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Champions League Preview: Wednesday 19th February


Atalanta vs Valencia

Atalanta host Valencia this evening in what looks set to be a very interesting draw. It is a match which both teams are likely to be happy with as they have avoided the competition’s bigger names, meaning they find themselves in a good position for qualifying for the next round which will provide the opportunity to test themselves against Europe’s elite.

Atalanta and Valencia are very evenly matched, though it could be argued the Spanish team is slightly higher in terms of quality with players such as Dani Parejo, Cheryshev, Guedes and Gameiro.

As with all knockout ties, the first leg will be very important for both teams, with Valencia hoping to score an all-important an away goal to give them some breathing space ahead of the return leg at the Mestalla.

Atalanta arrive at the match in good form, having not lost in the last five games; whilst Valencia have lost two and drawn one of their last three domestic matches. With a huge chance for both teams to progress to the quarter-finals, it’s a much which may encourage substance before style but one which is set to be an interesting contest.


Tottenham Hotspur vs RB Leipzig

Tonight’s match-up between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig is the first ever meeting between the two teams. The game comes at a time when Spurs have been playing some good football under Jose Mourinho, with a string of seven games without defeat, including two draws and five wins.

A recent 2-0 win over English giants Manchester City will give the north Londoners an important boost of morale and confidence going into the Champions League.

Mourinho’s squad will not be able to count on Moussa Sissoko or Harry Kane for the tie, with both players ruled out through injury.

The weekend’s Premier League action saw Spurs’ South Korean striker, Heung-Min Son, suffer an injury which means he will be out of the match and perhaps the rest of the season as he undergoes surgery after fracturing his arm against Aston Villa.

With only one win in their last five matches, RB Leipzig’s form going into the match is not as they would have liked and with no wins in their last four away matches in the league and cup competitions a win tonight would be seen as somewhat of an upset. Despite their poor recent form RB Leipzig is still in the hunt for the Bundesliga title alongside Bayern Munich.

Timo Werner´s form this season cannot be forgotten about, with 20 goals and six assists in the Bundesliga, as well as three goals in the Champions League.

With so much at stake at this point in the season the match is set to be full of pace and hopefully goals at a packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London.

Premier League Team of the Decade

If you’ve been keeping a keen eye over on our Trans World Soccer social media channels, you’ll notice we’ve been selecting our Premier League ‘Team of the Decade’ recently.

If you’ve not seen it, take a look at our team in full below – we’ve gone for an attack-minded 4-3-3.

Petr Cech (Chelsea & Arsenal)

The former Chelsea & Arsenal goalkeeper holds a number of records, including the most clean sheets in Premier League history. A Champions League winner with Chelsea in 2012, Cech tops the tree when it comes to goalkeepers this decade!


Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City & West Ham)

The Argentinian joined Manchester City on the eve of their financial revolution and his exceptional performances have helped City to many domestic trophies in the last ten years. At 34 years old he is still hanging in there…


John Terry (Chelsea)

Known for his world class reading of the game and rock solid performances in defence, Terry was a mainstay at the heart of the Chelsea defence in many trophy filled seasons, making him one of the league’s all time greats.


Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

The towering Belgian is one of the best defenders in the Premier League era and one of City’s greatest ever. The captain led his team to their first league title since 1968, winning three more before leaving in 2019.


Patrice Evra (Manchester United & West Ham)

Rounding off the back four is Patrice Evra. A fantastic servant to Manchester United during a very successful period for the club, the left back had quality in abundance in both attack and defence – making him one of the finest defenders to play this decade.


N’Golo Kante (Leicester City & Chelsea)

First up in our midfield three is N’Golo Kante. Renowned for his tireless work in central midfield, Kante was a major contributor to Leicester City’s miraculous title win in 2016, earning himself a move to Chelsea where he is the heartbeat of their team!


Frank Lampard (Chelsea & Manchester City)

Lampard was one of the finest footballers of his generation known for his late surging runs into the box. Lampard captained Chelsea to the Champions League in 2012 and had a major influence in multiple domestic successes.


David Silva (Manchester City)

Completing our three-man midfield is Manchester City’s Spanish magician, David Silva. Central to everything good that City have achieved in the last ten years, Silva’s ability on the ball means he glides around the pitch creating chances and scoring goals!


Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Outstanding with both feet, Eden Hazard’s ability has gathered praise from all over the football world. A key man for Chelsea for many years, his move to Madrid has left big shoes to fill!


