Benitez underplays his differences rumors with Ronaldo


Settling down in a new ambience is never an easy job for any new entrant to a big side even though he is joining on the top post especially if we are talking about the side like Real Madrid who has ever been the most aspiring sides not only by players but managers and coaches as well. The 55-year-old Spanish coach Rafa Benitez is one such entrant who must have some aspirations from the Spanish giants that is why he decided to catch the opportunity to coach one of the best European sides. But, like always, his job is not going to be an easy affair as being hinted by some of the Spanish news portals. According to few insiders, he is already having a tension with team starlet Cristiano Ronaldo and reportedly they both are having some kind of ego problem that is not allowing new coach to completely implement his new ideas in the side. While some experts are calling it a natural phase for any newcomer which should pass by in no time, on the other side, many are taking it as first big hurdle for Benitez which he needs to overlook – at least in fans eyes! Accordingly, former Napoli boss has downplayed his difference with Ronaldo rumors and said he is enjoying his stay at Santiago Bernabéu.

Actually, a local newspaper reported yesterday that Ronaldo is upset with new coach for his disallowing one goal during Wednesday’s training session in Melbourne, Australia. Talking about the small spat with team’s best forward Benitez told a news conference: “He is competitive and that is the key. I see it as a virtue, not a defect. My relationship with him is the same as with the other players. I speak a lot with all of them. There are people that say this or that, but I can assure you that it’s not true. My relationship with him is absolutely normal.

“Fortunately after working with him you get to see just how competitive he is, how he likes to win and the quality he has. This is why he is the best in the world. I always try to bring out the best of the players I have. Seeing Cristiano at work, you understand why he has the trophies he has. He is clearly the best in the world. I would like for everyone to have the same will to compete and win that he has. He proves it every day and I’m delighted.”

Sportradar Signs with Russian Football League

Sportradar, one of the leading sports data providers, is proud to announce that it has entered into a multi-year data partnership with the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL).

In terms of the agreement, Sportradar will become the Russian Football Premier League’s Official Sports Data Partner” as of the upcoming 2015/2016 season and will be granted the right to collect, archive and distribute “Official Data” to the media as well as to the betting industry.

The agreement between the parties covers the Russian Football Premier League, which is the highest professional football competition in Russia, as well as the national Super Cup and the Youth Championship. Sportradar will not only collect and distribute sports data but will also provide the Russian Football Premier League with its “dernier cri” content solutions which are available across multiple digital platforms. Sportradar’s Live Sports Centre and its mobile application that is due to launch shortly offers fans comprehensive and in-depth, real-time data visualization.

Sergey Pryadkin, the President of the Russian Football Premier League, revealed that they are aware that data, and especially live data, is becoming more and more important and Sportradar will be a great partner for them as they endeavor to provide their fans with the most entertaining and engaging content, no matter where they are or which device they use.

According to Johannes Ranke, the Managing Director of Sports Data and Licensing at Sportradar, with the FIFA World Cup 2018 only a few years away, the passion of Russian football fans is growing and growing. He added that they are very excited to work together with the Russian Football Premier League and feel confident that they can offer sponsors and fans new ways to understand and follow their favorite teams.

Marathonbet to Sponsor Liverpool Football Club

Famous English football club Liverpool FC has revealed that it has signed a three year sponsorship deal with leading online betting company, Marathonbet which will see the latter company joining the club’s suite of regional betting brands and see the betting company being granted advertising and access rights.

The new deal is one of Marathonbet’s biggest sponsorship deals to date with the popular betting operator vowing to bring more value to Liverpool fans through a combination of exclusive odds and special offers.

Marathonbet will also be gaining access to first team players and club legends of the Liverpool Football Club as well as brand promotion in Liverpool FC’s historic Anfield stadium and via social gaming and digital channels.

Marathonbet has already kicked things off with a UK-specific sign up promotion that sees the betting company offering enhanced odds of 10/1 on Liverpool to finish in the top four in the upcoming 2015/16 Barclays Premier League.

Shaun Simmonds, the Head of Sponsorship at Marathonbet issued a press release wherein he revealed that the three year deal stands as a milestone in the history of Marathonbet. He also said that Liverpool Football Club is one of the most famous sporting organizations in the world and that they are extremely confident that this new partnership will help Marathonbet to become an increasingly recognized brand on a global level.

Billy Hogan, the Chief Commercial Officer of Liverpool FC added that they are delighted to welcome Marathonbet to LFC’s betting family. He added that their odds and special offers will appeal to their fans and they look forward to the 2015/16 season with them on board.

Yahoo Looking to Expand Fantasy Sports App

Internet Giant, Yahoo, announced the launch of a daily fantasy sports service a few days ago which is a re-tooled version of its fantasy-sports mobile app that will see it tapping into a new revenue source in an endeavor to expand its presence in the multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry.

The new mobile app, called Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy, will allow users to participate in fantasy sports and wager real money against their friends and in major online tournaments daily as well as weekly.

Yahoo has always been a leader in fantasy sports that sees users competing throughout the duration of a season for fun without being allowed to win money on its games, until the launch of the new app.

Yahoo has issued a statement saying that they are now taking the game to the next level and giving fans what they have always wanted – an opportunity to compete with their friends and win cash, everyday. The statement also said that with the new launch, Yahoo has become the first major sports site and the only technology company of its scale to offer its own Daily Fantasy experience.

Yahoo’s new daily fantasy league is also available through a standalone iOS app, or via any mobile browser.

Yahoo is a 21 year old Internet pioneer that has not been able to attract users and advertisers at the same rate as Facebook and Google. The new fantasy sports games could, however, help to attract new users to Yahoo.

Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer at Yahoo, revealed that they do not normally announce products before launch but because this has been such an area of interest for their fantasy players and their investors, they wanted to announce that they have a new daily fantasy offering in the works that will launch this summer.

Openbet Confirms Singapore Pools Deal

Leading UK online sports betting technology specialist and software provider OpenBet, has confirmed recent Asian reports that it has entered into a seven year deal in terms of which it will provide sports betting products and services to Singapore Pools.

Singapore Pools initiated an open Expression of Interest (EOI) exercise in February of last year in order to replace its ten-year old sports betting system which offers wagering on football and motor racing as well as lottery games and OpenBet was awarded the deal for a period of seven years.

Jeremy Thompson-Hill, the Chief Executive Officer of OpenBet, revealed that signing with Singapore Pools is a landmark win for OpenBet,

Singapore Pools was launched in 1968 and provides legal lottery and sports betting in a secure and efficient manner in order to combat loss of revenue to unauthorized gambling operators and channels the proceeds to charity and good causes.

On 2nd February, 2015, Singapore’s new Remote Gambling Act (RGA) outlawed most forms of online gambling and blocked hundreds of unauthorized websites. However, local operators who devote a substantial portion of their revenue to social causes could apply for exemption to the RGA and Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club both indicated that they were seeking such exemptions.

Although financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, according to earlier reports the value of the deal is approximately $10m. It is also not yet known when the new OpenBet-powered site will launch as the Ministry of Home Affairs has said that the application by Singapore Pools for an exemption could take up to a year to evaluate.