Football

English Premier League football club Manchester United has teamed up with internet services company Google to launch a new initiative that aims to include the team’s global fan base in the match-day experience at Old Trafford.

German Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich has taken a big step in its bid to develop its global brand by announcing that its first overseas office will open in New York on April 1.

Spanish Liga football club Barcelona announced today (Monday) that it would pay the Spanish tax authorities €13.55m ($18.6m) as the dispute over last summer’s signing of Neymar rumbles on.

Kenya has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2018 African Nations Championship, the tournament for home-based footballers.

Uefa president Michel Platini has again rejected criticism that the expansion of the European Championships to 24 teams for its 2016 edition in France will dilute the quality of the competition, while he has reiterated that the new ‘Week of Football’ concept will boost the attractiveness of national team football.

Major League Soccer has taken control of Chivas USA from Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes and will aim to sell the franchise to new owners by the end of the year.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Uefa, European football’s governing body, have signed a wide-ranging Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual co-operation in the development of the game.

Barcelona has denied all wrongdoing after a Spanish judge charged the Spanish Liga football club with committing tax fraud through the signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar last summer.

Leaders has announced Jörg Wacker, executive board member for internationalisation and strategy at German Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich, as the first speaker for the 2014 Leaders Sport Summit New York.

Rally enthusiast Richard Bevan, the League Managers Association (LMA) CEO and former CEO of the English Professional Cricketers Association (PCA), was appointed chairman of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) late last year. He talks us through his sports industry career highs and lows.

English football club Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium is being used as a blueprint for a wave of new-build stadia in Italian football’s top-flight Serie A. Elisha Chauhan spoke to the club’s CEO and Juventus, the only club in the league to currently own its stadium, about what will be required to make the new venues successful.

Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, has said the country’s armed forces could be drafted to help contain possible violent protests during the 2014 Fifa World Cup football tournament.

Elisha Chauhan asks the man behind the Caribbean’s new professional football league why the project will succeed where others in the past have struggled.

Fifa is revising its plans for ‘Fan Fests’ during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil to accommodate for the threat of possible civil unrest during the football showpiece.

Brazilian superstar Neymar’s move last summer from Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A club Santos to Barcelona is set to come under further scrutiny after a public prosecutor called for a judge to investigate whether the Spanish Liga club misled the Spanish treasury in completing the deal.

Fifa has announced that Curitiba will retain its status as a host city for the 2014 World Cup after Brazilian organisers demonstrated that a “comprehensive recovery plan” was in place to deliver the city’s stadium and other infrastructure.

Castrol has signed a one-year global brand ambassador deal with Brazil and Barcelona football star Neymar, an agreement that is set to complement the lubricant company’s status as an official sponsor of Brazil’s staging of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.