Global Business of Soccer Recap

Agents: A Look at Their Fees and the Services They Provide (Part Two) (Business of Soccer)

Last week, here at Business of Soccer we took the first of a two part look into the discussion and debate surrounding agents.  Given recent controversies surrounding agents such as the fees reportedly paid to Eden Hazard’s agent by Chelsea in his transfer from Lille, and Samir Nasri’s move from Arsenal to Manchester City where agent fees specifically were reported to have been major sticking points in negotiations, it was quite obvious the men who represent some of the biggest soccer stars on the planet carry a fairly significant degree of influence.

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Bundelsiga 101: Financial Prudence Breeds On The Pitch Success (Business of Soccer)

If someone asked an everyday soccer fan what the second richest league in the world was, how many do you think would offer up the German Bundesliga before La Liga in Spain or Serie A in Italy? Not many would most likely be your answer; however, the Germans seem to have the winning formula figured out, both on the pitch and in the front office, and the world is beginning to witness the results.

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United States Soccer Federation Releases FY13 Financial Statements (Business of Soccer)

The United States Soccer Federation released the organization’s audited annual financial statements earlier this month. The release was noted following a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.

US Soccer made $12.95 million from Nike in 2013 (via @RyanRosenblatt). One of several good nuggets from latest report

— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) September 26, 2013

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Gazprom’s Steady Ascent in Europe and Soccer (Business of Soccer)

With a reported income well above $100 Billion in 2012, Gazprom, Russia’s privatized but partially state-owned natural gas company, is the largest natural gas company in the world.  It was in 2006 that the company came under state government control and also when a Russian Federal law gave Gazprom complete exclusivity and monopoly over the export of natural gas.

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Arsenal Announce Profits From 2012-13 Season (Business of Soccer)

Barclays Premier League (BPL) leading team Arsenal FC have recently announced the club has profited during last season’s campaign, which ended in May.  Arsenal FC have been busy during recent transfer windows and state that they owe their profit to last season’s sale of star striker, Robin van Persie.  With the sale of van Persie to Manchester United and defender Alex Song to Barcelona, the club received over $63 million (£47 million).

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F.C. Internazionale Milano Sale Imminent (Business of Soccer)

Massimo Moratti, owner of Serie A giant Internazionale, has said that there is no final deal as of yet, but that a sale is of a portion of the controlling stake in the club is certainly imminent. Moratti has been in talks with Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir for the last several months, and told reporters that another month of negotiations would be needed in order to iron out the final details of the deal.

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FIFA Responds to Potential Challenge to Transfer and Registration Regulations (Business of Soccer)

Last week, Business of Soccer posited that the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (the “FIFA Regulations”) may be ripe for challenge in light of footballer Joe Yoffe’s contention that FIFA Regulations, which prohibit out-of-contract players from signing with new clubs if those players’ contracts expire in between transfer windows, unfairly limit players’ freedom of movement and ability to earn a living.

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Arsenal Welcomes Gatorade in Long-Term Deal (FC Business)

Arsenal Football Club have announced Gatorade as its Official Sports Drink and Sports Nutrition partner after agreeing to a three-year global partnership. The deal will see the Gunners’ first-team, Under-21 and Under-18 teams use Gatorade before, during and after all training sessions and matches.

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IOC Says a 2022 Winter World Cup Won’t Affect Winter Games (Reuters)

Staging the 2022 Qatar soccer World Cup in winter will not affect the Winter Olympics in the same year, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said on Sunday. Bach, who was attending the Sochi 2014 Winter Games torch lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia, said he had had talks with FIFA president Sepp Blatter and was confident the two major sports events would steer clear of each other.

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The FA Reports Strong Financial Performance (FC Business)

The FA Group, which comprises of The FA, Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park has announced its financial results for the year ending 31 December 2012. Reporting a strong financial performance in 2012, the Group delivered a turnover of over £300m and investments back into the game also exceeded £100m, both for the fourth consecutive year.

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