Wayne Rooney (Manchester United & Everton)

Playing for Manchester United and Everton during the 2010s, scoring over 100 Premier League goals, Rooney is a natural goalscorer who has been vital to his former clubs with some memorable strikes along the way!


Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

What else needs to be said other than AGUEROOOOO? Scorer of the decade’s most memorable Premier League goal when Manchester City lifted the title in 2012, the Argentinian striker has netted 173 times in the league since his arrival in England in 2011!

Kits of the Decade

With the decade nearing its end, we take a look at some of the best football kits from 2010 to 2019. Take a look at the five kits which made our cut…

FC Barcelona Home Kit 2010/11

One of the most recognisable kits from the past decade, Pep Guardiola’s men sported the classic blue and maroon stripes on their way to lifting both the La Liga and Champions League titles, with many branding the class of 2010/11 the greatest football side ever.


AS Roma Away Kit 2019/20

AS Roma’s away top for the 2019/20 season is the latest of a string of impressive kit designs for the Italian giants. Suppliers Nike are said to have taken inspiration from Jupiter, the Roman God of the Sky to produce the stylish clean white design with contrasting red lightning bolt.


Bayern Munich Home Kit 2014/15

For the 2014/15 campaign, Bayern Munich reverted from their classic all red kit with a retro throwback design. The red and blue stripes – reminiscent of famous kits worn during the 90’s, combined with the white edged finish ensured a sharp finish for the German champions.


Manchester United Home Kit 2012/13

The 2012/13 season saw footballing great Sir Alex Ferguson bow out after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford after securing the clubs record 20th League title. That year, sponsors Nike put a unique twist to the classic red devils look with a two-tone red chequered design – a kit as memorable as the season that unravelled.


Nigeria World Cup 2018

The Nigeria World Cup kit for the 2018 tournament in Russia broke the record for pre-ordered jerseys with three million people queuing to grab a piece of it, long before the first ball was kicked at the Mundial. With its unique retro features including a lime green and white zigzag pattern, the Super Eagles kit was the most talked about outfit at the global event.

Twedex Unveiled as Global Travel Partners for The World School Games Event Series

Trans World Educational Experiences (Twedex) was today unveiled as Global Travel Partner of The World Schools Games Event Series in 2019.

The World School Games Event Series will see schools from across the globe compete in a range of sports competitions at various age categories, in a quest to unearth the World Champions of school sport. With the flagship World School Games event, staged annually in Dubai, set for expansion in 2019 to 48 schools competing at separate U11 and U13 events in athletics, swimming and football, the introduction of the Event Series aims to broaden the scope of competitive school sport on the world stage.

The world’s number one University for sport, Loughborough (UK), was last week announced as the host venue for the inaugural World Schools Netball Cup in June. The World Schools Football Cup will be staged in Barcelona (Spain) in October, as well as The World Schools Rugby Cup and The World Schools Cricket Cup in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

Scott Macfarlane, of Twedex, is privileged to be involved in the expansion of one of the most exciting youth sports competitions in the world.

“The World School Games Event Series provides a unique stage for the world’s best school athletes to compete with and against each other, in a fun and competitive series of events, at truly world class facilities. At Twedex we are always looking for innovative ways to give young people the best sports travel opportunities possible. It’s the perfect fit.”

“We’re very proud to work in collaboration with The World School Games and will use our organisation’s skillset to enhance the travel and logistics experience of the travelling teams for each event in 2019.”

Adam Kerr, of The World School Games, is delighted to team up with Twedex ahead of a hugely exciting year for both organisations.

“To have secured the services of Twedex as Global Travel Partners is a terrific coup for The World School Games. Over 5,000 athletes from more than 40 countries will take part in a World School Games event in 2019. The travel and logistics at global events require a huge amount of expertise and planning, and our expansion in 2019 will mean we have more athletes than ever travelling across the world to take part in our events.”

For more information on the newly launched World School Games Event Series visit www.wsgevents.com | www.theworldschoolgames.com

Trans World and Fife Schools FA Join Forces

Trans World Educational Experiences have joined forces with Fife Schools Football Association this week in a partnership which will see the association and its members benefit in a number of ways.

The innovative new partnership sees a percentage of every Trans World school trip fee given back to the Fife Schools FA Development Fund, ensuring meaningful long-term support for the schools game in Fife.

The deal also sees members of the Fife Schools FA benefit from exclusive offers and opportunities through Trans World including kit sponsorship.

Trans World Educational Experiences creates sports journeys that excite, empower and inspire young minds. Our tailor-made sports-education experiences provide a global-perspective, complement and enrich the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development.

