Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Online fitness platform Nabufit has enhanced its deal with collaborator Neymar to include his charitable foundation, the Neymar Jr. Project Institute.
- New Balance Football, the soccer arm of the US apparel manufacturer New Balance, has revealed German soccer manager Jürgen Klopp as its new brand ambassador.
- Newly appointed Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday he might stand down as president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) as preparations for the 2018 World Cup, which the country is hosting, are stepped up.
- Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain has indicated that manager David Moyes is not in immediate danger of losing his job despite the club’s woeful start to the season and backed the Scot’s long-term vision.
- The Quakes announced on Wednesday that they have hired Nolan Partners, the world’s largest sports executive search firm, to help identify candidates for the vacancy opened by longtime GM John Doyle’s departure earlier this year.
- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused English clubs of effectively “kidnapping” young players from overseas.
- The supporters’ trust at Swansea City, for years praised as a model club run as a partnership with fans, has angrily criticised the chairman, Huw Jenkins, and other former shareholders for making millions of pounds by selling to US investors.
- The new Uefa president has suggested the Champions League final could be contested in New York or elsewhere outside Europe for the first time.