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SOCCER in Florida + David Beckham’s Miami MLS team

    
Plan above for David Beckham’s Miami Soccer Team stadium which will open in 2020, it was announced officially in June 2017.
The stadium will be just north of the Miami River.

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 TO  WATCH  PREMIER LEAGUE  and  WORLD CUP FOOTBALL IN FLORIDA  live by satellite, PHONE the PUBS listed on the PUBS ACROSS FLORIDA page on this website.  They show the matches or know which bars in YOUR city do. 

►  FOOTBALL FACT:   English football is probably the oldest team sport in the world.  In 1863 the Football Association in London established the first  official regulations for a game that British boys had been kicking around for centuries.   

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MATCH RESULTS:  On  www.thefa.com  find ALL English football info and results 24/7.        

►►►  MIAMI UNITED Football [Soccer] Club. It has some British players.  To get involved as player or supporter call President Roberto Sacca on [305] 318-2026. INFO on www.miamiunitedsoccer.com

►►►  In 2014 David Beckham decided on Miami as his choice to bring his Major League Soccer [MLS] soccer franchise to Miami. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for latest.  Miami Brits—there are thousand of us soccer fans living here—are sooooooo stoked! 

►  ORLANDO CITY SOCCER CLUB.  Orlando City Soccer Club is British co–owned, has a British Head Coach and 2/3 resident players from England.  Their British coach Adrian Heath is an ex-Everton player and co-owners Phil Rawlins and Brendan Flood are directors from Stoke City FC and Burnley FC.  OCSC will play home games at the Citrus Bowl.  Many Brits drive from all over Florida for these matches.  INFO call the Club tollfree 1-855-675-2489 or visit   www.orlandocitysc.com   

►►► ARSENAL SUPPORTERS CLUB:   1] Gathers in Miami and Broward at a pub to watch their team play in the English Premier League.  Host locations change,   so phone president Chris Allen on [786] 390-2835 for current info.  2] ORLANDO.  The Arsenal games are shown live at the “Side Bar’ located inside the XL Soccer indoor soccer facility. Arsenal supporters (Orlando Gooners) meet there:   XL SOCCER,  825 Courtland St, Orlando, FL 32804  Tel.  (407) 641-4791  https://www.facebook.com/indoorsoccerorlando and https://www.facebook.com/OrlandoGooners/

►►►   LIVERPOOL F.C. SUPPORTERS CLUB of Florida is run by Liverpudlian ex-pat Roy Yates who is based in Ft. Lauderdale. Lots of local members in all parts of Florida and this club has been going for years. Call Roy on [954] 942-7330 for details. 

►►►  ORLANDO:    THERE IS A SOCCER ACADEMY run by ex-professional English football player Steve Crane.  Established in 2012. Call Steve on [407] 595-2095.   Website  www.soccerinorlando.com

►   SCOTTISH FOOTBALL MATCHES–Glasgow Rangers and Celtic.  In Ft. Lauderdale watch Rangers matches at the King’s Head Pub in Sunrise [954] 572-5933  Call Derek Walker of Rangers Supporters Club [954] 296-3374.  Naples   Rangers Supporters Club watch Rangers matches live at the English pub in Naples–call Club secretary Peter  Hull on [239] 404-6137.   Orlando  Rangers Supporters Club meets to watch matches and in Oralndo/Kissimmee and was established in 2006.  For details phone Colin Bowman 407-536-9732.     CELTIC:    1]  In Orlando the Celtic Supporters Club watch all Celtic matches live at the Lucky Leprechaun Irish Pub, 7032 International Drive, Orlando.  Call President John Howley on [386] 451 4645.     2] BROWARD CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB meets at the Fox and Hounds Pub in Ft. Lauderdale  [954] 491-3697 Call Club President  John Paton 954- 473-5167

 ORLANDO BRITS:    ENGLISH FOOTBALL–watch it played locally in the Orlando/Kissimmee area with fellow Brits. Call British president Paul Allen (407) 376-4120.

►   BRITS OF ORLANDO + KISSIMMEE AREA   Are you interested in playing competitive Sunday League football?  The team called Real Winter Garden, with several Brits on the team, play in the Central Florida Soccer League. We have a Premier League Team and an Over 30’s team.  If you’re interested, contact fellow Brit Paul Blake at  https://www.facebook.com/RealWinterGarden  

PALBEACH ex English Premier League professional players Ian Bishop and Gary Walker are amongst the top coaches at the Palm Beach Soccer Academy.  Coaching for children and adults. Phone for info [561] 252-6729.    

