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Rowdies sign partnership with successful Brazilian soccer club

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced a partnership with the São Paulo Futebol Clube during a press conference at Al Lang Stadium Tuesday. The partnership will allow both clubs to play exhibition games against one another as well as provide key training opportunities for Rowdies players and prospective players. “The Rowdies are developing a brand of soccer that goes beyond the borders of Tampa Bay,” said Rowdies owner Bill Edwards. “It brings two iconic brands together.” The partnership did not materialize…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies hire soccer legend Francisco Marcos to lead development effort

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Portuguese football legend Francisco Marcos is coming back to St. Petersburg, as head of the Tampa Bay Rowdies international development effort. Announcemnt of the new hire came Friday from Rowdies President and General Manager Farrukh Quraishi and owner Bill Edwards. Marcos, a founder of the United Soccer League, brings more than four decades of experience in developing and promoting soccer in the United States. In addition to winning the Werner Fricker Builder Award, highest personal honor from U.S. Soccer, the sport’s American governing…

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April 11 is Rowdies Day in St. Pete

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St. Pete is recognizing the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ home opener this Saturday as Rowdies Day in St. Pete. Mayor Rick Kriseman issued a proclamation ahead of the April 11 match at a City Council meeting Thursday. “Please, everyone come out to the game,” Kriseman said. The Rowdies won their first game on the road against the San Antonio Scorpions, 3-1. They did this with a team that includes 21 new players on a team of just 26. “I think we…

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Under new management, Rowdies deserve a fresh look

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In a certain little corner of the world, covered with fresh green and gold paint, it is a time for a team. So far, granted, not enough people have paid attention. That will change. Not enough victories have been celebrated. The team believes that, too, will change. If one man is right, it may be time for the Rowdies to be born again. Just you watch. Farrukh Quraishi sits in his office, St. Petersburg and the future behind him. He…

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Rowdies Den opens this week at former Midtown Sundries bar

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Tampa Bay Rowdies fans will have a new watering hole to celebrate both pre- and post-game. The Rowdies Den will host its Grand Opening this Saturday. The trademark neon green lines the building that once was Midtown Sundries. Rowdies owner and St. Pete entrepreneur Bill Edwards bought the shuttered sports bar and announced in February he’d be turning it into a soccer paradise. His original goal was to open by the Rowdies home opener on April 11. He blew that…

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Jannus Landing becoming Jannus Live

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Architects, designers and construction crews are working at a fever pitch, transforming Jannus Landing into Jannus Live, a much-improved version of the much-loved live music venue in downtown St. Petersburg. The ambitious project has been undertaken by the venue’s new owners, Knight Global Entertainment, a partnership between Bay area businessmen Jeff Knight and Bill Edwards. Concertgoers can expect the same overall vibe that endeared Jannus Landing to the scene since the mid 1980s, but will also enjoy vastly improved sound,…

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Detroit Liquors re-opens

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Longtime downtown St. Petersburg fixture Detroit Liquors has been made over and opens as a corner liquor store with an upscale feel. The store’s renovation and re-opening marks another phase in the redevelopment of the Jannus Landing entertainment complex by partners Jeff Knight and Bill Edwards. Detroit Liquors stocks all major brands of liquor, as well as a generous selection of wines and beers. In an innovative pricing strategy, the shop will offer the lowest prices on liter bottles of…

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