, and whatever he may have lacked in managerial experience, he was able to get more from the players than predecessor Vincenzo Montella and steered Milan to sixth spot, as well as the Coppa Italia final.
As a result of his fine work, the Italian was handed the job permanently at Milan and signed a contract until 2021. Overall with AC Milan, he won 40 games, lost 20 and drew 22. Milan’s fifth-place finish in Serie A last season was its best since 2012-13, but he opted to leave.
According to La Gazzetta, he recently turned down the coaching job at French club Nantes. He was also linked with the Newcastle job in England, but they hired Sheffield Wednesday coach Steve Bruce.
What could we expect from the man nicknamed “il ringhio” (the Italian word for growl) in Miami at the helm of the Rosinegro? At his very first press conference with AC Milan, Gattuso confirmed that he would deploy a back three, four in midfield and some variation of three forwards, a 3-4-1-2 looking likely. He also has deployed on many occasions at Milan a 4-3-3, with an emphasis on possession and a patient build up in the attack. He makes full use of the full backs get high and wide to take the place of the wingers should they go looking for the ball deep or infield, which they often do.
Paul McDonough, Miami’s Sporting Director, said last week that they had serious conversations with two coach candidates and that they won’t hire someone unless it is the perfect fit. He said MLS experience was not mandatory.
“MLS experience is not a hard-fast requirement; but if we brought a coach in who did not have MLS experience, then we’d certainly understand there’s a void there and add MLS experience to his immediate support staff,” McDonough said.
Miami Freedom Park, LLC Submits Draft Agreements to City of Miami, Furthering City of Miami Voter Mandate
Miami Freedom Park, LLC submitted a draft lease agreement on June 4 to the City of Miami for its planned destination, incorporating one of the City’s largest public parks, a world-class stadium for Major League Soccer’s newest team Inter Miami CF and a tech hub, among other components.
Miami Freedom Park also launched a new website in conjunction with the submission of the agreement, where all residents of Miami can view the full draft lease agreement, community benefits agreement and other documents by visiting Miami Freedom Park’s website. The site contains a wealth of information about the project with the goal of completely transparency.
The submission of the draft lease and community benefits agreement is a significant milestone that advances the mandate of City of Miami voters, who approved a November 2018 referendum item by a 60% margin allowing the City to lease its land for the project.
“We look forward to working with the City of Miami to finalize the voter-approved, fair-market-value lease agreement that provides residents with an expansive public park, 11,000 construction jobs, 2,300 permanent jobs and more than $40 million in tax revenue, while using zero City taxpayer dollars,” said Jorge Mas, managing owner of Inter Miami CF. “We invite residents to visit our website to learn more and share their input.”
The terms of the draft lease agreement mirror commitments made by Miami Freedom Park to the community and include the following main points:
A lease agreement with two options exerciseable by the club that can total 99-years with annual rent payments of no less than $3.5 million (based on a third-party fair-market-value appraisal);
The creation of a 58-acre public park to be named ‘Miami Freedom Park’ and 11 soccer fields for use by the public;
Payment of the full cost of environmental remediation of the property to permit public use of the park;
The construction of Inter Miami CF’s home stadium, entertainment and retail space, office tech hub and hotel at no cost to City taxpayers;
Living-wage salary for employees;
A commitment to complete creation of the public park at the same time or prior to completing construction of the stadium.
In conjunction with the lease agreement, Miami Freedom Park has also delivered to the City of Miami a Community Benefits Agreement, honouring its vow to gift $5 million for the City’s Riverwalk/Baywalk project, $20 million for park maintenance and free access to the soccer fields at Miami Freedom Park for City of Miami youth. The owners of Inter Miami CF and Miami Freedom Park have also honoured their commitment to finalise an agreement with the First Tee program, ensuring the organisation will continue to serve children at a new location and be able to grow its impact.
Over the past several months, Miami Freedom Park representatives have gone door to door in the Grapeland Heights community, where the project will be built. The representatives have also held neighborhood meetings giving residents an opportunity to learn about the project and provide feedback.
Miami Freedom Park and Inter Miami CF will bring many opportunities for children in the community to enjoy the sport of soccer at both the recreational and professional levels. Inter Miami CF has collaborated with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to bring free soccer programming to Miami, including soccer clinics, mini-pitch facilities and more opportunities to engage with the Club.
Aside from the community opportunities, Inter Miami CF has built its inaugural youth Academy set to begin play under the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in September for the 2019-20 season. The Club has committed to building an Academy formed solely of South Florida youth players, who have the potential to make it on the professional stage.
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David Beckham’s Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise Inter Miami have announced plans to play their first two seasons at a new stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
The privately-funded, US$60 million project calls for an 18,000-seater venue to be constructed on the current site of the abandoned Lockhart Stadium, which is 32 miles north of Miami.
The team would play there for at least the 2020 and 2021 MLS seasons before using the site to house their training complex, United Soccer League (USL) team and academy, as well as park space for the general public.
“This is an exciting day because I’ve said from day one, and that was a long time ago, that it’s all about the academy and the kids in this great city,” Beckham told the media.
“It’s a visionary idea, it’s the perfect location and it’s one we feel will give kids a chance to live their dreams. This won’t just be for those who play for Inter Miami but also for kids who just want to enjoy this great game and play a safe sport in a safe place.”