 

2017 Latest………ABOUT DAVID BECKHAM’S PROPOSED MIAMI TEAM…..follow the saga below :

May 16, 2017 :   NO BECKHAM TEAM TILL 2021.   The first rendering of a 25,000-seat soccer stadium planned by Miami Beckham United in Overtown was revealed at a Town Hall meeting May 16, 2017 in Miami. . This is a privately funded project. Total cost will exceed $500 million, Beckham representatives said.  Completion has been pushed back until 2021. 

June 2106.  David Beckham.  LATEST OFFICIAL UPDATE:   At a June 9, 2016 event in Miami,  David Beckham’s Miami attorney told Patricia Kawaja officially that the first ball won’t be kicked till 2018.  Email me for expanded information.  NOTE:  We look forward to the day that Orlando City Soccer Club will play Miami Beckham United!  The Sunshine’s State’s “local derby” as we Brit soccer fans call it.  Beckham’s people are still resolving issues with investors for the stadium site/city of Miami.    

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BUY STICKER ABOVE:   The exclusive Brits of Miami Support bumpersticker was designed and created by Patricia Kawaja in 2013 as soon as David Beckham  announced Miami was his new stadium choice.   I wanted to show David’s people that the huge Miami British community–his future ticket buyers and a significant soccer market–were behind him.  I sent one to David’s office, his business partner Marcelo Claure, his sports management company in California, his attorney in Miami, the British Consul in Miami and other key figures to display in their offices. Only a few left at $5 each.  Call my office [305] 371-9340 to purchase—-PK.

December 1, 2016  David and Victoria Beckham were looking at a large Star Island mansion in Miami Beach for  a home for their themselves and 4 children for when his team starts in 2018.  Credible report in the Miami Herald today naming the Miami Beach realtor they are using.  

 

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Photo above:  Patricia Kawaja’s hand up [at back] talking to David Beckham at February 2015 press conference in Miami. 

MIAMI BECKHAM UNITED  called MBU on this page from now on.   May 7, 2016:   Front page article in Miami Herald about legal snafus between the City and Beckham’s people about the stadium.  This is delaying proceedings and building cannot go forward until agreements are reached.  Beckham has been back in Miami early May 2106 for meetings and seen about town. Read article below http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article76065727.html

♣  December 5, 2015—It’s official!!  Miami Beckham United announces it has FINALLY found its stadium site,  north of the Miami river in Overtown.
Find full story in Miami Herald–search by ” Beckham announces site in Overtown for stadium.”

♣    November 2015.  More twists and turns re settling on a stadium location.  One of MBU’s investors Tim Leiweke has now become the official spokesperson to media and issues statements on the latest developments.  Just go to www.miamiherald.com and search by Tim Leiweke and/or Miami Beckham United.  He may be contacted at MBU’s investment group in Los Angeles California   www,oakviewgroup.com   Tel. [310] 954-4800 

♣     July 17, 2015   Nothing is signed, sealed, and delivered, but Miami Beckham United appears closer than ever before to securing a stadium for a future MLS expansion club.  After a meeting with Beckham United ownership, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado announced on Friday a tentative deal with the club to construct a privately financed stadium near Marlins Park, at the site of the old Orange Bowl, which a Beckham United spokesperson called “another step forward.”   “Today’s meeting with Mayor Regalado was another positive step toward bringing a world-class soccer club to Miami,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We’re still in the early planning stages and several viable options still exist, but our preferred stadium location is the former Orange Bowl site. [The ownership group] is thrilled by the initial outpouring of support we’ve received from our fans and we’re excited about sharing our plans with the City, County and community soon.”    The news came following a video conference between Regalado and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, a leading figure in the Beckham United ownership group, along with former LA Galaxy star David Beckham and entertainment impresario Simon Fuller.  FOR LATEST INFO  go to Miamiherald.com and  Search for David Beckham Stadium and Miami Beckham United.


►►►  March 24, 2015—-Things are moving again!! Yaaay!  Beckham was in Miami again a few days ago for more talks about his stadium site.

Read article below in Miami Herald for full details. HEADLINE:   Soccer’s Miami push revving up again.

