Barcelona, La Liga

Former Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu Arrested

Bartomeu

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, his adviser Jaume Masferrer, the club’s CEO Oscar Grau and head of legal services Roman Gomez Ponti have been arrested following a raid at the club’s offices on Monday.

A statement from Barcelona read:

“Given the entry of the local police at the club’s offices, per a court order relating to the hiring [of a third-party company] and monitoring services of social networks, FC Barcelona has offered its full support to judicial and police authorities and collaborated with them to clarify the facts that are the subject of the investigation.

Europe, Tickets

UEFA Could Refund All Euro 2020 Tickets

Euro 2020 Tickets

UEFA are reportedly considering refunding all tickets for Euro 2020 and restarting the buying process once venue capacities are announced.

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, UEFA still plan to go ahead with their original 12-nation host plan, though it is highly unlikely stadiums would be at full capacity.

The Times have reported that tickets already sold could be refunded, and the process of sales will only start again once venues have confirmed how many fans will be permitted by their national governments to attend games.

According to the UEFA website:

Europe, Tickets

Euro 2020 Draw: Germany, France And Portugal Drawn In Same Group

Euro 2020 Tickets

One of France, Germany and Portugal may face an early exit after being drawn together in Group F for Euro 2020 in what has already been dubbed the ‘Group of Death’.

They will be joined in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ by a team from Path A/D following the tournament draw in Bucharest.

That Path A/D team could be any of Iceland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Belarus, North Macedonia or Kosovo.

While England avoided those team in the group stage, they could find themselves playing of the three in the last 16.

Liverpool

Worrying Times At Anfield

Liverpool’s defeated body language at the final whistle and the resignation in manager Jurgen Klopp’s post match interviews sounded like a club that know that their title defence is over. Liverpool have climbed mountains under Klopp before but they now stand 10 points behind a team which has reeled off 14 successive wins in all competitions. They have also played one game more than City.

Last season, Liverpool caught lightening in a bootle. They were brilliant throughout the season, picking up an almost perfect 67 points from their first 23 games last season.

Inter Milan, Serie A

Alexis Sanchez publicly SLAMMED by Antonio Conte

Alexis Sanchez Inter MIlan

Antonio Conte has publicly called out under-performing striker Alexis Sanchez by insisting ‘his numbers must be better.’

Conte has drawn attention to Sanchez’s lack of goalscoring following Inter Milan’s Coppa Italian semi-final first leg defeat to bitter rivals Juventus.

The Italian boss cut a frustrated figure on the touchline as he was defeated by his former club, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.

Sanchez filled in for the absent talisman Romelu Lukaku, but failed to find the back of the net and give his side the added impetus it desperately needed.

Barcelona, La Liga, Liverpool, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid

Liverpool Aim To Have Highest Revenue In World Football

The Kop Anfield Stadium Liverpool FC

Liverpool are slowly putting the steps in motion to create a long-term blueprint which will see their revenue rival that of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Often praised for their shrewd business off the field, Liverpool have emerged as one of the fastest growing football clubs in the world when it comes to monetary terms.

And now the Merseyside club have plans in place to emulate the world leaders Madrid and Barca when it comes to boosting profits and maximizing their brand, and aim to storm past Manchester United in the process.

Barcelona, La Liga

Lionel Messi Threatens To Sue Over Contact Leak

Lionel Messi Contract

Lionel Messi is reportedly ready to sue as many as five ‘suspects’ that he believes may have leaked his €555,237,619 Barcelona contract.

The five men in question are former president Josep Maria Bartomeu; former vice-president, Jordi Mestre; CEO Òscar Grau; interim president, Carles Tusquets; and the head of the club’s legal services, Romàn Gómez Ponti.

On Sunday, Spanish newspaper El Mundo dramatically published the full details of the Argentine superstar’s mega-money contract at the Nou Camp.

Messi signed the deal in 2017 and it will end this June when the 33-year-old will be able to leave for nothing.

Juventus, Serie A

Juventus Beat Inter 2-1 In First Leg Of Coppa Italia Semi-Final

Coppa Italia Trophy

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to fire Juventus to a 2-1 comeback win over Inter Milan in a hard-fought Coppa Italia semi-final first-leg clash at San Siro on Tuesday.

Lautaro Martinez gave the home side an early lead but the Portuguese replied with a penalty before pouncing on a defensive mix-up to put the Turin club in front before halftime.

Inter, without suspended top scorer Romelu Lukaku, pushed for an equaliser but couldn’t find a way past 43-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The Italian produced a superb save to deny Matteo Darmian on the 1,100th senior appearance of his career for club and country.

AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus, La Liga, Ligue 1, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid, Serie A

Winners And Losers From January Transfer Window

January Transfer Window

Another January transfer window has come and gone. This one though lacked the fireworks of previous windows due to the ongoing impact that COVID-19 is having on the finances of football clubs around the world.

The lack of money does not mean that some clubs improved themselves during the window, while the lack of activity was a nightmare for some.

Here is a look at the winners and losers from the past month of transfer business

January Transfers Winners
Arsenal
Both on and off the pitch, things are looking a lot rosier at Arsenal now than they did just over a month ago.

Europe, Tickets, World Cup

England Get Croatia And Czech Republic In Euro 2020 Draw

Euro 2020 Tickets

Gareth Southgate’s England side will warm up for the rescheduled Euro 2020 with friendlies against Austria and Romania.

The Three Lions had an agreement to play both sides last summer before the outbreak of Covid-19 curtailed the tournament.

England will play Austria on Wednesday, June 2 with Romania set for Sunday, June 6.

This summer’s tournament is still facing elements of uncertainty due to the pandemic, with initial plans to stage the competition across 12 European cities under scrutiny as respective nations battle to keep coronavirus under control.