酒吧邂逅 突发“椰”想 – Vita Coco闯出十亿生意

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酒吧邂逅   突发“椰”想

唯他可可闯出十亿生意

泡夜店也能成就十亿美元生意?原想泡妞,却激发灵感还创造大事业?天底下哪有这回事?答案是,真的有!

这就是如假包换美国最畅销椰子水品牌唯他可可(Vita Coco)创始人麦克基尔班(Michael Kirban),与伙伴艾拉里然(Ira Liran)的“椰子情缘创业故事”。

美女爱椰水,泡出椰子情

■Michael Kirban(左)与好友Ira Liran。

先谈Michael,他可谓出身于生意家族, 从曾祖父到祖父、再到他爸爸都是商人,似乎企业家遗传基因早在血脉内。

父母离异后,Michael跟随父亲居住,所以很小就见证了父亲打拼路上屡败屡战的精神,潜移默化之下养成他不怕失败的个性。

2004年,Michael与好友Ira在纽约一间酒吧喝酒,邂逅2位来自巴西的美眉,闲聊间美女们提起最想念的就是椰子水,因为那是最天然美味又有营养的饮料。

没想到这触发了Michael与Ira的灵感,开启了从巴西进口天然椰子水到美国销售的念头,更没想到这个突发“椰”想,在7年后终于有所获利,还疯狂地成长,成为风靡全球30多个国家的椰子水品牌。

酒吧邂逅以后的两个月后,Michael与Ira买机票飞往巴西,往梦想出发。Ira留在巴西发展,负责椰子水的供应及出口,Michael则回到纽约,负责唯他可可椰子水生意的其他及所有事务。

第一局:又傻又天真,给钱买教训

两个从来没有经营过食品业经验的年轻人,就凭怀着一股热诚……当然是要付些学费买教训啦!很快Michael就面对了第一个重大挑战,并几乎花光7万5000美元的创始资金。

话说他们在巴西订购约2万箱的椰子水运回美国,打算大展拳脚在市场上销售,当货品运到港口时,才接获美国食品监督局来电,索取椰子水注册登记号码。

但是没多做市场资料搜索的Michael完全不知道,原来属于饮料类别的椰子水,需要到食品监督局申请批准,才可引进美国市场销售。

于是2万箱椰子水被迫转运至巴哈马群岛,托一位友人的帮忙,Michael之后在巴哈马群岛呆了两周,挨家挨户到餐厅、夜店、酒吧、酒店、杂货店推销椰子水。

首批椰子水最后卖了大概1万箱,Michael领回部份钱,足以抵销首批货品的成本,算是险胜。

第二局:若要人似我,除非两个我?!

汲取教训及获得食品监督局批准后,Michael再度从巴西进口椰子水,唯数量稍少于第一次。当他到超市推销的时候,马上发现自己陷入第二个重大挑战!

从超市经理口中得知,竟然有另一个椰子水饮料也刚刚推出市场,而且无论是产品性质、包装或市场定位都极度相似。

这个相似度超高的对手Zico来势汹汹,尤其是在分销通路上的竞争,都是一步跟着一步近身博斗,唯他可可所到之处,Zico也随即杀到 ,甚至出手拦截。

财力比唯他可可强大的Zico,会以“买50箱,送25箱”的大优惠来阻断分销商销售唯他可可。甚至故意在唯他可可办公室附近,大量派送Zico样品饮料,以致在唯他可可“地盘”的路人都是人手一瓶Zico。

尽管面对劲敌,但是Michael一点都不胆怯,依旧踏着他的直排轮滑鞋挨家挨户去超市打开销售通路。

直到2006年,Michael与一个较小型的前Zico分销商合作,大肆进攻更多零售据点,才稍微扭转了形势,当时年度营业额约为100万美元。

2007年,唯他可可首度引进外来投资,以20%股权换取200万美元资金,并在同年聘请了有饮料销售经验的猛将Michael Goldstein,加强团队阵容。

第三局:可乐入股了,可惜不是我

尽管唯他可可的后势加强,但Zico的攻势依然强劲,尤其当2009年可口可乐公司宣布入股Zico,令后者获得更大资金后盾,如虎添翼。

但是经过分析后,Michael认为,这一战他未必会输,因为Zico仅是可口可乐众多产品当中的其中一个投资,而并非主力产品。这也意味着,可口可乐不会发动全力来抢攻椰子水市占率。

