The protracted legal battle between FC Barcelona and MCM Publicidad has moved into the next phase with the acceptance of a lawsuit by the Catalan courts filed by the marketing organization against the football club. Barça has 20 days to respond. The MCM claim remains at €100 million for alleged damages suffered for incompletion of the advertising agreement signed between the two organizations and a possible breach of contract. Click here for a refresher on what all the commotion is about.
FC Barcelona is at odds with Catalan company Muro Cortina Modular (Modular Wall Screen or MCM), who helped to finance and construct La Masia’s exterior LED “second-skin” screen for commercial gains. MCM seeks lost advertising revenue from the club in the neighborhood of €100 million and has hired lawyer Mario Conde to represent the organization.
The amount could put huge strain on FCB should a court rule the club is indeed in breach of contract and indebted to MCM for estimated lost revenue.
FC Barcelona’s second kit this season is based on the senyera, the flag which represents the Spanish region of Catalonia. Already, just over one month into the season, it is the most commercially successful away shirt in the club’s history. But according to vice-president Carles Vilarrubí, the shirt is destined for an even larger honor.
This morning, Jorge and Lionel Messi found themselves at Gavà court in Catalonia to make their official statements in this ongoing tax evasion mess. Almost from the very beginning, this story has been reported in a muddled manner by various media outlets. First it seemed like it was no big deal, then the Messi family preemptively paid ten million euros to settle the matter, next some said an extra five million was paid, but irrespective of whether some or all of this money has been paid over or not, this matter remains an open case.
Today Sport ran a piece on how vastly different the footballing models of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are. Maybe the most astounding statistic is that Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale together cost (195 million euros) nearly as much as the entire FC Barcelona squad (218.5 million).
Over the past 10 years, Real Madrid have spent around 1.1 billion euros in signing players, Barça come in at just over 600 million. Looking at the current first team squads, FC Barcelona’s costed 218.5 million to assemble thanks to 13 crucial home-grown talents. Click for more.
Just hours ago in the 1899 Auditorium, FC Barcelona’s president Sandro Rosell announced the details of the club’s lucrative deal with Qatar Airways. Along with the space on the team shirt, in the newly negotiated terms vice-president Javier Faus added that between 50 and 60 more commercial spots will be taken up by the airline. This includes even a part of the stadium façade, additional advertising space in and around the Camp Nou, the Camp Nou seats, a place next to the Nike logo as well as some space in the club’s official museum. The numbers are as follows: 95.5 million euros over the next three seasons with payments staggered at 30, 32 and 33.5 million. There is additionally a 5 million euro bonus paid by the airline anytime in the next three years if Barça wins the UEFA Champions League. More details follow below.
FC Barcelona economic vice-president, Javier Faus, addressed the media regarding the team’s “Peace Tour” to Palestine and Israel. “We are the number one team in Israel and Palestine. We are very pleased with this visit because it’s a service to a very important community of Barça fans.” Mr Faus relied on market research, social networks and television audiences to corroborate his statement.
More details behind the three youngsters FC Barcelona acquired first-sale rights to in the purchase of Neymar have surfaced.
As reported originally by Brazilian football publication Lance!, Barcelona has secured the right to purchase of forwards Gabriel Barbosa Almeida (16), Victor Andrade (17), and Givanildo “Giva” da Silva (20) for a combined total of €7.9 million.
Wednesday vice-president of economics Javier Faus presented the financial results of FC Barcelona for the year ended 30 June 2013. The short of it is financially things look good for Barça. Actual profit and loss figures outperformed budgets set in 2012 and debt was reduced. Click on the jump for a more detailed analysis. Note all amounts are in Euros.
Seems everyone wants to get their hands on La Masia’s latest export, Thiago Alcântara. The 22-year-old want-away midfielder recently left boyhood club FC Barcelona in the pursuit of greener pitches at FC Bayern Munich for €25 million, a record for an academy product. But it seems another one of the starlet’s previous clubs, Flamengo, could also cash in on the Italian-born Brazilian.
FC Barcelona has renewed its partnership with the MoraBanc group of Andorra until June 2015, after the collaboration was deemed highly satisfactory by both parties. This financial institute, which was founded in 1952 “with 100% family and local capital from the founding family,” has the advantages of using the Barça logo and name in its products and advertising.
Lionel Messi’s tax evasion episode seems to be getting more complicated after Messi’s lawyers denied reports from Catalunya that of an out-of-court settlement had been reached.
Catalan paper El Periodico reported Thursday that Messi and his father Jorge would fork out €15 million to satiate the taxman, a claim that appears to be false.
Messi and his father Jorge were accused of rerouting funds through offshore havens in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying €4.1 million in image rights taxes to the Spanish government from 2007-2009.
Stories of this kin are going to become part and parcel of the next phase in the modern game. As investment groups and wealthy individuals have discovered the huge return on investment in footballing talent, third party ownership is running rampant, particularly in South America. Combine these new stakeholders with the already overly powerful agent, and the financial dealings involved in signing new players become more and more murky. One such interested party is now stirring up trouble by blatantly accusing FC Barcelona of breaching regulations in the signing of Neymar.