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South American Leagues


University teams

When I was on a visit to Chile, I switched on the television and Universidad Católica were playing. Eventually they scored and the successful player ripped off his shirt to reveal a huge tatoo on his back of Jesus on the cross.

City to expand global reach

Manchester City's owners are assessing a number of locations as they consider expanding their network of clubs.   The City Football Group already owns New York City and Melbourne City and has a share in Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos.

The Chinese Super League has been identified as a market with potential, while there have been reports of a possible move into South America.   Neither of these locations offers much in the way of gate money, but City may see commercial revenue opportunities.

Pope's team is coming home

The football team supported by Pope Francis, CA San Lorenzo de Almagro, is to have a new stadium built on the one it was evicted from 36 years ago.   The picture above shows him displaying their traditional red and blue colours.

The path to political power through football

Argentina's new centre-right president Maurico Marci is the former chairman of leading club Boca Juniors. This is not a coincidence: he consciously used it as a route to political power.

In the Financial Times weekend magazine Simon Kuper revealed how Marci addressed a meeting in Oxford 14 years ago to explain how he planned to parlay his success with Boca Juniors into a political career.   He applied business principles, took a risk by getting rid of some popular players, and brought success.

Sports media agencies up their game

Intermediaries are never popular in any market, even though they make a market function better for all participants.   There is always a suspicion that they are increasing transaction costs and ripping off buyers and sellers (think estate agents).  

Being a successful intermediary means spotting an opportunity, seizing it and building on it.   Globalisation has created new opportunities in football.  MP & Silva, the only independent agency of the big three sports media agencies, started 10 years ago by signing deals with football clubs in Italy's Serie A.

Brazil cracks down on football debts

Brazil's government has intervened for the first time in the chaotic finances of its football clubs through a presidential decree.   However, they will have 20 years to pay off the $1.2bn of debt they have accumulated.

The government sees it as a strategy to modernise football.   Clubs will not be able to spend more than 70 per cent of their earnings on professional football.

Big deficit at Corinthians

Sao Paolo's Corinthians have seen a surplus of €330,000 in the preceding year turn into a deficit of €29.9m in the 2014 financial year.   The main factors appear to have been stadium construction costs and a big tax bill.

Brazil attempts to regulate clubs

The Brazilian FA is going to attempt to bring greater discipline and transparency to the financial affairs of its clubs by introducing new regulations.   The challenge will be to implement and enforce the new rules and stop them being evaded.

How to sell football shirts in Brazil

There is an increasing interest in the domestic football competition in Brazil, but the challenge for companies is how to do business with the leagues and clubs given their often chaotic financial state, They are frequently heavily indebted and run by huge boards mostly made up of sports enthusiasts rather than professional managers.

Brazilian clubs face big challenges

With the focus on the Brazilian national team, it should be remembered that the country's clubs face big financial and other challenges.   Flamengo claims to have the biggest fan base in Brazil of 40 million supporters, but the club has been close to bankruptcy after years of poor management and financial neglect.