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

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

  • Birmingham FC have entered into a partnership with online cash payment provider Ukash, which will allow fans who do not own credit cards to place bets and purchase merchandise online.
  • Leeds United owners Gulf Finance House, a Bahrain-based investment company, has agreed to sell part of its stake in the club, which will pave the way for a takeover by a British consortium.
  • Barcelona FC have stated that the club paid $55 million to a company owned by Neymar’s parents in Brazil as part of the outlay for the 21 year old striker as his deal has come under further scrutiny.
  • Brazilian airline Avianca became the second carrier to cap flight prices for the World Cup, following a promise from competitor Azul Linhas Aereas last week, saying that no flight would cost more than $424.
  • The ‘Camilo Sanvezzo saga’ continues, as he still seems to be training with Liga  MX side Querétaro according to the official club Twitter account: “Camilo keeps training with #nuestrosgallos and the negotiations for him to be able to play in the Clausura 2014 are going well.”
  • Brazilian side Sport Club do Recife has agreed to a four-year kit sponsorship with Adidas in time for their ascension to Brazilian top-flight Serie A.
  • After signing Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe to the books, Toronto FC have vowed to “move hell and high water” in order to keep midfielder and DP Matias Laba.
  • Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen have agreed to a sponsorship deal with health insurance company Pronova BKK, which will become the official healthcare partner of the club until the end of the 2015-16 season.
  • Polish club Legia Warsaw owners ITI Group have sold the club to its chief executive, Boguslaw Lesnodorski, and his partner Dariusz Mioduski.
  • FIFA confirm that Howard Webb will be the English referee at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Reporting on the business side of the world's game.