Global Business of Soccer Recap

As the build up to the FIFA Confederations Cup took place all across Brazil, specifically in Saturday’s kick off host Rio de Janeiro, much of the media attention was on the host and participating nations and their potential lineups.  Who could blame anyone, even I wish Roberto Martinez could do match day analysis on my life.  That being said, the Confederations Cup did not preclude the rest of the world from spinning nor the business from running.  From Messi’s tax evasion to an official fan signing, here is  Business of Soccer’s week in review.

Malaga’s Appeal Loss is a Financial Fair Play Win (Business of Soccer)

The Court of Arbitration of Sport in Switzerland met and ruled on Malaga’s appeal regarding the one-year ban from European competition placed on them by the CFCB.  Business of Soccer looks at the consequences and reasoning behind both parties’ arguments.

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Chevrolet Announces Partnership With US Soccer (Business of Soccer)

Chevrolet and US Soccer did away with any potential Monday blues this week by announcing their new partnership.  Business of Soccer takes a look at the details of the new partnership as well as Chevrolet’s motivation  behind the new deal just one year after signing the most expensive kit sponsorship deal in Premier League history with Manchester United.

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Lionel Messi Used UK Company in Tax Fraud (Bloomberg)

The Argentinian super star has responded to accusations of tax fraud by claiming no wrong-doing through facebook.  However the thirteen page complaint filed in Catalan court has arguments of their own that include Adidas and Pepsi money and tax haven activity.

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How the Premier League Fixtures are Compiled (The Guardian)

It’s the subject of criticism every single season as soon as clubs find themselves playing game after game with very little rest.  The fixtures list for Premier League clubs are always hot topics, especially by outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson.  If you’ve ever wondered how they’re decided, The Guardian explains some of it.

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Kinnear Says He’s Rejoining Newcastle as Director of Football (ESPNUK)

The 66 year-old former manager has made sure that Jose Mourinho isn’t the only man making club comebacks this summer by announcing his return to Tyne-side club as Director of Football.  He returns with the club coming off a minor slump in the previous season having finished 16th and plans to bring back some vigor.

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Heynckes Confirms Retirement (

The treble-winning german manager has ended any speculation surrounding him and taking a new post after leaving Bayern Munich.  He leaves the club with a statement of support for the club, current squad, and incoming manager Pep Guardiola.

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Manchester City Announces Hiring of Manuel Pellegrini (Bloomberg)

Having finally worked out a compensation agreement with his former Andalusian employers Malaga, Manuel Pellegrini has officially signed a contract with Manchester City to become their new manager following the dismissal of Roberto Mancini.  The Chilean has managed teams across South America and Spain, most notably Real Madrid.

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Hearts ‘Face Administration in 10 Days’ (Scotsman)

Amid a storm of controversy that includes large amounts of unpaid money due to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs the SPL club could also see themselves in administration following lack of payments to players and potentially other employees in the coming weeks.

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Bristol City FC Makes Shock Signing (FC Business)

Bristol City have made headlines with their new innovative plan to increase fan engagement with the club alongside new sponsor Blackthorn.  The club will be giving a lucky season ticket holder who signs up between May 30th and June 28th the opportunity to have their own squad number and participate in limited team activities.

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FIFA Says Brazil World Cup Trademark Abuse More Than 2010 (Bloomberg)

FIFA’s legal counsel has revealed that it has found more copyright infringement relating to next years World Cup being held in Brazil than they did in South Africa in 2010.  From trademarked slogans to image rights, FIFA has strictly defended the business integrity of the competition and its official sponsors.

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