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La Liga lands landmark rights deal with Facebook for Indian sub-continent on collectionfifatips

The guys take your questions from the Twittersphere regarding which league they fancy, whether Manchester United can win the Premier League and more.
With Thibaut Courtois set to join Real Madrid, the FC crew assess whether he improves their chances of winning La Liga more than Keylor Navas.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman explains why he can’t see his old side catching Barcelona in La Liga after losing Cristiano Ronaldo.

BARCELONA — Spain’s La Liga announced on Tuesday a landmark deal with Facebook which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons free of charge on the social network.

A statement from La Liga said all 380 league matches for the new season, which begins on Friday, would be available to viewers in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

“We are really happy to be on a free to air service in such an important territory as the Indian sub-continent,” Alfredo Bermejo, La Liga’s head of digital strategy, told Reuters ahead of the announcement.

“One of our goals for the last two years has been to offer content to the widest audience possible, so partnering with free platforms like Facebook, which has 270 million users in India, is key to us.”

Facebook and La Liga declined to give the price of the deal which sees the social network giant unseat Sony Pictures Network as the rights holder in the region.

Sony paid a reported $32 million for the right to broadcast La Liga between 2014 and 2018.

Facebook began venturing into sports streaming in 2017 by broadcasting weekly Major League Baseball games and earlier this month agreed a deal with broadcaster Eleven Sports to show one La Liga and one Serie A game per week on its platform.

The deal with La Liga is the latest statement of the growing interest of tech groups in showing sports in order to keep young viewers on their platforms.

Earlier this year, Amazon won rights to show 20 English Premier League matches a season from 2019 in Britain.

Peter Hutton, Facebook’s Director of Global Live Sports, however, described the deal with La Liga as an experiment, saying that while the company has other agreements in the works, he ruled out an immediate land grab of rights deals in sport.

“Were looking at a few other deals that are quite close to completion but this is not about going out and buying a huge amount of content worldwide,” he told Reuters.

“We’re looking at specific rights in specific markets and to try to learn from data from those experiences and work out what the next step is. If you rush into too many deals at once, you can’t do it properly.”

Facebook’s monitoring system will prevent against leakage, ensuring only viewers inside the Indian sub-continent will be able to watch the games on its platform.

The games will initially be shown without any adverts, although Hutton said Facebook is doing trials in advertising on live content in the United States which may be replicated on its La Liga coverage at a later date.

“This is one deal, it’s not something that is a big threat to the broadcast world,” added Hutton, a former CEO of Eurosport who was hired by Facebook in May to oversee its live sports operation.

“We have rights to work with broadcasters and we may bring in partners to make sure the experience is right. What’s clear about this is that 380 games will be available on Facebook, then we’ll keep our options open as to how we spread that content out so people can see it in as many ways as possible.”

The deal with Facebook is the latest and most significant step in La Liga’s expansion strategy in India, which began with the opening of an office in New Delhi in September 2016.

Facebook has 348 million users in the Indian sub-continent, while figures provided by La Liga show a rise of 2.2 million users in the league’s social network platforms in the last year.

“We have grown our presence in India a lot and we have pretty strong numbers in this territory,” added Jose Antonio Cachaza, La Liga’s country manager for India.

“This is the first step for us, we’re excited to see it and we want make it as successful as possible so we can unlock other territories around the world.”

collectionfifatips | FIFA 18 Festival of FUTball Team of the Matchday 1

Posted June 21st at 12:30pm.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is in full swing, which means that the Festival of FUTball party is just getting started. The first series of group stage matches set the world on fire with dramatic upsets, late winners, and quite a few stunning goals. Superstars delivered and underdogs rose to the occasion throughout the week to give us the first Team of the Matchday, part of this year's Festival of FUTball.

From Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational hat trick that sealed a 3-3 draw for Portugal against Spain, to Hirving Lozano and his strike that upset reigning champions Germany, these are the players who made the biggest impact in the opening matches of the 2018 World Cup. Look for their special FUT items in packs for a limited time and enjoy the first of many Festival of FUTball events.

