Perhaps nowhere is the battle for influence more high-stakes than in European soccer, where long-running power struggles at the elite level continue to fray the very fabric of the game. New movements of money and emerging commercial interests are having an outsized impact on the planet’s most popular sport, with the powers that be continuing to push often conflicting agendas even as Covid-19 wreaks financial havoc.
In ‘Power games’, an in-depth report on the state of play in European soccer, SportsPro digital editor Tom Bassam speaks to several industry heavyweights, including La Liga president Javier Tebas, European Clubs Association chief executive Charlie Marshall, and former Fifa chief commercial officer Simon Thomas, to find out what the future holds for the continent’s elite clubs and leagues.
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