Global Business of Soccer Recap

Court of Arbitration for Sport Upholds UEFA Bans on Fenerbahce and Besiktas (Business of Soccer)

Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (the “CAS”) dismissed Fenerbahce SK’s appeal of UEFA’s decision to exclude Fenerbahce from European club competitions for two years.  In July, the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Board (the “CDB”) banned Fenerbahce from participating in any European club competitions (including the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League season) for three years (with the third year of the ban deferred for a five-year probationary period) because of match-fixing.

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Maradona and Romario Vow to Form Commission (Soccerex)

Argentina and Brazil legends Diego Maradona and Romario have joined forces to attack the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), stating they will form a commission to investigate the distribution of revenue throughout the region. Maradona, who is currently engaged as an ambassador for Dubai Sports Council, and Romario, who is now a member of the Brazilian congress, have met with 20 South American clubs and a group of Uruguayan lawyers to demand change in football administration.

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Premier League Transfer Deadline Broken Down (Business of Soccer)

The transfer window has officially come to a close, much to the chagrin of agents, but to the relief of managers, players, owners, and fans alike. As usual, the premier league had some transfer deadline drama and last-minute transactions all over the league. Business of Soccer takes a look at some of the bigger signings during the last day of the transfer window. A full financial breakdown of this year’s transactions will be forthcoming once all deals are completed and full details are released.

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FIFA’s TMS Reports Rise in Global Transfer Spending (Soccerex)

FIFA has announced that its Transfer Matching System (TMS) recorded a reduction in the number of international player transfers, but an increase in spending as the summer transfer window closed. FIFA said that TMS processed 10,454 transfers between January 1 and September 2, compared to 10,513 transactions last year. The total amount of declared transfer fees in 2013 was US$3.367 billion, a 29% increase on 2012’s figure of $2.619 billion. In total, 5,018 clubs from 164 countries across the globe were involved in player transfers this year.

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UEFA and NextGen: Will There Be Only One? (Business of Soccer)

Celtic made headlines last season with their performances against Barcelona in the Champions League group stages, with a specific highlight given to the leg in Glasgow where the Scottish giants pulled off a stunning 2-1 victory.  One of the goalscorers for Celtic was 18-year old Tony Watt and while he may have never faced the likes of Messi, Xavi and Valdes before that game, he’d certainly gotten a taste in 2011 when he represented Celtic in youth competition’s response to the Champions League, The NextGen Series where he and a team of U-19 Celtic players took on Barcelona’s Juvenil A squad from the famed La Masia.

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The Proliferation of Data-Driven Analysis in Football (Part One: The Scouts) (Business of Soccer)

It’s Saturday, August 17, 2013. The first English Premier League game of the 2013/14 season, Liverpool vs. Stoke City, is televised and about to come on TV at 12:45pm British time, the standard lunchtime kickoff. As you sit there on your couch looking at the meticulous passing game implemented by Brendan Rodgers, you may well call up the Squawka second screen app on your iPad to look at the individual passing stats of Philippe Coutinho, or check out Daniel Sturridge’s shot accuracy on the FourFourTwo Stats Zone app on your iPhone.

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The Football League Publishes the 2012/13 Agents’ Fees Report (FC Business)

The latest publication of Football League clubs’ spending on agents’ fees has revealed that clubs committed a total of £21.5m to agents during the 2012/13 season – £170,000 less than the previous 12 months.

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Tax Impact of Buy-out Clauses, Transfer Fees and Wages (Business of Soccer)

The transfer deadline for leagues across Europe has passed but not without excitement and further transparency into the market. Each league and nation in which it is based enforces different rules and tax laws. Footballers transferring away from the Barclays Premier League in the United Kingdom to Liga BBVA in Spain will be impacted by the increase in taxes and required to understand the terms of the new contract.

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Barclays Premier League: Business 101 (Business of Soccer)

As part of a new series, Business of Soccer will break down each of the major football leagues from all over the globe through a business lens to help the every day, casual fan gain a basic understanding of the organizations and how they operate. This week’s subject is the Barclays Premier League, based in the United Kingdom. Arguably the world’s most popular football league, the Premier League is now 3 weeks into the 2013/14 campaign, and already it has seen some of the most exciting business deals in football history.

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Club vs Country: Injury Compensation and the Club Protection Program (Business of Soccer)

The club versus country debate is one that has raged, still rages, and will rage so long as international tournaments are held with the World Cup being the prime time ticket.  These most recent round of World Cup qualifiers are about halfway through, and they almost finished without a major injury if it wasn’t for Michael Bradley, the USMNT midfielder, sustaining an ankle injury before the USA’s match  with Costa Rica.

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