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New China National Coach Marcello Lippi To Net Millions From Evergrande Academy

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 16

Marcello Lippi will earn almost $5M a year as China coach but "will pocket far more through a tie-in with a football academy," according to the AFP. The 68-year-old Italian was named boss of the national team by the Chinese FA on Saturday and has the tricky goal of steering the Asian country "to qua...

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Ledman Group Acquires Newcastle Jets

Football Federation Australia said on Tuesday that China’s Ledman Group purchased A-League club Newcastle Jets, according to REUTERS. The Shenzhen-based optoelectronics company, which is already a sponsor of the Chinese Super League and owns the naming rights to the Portuguese second divi ...

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Finance Notes

Thai duty-free operator King Power Int'l Group "has bought a controlling stake in the Thai unit of budget carrier AirAsia " for 7.9B baht ( $224.5M ), "amid speculation of uncertainty surrounding the future renewal of the company’s retail business concessions." The acquisition "represents a ...

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KPMG Severs Ties With FIFA

Accountancy firm KPMG "became the latest company to sever ties" with football's governing body when it informed FIFA that it was "dropping its account," according to Robinson & Letzing of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The auditor’s Swiss affiliate "had signed off on scandal-hit FIFA’ ...

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Murray Announces New Investments

World No. 2 Andy Murray announced he has made three further investments in British start-ups on U.K. equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Murray identified the three different businesses he wanted to back, investing undisclosed amounts into each. The investments include Beeline, a smart navigation d ...

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Azerbaijan Ticket Sales Not Up To Snuff

The sale of tickets for F1 has brought to Azerbaijan only 2% of spending on the “royal racing" in the center of Baku, according to AZERBAIJAN BUSINESS CENTER. Azerbaijan Youth & Sports Minister Azad Rahimov announced that the country spent approximately 100M Azerbaijani manats ($66.3M) "on ...

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Chinese, U.S. Investors Takeover Nice

A group of Chinese and American investors bought an 80% stake in Ligue 1 club Nice, according to Matthias Galante of REUTERS. The club confirmed the news on Friday "without disclosing the fee." The club said the two principal investors are Plateno Group President Alex Zheng and NewCity Capital Found ...

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Chinese Acquire Newcastle Jets

A A$5M ($3.7M) "hole in the balance sheet of Football Federation Australia" will be filled on Monday when the sale of A-League side Newcastle Jets "is confirmed to a consortium of Chinese owners," according to Tom Smithies of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. The "long-awaited sale," which for the fi ...

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NRL Asking Clubs To Pay Into Sinking Fund

The National Rugby League has "taken its most ­aggressive step ever towards ensuring the viability of its clubs" by asking them to fund a A$10M ($7.4M) sinking fund, to "provide solvency statements at the end of each year and to open their books for spot audits as part of new licence agreements with ...

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Paul Suen To Take Over Birmingham City

A little-known Hong Kong businessman called "the King of Penny Stocks" is set to take over "troubled" League Championship club Birmingham City, according to the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. An announcement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Tuesday "revealed imprisoned Carson Yeung Ka-sing’s ...

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Sike Soccer Raises $7.6M

Sike Soccer, a football-related new media platform, raised 50M Chinese yuan ($7.6M) "from investors in the Pre-A Round," according to Pu Yang of YUTANG SPORTS. The money raised "will be used to expand the company’s content portfolios," including original content, int'l and domestic football ne ...

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