Ladbrokes to Title Sponsor Scottish Professional Football League.
Leading online betting and gaming company, Ladbrokes, has entered into a sponsorship deal with Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) in terms of which it will become the latter’s new main sponsor as from next season.
The new deal is said to be worth slightly over £4m and is due to run for a period of two years.
The new deal is the biggest of its kind in Scottish football and sees the four leagues that are covered by the SPFL being known as the Ladbrokes Premiership, Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2 from the begging of the new season in August.
The deal will see Ladbrokes being given rights across all four leagues and 42 clubs and the group is planning to run several activations through the different rights of its partnership with SPFL.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ladbrokes, Jim Mullen, said that the partnership will help to propel them and the SPFL to new heights.
Manuel Neuer is the new owner of the World Cup Golden Glove. The German goalkeeper was the best goalkeeper in the 2014 World Cup and some say he is reinventing the goalkeeper position with his sweeper runs out of the box.
His timing during those runs is indeed infallible and he is reading the game like a world class sweeper would. When it comes to saves, he wasn't tested that many times in this tournament but those saves he did make, he made them look easy. That's how the great goalkeepers are doing it. Neuer is taking the award from Iker Casillas, the 2010 Golden Glove. The other main candidate for the award was Keylor Navas from Costa Rica, but Neuer overtook him in the final two matches as he made several more sweeper runs - actually not making any notable saves - and that was enough for him to win the award.
Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer 7.5 - Lahm 7, Boateng 7.5, Hummels 6, Howedes 6 - Kramer 5 (Schurrle 32, 7.5), Schweinsteiger 7.5 - Muller 7.5, Kroos 7, Ozil 6.5 (Mertesacker 119) - Klose 7 (Gotze 88, 7.5). Coach Joachim Low 7.
Argentina (4-2-2-2): Romero 7 - Zabaleta 7.5, Demichelis 6.5, Garay 6.5, Rojo 7 - Biglia 6, Mascherano 7 - Perez 6.5 (Gago 86, 6), Lavezzi 7.5 (Aguero 46, 6) - Messi 7.5, Higuain 6.5 (Palacio 78, 6.5). Coach Alejandro Sabella 7.5.
Goal: Gotze 113.
Man of the match: Andre Schurrle (GER)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) 5.5
Venue: Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil