Global Business of Soccer Recap


Here are some of last week’s top stories from around the global soccer industry…

Jack Warner and Sepp BlatterFormer FIFA Powerbroker Warner Banned From Soccer For Life (Reuters)

Trinidadian Jack Warner, once one of the most powerful men in world soccer, has been banned from all football-related activities for life, the ethics committee of the global governing body FIFA said on Tuesday.

In the biggest corruption scandal to hit the sport, Warner and 13 other soccer officials and sports marketing executives were indicted in the United States on May 27 on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges involving more than $150 million in payments.

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BOS_VW logoWolfsburg: Man Utd’s Champions League Opponents ‘Facing Cuts’ (BBC)

Manchester United’s Champions League opponents Wolfsburg are facing an uncertain financial future because of the scandal engulfing Volkswagen, according to a sports economics expert.

German car manufacturer Volkswagen own the Bundesliga club, and could be fined up to £11.8bn after cheating United States emissions tests.

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BOS_Coke-FIFACoca-Cola, Visa, McDonald’s, Anheuser-Busch Demand that FIFA’s Sepp Blatter Resign (Adweek)

FIFA’s major sponsors appear to be taking sides against the soccer organization’s embattled president, Sepp Blatter, with four major companies calling for him to resign immediately—while others are keeping silent or say the ongoing reform efforts should be allowed to run their course.

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UEFA LogoEurope’s Top Soccer Adviser Quits as UEFA’s Head Faces Scrutiny (Bloomberg)

European soccer head Michel Platini, who was questioned last week as part of a Swiss probe into the sport, will have to weather the threat to his leadership without his closest adviser.

Kevin Lamour, head of the presidential office at European soccer body UEFA, told colleagues Monday that he’s leaving. Platini, a favorite to replace FIFA President Sepp Blatter, came under scrutiny Friday when Swiss prosecutors asked the Frenchman about a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment from the 79-year-old head of soccer’s global governing body.

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Wk 7 EPL DioufPremier League Week 7 Posts 5th Sellout of the 15/16 Season (Business of Soccer)

Gameweek 7 of the Barclays Premier League has come and gone and as expected, splashes were made on and off the pitch. In this case the off the pitch splashes were only yards away from the pitch, in the stands as a third club enters the sellout club posting the Premier League’s fifth sellout of the season.

Overall, GW 7 had 373,863 fans in total attendance across all the games, 97.03% of the total weekly capacity of 385,269. That figure brings the season total cumulative attendance to 2,561,798.

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FB Bey BordFootball Beyond Borders Partners With New Online Platform (FC Business)

London youth charity partners with innovative new online football community, Homefans Football Beyond Borders is proud to announce a new partnership with Homefans, a community driven platform that connects travelling fans with local fans of their favourite club.

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BOS_NWSLNike Signs Four-Year NWSL Extension (Soccerex)

US sportswear manufacturer Nike has extended its sponsorship of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) through to 2019.

The deal sees Nike continue its role as the league’s official club kit, apparel and equipment, supplier of the league ball, and provider for all nine NWSL teams, as well as any future teams.

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Liverpool's Brendan RodgersBrendan Rodgers Sacked as Liverpool Manager After Everton Draw (ESPNFC)

Liverpool sacked manager Brendan Rodgers on Sunday, with the decision coming just hours after a 1-1 Merseyside derby draw at Everton.

Rodgers, who almost guided the Anfield club to the Premier League title in the 2013-14 season, had been under growing pressure after an uncertain start to the season.

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Men in BlazersCan The Men In Blazers Finally Make Soccer The Sport of America’s Future? (Buzzfeed)

It’s a late July afternoon and two bald British men in a BMW Mini are having cheesesteak problems. They’re on their way to Landover, Maryland, to watch a meaningless scrimmage between the soccer powerhouses Chelsea and Barcelona by way of Philadelphia, and the men in question are Roger Bennett and Michael Davies — the NBC Sports soccer pundits known as the Men in Blazers.

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mls new logoA Historical Look at MLS Salary Data (

Over the last few weeks I’ve been playing with some data visualization platforms as a way of presenting a historical look at how Major League Soccer salaries have changed over the years. Last week’s release of a new set of salary data provides an opportunity to put those tools to use.

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Reporting on the business side of the world's game.