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

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The Month in Soccer Business: September 2011

Who Bankrolls the Turkish Super Lig?

While writing about the silly money spent in the transfer market I have, on several occasions, come across the surprising statistic that the Turkish Super Lig has been one of the largest spenders in recent history.  In five of the past six years the Super Lig has been one of the top five spenders in the world, at times trailing close behind giants like the Premier League and La Liga.  So what has been driving the league’s shopping spree?  Are  billionaire sugar daddies doing for Turkish football what Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour have done for the Premier League?  Or is there more organic growth going on?

Over the past six years the Super Lig has a cumulative net spend of €210m euros, €202m of which is accounted for by three clubs, Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray.  The three have been aggressively investing  in experienced foreign talent to bolster their squads, and have been successful in raising the league’s profile with the signing of well known players like Roberto Carlos and Blumer Elano.

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Who Bankrolls the Turkish Super Lig?