Global Business of Soccer Recap

This past week’s news, announcements and events have ranged the emotional spectrum of tragic to comedic and epic to somewhat minor.  Regardless of where the stories fall in the aforementioned scale, if they are compelling, you will find them here in the one and only Global Business of Soccer Recap.


Benitez Died of Heart Failure (Bloomberg)

First an foremost, this is not business related.  This is a brief tribute to Ecuadorian professional soccer player Christian “Chucho” Benitez.  Benitez graced the colors of Santos Laguna, Club America, Birmingham City, El Nacional and most recently El Jaish Sports Club in Qatar.  He died after suffering from a heart failure after his debut game for El Jaish.  Rest in Peace

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Columbus Crew Sold By Hunt Sports Group For Record $68 Million (Forbes)

Hunt Sports Group has sold both the Columbus Crew franchise and stadium for a total of $68 million setting a new record for the sale of  current existing team previously set by DC United last year.

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Garber Announces Plans To Expand MLS to 24 by 2020 (Business of Soccer)

During the MLS All Star game against AS Roma in Kansas City, Don Garber took the opportunity to announce that there were plans to make MLS the largest professional league in the world by expanding to 24 teams by 2020.

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Bayern Munich President Hoeness Charged With Tax Evasion (Bloomberg)

Following the leak and eventual announcement of an investigation into Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness’ Swiss Bank account, he has been officially charged with tax evasion by German prosecutors.

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ICON Build On Legacy Of London 2012 With New FIFA World Cup Deal (CSM)

Event branding specialists ICON have picked up the contract from FIFA to provide the signage program for next year’s World Cup in Brazil after performing a similar service for the London Olympics.

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Pele Announced As Subway Brand Ambassador (Sports Pro Media)

Pele has found himself among the company of Michael Phelps and Ryan Howard as Subway’s newest ambassador.  With Subways in over 100 countries world wide, the already world known star will give an additional boost to “eat fresh”

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Clint Dempsey Is Coming Home To MLS (Business of Soccer / Washington Post)

After playing his trade in the Premier League for seven seasons in London at Fulham FC and Tottenham Hotspurs, USMNT Captain Clint Dempsey sealed a headline move to Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer.

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Fulham Release New Adidas Away Kits (Fulham FC Official Website)

Following some negative reactions of fans to the generic nature of some new Adidas Premiership kits, the German Sportswear giant uses #takemeback as a preface to release their 00/01 season inspired Fulham FC away kit.

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NASL Grants Expansion Bids To Oklahoma City And Jacksonville (Business of Soccer)

MLS isn’t the only organization making announcements about new teams.  Dallas the NASL Board of Governors announced successful bids for teams in Florida and Oklahoma that will come into the league by 2015

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FC Barcelona To Wear Denim Suits (Sports Pro Media)

We started on a tragic note, and so we will end on a comedic one.  FC Barcelona have signed a deal with Italian clothing company Fashion Box.  Specifically they are working with the firm’s denim brand Replay.

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That about does it for this week’s Global Recap.  Think we missed something? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.


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