Press Review - December 2022

Lionel Messi, the most prominent player in Argentina’s national team on its path to the World Cup title

The International Centre of Sport Studies (CIES) Football Observatory has published, on December the 19th, an analysis of -the world champion- coach Lionel Scaloni’s use of 40 Argentinian players, from the World Cup qualifiers campaign to the World Cup final 2022.

The player who has played the most games is Rodrigo de Paul with 23 appearances, including all seven matches played in Qatar 2022. Lionel Messi has also taken part of all the World Cup games, and missed just one game of the qualifiers campaign. “With 14 goals, seven of them in the final tournament, Lionel Messi is the Albiceleste player who has scored the most goals on the way to Argentina’s title. That is twice as many as the second highest scorer: Lautaro Martinez (7). Julian Alvarez completes the podium with five goals, four of them in the final phase. In total, thirteen players scored the 42 Argentine goals”, the CIES’ report adds.

The CIES also underlined how Lionel Scaloni’s deployment of players evolved. For example, Giovanni Lo Celso was one of the most important players in terms of playing time in the qualifiers phase, but did not participate in the final tournament. Enzo Fernandez played the most in the final phase (563 minutes in seven games) without having taken part in the qualifiers.

Google’s YouTube has reached an agreement with the NFL for Sunday Ticket package

YouTube will stream the NFL Sunday Ticket starting in 2023, according to a multi-year agreement the North American league announced on December the 22nd.

The deal will allow YouTube viewers to watch all of the NFL matches on Sunday starting with the 2023-24 season, except those broadcasted by linear TV channels in their local markets. “The games will be available as an add-on for an additional fee to YouTube TV, the company’s $64.99 streaming package, or available for purchase separately through its YouTube Primetime Channels, another product”, the New York Times highlighted. The other games, played during the week, will continue to be shown on other networks: ESPN and ABC have the rights for Monday games, and Amazon’s Prime Video service those of Thursday’s.

We’re excited to bring NFL Sunday Ticket to YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime channels and usher in a new era of how fans across the United States watch and follow the NFL. For a number of years, we have been focused on increased digital distribution of our games and this partnership is yet another example of us looking towards the future and building the next generation of NFL fans”, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says.

YouTube has long been a home for football fans, whether they’re streaming live games, keeping up with their home team, or watching the best plays in highlights. Through this expanded partnership with the NFL, viewers will now also be able to experience the game they love in compelling and innovative ways through YouTube TV or YouTube Primetime channels. We’re excited to continue our work with the NFL to make YouTube a great place for sports lovers everywhere”, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, adds.

Auberge Resorts Collection to be a new global main partner for A.S. Roma

Auberge Resorts Collection, a leading brand of luxury hotels and resorts, has agreed with AS Roma to become a new global main partner, the Italian club has announced on January the 2nd.

The deal will see Auberge Resorts become the Official Hotels Partner of AS Roma, with its logo appearing on the back of all match shirts of the men’s, women’s, and U-19 teams. "We are delighted to be able to partner with Auberge Resorts Collection, uniting two institutions that share a deep desire to create unique emotions and genuine connections with all those who choose to experience what we have to offer”, Dan Friedkin, AS Roma President, says.

The club’s press release adds that this agreement “stems from a common desire to create moments, memories and emotions that will remain forever etched in people's lives. The emotional rush of witnessing an AS Roma match at the Stadio Olimpico can now be paired with the luxurious experience of a stay in one of Auberge's flagship locations, all of which are distinguished by a unique personality and artisanal approach to luxury.”

eBay becomes the new Inter Milan’s shirt sleeves sponsor

Ebay will replace DigitalBits as Inter Milan’s sleeve sponsor, in a €5m/year deal.

This agreement that runs until the end of the 2023-24 season will see EBay’s logo appearing on the Italian club’s men’s and women’s teams’ sleeves. Some other physical and digital activations are also part of the deal. This new step is in line with the partnership signed at the start of 2022/23 season, according to which Inter Milan had launched a dedicated e-commerce portal on EBay.

The presence of the EBay logo on the club’s shirt sleeves is proof of our brand’s growing attractiveness, and the reason behind a leading global ecommerce brand such as EBay choosing Inter as their first incursion into football sponsorship”, says Alessandro Antonello, Inter chief executive.

Innovation and the continuous pursuit of excellence are the bedrocks and shared values on which our partnership with Inter is based. This bond was further strengthened today with eBay gaining visibility on the club’s shirt, one of its most important commercial assets. We’re proud to have such prominence on what is a highly symbolic item for Inter fans”, adds Alice Acciarri, general manager of EBay Italia.

The French Professional Football League sanctions 76 players and coaches for betting on football

The Professional Football League has sanctioned, on December the 19th, seventy-six professional players, managers, and coaches for failing to comply with the sports betting ban for the 2020-2021 season.

PSG women's goalkeeping coach Guillaume Lemire received the heaviest sanction: a four-match suspension and a €1,000 fine. Among the players, Samy El Khiar, Quevilly-Rouen’s midfielder, received the most severe sanction:
a four-match suspension and a suspended fine of €2,000.

Once they have signed a contract with the Professional Football League, players, managers, and coaches are not allowed to bet on competitions in their own sport, to avoid any conflict of interest. "The idea is to prevent behavior that is not be the one of an ordinary sportsman, a behavior which would be carried out with the aim of favoring themselves or outside persons in their sports betting choices", Frédéric Guerchon, legal director of the Online Gaming Authority, explains to France Info.