唯他可可向来都是主打清新、健康和天然的低糖椰子水,产品定位非常明显,市场定位也是主攻着重健康的消费者。

在可口可乐进驻之前,Zico也与唯他可可一样以天然饮料为主,唯之后却改变路线成为浓缩饮料(Concentrated Drink),意思是不再是100%天然饮料。

Michael因而趁势改变唯他可可的包装,特大字体突显唯他可可不是浓缩饮料,以“天然饮料”的定位制造差异化,让唯他可可打赢漂亮的一战。

唯他可可的产品是由供应商生产,也没有涉及椰子种植,看起来是相当具成本效益的生意,但是谈及赚幅时,Michael说,50%成本开销是在于产品本身,因为从椰子原产地生产并运送至美国,加上行销费及营运开销等,都是需承担的成本。

产品在上架时还需与各巨头竞争最显著摆放位置,包括可口可乐、百事可乐、雀巢、Dr Pepper、七喜等,每一个环节的挑战都不容易应付。

第四局:麦当娜相中,这次好势料!

某天,经过朋友的搭线,西洋歌坛天后麦当娜的经理人来接触Michael,说探讨合作空间。Michael表明,唯他可可并非可口可乐或百事可乐,付不起重金请麦当娜当代言人。

殊不知这位人脉强大的经理人表示,可以向娱乐圈名人集资,然后投资在唯他可可!

2010年1月,唯他可可精心策划打出“明星牌”展开猛烈宣传,巨星们是投资者也身兼代言人,强大阵容包括麦当娜、好莱坞巨星黛米摩尔、马修麦康纳 (Matthew McConaughey)和音乐家安东尼基德斯(Anthony Kiedis)等。

经过巨星们在各大公开场合和媒体的宣传,唯他可可气势如虹,不但在美国变得火红,巨星效应也把品牌知名度推广至全球舞台。

除了娱乐圈,唯他可可也强打健康天然饮料的形象,与多位知名橄榄球、棒球和篮球运动员合作,扩大宣传饮料在运动后可及时补充水份的特点。

到了2011年至2012年,唯他可可更邀请超人气女歌手蕾哈娜担任品牌代言人,以延续巨星效应的温度。

与此同时,在分销通路上,Michael也与一家大规模分销商展开新合作,让更多美国零售店销售其产品。目前,全美销售唯他可可产品的零售商数量已经超过十万家。

巨星宣传加上打通销路,让唯他可可的发展如有神助,市占率冲上60%!

根据英国调研机构Technavio的数据,截至2019年美洲椰子水产品市场价值达到24亿6000万美元。

第五局:树上长的水 攻中国市场

在风靡欧美后唯他可可划下进驻中国市场的路线图,在2014年与红牛中国代理商华彬集团合作,这项策略性合作也包括华彬集团入股唯他可可。

华彬集团以1亿6500万美元购入唯他可可25%股权,并成为唯他可可在中国市场的分销商。凭藉华彬集团在中国饮料市场的强大网络,唯他可可成功打入这个全球最大的消费市场。标榜着“树上长的水,唯他可可迅速获得中国消费者的喜爱。

唯他可可的产品组合也在不断多元化,从最初只有小瓶装椰子水产品,扩大展至加入椰子水成分的混合果汁、柠檬水、运动饮料、咖啡和儿童产品等。

唯他可可也在2014年,扩编至非饮料领域,生产椰子油。

阻扰从不缺 杀敌也无数

尽管一路走来,面对许多强敌,甚至直接对垒饮料界老大可口可乐,但是Michael也杀敌无数,并坚信创业家的精神可克服所有困难。

唯他可可至今未有上市计划,年度销售额更是达到10亿美元。

今年46岁的Michael,受询及为何不选择100%出售股权时,他表示,现况已是最好的安排,因华彬集团的入股做为强大财务后盾,让他可以更专注去策划未来发展,而且可以承受比以往更大一点的风险。

从商也是自己觉得有趣又喜欢做的事,何乐而不为呢?

