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Shield Partners with Chelsea Football Club.

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SHIELD, South Africa’s selling deodorant brand, has today announced a partnership with Chelsea Football Club. The two champion brands have come together to celebrate and inspire South Africans who are making moves, both on and off the field.

To kick-off the partnership, Shield is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – the chance for one lucky person to spend a day training with Chelsea F.C. coaches at the team’s training ground in Cobham to see what it takes to play like a champion. In addition, one lucky superfan will win a Chelsea F.C. dream trip to watch the first team training and meet the team at the Cobham Training Centre. (See further details below.)

The new partnership will inspire young, aspiring South Africans who understand that achieving success requires hard work, practice, and absolute dedication – both on and off the field. Winning requires that you get up and get moving. Sometimes that means getting up before sunrise, or rolling up your sleeves to finish that job, or even nailing that penalty kick to win the series. It’s those moments when you rely on Shield. With its superior protection, Shield keeps you dry and odour-free, so that every move you make is one you make with confidence.

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“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Chelsea Football Club. Soccer is the most loved sport in South Africa and is a key passion point for our consumers,” said Gareth Marshall, Senior Brand Manager of Shield South Africa. “Confidence to perform in the moments that matter can often be the difference between winning and losing. With Shield, anyone can have the confidence to take on the day, no matter what their movements are. When you move with purpose, you get things done.”

Soccer is the most loved sport in South Africa and is a key passion point for our consumers

Chelsea F.C. is considered one of the most successful soccer clubs in the world, representing athletes at the top of their game. Players like Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas are the embodiment of hard work, commitment, and absolute dedication. The team is the perfect partner for Shield to launch this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find SA’s best aspiring soccer star and give them a chance to train like a champion.

“This partnership with Shield will provide an amazing opportunity for aspiring footballers in South Africa,” said Ian Woodroffe, international development manager of the Chelsea Foundation. “We know the country holds many players with a huge passion for football and this competition gives them the chance to demonstrate their passion and ability. The Chelsea Foundation works hard to improve the lives of young people all over the world and we look forward to extending our work in South Africa.”

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The nationwide competition, launched today, is open to all South Africans. To enter, just purchase any Shield product and send your barcode for a chance to win.

Aspiring soccer players from across South Africa can win a chance to participate in nationwide trials conducted by Chelsea coaching staff to compete for the ultimate prize – a chance to train at the Chelsea Football Club for a day. There will be five heats taking place in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Durban. The knock-out rounds will be aired across South Africa on SABC’s Soccer Zone.

For those who prefer to enjoy the game from the stands, there is an opportunity for the ultimate Chelsea fan to win a Chelsea F.C. dream trip, including the opportunity to watch Chelsea play live and meet the team at Stamford Bridge Stadium.

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #MoveWithShield on Shield’s Twitter @Shield_ZA (twitter.com/Shield_ZA), Instagram @ShieldZA (instagram.com/shieldza), and Facebook ShieldZA (facebook.com/ShieldZA) accounts for more information and to follow the excitement.

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FIFA President, Infantino tests positive for COVID-19

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FIFA Chief, Gianni Infantino has contracted coronavirus popularly known as COVID-19,  the world’s football governing body announced on Tuesday.

According to the information scooped from AFP, the 50-year-old has mild symptoms and will remain in isolation for a further 10 days.

“All people who came into contact with the FIFA President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps,” the body said.

“FIFA sincerely wishes President Infantino a speedy recovery,” it added.

Infantino’s last public appearances was at FIFA’s Compliance Summit which ended on October 16 when all attendees were present via video.

Cases, hospitalisations and deaths from Covid-19 in the body’s base, Switzerland, have doubled from one week to the next throughout October.

The country’s government is expected to decide Wednesday on new measures to control the spread of the virus.

The spread of the illness has cast doubt over Wednesday’s potential meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the Champions League after the Juventus attacker tested positive for the illness earlier this month.

 

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Barcelona: Real reason for Messi’s u-turn

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Lionel Messi said on Friday he will stay at Barcelona, insisting he could never go to court against “the club of his life”.But he launched a stinging attack on Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, accusing him of going back on an agreement to let him leave for free at the end of last season.

“The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he didn’t end up keeping his word,” Messi said in an interview with Goal, released on Friday.

“I thought and we were sure that I was free. The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not and now they hold on to the fact that I did not say it before June 10 when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for the league in the middle of this shitty virus and this disease that altered all the dates.”

Messi, 33, added: “And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club… because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the 700-million-euro release clause.

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“This is impossible, and then the other way was to go to trial. I would never go to court against Barca because it is the club that I love, that gave me everything since I arrived, it is the club of my life, I have made my life here.”

Messi had said he wanted to leave the club he joined as a boy after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals in August.

His lawyers sent a burofax stating his intention to go for free on August 25 but Messi says he had made his feelings clear to Bartomeu many times before.

“I told the club, especially the president, that I wanted to go,” said Messi. “I’ve been telling him all year. I believed it was time to step aside.

‘Everything became difficult’

“I believed that the club needed more young people, new people and I thought my time in Barcelona was over, feeling very sorry because I always said that I wanted to finish my career here.

“It was a very difficult year, I suffered a lot in training, in games and in the dressing room. Everything became very difficult for me and there came a time when I considered looking for new goals, new horizons.

“It wasn’t because of the Champions League result against Bayern, I had been thinking about it for a long time. I told the president and the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not end up keeping his word.”

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Despite his unhappiness, Messi insists he will give his all for Barcelona next season under their new coach Ronald Koeman, with his current contract due to expire in June next year.

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Messi set to quit Barcelona

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Lionel Messi has informed Barcelona that he wants to “unilaterally” terminate his contract with the Spanish giants, a club source confirmed to AFP on Tuesday.

Lawyers for the Argentina star sent Barca a fax in which they announced Messi’s desire to rescind his contract by triggering a release clause.

However, the club maintains the clause expired in June and he remains under contract until the end of the 2021 season.

“In principial, this clause expired on June 10, but the unusual nature of this season disrupted by the coronavirus opened the way for Messi to ask to be released from his contract now,” wrote Spanish sports daily Marca.

“It’s the first step towards opening negotiations over his departure, on the basis of which his release clause amounts to 700 million euros.”

According to Spanish media, Messi met with new Barca coach Ronald Koeman last week and told the Dutchman he saw himself “more out than in” the club.

“The end of the glorious era of Leo Messi at Barcelona seems to be close. After the arrival of Ronald Koeman, what looks like the exit of his friend Luis Suarez and a difficult and turbulent end to the season, Messi told Barcelona in a fax of his intention to leave the club,” said Once radio station.

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Barcelona suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon earlier this month, resulting in the dismissal of coach Quique Setien after barely six months in charge.

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