Goal.com Logo Contest - Thank You For Your Entries!
 Goal.com thanks all of you for taking part in our new Logo Contest!

3 Jun 2009 13:05:04

Goal.com Logo Contest
For over a week now your entries have been coming in thick and fast from all across the world, and there are dozens of excellent logos for us to choose from.

Now the submission deadline has passed, and it's time to examine all the logos. 

But first, we want to thank you all for your interest in the contest. This outstripped even our wildest expectations - we are very, very grateful to you all.

As a reminder: your talent and creativity can give you the chance to gain worldwide recognition and a monetary reward. Not only are there 20 prizes of $100Goal.com Shop gift vouchers up for grabs, but the worthy winner will take home a prize of $2,500 cash!

A combination of reader votes and our judges' deliberation will select the new logo.

Over the coming days we will launch the poll for the reader votes section of the contest.

In the meantime, you can click here to see all the entries on our Crowdspring gallery.

The thousands of entries we've received display our readers' enthusiasm in abundance, and once again we thank you all for taking part.

p.s. We apologise for the slowness of the Crowdspring site. This is because there have been so many entries and so much popularity for the contest. For all those who persevered or even made the effort to enter - thank you once more!

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Goal.com Logo Contest: Create Our New Logo!
 Our new logo contest is live and waiting for your entry!

19 May 2009 11:33:19

Goal.com Logo Contest - Design And Win!
Head over to Crowdspring to enter the new Goal.comLogo contest!

Your design could be the new logo for Goal.com, meaning worldwide fame for you, as well as a cash prize of US$2,500.

Goal.com would be nothing without its readers, so we feel that it would be a great idea if one lucky, talentedGoal.com fan makes his or her mark on world football by designing the new logo.

We want this to be the same: the logo, the symbolic expression of our company, is best expressed by the fans. We'll make it easy to enter: you don't need to be a professional graphics designer to take part. Far from it - anyone can send their logo idea to us, and we intend to help you do so.

Where To Enter

Head over to our official Crowdspring page to enter the Goal.com logo competition.

Full details on how to enter the competition are available on that page, but here are some key points to consider:
  • You have fifteen days in which to enter: the contest closes on June 2nd, 2009 at 14:31 GMT
  • You can use the following file formats: PDF, EPS, JPEG, GIF, PNG
  • After all the entries are viewed by Goal.com staff, we'll put the best ones up for voting for a further fifteen days
  • The winner will receive $2,500, while 20 runners-up will receive a $100 giftcertificate for the Goal.com Shop
What are you waiting for? Enter now and make your logo the new look for Goal.com!

Goal.com Logo Contest: Create Our New Logo!
 Goal.com invites you, the reader, to guide us onward with our brand new logo...

11 May 2009 21:24:50

Goal.com Logo Contest - Design And Win!
How would you like for your design to feature asGoal.com's new logo?

Our recent site re-design has gone so well that we're changing even more, starting with our logo. The currentGoal.com crest has served us well, but it's time for something new.

Goal.com would be nothing without its readers, so we feel that it would be a great idea if one lucky, talentedGoal.com fan makes their mark on world football by designing the new logo.

Why We Need Your Help

 represents the global football fan. With our 20+ editions in several languages right across the world, we bring the passion of the world's game to you, wherever you are.

More importantly, you bring it to us. Our fans are the lifeblood of our site and our community: through comments, forums, and more, everyone has a voice.

We want this to be the same: the logo, the symbolic expression of our company, is best expressed by the fans. We'll make it easy to enter: you don't need to be a professional graphics designer to take part. Far from it - anyone can send their logo idea to us, and we intend to help you do so.

The winner will not only have their design placed on Goal.com as our new logo, but will also carry off a prize of $2,500. As a further incentive, 20 other entrants will receive a $100 gift certificate for the Goal.com Shop.

Ready to enter?

How To Get Started

Before taking to the canvas, there are some key points to remember:

a) Every logo must have the name Goal.com either as:

- the name and a symbol


- the name as a symbol 

b) Every submission should include two versions: one with our tagline SCORE TO LIVE, and one without the tagline. 

c) Optional: We would like to see how the logo works in both horizontal and vertical perspectives. 

How To Create Your Design

If you've got the design skills and tools, this is your chance to shine! 

If not, don't despair. You don’t need to be a professional designer to have a great idea! 

Although many graphic designers today use computer software, some of the best designsare done by hand. You might sketch your design with a pencil or perhaps you would like to paint your idea on a canvas. Or maybe you like to work in crayons! It can be anything. To submit a hand-crafted design, simply take a photo of it or scan it, and then submit it. 

