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Barcelona's Lionel Messi Makes Global Headlines After Breaking Zarra Goal Record

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 24 / 14

LIONEL MESSI ’s record-breaking goals against La Liga side Sevilla dominated the sports pages around the world Sunday. In Barcelona, Mundo Deportivo titled a double-page spread “Always Messi,” adding that “Leo beat ZARRA ’s record and with 253 goals is now the greates...

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01/29/14
Grass Fears Delay Rubin Stadium

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that two-time Russian football champions Rubin Kazan will not move into its new stadium this season because it would "destroy the pitch," according to R-SPORT. The 45,000-capacity Kazan Arena was completed last summer at a reported cost of $400M and hosted c ...

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01/29/14
Brazil: $2.3B In Public Olympics Spending

Brazil's government on Tuesday issued its "first estimate of public spending on projects" related to the 2016 Rio Olympics, though the $2.3B price tag is "set to swell as more projects receive approval," according to Pedro Fonseca of REUTERS. The initial estimate from Brazil's Public Olympic Authori ...

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01/28/14
World Cup Stadium Costs Reach $3.7B

São Paulo-based newspaper O Globo reported the cost of the 12 stadiums for the World Cup has reached approximately $3.7B, "a figure three times greater than the initial budget" presented in '07, according to the EFE. The budget for the stadiums that was "turned in to FIFA" in Oct. '07 indicat ...

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01/28/14
Acapulco Tennis Venue Changes Surface

The Estadio Mextenis in Acapulco "has completely changed," according to Juan Pablo Sánchez of LA AFICION. In '13, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer competed on the venue's clay courts, "but today the new asphalt court is awaiting its final layer to complete the transformation into a hard surface. ...

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01/28/14
HK Sports Chiefs Back Kai Tak Funding

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01/27/14
Khost Cricket Stadium Contruction Begins

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01/27/14
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01/24/14
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01/24/14
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