Frankfurt Legend Transfers to MLS

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375908_m1w850v44224_oka2008130342Oka Nikolov, the long-time fan favorite and prominent figure at Eintracht Frankfurt, has completed a move to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (pending receipt of a work visa). Nikolov, 39, has spent over 19 years with the same club and has featured in over 400 1st and 2nd German Bundesliga matches for the club. He started all ten of the club’s final 2012/2013 matches helping Frankfurt to a Europa League qualification.

Upon embarking upon this new career challenge, Nikolov stated: “Eintracht are my one and only. I had an absolutely incredible time with this fantastic team and I would like to thank both the club and the fans. However, throughout my career an opportunity to move to America and expand my horizons was always a dream of mine and one which I hope to fulfill now.”

He now joins the MLS outfit officially upon the opening of the summer transfer window on July 9, 2013.

Nikolov Leads Frankfurt to Europa League Spot

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on099The “Eternal” Oka marshaled the back line of Eintracht Frankfurt’s defense for the last ten matches of the 1 Bundesliga campaign leading the team to qualify for the Europa League competition in 2013/2014. A fan favorite, Nikolov has been playing with the club for over 19 years and recently extended his stay with the club for another term through June 2014. In this most recent stretch, Nikolov earned Man of the Match honors for his roll in preserving a 2-0 shutout over league rival Schalke. He also saved three penalties, including one against European Champions, Bayern Munich. Nikolov has played in over 400 German 1 and 2 Bundesliga matches and continues to add to the  legend within the Frankfurt ultras. Earlier this year he was voted by the fans as the top goal keeper in Eintracht Frankfurt history. Nikolov has also featured five times for the Macedonia National Team.

Hassli Joins FCDallas in 2013

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vsportlandForward, Eric Hassli, joined FC Dallas today after a trade was agreed upon with his former club, Toronto FC. A quiet individual off the field, Hassli is a fierce competitor and a committed team player who bleeds for his badge. He registered 5 goals and 5 assists in 2012 while fighting through injuries. And he was also a finalist for FIFA’s Puskas Goal of the Year in 2012 following his powerful volley in the Amway Canadian Championship final while playing for Vancouver against Toronto FC (prior to joining the Ontario club later in the year). The recent trade to Dallas for the exciting French goal scorer involved Toronto FC receiving future considerations in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Hassli departs Toronto thankful for his time with the club. He shares his wishes for success to former teammates and management at Toronto FC and to the club supporters that join the players in fighting for the shirt every week. He now looks forward to his next career challenge and is excited to join his new club for preseason. He remains focused on contributing to FC Dallas’ success on the field in 2013 and is eager to prove himself and earn the support of his teammates, managers and passionate fan base of his new MLS club:

“I’m thankful for my time in Toronto, I wish them all the best for 2013, I’m now excited to join my new teammates in Dallas for the preseason and focus on contributing to the club success this year!!!!”

Hassli Traded to Toronto FC

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Eric Hassli, 31, was traded from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Toronto FC. Hassli arrived in Vancouver in 2011 and was signed to one of Major League Soccer’s elite contracts as a Designated Player. He will now move from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference as Toronto FC seeks to replace its Dutch striker, Danny Koevermans, who was recently ruled out for the season with a cruciate knee injury. SInce arriving in MLS, Hassli has recorded 15 goals and 5 assists in 52 combined league and Canadian Cup appearances during his time with the Whitecaps.

Jeremiah White Joins Revolution

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Nova Sports Group client, Jeremiah White, has officially agreed to terms with the New England Revolution and is set to join the Boston-based Major League Soccer (MLS) club to start the 2012 season pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. White was last registered to play with GKS Belchatów in the top league in Poland during 2010. The 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year and Hermann Trophy Finalist out of Wake Forest University now joins the Revolution after having been initially drafted by the club in 2004. White did not sign with MLS that season and instead opted to embark upon a European journey to test his luck overseas.

