Global Business of Soccer Recap

Manchester City Reaches FA Cup Final

Manchester City are still in the hunt for silverware this year.  In a game that started off the blocks from the beginning at Wembeley, City held off a second half Chelsea push on goal to maintain their lead at 2-1 to advance to the FA Cup Final against Wigan.  City advanced through goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri. (Read Full Article here)

Champions League Semi-Final Draw

The draw for who faces who in the final four of the Champions League happened on Friday and it has resulted in a German vs Spain showdown.  Bayern Munich  has drawn Barcelona while Real Madrid will face Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side.  (Read Full Article here)

Premier League Shareholders Ratify Financial Regulation

Two critical controls have been ratified in the regulations that include a wage increase restriction at £52 million as well as a limit on the amount of losses a club can make over 3 years.  It was a tight vote but the reforms were passed by the 20 chairman.  (Read Full Article here)

Inter Milan President Moratti Reffered to FIGC

Inter President Massimo Moratti has been referred to the Italain Football Federation’s disciplinary commission (FIGC) after criticizing match officials after a match with Atlanta saw Inter drop a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 claiming that the officiating crew acted “without good faith”.  (Read Full Article here)

Hawk-Eye Wins Premier League Contract

After beating out Goalref and Cairos for the deal, The premier league has signed Hawk-Eye to a 5 year contract to be the leagues first official goal line technology introduction.  Hawk Eye uses a camera based system that will be full integrated into every stadium in the league by the 13/14 season.  (Read Full Article here)

UEFA Proposes Tough Sanctions on Racism

At the SoccerEx conference held in Manchester UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino has proposed strict repercussions for teams, fans, and players guilty of racism including a potential 10-match ban for any player or official found guilty of racism.  (Read Full Article here)

Greek National Team Signs With Nike

The Helenic Football Federation (HFF) announced that starting June 7th in a match against Lithuania, The Greek National team will begin wearing Nike Kits after leaving previous kit sponsor adidas in a deal that will outfit Greeks all the way down to the youth levels in Nike.  (Read Full Article here) 

England Gaffer Hodgson Talks About International Mentality Frustration

The England discussed his frustrations at the SoccerEx conference in Manchester regarding the International break bemoaning clubs who use the time to give players 10 days breaks as opposed to making players fully available for national selection.  (Read Full Article here)

Nike Introduce First FA Cup Match Ball

Following Nike’s replacement of former England sponsor Umbro, Nike introduced their first ever FA Cup match ball, the Nike “Maxim”.  It is the same match ball that has been used in major leagues across Europe this season just with a couple touch ups.  (Read Full Article here)

Arsenal Misfit Arshavin Set to Finally Leave The Emirates

The Russian winger who at one point scored four goals against Liverpool in one game is at the end of his contract and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has indicated that he’s unlikely to sign again with the club when his contract runs up this summer.  (Read Full Article here)

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