Global Business of Soccer Recap

Here are some of the top headlines and stories from the past week in the world of soccer business.

Police: Utah Soccer Referee Punched By Player Dies

In Utah, 46 year old referee Ricardo Portillo has died after being hospitalized from a punch to the head from a 17-year old player that he had yellow carded.  The player punched him once in the head in reaction to the yellow card and Potillo fell into a coma a little over a week ago.  The teen has been put in a juvenille detention center on aggravated assault.

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German Football Star Uli Hoeness’ Own Goal On Tax

Bayern Munich President has admitted publicly that he has a Swiss Bank Account on which he maintains a large amount of money that he doesn’t pay taxes on.  He turned himself in and with recent debate in Germany about how tax evasion is to be handled, it seems that Hoeness is set to have a very public retrieval of back-taxes on his account

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Jamie Carragher Joins The Sky Sports Team For The 2013/14 Season

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher retires at the end of this season at the age of 35.  Even though he’s hanging up his boots, he has no intention of leaving football behind.  Sky Sports announced that Carragher would be joining Gary Neville, Graeme Souness, Jamie Redknapp and Alan Smith next season which is set to be the largest Sky Sports match line-up to date

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Deco Fails Doping Test In Brazil

35 year-old former Chelsea, Barcelona and Porto midfielder has tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic currently on the banned substances list.  The Brazilian born Portuguese national  is currently on contract at Fuminense and the players representatives claim that his supplement regimen had been contaminated by the substance often used to hide other banned substance use.

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Robbie Rogers Says There “Really Good Chance” He’ll Return To Soccer

The former Columbus Crew and US National Team midfielder who retired recently after publicly coming out as gay recently admitted in an ESPN radio interview that he recently regained the desire to return to playing.  He stated that he would “need a bit more tie to evaluate and see how things play out” but that he would not want to play for Chicago who currently holds that midfielder’s rights.

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Ajax Clinches 3rd Straight Eredivisie Title

Forget 18 titles in England, or 29 titles in Italy, Ajax claimed a staggering 32nd title for the Amsterdam club with a 5-0 win over Willem II Tilburg  on Sunday while also relegating their opponents.  The scoreline was contributed by 5 different players and puts Ajax manager Frank De Boer among a select and honored crowd of managers

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Nike Release A Mercurial Vapor XV – Limited Edition 1998 Colorway

In a 15-year anniversary celebration of the mercurial line, Nike has released a Vapor XV in the original colorway of the first mercurial worn by Brazilian Ronaldo in the 1998 World Cup.  In true Nike form, the sportswear giant released 1998 pairs and are set to be available through selected retailers from around the world.

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Juventus win Serie A for 2nd Successive Season

It was  weekend of titles as Juventus joined Ajax on Sunday in celebrating the championship of the Serie A with a 1-0 win Palermo.  The Turin club now have 11 more Serie A titles than any other team in Italy and are coming of a championship season last year as well.  Their match was not as pretty as Ajax’s s they ended with 10 men and a narrow lead.

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US Soccer Stars Who Could Be On The Move This Summer

Alex Labidou in his “Stoppage Time” column for goal.com discusses Omar Gonzalez, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Carlos Bocanegra and Herculez Gomez and their potential to be big move away from current clubs.  In addition he breifly talks about some of Barcelona’s vanity purchases that represent money that could have been spent shoring up other areas.

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Liverpool And Warroir Release Their 2013/14 Home Kit

The 5-time European Champions from merseyside have revealed what the players will be wearing next season.  Recent addition Daniel Sturridge, Glen Johnson and club captain Steven Gerrard all model the new red home strip while Pepe Reina is also pictured in the new black and white goalkeeper jersey.  Daniel Agger and Phillipe Coutinho are also pictured.

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