Football Gives Back to Charities

April 21st, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Posted under Misc

Sometimes, the most impressive goals aren’t made on the football pitch but in the community. We’re talking about the series of charitable events that football players participate at in order to make the world a much better place. real-madrid-foundationFrom celebrity charity football events to the Real Madrid Foundation and its vision to help the marginalized people around the world, football players show their never-ending love and support to the community by giving back to the less fortunate.

In order to provide better funds to the charities they support, football teams or players often tie up their events with poker tournaments. One time, Florent Malouda, Jon Obi Mikel, Nicolas Anelka, and Salomon Kalou participated in the Idolo Cup Charity Football Event and raised an undisclosed, yet impressive, amount for the charities they were supporting. SportsAid, on the other hand, works closely with Betfair — an online poker provider and the world’s largest Internet betting exchange that covers anything from football events to political campaigns — in order to raise huge amounts for the financially-challenged children who want to become professional athletes some day. Manchester United also donates to charity often and one time they raised about $15,000 when many of their professional footballers participated in the Road to Old Trafford charity poker event.

Football-poker tie-ups work because both are extremely popular in the eyes of the public. Football clubs need no introduction to their fans and any event sponsored or participated by them is an instant click. Nothing would give fans more pleasure than the chance to actually rub elbows and converse with their favorite players. Poker, on the other hand, remains the most popular card game in the world, with big tournaments like the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour happening in many parts of the world every year.

Becoming successful in sports must feel good but being able to give back probably feels great. Successful football players and clubs give back possibly because of the fulfillment they get from helping the world become a better place, one charity event at a time.

Andre To Train with Sabah Futsal Team

April 8th, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Posted under Misc

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Sabah’s forgotten Brazilian import Andre has been re-assigned to be with the Sabah Futsal Team until his contract with Sabah FA ends. This agreement was reached in a face-to-face meeting between Andre, SAFA Executive Secretary and a lawyer representing SAFA.

It was decided that Andre is not to join the training conducted for the Sabah team and he can now train on his own.

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Fans Want Justice for Andre

March 14th, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Posted under Sabah

Fans telling Sabah Football Association that they know what’s brewing inside #justice4Andre

All is not well within the Sabah FA even though the team is leading the Malaysa Premier League after 5 games. It was bungle one after another for the SAFA Committee an also by CEO (and newcomer to the football scene) Datuk TC Goh.

Earlier in the season they didn’t do their homework when they signed an underqualified player based on Football of Malaysia’s regulations and then having their coach leaving the team just weeks before the season started.

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Sabah 2 – 0 Pahang Kuantan FC

March 14th, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Posted under Matches

Zayed scoring his first goal last night (Photo credit Sabah FA)


Eamon Zayed became Sabah’s hero last night when his 2 goals helped Sabah to a 2-0 win over Pahang Kuantan FC in Likas.

With this 3 points, Sabah is now leading the Premier League table after 5 games. The match also saw a small protest over the treatment of the management over the team’s Brazilian import player Andre Esposito. This will be published in another post.

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Sabah 4 – 1 KL SPA FC

March 7th, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Posted under Matches
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Sabah bounced back from two defeats by thumping KL SPA FC 4-1 in Likas. Underfire import striker Eamon Zayed finally broke his duck with his first competitive goal for the team by scoring the 3rd goal.

Even though it was only a few matches into the season, Zayed’s reputation as a feared striker in Iran came before him. Scoring 3 goals during the team’s friendly in China didn’t help at all.

Hopefully with some pressures being lifted up, the goals will come raining and directly help the team to gain promotion to the Superleague.

Sabah’s next game is also in Likas, against Pahang Kuantan FC on March 13th 2015.