Arsenal Football Club’s new museum was unveiled on Monday October 16 2006 and promises Gunners fans a chance to marvel at legendary artefacts and find out more about the club.

The North London team has recently moved to the new 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium from the famous Highbury.

The spectacular Arsenal museum at Emirates Stadium is now open in the Northern Triangle Building. Arsenal supporters can still expect their favourite exhibitions, including Michael Thomas’ boots from Anfield ’89 and Charlie George’s FA Final Cup shirt from 1971, along with a whole array of newly donated memorabilia.

These include the shirts worn by goal scorers Jon Sammels and Alan Smith in the 1970 Fairs Cup Final and 1994 European Cup Winners Cup Final victories, medals, shirts and caps belonging to David O’Leary, Lee Dixon, Brian Marwood and many others.

It would be the end of a marriage that began with 1954's Miracle of Bern. The relationship between the German Soccer Federation and sports firm Adidas is now in danger due to a flirtatious approach by US giant Nike. Jürgen Klinsmann, World Cup mascot Goleo, the national soccer team ... Is there anything the Americans are not prepared to take off Germany's hands?

While former German team coach Klinsi remains cagey about his courtship with the US Soccer Federation and the Strategic Value Partners investment group gets ready to save bankrupt German toymaker Nici, global sportswear giant Nike is lining up another audacious swoop.

Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann's crumpled cheat sheet that helped him save penalties against Argentina in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final shootout raised one million euros ($1.3 million) for charity on Saturday.

Lehmann saved two penalties with the help of the note which he stuffed in his sock. Studying the paper between each kick may have unnerved the Argentines and helped Germany reach the semi-finals, where they lost to eventual champions Italy.

"I didn't realise the importance of the note at the time but after the match I saw it lying on the locker room floor next to my socks and thought I should hold on to it," Lehmann said in a ZDF television interview on Saturday.

On december 17th 2006 a collection of 12 rare Liverpool football shirts failed to sell at auction on Ebay. The reserve price  was £60,000.00 

The seller added the following information: 

This is a one off opportunity to invest into a cherished private collection of twelve individual unique Liverpool Football Club match prepared Cup Final shirts, from the memorable trophy-winning era of 2001 – 2006.

Each shirt within the collection was commissioned and manufactured exclusively for the club prior to each final, and was not made available to the general public.

The shirts have been framed with no expense spared into individual patented body form frames, which not only allows the shirt to be shown off to its maximum, but also appears to bring the shirt to life.

Dec. 8 2006, Online gambling companies were delivered another hammer blow today as it emerged they could be stopped from advertising on football shirts.

The Gambling Commission is concerned such ads might encourage children to bet, especially when they appear on youngsters' replica kits. Big club shirt sponsorships by gaming companies currently include Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough.

Internet betting businesses are already reeling from the ban on their activities in the US, which has forced a number to sell the bulk of their operations and has crippled their business models.

Fears are now rising that they could become a pariah of sports advertising like the tobacco companies, facing bans across the world. That would make it increasingly difficult for them to market themselves in Europe and Asia, where they have now been forced to focus their activities.

CELTIC'S players all wore the mark of their club's magnificent No 7 at the CIS Insurance Cup final in a poignant tribute to Jimmy Johnstone.

The former Scotland winger, who died at the age of 61 after a long battle against motor neurone disease, will be remembered in unique fashion when every member of the Celtic team facing Dunfermline at Hampden will wear his famous No 7 on their shorts.

It had initially been suggested that the Celtic players should all wear a No 7 jersey, but this was understandably dismissed because of the confusion it could cause for the match officials in identifying individuals.

 

Carlos Tevez has joked he would rather forfeit his Premiership salary than wear the Brazil shirt that his West Ham team-mates have lined up as a punishment for his recent indiscretions.

The Argentinian international was forced into a humbling apology after walking out of Saturday's 1-0 win over Sheffield United after being substituted, and is now paying the price at the training ground.

Hammers boss Alan Pardew left Tevez's punishment up to his team-mates at Upton Park, and, as well as making a charitable donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital, the London side asked the deadline day signing to don the shirt of his country's greatest rivals.

Despite playing in Brazil with Corinthians before moving to England, the forward remains a died-in-the-wool Argentinian and would much rather forfeit his substantial earnings that open himself up to ridicule in his home country.

The Diadora story is largely a part of Italian history. Diadora is one of the only Italian athletic footwear and apparel manufacturers to still make product in Italy-a tradition that began in 1948 when the company's founder Marcello Danieli, first began working in the trade as a young boy.

It all began in the center of the Trevigiani hills in an area known as Montello. Nestled on the western slope of the Montebulluna hills in the town of Caerano San Marco, birthplace of Marcello Danieli.

During W.W.I, many divisions of the Italian army were stationed in Montello and the surrounding areas, requiring constant supplies of both food and clothing. The local citizens were more than happy to provide the soldiers with whatever was needed to help put an end to the war. Although this area is now famous for the production of athletic footwear and apparel, its history began with the manufacturing of an all-important army supply: mountain climbing boots.

 

An online auction of a book featuring the autographs of all 736 players and coaches from this summer's tournament has raised Euro 61,500 for the official 2006 FIFA World Cup™ charity "6 villages for 2006".

The joint initiative by SOS Children's Villages and FIFA has gathered a total of Euro 20 million, enabling six new villages to be built and run over many years to come and providing homes for more than 800 children in need.

The autographs were collected by the Organising Committee immediately after the arrival of the 32 teams, with all the players and coaches having been more than happy to sign the book. "I am delighted that we were able to play our part. The new owner of the autograph book will have a unique memento of Germany 2006," said Wolfgang Niersbach, vice-president of the Organising Committee. The auction was won by a football fan from Cologne.

lovel deals

CHELSEA announced the most dramatic change in corporate image since the arrival of Roman Abramovich as the club’s owner in July 2003 by ending a decade-long association with Umbro, their kit supplier.

The club said that they had decided "by mutual agreement" to terminate the contract five years early and would pay the retailer £24.5 million in compensation. The agreement will now end in June 2006 at the conclusion of Chelsea’s centenary season.

Peter Kenyon, the Chelsea chief executive, will open talks with a new kit supplier and replica kit distributor. Adidas is the favourite to land the deal because Nike is tied into a long-term relationship with Manchester United, while Reebok (Adidas)supplies Liverpool.

Chelsea are also looking for a new shirt sponsor to replace Emirates, the airline company whose £6 million-a-year agreement winds up at the end of this season, when it will move its sponsorship to Arsenal’s new ground at Ashburton Grove.