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The Tony Bloom Story

TonybloomstoryTony Bloom is a man of many things but perhaps one of the accolades that has been popularly attributed to his name would be that of football.

His relationship with the sport has come a long way and has begun at a young age, in fact even before his birth. Born as Anthony Grant Bloom during the 1970s, Tony grew up in a family of football aficionados and Seagull fanatics. He remembers attending matches at the Goldstone Ground with his relatives particularly his dad, brother and grandfather. He recalls it as a huge event for the Blooms that missing it would feel like you skipped Christmas morning altogether.

The Bloom family has had a long history with the sport and the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Harry, Tony’s grandfather who was a known motor trader and hotelier, was vice-chairman of the club during the 1970s while his uncle Ray served as a director the following decade. It then came as no surprise that he followed suit and became the Albion’s chairman in May of 2009 up to the present day. That makes him the third generation in his family to serve the club totaling forty years and counting.

But prior to such post, Tony has already been associated with the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. In the year 2000, he officially became one of its major investors and stockholders. As a benefactor, he helped personally fund two major constructions namely the American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

The American Express Community Stadium, now nicknamed as “The Amex” and was previously known as the “Falmer’s Stadium”, can hold a maximum of 30,750 people and is now the current home of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. aka the Seagulls. Construction began in December of 2008 and was opened to the public in 2011.

The American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on the other hand is a training ground for professional and aspiring athletes. It opened its doors in 2014.

Because of these achievements, he was voted and awarded as the “Most Outstanding Brightonian” in the same year that he sat as the Seagull’s chairman. Tony Bloom may be a man of a few words and the most timid of all Albion chairmen to date with the simplest of speeches, his contributions are nothing short of amazing. What else could he have in store for us? We’ll have to wait and see.

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The UK’s Esteemed Football Teams

manchester unitedWhen it comes to a game of ball, the United Kingdom is almost synonymous with football. Although not its national sport, it is the most popular in the country making waves and noise all the time. In fact, the British are deemed to be one if not the biggest football nation of the world. Speaking of which, care to know which teams carry massive success? Here, take a look!

  • Manchester United Football Club aka “The Red Devils”

Based in Old Trafford in Greater Manchester, the Manchester United Football Club competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. It has so far won a total of 20 league titles, a joint-record of 12 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, a record 20 FA Community Shields, 3 European Cups, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. If that’s not amazing then we don’t know what is. Nicknamed as the Red Devils, the club was originally known as the Newton Heath LYR Football Club back in 1878. The change of name came only in 1902. This makes Manchester United 138 years old. The club is co-chaired by Joel and Avram Glazer and managed by Jose Mourinho.

  • Liverpool Football Club aka “The Reds”

This Liverpool, Merseyside based football club, more popularly tagged as The Reds, was founded 124 years ago in the 3rd of June 1892. At present, it is managed by Jürgen Klopp with Tom Werner as the chairman. The team has so far won for itself many accolades and trophies including 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 18 League titles, 7 FA Cups, a record 8 League Cups and 15 FA Community Shields. It is also considered to be among the top ten highest-earning and most valuable football clubs in the world.

  • Arsenal Football Club aka “The Gunners”

The Gunners are based in Holloway, London and like the first two clubs plays in the Premier League. Since its inception in 1886 where it was first known as Dial Square, it has since won 12 FA Cups, 13 League titles, 2 League Cups, 14 FA Community Shields and 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. As of the current year, it has been acknowledged as the 2nd most valuable football club. At present, Sir Chips Keswick serves as its chairman and Arsène Wenger as its manager.

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Tony Bloom:The Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Chairman

Tony BloomBased in East Sussex in England, the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club (aka the “Seagulls” or “Albions”) is a professional association football club that currently plays in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. It was founded in the 24th of June 24 in 1901 making it 114 years as of this writing. Its current chairman is businessman and philanthropist Anthony Grant “Tony” Bloom.

Mr. Bloom has since held the position since May of 2009 after succeeding Harry Dick Knight who was popular for his many long and ardent speeches. Tony on the other hand made a name for himself but for other reasons.

As a child he recalls watching the games at the Goldstone Ground with his family, a time where he first developed a love for the sport. During his early years in the 1970s his grandfather Harry served as vice-chairman of the club. A decade after that, it was his uncle Ray who held the post as director.

With business and finances on his side, he became one of the club’s major investors by the year 2000. His greatest contribution and achievements would perhaps be the construction of the Seagull’s home, the 30,750 seater American Express Community Stadium (formerly the Falmer Stadium and now dubbed as the “Amex”) and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. These two has since opened in 2011 and 2014 and have both been financially aided from Tony Bloom’s own personal pocket. It is also for such reasons as to why the town of Brighton has voted and decided to award him for such contributions.

