Here’s what’s happening this morning in the soccer industry:
- Zahir Belounis, the French professional soccer player, has been given permission to leave Qatar after being held in the country for a year and a half over a salary dispute. The world players’ union FIFPro are sending a delegation to Qatar to meet with him.
Part of the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in Brazil next year has collapsed, causing significant damage and reportedly killing three people. Wednesday’s accident could delay the delivery of the stadium in Sao Paulo by FIFA’s December deadline to have all 12 venues ready. The Itaquerao Stadium was 94 percent completed.
- The cost of 12 stadiums being prepared for next year’s World Cup in Brazil has soared by $435 million.
- Carlos Langoni, Flamengo’s vice president for debt negotiation, said the team will earn $5 million when it plays in a decisive second game against Atletico Paranaense. At the start of the season Flamengo owed $326 million, more than any other team in Brazil, and had a reputation for financial mismanagement.
- The group led by David Beckham envisions a stadium on one end of PortMiami, with views from the stands of downtown and Brickell rising from Biscayne Bay.
- Sporting Kansas City preparing to host MLS Cup at Sporting Park on Saturday, December 7th. Record crowd was set at the Eastern Conference Championship versus the Houston Dynamo. Tickets for the match go on sale to the public on Monday, December 2nd.
- Sepp Blatter condemned Europe’s media for relentlessly “attacking” 2022 World Cup host Qatar on the topics of economic interests and claims of migrant workers suffering exploitation and hazardous conditions.
- ESPN broadcast a film featuring Soccer for a Cause, interviewing Gordon Hartman, Alen Marcina, Hans Denissen, Javier Saavedra and Walter Ramirez of the NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions.
- Had ‘El Tri’ failed to quality for the 2014 tournament, some $600 million — much in the United States — could have been lost. Mexico’s World Cup bid is boon for United States economy.
- RS has revealed two big names, Chang and Coca-Cola Thailand, as major sponsors of its live broadcasts of the upcoming FIFA World Cup.