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Fresh from being announced Europe’s best player after a magnificent display of 53 goals scored last season, Lionel Messi will dazzle once again as the race begins for European places in La Liga.
The 24-year-old was crowned Uefa Best Player in Europe, securing a total of 39 votes out of a possible 53 from sports journalists.
Messi also came out on top as the number one scorer in the Champions League for the third successive season.
Second came Spain’s Xavi Hernandez, also from Barcelona, with 11 votes and third placed was his Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo.
All players will star in La Liga FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - a clash of the titans and the world’s biggest grudge match. The rivalry is unmatched and the atmosphere unbeatable.
Let us treat you like a Galáctico and provide a day to remember. Who will be smiling after 90 minutes of the finest football Europe has to offer … Ronaldo or Messi, Ramos or Puyol? One thing is for certain: the Camp Nou will be buzzing with excitement.
Join us for world-class hospitality and football action on 22 April 2012 in Barcelona! Book your La Liga experince NOW!
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THG is proud to have wrapped up its August charity drive to support Share Your Soles. Share your soles is an organization dedicated to providing shoes to those in the third world. Our regional efforts entailed facilitating a shoe drive at our North American Headquarters at Chicago’s NBC Tower. All together we collected over 200 pairs of shoes.
Since 1999 Share Your Soles has delivered tens of thousands of pairs of shoes to desperately impoverished people throughout the world. Share Your Soles began when founder Mona Purdy traveled through Central America, and saw children painting tar on the soles of their bare feet, due to lack of shoes, in order to prevent disease. Share your soles is a nongovernmental organization with no ties to other aid organizations, they are truly only in existence to make life a little easier for those that they serve.
“Share Your Soles is a worthy organization I have watched grow over the last several years. It has strong backing from companies ranging from American Airlines to FedEx, with a select group of board members including our Secretary of State Jesse White. With the contribution power of close to 200 employees in our Chicago office, there was no question we would want to support an Illinois based charity with a global reach .” said Jon Stromberg, CEO of THG Sports North America.
For more information and to find out how you can help visit their website: www.shareyoursoles.org
Outside of experiencing the Open Championship, it is always nice to wake up early on Sunday morning to watch the end of the worlds oldest major. Who could ask for a more exciting finish.Phil Mickelson being in the hunt only added to my enjoyment. Three Birdies and an Eagle on the front nine, I was starting to have hope for the All American family man to bring it home.
Alas, the dreaded short game, it is my nemesis too.Hats off to Darren Clarke the “oldest” man at the ripe age of 42 to win the Open since the 1960’s. He has overcome much to stand and kiss the silver trophy, most significantly the death of his wife Heather from breast cancer. I am certain Phil would trade every trophy and green jacket to ensure his wife’s continued health. So I will raise a Guinness to you Darren Clarke congratulations and thanks for making us “old” guys look good.
One of the year’s biggest sporting events was played out in front of 85,000 spectators and millions more watching around the epic clash when Barcelona met Manchester United in May in the UEFA Champions League 2011 Final.
Billed ‘the match of the decade’ the epic clash between Europe’s super teams at Wembley Stadium ended in a 3-1 win to Barcelona.
The Spanish side claimed its Fourth Champions League title denying Manchester United the honours in this illustrious occasion.
Former Dutch footballers Frank de Boer and his twin brother Ronald were guest speakers at the THG Champions League 2011 Celebrations held at the Gloucester Hotel in London. They gave their insight into which players in football today really capture the magic of the game and why Barcelona deserved to be crowned Champions League winners. Earning 112 caps for Holland, Frank de Boer had predicted that Barcelona would take the title against Manchester United with a score of 2-1.
“Of course I have a Barcelona background but one of my best friend’s is on the opposing team, Edwin van der Sar, and this is his last game so I hope he wins the cup. For me the best team has to win but if I had the choice I would pick Manchester United,” he professed.When it comes to who is the best team in the world today for Frank, Barcelona are the deserved proprietors to that title, he said. However, manager Alex Ferguson is a one-off great, he added.
“They have played for such a long time the kind of football that everyone loves. Ferguson deserves the credit from that as he is standing there for such a long time and I think he is one of the best coaches in the world. Pep Guardiola is still young but he is also a good coach. He hasn’t had the experience of Ferguson so I feel he is the best coach.”
Ronald, who won 67 caps for the Dutch national team and played with Barcelona from 1998 to 2000 said the occasion represented two great teams coming together and also praised Ferguson’s successful tenure as both a great manager and a respected individual.“It’s not just one year they have been playing well. For the last four or five years they have played incredible football. Even if you are not a Barcelona fan you have to love the way they play. If you look at what Guardiola has won in such a short space of time, I think Ferguson took almost 20 years for that. But you have to respect a person like Ferguson who is such a long time at a club and still has so much respect. For me that says a lot about the person. He deserves the credit.”
The skill that striker Wayne Rooney and Pedro Hernandez are capable of producing make them the stand out players who are always going to form a key part of the team.
Rooney, when on top form, will always be decisive for Man United, said Frank. According to Ronald: “I like the way the boy Hernandez plays. He is such a young lad so this hides a bit of danger because this is his first final. Can he cope with the pressure? We have to see that. All the Barcelona players have done it and seen it and lifted the trophy so it’s exciting to see if he can handle the pressure. He is a great player and I like the way he moves around the 18-yard box and find his way to the goal.” Ronald concluded that Wembley is an inspirational venue that will certainly capture the exciting atmosphere such an event produces.
“We played there with Holland against England although the result was very bad for us – we lost 4-1. But the stadium is amazing and even now it has improved a lot as the stands are very close to the pitch so it’s very good for football. With 85,000 people the atmosphere won’t be great, it will be spectacular.”
