About us

Graben Sports and Entertainment provides production of professional sports events and pre-seasons. Specializing in professional soccer at the top level club level as well as National team level, we have years of experiencing working with some of the top club and national teams from the around the world. Our past experience includes matches and pre-seasons for squads such as Boca Juniors (Argentina), River Plate (Argentina), San Lorenzo (Argentina), Atletico Nacional (Colombia), America de Cali (Colombia), Deportivo Independiente Medellin (Colombia), Saprissa (Costa Rica), Sevilla (Spain), Argentine and Colombian Olympic U23 squads, and the national teams of Argentina, Honduras, and Haiti to name but a few.

Local promoters have hired us both in a 360 degree capacity to handle event execution from initial concept through to game day, or tailored specifically to meet their needs. This includes sourcing and renting stadiums, obtaining the necessary insurance coverages and event approvals, organizing travel and lodging, setting up online and offline ticket sales, contacting sponsors, providing team liaisons, and running game day operations.

Services

GAME DAY OPERATIONS

Full service game day operations.  From production and competition timelines, to delegation liaisons, field management, event choreography, technical needs, and staffing; we offer turn-key services with the highest operating standards and attention to detail.

LOGISTICS

Comprehensive coverage of all your delegation and event needs, from prior to landing through departure.  Flight booking, hotel and catering, transportation, practice fields, sparring partners, and all other possible organizational needs.

TEAM LIAISONS

Our team liaisons have years of experience working with the world’s top level clubs and national teams.  Fluent in a variety of languages, our personnel will be on hand to assist you with all your delegation needs 24/7.

LEGAL / INSTITUTIONAL

Sourcing and negotiating with potential stadium venue partners, acquiring of necessary event insurance coverage, liaison and co-ordination with US Soccer, providing FIFA Match Agents, and more.  We have years of experience and working relationships with our local stadiums, specialized insurance providers, US Soccer, and a network of FIFA approved match agents.

TICKET SALES

From suggesting price points to co-ordinating with your chosen online ticketing outlet, we have years of experience working with all the established ticketing companies.  We have also developed an extensive and proven network of specialized offline sales points and brokers, ensuring that you maximize your reach and ticket sales.

MEDIA BUYS

Our working relationships with media, particularly in the sporting and Latin American community markets, across print, radio, TV, digital and static will ensure your event gets the best exposure to value rate possible for your event’s budget.

DIGITAL MARKETING

We partner with an external marketing company to ensure our events have a comprehensive and powerful digital presence and marketing campaign across all significant platforms.

Events

D.I.M Florida Tour 2018
D.I.M. vs River Plate & Boca Juniors

In July of 2018, GSE partnered with Deportivo Independiente Medellin to provide them a one week pre-season experience, together with two matches against Argentina’s largest clubs as they faced off against River Plate in Orlando City stadium, and Boca Juniors in Boca Raton’s FAU stadium…

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Boca Juniors vs D.I.M

GSE produced, organized, and promoted the July 2018 match between CA Boca Juniors and Deportivo Independiente Medellin. The match, hosted at Boca Raton’s FAU stadium, was attended by over 6,000 spectators and televised live on Fox Sports. GSE was also responsible for all logistics of the Boca Juniors delegation during their three day stay in the city of Boca Raton…

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CA River Plate Friendly Matches July 2018
River Plate vs Saprissa, D.I.M, & Millonarios

GSE produced, organized, and promoted three matches in the state of Florida during July of 2018 for CA River Plate. The matches were held at ESPN Wide World of Sports (vs Dep. Saprissa), Orlando City Stadium (vs Deportivo Independiente Medellin), and FAU stadium in Boca Raton (vs Millonarios)…

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Logistics FHF
Argentina vs Haiti

The Haitian Football Federation tasked GSE with all their logistics needs during their one week stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina, including renting of a practice facility, as well as all day to day delegation needs as they took on Argentina in their final match on home turf before departing towards the World Cup…

