Carlos, Kia, and Third-Party Ownership

It has been a cold winter for Carlos Tevez. The fiery Manchester City striker has dug himself into a situation that has hurt his career, reputation, and bank account.  The trouble began last with rumors of disagreements between Tevez and manager Roberto Mancini, things were left on a low simmer and promptly boiled over during City’s Champions League match with Bayern Munich where the striker refused to enter the game as a substitute. Tevez’s refusal arguably cost the club advancement to the knockout stages of the competition with a furious Mancini publicly lambasting and dropping him from the first team. Relations between player and club predictably plummeted to a new low with Tevez leaving the club to winter in Argentina. City subsequently docked him wages and actively sought to sell him to other clubs in response.

The Tevez situation has been cast as a personal spat by much of the soccer world; it is a regrettable product of the Argentinian’s temper, the Italian’s pride, and the modern reality of the game, but ‘Così è la vita!’ with eyes directed at the heavens. But some suspect that there is more to the situation than a simple clash of personalities. Many believe it is Kia Joorabchian, Tevez’s agent, who is encouraging the Argentinian to agitate for a big money transfer. Why? Because it is Joorabchian who has the most to benefit from Carlos Tevez on the move. Continue reading “Carlos, Kia, and Third-Party Ownership”

Carlos, Kia, and Third-Party Ownership

The Month in Soccer Business: January 2012

A monthly compilation of interesting business news related to soccer. January 2012. Continue reading “The Month in Soccer Business: January 2012”

The Month in Soccer Business: January 2012

The Month in Soccer Business: September 2011

A (now) monthly compilation of interesting business news related to soccer.

Eto’o Lands Where Few Would Expect — in Dagestan – August 30th

His will surely be the most surreal transfer of the summer.

Arguably Africa’s finest soccer export, with an Olympian turn of pace and a rapid eye for goals, he had some choice — but not a lot — in his latest move.

It takes him from Inter Milan to Anzhi Makhachkala.

Full Article >> NYTimes

Premier League clubs spend biggest in the transfer window – September 1st

As the dust settles on the registration papers lodged with national associations Continue reading “The Month in Soccer Business: September 2011”

The Month in Soccer Business: September 2011

The Ridiculousness of Release Clauses

These days it seems like you can’t be thought of as a world class soccer player unless you have a super-sized release clause in your contract.  The most recently example: Barcelona have finally closed the book on the protracted transfer saga/soap opera that was Cesc Fabregas’ move to the Camp Nou.  In addition to the £35m fee paid it was announced that the midfielder had a €200m release clause inserted in his contract.

The high price is supposed to be a statement of intent to keep a player but is it really anything besides a headline grab? Continue reading “The Ridiculousness of Release Clauses”

The Ridiculousness of Release Clauses