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French Ligue 1


PSG flex their financial muscles

Paris Saint-German, owned by the multi-billion pound Qatar Investment Authority, are contemplating making a bid for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

If they made a bid of £40m, as has been suggested, it would have to be considered seriously at Old Trafford.   At £250,000 a week, he is United's most expensive player.  Undoubtedly skilled and talented, he is 28, has a constant battle with his weight and has had injury and illness problems.  Whether he would adapt to Paris as well as the cosmopolitan David Beckham is an interesting question.

Sponsorship deal stores up problems for PSG

Last week Paris Saint-Germain not only signed David Beckham, but also concluded a five year sponsorship deal with Emirates worth £108m.   Given that their previous sponsorship deal was around £3.5m a season, it's a big leap forward, although it has to be set against a net spend of £208m over the previous four transfer windows.   It may also be storing up trouble for the future.

PSG splash the cash

Supplied with a series of blank cheques by the Qatar Investment Authority, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) continue to splash the cash.   According to Gazetto dello Sport, they are ready to spend about €100m to bring Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.  José Mourinho would be brought in as head coach at the same time.

Shirt sponsorship challenge for Uefa

This article has been written by Simon Hines of Sponsorship Today:

In the season 2011/12 the average shirt deal in France's Ligue 1 was estimated at €1.5m per season with Betclic topping the league at €5.5m with its Olympic Marseille sponsorship. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was reportedly earning €4.9m from Emirates whereas OGC Nice had no shirt sponsor. If news reports are to be believed, a Qatari bank is close to finalising a deal worth €100m per year for shirt and stadium naming rights to PSG.

PSG splash out on Ancelotti

France has been the poor cousin of the top five European nations in league terms but that all is changing with Qatari ownership of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).   They have splashed out on the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, the former manager of Chelsea and AC Milan, as coach.  He is reported to be receiving an unprecedented salary for French football of €6m-€7m a year.

France divided over Becks

It is still uncertain whether David Beckham will accept a reported €800,000 a month contract at Paris St Germain (PSG).   He could opt to stay at LA Galaxy.   But the prospect of his arrival has already divided French politicians,

Al Jazeera breaks into televised football

Some time ago I was quite surprised to be asked by Al Jazeera if I could come into their London studio to talk about football.   As it happened, I couldn't make it but perhaps I should have seen the straw in the wind.

The Qatari broadcaster has been awarded the majority of media rights to screen Uefa Champions League matches in France for three years from 2012 in a deal worth €180m.   This is a serious blow to French pay-TV operator Canal Plus.

Benefactor model faces challenges in France

The benefactor club model has worked well in England in the sense that it has delivered success to clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City and, on a smaller scale, Fulham.   It does, however, face greater challenges in France.

What Bernard tells you about Bosman

Since the European Court of Justice delivered its landmark Bosman ruling in 1995 there has been an increase in the number of sports cases brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJ)  and also of the policy and political initiatives of the EU in relation to sport.   This trend culminated in the introduction of an EU sport competence in Article 165 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Foreign owners make continental moves

Until recently potential buyers of football club looked at the Premier League in England or possibly at the Championship if they thought a promising bargain was available.   Even Charlton went through a due diligence process with buyers from the Gulf.