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Volume 6 No. 217

International Football

Ten years after coaching Brazil to its fifth World Cup title, Luiz Felipe Scolari will return to coach the Seleção, according to Fernandez & Rizzo of FOLHA DE S. PAULO. Scolari "beat out" Brasileiro Fluminense coach Abel Braga for the position. The announcement will be made Thursday at the Brazilian Football Federation's (CBF) headquarters (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 11/28). GAZETA ESPORTIVA reported that Carlos Alberto Parreira is "the preferred name" for the new position of technical director because of his "vast int'l experience and the respect he commands in world football." Initially, CBF President Jose Maria Marin had said that "the new Brazil coach would only be revealed in January." However, with the Confederations Cup draw being held Saturday, FIFA "pressured" the CBF to hire someone so that Brazil would have a representative at the event (GAZETA ESPORTIVA, 11/28). REUTERS' Homewood, Downie & Elor reported that Marin "confirmed he had chosen a new coach but declined to give a name." Marin said, "We did a thorough evaluation and what we need is someone with the right skills, dedication and experience. I am absolutely certain that the fans will be happy with our choice. Pressure will be great at the World Cup and that's understandable, and we need someone who can cope with that" (REUTERS, 11/28).

La Liga Valencia FC is in the UAE "on the lookout for sponsors to bail them out of their current financial woes," according to Gautam Bhattacharyya of the GULF NEWS. Club President Manuel Llorente is on a visit to Dubai to meet a number of prospective investors and is "keen to launch an exchange programme with an academy in Dubai." Llorente said that the debt-ridden club is open to talks regarding "commercial partnerships" and also has a meeting with the Dubai Sports Council on the agenda to "explore the possibilities of opening an academy." Valencia is now "grappling with an outstanding debt" of €350M ($451M) and "looking to finish work" on the new Mestalla stadium in Valencia (GULF NEWS, 11/28).

Real Madrid coach José Mourinho is "at the top of managerial earners in world football" -- Alex Ferguson is only fourth and England boss Roy Hodgson is 30th, according to Dan Ripley of the London DAILY MAIL. Brazilian sports business consulting firm Pluri Consultoria "has ranked" what it considers to be "the highest earning 30 bosses in the game with former Chelsea Manager Mourinho sitting pretty at the summit, allegedly earning £12.3M ($19.7M) per year." Hodgson, reportedly on £2M ($3.2M) a year, may have been "a surprise choice to pip Harry Redknapp to the England post earlier this year, but the former Tottenham manager’s services "are being rewarded with a far more handsome pay check at Loftus Road." Carlo Ancelotti "is second with a salary of £10.9M ($17.4M) at Paris St. Germain." Ferguson is the highest-earning Premier League manager on £7.6M ($12.1M) at ManU, "with six other bosses in the English top flight making the top 30." The highest paid int'l manager is former England boss Fabio Capello, "whose disastrous spell in charge of the Three Lions at the 2010 World Cup has done little to put off Russia," which is paying the Italian £6.3M ($10M) (DAILY MAIL, 11/28).

