Global Business of Soccer Recap

 

Welcome back for another week of headlines from the beautiful game for the Business of Soccer Global Recap…

 

FIFPro0UEFA & FIFPro Working To Keep Former Players in Administrative Roles – (Business of Soccer)

Employers often look for the same qualities in potential employees: hard working, dynamic, team oriented, takes criticism well, someone who can work under pressure, and bilingual “would be nice”.  It’s a bit unrealistic to expect this kind of resume to slide across the boss’ desk for every candidate, unless of course the applicant is a well-traveled and respected professional athlete.

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mueller-wohlfahrtBayern Munich Doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt Quits After Argument – (The Guardian)

On Wednesday, April 15th, Portuguese powerhouse FC Porto upset Bavarian giants Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Estadio do Dragão in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final. On Thursday Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, Bayern’s head doctor resigned along with 3 other members of his staff reportedly regarding blame for the defeat in Portugal.

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MLS Week 6 Average Attendance Lowest in 2015 at 18,417 – (Business of Soccer)Kaka PK

MLS week 6 saw some headline eastern conference and western conference matchups, with Seattle Sounders at LA Galaxy, NYCFC at Philadelphia Union as well as a cross-coast matchup with MLS newcomers Orlando City SC traveling to Providence Park. Each one contributing significantly to the week’s attendance figures.

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Port SaidEgypt Court Seeks Death Sentence For 11 in Soccer Stadium Case – (Reuters)

In 2012, deadly riots broke out during a soccer game in a stadium in Port Said Egypt with levels of violence that brought the final death toll above 70 and injuring over 1000.  An initial ruling was given in 2013 but it was overturned along with the individual sentencing and a retrial was order.

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Head Injuries on the Agenda for FA Experts’ Panel – (The FA)Wembley_The_FA_Logo

Head injuries and concussions have been in the spotlight for over a year, especially after the World Cup in Brazil which has resulted in policy changes regarding the handling of head injuries during games.  The FA has now asked a number of leading professionals in head injuries to form an independent panel to review guidelines and expertise levels.

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ColumbusCrew-PrimaryColumbus Crew Sell Training Facility Naming Rights – (SportsPro Media)

Stadium naming rights, shirt sponsors, player endorsement deals have all now become standards in the game. These types of deals bring in commercial revenue and MLS’ Columbus Crew have added an agreement that fits a growing trend in the game: Training Facilities.

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adidas_is_all_inCloser Look: Adidas Adizero 99g – (SoccerBible)

Nike’s mercurial vapor line were some of the first cleats that really tested how light they could become. As a result Nike and Adidas have gone back and forth with lightweight cleats in a race to see who can make the lightest. Adidas’ new Adizero 99g is the latest update in the race.

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Borussia_DortmundKlopp to Quit Borussia Dortmund After Current Season – (Bloomberg)

Jurgen Klopp, following the conclusion of the this season, will bring his Borussia Dortmund tenure to an end. Having brought the club not only to two Bundesliga titles and a German Cup during his time but he also made a Champions League Final. His achievements and capabilities have been lauded by his peers but has no immediate plans for the future yet.

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mls new logoMLS, US Soccer Federation Announce New Partnership with Coca-Cola Company – (MLS)

On Monday, April 13th, Major League Soccer and US Soccer Federation announced agreements with Coca-Cola that makes the beverage company the official carbonated beverage partner and official water partner of MLS as well as the non-alcoholic beverage partner for US Soccer Federation.

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BlackpoolBlackpool Fan, 67, to Pay £20,000 After Oystons Threaten Action Over Online Post – (The Guardian)

A Facebook post from a 67 year old fan of Blackpool football club has spiraled into threats of legal action and ultimately into a settlement payment. The fan, Frank Knight, has only 34 friends on Facebook but has made a public apology for his rant and agreed to pay £20,000 in an effort to avoid legal action.

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