In all the top 20 clubs generated revenue of 7.4 billion euros, a rise of 12% on the previous year.The English Premier League’s commercial attractiveness compared to other European leagues is reflected with eight teams appearing in the top 20 — five in the top 10 — and generating total combined revenue of 3.2bn euros.Champions Leicester break in for the first time and are 20th with revenue of 172.1m euros whilst rivals West Ham also crept into the top 20 in 18th spot with recorded revenues of 192.3m euros.However, thoughts of the EPL being an unstoppable force and all 20 clubs entering the Top 30 next year should not be taken for granted, says Bridge.“When the new TV deal was announced two years ago we might well have thought more there would be more English clubs coming into the Money League for 2017/18,” said Bridge.“But with the rise of their European competitors it might not be as great as one thought.“It is a testament to European football generally and it has to be said clubs are operating in a more financially sustainable manner now.“The introduction by UEFA of European Fair Play (EFP) has seen a huge reduction in losses.”The decline of Serie A continues. Although there are four teams in the top 20 — Juventus the highest at 10th — Deloitte think there is a real danger they could just have one representative next year.“I think it certainly reflects the situation in Italy,” Bridge said.“AC Milan were in the top five in 2002/03 so their decline (they are 16th and even passed by rivals Roma) has been relatively steady over the past 13 years.“It kind of reflects the inability to generate new revenues in Italy both commercially and matchday, antiquated stadia being one of the issues.“Inter Milan (19th) are almost certainly going to drop out and there is a real danger the same can happen to AS Roma and AC Milan.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s relative failure on the pitch has not been reflected off it as for the first time in over a decade they top Deloitte’s Football Money League for revenue in the 2015/16 season.United — who were last on top in the 2003/04 campaign — earned record revenue of 689m euros (£515.3m, $736m) — and dislodged Champions League holders Real Madrid who have ruled the roost for the past 11 years.United’s topping of the revenue table — in a season where they failed to sparkle under Louis van Gaal in the league or the Champions League leading to him being sacked — is largely down to one thing according to Tim Bridge, Senior Consuiltant at Deloitte.“It is the commercial power of Manchester United that takes them to the top of the league,” he told AFP.More galling perhaps for Real is that despite passing the 600m euros barrier for the first time they also found themselves edged into third by bitter rivals Barcelona, who bettered them by just 100,000 euros — 620.2m euros to Real’s 620.1m — although the Catalan side have yet to top the table.The top trio also filled the first three positions when Deloitte’s first published the league in the 1996/97 season with United topping then on £88m — pretty much the amount they spent on Paul Pogba almost 20 years later.United’s reign, though, could be short-lived as they failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, even when figures from the huge Premier League TV deal that came into force this season are taken into account, according to Bridge.“The TV deal will counterbalance some of it but much depends on where they finish in the league,” said Bridge.“The truth is it will be a three-way battle next year mainly because United are not in the Champions League and the impact of the exchange rate (it was 1.33 euro to the pound when Deloitte did the 2015/16 table as opposed to Wednesday’s rate of 1.15) and weakening of the pound following the decision to leave the European Union.“It will be challenging for them to stay on top next year.”German champions Bayern Munich and Manchester City fill out the top five — French giants Paris Saint Germain dropping out of the leading quintet to sixth.City’s appearance in the top five for the first time is on the back of reaching the Champions League semi-finals.– Italians struggling –
Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool fans in SydneyLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger’s side will be consigned to the indignity of Thursday nights in the unglamourous Europa League next term. Despite winning seven of their last eight games, Arsenal are in fifth place, one point behind Liverpool and three adrift of City.Rocked by Arsenal’s failure to live up to his expectations, and with a succession of former players questioning his methods, Wenger has been under fire like never before in his 21-year reign.As if finishing below arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in 22 years wasn’t bad enough, Wenger’s bid to lead Arsenal into the Champions League for a 20th successive season has ended dismally.To make matters worse, his former captain Tony Adams said Wenger “couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag” in an extract from his autobiography “Sober”, serialised in the Sun newspaper.Wenger, however, brushed off the criticism from former defender Adams, whose coaching tenure at Granada has ended in relegation from La Liga in Spain.Having refused to confirm if he will accept Arsenal’s offer of a new contract, the 67-year-old Wenger said this week said his future will be settled when he meets the club’s powerbrokers after the Gunners’ FA Cup final date with Chelsea on May 27. That’s the end of our @premierleague season. Three points today but it’s not enough to secure a top-four finish.#AFCvEFC pic.twitter.com/oGKoQnwKG9— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 21, 2017 read more
