Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said Joachim Loew needs to be more open to helping football’s development after the Germany coach criticized plans to expand the World Cup.
- Infantino is pledging to invest $4 billion to increase the number of football participants to 60 percent of the world’s population, from the current 45 percent.
- Everton Football Club and Liverpool Hope University have announced plans for an official research partnership – the first of its type between a Premier League club and a university.
- Chelsea Football Club has announced a new technical partnership with Nike, which represents the largest commercial deal in the club’s history.
- German tailor Hugo Boss has renewed with Premier League soccer side Liverpool as their official formalwear supplier.
- The protracted takeover of Birmingham City has been completed by the Chinese firm Trillion Trophy Asia.
- Neymar will this week sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona that will keep the Brazil forward at the Camp Nou until 2021.
- Arsène Wenger has said Arsenal may have to break the bank to secure Mesut Özil to a new long-term contract and also prove to him the club can satisfy his ambitions by winning the league title.
- Didier Drogba refused to play for the Montreal Impact in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC because Mauro Biello didn’t include him in his starting lineup, the coach confirmed after the match.