Starting XI

Yann Sommer, GK, Switzerland

José Giménez, Uruguay

Aleksandar Kolarov, LB, Serbia

Jesús Gallardo, LB, Mexico

Hirving Lozano, LW, Mexico

Denis Cheryshev, LM, Russia

Phillippe Coutinho, CM, Brazil

Cristiano Ronaldo, RW, Portugal

Harry Kane, ST, England

Romelu Lukaku, ST, Belgium

Diego Costa, ST, Spain

BENCH

Hannes Þór Halldorsson, GK, Iceland

Andreas Granqvist, CB, Sweden

Aleksandr Golovin, CAM, Russia

Aaron Mooy, CDM, Australia

Alfreð Finnbogoason, ST, Iceland

Yussuf Poulsen, RW, Denmark

Isco, LW, Spain

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collectionfifatips – Behind the Music: Champions League Anthem Remix with Hans Zimmer

Posted June 12th at 4:00pm.

Experience the UEFA Champions League in FIFA 19 like you've never seen—or heard—before.

EA SPORTS brought in Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer (in collaboration with rapper Vince Staples) to create a special remix of the tournament's famous anthem that reflects the grandeur of the Champions League and everything it brings to FIFA 19. The track, officially titled “Champions League,” was itself a “remix” of sorts: English composer Tony Britten adapted it from George Frederick Handel's “Zadok the Priest” when the European Cup was re-branded as the Champions League in 1992.

Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video as Zimmer brings in top musicians from around the world to create the track specifically for FIFA 19.

Thanks to a decades-long career that is still going strong, Zimmer is one of the most well-known and well-regarded composers in the world. After beginning his career in the music industry, Zimmer moved on to film and television scoring in the 1980s. Zimmer became a household name after his work in the 1988 film Rain Man earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Since then, Zimmer has worked on over 100 soundtracks for television, movies, and more, many of which have been nominated for and received awards at the highest level. He won his first and only Academy Award for the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King, as well as two Golden Globe awards, four Grammy awards, and many more. 

Everything about the addition of the UEFA Champions League to FIFA 19 celebrates world-class talent, so when it came time to find someone to adapt the famous anthem for the game, Zimmer was at the top of the list. “This is an anthem that's known by fans across the world, it's the iconic nature of it,” Zimmer said. “When the Champions League games are on, suddenly the world stops. Everything else falls by the wayside, because everybody is into the game. It doesn't matter which team you support, there is something that connects everybody in this theme.” 

Zimmer pulled together “68 of the most amazing musicians that you can ever get” at AIR Studios in London to create this dynamic track, approaching the project with “a little bit of respect,” while also infusing “a bit of recklessness” into the process. He even jokingly called the technique of building this track “Zimmer-izing,” because his distinctive influence can be heard throughout the song. “Working with EA SPORTS is really working with people who understand the responsibility that comes with a project like this,” said Zimmer. “You hope that you're going to go and thrill the fans and give them a new experience.” With something this big, Zimmer said, you have to “be bold, be brave. Go big or, truly, stay home.”

FIFA 19 releases worldwide on September 28, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Pre-order now to get incredible offers, including three days early access with the Ultimate and Champions Editions.

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FIFA 19 Pre-Order Offers – Ultimate, Champions, Standard Editions on collectionfifatips

Posted June 9th at 12:30pm.

The wait is almost over! FIFA 19 releases worldwide on September 28, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Pre-order* now to get incredible offers, including three days early access with the Ultimate and Champions Editions. Plus, give your FIFA Ultimate Team™ squad an early upgrade with special pre-order bonuses and FUT items.

Find out what's included in each version of FIFA 19:

STANDARD EDITION 

  • Up to five Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for five weeks)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo loan item for seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Pre-order for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Also available for Nintendo Switch.

CHAMPIONS

  • Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks)
  • Play from September 25 with three days early access 
  • UEFA Champions League Gold Player Pick (Choose one of five 80 to 83 rated gold players from qualified teams)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan items for seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Pre-order for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

ULTIMATE

  • Up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (two per week for 20 weeks)
  • Play from September 25 with three days early access 
  • UEFA Champions League Gold Player Pick (Choose one of five 80 to 83 rated gold players from qualified teams) 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan players for seven FUT matches
  • Special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Pre-order for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

CHAMPIONS EDITION FOR NINTENDO SWITCH

  • Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks)
  • Play from September 25 with three days early access 
  • UEFA Champions League Gold Player (One 80 to 83 rated gold player from qualified teams) 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan items for seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

* Conditions and restrictions apply. See offer disclaimers for full for details. 