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Logistics AFA
Argentina vs Italy

The GSE team was hired to handle all logistics needs of the Argentine Football Association during the course of their stay in Manchester, England for the international match between the national teams of Argentina and Italy…

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Copa Campeones de America 2018
River Plate vs Independiente Santa Fe

GSE was hired to handle all logistics and operations of the match between CA River Plate of Argentina and Independiente Santa Fe of Colombia. The match was held at Central Broward Regional park and broadcast on Univision…

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CA River Plate Pre-Season Miami, January 2018

GSE was responsible for the complete organization of CA River Plate’s January 2018 pre-season. The 12 day training camp was held at Florida International University, with accommodations at the Biltmore Hotel.

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Honduras vs Jamaica
Honduras vs Jamaica

This international match up pitted recent World Cup qualifier and Olympic semi-finalist Honduras against a strong Jamaican team that came out victorious in the contest.  The match was held at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium and televised internationally…

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River Plate vs. Motagua at Disney
River Plate vs. Motagua

On the second match of the tour organized by OnSide and presented by Torneos, River Plate of Argentina, played against Motagua of Honduras. Both teams were coming off championship seasons in their local leagues. The match took place on July 13, 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, located at the Walt Disney…

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Argentina Olympic National Team, Pre-Season 2016

One of the world’s top national teams was hosted in the city of Boca Raton, for one week of intensive practices and two friendly matches, prior to traveling to Rio to participate in the Olympic games.  Practices were held at Florida Atlantic University…

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Amistosos Selección AFA Olímpica
Argentina vs Colombia
Argentina vs Haití

In preparation for the 2016 Olympics the Argentina’s Olympic team played two friendly matches at FAU Stadium, in Boca Raton, Florida. July 21 saw the stadium fill with fans as Argentina faced off against Colombia’s Olympic team in a game that was broadcast live by FOX Sports worldwide…

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Copa de Campeones de América 2016
River Plate vs. America de Cali

The second edition of the Copa Campeones de America featured America de Cali versus River Plate of Argentina, to commemorate the 20th and 30th anniversaries of their Libertadores Cup final matchups.  The match was hosted at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium, and broadcast live in the USA and rest of the world by Fox Sports…

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Los Clásicos en Miami
Cali vs Medellínl
América vs Cali
Medellín vs Nacional
Nacional vs América

For the first time in history, the biggest soccer rivalries in Colombia were played on the same day and in the same stadium. Crosstown adversaries from Medellín, Atlético Nacional and Independiente, as well…

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Challenge Cup
Boca Juniors vs Fort Lauderdale

Argentina’s most successful club, Boca Juniors, faced off against the NASL team owned by Brazilian legend Ronaldo, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  The match, held at Lockhart Stadium, was televised by ESPN 3 in the USA, DirectTV Sports in the rest of the Americas, and Telefe in Argentina…

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Copa Campeones de America 2015
San Lorenzo vs Atl. Nacional

The first edition of the Copa Campeones de America, featuring the then reigning Libertadores Cup Champion San Lorenzo de Almagro of Argentina against Atletico Nacional from Colombia.  Played at Florida International University, the match was broadcast live to the USA and Middle East on BeIn Sports…

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Our Team

Nicolas Grabenheimer

Founder & CEO

As owner and CEO of a record company and tour booking agency for over ten years, Nicolas has ample experience in all aspects of event management. First as Director of Operations at Onside Entertainment and then as President of Graben Sports, he has been from day one responsible for all logistics, game day operations, delegation needs, and ticketing matters related to the company’s events.

He has worked closely with top tier clubs and national teams such as Argentina, Colombia, Honduras, Haiti, River Plate, Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo, Atletico Nacional, Dep. Independiente Medellin and numerous others.

Originally from Argentina, he is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and German. He is an avid futbol fan and dedicated athlete, playing NCAA soccer while attending Boston’s Suffolk University, and currently on the men’s national ice hockey team of Argentina.

