Global Business of Soccer Recap

 

Welcome back once again to Business of Soccer’s Global Recap where we review the week past of both the soccer world as well as here on this site.

 United Soccer Leagues (USL). Photo courtesy of USL.USL PRO Ahead of the Curve(Business of Soccer)

Several weeks ago, the American third division league, United Soccer League Professional Division (USL PRO), announced it would broadcast every match to the public for free.  Through the YouTube Partner Program, fans can simply log in to their Google or YouTube accounts to view all matches live.

 

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Luis-Aragones-Passed-Away-at-75-After-Stellar-Record-With-SpainLuis Aragones: Spain Mourns the Loss of ‘Tiki-Taka’ Master(CNN)

 

Luis Aragones is credited with introducing the “tiki-taka” style to the Spanish National team. The man known as the ‘Wise Man of Hortaleza’ dies at the age of 75 and among his many achievements includes Spain’s first international tournament trophy in 40 years with Euro 2008.

 

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mlsWhats Wrong With MLS If Anything? (Part 1 contd)(Business of Soccer)

 

This second installment in a Business of Soccer multi-part series reviews the acquisition provisions under the MLS Rules, and then considers the issues that cause the MLS Rules to be the catalyst for so many heated discussions about MLS.

 

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New BernabeuReal Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium in Ambitious Rebuild(The Guardian)

Following FC Barcelona’s announcement of their Nou Camp redevelopment, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has announced that starting this summer, Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium will undergo its own 3-year €400 million revamp.

 

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The new Camp NouFC Barcelona’s New Nou Camp (Business of Soccer)

 

After an 18 month consultation process that included an 18 member panel, FC Barcelona have decided to put forth a referendum vote on a stadium redevelopment to their current home the Nou Camp that includes major work on the stadium as well as the surrounding properties and would result in major changes.

 

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10 Things 1.30.14QPR Face Legal Challenge Over Warren Farm Development(FC Business)

 

Following plans by London Based Queens Park Rangers to build a new training complex at a site called Warren Farm, a campaign group in support of Warren Farm have filed legal proceedings claiming that the decision to allow the development was unlawful

 

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BOS_10 Things 1.22.14Manchester United, Kit Sponsorships & Financial Fairplay(Business of Soccer)

 

With the new FFP regulations clubs now have to manage their books a lot closer and more responsibly if they want to be eligible to compete and avoid fines and other punishments. In order to offset the ever-growing costs and wages clubs need to bring in more revenue to balance the equation.

 

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10 Things 1.23.14Premier League Transfer Spending Reaches $1.2 Billion(Bloomberg)

 

The January transfer window closed this past Friday and spending by English Premier League clubs dwarf the rest of Europe in overall spending since the last off season and in fact set a new record.

 

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PUMA logoPUMA and Arsenal Sign Reported 5-Year £150 Million Kit Sponsorship Deal(Business of Soccer)

 

It has probably been the worst kept secret in the sport for the past year but after 20 long years with sports manufacturing giant Nike, storied BPL club Arsenal have announced their most lucrative kit sponsorship deal ever with PUMA.

 

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Hull City AFCMarketing and Tradition in Football: Hull Breach(The Economist)
Hull City and its fans continue to struggle with club owner Assem Allam over the owners attempted rebranding of the club from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers.  Beyond negative sentiment, the economics of a brand shift could provide evidence against such a move.

 

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