10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here is what’s happening in the soccer industry this morning…

  • MLS club San Jose Earthquakes have employed the help of Pivot Marketing Agency to help explore new sponsors for their new stadium, scheduled to open in 2015, as well as for their player’s jerseys.
  • Further controversy surrounding FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar timing arose when FIFA secretary general Jerome Valke announced on a French radio show that the Cup would not be held in the summer months. FIFA later retracted Valcke’s statment saying only the Executive Committee can make such a decision.
  • Ligue 1 side AS Monaco have signed with Italian beauty company Cotril to be the club’s official hair and beauty supplier.
  • The British Football League’s chief commercial officer, Richard Heaselgrave, has stepped down and is leaving the organization on “mutual terms”.
  • BPL club West Bromwich Albion are the first to employ the use of the new “Q” mobile app for fans in its stadium during match day. The app will allow fans to place orders and make purchases from their seats in the Hawthorns stadium.
  • Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have signed a 2-year agreement with consumer products company Henkel, in which the club will support its beauty products, such as Right Guard deodorant.
  • Former BPL footballer and German international, Thomas Hitzlsperger became the first Premier League player, former or current, to be openly gay (fellow player reactions here).
  • Ligue 1 big spenders Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco are reported to be in a battle to sign Tottenham right back Kyle Walker during the January transfer window.
  • Controversial owner of Cardiff City FC, Vincent Tan, speaks out against former manager Malkay Mackay about poor signings that essentially wasted his money.
  • USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones has been told by his current club FC Shalke 04 that they will be letting him entertain a move during the January transfer window, and MLS is reported to be on his list of possibilities.
Reporting on the business side of the world's game.