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Volkswagen Reshuffles Management Team, Appoints Sven Smeets As Motorsport Director

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 30 / 16

Sven Smeets Volkswagen Motorsport has reshuffled its management team following the departure of Motorsport Dir Jost Capito. The motorsports department of the German car brand on Monday announced the appointment of ...

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IAM Cycling Folding After '16 Season

The IAM Cycling team will fold at the end of the '16 season "after failing to find a secondary sponsor," according to CYCLING NEWS. The news follows rumors "regarding the team's future in recent weeks, including a possible merger with BMC." Team Founder Michel Thétaz informed the riders ...

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05/24/16
ManU Sacks Louis Van Gaal

ManU finally put Manager Louis van Gaal "out of his misery, sacking the Dutchman two years into his three-year contract," according to Paul Hirst of the LONDON TIMES. Van Gaal, 64, "was informed of his fate at the club’s training ground in Carrington" on Monday. Van Gaal returned ManU to the C ...

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05/23/16
ManU To Hire José Mourinho

José Mourinho is "set to be appointed" the new ManU manager in the next few days "after agreeing a deal to take over from Louis van Gaal," according to Romano & Wilson of the London GUARDIAN. The Dutchman won the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday "and seemed t ...

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05/23/16
Gino Pozzo Sells La Liga Side Granada

The Pozzo family is "reportedly set to sell" La Liga side Granada to Chinese investors, according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. The group "currently runs three clubs" in top European Leagues --  it also owns Serie A side Udinese and Premier League club Watford -- despite buying Granada in '09 w ...

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05/23/16
Hiddink To Stay On In Advisory Role

Chelsea interim Manager Guus Hiddink "has confirmed he will remain at the club in an advisory role, which will concentrate on developing youngsters into the first team," according to Richard Arrowsmith of the London DAILY MAIL. The "affable Dutchman stepped in for a second temporary stint at St ...

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05/20/16
Xia Wants Villa In Top Three

The new owner of Aston Villa "vowed to transform the recently relegated club into one of the world’s top sides," pumping up to £50M ($73M) into its coffers before next season and "shunning talented but lazy players," according to Tom Phillips of the London GUARDIAN. Xia Jiantong, a 39-ye ...

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05/20/16
Franchise Notes

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05/19/16
Freezers Won't File For DEL License

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05/19/16
Valencia Commits To Developing Sport

La Liga side Valencia has "committed to helping develop football in Singapore after announcing a year-long series of events" which will culminate with the club playing at the National Stadium next year, according to Gabriel Tan of ESPN. Valencia, which finished 12th in the recently concluded se ...

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05/19/16
EPL Champ Leicester Visits Bangkok

Leicester City fever "hit Thailand on Wednesday as the newly crowned Premier League champions arrived in the home country" of club Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha for a flying visit, according to Paul Murphy of ESPN. The "Siamese Foxes" touched down at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 6am "and were welco ...

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