Sparta Prague to modernise stadium, boost retail space revenue

Sparta PragueBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
December 19 - Daniel Kretinsky, the owner of Sparta Prague, has unveiled plans to modernise the Czech club's stadium to boost its retail space and revenue. Under the proposal, the project would begin in the spring of 2016.

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Dietmar Hopp given go-ahead to take majority stake in 1899 Hoffenheim

Dietmar HoppBy Mark Baber
December 19 - The Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) has given the go-ahead for SAP-founder Dietmar Hopp to take a majority stake in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - the village club he brought from lower league obscurity to Bundesliga glory - with effect from 1 July 2015.

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Rangers put Llambias in charge as cost cuts and crisis loans come under scrutiny

RangersDecember 19 – The on-going turmoil at Scottish giant Rangers has taken another ownership twist with board member Derek Llambias appointed at the club's new chief executive.

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Levski Sofia budget 75% of income for wages but will fail FFP rules

todor batkovBy Alexander Krassimirov
December 19 - The owner of the Bulgaria's Levski Sofia Todor Batkov (pictured) has announced that the club's budget for next year will amount to BGN 8 million (€4 million), BGN 6 million of which will be spent on club salaries - players and officials.

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FIFPro warns players away from no-money Serbian clubs

Serbian SuperligaDecember 19 - Players union FIFPro has taken the unusual step of advising its members not to agree contracts in Serbia as there is a high risk that they would not get paid their salaries. Their warning came out joints with the Serbian professional footballers association Nezavisnost (SPFN).

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Russian currency crisis drives up club costs of foreign player wages

CurrencyDecember 18 – Salaries of foreign players at Russian clubs have escalated dramatically as the Russian ruble has plummeted in exchange rate value. Players, with salaries generally negotiated in euros, are now putting almost 40% more on club wage bills.

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Bulgarian match-fixing arrests focussed on top league and top teams

svetlozar lazarovBy Alexander Krassimirov
December 18 - Bulgarian police investigating the match-fixing scandal in the country have said that their focus is on matches from Bulgaria's top division - A grupa.

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Turkish Ultras accused of government coup attempt have trial delayed

Istanbul protestBy Mark Baber
December 17 – Members of Besiktas' Carsi supporter group, Turkish opposition groups, human rights campaigners and rival supporters gathered outside an Istanbul court chanting "Stand against fascism" as 35 members of the ultra group went on trial for participating in the demonstrations against the redevelopment of Gezi Park, one of Istanbul's last areas of greenery.

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FC Copenhagen renews Carlsberg sponsorship to 2021

Carlsberg and CopenhagenBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
December 17 - FC Copenhagen has extended its sponsorship contract with Denmark's leading brewer Carlsberg. The new contract will see the company remain the football side's sponsor until 2021.

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