Share on: WhatsApp Benefiting from Costa’s exile after his feud with Blues boss Conte, and Morata’s unexpected place among the substitutes, Michy Batshuayi had an opportunity to stake his claim for a starting berth when Chelsea kick off their Premier League title defence against Burnley on Saturday. It’s safe to say the Belgian forward did little to enhance his chances of being more than a bit-part player for the second successive season. Batshuayi made virtually no impact on the Arsenal defence, strengthening the impression that the 23-year-old, who scored only nine goals last season, has yet to come to terms with English football.Kolasinac shinesA 32nd minute injury to Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker presented new signing Sead Kolasinac with a chance to impress and he didn’t waste the opportunity, delivering a bullish performance capped by his 82nd minute equaliser. The muscular Kolasinac, a free transfer from Schalke, made his reputation in the Bundesliga as a left-back, but the Bosnia international came off the bench to slot into the Gunners’ three-man central defence. Handling Chelsea’s sporadic attacks in commanding fashion, he looks capable of thriving in the physical Premier League and should give Wenger a versatile defensive option. Not only that he demonstrated an eye for goal with a well-timed run and clinical headed equaliser from Granit Xhaka’s free-kick. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal warmed up for the new Premier League season by winning the Community Shield on Sunday with a 4-1 penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea after a 1-1 draw. Here AFP Sport looks at five things learnt from the Wembley clash:Lacazette lacks punchSigned to add a cutting edge to Arsenal’s collection of gifted but often punchless playmakers, Alexandre Lacazette produced a worryingly anonymous display in his first big test since his £46.5 million ($60.6 million, 51.6 million euros) move from Lyon. Lacazette hit 37 goals in 45 games last season, but there were few signs of that penalty box prowess at Wembley. Showing little physical presence or skill in possession, his only incisive contribution came when he dropped deep to link up with Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck in a move that ended with the France striker firing against a post from just inside the penalty area.Morata fluffs his linesIntroduced as a 74th minute substitute after surprisingly starting on the bench, Alvaro Morata was greeted with a huge roar as Chelsea fans got their first glimpse of the club record £58 million signing from Real Madrid. But those cheers turned to sighs of frustration when Morata missed a penalty, firing wide of Petr Cech’s goal, in the shoot-out. Brought by Antonio Conte to replace the unwanted Diego Costa, Morata will be expected to provide the goals to fire Chelsea’s twin assault on the Premier League and Champions League. But the 24-year-old Spaniard had only one chance to get off the mark, lofting tamely over the bar from Willian’s pass, before fluffing his lines from the spot.Understudies make a pointWith Alexis Sanchez not match fit after his extended break following Confederations Cup duty with Chile, and Mesut Ozil sidelined with an injury, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi filled the two supporting roles in the Arsenal attack behind Lacazette. Both gave Gunners boss Arsene Wenger food for thought with lively contributions as he ponders his line-up for Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester. Iwobi, 21, showcased his burgeoning talent when he cleverly worked space to test Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, while Welbeck’s energy provided the spark for Arsenal’s impressive first half.Batshuayi misfires again read more
Spanish League president Javier Tebas had revealed on Tuesday that VAR would be used from 2018/2019, as it has been in Italy and Germany this season.It can only be used under specific conditions: in the awarding of a red card, a penalty or to correct a case of mistaken identity for a carded player.Currently, Spain is the only one of Europe’s five major leagues — the others being England, Germany, Italy and France — not to use technology of any sort, not even to decide if a ball has crossed the goal line.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Spain’s La Liga will use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system next season, the country’s football federation (RFEF) confirmed on Wednesday.“The president of the referee’s technical commission, Victoriano Sanchez Arminio, has informed all first division referees and assistant referees that video refereeing will be introduced to next season’s championship,” the RFEF said.Sanchez Arminio said in a letter to referees that “the tests required by the International Football Association Board (the guardians of the game’s rules) to implement the system will soon begin”. read more
Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday postponed the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Kenya and Sierra Leone due to be held in Nairobi.World football governing body FIFA suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association in October in a row over government interference.“Seeing that Sierra Leone is still under suspension by FIFA, please note that the above mentioned match will not take place,” CAF’s deputy director of competitions Khaled Nassar said in a letter to the Football Kenya Federation on Monday. Two previous Group F qualifiers, between Sierra Leone and Ghana, were also postponed.Kenya lead the group with seven points from three games, followed by Ethiopia with four from four games, while Ghana, with three from two matches, are tied in third with Sierra Leone which played two qualifiers before its suspension.Both the winner and runner-up will qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.Share on: WhatsApp read more
SalahJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are among 34 nominees named Friday for the 2018 African Player of the Year award.Egyptian Salah won the award last year after scoring 44 goals in all competitions during his first season at Anfield.Senegalese Mane has been in outstanding form for Liverpool this season while Guinean Keita adapts to English football after a mid-year move from German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.A couple of previous African Player of the Year winners, Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal, are other contenders.Nigerian Alex Iwobi, Senegalese Idrissa Gueye and Ivorian Wilfried Zaha complete the list of nominees who play in the Premier League. History-making French coaches Nicolas Dupuis and Corentin Martins are among 10 nominations for the best coach award.Dupuis has qualified Madagaascar for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time and Martins achieved a similar feat with Mauritania.Madagascar and Mauritania are contenders for the national team award with Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.Award winners will be announced on January 8 at a ceremony in Dakar.dl/cwShare on: WhatsApp read more
