Global Business of Soccer Recap

Just in case you didn’t catch everything, here’s a recap of events from the soccer industry last week:

 

Racism Incident by Home Fans Sparks Reaction from FIFA President (Business of Soccer)Unknown

In a disconcerting departure from the typical racism incident in soccer, home fans for Real Betis are now being accused of making racist gestures toward one of their own players.  In a game at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville, Spain, Real Betis fans allegedly made racist gestures toward their own player, Brazilian defender Paulao, after he was shown a straight red card shortly before halftime in a game against crosstown rival Sevilla.

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Photo Courtesy of www.OneWorldFutbol.com

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One World Futbol, Chevrolet and the Indestructible Ball (Business of Soccer)

Almost everyone has found themselves in the position where they have everyone together, a field, enough free time to get a good game going, and then the ball is brought out and it’s flat.  Most of the time it doesn’t really matter why it’s flat because probably one of the most neglected items in the recreational game is a pump.

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BOS_Man U Nike KitManchester United, Europe Have Most Premier League Sponsorships (Business of Soccer)

Player transfers were not the only hot topic during the summer window prior to the start of the 2013 season in the Barclays Premier League. Clubs were extremely active in signing new sponsorship deals from all over the world, looking to tap into new markets and broaden their respective clubs’ reach.

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MLS Schedule 2014MLS Releases 2014 Schedule, Includes Break for FIFA World Cup (Business of Soccer)

A day after the 2013 MLS Cup Finalists were set, MLS released the schedule for the 2014 season.  Nineteen MLS teams will compete in 2014, kicking off on Saturday, March 8th and finishing on Sunday, October 26th.  The 2014 season is slated to have a total of thirty-nine mid-week matches with thirty-five of them scheduled for Wednesday, three scheduled for Thursday, and one scheduled for Tuesday.

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BOS_2Exclusive: Damaged Brazil Stadium May be Delayed till February – Source (Reuters)

A fatal construction accident at Sao Paulo’s World Cup stadium may delay its opening until February, but FIFA is not worried about it being ready on time to host the tournament’s opening game in June, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Thursday.

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BOS_3Two Men Are Charged in U.K. Soccer Match-Fixing Probe (Bloomberg)

Chann Sankaran, a 33-year-old Singaporean, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, a 43-year-old from the U.K., appeared before Cannock magistrates today and will be held until the Dec. 13th hearing, the NCA said in an e-mailed statement. The five other men arrested were released on bail, the agency said.

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BOS_4Third Party Ownership Can Benefit Spanish Football – LFP Chief (Soccerex)

Spanish Football League (LFP) president Javier Tebas has again cited the controversial third-party player ownership (TPO) model as providing a means to boost the competitiveness of the Primera Division.

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BOS_5Mexico’s TV Azteca Buys Soccer Club Atlas (Reuters)

Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca on Monday bought the troubled Atlas soccer club for about $50 million, the club’s president, Eugenio Ruiz, said at a press conference. The deal will ease the financial woes at the Guadalajara-based club, which was behind on payments to its players and managers.

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BOS_6Russian State-Run Firms Could be Barred From Investing in Clubs – Report (Soccerex)

Russian football could be set for a major shake-up after a new bill that would ban state-owned companies from funding professional sports teams was introduced to the country’s lower house of parliament.

According to the R-Sport agency, if the law is passed, it would prevent the likes of energy giants Gazprom and Rosneft –long-term financial supporters of sport in Russia – from investing in clubs.

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BOS_7HTC Launches New Footballfeed App (F.C. Business)

HTC is creating a brand new experience for fans of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League action with its HTC FootballFeed application for Android.

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