Top 10 Recap

Real Madrid Is Latest Target For European Commission’s Investigation Into Illegal State Aid

 Following last month’s thorough investigation of five Dutch Football Clubs, the European Commission has now set its sights on Real Madrid, for alleged reports that the Spanish Club received a more than favorable deal for a piece of land from the Madrid City Council, just outside The Bernabeu stadium (Click here for the full article).

Mancherster City’s Yaya Toure Signs New 4-Year Deal Worth Annual $16.6MM

The Ivory Coast International signed a new 4-year deal with Manchester City last week for a reported £11 Million ($16.6 Million). The new deal keeps Toure in the list of Top 20 highest paid footballers in the world (Click here for the full article).

Adidas Launch New Chelsea Home Kit Campaign

Adidas have partnered with The Blues to launch an aggressive ad campaign for the new Chelsea home kit. Players are giving ‘wearing the team’s colors’ a whole new meaning (Click here for the full article).

USSF Celebrates 100 Years

Sunil Gulati along with Jurgen Klinsmann, Alexi Lalas, Cobi Jones, Michelle Akers, and Carli Lloyd among others, rang in the USSF’s 100th Birthday on the steps of New York City Hall last Friday (Click here for the full article).

Triumphant Return For Eric Abidal After Liver Transplant

After being off the pitch for nearly a year due to a liver transplant, French international Eric Abidal entered the match vs Mallorca Saturday in the 70th minute to a thunderous roar from Barca faithful (Click here for the full article).

United Sign £15 Million Annual Deal For Training Grounds Naming Rights

Manchester United and American Insurance powerhouse AON signed a new deal for the naming rights of the Red Devil’s training grounds, currently named Carrington Training Grounds, beginning in July 2013. The grounds will be renamed the AON Training Complex and will also give AON the rights to display its logo on training kits for domestic matches (Click here for the full article).

FIFA Contracts German Goal-Line Tech Company For World Cup 2014  

FIFA signed a deal with GoalControl Gmbh last week to be the official goal line technology company for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brasil. This will be the first World Cup ever to use such a technology in the run of play (Click here for the full article).

Liverpool Sign Deal With Wireless Provider Xirrus

In a continuous effort to improve in-game experience for fans at Anfield, Liverpool signed a deal with American-based wireless network firm Xirrus to install a wireless network exclusively for the storied stadium and surrounding offices. Liverpool hope to have heightened fan engagement with the installment of WiFi, rather than relying solely on 3G via mobile phones. It will also allow the club to gain fan insights as never before, learning their likes and dislikes as it happens when they engage with each other during matches (Click here for the full article).

Financially Troubled Valencia’s Majority Owner Reaffirms Commitment To Club

 Federico Varona, President of Fundacio VF, the group that owns roughly 73% of the Spanish Primera Division Club Valencia, assured the press that he has no intentions of selling off stake in the club (Click here for the full article).

Mancini’s Position As Man City Manager To Be Reviewed By Club Ownership At End Of Season

Roberto Mancini, Manchester City boss, will undergo a review from Club Ownership at the end of the 2013 Premiere League season. Even though Mancini signed a 5-year extension last summer, the club has underperformed in the eyes of its owners (Click here for the full article).

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