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Sep 9, 2015

Soccer-English FA’s name ‘ultimate expression of arrogance” says CEO

MANCHESTER, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The Football Association’s name is the “ultimate expression of arrogance” according to the English governing body’s chief executive Martin Glenn who said it was possible it could be changed.

Speaking at the Soccerex global convention on Wednesday, Glenn was asked about the alleged reputation the FA has for arrogance within the international game.

Sep 9, 2015

MLS’s Garber hopes FIFA maintain hands-off approach to league

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber hopes that the next leader of FIFA will allow the North American league to continue with its unique business structure and not force it to fall in line with other leagues.

   Unlike most football leagues, MLS does not have a system of promotion and relegation between divisions and the season runs from March to December rather than August to May as in many other countries.

Sep 9, 2015

Soccer-MLS’s Garber hopes FIFA maintain hands-off approach to league

MANCHESTER, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber hopes that the next leader of FIFA will allow the North American league to continue with its unique business structure and not force it to fall in line with other leagues.

Unlike most soccer leagues, MLS does not have a system of promotion and relegation between divisions and the season runs from March to December rather than August to May as in many other countries.

Sep 9, 2015

Soccer-England keen to avoid Capello contract situation with Hodgson

MANCHESTER, Sept 9 (Reuters) – England’s decision not to discuss a new deal for manager Roy Hodgson until after Euro 2016 is aimed at avoiding a repeat of their difficulties with former boss Fabio Capello, FA chief executive Martin Glenn said on Wednesday.

“Roy is very comfortable with the situation. He more than anybody knows that it is a results game. What we wanted to avoid was the slightly unsavoury position we had with Fabio Capello at the end of the (2010) World Cup, where it clearly didn’t work for people,” he said.

Sep 9, 2015

England keen to avoid Capello contract situation with Hodgson

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – England’s decision not to discuss a new deal for manager Roy Hodgson until after Euro 2016 is aimed at avoiding a repeat of their difficulties with former boss Fabio Capello, FA chief executive Martin Glenn said on Wednesday.

“Roy is very comfortable with the situation. He more than anybody knows that it is a results game. What we wanted to avoid was the slightly unsavoury position we had with Fabio Capello at the end of the (2010) World Cup, where it clearly didn’t work for people,” he said.

Sep 8, 2015

Football League may introduce live streaming overseas

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – England’s Football League, which includes the second tier Championship, is considering introducing pay-per-view live-streams of their games for international fans.

The introduction of new technology at the 72 stadiums across the three divisions of the Football League this season allows for real-time broadcasting from all games for the first time.

Sep 8, 2015

Soccer-Football League may introduce live streaming overseas

MANCHESTER, Sept 8 (Reuters) – England’s Football League, which includes the second tier Championship, is considering introducing pay-per-view live-streams of their games for international fans.

The introduction of new technology at the 72 stadiums across the three divisions of the Football League this season allows for real-time broadcasting from all games for the first time.

Sep 8, 2015

Scrap transfer window and reduce fees, says Bale’s agent

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – One of European football’s leading player agents says the transfer window should be scrapped and deals permitted throughout the season.

The transfer window in Europe closed last week amid the annual flurry of moves and the high-profile collapse of Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea’s transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

Sep 8, 2015

Soccer-Scrap transfer window and reduce fees, says Bale’s agent

MANCHESTER, Sept 8 (Reuters) – One of European football’s leading player agents says the transfer window should be scrapped and deals permitted throughout the season.

The transfer window in Europe closed last week amid the annual flurry of moves and the high-profile collapse of Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea’s transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

Sep 7, 2015

Unstable Serie A no lure for investors – Vialli

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Serie A struggles to match the cash-rich English Premier League because it is not a product that appeals to foreign investors, according to former Italy striker Gianluca Vialli.

The Premier League can offer higher salaries to its players than the rest of Europe due to the spiralling income it receives from television broadcasters Sky and BT and the way foreign investors bankroll some of the leading clubs.

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