Who are mycujoo?
Meet the startup looking to change the football world — forever!
Once upon a time, the only way to watch a football match was to be in the stadium. If you weren’t there, you had to wait for the newspaper to find out the score. Then came the radio, allowing listeners to keep up with all the action as it happened. Next was television, and not only being able to follow the match, but being able to see it. Then came streaming, enabling people to watch football matches wherever they might be, on their laptop, smartphone or tablet. And then, after all of those innovations, comes mycujoo.
The chances are, you probably haven’t heard of us yet. But we think we’re working on something pretty special, and once we’ve used this chance to tell you all about it, we hope you’ll agree. Here’s our story.
In 2001, Boavista were the champions of Portugal. By 2009, they were in the third tier, after financial calamity due to a stadium expansion they couldn’t afford. This meant that Pedro Presa couldn’t watch his beloved team anymore, living outside of Portugal and relying on television coverage to see ‘Os Axadrezados’ play. He could have given up and waited for the scores to appear on the internet, but instead, he had an idea…
By 2009, you could do just about everything on the internet. You could do your grocery shopping, you could buy a new outfit, you could talk to your friends on Facebook, and you could insult your least favourite celebrity on Twitter. However there was one thing that was missing, a legal and reliable way to watch your football team.
Sure you could try one of the illegal websites, but the amount of spam and pop-up adverts would destroy your computer faster than a 50/50 tackle with Roy Keane. And so the idea for mycujoo was born. While the company would not truly come to life until 2014, it was here that the first spark was ignited.
The first club was added to the platform in 2014, with Zurich Frauen making their games available as the pioneers of mycujoo. They were soon followed by BSC Old Boys and Mobulu Futsal, until the trickle of teams became a flood. As this article was written, the list of clubs working with mycujoo covers almost the entire planet, from Denmark to Thailand, with plenty in between!
So how about the name? Company co-founder Joao Presa explains: “The name comes from the earlier origin of the sport, a Chinese game called ‘cuju’. Literally translated, this meant “kick the ball with the foot”. We liked this name and the story behind it so much that we used the westernised version and added an extra ‘o’ — designed to represent a football. We believe football belongs to everyone, which is why ‘my’ was added to create mycujoo.”
Our team is growing all the time, and features people with experience working at such companies as Twitter, Google, Booking.com and Manchester United. We’re always on the lookout for strong new talent, so if our story has captured your imagination, feel free to check out our careers page. Otherwise, simply head over to our website to see what games we have to offer. Who knows, maybe you’ll see the next Messi, Ronaldo, Robson-Kanu* or Dybala before everyone else?
*a Wales fan wrote this article