Global Business of Soccer Recap



Welcome readers both new and returning to this week’s Global Recap where we at Business of Soccer take the opportunity to review the past week’s major developments and stories in Sponsorship, Marketing, Finance, Law and much more.


Premier League 101: Liverpool’s Proposed Renovation of Anfield and the Impact of Financial Fair Play (Business of Soccer)

With all the focus on club spending and financial control with regards to FIFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) initiative, it can be easy to categorize all types of spending into one simple total. That disregard for the type of spending though, would be neglecting an important nuance of FFP.

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Players Need Protection Against Match-Fixing (FIFPro)

Match-Fixing is a scandal and black mark on the sport almost as bad racism and one taken just a seriously by FIFPro. For this reason, the World Player representatives approve of the European Parliament’s assertion that players need more safeguards to the resources that leave them most vulnerable and susceptible to match fixing approaches.

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Manchester United Seek to Close Reported $1.57 Billion Nike Kit Deal (Business of Soccer)

Manchester United’s list of corporate partners is by far the largest in the Premier League and continually growing. Ironically though, it is a renewal of a current sponsorship deal with Nike that could reportedly prove to be the most lucrative in the club’s history.

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Giovanni Trapattoni Leaves as Republic of Ireland Manager (BBC)

After 5-years of management of the Republic of Ireland National team, Giovannai Trapattoni and the Football Association of Ireland have terminated their contract by mutual consent following their 1-0 defeat to Austria in World Cup Qualifying. Trapattoni and his assistant leave with a record of 26 wins, 22 losses, and 16 ties.

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World FC Seeks to Make Positive Impact on the Road to the World Cup (Business of Soccer)

A Chicago-based non-profit and startup has set their sights on an opportunity to make a difference on the road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Two former college roommates are planning a trip that intends to do more than just broaden their own horizons.

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French Football Clubs Could Be Exempt From 75 per cent Supertax (The Telegraph)

French President François Hollande made headlines during his campaign with an audacious proposed 75% tax on the countries highest earners. The tax was shut down by the French constitutional court but was resuscitated to apply to companies with payrolls of more than 1 million euros and is yet to disappear.

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Scottish Professional Football League Drafts New Post-Merger Rules (Business of Soccer)

The state of the sport in Scotland recently has been a state of turmoil directly relating to financial concerns. Following the encouraging announcement of a merger of the Scottish Football League and the Scottish Premier League into the Scottish Professional Football League, a newly drafted handbook for post-merger rules of the league includes some important provisions.

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European Football – Euro 2020 Bidding Process Begins (Yahoo!)

Euro 2020 is to become a Pan-European hosted tournament and this past Thursday was the deadline for countries to submit bids to host “packages” of games that include 3 group stage and one knock-out round fixture from the Round of 16 or quarter final as well as a package for Semi-Final and Final hosting that both involve bids from a specific City and Stadium.

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Ticket Demand in U.K. Proven More Elastic than Clubs Thought (Business of Soccer)

A recent BBC Sport report shows that ticket prices are actually down 2.4% across top divisions in Britain due to recognition that previous ticket price increases were not conducive to the current economic climate faced by many fans. The increased resulted in protests from fans and clubs have responded with some new initiatives.

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Sunderland Sign Groundbreaking Partnership With Tanzania (F.C. Business)

With signings in recent years that include Benin midfielder Stephane Sessegnon, Ghana midfielder Asamoah Gyan, and Senegalese midfielder Alfred N’Diaye as well as a recent partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sunderland AFC have announced a new partnership that further strengthens club ties to the African Continent.

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