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Chinese National Team To Pay Italian Marcello Lippi $54.7M Over Three Years

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 21 / 16

Former Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande Manager Marcello Lippi "is set to take over as China boss," reports in Italy and the mainland said, according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. He has reportedly been offered a three-year, €50M ($54.7M) contract. Gao ...

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Prince Ali Warns Against Changing Date

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has warned FIFA that changing the date of the presidential election "would send the message that the scandal-hit governing body has not learned its lesson and would plunge it to new depths" by creating "instability," according to Matt Cotton of the LONDON TIMES. Prince ...

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UEFA Members Split Over Platini's Future

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Platini Urged To Justify FIFA Payment

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England Fans Request Meeting With Dyke

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FFA Boss Lashes Out At Players' Union

Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop "fired another shot" at the players' union, "reopening the wounds" surrounding the decision by the Australian women's team to boycott last month's two-match series against the U.S., according to Ray Gatt of THE AUSTRALIAN. Less than a week after us ...

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Michel Platini's Complaints 'Not Valid'

FIFA's ethics committee has rejected criticism from UEFA President Michel Platini over the manner of his suspension, saying the argument that he was not allowed to defend himself is "not valid," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Platini was suspended for 90 days on Thursday along with FIF ...

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Platini Had No Contract For '11 Payment

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Kuwait Clubs Back Government

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Leaders: La Liga Looking At Asia

La Liga needs to follow the English Premier League in heavily promoting its brand in Asia amid the introduction of new rules which will see the pooling of collective broadcast rights in Spain, according to a senior exec of Barcelona. Barcelona and Real Madrid will be stopped from negotiating individ ...

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