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FIFA Ballon d\’Or 2015 goes to Lionel Messi

FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015 goes to Lionel Messi

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Yesterday, Argentina and FC Barcelona football star Lionel Messi won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or in the FIFA event, hosted in Zürich, Switzerland. The Ballon d’Or is an annual award given to the player voted to be the best of the year.

Cquote1.svg It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.((es)) Cquote2.svg

—Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi with Carli Lloyd at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala yesterday.
Image: Valeriano de Domenico/AP.
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Messi along with his Barcelona teammate Neymar and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo were shortlisted by FIFA back in November. Having won five major trophies in the 2015 calendar year, which included the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in December in Japan against Argentine club River Plate in which he scored the first goal, Messi won 41.33% of the votes.

Winner in previous years Ronaldo secured 27.76% of the votes, and Messi’s teammate Neymar won 7.86%. 2007 Ballon d’Or winner and Brazilian player Kaká announced the winner of the Gala. Messi played 61 games in 2015, and scored 52 goals. He also provided 26 assists. He also scored in each of the six tournaments.

At the ceremony, Messi said “It’s a very special moment for me, after watching as Cristiano Ronaldo won for two years. It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.”((es))

Messi previously won the La Liga best player of the year; and UEFA Best Player in Europe Award with 49 votes out of 54, leaving behind his teammate Luis Suárez and Ronaldo who got three and two votes respectively. He also won a silver medal in the 2015 Copa América when Argentina lost to the hosts Chile on penalties.

Messi previously won the award for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. Ronaldo and Messi between them have won the trophy for the past eight years. Neymar this year became the first top-three Brazilian since Kaká‘s 2007 win.

Messi voted for his teammates Neymar, Suárez, and Andrés Iniesta; Neymar voted for Messi, Suárez, and Ivan Rakitić. Neymar at the ceremony said “It is a dream for me to be here, it’s a victory”.



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2015 FIFA Fair Play Award goes to Football organisations supporting refugees

2015 FIFA Fair Play Award goes to Football organisations supporting refugees

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Yesterday, FIFA awarded all the football organisations who supported the refugees from Africa and Europe due to Syria Civil War


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Cambridge based parking guidance company, Parking Sense, goes global.

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Cambridge based parking guidance company, Parking Sense, goes global.

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Established in 2013, Cambridge based Parking Sense has made remarkable progress towards building a global business.easy

Signing a contract with a joint venture partner in the US was a key milestone for the growing company.

The company is well on track to achieve its aim of being the world’s leading parking guidance technology company by the end of 2016. Deals are being signed with large commercial companies in New Zealand and plans are afoot to open distribution channels in Europe and the UK.

Parking Sense was created by industry pioneer Paul Collins and long-time business partner, Dave Mackie. They are now leading the world in the development of smarter parking guidance solutions with significantly lower costs.

Collins has been hard at work developing the next generation of parking guidance. “We have learned a lot over our 14 years in the parking business,” says Collins. “Equally, we have seen the market evolve and the industry mature. Along with this, technology has evolved exponentially which means we have to be at the crest of the wave.

“On top of all this, behaviours are changing. People’s commuting and driving patterns, traffic congestion, focus on sustainability and growth in inner city living … we need to adjust our thinking to fit.”

The flagship product for Parking Sense is the Easy Guide system. Along with its highly competitive unit price, a lease option is available which will put guidance in reach of organisations that would not otherwise have been able to consider it.

“The way we see it,” says Collins, “is that the market has been price prohibitive to date. So if we want to maximise the opportunity and build the category, we need to develop pricing models that suit.”

Parking Sense USA has recently been formed along with equity partners Bluefin. Collins: “Even before the ink was dry on the contract, we had a deal in place with the US military contractor and a sales pipeline in the tens of millions and we are getting very close to signing a couple of extremely big deals. We have an excellent management team in place, a great product, strong networks and a great deal of ambition.”

With the US operation now up and running, the focus will be on securing distribution partners in Europe and the UK, then working on a plan to tackle the Middle East and Asia.”

When asked what’s on the horizon, Collins answered, “there’s a saying in the parking business…watch this space.”



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…And the 2015 FIFA Ballon d\’Or goes to Lionel Messi

…And the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or goes to Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi with Carli Lloyd at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala yesterday.
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Yesterday, Argentina and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or in the FIFA event, hosted in Zürich, Switzerland. Ballon d’Or is an annual award to the best player of the year via voting.

Messi along with his Barcelona teammate Neymar and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo were short listed by FIFA back in November. Having won five major trophies in the 2015 calendar year, which included the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in December in Japan against an Argentine club River Plate in which he scored the first goal, Messi won 41.33% votes in the Gala.

Previous years’ winner Ronaldo secured 27.76% of votes, and Messi’s teammate Neymar won 7.86%. 2007 Ballon d’Or winner and former Brazilian player Kaká announced the winner of the Gala. Messi made 61 appearances for his club and the country in 2015, and scored 52 goals. He also provided 26 assists. With these stats, he also scored in each of the six tournaments.

In the ceremony, Messi said “It’s a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or after seeing Cristiano win it…” “It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.”((es))

Messi previously won the La Liga best player of the year and UEFA Best Player in Europe Award with 49 votes out of 54, leaving behind his teammate Luis Suárez and Ronaldo who got three and two votes respectively. He also gathered a silver medal in the 2015 Copa América when Argentina lost to the hosts Chile over penalties.

Messi previously won the award for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. Ronaldo and Messi have won the trophy for the past eight years and Neymar became the first Brazilian to be in the top three after 2007, when Kaká won in ahead of Ronaldo and Messi.

Messi had voted for his teammates Neymar, Suárez, and Andrés Iniesta; Neymar voting for Messi, Suárez, and Ivan Rakitić. Neymar at the ceremony said “It is a dream for me to be here, it’s a victory”.

Cquote1.svg It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.((es))
—Lionel Messi
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