Global Business of Soccer Recap


Laying the Groundwork for American Soccer (Business of Soccer)

Recent interviews with Tim Holt of United Soccer Leagues (USL) and Bill Peterson of North American Soccer League (NASL) provided two different perspectives on the future of the sport in North America. While the USL seeks to stabilize and secure its role in the landscape of the U.S. Soccer Federation, the NASL is not interested in being viewed as the second division.

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Spanish League Consolidates TV Rights, Orders Clubs to Slash Debts (Business of Soccer)

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s followed La Liga (Liga BBVA) over the last few years, but Spanish soccer has been slowly killing itself. Just as recent times have seen the country’s economy suffer from a mounting debt burden that has crippled growth and spurred unemployment, so have many of Spain’s professional soccer teams dug themselves into precarious financial situations that have threatened to wipe them off the map.

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Italian Shakedown: Financial Police Question Top Football Clubs in Tax Investigation (Business of Soccer)

It was a well orchestrated “sting” operation carried out to the letter on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by non other than Italy’s finest – its finest financial police, that is. A total of 41 clubs, 18 from Serie A (only Bologna and Cagliari were spared) and 11 from Serie B, had their offices “raided” for financial records and documents “as part of a broad investigation into tax evasion and other alleged crimes involving player transfers”, The Wall Street Journal reported in an article on Wednesday.

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Zizou Makes Real Madrid Management Move (Business of Soccer)

A Frenchman, an Italian and a Spaniard walk into a bar as a Portuguese walks out…this of course is not the start of a joke, and they aren’t walking into a bar, they’re walking into one of the most storied and famous sporting venues in Europe, The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. The Italian and Spaniard are of course newly appointed Real Madrid Manager Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid President Florentino Perez. The Frenchman though, is the only member of the trio to have graced the pitch of the Bernabeu as a Madrid player. Now Zinedine Zidane will be sitting on the Real Madrid bench once more, this time as one of Carlo Ancelotti’s two assistant managers.

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Chelsea Football Club and adidas Extend Partnership; Deal Worth $509 Million Over 10 Years (Business of Soccer)

Chelsea Football Club and adidas announced an extension to their existing global partnership. The deal is the largest in Chelsea’s history and ensures adidas remains the official sponsor and kit supplier through 2023.

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FC Anzhi Makhachkala Takes European Stadium Hit (Business of Soccer)

Just outside Moscow at a former Saturn Moscow training facility, some 1200 miles from from their home field, is where the players of Russian Premier League side FC Anzhi Makhachkala really call home. Because of conflict in Dagestan, which is located right on the Caspian Sea north of the Azerbaijani border, the club’s players and their families live and train outside Moscow and fly to their home games in Dagestan under heavy guard.

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Lionel Messi Ordered to Appear in Court as Part of Investigation into Tax Fraud (Business of Soccer)

On Thursday, a court in Gava, Spain ordered Lionel Messi to appear in court on September 17 to be questioned in connection with an investigation into tax fraud allegations. In particular, a local prosecutor has alleged that Messi and his father defrauded the Hacienda, the Spanish tax office, of $5.3 million. The alleged tax fraud stemmed from Messi’s income related to revenue earned from image rights required to be reported in Messi’s 2007-2009 income tax returns. Messi’s father, Jorge, was ordered to appear along side his son to answer to the charges.

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