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Manchester City’s plan for global domination

Football has already been transformed by big money – but the capitalists behind Man City are trying to build a global corporation that will change the game for ever | GILES TREMLETT in The Guardian 

(December 15) – On 19 December 2009, Pep Guardiola stood and wept in the middle of Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The 38-year-old Barcelona manager clasped a hand across his face as his body gave way to huge, shoulder-heaving sobs. Zlatan Ibrahimović, the club’s towering Swedish striker, wrapped a tattooed arm around Guardiola’s neck and then gave him a vigorous push in order to jolt him out of it. But Guardiola could not stop. Continue reading

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Emirates pulls plug on FIFA

Soccer Corporatization(Nov. 3) – Emirates, the world’s biggest international airline, won’t renew its sponsorship of FIFA, allowing its contract with soccer’s global governing body to expire at the end of the year.

The decision comes after FIFA faced corruption allegations linked to votes for the World Cup and its presidency during the period. Emirates is among FIFA’s six top-tier partners. Four have renewed through at least the next World Cup in Russia and another, Sony Corp. (6758), is in discussions about an extension. Continue reading

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Manchester City: a tale of love and money

 Manchester City won the Premier League title at the weekend, thanks to £1bn of Sheikh Mansour’s money. But it wasn’t always like this… | DAVID CONN

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