If Liverpool fans want a glimpse into the future then all they need to do is take a look at the ticket prices for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox, owned by Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group, had the highest average ticket prices in baseball last season at $52.34.
FSG wants to wring as much money from Liverpool fans as possible and have announced a new ticket pricing system that includes the first £1,000 season ticket and £77 match day tickets. The official Liverpool Supporters’ Committee (LSC) branded the new ticket pricing structure as “morally unjustifiable”.
An LSC statement read: Read more... (302 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
The Chinese Super League continue to splash the cash around Europe with Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande the latest club to smash China’s transfer fee record after signing Atletico Madrid’s unsettled Colombian striker Jackson Martinez for €42m (£32m).
The purchase broke the week-old Chinese record fee of €28m paid by Jiangsu Suning to acquire Brazilian midfielder Ramires from Chelsea.
It lifted the Chinese Super League’s total spending during the current transfer window to €203.9m, according to website transfermarkt which tracks commercial dealings in the sport, second only to the English Premier League. Read more... (413 words, 1 image, estimated 1:39 mins reading time)
After spurning chance after chance against Southampton on Tuesday night Arsene Wenger was forced to defend his decision not to sign a striker during the January transfer window.
Tuesday’s goalless draw means that Arsenal have now dropped nine points from their last four games, dropping them to fourth in the table and five points behind leaders Leicester.
Having added only midfielder Mohamed Elneny to his ranks in the January transfer window, Wenger was again forced to defend his decision not to bring in any firepower despite Arsenal having gone 270 minutes and 34 shots at goal in the Premier League without scoring Read more... (293 words, 1 image, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Eastlands will mean the departure of Yaya Toure from Manchester City, especially after Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted as saying that
The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players.
Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is desperate to bring Toure to the San Siro but that is looking very unlikely if the story of interest from China for the midfielder is true.
According to The Telegraph, Toure will be offered a stunning £30million-a-year contract to move to China, Read more... (359 words, 1 image, estimated 1:26 mins reading time)
The off-the-field problems of Barcelona star Neymar took a turn for the worst on Tuesday when Brazilian authorities charged him with tax evasion and falsifying documents over a seven-year period.
The federal prosecutor’s office alleged that the striker committed the crimes between 2006, when he was just a promising youngster at Brazilian football club Santos, and 2013, when he signed for Barcelona.
Prosecutors also brought charges against his father and two senior FC Barcelona management figures, its current president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell.
The Brazilian prosecution’s statement said: Read more... (382 words, 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
The breaking news on transfer deadline day was not that another big name star had moved to the Premier League, it was that the best manager in the world is moving to England next season.
It was one of the worst kept secrets in football that Pep Guardiola would be taking over at Manchester City this summer, and on Monday City confirmed that Guardiola has signed a three-year deal to manage City and would take over on Jun3 30.
“Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the Club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation”, City said in a statement. Read more... (538 words, 1 image, estimated 2:09 mins reading time)
It might have seemed like a quiet January transfer window compared to previous ones, but when all was said and done, it was a record breaking one as Premier League spending in a single season has gone over £1B for the first time this term.
Fueled by a massive TV contract, Premier league clubs spent £172.65m in January to go over the billion pound mark for the first time in league history.
With the new TV contract expected to be worth £100m for each Premier League club next season the cost of relegation has never been more expensive. Read more... (387 words, 1 image, estimated 1:33 mins reading time)
The USA kicked off 2016 with a 3-2 win over Iceland on Sunday, a performance that did little to restore faith that Jurgen Klinsmann’s side is ready to move on from their up-and-down 2015 season.
Jozy Altidore scored in the first half and Michael Bradley provided two assists as Klinsmann fielded a lineup mixing World Cup veterans with four players making their debuts.
Iceland scored in the 13th minute when a shot by Steindorsson, who played 21 games for Columbus last season, deflected off Orozco and caught Robles diving the wrong way. Read more... (235 words, 1 image, estimated 56 secs reading time)
Bruce Arena has shown once again why he is without peer in Major League Soccer as he has loaded the LA Galaxy for another run at the MLS Cup this season, while lowering their wage bill.
With Steven Gerrard entering his last season, the LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager seems determined to see Gerrard off into the sunset with someone he never won in England, and that is a championship winning medal.
To do that Arena signed veterans Ashley Cole and Jelle van Damme earlier this week and today he completed a deal for AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong. Read more... (279 words, 1 image, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
After Chelsea’s 5-1 win in the FA Cup fourth round at MK Dons, John Terry told the assembled media that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after the club have refused to offer him a new contract.
Terry admitted he would have ‘loved to stay’ but was told by club officials at a meeting before last weekend’s win at Arsenal that they would not be adding a one-year extension to his contract.
Terry wants to continue playing but promised he will not sign for another side in England, with offers likely to come in from China or the United States. Read more... (515 words, 1 image, estimated 2:04 mins reading time)