Gerard Pique's Instagram post suggesting Neymar would shun Paris Saint-Germain and stay at Barcelona did not come from the Brazil international and was merely his "gut feeling" on the issue. The Ligue 1 giants have been strongly linked with a move for Neymar during the close-season and are reportedly ready to trigger the €222million release clause in his contract. New Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has stressed his desire to keep the 25-year-old at Camp Nou, and Pique appeared to ease fears with his social media post on Sunday that showed him with Neymar with the words "he stays".
When Claudio Reyna played for Manchester City more than a decade ago, it was less a soccer club than a disaster. Just two years removed from the second-tier Football League when Reyna arrived, City lost 48 times in his three full seasons there, narrowly escaping relegation again in 2006. So it must have been a surprise for Reyna when he returned six years later, this time as an executive for the fledgling City Football Group, to find that the organization had become more a flourishing multinational corporation than a soccer club. A year after winning its first top-flight English title in 44 seasons, the team’s ownership created CFG and began expanding its brand to four continents. It’s a model
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F. are prepared to face off in the scorching Miami heat as the teams meet for the first time on American soil for El Clasico Miami. The match-up between two of soccer’s greatest teams has been a long time in the making and is a marquee event for startup Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures that was founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Matt Higgins, former New York Jets EVP of Business Operations. El Clasico is a test to tap the limits of international fan interest in the U.S. for not only the game, but a week of events in celebration of the match-up, which includes concerts, brand partnerships, team pep rallies and art installations in and around