Capitalism in European soccer compared to American sports

July 17, 2009

“On June 26, Cristiano Ronaldo completed a $132 million transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid. In strict business terms, Real Madrid bought an asset from another business in hopes of improving its own product. No government, federation or league was going to stand in the way of what Real Madrid thought was a smart business decision.” (Intelligent Soccer)

The Greatest Brazilian Players of All Time – 50s and 60s (Soccer Lens)
“In this series I will be looking at some of the greatest Brazilian players to have graced the game of football over the last sixty years, using the 1950s, the decade in which Brazil marched to their first World Cup triumph, as a starting point.”

South Africa abuzz over talk of banning soccer fans’ favorite horn (Los Angeles Times)
” As South Africa gears up to host next year’s soccer World Cup, there are plenty of doomsayers predicting the worst. If transportation shortagesdon’t ruin the event, crime will. The beer will run out. Or the stadiums will be half empty. But no one expected an ugly plastic trumpet to dominate the controversy.”

Transfer Talk: Maxwell to Barca, Lucio to Inter, Bobo to Keep Playing (The Offside)
“Barcelona stood quietly by as Real Madrid raided the bottomless piggy bank in June, but have finally made their first move in the summer transfer market. Not for a splashy big name signing, but for Inter’s Brazilian left back Maxwell, who joins for €4.5m. Much to the surprise of Inter fans.”

Preseason test for four established powers (ESPN)
“The World Football Challenge is a four-team, six-game tournament that will be played in a half-dozen cities around the United States from July 19-26. Participating are Chelsea, Italian giants AC Milan and Inter and Club America.”

There’s only Juan Veron (ESPN)
“When he took a huge pay cut to leave Internazionale and return to his boyhood club in Argentina, Juan Sebastián Verón couldn’t have dreamed this.”

Looking forward to a new season (BBC – Steve Wilson)
“I got my first Match of the Day for season 2009/10 this week and I can almost taste the start of the season. Of course, for some of my fellow commentators the season has already started. I thoroughly enjoyed Rhyl v Partizan Belgrade on S4C on Tuesday night, even with every word in Welsh.”

Inter confirm Ibrahimovic talks with Barca (ESPN)
“Inter Milan have confirmed they are in talks with Spanish champions Barcelona over the potential transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”