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Chinese Property Developer Wanda Group Eyes 30% Stake Of Serie A Club AC Milan

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 02 / 27 / 15

China's biggest property developer is "expanding sports empire in Europe," according to Emma Glez of CHINA DAILY. Dalian Wanda Group is interested in purchasing a 30% stake of Serie A side AC Milan, as the company "continues its shopping spree to build a sports empire in Europe." Wanda, which contro...

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Global Press Reacts To Spain's Loss

The global press "said good-bye" to the Spanish national team following its 2-0 loss to Chile on Wednesday, according to Jesús Balseiro of AS. The loss, which means defending World Cup champ Spain will not advance beyond the group stage, led to newspapers throughout the world weighing in on t ...

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Tags: International Football, South America

06/20/14
Spain's WC Loss Draws Record Audience

Mediaset España announced that Spain's World Cup loss against Chile on Wednesday drew more than 13.2 million viewers, which translated to a market share of 67.6%, according to the EP. La Roja's 2-0 loss -- which means the defending World Cup champion will not advance beyond the group stage -- ...

Tags: Media, Brazil, Europe

06/20/14
Brazil's SPR Sports Profiled

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FIFA To Investigate 'Discriminatory Chanting'

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