Or, if you want to use computer software, the following powerful and easy-to-use logo-makers can help you design professional logos. They have intuitive, user-friendly interfaces that require no previous graphic design training. Plus, they contain libraries of designs and logo objects that you can use and customize. 

http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/ (Windows- Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2 or newer to run)


http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html (MAC- OS X Leopard,Tiger) 
http://www.inkscape.org/download/ (32-bit MS Windows NT/2000/XP, All POSIX Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes, Linux, OS X) 
http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Content/1152796555406 (Windows Vista32-bit or 64-bit editions or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later - 15 days Free Trial)

4. AVANQUEST-MyLogoMaker
http://www.avanquest.com/USA/work/design/graphic-design/MyLogoMaker_2_0.html(Windows 98, Windows Millenium, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit - 10 day Free Trial) 

http://www.getpaint.net/ (Windows XP SP2)

How To Enter

Now that you know how to get started, you need to know how to enter.

The actual contest will open on May 18th, and the Official Contest Page will be hosted by Crowdspring. Be sure to check back and we'll let you know as soon as it's up. (If you're a registered Goal.com user, you'll be notified as soon as it's ready. Click here to register - it's free!)

How The Winner Is Chosen

If you don’t feel like an artist you can always be one of our judges: the best option will be chosen via a poll for registered users!

Goal.com will pick a shortlist, and then begins 15 days of voting to see just whose logo is the best.

You need to sign up for a free Goal.com account to be a judge. Registration is free and easy: simply click onto http://www.goal.com/en/membership/registration!

Please note that while votes will be taken into account, Goal.com reserves the final decision, and may also alter the logo that is chosen.

Good Luck! 


Report: Manchester United's Carlos Tevez Courted By Premier League Admirers
 Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid, are keeping tabs on the Argentina international...

11 May 2009 08:19:02

EPL: Carlos Tevez, Manchester United v Manchester City (PA)

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According to a report in the British tabloid The Sun,ChelseaManchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in signing Carlos Tevez at the end of the season.

The Argentina international's two-year loan spell atManchester United is due to expire this summer, and with the Red Devils yet to agree a fee to keep him permanently, it seems that he could be on his way out of Old Trafford.

Indeed, ‘El Apache’ was quoted by the British press on Sunday as saying that he has accepted that his future lies away from the Premier League champions.

Spanish giants Real Madrid are thought to be eyeing the 25-year-old, but the 5ft 7in forward has revealed that he hopes to remain in England.

Apparently, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is hoping to persuade the club to sanction a £25 million bid to secure the services of the three-time South American Footballer of the Year.

It is said that Redknapp is prepared to off-load Darren Bent, David Bentley and Roman Pavlyuchenko to make room for Tevez, who will be guaranteed first-team football, which United, much to the Argentine's frustration, have been unable to offer him regularly this season.

"There are lots of different clubs all over Europe who want Tevez and each one is being considered carefully," a source close to Tevez is quoted as saying.

"Spurs would really like him but there are questions about whether they can raise themoney quickly enough.

"Tevez would like his future sorted out soon and Spurs will have to do a lot of work if they want to get him."

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com

Alex Ferguson: Ref Rosetti Is Up To Task For Arsenal-Manchester United Tie
 The Red Devils boss is confident that the Italian official will not make any rash calls during the European blockbuster at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening...

5 May 2009 07:23:50

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is all smiles as he prepares to welcome Arsenal in the Champions League

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is satisfied that the referee selected to officiate the Champions League semi-final second leg at Arsenal will not make any irrational decisions which could prove costly.

Red Devils forward Wayne Rooney is one booking away from suspension, and would therefore miss the final is he were to pick up a yellow card - provided the holders beat the Gunners, of course.

The Scot believes that, being well aware of the consequence for any behaviour which falls out of line, the England international will not do anything stupid on Tuesday evening.

"He knows the circumstances. He is a mature young man," Ferguson is quoted as saying by The Sun.

"He understands it perfectly well. He needs to stay disciplined and most of the time he is that way. I don’t have to spell it out to him."

Others have pointed to the fact that it may be out of Rooney's hands, but Ferguson is sure that Italian official Roberto Rosetti is not the type of referee to brandish cards without thinking first.

"Obviously if a player steps out of line there are definitely no excuses," Ferguson remarked.

"It is an Italian referee for this game, Roberto Rosetti.

