Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Arsenal’s second-biggest shareholder Alisher Usmanov said the London soccer team’s embattled coach should help pick his eventual successor and the board and main investor are also responsible for a recent lack of success.
- FIFA, the governing body of global soccer, lost $369 million in 2016, triple the losses in the year before, according to financial statements released Friday.
- Tony Adams has been confirmed as Granada’s manager until the end of the season after Lucas Alcaraz was sacked on Monday.
- Cardiff will welcome more than 170,000 people and a global broadcast audience of 200 million when it hosts the UEFA Champions League Final in June.
- Flash back to December when Pixvana, a Seattle software startup, announced a partnership with the Seattle Sounders FC to bring fans the club’s first virtual reality experience.
- Premier League soccer side Manchester United have agreed a five-year extension with Russia’s flag carrying airline Aeroflot.
- Netherlands soccer team Feyenoord have secured a four-year sponsorship agreement with green electricity supplier Qurrent.
- Sports marketing and management firm Sela Sport has entered into a strategic partnership with Spanish soccer’s preeminent competition, La Liga.