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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 [...]

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. Spain Lionel Messi is almost a one-man team as his 21st [...]

Unbelieveable comments today from Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge about big-spending Paris Saint-Germain. Rummenigge, who is also the President of the European Club Association, believes that PSG should face sanctions under UEFA’s Financial Fair Play for their summer spending spree, and that the idea of paying Zlatan Ibrahimovic €14 million a yea gives him [...]

Zenit Spent £70m To Sign Hulk And Alex Witsel

While the transfer market has closed in most of Europe, it is still open in Russia, and Zenit St Petersburg announced their Champions League intentions with a sensational double swoop today for Porto striker Hulk and Benfica’s Axel Witsel for a combined £70million. “It’s now official. Both players had signed five-year deals,” Zenit spokesman Dmitry [...]

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 [...]

Andrés Iniesta Named Best Player In Europe

Andrés Iniesta has been named the winner of the 2011/12 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, finishing ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in an extremely close vote. Iniesta received 19 votes while Messi and Ronaldo both picked up 17 votes. The Barcelona midfielder, who helped Spain defend their European Championship title this summer, [...]

Big Week Of International Friendlies

I am not a big fan of this August international break. It seems really strange that with leagues across Europe kicking off this weekend, that players would be away all week on international duty. But with World Cup qualifying beginning in September, this will be the last opportunities for teams to test out new players [...]

A mid-year review of transfers from FIFA today shows that worldwide transfer spending fell by more than one-third in the first six months of the year, as the world’s economic crisis finally impacts soccer. On a daily basis we are bombarded about the global financial crisis and unmanageable debt loads and the trickle down effect [...]

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 [...]

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: Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi) €20m Cristiano Ronaldo [...]