A weekly compilation of interesting soccer related business news.
Clubs reveal all in BBC Sport Price of Football survey – August 1st
Only 11 out of 104 clubs in England and Scotland will offer adults the chance to enjoy a day at the football for less than £20 during the new season.
A survey by the BBC Sport website of every club in the four English divisions and Scottish Premier League showed that fans in the north west have some of the cheapest deals available for matchday tickets.
Full Article >> The BBC
New York Cosmos: Club’s Revival Will Make Them the 20th Club in MLS – August 1st
Once the most popular soccer club in the world, the New York Cosmos have done a tremendous amount of work throughout the last year to resurrect a team that was once extinct.
The Cosmos hard work included but was not limited to the following: getting a legendary Cosmo to become their honorary president, buy advertising space in Times Square, getting an office in SoHo Manhattan and the hiring of a new club director for soccer.
Full Article >> Bleacher Report
Atalanta handed seven-point deduction – August 3rd
Atalanta are set to begin the new Serie A campaign with a seven-point deduction for their part in the latest match-fixing scandal to rock Italian football.
The newly-promoted side were one of 18 teams implicated in the calcioscommesse betting scandal and received notice of their punishment at a hearing before the Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) sporting prosecutor in Rome on Wednesday.
Full Article >> ESPN
England need a winter break, says Sven-Goran Eriksson- August 4th
The former England manager believes the English “will never learn” because of the Premier League’s desire to feed lucrative television markets around the world at a time when other major leagues sensibly pause for breath.
“Owen Hargreaves was the fittest [in tests before the 2002 World Cup] because he had the long winter break [with Bayern Munich]. Uefa did medical research into injuries in the big leagues in Europe from March 1 to the end of the season. England were higher with injuries than anyone else [by four to one]. You don’t learn, because the Premier League want games to be played all the time. So people can watch it everywhere.”
Full Article >> The Telegraph
China Elbows Into German Soccer as Solar Rivalry Hits the Field – August 5th
China’s Suntech Power Holdings Co., the world’s largest solar-panel maker, tomorrow will put its name on jerseys of 1899 Hoffenheim’s players for their opening game in the Bundesliga, the most profitable soccer league. Baoding-based Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. this year began backing Bayern Munich, the country’s most successful club, which aims to unseat champion Borussia Dortmund, sponsored by German panel maker Q-Cells SE. (QCE)
Full Article >> Bloomberg News