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Sportel: Spain’s La Liga Ups Global Push

17 October 2015 2:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Monaco— Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s Professional Football League Assn. (Lfp), has announced the opening of offices in New York, Shanghai.

Announcement was made at Monaco’s Sportel, one of the world’s biggest confabs for the sports content media rights business, which kicked of its 26th edition on Monday, and just days before a Spanish newspaper report suggested rights to Spain’s La Liga for the 2015-16 soccer season had been sold in international for €615 million ($683 million), way up on prior sums paid for one of the biggest lures in the biggest sport in the world.

“Being global is an opportunity and a must,” said Tebas, also a lawyer and businessman. Tebas’ words underscore the only direction growth at Spain’s La Liga can take: Exporting its matches and brand.

Acquired by Telefonica in July, Spain’s 2015-16 pay TV rights for 2015-2016 were valued at €600 million ($683 million »

- Emilio Mayorga

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1997 UEFA Champions League, Newcastle 3-2 Barcelona – Where Are They Now?

4 September 2015 3:15 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The day that Faustino Asprilla single-handedly destroyed Barcelona lives long in the memory of Newcastle United fans. The match turned the bendy-legged Columbian into a cult hero despite him only scoring two goals in 10 games throughout the rest of the 1997-98 season.

Asprilla who did score an impressive nine goals in eleven European matches was sold back to Parma at the end of the season for £6 million but his performance on Wednesday, September 17th, 1997, will never be forgotten. Barcelona – who were managed by Louis van Gaal and won the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Super Cup titles that season – couldn’t handle ‘Tino’s’ sublime skills and his 22-minute hat-trick was the perfect reward for an exceptional night at St James’ Park.

Asprilla scored after 26, 30 and 48 minutes. The first was a penalty he won himself, the others headers from excellent crosses by a rejuvenated Keith Gillespie. »

- Matt Smith

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10 Reasons Luis Figo Is The Wrong Man For FIFA

20 February 2015 3:50 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Finally, the football world has thrown up some competition to run against the mighty rule of Sepp Blatter.

We have Michael van Praag, Prince Ali of Jordan, and most intriguingly, Luis Figo, battling it out with the current leader over who will steer the football world into a new era.

Figo is as slick now as he was gracing the Nou Camp, Bernabeu and San Siro. He’s got the late 20’s audience interested.

They’re the breed of football fan who grew up watching him and Rivaldo tear La Liga to pieces, before his infamous switch to Real Madrid to partner up with the original Ronaldo, Raul and Zinedine Zidane.

During his 20 year career, Figo made 578 league appearances across four clubs (Sporting, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter) and tallied up 93 goals, with an extra 27 goals coming in his 133 Champions League games.

And that’s not even mentioning assists. »

- Michael Potts

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