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Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri after Nabil Fekir deal falls through – sources – collectionfifatips.com

Paul Mariner measures if Xherdan Shaqiri would be a good fit in Jurgen Klopp’s system, N’Golo Kante’s future with Chelsea and more.
The FC crew analyse the major curveball thrown by Lyon as they ended negotiations with Liverpool over the transfer of Nabil Fekir.

Liverpool are leading the race for Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Shaqiri, 26, is set to leave Stoke this summer following their relegation from the Premier League and a number of clubs have been weighing up moves for the Switzerland winger.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Shaqiri’s brother and agent met with Liverpool officials last Friday to discuss a possible move to Anfield and that talks are also ongoing with several other clubs — though the player himself is currently away in Russia preparing for the World Cup.

Shaqiri is reported to have a release clause of £13.5 million in his contract and that makes him an attractive proposition at that price, with sources telling ESPN FC that Liverpool made their interest clear last week.

The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan midfielder scored eight goals and provided seven assists for Stoke last season and he has previously indicated he would prefer to stay in England if he does end up leaving Stoke.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen to boost his options in attack next season, as he wants to ease the burden on the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and is now chasing other targets after Lyon indicated on Saturday that captain Nabil Fekir will be staying in France after breaking off transfer negotiations with the Reds.

Peter O’Rourke is ESPN FC’s transfer news correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @SportsPeteO.

Mobile Action RPG Honkai Impact Launching Globally in English on March 28th – collectionfifatips.com

Mobile Action RPG Honkai Impact Launching Globally in English on March 28th - collectionfifatips.com

The free to play anime inspired mobile action RPG Honkai Impact will be launching globally in English on March 28th, 2018. The game has been available for some time in Asia, but this is the first time an official Western version will be playable. The game features instanced dungeons and boss fights with fast paced action combat and sleek anime graphics. Honkai Impact differentiates itself from other mobile games by having no auto play system. Players have to manually input commands and chain attacks together and earn their victories.

Honkai Impact is developed and published by the Chinese mobile game studio Mihoyo Co Ltd. I was actually pretty impressed with the production value of this one. The fact that it’s not just another auto play nonsense mobile game is a huge plus too.

Curious what Honkai Impact is all about? Check out my first look video below (Chinese version):

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Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino as manager after less than a year – collectionfifatips.com

The FC guys answer your tweets on how David Silva stacks up with the best players in the Prem, if Barca can go unbeaten in La Liga and the leading candidates to replace Mauricio Pellegrino.

Southampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino as manager, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

Pellegrino was hired on a three-year deal in June of 2017 after Claude Puel was let go at the club. He had previously been at Alaves.

Saints were beaten 3-0 at Newcastle on Saturday and lie just one place and one point above the relegation zone.

Southampton have won just one of their last 17 league matches — against bottom club West Brom — with this weekend’s defeat proving to be the final straw.


Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the south coast club.

A Southampton statement read: “We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future.

“The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already under way.”

Saints will be hoping to appoint Pellegrino’s successor quickly, with an FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan looming on Sunday.

They then face a crunch clash with relegation rivals West Ham at the London Stadium on March 31.

Former Hull and Watford boss Marco Silva has been installed as the favourite for the vacancy with bookmakers.

Pellegrino, 46, played for Barcelona, Valencia and Liverpool as a player, while his coaching career has included stints in charge of Valencia, Estudiantes and Independiente.

Press Association contributed to this report.

collectionfifatips | Players from Other Sports That We Want to See in FIFA

Usain Bolt FIFA

Usain Bolt FIFA

It’s no secret that Usain Bolt fancies himself as a bit of a footballer. And the fact that he has secured himself a trial at Borussia Dortmund this coming March proves just how right the developers of FIFA 18 were to put him in the game. But it got us thinking; are there players from other sports that we want to see on FIFA? Of course, there are.

