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Could Nike Deal With Man United Be Worth £1B?

Interesting piece in today’s Daily Mail about Manchester United’s kit deal with Nike, which is coming up for renewal in 2015.

Back in 2002, United signed a 13-year deal with Nike worth £303 million, plus a profit share on retail sales. Even without any profits, that translates to around £23 million a season.

The deal has been mutually beneficial to both parties with Man United fans buying 1.4 million shirts a year, tied with Real Madrid for most popular shirts worldwide.

United and Nike are set to begin renewal talks in February, and United chief of staff Ed Woodward, who presides over the club’s commercial operation, is looking for a ‘major increase’ from Nike.

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European Weekend Review: Messi Stars While Chelsea And Bayern Impress

Lionel Messi made headlines once again as he scored a club record 15th Liga hat-trick for Barcelona in a thrilling 5-4 win against Deportivo La Coruña. Meanwhile, Chelsea shone in England, Paris Saint-Germain went top in France and Bayern Munich set a Bundesliga record.

Lionel Messi is almost a one-man team as his 21st hat-trick for the club gave Barca a sensational 5-4 win at Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday night. The win, and three points, keeps Barcelona level on points at the top of La Liga with Atlético Madrid, whose last-minute free-kick from Falcao allowed them to beat Real Sociedad 1-0. Elsewhere, Real Madrid continue to climb the standings, as goals from Gonzalo Higuaín and Cristiano Ronaldo gave them a comfortbale 2-0 win against Celta Vigo.

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First Wins Of The Season For Real Madrid And PSG

Two of Europe’s big names, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain picked up their first league wins of the season, while Manchester United needed two goals in the last four minutes to win at Sunderland. Elsewhere Bayern Munich flexed their muscles in Germany, thrashing Stuttgart 6-1.

Here is a recap of the action across Europe this weekend.

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Bayern Munich Sign Javi Martinez For €40 million

According to the German newspaper Bild, Bayern Munich have signed Javi Martinez from Spanish club Athletic Bilbao. The transfer was triggered after Bayern activated a €40m buy-out clause in Martinez’s contract. The size of the deal is a record for a German club.

The 23-year-old Martinez signed for Bilbao from fellow La Liga side CA Osasuna for €6 million in the summer of 2006. He quickly established himself in the side and played 35 matches for his club in his debut season, scoring three times.

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UEFA’s Best Player in Europe nominees

Mario Balotelli, Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo are in the running to win UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award.

A 32-man long-list has been drawn up by selected journalists across each UEFA member country and Italy’s three Euro 2012 stars were included.

Buffon and Pirlo were two of Serie A’s three representatives after their fine form for Juventus over the last 12 months. Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also in there.

The winner of the prize – designed to revive the spirit of the former European Footballer of the Year gong – will be named in Monaco on August 30.

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Top Ten Best Paid Footballers In The World

With today’s confirmation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has moved from AC Milan to Paris St-Germain here is a list of the top ten highest paid footballers in the world. Note that these numbers reflect club wages, and doesn’t include any taxes that some teams pay on behalf of their players:

  1. Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi) €20m
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) €13m
  3. Didier Drogba (Shangai Shenua) €13m
  4. Zltan Ibrahimovic (PSG) €13m
  5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) €12m
  6. Waybe Rooney (Manchester United) €11.5m
  7. Yaya Tourè (Manchester City) €10.8m
  8. Dario Conca (Guanghzou Evergrande) €10.5m
  9. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) €9.7m
  10. Kakà (Real Madrid) €9m

Borussia Dortmund Opens 2012-13 Season Against Werder Bremen

The fixture list for the 2012/13 Bundesliga season was published today and two-time defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund will start the 2012-13 season against Werder Bremen

Dortmund and Bremen, two original members of the league, will begin the 50th Bundesliga slate at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund on Aug. 24, exactly 49 years to the day the teams first met in league play.

Champions League finalist and Bundesliga runner-up Bayern Munich will visit Bundesliga 2 champions Greuther Furth, who will be playing in Germany’s top division for the first time in 20 years.