Global Business of Soccer Recap

Here are the major headlines from around the industry of the beautiful game.


Concacaf Gold CupGold Cup Attendance 1991-2013: Trends and Observations – (Business of Soccer)

In December 2014, CONCACAF released its initial schedule for the 2015 Gold Cup, to be held in 13 cities across the US and, for the first time, Canada.  In the first of this two-part series, Business of Soccer examines trends in attendance and venue selection since the tournament’s initial edition nearly 24 years ago.

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BOS_FIFAFIFA Lose Three Key Sponsors – (The Telegraph)

This past Thursday, the number of major sponsors who have cut ties with the worlds governing body, FIFA, rose to five. Continental Tires, Johnson & Johnson, and Castrol have all confirmed that their contracts with FIFA, which ended last year, have not been extended.

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Altidore Toronto FCAmerican Strikers in Europe: A Case Study in Value & Timing – (Business of Soccer)

It is a double-edged sword, this path for American soccer players in Europe.  Jozy Altidore and Juan Agudelo are two players with many similarities that have taken their chances down this risky path. Despite their similar paths to Europe, their journeys have taken very different financial turns.

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Atletico Madrid LogoChinese Billionaire to Buy Stake in Atletico Madrid – (Wall Street Journal)

Dalian Wanda Group Co., a Chinese property company is buying 20% of Atletico Madrid and will represent the first instance of Chinese investment in a top tier European competition with the Madrid based club making the Champions League Final and winning La Liga last year.

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Premier LeagueThe Barclay’s Premier League Mid-Season Attendance Review – (Business of Soccer)

There are 38 total gameweeks in the Barclays Premier League season for 2014/15, with half the season played in 2014, and the other half played in 2015. Having now played through the first half of the season, Business of Soccer looks at and breaks down the attendance numbers from the first 19 gameweeks.

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US SoccerSoccer in the United States Makes Several Commercial Steps Forward – (SportsPro Media)

There are numerous updates for American Soccer this past week with MLS newcomers Orlando City signing up Atlanta Based Chic-Fil-A, US Soccer & MLS signing licensing agreements with Boston based ’47 Brand and US Soccer renewing it’s equipment manufacturer partnership with Kwik Goal.

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W BonyWilfried Bony Signs with Manchester City – (Business of Soccer)

On Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, reigning English Premier League champion, Manchester City F.C. completed the signing of Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony for $42.5 million in total, with about $38 million in cash up front and $4.5 million in performance related add-ons.

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Premier LeagueDiscovery Set to Fight Sky TV for English Soccer Rights – (Bloomberg)

Discovery Communications, based in Silver Spring Maryland, will be taking part in the multi-billion GBP auction of the Barclay’s Premier League television rights.  Currently the rights belong to Rupert Murdoch’s Sky PLC and GT Group Plc who together, paid a record 3 billion GBP ($4.5 million) for the rights.

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New Balance WarriorNew Balance Football Launch Iminent – (Soccerbible)

New Balance, parent company of Warrior who currently holds a number of kit sponsorships and boots deals with high profile players like Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey & Manchester City’s Samir Nasri, are set to take over and absorb Warrior’s soccer presence  officially on Wednesday February 4th via a London Headquarter opening.

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Bayern MunichBayern Munich Earns One in Five Euros in the Bundesliga – (Bloomberg)

According to last year’s financials for Germany’s top league, the Bundesliga, Bavarian giants Bayern Munich account for one fifth of the total revenue generated. Bayern contributed 529 million of the total 2.5 billion reported by the league with total financials indicating an increase in clubs showing profits with 13, an increase of one from the year before.

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