Global Business of Soccer Recap

Swiss 100 Franc NoteWorld Cup Prize Money: Then And Now (Business of Soccer)

FIFA is a multi billion dollar organization. They are the global governing body for the sport and they organize arguably the largest and most popular tournament in the world. The FIFA World Cup is going into its 20th edition this summer in Brazil and it would be very difficult to argue that money hasn’t been the topic of discussion through much of the preparation and lead up to this tournament.

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Castrol IndexMLS Future and Castrol Index From Player’s Perspective (Business of Soccer)

Now that the 2013 MLS season has come to an end, a rather dramatic end with Sporting Kansas City defeating Real Salt Lake in a penalty shootout, all eyes are looking forward to next season and the future. MLS has been busy this year, announcing two more expansion franchises for the 2015 season in New York City FC and Orlando City SC, and that their goal is to have two more clubs join the league by 2020.

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BOS_FIFAResults of FIFA Executive Committee Meeting: World Cup Participant Payments; Youth World Cup Hosts Announced (Business of Soccer)

On December 4 and 5, the FIFA Executive Committee held its final meeting of 2013 in Bahia, Brazil. The Committee was scheduled to discuss a variety of subjects, from selecting future youth world cup hosts to approval of the revised FIFA Code of Ethics and FIFA Regulations Governing International Matches. Here is a brief summary of key results of the Committee’s meetings:

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FBL-ENG-PR-ARSENAL-QPRArsenal appoint Josh Kroenke (ESPN)

Josh Kroenke, the son of Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, has joined the Gunners as a non-executive director. Kroenke Jr., a financial management graduate from the University of Missouri, will combine his new role with that of being president of the Denver Nuggets basketball team –- a post he has held since 2010.

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Kreis_siteBJason Kreis steps down as head coach of Real Salt Lake, will take top job at New York City FC (MLSsoccer.com)

Jason Kreis’ tenure at Real Salt Lake officially ended on Tuesday night, when he invited each of his players to his home for dinner and frank conversation about the future. Kreis, the 40-year-old rising star of the Major League Soccer coaching ranks who lifted RSL from the expansion doldrums to a league power, has officially stepped down from his position with RSL, and will accept the head coaching position at New York City FC, the 2015 MLS expansion franchise backed by EPL powerhouse Manchester City.

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BOS_Bayern MunichMLS announces Bayern Munich as opponent for 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Portland’s JELD-WEN Field (MLSsoccer.com)

When the Portland Timbers announced in July that their own JELD-WEN Field would play host to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, club owner Merritt Paulson promised an opponent that was the biggest global soccer name to ever play in the Rose City.

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UEFAUEFA wants uniform European action against match-fixing (Reuters)

UEFA wants consistent sanctions against match-fixing across Europe and has drafted an 11-point plan to help make that happen, general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

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New-York-City-FC-Unveil_Levine_Garber_Soriano-676x450Bronx scores $400M soccer stadium (New York Post)

After looking at sites in Queens and Brooklyn, a Major League Soccer franchise on Tuesday stood close to a deal to build a 28,000-seat stadium in The Bronx just south of Yankee Stadium, The Post has learned.

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intel-fcbOfficial presentation of the global sponsorship agreement between FC Barcelona and Intel Corporation (FCBarcelona.com)

FC Barcelona and Intel Corporation have reached a global sponsorship agreement which will make the company – a world leader in computing innovation and technological essentials – the Club’s official technological partner. The details of the deal will be explained at 13.00 on 12 December in the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

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Almost 1.2 million FIFA World Cup tickets requested in the first 24 hours of sales (FIFA.com)

A total of 1,179,363 tickets were requested within 24 hours of the opening of the second sales phase for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on www.FIFA.com. Approximately 86% were requested by Brazilian football fans, thus making Brazil the country with the highest number of requests ahead of USA (38,009), Argentina (30,659), Chile (23,014), Colombia (12,103), Mexico (11,580), Australia (8,064), Germany (6,556), England (6,469) and France (6,006).

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