Each Trans World trip combines professional training, challenge matches and live sport with educational elements such as team building and media education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organised in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance.

To date, Trans World has successfully delivered more than 2500 trips for 600 schools across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, giving over 70,000 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime.

Kirkcaldy HS pose in their new kits, supplied by Trans World.

Scott Macfarlane, co-founder of Trans World said: “We are pleased to be joining forces with the Fife Schools FA. We have worked in collaboration with a number of their members over the years and we are delighted to reinforce the strong relationship we have with school across Fife.”

“The Fife Schools FA does a fantastic job year in, year out on a voluntary basis, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with this great organisation and their partner schools to give something back to the game.”

Blair Hopcroft, treasurer of the Fife Schools FA said: “Fife Schools Football Association are absolutely delighted to have the support of Trans World. A number of schools in the region have been on trips with Trans World and have always had a first class experience.”

“The Fife Schools FA is all about giving young footballers opportunities to play the game and enjoy the experience and we feel that Trans World do exactly that; it really is a perfect partnership,” he added.

For more information about Fife Schools FA, visit their newly redeveloped website here.

DASSA Set to Excite and Inspire Young Minds

Trans World Educational Experiences (TWEDEX), the UAE’s only independent provider of tailor-made sports education journeys, has announced a new partnership with Dubai Affiliated School Sports Association (DASSA) to bring memorable journeys to schools across Dubai.

As part of the agreement, TWEDEX will become the official sports education partner for more than 100 of DASSA’s member schools.

This will see more than 200,000 children across the Emirate given the opportunity to participate in journeys that combine professional training and live sport, with educational elements such as team building and sports education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organized in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance.

As part of the deal, TWEDEX will also contribute a minimum donation of AED 10,000 per annum to DASSA’s development fund, and a percentage of every student’s tour fee thereafter.

DASSA’s Andy Jones and Trans World’s Scott Macfarlane.

“Sports education journeys play a key role in helping develop important qualities in children and young people such as leadership, sharing, team spirit and tolerance,” said Scott Macfarlane, Director at Trans World Educational Experiences.

“To date, we have delivered more than 225 trips for 90 schools across the Middle East, giving over 6500 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime. Our journeys excite and inspire young minds, provide students with a global perspective, complement the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development. We look forward to working closely with DASSA to deliver our unique journeys to new school partners across Dubai.”

DASSA, established in 2005, is made up of over 100 primary and secondary schools. The organization manages fixtures and arranges sports competitions throughout the school year.

“At DASSA, we are committed to quality sports education in Dubai, and work with like-minded organizations to promote the importance of good and sound sporting practices,” said Andy Jones, Chairman, DASSA. “We are therefore very pleased to welcome TWEDEX as our partner for the next three academic years, and look forward to delivering journeys that develop, inspire and educate Dubai’s young minds.”

The announcement comes at a time when physical education is high on the national agenda.

Earlier this year, the UAE Ministry of Education, announced a reform to the Physical and Health Education Curriculum across all government schools. The objective of the new Physical and Health Education curriculum – implemented across all government schools from January 2017 – is to meet the individual needs of each student and to empower the younger generation to take ownership of their physical education, health and wellbeing.

The reform ensures the adoption of a modern and comprehensive curriculum, which fosters the student’s personality and exposes them to the most up-to-date educational practices that promote determination, give them peace of mind and diversify their skills.

 

Trans World Join Team Leicestershire!

Trans World are delighted to announce an exciting partnership with Team Leicestershire for 2017/18. Team Leicestershire organise competitive school sports across a number of sports including football, hockey, netball and basketball.

Trans World Educational Experiences creates sports journeys that excite, empower and inspire young minds.
Our tailor-made sports-education experiences provide a global-perspective, complement and enrich the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development.

Each Trans World trip combines professional training, challenge matches and live sport with educational elements such as team building and sports education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organised in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance. 

To date, Trans World has successfully delivered more than 2500 trips for 600 schools across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, giving over 70,000 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime.

The exciting new partnership sees a percentage of every Trans World school trip fee given back to the Team Leicestershire Development Fund, ensuring meaningful long-term support for the schools game in Leicestershire and the surrounding area.

Scott Macfarlane, co-founder of Trans World said: “At Trans World we understand that school sport is a vital component to the continued development of young athletes. Team Leicestershire has done a fantastic job for the last three years and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with this great organisation and their partner schools to give something back to school sports.”

To find out more about Team Leicestershire, visit their website here.