唯他可可教会我们的事:

一、讲到做到、办得到

从Michael的酒吧邂逅演变成大商机故事中,其实不难发现,生活中不乏创意点子,但是成功的创业案例往往都有一个共同点,那就是从“讲到”到“做到”,不是所有人都办得到!支撑他一路前行的动力,就是不断创新和坚持不懈的精神。

二、不怕输、也打不死

初出茅庐的小伙子,跟行业巨头打硬战,Michael都是硬着头皮不退缩。在创业的路上,必定是付出更多才能收获更多,要不断接受和征服出乎意料的挑战。

三、策略联盟 效应大

从跟众巨星联盟在欧美制造明星效应,到后来与华彬集团合作攻进中国庞大市场,唯他可可采取的策略都事半功倍,达到多赢。

LaLiga Santander Matchday 25 preview: A blockbuster weekend lies ahead

Matchday 25 of the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander season is set to be a momentous one as the top six sides in the standings face off against each other. Leaders Atlético de Madrid visit sixth-placed Villarreal CF at 9pm CET on Sunday night, while second-placed Real Madrid host fifth-placed Real Sociedad at the same 9pm CET time slot on Monday night. Before that, fourth-placed Sevilla FC welcome FC Barcelona, third-placed, to the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán at 4.15pm CET on Saturday.  

The first of the weekend’s three blockbuster matches is the Saturday afternoon showdown between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona. These two teams have already met each other twice this season, having played out a 1-1 draw in LaLiga Santander at the Camp Nou in October and having just met in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals at the start of February when Sevilla secured a 2-0 advantage.  

Sevilla haven’t finished above the Catalan club in the end-of-season standings since 1969/70, but they have an excellent opportunity to achieve that this year as Julen Lopetegui’s side were ahead of this weekend’s opponents until this Wednesday. The Rojiblancos are in an excellent run of form as they have won their past six matches in league play and haven’t conceded a single goal in the past five of these fixtures.  

With Moroocan keeper Bono in goal and with a solid central defensive partnership of Diego Carlos and Jules Koundé, Sevilla have, along with Atleti, the joint-best defensive record in the division with just 16 goals conceded. Barça, though, boast Lionel Messi and there is no team that the Argentine has scored more frequently against in his career than Sevilla, with a mindblowing 37 goals from 41 games. It’ll be thrilling to see who comes out on top.  

Villarreal CF vs Atlético de Madrid is the next of the weekend’s heavyweight bouts, a match between two teams desperate to return to winning ways. Villarreal have been struggling of late in LaLiga Santander and are winless in their past six league matches. Atleti, meanwhile have only won one of their past four games and have already dropped the same number of points in the second half of the 2020/21 season as they did in the entirety of the first half.  

Atleti dropped points against Villarreal earlier this season when they played out a goalless draw in the Spanish capital. They meet again this weekend knowing it will be a fascinating tactical battle as Unai Emery and Diego Simeone are two of the best coaches in European football. It’ll be interesting to see how this footballing chess match plays out on Sunday night.  

The last fixture of Matchday 25 is also one of the best, with Real Madrid hosting Real Sociedad on Monday evening. They played out a 0-0 draw when they met in the Basque Country earlier in the season, but their matches before that had been very entertaining. In their seven previous meetings before this season, there were 4.4 goals per game on average across four Real Madrid wins and three Real Sociedad wins.  

Making this showdown even more exciting is the fact that La Real’s Alexander Isak is the most in-form striker in LaLiga Santander right now. The Swedish forward has scored in each of his past six league outings, netting a whopping nine times. With the reigning champions missing several players, especially in defence, Isak will look to take advantage in this match that could significantly influence the title race and the push for Champions League qualification.  

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LaLiga unites with UNAOC on ONE HUMANITY campaign to promote global change

Both organizations join forces to promote and raise public awareness around social responsibility 

Madrid , February  25  2021   LaLiga and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) have signed a global memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which they will work together to promote and raise public awareness around social responsibility for the next two seasons (21/22 and 22/23).  

Both organizations will work to promote and raise public awareness around social responsibility through different projects and tools. The pillars of the agreement will be promoting education, combating racism and discrimination based on religion, belief, ethnicity or gender, social integration and gender equality.  

By signing the MoU, both institutions have agreed to work together on a set of promotional activities with the launch of the first communication campaign titled “ONE HUMANITY. The inspiring video includes passionate and strong messages from key players of the following LaLiga clubs: Real Madrid CF , Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Deportivo Alavés, SD Huesca, CA Osasuna, RC Celta, Atlético de Madrid, Levante UD, Real Betis, Granada CF, Sevilla FC, Valencia CF, and Elche CF.  

Both organizations will amplify their projects globally through their communication channels . As part of the MoU, UNAOC will also support LaLiga with its CSR and educational projects worldwide. 

