Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Nice have officially named Patrick Vieria as their new head coach, to succeed Borussia Dortmund-bound Lucien Favre.
- FIFA has announced that its World Ranking system has been overhauled to prevent manipulation by nations to move up the table and earn key seedings at tournaments and qualification groups.
- Police staffing is so stretched in several Russian cities as officers are deployed to bolster security at soccer World Cup venues that one union leader says criminals could benefit.
- FIFA President Gianni Infantino is weighing inviting as many as 36 teams to participate in a new Club World Cup as the head of global soccer’s governing body seeks to secure more support for a plan to inject $25 billion into the sport, according to a person familiar with the proposals.
- Puma SE aims to boost revenue generated from soccer at double-digit rates, saying it will use the World Cup to defend its position in the sport despite the absence of the company’s marquee team, Italy.
- Lyon have called off negotiations for the sale of Nabil Fekir to Liverpool, the French club announced on Saturday.
- The world’s biggest soccer event provides the ultimate platform for brands to compete for the attention of the sport’s 4 billion fans.
- Top-tier Spanish soccer side Valencia have renewed their partnership with online gambling brand Bwin until 2020.