Van Praag moves up at UEFA; is Platini preparing way for a run at FIFA job?

Michael van praag5By Andrew Warshaw
July 3 - Buried in the various decisions taken by UEFA's executive committee this week were two potentially significant appointments that went largely unreported.

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The show goes on...Full Play negotiate for Bra vs Arg in ... USA

Brazil vs ArgentinaBy Samindra Kunti
July 3 - The Brazilian Football Confederation CBF is negotiating a deal to stage a Brazil vs Argentina friendly in the autumn in San Francisco with Full Play, one of the companies indicted by US authorities for bribing former CBF president José Maria Marin in relation to the 2016 Copa America.

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Zahavi steps in with €8.5m cash and Chelsea 'links' to save Belgium's Mouscron

Royal Mouscron-PeruwelzBy Samindra Kunti
July 3 - Chelsea and super agent Pini Zahavi have saved Belgian top flight club Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz from its financial perils by investing a reported €8.5 million in the club to buy 90% of the shares.

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Chinese club giant Guangzhou Evergrande files for IPO

Guangzhou evergrandeBy Mark Baber
July 3 - Guangzhou Evergrande, China's most successful club of recent years, has filed with the National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ) to list on the so-called 'New Third Board' - a trading platform for shares in small- and medium-sized companies - according to a Thursday filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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Will Bronze win Gold? World Cup stars nominated for FIFA awards

Lucy BronzeJuly 3 – Who is the best Women's player in the world? The most high profile women's world cup ever is creating national and international stars, and - after a long wait - significant numbers of recognisable names in the women's game. FIFA has announced its shortlists for the adidas Golden Ball, adidas Golden Glove and Hyundai Young Player awards.

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West Ham pack 35,000 in for Europa League opener

West Ham goalJuly 3 – The season has started and anyone who says it is too early, the Europa League is a distraction, or that it people just aren't interested at this time of the year, should talk to the 35,000 in the capacity crowd at West Ham's Upton Park last night on a balmy summer evening that saw the Hammers play Andorran minnows Lusitanos.

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Spain incurs UEFA scorn with backing for TPO slave-trading

Javier TebasJuly 3 - UEFA have taken a second swipe at the Spanish league - this time over third-party ownership (TPO).

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Match-changing decisions put Women World Cup refs on the spot

canada 2015 logo2By Andrew Warshaw
July 3 - The Women's World Cup may have become an established part of the FIFA calendar since it was launched in 1991 and truly came of age when the Americans won on home soil eight years later.

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Big cities, bigger money. MLS looks set to bust salary cap rules

MLS 2015By Ben Nicholson
July 3 - The MLS is reportedly set to make changes to their existing rules regarding salary caps. The league has allegedly already held a league-wide call about adding, what is essentially, an extra designated player spot, in terms of a "core player" – a player who may earn over the salary cap.

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