Monday, December 12, 2005
Japan trip for glory and not yen, insists Parry
YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 12 (Reuters) - European champions Liverpool are in Japan to win FIFA's Club World Championship, not for commercial gain, chief executive Rick Parry said on Monday.
Liverpool are hoping their involvement in the six-team
competition will attract investment in the club, although Parry
kept talk of business to a minimum upon the team's arrival.
'First and foremost, this is a competitive trip and not a
commercial trip,' Parry told reporters. 'It's not about raising
revenues. It's not about money. It's about trophies.'
Liverpool are still looking for investors to help finance a
proposed new 60,000 capacity stadium on Stanley Park, near their
current Anfield ground.
However, Parry was anxious to keep the focus on the job in
hand with Liverpool facing either Australia's Sydney FC or
Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica in Yokohama on Thursday.
'It's not about quick fixes or generating revenues,' said
Parry. 'We are conscious we have a huge fan base in Asia. We're
always impressed with...the depth of support we get here.
'This trip is more about reinforcing the link with our
Parry has made no secret of his hope that Liverpool's
participation in Japan would would boost the club's profile in
the lucrative Asian market.
Liverpool have held talks with the U.S.-based Kraft family
over the funding of a new stadium while the Merseyside club has
been the subject of several potential takeovers.
Talks with Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra broke down
last year, as did a proposal from local businessman Steve Morgan
to take a controlling stake in the five-times European
With FIFA pinning their faith in the revamped Club World
Championship, however, Parry sought to assuage any fears about
Liverpool's main objective in Japan.
'Our single aim is to take the trophy home,' he said. 'It's
about winning things and it's better to be here in a competitive
Liverpool are expected to face Brazil's Sao Paulo in the
competition's final on December 18. The South American champions
play Saudi side Al Ittihad in Wednesday's first semi-final.