Here we go again; in the wake of Neymargate, we now have Villagate. Andrés Sanchis, a lawyer and Valencia CF shareholder, has made a complaint against Valencia’s former club president Manuel Llorente, and former club vice-president and current director general of La Liga Javier Gomez questioning possible problems with the 40 million euro transfer of David Villa from Valencia to Barcelona in 2010. This complaint is focused mainly on Valencia’s end of the deal that brought Villa to Barça after the 2010 World Cup. More details after the jump.
Javier Faus, economic vice-president of FC Barcelona, shed light on more details regarding the Espai Barça, the new Camp Nou’s cost, the referendum and the bank debts which revealed that the estimated total cost of the project will be around 600 million euros. Continue reading for more details from Faus’ presser.
The Espai Barça will not revolve only around remodeling the Camp Nou and increasing its capacity to 105,000, as the club will also aim to present a new Palau Blaugrana (basketball arena). Improvements will include a capacity of 12,000, an additional court with a capacity of 2,000, an ice rink, the Social Area, a commercial area, club offices, La Masia and 5,000 parking spaces.
“It is more than a remodelling of the Camp Nou,the Espai Barça is and will be the most important sports project in Europe and the world. No city can boast a project like ours, not London, not Paris, not New York, not Madrid” said Faus.
Sandro Rosell has recently stepped down as club president after numerous controversies concerning Neymar’s purchase. After taking over Joan Laporta’s position in 2010, Sandro Rosell’s term ended only three and a half years later. Follow this post to the other side for an overview of the club’s achievements while Sandro Rosell was president summarized from the official FC Barcelona website.
As was announced yesterday evening, FC Barcelona will continue calling Camp Nou home for the foreseeable future. Given polls over recent months, this is the outcome members and Barça fans preferred. But this will be no small renovation, it’s not about slapping on a new coat of paint. The new Camp Nou project will cost the club 600 million euros. Financial details from club vice-president Javier Faus after the jump.
Today president Sandro Rosell and the rest of the FC Barcelona board of directors meet at 16:00 (local time) to discuss one of the most important decisions regarding the club’s future: to renovate the current Camp Nou or construct an entirely new stadium. Today is NOT the actual referendum when club members (socios) will vote, but rather the final meeting where the board will decide on the agenda, format and date of the future referendum.
A sports consulting firm, Euromericas, has revealed in a recent report about stadium naming rights, that FC Barcelona have received an offer from Qatar Airways to change the Camp Nou’s name to ‘Qatar Camp Nou Stadium’. What is interesting about this story is that the same report has included talk of Coca-Cola’s offer for the re-naming of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu. Read more after the jump.
FC Barcelona released two statements in the last days concerning the ongoing legal proceedings regarding the signing of Neymar Jr. For those who have not been following the case, Jordi Cases, a club socio and leader of Grup d´Opinió Barça (or GO Barça) - the same group that attempted to impeach club president Sandro Rosell several months ago – lodged a case against Barcelona in December regarding the murky details of Neymar’s transfer fee. A Spanish judge ordered Barcelona to disclose documents relating to the deal, and the club complied. This past Thursday, it was revealed that the judge found no irregularities or wrongdoing in the signing. However, Jordi Cases is apparently pursuing the case further, and the club has responded strongly. More details below.
Pep Guardiola, when asked why he chose Bayern Munich as his next team, promptly answered that it was not a matter of money. Yet a recent study conducted by the Brazilian agency Pluri revealed that not only does the 42-year-old coach receive a rather modest salary, but that he is actually the world’s highest paid coach, having a €17 million gross annual income. He leaves Chelsea’s José Mourinho in second place, with the Portuguese being paid €10.3 million a year by Roman Abramovich. In third place, Pluri has veteran Italian coach Marcello Lippi, who works for Chinese powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande, and earns, according to the study, €10 million a season.
FC Barcelona’s lawyers have had a fabulously lucrative 2013: Dealing with Sandro Rosell’s allegations in Brazil, in court with MCM, fighting the Spanish National Competition Commission, preparing a defense of the European Commission probe and still dealing with allegations of mis-dealings concerning the Neymar transfer. Yesterday, Spanish national judge Pablo Ruz requested that Barça hand over to him all documents relating to Neymar’s move.
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.