Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- U.S. hedge fund Elliott has launched contractual proceedings that could give the investment company the powers to decide the future of indebted Italian soccer club AC Milan, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.
- Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is to be named as the new Spain coach, according to widespread reports in the Spanish media on Monday.
- English soccer giants Chelsea have announced a Vitality as the club’s new official health insurance partner.
- Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a deal to become an advocate for Associazione Volontari Italiani Sangue (AVIS), the Italian Blood Volunteering Association.
- Piracy has been a troublesome issue at the World Cup. A day after the tournament began, FIFA condemned BeoutQ for illegally redistributed feeds in the Middle East and North Africa. Now, a new report by Dutch cybersecurity company Irdeto has revealed that more than 5,000 pirated streams have been identified across the Internet during the tournament.
- Manchester United have signed American midfielder Will Vint, who will be included in the under-18s squad next season.
- Measurements made during the tournament show that Europe’s largest roll out of Massive MIMO enabled up to five-fold increases in data throughput in uplink, allowing fans to broadcast high quality video from smartphones during matches. In addition, data downloading speed and spectrum efficiency doubled, and network capacity went up more than four-fold.