"He understands the seriousness of a player getting a booking and missing the final because of that.

"I have noticed a trend of the referees being very professional and tolerant. They are well up to handling the situation."

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com

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I Never Said Kaka Was Leaving Milan For Real Madrid – Father
 The Brazilian’s dad/agent has declared that he never claimed his son was going to the Bernabeu.

5 May 2009 00:37:34

Kaka, Milan (FIRO)

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Yesterday the Spanish newspaper AS reported that theMilan superstar Kaka was heading to Real Madrid, following comments made by his father and agent, Bosco Leite.

The reports quoted the agent as saying that his son will play in Madrid next season, under the presidential reign of Florentino Perez.

Despite this though, the Brazilian websiteGloboesporte.com has managed to speak with Kaka’s father, allowing him to explain those alleged comments.

“I never said those words,” Bosco Leite confidently affirmed in the interview.

“I have never spoken about a possible transfer with either club involved, so my son will certainly not move to Real Madrid.

“At this point in time, he wants to end the season on a high and focus on the remaining matches in the championship.”

The Rossoneri icon has been linked with a move away from the Serie A for several years now, and despite recently declaring that he wants to remain in Milan for life, it seems as if this will continuously be the case for the rest of his career.

Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com

Manchester United Launch Mega-Offer For Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery – Report
 The Red Devils have bid €70 million for the French international midfielder, calling into question Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Old Trafford...

5 May 2009 08:49:59

Franck Ribery - Bayern Munich

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Manchester United have made a firm offer for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, according to a report in the British broadsheet The Guardian.

Apparently, the Red Devils have lodged a bid in the region of €70 million (£62.5m) for the versatile playmaker, dwarfing the current world record transfer fee of €49.5m (£44m), which Real Madrid paid Juventus for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.

It is claimed that sources in Germany, notably Munich, have confirmed that the Bundesliga giants have received the proposal.

The 36-time capped France international is said to have notified die Roten that he wants to leave the Allianz Arena, and the 26-year-old has been linked with just about every European heavyweight in recent weeks.

Should United, who are alleged to have scouted Ribery on several occasions recently, land their man, it is thought that Cristiano Ronaldo will finally be allowed to join Real Madrid to help fund the transaction.

Barcelona were reported to be close to agreeing a deal with the former Marseille star recently and, although negotiations stalled, la Blaugrana are expected to reignite their interest.

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com

Manchester United, Barcelona Top IFFHS Rankings
 There were few surprises at the top of the often controversial IFFHS club rankings, but there are bound to be some debates further down the ladder…

5 May 2009 02:43:37

Champions League: Manchester United - Barcelona, Scholes, Messi (PA)

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Manchester United have retained top spot in the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics) club rankings for the May 2008 to April 2009 edition.

The reigning Champions League winners finished ahead of fellow semi-finalists Barcelona and Chelsea, with Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors separating the trio from an all Champions League last-four lock-out asArsenal occupy fifth spot.

While there can be hardly any argument in the standings in the top five, a few eyebrows are sure to be raised further down the pecking order.

Juventus nipped ahead of their bitter Serie A rivals, Inter, in 13th and 14th respectively, while AtleticoMadrid are placed ahead of their city foes, Real Madrid, but Villarreal, who made it further than both the capital clubs in this season’s Champions League, are two places below.

Palmeiras were the biggest movers as they leapt from 104 to 35, while one of his former clubs, Milan, are in joint-32nd with Internacional and Aalborg.

All in all, the top 100 included eight representatives each from EnglandBrazil and Italy, seven from Germany and Spain, and six each from Argentina and France.

IFFHS Club World Rankings (previous position in parenthesis)

1. (1.) Manchester United – 302 points

2. (2.) Barcelona – 282

3. (5.) Chelsea – 254

4. (3.) Boca Juniors – 253

5. (8.) Arsenal – 245

6. (3.) Liverpool – 240

7. (10.) Dynamo Kyiv – 227

8. (17.) Hamburger SV – 226

9. (7.) Sao Paulo – 223

10. (13.) Shakhtar Donetsk – 218

11. (11.) Estudiantes – 207

-11. (6.) Bayern Munich – 207

13. (9.) Juventus – 205

14. (12.) Inter – 195

15. (24.) Werder Bremen – 194

20. (27.) Manchester City – 182

24. (25.) Atletico Madrid – 177

25. (27.) Real Madrid – 176

26. Sporting Braga – 174

27. Villarreal – 173    

KS Leong, Goal.com


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