Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day in the City...

We made the rounds this morning. A visit to the Intrepid Museum and then a speed boat ride taking us withing closeup distance to the elegant lady in the Harbor. The Statute of Liberty is always an inspiring site and up close it is even better.





Sunday, May 30, 2010

In Central Park with the Grandsons...

Planes, trains and flying chairs. While Cameron, just under a year of age, spent his time in the security of his stroller; Dylan, Logan and Drew made the rounds of the rides and Christopher, now 21, took his seat with them to make sure they were safe and secure. See the fun they had on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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The Next Apprentice Begins with the Losers Leaving...

Before the next Apprentice is shot, and so the locals won't know who is getting "Fired" by Donald Trump each week as it happens, all the exit shots are done at once before it all begins. Last night, marked this season's kick off with the departures of each of the contestants one by one, as Trump borrows Miguel from the Tower's residential side, to play doorman as they leave the Commercial side of the famous Trump landmark.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Champions League Summit...

The CONCACAF Champions League Team Summit was held on Tuesday, May 25th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral, Florida. This is the 3rd edition of the Summit and was received well by all the participating teams.



Monday, May 10, 2010

100%...

The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that 100% is the refund amount that French retailer Carrefour is offering to customers who buy a widescreen television through late May if France wins the World Cup in July.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Special Dining Experience...

A day after our Executive Committee meeting, as peace and tranquility returned to New York City, the one remaining member Guillermo Canedo and his wife Adriana, joined us for a special meal at Eleven Madison Park. We had been trying to get a reservation there for weeks, but luckily we managed to swing one for their last seating at 9:45pm. What followed will be remembered for a long time as one of the best culinary experiences of a decade.



It was great to establish a new relationship with a very special American restaurant to enlarge the choices of exceptional places to bring guests when visiting New York.

Friday, May 7, 2010

In with the New; Out with the Old...

The New Meadowland Stadium. The opening of the stadium to a real event, which tested the rafters as the match between Mexico and Ecuador sold out the new building to its capacity of almost 78,000. As we drove up to the new structure, we could see the disassembly of the old Giants Stadium which was home to us here in New York since the mid '70s. No score tonight, but the building performed up to standard while construction and the parking lots continued as the rush to completion before the American Football season kicks in.

Friday our Board Made Some Decisions...

Friday morning our Board meeting opened with a presentation by the Russian Bid Committee for the World Cups 2018/2022. Following a short break, 3 hours of discussion and presentation took the Executive Committee through all current and future competitions and an update from recent Committee meetings held in the Miami Beach offices where new direction was provided for many initiatives now in place including the expansion of youth tournaments to 12 finalist and the women's Olympic qualifying to 8 teams. Greater financial assistance will be provided to all hosting associations as FIFA FAP funds are being anticipated to increase this year and into the future.



The great success of the Gold Cup and the Champions League were highlights of the day's reports with special emphasis Pachuca's exciting injury time victory to propel them to the FIFA Club World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi this December.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Russians are Coming...


The night prior to the CONCACAF Executive Committee meeting in New York, I had the pleasure of being the guest to dinner by the delegation of Russia's Bidding Committee for the World Cups 2018/2022. Their choice was outstanding, the top shelf restaurant L’Atelier de JoĆ«l Robuchon at the Four Season's Hotel. Simply superb.

A pleasant surprise was the addition to the original delegation, led by Alexei Sorokin, of the newly elected President of the Russian Football Union, Sergey Fursenko (pictured below the following day during the CONCACAF meeting). The former Gasprom director brings a wealth of corporate management experience to the new Russian Federation. He was also the President of Zenit, St. Petersburg.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pre-Game Dinner...

One Wednesday, prior to Mexico's exhibition at the New Meadowlands Stadium vs. Ecuador, Mexico's Team Manager Javier Aquirre, who guided the Tri-Color to this year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa, took time out from his busy schedule to have dinner with Chuck Blazer at Campagnola's in New York City.