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  • Turkish Tycoon Aysal The Steady Hand Behind Galatasaray's Success

    Turkish businessman and Turkish club Galatasaray Chair UNAL AYSAL, 72, runs 23 businesses, building power plants in gas and electricity, "and he is spreading out to construction and tourism," according to Rob Hughes of the N.Y. TIMES. But the greatest demands on his time "is consumed with Galatasaray." It "is his alma mater; his school, his club, his obsession." Aysal said, "Galatasaray is property rich. We have places across Istanbul, we have 25 million fans around the world. But when I arrived in this role in 2011, the club was $328 million in debt." Aysal "can sum up in a single word where things went wrong." Aysal: "Mismanagement." He "made his own fortune in businesses abroad." But "he is no rich granddaddy throwing his billion dollars at a team" the way that Chelsea, Man City, Ligue 1 side Paris St. Germain and now Monaco do. Aysal is answerable to 12,000 members "who each pay money to belong to an institution that has its roots in the Galata-Sarayi" of Ottoman times. Those members "will certainly re-elect Aysal to continue his restructuring of the club." Aysal: "I'm not the manager. I'm not the boss, and not paying out hundreds of millions. I am here to give a structure. We have to be very realistic, very transparent, very well audited. I pay for it, in the time because every day there is a new situation. I can delegate in business, but I can have only 10 percent of my time with my family." Yet still he runs for re-election, "still he is compelled by the calling of Galatasaray" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/18).

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  • Executive Transactions

    The management of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund has decided to extended the contract of Managing Dir THOMAS TREß, which is set to expire on June 30, 2014, for another two years until June 30, 2016. Treß will continue to be in charge of the department's finance and organization (Borussia Dortmund). ... EPL Tottenham has appointed former England assistant Manager FRANCO BALDINI as technical director. Baldini, who left his post as Serie A club AS Roma's general director earlier this month, played for Bologna, Bari and Pescara and was former England Manager FABIO CAPELLO's assistant (REUTERS, 6/18). ... Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart has appointed former assistant Board Chair JOACHIM SCHMIDT "as its new board chairman" less then 24 hours after former Board Chair DIETER HUNDT resigned. The 64-year-old "will take over the position with immediate effect until the club's annual general meeting in '14" (DPA, 6/18). ... EPL Newcastle Managing Dir DEREK LLAMBIAS has resigned. Although Llambias made no reference to the appointment of JOE KINNEAR as director of football in his resignation statement, "the two are linked" (TELEGRAPH, 6/19).

    COACHES: Spanish second division side Alcorcón JOSÉ BORDALÁS will step down. Alcorcón said the decision was reached in "mutual agreement" (MARCA, 6/19). ... New Serie A Roma Manager RUDI GARCIA was "officially unveiled by the Italian club." Garcia previously coached Ligue 1 Lillie. Garcia: "You can’t say no when Roma call" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 6/19). ... The Belarusian Ice Hockey Association has "reached an agreement over a two-year contract" with coach GLEN HANLON beginning July 1 (XINHUA, 6/19). ... The Korea FA has confirmed CHOI KANG-HEE's exit as coach of the national team, and "begun the search for a replacement to lead the side at the 2014 World Cup." Choi took over in Dec. '11 and said at the time that "his only mission was to get the team to Brazil and that he would step aside after qualification" (REUTERS, 6/19).

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  • Names In The News

    IOC presidential candidate THOMAS BACH attended the state dinner in honor of U.S. President BARACK OBAMA's visit to Berlin. Bach attended in his capacity as president of the German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB), Germany's biggest civil organization. German Chancellor ANGELA MERKEL and NBA Dallas Mavericks F DIRK NOWITZKI also attended the official dinner at the Charlottenburg castle in Berlin (DOSB). ... Jamaica world 200m champion VERONICA CAMPBELL-BROWN "has been provisionally suspended from competition after a positive test for a banned substance," a banned diuretic. The Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association said that Campbell-Brown is suspended pending her "B sample" result,  and faces a two-year ban from athletics. Her management company said she would seek to clear her name, adding "Veronica is not a cheat" (BBC, 6/18). ... Australian Olympic swimmer SCOTT MILLER "has been arrested and charged with possessing drugs and suspected stolen goods." The drug is understood to be methamphetamine (THE AGE, 6/18). ... Russia national team coach FABIO CAPELLO "is not going to cancel his contract as some media have suggested." RFS CEO NIKOLAI TOLSTYKH said, "Capello has a work contract with the Russian Football Union, and he has repeatedly said about how happy he is with the Russian football and that he intends to go ahead" (XINHUA, 6/19). ... London Olympics hammer throw medallist KOJI MUROFUSHI was the victim of an "overzealous" Japanese Olympic Committee who "were to blame for him being banned from election" to the IOC athletes' commission (REUTERS, 6/19). ... Pakistan-born leg-spinner FAWAD AHMED, who "has been widely tipped to be added to Australia's Ashes squad," has been named in the party for next month's A tour of Africa. A recent amendment to the Citizenship Act meant that Fawad "would be allowed to fast-track his passport application in time for the Ashes series," which begins on July 10, and national selector JOHN INVERARITY "has hinted that the spinner is on course to receive a call-up" (THE NATIONAL, 6/19). ... Former Brazilian footballer RIVALDO "has joined the thousands of people that have been protesting for several days" Brazil's spending of public funds for the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. Rivaldo: "It's a shame that they are spending so much money for the World Cup and they leave the hospitals and schools in poor conditions. I have to speak because I have been poor and I have felt the problems in public schools and effects of poor sanitation in my skin" (AS, 6/19).

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  • Twitter Me This...

    German tennis player Sabine Lisicki tweeted this picture from Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
    London Telegraph's HENRY WINTER: "Crazy what's happening to @Coventry_City. They can't move out of Coventry, surely? @football_league need to step in - properly"

    German tennis player SABINE LISICKI: "Had an amazing time at the Royal Ascot together with the @Longines family yesterday! Saw the Queen too 😃 #specialday" (see picture)

    London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: ""We hate Sky Sports" seems to be the main chant of the day. Not sure this protest will be featuring on any SSN bulletins..."

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