Here’s a look at some of the top stories from last week in the global soccer industry…
From an outsider’s perspective, it appears that (true to Arsenal form) the Club is looking to build their presence in the USA from the ground up using player development – in this case, with the youth of America.
Europe’s elite club competition now has its second official sponsor, the first being Heineken. A truly global automotive group, Nissan has signed up to become a sponsor for a tournament that places them on yet another global platform for at least 3 seasons.
Topps, the creator of the classic Major League Baseball trading cards, released their 2014 MLS trading card set at the end of March to coincide with the opening weeks of the 2014 season. With more than your average statistics on the back, these cards keep supporters in mind.
With relocation costs a major sticking point, Miami-Dade commissioners Tuesday refused to approve the relocation of fuel spill facility in the port of Miami which would need to be moved in order for any plans on David Beckham’s Miami soccer stadium to move forward.
FC Barcelona’s woes just seem to be piling up this season. From transfer controversy over Neymar to Sandro Rosell stepping down, the club certainly didn’t need the 2-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA following breaches in rules governing the transfers of minors under 18.
The FA council has recommended a total worldwide betting ban, as well as a prohibition on betting on any other football-related matter such as transfers, team selection or the employment of managers.
Though average attendance since opening week has been steadily declining, MLS Rivalry Week did provide a bonus in having Four sold out stadiums during week 5 and also maintaining 84.5% stadium capacity across the league.
Last week, the MLS Players Union released the complete list of active players’ salaries online. There’s plenty to talk about in the data from lowest base salaries to who are the millionaires and which teams pay the most. With over 10 players earning millionaire status it’s always interesting to see what exactly the other end of the spectrum is like.
As a result of the apparent lack of transparency from FIFA, many fans of the beautiful game wonder how the organization makes its money, where and on what it spends its money, and what are its financial plans are for the future? FIFA’s recently released financial report for 2013 gives us the ability to answer these questions and gain further insight into the broader organization.
Former France and Manchester United striker Louis Saha has launched Axis 10 Sports Consulting Group, along with former 1.FC Köln defender Dieter Prestin. With services relating to post career financial planning, tax advice and investment solutions, the company seems to be well placed with the growing salaries in professional soccer.