►►   BY DOUGLAS HANKS    DHANKS@MIAMIHERALD.COM  Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article16177331.html#storylink=cpy

►►►   January 2015—-RADIO SILENCE FROM HIS PR COMPANY in MIAMI and CITY of MIAMI officials  and Miami Beckham United [his working team name]. His PR company is keeping my office apprised so watch this space.—–

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►  On May 22, 2014  New plans for the proposed non-port stadium location were revealed at a press conference at the Inter-Continental Hotel in downtown [which I attended].  To see the renderings and read a full report read the May 22 full page article BECKHAM REVEALS ANOTHER SITE  by Patricia Mazzei in the Miami Herald below:   http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/22/4131088/david-beckham-team-to-reveal-soccer.html

 

►►►  BECKHAM’S STATEMENT TO BE PERSONALLY COMMITTED TO MIAMI:   On May 9, 2014 in a sit-down meeting with the  Miami Herald Editorial Board David Beckham stated his commitment to Miami:  Read Michelle Kaufman’s excellent article below:    http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/09/4106067/david-beckham-on-miami-mls-team.html

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[ Photo Credit:  by Robin Hill Miami ]  From Union Jack Newspaper Florida Column March 2014 issue by Patricia Kawaja   Your columnist about to ask David Beckham a question at the Major League Soccer Press Conference February 5, 2014 in downtown Miami.  With him on the podium were the Mayor of Miami and MLS President Don Garber.  Beckham was in town to officially announce he has chosen Miami over every other USA city for his new soccer team.  Triple Yaaay!!  We Miami Brit footie fans are uber stoked.   I witnessed Beckham being swarmed [like the Pope on a visit to South America] wherever he went that week. One arranged visit to South Miami to meet a local  youth team and sign footballs, had to be abandoned midway because Becks couldn’t push through the crowds.  It was getting risky for him as police were undermanned but he smiled tolerantly like the class act he is.  His starpower in a city always dripping with celebrities cannot be over-stated, because Miami is a soccer mecca.  THE LATEST:  Beckham’s people are now viewing site options in downtown Miami to build a custom soccer stadium, required by the MLS.  This ongoing story is crucial to Florida Brits and too vast to cover in my statewide column,  so I’ve created a dedicated source to read Beckham team updates.  Find it on the top menu of  www.britishflorida.com.  Also read the Miami Herald’s accomplished soccer columnist Michelle Kaufman on www.miamiherald.com  I’m a fan of her column!  Beckham has not chosen his team name but MIAMI UNITED sounds ideal to me!

► May 16, 2014 NAME OF BECKHAM’S MIAMI TEAM:  TBA “Not chosen yet. We will probably let the people of Miami help us choose” Beckham’s people told us told us at May 16, 2014 press conference.

► LOCATION of SOCCER STADIUM in Miami:     TBA…ongoing saga sadly due to Miami’s usual politics and self-interested naysayers. Beckham and partners want a downtwown waterfront locations. His first two choices have been vetoed by city officials, so effective June 11, 2014 it’s back to the drawing board.  I am absolutely 100 % FOR a downtown waterfront location or anywhere  DOWNTOWN ONLY.—-Patricia Kawaja [ex-Londoner ] publisher of this website.

►  DAVID BECKHAM’S OFFICIAL PUBLIC RELATIONS company in Miami is TADD SCHWARTZ Media
Call [305] 858-3935.  www.schwartz-media.com    

►  DAVID BECKHAM’S OFFICE in Miami:    TBA on this page when team is named etc.   

TIP:   The marvellous Miami Herald is closely covering the David Beckham MLS soccer team story almost day by day!  Go to their website  www.miamiherald.com and search by David Beckham. That will pull up every bit of current info there is.

——–Patricia Kawaja
Publisher of www.britishflorida.com

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BELOW IS ACTUAL LETTER I EMAILED TO MIAMI HERALD, which they published on December 13, 2013. See it scanned above on this page.  

November 27, 2013 

 SIR:

As a downtown resident British businessowner, I see Port of Miami as the ideal Major League Soccer stadium choice for David Beckham’s British-Miami investors consortium. [Herald front page November 27].  Unlike the Marlins fiasco in the shabbier outskirts of town, this location works because: 

*  The stadium needs only 25,000 takers—-the Brickell-to-Omni resident population of soccer lovers [Latins galore, Brits, French, Germans, Italians can fill those seats alone!  None needs to get their cars out. 

*  Add the thousands of year-round visiting Brits from cruiseships and South Beach who will take in a nearby match. [1.3 million annual visitors come here from the UK—many to Miami].

*  Ditto armies of visitors to Bayside from the world’s soccer-loving nations who could walk to this MLS stadium. 

*  Ditto international guests at downtown Miami’s many hotels.

*  European soccer-loving nations like the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and others have their Consulates situated downtown and will entertain their national constituents at MLS matches.

*  There is ample downtown public transportation [Metromover/City Trolley/several city buses stopping near the Port/herds of yellow cabs. This transportation pipeline already works on packed Heat nights. 

 The over-riding advantage to the Port location is that it can be filled by walkers not drivers!

 Situating the MLS stadium there would be a shrewd approval by the City of Miami, atoning for past headscratching ones!

 —PK  

 

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