Premier League head Richard Scudamore wants the world soccer to follow his lead by banning investment funds from buying shares in players, a $3 billion-a- year market. His opponents say the plan won’t work.
The walls of Ray Ranson’s Manchester office celebrate the high points of his 17-year run as a defender in English soccer. In one of his most memorable moments, Ranson’s Manchester City was battling Tottenham Hotspur in the final game of the F.A. Cup in May 1981. The 92,000 chanting fans at London’s Wembley Stadium were making such a din that he couldn’t even hear the referee’s whistle.
Brazil’s plans to reform soccer after decades of mismanagement won’t include an English Premier League-style model because it would weaken the national team, according to the government official overseeing the sport.