Madrid's Superior Justice Tribunal (TSJM) has ordered that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) return the 115,000 square meter-surface area occupied by "Football City" to Madrid municipality Las Rozas, according to F. Javier Barroso of EL PAIS. This demand "ends a long judicial process" that could mean €45M ($59M) in revenue for Las Rozas. The RFEF acquired the site of "Football City" in '03, which includes the Spanish national team's facilities and a museum dedicated to La Roja. The TSJM order gives the RFEF 60 days to turn over the land, "with the organization subject to a fine" of €300 ($390) per day for every day following the 60-day period if the land is not returned to Las Rozas (EL PAIS, 7/17).
La Liga Athletic Bilbao has announced that the San Mames Barria stadium "could be complete ahead of time in order to host the first home match of the season after it had been understood that the club would be forced to compete in the Anoeta." Finishing the stadium in less than six weeks "will prove to be a very difficult task, but the plan is to have the San Mames Barria ready" for the first home game of the season in Week 2 against Osasuna (INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL, 7/17). ... South Africa’s Public Investment Corp., the continent’s biggest fund manager, said that "it wants company officials punished who allegedly colluded to set prices in the building of World Cup stadiums." Dan Matjila, the chief investment officer of PIC, which manages more than 1T rand ($101B) of mostly government workers’ pensions, said the company wants "serious penalties" for individuals at builders who received bonuses for activities that were allegedly unlawful (BLOOMBERG, 7/17).