September 16 – UEFA has renewed another sponsor partner for the Europa League, where sponsorship now comes with the addition of the Europa Conference League, giving a sponsorship spread of 64 teams from 35 of UEFA’s 55 member associations.
September 16 – Socios.com are continuing their rapid expansion in football’s major national markets. Having announced a hook-up with Spain’s LaLiga already this week and launched their sell-out Fan Token issue with Premier League Everton, the blockchain-based crypto business has unveiled Brazil’s Flamengo as their latest partner.
September 16 – With SIGA’s Sports Integrity Week in full swing with over 100 speakers and more than 1,500 participants, it North American offshoot, SIGA AMERICA, has announced its high-level senior Advisory Board.
September 15 – Players’ union FIFPRO has again said that any change to the international match calendar – and principally the introduction of a biennial World Cup – must put players and their workload at the centre of any decision-making.
September 15 – Ricardo Teixeira’s life ban from football has been upheld after the Court of Arbitration (CAS) dismissed his attempt to overturn it on appeal.
September 15 – Defending 2020 Asian Champions League winners Ulsan Hyundai squeezed into the quarter-finals of the 2021 competition last night thanks to goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo who secured them a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale.
September 15 – Everton sold out 500,000 fan tokens in their first offering on the Socios.com platform in just four minutes this morning.
September 15 – UEFA experts labelled Euro 2020 “food for the soul of football” after a tournament bursting with goals, marauding wing-backs, dynamic number 10s and a distinct preference of coaches to field a back three.
September 15 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has declared itself open-minded over the proposal of a biennial World Cup, seeking to support the “best interests of football”.
September 15 – Brand identity gurus will tell you that ‘look and feel’ must be consistent and rigorously enforced across the whole property all the time. So LaLiga’s decision to create a special logo and brand identity for EIClasico is intriguing.
September 15 – Following in the footsteps of Valencia, Cadiz FC have become the second La Liga club to strike a crypto partnership as title sponsor, teaming up with Bitci for the current season.
September 15: Having launched their first major foray into blockchain and crypto last week with player card NFTs, in conjunction with fantasy game Sorare, LaLiga this week has followed up this week announcing a deal with Fan Token specialist Socios.com.
September 15 – PSG has topped a ranking of teams according to the number of passes made per match during current season. The data is pulled 36 leagues worldwide – 32 in Europe and 4 in the Americas.
By Samindra Kunti
September 14 – Chelsea open their defence of the Champions League tonight at home to Zenit St Petersburg, kicking off the European club season in earnest. The question in Europe is whether Chelsea and their English counterparts will also be kickstarting an age of Premier League dominance in the European Cup?