A signing ceremony took place at LaLiga’s headquarters in Madrid, with the the presence of Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga, and Miguel Angel Moratinos, High Representative for UNAOC. 

Moratinos commented on this new partnership: “It is an honor to work with LaLiga on this strategic alliance, to help promote a better society, especially through the most loved sport in the world, football.  It is my hope that this deepened cooperation between UNAOC and LaLiga, a world leader in leisure and entertainment, helps us build a greater community and provides us with a great deal of value.” 

Javier Tebas added: The transmission of values through all our international alliances is vital and this strategic collaboration with UNAOC is a great example. Together with UNAOC and the involvement of all our participating clubs, I am positive that we will achieve our goals to foster and spread awareness around equality, diversity, and social responsibility.” 

By signing this Memorandum of Understandingwith UNAOC, LaLiga continues to bolster ties with the world’s most important organisations and institutions on an international stage. The new agreement is a further demonstration of LaLiga’s commitment to developing the love of football all over the globe. 

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Javier Mascherano is the new LaLiga Ambassador

The Argentine star was presented at an event held in Buenos Aires which also welcomed other Ambassadors such as Andrés Iniesta and Fernando Redondo 

February 24, 2021.- Argentine footballer Javier Mascherano, a former FC Barcelona player, joins the squad of footballing stars who, since 2014, have been playing an active part in the LaLiga Santander Ambassadors project which brings former players in the competition together to promote and raise LaLiga’s visibility around the world. 

Former teammates at the Catalan club along with other LaLiga Santander Ambassadors welcomed ‘El Jefecito’ at an event that officially presented Javier Mascherano as the latest member of “LaLiga Santander Ambassadors”. “I am proud to be part of this project and to serve as an ambassador for the values ​​of football and for the best league in the world. What’s more, being able to share the experience in such great company is very enriching.” 

The captain of this prestigious team of LaLiga Santander Ambassadors is Fernando Sanz, who welcomed Javier Mascherano by presenting him with the now iconic LaLiga Santander Ambassadors shirt. “Having Javier Mascherano as a member of the LaLiga Santander Ambassadors project is very important to us because he perfectly embodies the values ​​that we defend from this institution: competitiveness, teamwork and dedication. I’m sure that with his help, this team of legends can only become greater.” 

In addition to Fernando Sanz, other LaLiga Santander Ambassadors wished to accompany Javier Mascherano in his presentation. His former teammate in FC Barcelona ​​Andrés Iniesta, the recent LaLiga Santander Ambassador signing Aritz Aduriz and the Argentine Fernando Redondo were among those wanting to welcome and thank him for coming on board and being a part of the Ambassadors of LaLiga Santander program. 

The Argentine star is the 30st LaLiga Santander legend to join the best team in the world, whose members include Fernando Sanz, Carles Puyol, Anaïr Lomba, Aintzane Encinas, José María Gutierrez, Fernando Morientes, Fernando Hierro, Robert Pirès, Luis García, Gaizka Mendieta, Julio Baptista, David Albelda, Xabi Prieto, Marcos Senna, Milinko Pantic, Ismael Urzaiz, César Sánchez, Samuel Eto’o, Diego Forlán, Denilson De Oliveira, Frédéric Kanouté, Steve McManaman, Vero Boquete, Fernando Redondo, Patrick Kluivert, ‘El Pibe’ Carlos Valderrama, Christian Karembeu, Aritz Aduriz and Paolo Futre. 

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8 Key Ingredients To A Healthier, Longer, Better Life

Achieving a Healthier, Longer, and Better life has been a common goal even before the arrival of the pandemic. But how do we know if we are on the right path to attain this ideal life? To uncover the answers, AIA launched the “Healthier Together” study.  

The research revealed the 8 key ingredients to a Healthier, Longer, Better Life, unlocking the gateway to a healthier and more fulfilled way of life while sparking meaningful discussions around happiness, stress, well-being, relationships, and more. The study findings were based on insights from over 80 wellness experts from various fields and the results were validated through a survey of 6,000 consumers in the Asia Pacific region, including 1,500 respondents in Malaysia.  Through this groundbreaking research, it is revealed that only 29% of Malaysian respondents adopted at least seven of the eight ingredients while 46% only achieved three or fewer key ingredients.

