The word “premier” in soccer means very different things in different places. In England, it’s the top flight of soccer. In the US, the word usually gets attached to amateur leagues. And by amateur, I mean both the quality of play and the way they are run. You’d think the English would sue over the damage to their reputation.
On the night of 26th May 1999, I was in a pub in London watching football. None of which should come as a surprise to anyone who knows me.
For those of you unfamiliar with European football, Jose Mourhino is the current manager of Tottenham Hotspur, one of the English soccer's most historic clubs.
Football finances have always been a little edgy. Clubs often live season to season on massive amounts of debt with their long term future in the hands of the footballing gods. It may seem like a crazy notion when you think of how much money the sport generates each year through sponsorships and astronomical TV deals. Unfortunately with every extra dollar that hits the Premier League coffers, there are always a hundred more ways to spend it, with the ever rising cost of players and their wages topping that list. Even the so called mega clubs like Manchester Utd, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham are financed through massive debt structures that on paper seem ludicrous. Everybody knows that Chelsea for instance are financed by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich. Since the world oil tycoon took over at Stamford Bridge the club has achieved much envied success with Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy to boot. But, even with these trophies in the bag and a growing world wide brand reports from the likes of forbes.com and English newspaper, The Times, Chelsea still owe their owner a whopping 1.13 billion GBP. This is money that Abramovich has personally put in to the club through loans and an amount that the club will be paying back in instalments, with interest. Of course Chelsea are not the only club run this way. Manchester City are set up in a similar fashion with super rich owners putting their own money on the line to achieve success, while the likes of Tottenham and Manchester Utd are run with debt from the banking institutes.
St Helens Town AFC have been awarded a place in the FA Cup for the 2020/21 season. The news came after a list of accepted clubs was published on the FA web site.
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Newcastle United have long suffered unter Mike Ashley's ownership, and as a club with a very large and loyal fanbase, this has been quite tragic to behold. However, despite some drawbacks, the latest being quite recent, it looks like fans can be fairly optimistic about a potential massive Saudi takeover that would be bigger than that of Manchester City and possibly turn them into one of the world's richest and most successful sports clubs. But in my typical fashion, I'm going to go against the grain and look at the takeover itself from an angle that I think is quite tragic. Many people and media outlets have also done this by drawing attention to the nature of the takeover as sportswashing, whereby country's like Saudi Arabia invest in football to draw attention away from human rights abuses. That is a different debate, and not what I'm going to talk about, not just because I think most of the people I've seen taking this approach are not football fans, and there is an element of perspective that they can't quite understand. That's not to say there criticisms aren't valid. They are. But, as I say, it is a different debate.
Yet another star from the West Ham academy, Grady Diangana is aged only 22 and is currently playing on loan for Championship side West Brom. Typically a wideman operating on the left hand side, Diangana had been tearing Championship sides to pieces week in, week out before the coronavirus brought football activity to a stop. Having amassed over 1,300 league minutes this season, let's see what makes the englishman so dangerous.
Jordan Torunarigha may only be aged 22, but made his debut for the Berlin outfit in the 2016/17 season, playing a grand total of 482 minutes of football. 4 seasons later, the German is still not a mainstay in their defence. Still not being given the minutes he deserves, why isn't he starting, why does he deserve to, and where can he go to get those precious minutes?
With injuries, a potential send-off and disallowing of two goals, this game was a nightmare for the Blues. This was a tough controversial match called by referee Anthony Taylor, who has had his name mentioned in many controversial calls.
Liverpool ticked off another three points in their pursuit of title number 19 when they defeated West Ham United 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Liverpool whittled down their magic number to 39 with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Anfield on Thursday night. Thirty-nine more points and they’ll be champions of England for the 19th time. These 39 steps lead up a cliff, rather than down it.