Category: Business

‘We have to get back to football’: Copa América begins amid ashes of scandal | Football | The Guardian

‘We have to get back to football’: Copa América begins amid ashes of scandal | Football | The Guardian

Really good read here. So annoyed with Jeff Webb words can begin to express. Hopefully things do start to change both in CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.

‘It’s only working for the white kids’: American soccer’s diversity problem | Football | The Guardian

‘It’s only working for the white kids’: American soccer’s diversity problem | Football | The Guardian

Good read here. It will take time, and a concerted effort, for change to occur. You would think coaches, clubs etc would do whatever to ensure talent, from whatever background, gets through but they may not be thinking about how US Soccer as a whole is being affected.

Who is Jorge Mendes? The super-agent making football moves happen | FourFourTwo

Who is Jorge Mendes? The super-agent making football moves happen | FourFourTwo

Really great read her on Jorge Mendes. Crazy how much of a part he plays in some of European football’s biggest names.

Premier League clubs make record £3.4bn with help from FFP regulations | Football | The Guardian

Premier League clubs make record £3.4bn with help from FFP regulations | Football | The Guardian

This is what the rest of Europe has to contend with. You would expect that there will be profits across the board in 2015/16 as well.

Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

Mamadou Sakho saga: should a team pay penalty if only one player fails drug test? | Football | The Guardian

Mamadou Sakho saga: should a team pay penalty if only one player fails drug test? | Football | The Guardian

Good read. To answer the question in the title. No. One failed test resulting a team penalty would be harsh and not, as Wenger says, acceptance of such usage.(He seems to be finding a lot to complain about this days) It could be a mistake, inadvertent etc. Yes, it should really never happen if players just check with trainers but it could happen. And yes, a fat burner could help increase physical performance, however minute, so I don’t think its unfair to include that.

On equal pay, U.S. Soccer has a chance to right FIFA’s wrongs

On equal pay, U.S. Soccer has a chance to right FIFA’s wrongs

Some more great stuff from Julie Foudy. US Soccer alone isn’t to blame and this is yet another issue for Infantino to look at as he starts off his presidency. The Women’s game has grown, and I think the Olympics will solidify that idea even more, but it has a long way to go. It starts with FIFA.

La Liga Facing Crucial Summer with Tidal Wave of Cash Headed for Premier League | Bleacher Report

La Liga Facing Crucial Summer with Tidal Wave of Cash Headed for Premier League | Bleacher Report

Really great piece here. The smaller, or less financially secure, clubs in La Liga will certainly have their fingers crossed in hope this summer. If the players mentioned are enticed to move elsewhere then the league definitely faces the prospect of going back to being a two, now three-horse, league. It’s been great to see teams like Villarreal on the rise again. Hopefully that doesn’t change in the blink of an eye this summer.

Daniel Levy faces battle to control Tottenham wage bill this summer

Daniel Levy faces battle to control Tottenham wage bill this summer

I don’t think Levy would play hardball in negotiations with the players who’ve gotten them to this point. The likes of Batshuayi would be in line for pay in the £80,000 bracket even if the higher earners get an increase. He still has much to prove in his career for Levy to just offer him wages for the sake of adding much-needed depth. Tottenham’s wage bill will have to rise howeve Levy looks at it.

Champions League 2015-16 Prize Money: Club-by-Club Rundown After Quarter-Finals | Bleacher Report

Champions League 2015-16 Prize Money: Club-by-Club Rundown After Quarter-Finals | Bleacher Report

Just a look at where the money goes with the Champions League. And you’re telling me that the big clubs need more with all the revenue they make in other avenues on top of this?

Social Media Transfer Scams and the Agents Void Created by FIFA | Bleacher Report

Social Media Transfer Scams and the Agents Void Created by FIFA | Bleacher Report

Really great read here. FIFA has a number of big issues to tackle moving forward and this is certainly one of them.