Here are the 8 key ingredients and some interesting findings:

1. Having An Optimistic Outlook

Most Malaysians believe that having an optimistic outlook and finding the positives in life are essentials for a better well-being. A positive mindset is cultivated through reflection on life events, no matter big or small, that has brought you joy and fulfillment. Also, gratitude and thankfulness make us enjoy life’s little moments and allow us to view the world from different perspectives.

2. Sense of Independence

Personal autonomy gives us confidence in making choices when facing obstacles in our lives. To achieve this key ingredient, you need to actively participate in your financial health, physical health, and mental health. Malaysians shared that they take control of their lives by saving up for the future or rainy days (63%) and are more proactive in going for  regular medical check-ups (48%) to ensure that they are always in their best health. 

3. Make Time To Recharge

Living in a fast-paced world, we often forget and underestimate the benefits of recharging and unwinding after a long week at work. Especially during this pandemic where working from home has somewhat blurred the lines between work and personal time. Thankfully, 66% of Malaysia respondents find this key ingredient crucial and make time for relaxation by engaging in activities that they enjoy.

4.  Be Active & Engaged

Through this study, it was found that Malaysian respondents were keen to improve their connection to a wider community which will help develop better social, physical, and mental health. With the practice of mindfulness techniques such as breathing and meditating, 41% of Malaysians believe that these powerful forms of actions help them achieve this key ingredient. Also, volunteering for a charity or a cause is determined as another compelling action that helps Malaysians feel active and engaged in their lives.

5. Self-Motivation

Giving yourself goals to accomplish and finding joy in everything you do are some of the approaches to achieve self-motivation. To unlock this key ingredient, establish achievable objectives and create a plan to attain your goals. While taking the time to acknowledge one’s success and achievements are highly regarded in Australia, Thailand and Hong Kong, Malaysians are more likely to consider completing a task an achievement, no matter how small. 

6. Never Stop Learning & Exploring

The continuity of engaging and exploring with new ideas and experiences throughout our lives plays an important role in ensuring life satisfaction. By putting in the time to acquire a new skill such as singing, cooking, or even painting, we are enriching ourselves while having an end goal to look forward to. It is great news that Malaysians prefer to seek new information, ideas, and knowledge through reading. With the accessibility of the internet, there is no excuse for not expanding your horizons. So, go out there and challenge yourself or learn something new!

7. Maintain Quality Relationships

Through this study, Malaysians shared that having heart-to-heart talks and meaningful conversations with friends and loved ones is one of the most important actions to maintaining quality relationships. It is a blessing to be surrounded by individuals and groups that are like-minded, share similar interests, and are honest with each other. And while we receive attention and care from others, it is crucial that we take up the same role and always prepare ourselves to reach out to them proactively, listen to them, or even offer help when needed. 

8. Understand Yourself & Your Emotions

This research has also shown that Malaysians are very aware of their feelings and emotions with 54% of them frequently using coping strategies, which is a higher proportion than other markets. Comprehending our feelings and thoughts help us understand what we want in life, what motivates us, our strengths and weaknesses, and our capabilities and limits. By handling our stress and negative emotions with coping strategies and reflecting on our feelings, we will then be able to live a more purposeful and fulfilled life despite any challenges that may come our way.  

As part of the efforts to spur meaningful conversations about health and wellness during these challenging times, AIA has recently launched the “Hoping & Coping Through the Pandemic” video series which features its Global Ambassador David Beckham together with 14 other AIA regional ambassadors, including AIA Malaysia’s very own Nicol David, coming together to share their personal experiences and approach to practicing a healthy lifestyle during the pandemic. You can also view the complete findings of AIA’s Healthier Together study and survey HERE.

Ronald Koeman knows FC Barcelona can’t have more mistakes in LaLiga

FC Barcelona’s manager, Ronald Koeman, has talked in the press conference in the last day before receiving Elche CF (Wednesday, 19:00 GMT/UTC+1) in the Camp Nou stadium.The team worked this morning for the last time and know, as the coach told the media, that they can’t miss any more chances in LaLiga if they want to have options to win the tittle until the end. At this point of the season, they stand in the fourth position (after Sevilla FC’s last victory Yesterday) and 8 points behind the leader of the table, Atlético de Madrid.FC Barcelona will have to deal with many absences for the game ahead. Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Philippe Coutinho are confirmed to be left out for the game ahead. Ronald Araújo will remain a last minute doubt for the game as he is still struggling with some discomforts, but Koeman had been saying during the season that he won’t take risks with any player.