Jorge Ferro

Vice President of Operations

Jorge has a long and distinguished career in the world of soccer, both on and off the pitch.  He was a Argentine Football Association referee in Argentina from 1985 to 2005, time at which he retired as a first division referee.  He also served as President of the “Asociacion Argentina de Arbitros”.  In 2008 he left Argentina for the USA on an extraordinary achievement visa, thanks to being awarded numerous distinctions throughout his career as a referee.

In the United States he has been an integral part of the Graben Sports and Entertainment team, holding key positions as logistics co-ordinator, team liaison manager, and as part of the game day operations crew on all of our major events.

He remains an active member of the local soccer community, as a referee supervisor and co-ordinator in several competitive local leagues.

Gaston Lubczanski

Operations Manager

Starting as a talent manager and event organizer in the music industry at the age of 18, Gaston has been working with big names in the entertainment industries for years. Since joining GSE, he has worked with the Argentine national team overseas as well as South American club giants Boca Juniors, River Plate, Millonarios, Independiente Santa Fe and many more.

His first two roles at GSE as Assistant Team Liaison and Team Liaison working side by side with the biggest South American delegations have prepared him for his current role of Operations Manager.

Born in Buenos Aires, Gaston is fluent in Spanish and English and carries futbol in his blood. He is the host of a futbol podcast on the web, and enjoys playing the sport whenever an opportunity arises. He is currently finishing his BBA in Marketing and International Business at Florida International University.

Clients

Graben Sports (formerly operating under the name of IDEA Marketing) has proudly been the exclusive operations and logistics partner of Onside Entertainment since it’s founding in the year 2014.

In this time together we have organized over a dozen top tier international club and national team matches and pre-seasons, with Graben Sports playing a key role in providing game day operations, organizing 360 degree delegation and event logistics, negotiating with stadiums, obtaining necessary permits, federation approvals, and insurance coverage, co-ordinating both offline and online ticket sales, and beyond.

Several exciting future projects are currently in the works, including matches with the Argentine Men’s National team, and new ventures into the youth soccer arena.

Contact

Phone: +1 305 998 8422
Email: info@grabensports.com

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In 2018, Torneos SA, one of Argentina and Latin America's largest and most renowned media and broadcasting companies, entrusted Graben Sports and Entertainment with the organization of the Florida friendly matches for both CA Boca Juniors and CA River Plate.  Graben Sports organized all aspects of the events, from legal and contractual, to sourcing opponents and venues, to event executive production, and all match related aspects for four matches, in three stadiums, across two cities, within a span of 20 days.  The matches were held at ESPN Wide World of Sports (CA River Plate vs Saprissa), Orlando City Stadium (CA River Plate vs D.I.M), and FAU Stadium in Boca Raton (CA River Plate vs Millonarios and CA Boca Juniors vs DIM).

GSE is proud to collaborate with Deportivo Independiente Medellin, one of Colombia's largest and most successful clubs.  In 2018, GSE invited D.I.M to a one week Florida pre-season, playing matches against none other than Boca Juniors and River Plate of Argentina.  GSE also organized a one week pre-season for D.I.M, handling all their logistics needs including international and local travel, accomodations and catering, as well as training.  GSE and D.I.M regularly partner for D.I.M's international match and training needs.

Publicidades USA, as agent for the men's national team of Haiti, chose Graben Sports and Entertainment to accompany the FHF national team of Haiti during their one week stay in Buenos Aires, where they participated in the pre-World Cup farewell match of AFA men's national team of Argentina, as well as holding a one week mini training camp.  GSE sourced, negotiated, and contracted a training ground, as well as providing 24/7 support to the Haitian delegation from prior to arrival, through departure.

In July of 2018, GSE had to pleasure of inviting Costa Rica's most important soccer club to Florida, handling all their logistics needs and providing them with a match at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports against Argentina's C.A River Plate.