Have you ever imagined how football addiction and fanaticism can actually fetch you some money? If yes, then there’s a lucrative business out there waiting for you to take some two to three steps and you begin to earn a living for yourself. Meanwhile, the said steps are obviously on a smooth soil.
The business of a football viewing centre is one sure business in Nigeria that’s guaranteed consistent income and huge profits because of the great crowd of football fans who troop out to watch their respective clubs play football on weekends and midweeks (albeit not all weeks).
The coming together of football fans to see their favourite clubs in action is definitely not restricted to the stadiums alone, as many other fans across the world also have the opportunity to gather at the viewing centres, bars, clubs, to see their respective football teams in action.
However, the simple truth is that not all football fans would be opportune to go see the games live at the stadiums and also, not everyone would be able to afford Cable TV to watch, and not forgetting the epileptic power supply in the country that will deter many people from watching from the comfort of their homes. Hence, the viewing centre is the best bet for those that are thousands of miles away from the match venue.
So, you can imagine how you’d be giving the opportunity to see their teams by providing a viewing centre in your environs, you’d be making them happy and also making money for yourself in return.
That said, shall we take a look at the things to consider when setting up a football viewing centre of your own.
- Have A Solid Business Plan
Having an amazing plan prior to venturing into any business of one’s choice can definitely not be underrated or overemphasized. Because when this is in place, it puts the owner of the business on the right track right from the beginning of such business.
But in this case, the plan we’re talking about is how you want your viewing centre to look like. Are you settling for a centre that would accommodate a minimum of 100 viewers at a time? Or is it the normal viewing centre that would require only planks and trampoline as the shelter for the viewers, which would only house a maximum of 50 people at once? Or even a house?
Well, it all depends on the capital at hand and the choice of the owner. But on the other hand, using planks to set the centre up saves you the trouble of having to adjust when it’s raining, or making any of the changes due to weather. But you have to create enough windows and alternate doors. It will enable ventilation and relaxation.
So, after getting a spacious land (which is very essential anyway), and building the place that would house your customers, the second equipment that’d be needed is the seat your viewers would sit on.
Wooden seats are advisable in this case because of the damage some fans might do to plastic seats all in the name of celebration. So a wooden seat is the best. It should be long enough and be strong.
- Get Good Electronics
When setting up a viewing centre, owners are mostly handicapped because of the consistent spike in the prices of electronic appliances which makes them settle for a lesser quality of electronics.
But for a start, here are the first few but important things to have:
– Standing or Ceiling Fans: I’m sure you’d not want your customers who’ve paid to feel any form of an inconvenience no matter how little, thus the need for fans for a cool atmosphere.
– Blackboard: Yes, this is not electronic but you can agree with me that it is much needed so that you’d be able to advertise your viewing centre; when you write match fixtures and their times, it helps fans not miss out on any, knowing exactly when it will kick-off.
– Get Good TV sets: This aspect is the Crux of setting up this impeccable business. Just in case you don’t know, most viewing centre patronizers are not after the kind of cable TV decoders you’re using, all they want from you is utmost comfortability after paying you to watch a game.
And the utmost comfortability comes when the picture of your TVs is top-notch. Some TV sets of some centres can actually blind you because of their exasperating blurry screens. So, get sets of good televisions.
But don’t make a mistake of being economical with the numbers of television sets you’re getting, multiple TVs enables you to give viewers alternate matches. For instance, there could be three important matches at a go, and a crowd of fans divided according to their teams.
Multiple TVs will serve every team supporting group their own match and will enable each one to see the matches wherever he is seated. 3 flat-screen Televisions with super quality is okay, at least for a start.
– An amplifier and a Speaker: This also is very essential. The business is one that requires commentary with it; this commentary however helps increase the kind of publicity you give to your viewing centre.
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Install the speaker somewhere around your building, because you definitely cannot rely on the sounds of the TV sets alone. The sound from the speakers attracts hungry football viewers to come to see the action. So the amplifier and the speaker gives you that advantage of getting lots of customers.
For this business, the decoder is the smallest but the most vital equipment that is indispensable to every viewing centre holder.
However, the DSTV decoder is the best of all decoders because they own the right to airing matches from most of the top leagues.
Having more than one decoder will help you satisfy different customers at the same time. Make sure that the subscription you have with DSTV meets your need. Also, with the advent of some dishes that can be cracked with some IPs, you get to be above your competitors by showing some matches in which the DSTV doesn’t have the privilege to air.
But the installation of the dish can be quite expensive which is why DSTV is the primary decoder for viewing centre.
- A Reliable Standby Generator
This can be very important too due to the instability of the power sector in the country. Although it’s not compulsory it is very essential in the business – you don’t want to look like a fool in the presence of your customers when there’s a power failure, consistent occurrence drives away the customers.
You must keep the match going uninterruptedly with your backup plans and UPS helps to keep the TVs from going off while you trying to restore power. Also, endeavour to get yourself a standby generator.
Other basic equipment includes:
Extension Socket: You can make provision for as many sockets as you can so customers can charge their devices while watching football.
Electric power stabilizer: To regulate the television in case of light fluctuation.
Bulbs: To illuminate the atmosphere especially at night.
Total Cost Visibility For A Low Budget Viewing Centre?
The capital that you need to set a viewing centre varies in relation to the capital you have, prefered location and how spacious you want your centre to be.
- With a budget/capital of N500, 000- N700,000, you can start your business
- Rent for land/shop or property: N50, 000 – N200, 000 / Annually, depends on location
- Blocking Setting to almost window level +
- Wooden Chairs N1500 – N2000 (20) depends on the quality
- Fairly used quality flatscreen TV sets (2) N50, 000
- UPS (2): N20000
- DSTV Decoder and dish and Installment: N18,000 or see list of Dstv Subs
- DSTV monthly subscription (XtraView): N15,000
- Standby Generator: N60000
- Ceiling fans/ standing fans: N20000
- Marker Board: N2000
- Lighting systems & Sockets: N8000 -10,000
A football viewing centre is a business that can be operated with other businesses because football matches are seasonal, so you have to look for other viable businesses you can run alongside.
Put on your thinking cap and consider other small businesses. For instance, you can have two small TV sets and PlayStation games that can rake in money during the offseason. Another one is to try having a betting house alongside the viewing centre.
In conclusion, running a football viewing centre business requires certain skillsets like coordination, management, and a good client-centric approach.
And it’s also a business that doesn’t require much marketing and advertisement. All you need do is an erect signpost in strategic areas within your environs so people from far and wide can be informed about the business.
In the early stages, you can offer free viewing for about two days and ensure to provide your best service. It is a way to get people to try your service and if they like your service, they will surely return.
Also, make sure your prices are competitive enough. They shouldn’t be too high so you don’t lose customers and should not be too low either so you don’t run at a loss.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time
The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.
A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.
There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.
10. Roberto Rivelino
Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.
He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.
Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.
8. George Best
Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.
De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.
6. Johan Cruyff
One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.
Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.
4. Diego Maradona
Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.
Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.
Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.
The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.
Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.
Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.
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This is CheapGoal’s top 10 football dribblers, if any of our loving readers feel otherwise or have their preferred special list, pls don’t hesitate to drop and comment…