“IT’S TRUE THAT ELCHE SEEM TO BE AN OPPONENT THAT BECAUSE OF THEIR VICTORY THE OTHER DAY ARE CONFIDENT, THEY ARE FIGHTING TO AVOID RELEGATION, SO IT’S GOING TO BE A COMPLICATED GAME. WE SAW WHAT CADIZ DID THE OTHER DAY WHEN THEY CLOSED IN, I DON’T KNOW IF ELCHE ARE GOING TO PLAY AS FAR BACK AS THEM, BUT CADIZ MADE THE MOST OF THE GAME. IT DEPENDS A LOT ON OURSELVES, ON OUR PLAY ON THE BALL, AND ALSO DEFENDING WELL AT IMPORTANT MOMENTS”

“I THINK THAT BEING A BARCELONA PLAYER YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO WIN, BUT IT IS TRUE THAT WE ARE AT A POINT IN THE SEASON WHERE WE ARE PLAYING FOR A LOT, SO WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR THE ENERGY THAT HAS BEEN THERE LATELY IN MANY GAMES, BECAUSE OF COURSE WE HAVE DROPPED POINTS AT HOME, BUT OF THE LAST 13 GAMES WE HAVE WON 10 AND DRAWN 3. OF COURSE I AM DISAPPOINTED TO LOSE TWO POINTS AT HOME THE OTHER DAY, BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO CONTINUE THIS DYNAMIC BECAUSE IF WE FAIL MORE, THERE WILL COME A POINT WHERE WE WILL HAVE NO CHANCE OF DOING ANYTHING”.

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Five things you might not know about Alexander Isak

Alexander Isak is one of the most in-form strikers in LaLiga Santander with 12 goals and two assists so far this season. Here are some facts you may not already know about the Real Sociedad striker. 

Alexander Isak has started 2021 on fire and has already notched 12 goals and two assists this season in LaLiga Santander. Here are five things you probably don’t know about the Swedish striker powering the txuri-urdin’s quest for a high finish come the end of the season.  

Isak was born in Solna, Sweden in 1999. He is of Eritrean origin, the country his parents left in search of better opportunities for their children. He remains closely linked to his roots and currently collaborates in soccer projects for children in Asmara, the country’s capital. 

The striker made his debut in LaLiga Santander against Valencia CF on Matchday 1 of the 2019-20 season. In his first season as a Real Sociedad player, he scored nine goals in LaLiga Santander, a mark that he has already comfortably passed this season with 14 games still left to play. 

Isak is the youngest player to score in five consecutive LaLiga Santander matches in the 21st century, doing so at the age of 21 years and 146 days – 85 days younger than Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero (21 years 221 days) and 85 younger than Antonio Sanabria (21 years 231 days). Other LaLiga greats took even longer. Samuel Eto’o did it aged 22 years and 62 days; Gonzalo Higuain aged 22 years and 115 days.  

He has equalled the record held by Darko Kovacevic and John Aldridge as the Real Sociedad player who has scored in the most consecutive LaLiga games: six. 

Isak is the youngest ever scorer in the history of the Swedish national team, notching his first goal at the age of 17 years, 3 months and 22 days. And, records aside, he’s completely passionate about music: “music is life for me,” he says. 

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LaLiga Interview: Adnan Januzaj former Manchester United on LaLiga, EPL and David Silva

On playing in LaLiga, differences with the Premier League/Bundesliga 

In England, it’s more physical. Obviously everyone knows that LaLiga is much more technical. In between the spaces you have to play with your head, the players here are very clever.  

In the Bundesliga, if you play for Dortmund or Bayern Munich you’ll always have the ball and kill the other teams.  

In Spain, it’s more difficult. It’s more equal. Every game is very difficult to play, all the teams in Spain can play football, they can score goals. 

For me, the most difficult league is Spain. In my experience. The Premier League also, but if you’re in a team that plays very good football and that can create many chances… it’s also nice to play in England.  

On David Silva 

He’s a technical player, he’s an unbelievable player. Obviously because of what he’s achieved in his career. The way he thinks on the pitch… it’s different to other players, you know?  

I’m a bit similar to him. I can see passes, he can see passes. At the end of the day, when you play with players who have a similar game to you then you’ll have a better understanding on the pitch.   

On Eden Hazard 

People maybe don’t know Eden well enough here in Spain, but they will. For me, he’s one of the best players in the world. I have no doubt about it. 

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