Nova Sports Group Hosted by Juventus and Pachuca

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With a steadily growing reputation as a boutique shop that operates on a global scale, Nova Sports Group was recently invited as a partner in strategic initiatives set by the head sports directors at legendary clubs in Mexico and Italy. The projects included new-player identification and intercontinental marketing opportunities. Ryan Mattis traveled to CF Pachuca in June to spend ten days as a guest of the club in which he observes training sessions while two players were on trial with the club who had been recommended by Nova for consideration for contract. Later in the month, Ryan Mattis and Rob Feigenson both traveled together to New York City to spend two days as a guest of Juventus FC on their tour of North America. As part of the project, Nova hosted meetings for Juventus with select Major League Soccer directors and coaches. Nova has since worked on player transfers of European-based players to Juventus during the summer window as well as on global transfers of certain Juventus players away from the club. In particular, Nova had been mandated to broker a transfer between Juventus and a Major League Soccer club for left defender, Fabio Grosso. Grosso was a member of the 2006 World Cup Champion team from Italy. Nova Sports Group is a global sports representation agency that works throughout more than 25 countries worldwide and has developed a reputation for identifying and placing players with the “correct” club. Over the past several months, Nova actively worked on contracts and player placements in Italy, Denmark, Mexico and the United States.

Transfer Work Continues

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Having completed a number of transfers and new contracts in the winter window, Rob Feigenson and Nova Sports Group attended the MLS season opener between DC United and the Columbus Crew in Washington, DC. Nova Sports Group is a global sports representation agency that works throughout more than 25 countries worldwide and has developed a reputation for identifying and placing players with the “correct” club. While MLS has grown and added two new expansion clubs in 2011, Nova continues its work in the domestic and international markets to ensure strong placement for players and clubs alike.

Over the past two months, Nova actively worked on contracts and player placements for Floyd Franks, Shawn Chin, Jamel Johnson and Gregg Berhalter and remain optimistic of potential for additional moves prior to the close of the window in MLS (on April 15). Each of Nova’s MLS-based players started the season with injuries which kept them from playing time on opening day. In fact, both Kevin Burns (broken rib) and Gregg Berhalter (sprained knee) sat out their opening day competitions, though Burns seems posed for his season debut in the near future having played 90 minutes in the club’s reserve match over the weekend, which was seen as a warm up for first-team action. A long season ahead for each team includes MLS play as well as CONCACAF Champion’s League competition.

In Memoriam – Joel S. Feigenson

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Joel S. Feigenson, MD, age 67, an intensely benevolent healer, a gifted photographer and a dedicated family man and friend, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. Son of Ethel and Abraham Feigenson, he was widely known as a talented and compassionate physician. In his 40-year career as a neurologist, he was instrumental in the development of Neurorehabilitation as a medical field.

Raised in White Plains, N.Y., Dr. Feigenson attended Columbia University and then studied medicine at New York University Medical School, where he also did his residency in Neurology. Dr. Feigenson created the Stroke Unit at the Burke Rehabilitation Center and wrote the first chapters on Neurologic Rehabilitation in the standard textbooks for neurologic training. After joining Associated Neurologists in Bridgeport, he designed and directed dedicated inpatient rehabilitation units, first at Park City and then at St. Vincent’s Hospitals. Dr. Feigenson was also medical director of Rehabilitation Associates since its founding, providing outpatient rehabilitation throughout the area, and was a Board Member of the Stroke Council and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation. Throughout his career, Dr. Feigenson touched many lives as a healer and teacher. One colleague wrote, “He is so smart and gifted. He has taught all of us to think critically and out of the box. He has made us all better health care professionals and more importantly, better people.” He was known for his keen, intuitive diagnostic sense and human touch.

Nova at Juve and Milan Friendlies

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Actively preparing for the summer transfer window, Nova Sports Group President, Rob Feigenson, attended two friendly international matches in May to meet with the host Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs as well as members of the international football community. The first of two matches took place at the new Red Bull Arena in New Jersey where Red Bull New York took on Juventus FC and emerged the victor by a score of 3-1. Nova Sports Group attended the match as a guest of Juventus. The second match came three days later at RFK Stadium in Washington DC when DC United hosted AC Milan and also proved the better side on the night with a 3-2 result.