The Barclays Premier League might not have Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo but we’re about to enter the age of the Super Manager.
Look at some of the top name managers who will be in the Premier League next season. Mourinho. Guardiola. Klopp. Wenger. Pochettino. Conte. Ranieri.
I doubt that there has even been a better collection of managers in one league. These are giants of the game, more famous than their players, known throughout the world. They each have their own identifiable characters to ensure this soap opera will get top ratings. Read more... (425 words, 1 image, estimated 1:42 mins reading time)
Antonio Conte’s transfer kitty this summer just got a lot bigger, as Chelsea have agreed to a new kit sponsorship deal with Nike, that is reported to be worth £60m per year. That would make it the second biggest deal in the Premier League.
Chelsea announced earlier this month that they were ending their deal with Adidas six years early. That deal was worth £30m per season, be doubled by their American sportswear rivals, despite the fact Chelsea won’t be competing in Europe next season.
The Blues has reportedly grown increasingly annoyed by the way Adidas had been concentrating on Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus. Read more... (304 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho has spoken of the ‘special honour’ to manage Manchester United after being confirmed as their new manager on a four-year contract with the option to cut ties after three years.
‘To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game,’ Mourinho said. ‘It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.
‘I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans. I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.’ Read more... (402 words, 1 image, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
Liverpool have announced that they will play Barcelona and former Reds striker Luis Suarez in a pre-season friendly on August 6 at Wembley, as part of the International Champions Cup.
The match would usually be held across the US but the Spanish champions wanted to keep their pre-season plans local after a long summer of international football.
Liverpool and Barcelona last met in the Champions League last-16 stage in 2007 with the Reds triumphing on away goals.
This timing, just a week before the start of the new Premier League season, means that both sides should be able to bring all their stars to a game that could overshadow the Community Shield, which will be held two days later. Read more... (349 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
In the Premier League’s first season, 1992-93, Manchester United took in the most money, earning £2,413,660, while Middlesbrough, the lowest earners, made £1,063,135.
Fast forward to 2015-16 and the Premier League has announced that Arsenal became the first club to break the £100 million barrier last year, earning £100,952,257 just from TV and finishing second in the league.
Manchester City were the second-highest earners, making £96,971,603, followed by Manchester United (£96.5m) and Tottenham (£95.2m), with Leicester in fifth place on £93.2m. The lowest earning club, Aston Villa, earned £66.6m, the biggest sum ever for a bottom-placed club. Read more... (461 words, 1 image, estimated 1:51 mins reading time)
The 2016 Champions League Final in the San Siro on Saturday will have a local flavor to it as city rivals Real and Atletico Madrid will meet in the final for the second time in three years.
In 2014 Real won 4-1 in the final in Lisbon, but the three goals in extra time ladled a bucket-load of gloss on the victory that completed ‘La Décima’ – Real Madrid’s tenth European Cup – but it would have been Atlético’s trophy had Sergio Ramos not cancelled out Diego Godín’s strike in the 93rd minute. Read more... (533 words, 1 image, estimated 2:08 mins reading time)
He is the signing of the summer for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year deal to finally replace Sir Alex Ferguson at a reported £15m per year.
Mourinho should have been the one to replace Fergie in 2013, but after the mistakes of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Ed Woodward and the Manchester United board have finally gotten it right.
‘Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today,’ Woodward said.
‘He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here. Read more... (307 words, 1 image, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
It is fair to say that current Italy national team boss Antonio Conte is not a big fan of Major League Soccer. Conte decided not to include Sebastian Giovinco or Andrea Pirlo in Italy’s provisional 30-man Euro 2016 squad because of where they play.
The former Juventus coach admitting that their decision to play in the MLS influenced his final selection.
“I spoke to Andrea, I needed to hear from him and we sent people to the US,” Conte said at a press conference. “However, we’ve made other choices and you have to accept them and deal with the consequences. Nothing was left to chance. Read more... (494 words, 1 image, estimated 1:59 mins reading time)
It must be open season on Arsene Wenger these days, and the Arsenal boss is taking hits from an unlikely source – his players!
Last week goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny that he has learned more in four months of his loan spell at Roma than he did in 10 years at Arsenal.
Now Jack Wilshere has questioned Wenger’s decision to play him out of position for Arsenal. The 24-year-old has been played out wide for his club but plays in his more natural central midfield position for England. Read more... (277 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Liverpool have officially announced they have completed the signing of goalkeeper Loris Karius from FSV Mainz.
The shot-stopper joins the Reds on a long term contract after Liverpool meet his release clause at the German club. That release clause is reported to be around £4.7 million, which is a bargain for the Reds new No.1
Upon joining the Reds, Karius told the club’s official website:
“It’s a very good feeling and it’s an honour to play for a club like this.
“They have a special history and the fans are amazing here, so I look forward to playing at Anfield. Read more... (274 words, 2 images, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)