Global Business of Soccer Recap

In case you missed any of this past week’s soccer biz action, we’ve captured the highlights for you. Enjoy the latest edition of the Business of Soccer global recap below.


Brazilian Protests Raise Doubts over Confederations and World Cups (Business of Soccer)

With the eyes of the soccer-watching world focused on the Confederations Cup in Brazil over the past week, the biggest story coming out of the country hasn’t been Spain’s 10-0 thumping of Tahiti or Mario Balotelli’s relatively mundane hairdo, but a massive wave of civil disobedience that has swept through the Brazil’s streets and used the platform offered by the tournament to make headlines around the world.

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MLS Aims to Supplant League’s Growth Through New Venture (Soccerex)

Major League Soccer (MLS) has formed a new content and distribution group that will produce a range of programming across multiple media platforms in a bid to establish deeper connections between fans, players and clubs and fuel the League’s growth. Content created by MLS+ will include new television shows, digital series, mini-documentaries, mobile applications, lifestyle features, user-generated content and viral video stunts. Distribution partnerships include US cable sports channel NBC Sports Network and, Canadian pay-television broadcasters TSN and RDS, KickTV – the league’s official YouTube channel – and

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Bosman Lawyer Takes Complaint on UEFA Finance Rules to Court (Bloomberg)

A player agent today filed a complaint at a Belgian court about European soccer finance rules that aim to stop teams such as Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City spending more than their income. Daniel Striani, who also lodged a complaint with the European Commission on May 6, said European soccer governing body UEFA’s rules infringe European Union competition law and the right to free movement of workers, service and capital, according to a statement distributed by the office of his lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont.

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Adidas to Supply Chelsea Soccer Kit for Next Decade (Reuters)

German sportswear company Adidas has renewed its kit supply deal with Chelsea for another decade, the English Premier League soccer club said on Friday. Financial terms but were not disclosed, but Chelsea said that it is the biggest deal the club has signed with a commercial partner.

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Spending Plan Revealed for Russia’s World Cup (Soccerex)

Further details have emerged over how Russia will spend a budget of 664.1 billion rubles (US$20.75 billion) on preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with local organising committee (LOC) chairman Vitaly Mutko stating that the staging concept has been designed to involve more than 70% of the population.

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Managerial Shake Ups Around Europe (Business of Soccer)

Managerial change for a club during the summer transfer window results in a different kind of search for a replacement than would occur in the middle of the season.  While timing remains important usually a summer change can afford a club a less hurried, and somewhat more structured search for a candidate that really fits their profile.

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Sunderland Strengthens African Bond (FC Business)

Sunderland AFC have further strengthened its links with the African continent by committing to a ground-breaking football partnership with the country of Tanzania.

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Gary Stevenson Appointed President & Managing Director of MLS Business Ventures; Mark Abbott Named MLS President & Deputy Commissioner (MLS)

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today the  appointment of Gary Stevenson, one of the sports industry’s most innovative and accomplished media and marketing executives, as president and managing director of the League’s new business unit, MLS Business Ventures.

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Former Manchester United Chief Executive Appointed to Head UEFA’s Licensing Committee (Business of Soccer)

David Gill, Manchester United’s former Chief Executive, stepped down from his post, making way for Ed Woodward. Gill was appointed to be the Chairman of UEFA’s Licensing Committee, a position of considerable power in European football.

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FA Adds Fizz with Big Cola Extension (Soccerex)

The English Football Association (FA) has sealed a two-year extension to its partnership with Big Cola. The new contract with the flagship brand of the multinational beverage company AJE will include the FA’s 150th anniversary year and the remainder of the national team’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. In addition to being an official partner to the England team in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Laos and Cambodia, Big Cola will now extend this to include Malaysia and Myanmar.

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