Highest-Paid Football Coaches
Rank Name Club or National Team
Annual Salary
José Mourinho
Real Madrid
£12.3M ($19.7M)
Carlo Ancelotti
Paris St. Germain
£10.9M ($17.4M)
Marcelo Lippi Guangzhou £8.7M ($13.9M)
Alex Ferguson
ManU £7.6M ($12.1M)
Arsene Wenger
Arsenal £7.5M ($12.0M)
Guus Hiddink
Anzhi £6.7M ($10.7M)
Fabio Capello
Russia £6.3M ($10.0M)
Tito Vilanova
Barcelona £5.6M ($8.9M)
Jose Camacho
China £4.8M ($7.7M)
Roberto Mancini
Manchester City
Frank Rijkaard
Saudi Arabia
£4.3M ($6.9M)
Jupp Heynckes
Bayern Munich
£4.2M ($6.7M)
Andre Villas-Boas
Tottenham £3.6M ($5.8M)
Harry Redknapp
QPR £3.2M ($5.1M)
Jorge Jesus
Benfica £3.2M
David Moyes
Everton £2.9M ($4.6M)
Manuel Pellegrini
Malaga £2.9M
Paulo Autuori
Qatar £2.9M
Abel Braga
Fluminense £2.8M ($4.5M)
Luciano Spaletti
£2.7M ($4.3M)
Antonio Conte
£2.4M ($3.8M)
Cesare Prandelli
Vanderlei Luxemburgo
Gremio £2.4M
Muricy Ramalho
Santos £2.4M
Corinthians £2.4M
Ottmar Hitzfeld
Switzerland £2.1M ($3.4M)
Joachim Löw
Germany £2M ($3.2M)
Marcelo Bielsa
Athletic Bilbao
Martin O'Neill
Sunderland £2M
Roy Hodgson

Championship Club Birmingham City Owner Carson Yeung "won a delay of his trial on money laundering charges until April 29," according to Simon Lee of BLOOMBERG. Hong Kong District Court Judge Douglas Yau granted the request from Yeung's lawyer, "who said the defense needed more time to gather evidence to show how the hairdresser became a successful businessman." The team's parent company, Birmingham Int'l Holdings Ltd., "has been suspended from trading in Hong Kong since June '11," when Yeung, its chairman, was charged with five counts of money laundering that involved HK$721.3M ($93M). John Reading, a lawyer for the prosecution, "argued that little had changed since the court rejected a similar application last week and the trial shouldn't be delayed." Yau said, "I do not agree that the defendant has been trying to delay [the proceedings]." Yau scheduled 25 days for the trial next year (BLOOMBERG, 11/28).

KEEPING A LOW PROFILE: The AFP's Aaron Tam wrote Yeung was "relatively unknown before his emergence in English football," and he "maintained a low profile" even after he took control of Birmingham in '09 in a £81M takeover from David Sullivan and David Gold, who are now co-owners of EPL club West Ham. Media reports "have described how Yeung made his first fortune on cheap stocks, then increased his earnings by co-founding Greek Mythology, a casino in Asian gambling haven Macau," in '04. Yeung "did not speak to journalists outside court after Wednesday's adjournment," apart from saying "don't chase me" (AFP, 11/28).

The prospect of Scottish Premier League clubs "presenting a united front" next week to accelerate a new league construction proposal evaporated when Dundee United Chair Stephen Thompson resigned from the SPL board Tuesday citing "professional differences" according to Smith & Pattullo of the SCOTSMAN. Although Thompson’s decision to step away from the six-man board "had no direct link" to the plans for two leagues of 12 that will be debated on Monday, the move has "prompted fears that the SPL’s bid to revive Scottish football could be sidetracked."  Sources close to Thompson suggested that his anger over what he sees as "heavy-handed treatment" by a fellow SPL board member could "threaten his presence at the discussions" to be held at Hampden on Monday. Others within the SPL have "expressed dismay" at Thompson’s decision at such a sensitive time, accusing him of over-reacting regarding a matter that was "not a resignation issue." Thompson's decision follows a clash over a report that SPL CEO Neil Doncaster’s handling of the Scottish Third Division Rangers crisis this summer "had caused his authority to be undermined" and that he did not have the full support of his clubs to lead the latest moves to restructure the top flight (SCOTSMAN, 11/28).

POINT OF NO RETURN: The SCOTSMAN also reported Rangers CEO Charles Green is "refusing to back the SPL’s proposed changes to Scottish football while the threat of Rangers being stripped of their titles is still a possibility." Green is "yet to study either plan in great detail" but is adamant that the club "wouldn’t return to the SPL in its current state." Green said, "I have said before that I wouldn’t return to the SPL in its current form and I stand by that -- it just won’t happen" (SCOTSMAN, 11/28).