Adiós to the Vicente Calderón

When Atlético Madrid walk out to face Malaga at their new Wanda Metropolitano home on Saturday evening they will be doing more than simply playing their first game at a new stadium.

Atléti will be leaving behind the bare concrete walls, the roofless stands and the backless seats of the Vicente Calderón in favour of a new, modern-day multi-purpose football arena 14 kilometres away in the west of the city.

The Calderón was practical. It did the job it was built for – and did it well – but it did little else. Even the hospitality suites attached to the very back of the top tiers on three sides of the stadium look like an afterthought.

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The practicality of the stadium even extends beneath the main stand, where the M-30 dual carriageway runs unapologetically on the banks of the Manzanares river. It is as iconic as it is amazing – an impressive piece of construction which is set to be confined to history on Saturday evening.

Opinion on the move was split from the very beginning among Atlético fans, with some believing a move away from the aging Calderon was necessary if the club was to progress with the times while others were against the idea of moving away from a home which has served the club well over five decades.

The Calderon was in many ways symptomatic of Atléti as a club. There were no frills, no fancy facades and no pretences – it was a place where people went to watch their team play football and then carried on with the rest of their day.

Turn to the Wanda Metropolitano and you can bet the guides will know exactly how many seats are in every section of the stadium – a difference in mindset stemming from a difference in surroundings.

The stadium’s museum wasn’t show-offish despite the healthy trophy cabinet contained within it. It was as practical as the Calderon itself, artefacts and exhibits laid out in an easy to follow route, with medals and trophies modestly intermingled.

The main space within the museum was a simple 10-by-20-metre square with glass cabinets on all four walls, historic moments remembered by small images or objects – compare that to the interactive, full-in-the-face experience of the Santiago Bernabéu museum and you soon understand the differences in mentality of both clubs.

The brand-new, shiny white Metropolitano is a nod in the direction of Real’s way of thinking – although that is not to say it is in any way an attempt to replicate it.

The new stadium is proof that the decision makers at Atlético understand the need to move with the times. It is true that staying at the Calderon as it existed during its last season was not a viable option for a club which continually competes in the latter stages of the Champions League – crumbling staircases and rusting iron fences are hardly befitting on Europe’s biggest stage.

There is no doubt that Saturday evening will be a joyous occasion for the club, but it is hard to believe that there won’t be a tint of sadness that their first game at the Wanda Metropolitano marks the end of the club’s time at the brilliantly unique Vicente Caldéron.

 

 

Partner Charity Donation – Together in Sport, Rwanda

This month we made a second donation of the year to official charity partner Together in Sport Rwanda (TISR). The sum of £3005.00 was presented to TISR, following our £1500.00 donation earlier in January.

Michael Pentland, Sales and Marketing Officer at Trans World UK comments: “Together in Sport Rwanda is an amazing charity partner that uses the power of sport to foster health, well-being and community cohesion in rural Rwanda.

“We donate a percentage of every student’s fee to support the charity’s food programme at the Hope and Faith Academy in Bugasera. The partnership with Together in Sport plays an important part of our company strategy. The students that travel on our development tours now contribute to helping others in need whilst learning valuable life skills in a sporting context.”

The money recently donated was raised from all Trans World school trips running between February and May this year, with a percentage of the cost of each trip being donated to TISR.

The goal from the partnership in its first year is to provide one hot meal to every one of the 500 students at Hope and Faith Academy, every school day by the end of 2017, which will provide the energy needed to take part in the newly implemented school sports programme.

Kari Spence, founder of Together in Sport Rwanda added: “The continued support from Trans World is fantastic for all the children and their families at the Faith and Hope Academy, its continued support really does go a long way to improving people’s lives.”

Members of the Trans World Educational Experiences team presented Kari from Together in Sport with the donation last week. Michael continues: “We must say a huge thank you to every school, teacher, student and parent that has helped make this donation possible. We really value everybody’s support and loyalty and want to share the difference they are making to other people simply by travelling on a school trip”.

To find out more about Together in Sport Rwanda, visit http://www.togetherinsportrwanda.org/

The donation was made with thanks to:

Wellington International School          Muscat International School

NES Kuwait                                        Dubai British School

Dingwall Academy                              Repton School

Mintlaw Academy                               Jeddah Knowledge School

Eastwood High School                       Queen Anne High School

St Christopher’s School                      Kirkcaldy High School

Newton British Academy                    British School Kuwait

TEA Kuwait                                         James Gillespie’s High School

Bearsden Academy                            Nord Anglia International School Al Khor

Tynecastle High School                      Oldmachar Academy

Broughton High School