At present, the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is managed by Christopher William Gerard Hughton and is composed of defenders Bruno Saltor Grau, Uwe Hünemeier, Lewis Dunk, Gaëtan Bong, Connor Goldson and Liam Rosenior; midfielders Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal, Jamie Murphy, Jake Forster-Caskey, Solly March, Danny Holla, Rohan Ince, Anthony Knockaert and Richie Towell; forwards Sam Baldock, Tomer Hemed and Chris O’Grady as well as goalkeepers Niki Mäenpää, David Stockdale and Casper Ankergren.

Apart from football and being the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.’s chairman, Tony Bloom also manages the “Bloom Foundation”, an organization that seeks to relieve and sole poverty. He likewise supports the charity set up by his wife called the “Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation” which she has set up after being diagnosed with the same condition.

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Tony Bloom and Multiple Sclerosis

Linda BloomTony Bloom’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis has a personal note to it. The famed Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club chairman, investor and businessman is married to Australian born psychologist Linda to whom he has a seven year old son with.

About fifteen years ago, she was diagnosed with the condition and was said to be in such a bad state that she could not even lift a pen or stand up from the couch.

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a type of degenerative neurological disease and an immune-mediated disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system affecting and disrupting the flow of information within the brain and between the body. Specifically, the attack is done to the myelin or the insulating covers of the nerve cells. The damage affects the cells of the spinal cord, and the brain.

MS is a disabling condition and this is observed in many of its signs and symptoms. Patients are reported to have varying types and combinations of these which often portray themselves in relapses. These includes vision problems, dizziness, fatigue, urination difficulty, balancing issues, spasms, numbness, muscle stiffness, oral and speaking problems, memory deterioration, emotional instability and worse complete paralysis. The condition does not on its own kill but with its symptoms can bring about other health problems.

In the United Kingdom alone, Multiple Sclerosis affects about 100,000 people. In the global scale, only 0.0357% or 2.5 million individuals are affected by it making it one of the rarest diseases of its kind. According to statistics, more women are affected than men and patients fall between 20 to 40 years old.

The sad thing is, there is no known cause or cure for MS as of today. Several practices and medication are given but they cannot cure the patient. They merely act as temporary relief or to deter a relapse. More often than not, they are very expensive too and may have other health consequences particularly directed to the liver.

To help individuals suffering from the same condition, Linda, with the support of her husband, set up the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) Foundation. To raise funds of £100,000 as well as awareness for the cause, Tony Bloom ran the 2011 and 2015 Brighton Marathon which was 42.195 kilometers long. The said marathon takes place every April of every year and is held in the seaside town of Brighton in England.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Play Football

beckham_davidFootball is perhaps the world’s most popular sport with the World Cup being the most attended and watched all over the globe. We’ve all come to see the greats live and play it off on the field. They’ve made a name for themselves and have amazing careers ahead of them. This of course comes not only with fame but also fortune.

Kids as small as can be dream to be professional athletes someday just like their idols. Admit it. It has at least crossed your mind too. But what exactly does it take to be a footballer? Here, have a look.

  • The Physique

Endurance is very crucial in a game like football. With a field as that covers a total of 57,600 square feet in area that’s 360 feet long and 160 feet wide. It takes a lot of physical strength, agility and endurance to last. As a matter of fact, a player runs an average of 9.65 kilometers during the course of an entire game. Exercise, discipline and consistency are crucial to achieve a body that can withstand the strain.

  • The Technical Skill

No matter how strong a person is, if they couldn’t juggle, dribble, pass and receive and shoot then we don’t have a player. There has to be adequate skill in order to play. This of course can only be honed by time and perseverance. Practice and training are very important in order to hone, develop and master such technical skills.

  • The Speed

This comes as no surprise. The faster one is the better they become. Running is only part of the equation here. Of course, there has to be momentum and swiftness in movement. However, speed also applies to decision making as well as understanding of the game. Strategies are not only built before a game or at timeouts. It happens within the field too.

  • The Teamwork

Football is first and foremost a team sport. Not knowing when and how to pass not only denotes selfishness but it can also hinder the success of any team. Every player has their own role in the game and one has to know how to play their part in order to win. It’s all about the team not the individual.

  • The Attitude

Great footballers aren’t all skill, strength and knowledge. They have to have the personality too. Attitude differentiates a good and great athlete. Coaches and players will not want to work and with someone who’s hard to deal with.