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Former UEFA General Secretary and former Scottish FA CEO DAVID TAYLOR "has died at the age of 60," according to the BBC. Taylor "was in charge north of the border for eight years" from '99 before joining UEFA. UEFA "confirmed his death after illness" (BBC, 6/24). In Glasgow, Keith McLeod reported Taylor "died back home in Scotland after becoming unwell while on holiday in Turkey earlier this month." SFA President CAMPBELL OGILVIE paid tribute to the "astute, forward-thinking and passionate" former CEO. Ogilvie: "On behalf of his friends and former colleagues at the Scottish FA, and throughout Scottish football in general, I would to express our profound sadness at the tragic news of David’s death." Taylor joined the Scottish Development Agency (now Scottish Enterprise) in '85, and "held a succession of senior positions before being appointed the first Director of Scottish Trade International -- a body set up to promote Scottish business overseas -- prior to his appointment to the Scottish FA." Taylor "was appointed UEFA general secretary in May 2007." He became a UEFA exec director, making him "one of the most important administrators in the world game" (DAILY RECORD, 6/24). The London INDEPENDENT reported UEFA President MICHEL PLATINI "paid tribute" to Taylor's "boundless enthusiasm." Platini: "Together with the European football family, I am deeply saddened to hear of David's passing. He was an invaluable addition to UEFA when he first joined us as general secretary, and brought us considerable experience and wisdom as a football administrator of the highest calibre" (INDEPENDENT, 6/25).
Bundesliga club FC Cologne has signed an early contract extension with Sports Dir JÖRG JAKOBS until June 30, 2018. Jakobs has been with the club since the '12-13 season (FC Cologne). ... Spanish third division side Real Oviedo named JOSÉ GUADALUPE CRUZ its new coach. Cruz previously coached Liga MX side Monterrey (LA AFICION, 6/25).
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ZINEDINE ZIDANE will coach Real Madrid's second team, Real Madrid Castilla, next season. The club will be competing in the Spanish third division after being relegated from the second division after the '13-14 campaign. Zidane served as an assistant to first team coach CARLO ANCELOTTI for the past year (EL MUNDO, 6/25). ... The president of the French football club that lost its new female manager just hours before a first training session "blamed it on her being a woman on Tuesday." In an "astonishing response that will spark accusations of sexism," second division side Clermont Foot 63 President CLAUDE MICHY said, “She’s a woman so it could be down to any number of things ..." The Portuguese-born HELENA COSTA, 36, who became the first female coach of a French professional men’s team, "had refused to say why she was walking out on the club at a press conference on Tuesday" (London GUARDIAN, 6/25).
Globe & Mail's STEPHANIE NOLEN: "#Brazil Central Bank says tourists have spent $365m here in last 18 days. At same time, Brazilian tourists spent >$1bn abroad #WorldCup"
AP's ROB HARRIS: "Been to 3 Brazil #WorldCup stadiums with England - no obvious major operational issues at the venues & no travel chaos getting to them"
Vero Chair MIKE LEE: "Brazilian channel SporTV showing wonderful round-up of #Messi career + goals, not sure how many Brazilian viewers will approve/enjoy.."
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