Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Puma has agreed a long-term deal to return to sponsoring erstwhile German soccer champions Borussia Monchengladbach as it seeks to rebuild its credentials as a sports brand.
- Former Guatemalan football chief Brayan Jimenez has been banned from the sport for life for offences which included “bribery and corruption”, FIFA’s ethics committee said on Monday.
- Manchester City’s quest to enlarge its global footprint and find new stars has led to the billionaire-owned Premier League soccer team signing a 10-year accord with a little-known Uruguayan club, an official for the South American team said.
- Russia is investing 639 billion rubles ($11 billion) to prepare to host the 2018 World Cup, but if local TV networks can’t reach a deal for rights, the country’s residents might never see a game.
- Crystal Palace are expected to offer Wilfried Zaha a new contract to make him the club’s best-paid player in the summer in an attempt to ward off interest in the Ivory Coast forward from a host of Premier League sides.
- With newly-launched app Yakatak, soccer enthusiasts worldwide now have the opportunity to immediately chime in to the conversation with their friends.
- German soccer side TSG Hoffenheim have expanded their sponsorship agreement with proWIN Winter GmbH.