This week on Arsenal.com we'll be focusing on our Partner Clubs - Colorado Rapids from the United States, Bec Tero Sasana from Thailand and Vietnamese club Hoang Anh Gia Lai.
We'll have video footage of the Rapids and Bec Tero at Arsenal's Training Centre in London Colney plus an exclusive interview with Danny Karbassiyoon. The former Gunner reveals all about his new job since injury forced him to retire from football.
Those of you who don't subscribe to Arsenal TV Online will still have plenty to enjoy. For starters, get an insight into what the partner clubs mean for Arsenal by reading our interview with Commercial Director Adrian Ford.
We'll also have interviews with major figures at the clubs themselves plus an update on each team's progress in their respective leagues.
Our coverage kicks off now with the lowdown on the links between Arsenal and Colorado Rapids, Bec Tero Sasana and Hoang Anh Gia Lai.
In February 2007 Arsenal entered into an exclusive agreement with Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE) - the leading live sports and entertainment group based in Denver - with the primary aims of building the Arsenal brand in the US; helping to improve the quality of football at MLS team Colorado Rapids and supporting grassroots football in the US.
The establishment of this innovative strategic relationship will combine an exchange of best practices together with commercial and marketing efforts which includes the inception of a Centre of Excellence at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and the transfer of coaching 'know how'.
Furthermore, a key component of this relationship is the development of the Arsenal Cup, a club tournament that will be open to American club teams from all over the United States which will be hosted at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Colorado. Read the full story.
Bec Tero Sasana
In September 2006 an Arsenal XI played a friendly against Bec Tero Sasana at the training ground as part of our link-up with the Thailand Premier League club.
Arsenal have opened an Academy in Thailand and Bec Tero have made use of the facilities at the Gunners' Training Centre. Arsenal's coaching staff have also provided valuable input; Neil Banfield held a coaching clinic for the Thai club in the summer of 2005. Read the full story.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai
In March 2007 Arsenal Football Club and Vietnamese League club Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) announced a technical and marketing partnership which will continue to develop the north London club's presence in Asia.
The partnership will lead to the establishment and operation of an Arsenal elite football academy in Vietnam, technical support for the HAGL football team and various commercial, marketing and business support for the Vietnamese club. Arsenal will also use the partnership as an opportunity to further develop club-related marketing and merchandising initiatives along with community outreach soccer school activities in Vietnam. Read the full story.Partners Week Date Article 6 July 2007 A typical BEC Tero matchday - Picture special 5 July 2007 Colorado Rapids held to goalless draw 5 July 2007 TV Online: BEC Tero Sasana visit London Colney 4 July 2007 TV Online: Karbassiyoon's new role for Arsenal 4 July 2007 Find out more about Arsenal's partner clubs 3 July 2007 TV Online: Rapids train at London Colney 3 July 2007 'We have learned a lot from our partnership'
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