Frank and Roland de Boer were guest speakers at the THG Champions League 2011 Celebration at the Lancaster Hotel in London.
Argentinean footballing legend and former Tottenham Hotspur manager Ossie Ardiles is a guest speaker at thg’s Corporate Hospitality event at the UEFA Europa League Final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on 18 May.
Here he talks about the rise of Portuguese football and as the Premier League campaign draws to a close he gives his thoughts on this season’s highlights.
In May 2010 CEO Jon Stromberg announced that THG would be expanding their presence in the South American market. Over the last 12 months this has transpired through the advancement of the bi-lingual team located in the Chicago Americas headquarters. Today, we are pleased to announce the next stage of this regions growth, with plans to appoint two Country Manager positions in both Brazil and Argentina to spearhead this South American expansion.
“The need for growth in this region is vital for any modern business , especially considering the fact that South American countries are posting faster rates of economic growth than their Asian or eastern European counterparts” said Claudio Cortes head of thg Marketing for the Americas. This positive economic news, paired with the announcement of The Summer Games and World Soccer Championship in Brazil, along with The Copa Americas in Argentina, made this South American expansion the logical next step for THG.
Our newly appointed Country Managers will be a dynamic group of highly educated and experienced bi-lingual individuals, with experience working closely with executive levels contacts. The Managers will act as ambassadors of the THG brand in South America, focusing on client growth within their prospective regions.
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As 2011 kicks into high gear a new positive outlook is spreading like wildfire in the business world. This new outlook is spurring economic growth and vitality within the battered American financial landscape. A recent study byChief Executive Magazine takes a look at what might be causing this rash of positivity and simply put: CEO confidence is up. This upward tick in positivity is trickling down from the highest seats and spreading all across the board. This positive outlook is most apparent in recent automobile sales figures, which are generally used as a consumer confidence index, and car sales are up. It appears that The American Economy is past the dark days of 2008. APricewaterhouseCoopers study from the end of 2010 outlined a trend in CEO confidence for future growth. PwC noted that of 1,201 CEOs interviewed, a staggering 48% were very confident of growth within the next 12 months and 88% had some level of confidence for prospective growth within the next year. Furthermore, 94% were confident of growth within the next three years. Given that a majority of our clients are C-suite executives, THG is experiencing first hand this new overall positive sentiment, as our figures for first time clients have dramatically increased.
This exciting news from all over corporate America can make it easy to simply rest on our laurels, but nothing is without challenges.DailyFinance.comoutlined the top ten challenges for CEOs in 2011 and among them were: eking out growth in an uncertain economy, reducing employee flight, acknowledgement of client’s status as the actual boss, competing in a global economy, reputation management, and staying ahead of the competition.The need for growth and relationship development in a ever changing economy was seen within the 2010 Global CEO Study. For every challenge there is always a solution and it may be as simple as finding new ways to connect with clients. THG has been providing solutions for these exact challenges since 1983. For the past 29 years we have been a global leader in client and employee retention services, brand building, global relationship advancement, and competitive edge building.
“Our global status as a top provider of corporate hospitality has allowed us to observe how THG services have benefited the growth of most Fortune 1000 companies. Few occasions demonstrate the appreciation to clients and key staff as experiencing history unfold around a major sporting event,” says THG CEO Jon Stromberg. This innovative outlook for the American economy has given CEO’s the chance to start on a clean page and build new client relationships for themselves. This being said, where will you stand? Are you going to stick with the same methods that you have used in the past or will you be on the cutting edge, showing your clients they are worth your time and making your company identity synonymous with the prestige of The Masters Tournament or the Dubai World Cup?
Allowing THG to aide in the sculpting of your company reputation will not only give you a competitive edge, but with our 55 global offices and over 350 major events we can also give you a leg up when seeking partnerships abroad.Global-Minded Decision Makers choose THG.
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About THG: THG (http://www.thgsports.com) is a leading provider of corporate hospitality programs during the world’s premier sporting events, including the World Soccer Championships, Masters, Singapore Grand Prix, and the Final Four. As a marcus evans company, all aspects of THG’s services promise a level of client focus and attention second to none.
When the Canadian Team won the hockey gold medal on Sunday afternoon and posed for their picture on the ice, I envisioned every child who plays hockey in Canada having that poster on their wall or that screensaver on their computer for years to come. When our clients who attended the game see that image at any point in the future, they will we able to say “I was there. I was a part of history.”
The Canadian Team won gold on their home soil and stood solidly with nearly 19,000 countrymen to sing Canada’s national anthem. The Vancouver games were filled with moments that will go down in the history of sports. Were you or your clients there to witness a piece of history, a piece they will always attribute to whoever was responsible for making this moment come true?
The thrilling, historic finish to the gold medal hockey game reminded me that our company is not just about hospitality…it is about history. Sports history, national history and our clients’ personal histories. What will they take home from our events? Memories and mementos yes, but also something you cannot buy–history. When they see that replay one month, one year, or even 10 years from now, they will remember and be able to say “I was there”. When they retell their story to a colleague, to a friend, to a grandchild, they will remember “I was there for that moment in sports history” and they will remember the relationship with the business client or partner that enabled them to be there.
As a CEO watching the Olympics with my children, I thought of the historical events I have had the privilege to experience over the years. I will always remember Arnold Palmer in tears as he walked up the 18th fairway during his last round at Oakmont during the ’94 US Open; the crowd’s reaction when Michael Johnson won the 200-meter sprint during the ’96 Olympics, or standing on the 18th green among the silence as Phil Mickelson dropped the final putt to win the ‘04 Masters.
For nearly 20 years in North America, and 27 years globally, THG Sports has given our clients access to historical moments in sports. What will the next one be? Will you and those who matter be there for it?