Euro 2024

Swiss light the Group A touch paper

June 15 -The last time Switzerland played in Cologne, they treated those in attendance and the millions watching at home to the most turgid 120 minutes of football I have ever witnessed, while losing to Ukraine on penalties during the 2006 World Cup.

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John Yan: 中超打不过《泰囧》CSL can’t match ‘Journey to the West’

新增三个赞助商,中超的市场经营板块,在新赛季开始前要好看许多了。打开中超官网,首页下方滚动的几个logo分别是:万达广场、耐克、三星、山东临工和雷曼光电。打开内页,会有哈尔滨啤酒、全体育传媒、CCTV5、新浪体育、体奥动力和五大连池等logo。三星之外,在联赛新赛季开赛前一周,还有华视传媒和神州租车两个新的市场和作者加盟。这样一个市场经营版图,至少logo数量,较前几年丰富了许多。

虽然中超的整体市场经营架构,仍然显得相对杂乱,CCTV5、新浪体育、全体育传媒这样的媒体合作伙伴,与其他市场商业合作伙伴,被混为一谈,但中超的市场号召力,连续三年逐年上升,是显而易见的事实。三星在春节之前已经明确赞助中超,传言为3年6000万人民币,之后还有在公交地铁等户外数字电视平台运营代理权的华视传媒,以及提供用车的神州租车。

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League plays on as violence flares again in Egypt

Egyptian FA headquarters

By Paul Nicholson
March 11 – Violence erupted in Egypt again over the weekend and the Egyptian FA headquarters were burned down after fans rioted after the second court ruling following the Port Said disaster in February 2012 handed down sentences to a further 54 people and confirmed the 21 death sentences already passed last month.

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QPR gambles on a spend, spend, spend policy

QPR

By Andrew Warshaw, Chief Correspondent
March 11 – Financial figures released by the Premier League’s bottom club, Queens Park Rangers, in their bid to remain in the top flight of English football will have raised eyebrows throughout Europe, not least at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters.

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Diakite engineers stunning return to CAF ExCo

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By Osasu Obayiuwana in Marrakech, Morocco
March 11 – In what can only be termed as the ultimate comeback, Mali’s Amadou Diakite (pictured), the disgraced former FIFA executive committee member, has returned to the top of continental football administration, winning another four-year term on the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). 

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CAF blows full time on Jdidi refereeing complaints

Jonathon Pritopia

By Osasu Obayiuwana at the CAF Congress in Marrakech
March 8 – Slim Jdidi, the Tunisian referee at the centre of the controversial 2013 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Ghana and Burkina Faso is unlikely to receive further sanctions from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the continent’s governing body.

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