Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Sarai Bareman has been named as the first chief women’s football officer of soccer’s global governing body Fifa.
- Malaysia Airlines has signed a three-year global partnership with Premier League soccer side Liverpool.
- French sports stars Laure Boulleau, Alizé Lim and Ysaora Thibus have all signed brand ambassador agreements with cosmetics group Garnier.
- Christian Seifert has extended his contract as chief executive of the German Football League (DFL), the organising body for German soccer’s Bundesliga, for five years.
- Steve McClaren is on the verge of returning to Derby County as head coach only 17 months after he was sacked by the Championship club in acrimonious circumstances.
- Liverpool’s chief executive, Ian Ayre, has said it would cost between £60m-£70m to rebuild the Anfield Road end of the stadium and described the possible 15-year repayments as “not a smart investment for the business.”
- Steve Bruce will be confirmed on Wednesday as Roberto Di Matteo’s successor after emerging as the outstanding candidate in Aston Villa’s pursuit of a manager to lead the the club back into the Premier League.
- Former United States women’s national team star Abby Wambach has questioned foreign-born players on the U.S. men’s team for “how much they love their country.”
- Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley says he will decide his future at the end of the season amid reports linking him to a return to Serie A.