Lockhart Stadium was previously home to Miami Fusion, the city’s first MLS team, before the franchise went bust in 2001. It has also housed the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Florida Atlantic University’s football team. However, the venue has not been used at all in recent years, and will be demolished to build the new stadium to be ready to host Inter Miami in 2020.
“We’re going to build a new stadium there,” added Jorge Mas, another owner of the Miami franchise. “It’s not a refurbishment of Lockhart. It will be a new stadium for a USL team and a soccer-centric academy. We’ll be able to host tournaments and other games there.”
Inter Miami hope to eventually move into a stadium on the current site of Melreese Country Club, a city-owned golf club which the franchise’s ownership group is aiming to transform into Miami Freedom Park, which would include the team’s 25,000-seater home.
It has been known for some time that the team’s permanent stadium will not be ready for their inaugural season in 2020. The Florida club had considered Marlins Park, home of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Miami Marlins, and Hard Rock Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) play, among the options for a temporary home, but have now opted for the abandoned Lockhart Stadium.
El nuevo equipo de MLS comunicó que ha contratado como el primer director comercial del equipo a Jurgen Mainka, quien será responsable de supervisar todas las áreas comerciales y de operaciones no deportivas del equipo y del estadio.
Mainka reportará directamente al dueño y Gerente del equipo, Jorge Mas y sus funciones incluyen la administración, mercadotecnia, comunicaciones, patrocinio, producción y distribución de contenido y venta de boletos, entre otros.
“En la junta de dueños del equipo estamos emocionados de trabajar con Jurgen en el desarrollo de la estructura comercial y de operaciones del equipo,” dijo Jorge Mas. “Jurgen trae consigo vasta experiencia en relaciones comerciales y el entusiasmo necesario para poder crear una atmosfera única para nuestros aficionados que también beneficie a nuestra comunidad.”
Jurgen, de origen mexicano, pasó los últimos cinco años en la Concacaf, primero como Director de Mercadeo y Comunicaciones, supervisando los esfuerzos que contribuyeron al crecimiento y promoción del fútbol a nivel regional, y desde el 2016, como su Director Comercial y Secretario General Adjunto.
“Es un honor poder contribuir a este emocionante proyecto en una de las ciudades más vibrantes y cosmopolitas del mundo”, dijo Mainka. “Estoy ansioso por trabajar con Jorge y el grupo propietario en la misión de construir una franquicia global que represente a Miami, a la MLS y a sus aficionados tanto en Estados Unidos como en el extranjero, haciendo que nuestra comunidad se sienta orgullosa”.
En sus funciones dentro del órgano rector del fútbol de la región, Jurgen también contribuyó al éxito comercial de sus principales torneos, incluyendo la histórica Copa América Centenario USA 2016, donde formo parte del Comité Ejecutivo del torneo, así como en la Copa Oro y la Liga de Campeones Concacaf.
El nuevo director comercial habla español, alemán e inglés, reside en Miami y también se desempeñó como Vicepresidente de Comunicaciones de los Red Bulls de la MLS (2011-13), además de colaborar con otros clubes de la MLS como Colorado Rapids (2003-07) y New England Revolution (1999-03).
When the club is eventually up and running, Beckham says it will be modelled on United, where he spent 12 successful years as a player.
“We want the club to be run professionally — everything needs to be run like a club like Manchester United,” Beckham told the Daily Star. “You have to look at it like that.ADVERTISEMENT
“Luckily, I’ve had a little bit of experience in that and I definitely will be a demanding owner. I want the team to be successful and the club to be successful, so I think I have to be demanding.
“I definitely won’t get involved in team decisions, though — the way players are playing and things like that. The hairdryer? Well, I’ve seen it enough times and I know how it works on the positive side of things. We’ll see. But I’m not going to manage or coach. I won’t get involved in any of that. I will just be the owner.”
Beckham, who spent time in MLS with LA Galaxy, said the project is making good progress, while the site of the club’s stadium could even be announced in the next six weeks.
“We’re in a very good position — better than we were a year ago,” he added. “It’s been a long process and I didn’t think it would be as difficult as it has been — but dealing with the political side of things in Miami has been a lot more difficult.
“I have never been an owner of a team before, so you have to deal with these things. But we’ve found a site where we want the stadium and we have to build it before we can come into the league. Our aim is 2018 but trying to build a team is something I’ve dreamed of since being a kid.
“As a 12-year-old, sat around with your mates, you can only dream of owning a club and thinking of who you want to play for your team, the colours you are going to play in and what you are going to call it.
“There have been a few speed bumps along the way but I believe we are closer now than we’ve ever been. So hopefully in the next six weeks we’ll be able to announce the site of the stadium, the stadium plans and then we’ll move on — it’s really exciting.”
Beckham revealed he has still yet to decide on the name of the club, but added that the people of Miami could have the final say.
“We haven’t decided on a name yet,” he said. “We’ve got a couple of names we like, but we are probably going to get the public involved in Miami, because we want it to be their team. The Miami sports fans are very passionate, especially when they’ve got a successful team, so I think we’ll involve them in some way.
“I actually heard Miami Vice the other day — it’s not going to be that. Miami Reds? I also heard Miami United the other day but we’ll see.”