Global Business of Soccer Recap

 

Recap the past week of news across the soccer industry. Below is a collection of articles from Business of Soccer and other media.

 

Brian McBride on Post-Career Work, the World Cup and MLS (Business of Soccer)

Brian McBrideThe USMNT landed in Sao Paulo yesterday and in two days, the wonderful pandemonium that is the World Cup commences. Taking a moment to back track though, and on Friday, the day before USA’s final friendly against Nigeria Business of Soccer had the opportunity to speak with USA’s third highest all time leading scorer and former Fulham captain, Brian McBride.

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The Landscape of National Team Apparel Sponsors at the World Cup (Business of Soccer)

Nike BrazilThe World Cup is one of the largest marketing events in sports; one through which companies aim to connect with consumers through the extensive global coverage of the event. This is especially true for sporting goods manufacturers trying to build an association with the best teams and players in the tournament, examined further in the analysis below.

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FIFA World Cup: Where Fair Market Value is Redefined (Business of Soccer)

BOS_BrazilAs we near the start of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and start to see all of the “pump up” videos and ads on YouTube and on television, it really is hard to contain your excitement as a fan. You’ve been waiting four years for this moment – literally counting the days down from 1,432 days with eager anticipation. Clubs around the world also await the World Cup with eager anticipation – but for a different reason. Though club scouts, as fans of the game, also appreciate the World Cup for the same reasons as the common fan, they anxiously await the tournament to see who the next undiscovered superstar might be in the crop of players included in the 32 countries’ twenty-three man squads. As the tournament unfolds and undiscovered brilliance reveals itself, the soccer community will be buzzing with transfer rumors that will start even before the World Cup has concluded.

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Future World Cups May Rest on FIFA’s Battle for Public Favor (Business of Soccer)

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has arrived ushered in by protests, strikes, delayed stadium construction and incomplete infrastructure projects. While the World Cup in Brazil will surely captivate perhaps one of the largest television audiences in sporting history, the scrutiny over FIFA’s financial practices has also reached a greater audience.

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#Hashflags, Timelines & Promoted Trends: Twitter Spreads Its #WorldCup Wings (Business of Soccer)

Twitter World CupThe World Cup starts tomorrow and if you weren’t excited already, then your personal self-control is on a whole other level. If you haven’t achieved harmonic zen in the buildup to Brazil then one platform where people go to publicly display their excitement, affection, thoughts, fears and general commentary is Twitter. There’s an irony in that you don’t need to leave the comfort of your bed to do this but it is a public medium nonetheless.

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Footwear Sponsor Presence Among World Cup’s Top Stars (Business of Soccer)

Sponsor - Player Top 50 chart - Pie Chart copyAs part of Business of Soccer’s examination of the numerous business aspects of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the image below depicts the presence of boot manufacturers among the top 50 players at this summer’s tournament. By gauging brand presence among major players, we’ll establish an expectation as to which sporting goods manufacturers will make the biggest impact in connecting star-power with consumers. Our list is provided by popular soccer blog Caught Offside; note that some of the players featured below have since been ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

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Week 14 MLS Average Attendance hits 21,312 after D.C. United-Spain Double Header (Business of Soccer)

Chelsea FC v DC UnitedMLS week 14 average attendance is 21,312. The regular season average has increased 1.32% to 18,617 from 18,374 last week. Attendance received a boost after D.C. United hosted the Columbus Crew following Spain’s warm-up match against El Salvador to a crowd of 53,267 at FedEx Field. Stadiums were 82.7% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.5% of capacity for the season.

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How to Watch the World Cup in the U.S. for Free — Legally (Bloomberg)

ESPNIt isn’t always easy cutting the cable cord. Most countries offer full World Cup soccer broadcasts for free. In the U.S., Disney, through its ESPN network, wants you to pay. But for the devout cord-cutter unwilling to pay even for the best television (I’m looking at you, Game-of-Thrones hackers), there is an answer. This one is free and legal, and you don’t have to jump through a bunch of computer-security hoops to do it.

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Beckenbauer Suspended by FIFA for Not Working With Ethics Panel (Bloomberg)

BOS_FIFAFormer German player Franz Beckenbauer was banned from any soccer-related activities for 90 days by the sport’s governing body for not cooperating with an ethics panel probe into Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup. Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as a player and a coach, was suspended “on the grounds that a breach of the code of ethics appears to have been committed and a decision on the main issue may not be taken early enough,” FIFA said today in an e-mailed statement.

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Brazil Ambassador Defends World Cup Spending (Bloomberg)

Rio StadiumRoberto Jaguaribe, Brazil’s ambassador to the U.K. and Ireland, discusses spending on the soccer World Cup, including the stadium in Manaus where England faces Italy tomorrow. He talks with Olivia Sterns on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.”

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