Head over to the NBA, and you can take your pick of any major player there. Hand him the goalkeeper jersey, and you’re safe as houses, right? Well, in theory, yes, but remember, there’s a lot more to goalkeeping that height. You also need to be good with your feet, and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers has the skills. He’s played football all his life and was at the Champions League Final last season. And at seven feet, no one is chipping him.

The Rugby Union has some fast players, but there are few that can claim to be faster than Usain Bolt himself. And one of those few is England player Jonny May, who recorded an incredible 10.49 meters per second in a recent speed test over 40 meters. That speed would see him break the world 100-meter record. Six Nations’ odds have England as the favorites for the championship, and with May in the team, you can understand why. This guy is not only as fast as Bolt, but he’s powerfully built and tall. Defenders would bounce off him. If Didier Drogba were as fast as Usain Bolt, his name would be Jonny May.

Back to the States, we go to the NFL. We’re thinking a strong center-half in the mold of Razor Ruddock, but perhaps in slightly better condition. A tight end in the NFL would do the job nicely, and Rob Gronkowski is the best there is. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s mobile. No light-on-his-feet Messi is getting past the Gronk, and he’d eat Neymar for breakfast.

Now you may not know this, but there are quite a few tennis players who are quick on their feet. Nadal and Djokovic are notorious for indulging in soccer tennis at exhibition matches while Federer allegedly had to choose either soccer or tennis as his chosen sport. Apparently, he was that good at both. We’d like to see Nadal on the pitch though; he’s got that fiery temper that would make him a good character who might earn himself the odd red card.

For the pure comedic value of it, we’d love to see just about any WWE wrestler on the pitch. Now wrestling and soccer have crossed paths before. Stuart Tomlinson played between the sticks for Port Vale and Burton Albion before signing up as a pro wrestler. He’s back playing for Altrincham now, so he might not get into FIFA anytime soon. So, who would we want to see? The Rock, John Cena, The Undertaker? Doesn’t really matter who, this would be totally worth it just for a laugh.

So, what about the other sports? Darts, snooker, golf? Who are the stars from other sports that you’d most like to see in FIFA 19? Of all those we mentioned above, we reckon Jonny May would be the most successful, although Nadal just might push him for a place in the matchday squad.

Sergio Aguero appears to clash with Wigan fan on pitch – collectionfifatips.com

After an apparent confrontation between Sergio Aguero and a Wigan fan following Man City’s FA Cup defeat, the FC crew discuss the incident and their concerns about fans storming the pitch.

Sergio Aguero appeared to be involved in an altercation with a fan as crowd disturbances marred Wigan’s shock FA Cup victory over Manchester City on Monday.

TV footage appeared to show the City striker raising his arm to push a supporter away after being confronted during a celebratory pitch invasion at the DW Stadium that turned ugly.

A number of jubilant Wigan supporters also celebrated in front of the City fans, sparking further disorder after Latics’ 1-0 win.

Advertising hoardings were ripped out and thrown on to the pitch along with other objects.

City have not commented, but Press Association Sport reported the club deem the events unacceptable and will be speaking to Wigan about them in the coming days.

Wigan’s only comment on the matter came from manager Paul Cook, who said of the pitch invasion: “It’s not correct, but I haven’t seen these incidents so I’d rather not give an opinion, but players’ safety is paramount for everyone.”

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero and a fan appeared to have it out on the pitch.

Wigan did not wish to comment further. City manager Pep Guardiola did not see the trouble, having already headed for the dressing room.

Guardiola said: “I was in the locker room, I didn’t see it. It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens. The fans respect the players and the players the fans and go inside.”

The pitch invasion began after the final whistle was blown and was initially celebratory in nature, but supporters ignored loudspeaker requests to leave the field. Players had difficulties leaving the field and other problems then developed at the City fans’ end.

The Football Association did not immediately reply for comment.

The game itself was a fiery affair, with Guardiola and Cook involved in a furious touchline row that carried on in the tunnel at half-time. The flash point had been the sending-off of City’s Fabian Delph just before the interval following a challenge on Max Power.

City dominated possession and scoring chances, but Wigan eventually went on to win with a 79th-minute goal from Will Grigg.

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