Share on: WhatsApp That includes Sunday’s home game with Brighton in the Premier League, with Graham Potter’s men two points and places above United in the table.A 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth last weekend sapped the enthusiasm from a mini-revival for Solskjaer’s side after beating Norwich convincingly in the league, Chelsea away in the League Cup and becoming the first side this season to take Premier League points off Liverpool.And despite the scoreline, Solskjaer still was not entirely pleased with his side’s showing against Partizan.“Sometimes you get that with a young team, which we have,” said Solskjaer of his side’s inconsistency.“The game against Partizan was one where you can fill your boots after 60 minutes, but the last half an hour was sloppy.“We are still not consistent enough in our performances from game to game or within the game. But it will come.“It keeps improving and I think when we get through this, the boys will have learned a lot.”The question remains how much time Solskjaer will be given if results do not improve quickly.To stick around, he needs Martial and Rashford to deliver on their enormous potential and repay the faith he showed in getting rid of Lukaku. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United offered a small glimpse into what could be a promising future as the attacking triumvirate of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood all scored in a comfortable 3-0 Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade in midweek.Even given the modest nature of the opposition, the sight of all three strikers scoring was a welcome one for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has seen his side struggle for goals this season.Solskjaer recognised the importance of a good victory by picking a stronger team than for his side’s three previous Europa League matches and his demand for “front-foot” football was heeded.At 18, Greenwood offers hope of what may come as a natural goalscorer, but it is on Martial and Rashford’s shoulders that United’s hopes for the season lie.Solskjaer’s decision with the backing of the club’s senior figures to ship out Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer transfer window have left the Norwegian with precious few attacking options, so Martial and Rashford have to step up.Rashford has already grabbed nine goals this season and is well on course to beat his previous season’s best of only 13.But that included a run of just one in nine games, which largely coincided with Martial’s absence with a thigh injury.The Frenchman has scored in five of the seven matches he has started for the Reds this season since taking the number nine shirt off Lukaku, but importantly has also liberated Rashford by easing the burden on the England international.Martial is more comfortable than his strike partner with his back to goal and can act as the perfect foil for Rashford, Daniel James and Greenwood cutting in from wide areas.Back to a position he feels more comfortable in, Rashford has netted five times in his last six games.With Paul Pogba is expected to remain out through injury until at least the start of December, Martial and Rashford will have to be United’s go-to stars in the intervening period. read more
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 500 points in early trading on Wall Street. The trade war between the United States and China is heating up after President Trump announced last week the U.S. would impose a ten-percent tariff on 300-billion-dollars worth of Chinese imports.China has now allowed its currency to fall to its lowest level against the dollar in more than a decade.Shares of Boeing and Caterpillar are both lower by about two-percent as each company does business overseas.The Nasdaq is down more than 200 points and the S&P 500 is down around 60 points.
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A majority of Palm Beach County parents and school district staff members say they want to delay the “physical” start of the 2020-21 school year, according to the results of a survey.The school district received survey responses from 66,348 parents and guardians, and 16,434 staff members, regarding their ideas for reopening schools. According to the survey results, 45.8 percent of parents support delaying the start of the school year beyond the current planned start date of Monday, Aug. 10. Another 33.6 percent of parents do not support delaying the school year, and 20.6 percent are unsure.Meanwhile, 59 percent of staff members also support delaying the “physical return” to work until after Aug. 10.The poll asked parents and staff members about three different potential educational models: full-time classroom instruction, full-time distance learning at home, or a blended model of both.When asked about full-time classroom instruction, 54 percent of parents said they support that model.However, 53.7 percent of parents were also in favor of full-time distance learning at home.In addition, 50.8 percent of parents prefer a blended model comprised of classroom instruction and distance learning.Based on the results, the school district said many parents indicated “they could support two or more of the models,” and therefore “more than one option for reopening schools will likely be needed.”Parents also expressed concerns for the upcoming school year, including the issue of supervising their children while they are learning at home, as well as the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine, and adequate safety measures at school.A majority of staff members responded that they prefer full-time distance learning at home, so that students do not come to school sick.School district officials will make a final decision about the format of the school year on July 15. read more