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When Newcastle United were bought by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the expectation was that #NUFC would splash out on players, due to the enormous wealth of the new owners, but that hasn’t really been the case. So why is the club not spending big?
#NUFC manager Eddie Howe gave this answer: “Financial Fair Play impacts us and will continue to impact us for a number of years. We haven't got the free rein that maybe has been perceived within the media, that we can go and sign who we want and pay extortionate fees and wages.”
Despite the fact that #NUFC new owners had stated that their ambition was to win the Premier League in “five to ten years”, Howe sounded a note of caution, “We’re having to be creative and smart and try and make the right additions within the financial constraints that we have.”
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PREMIER LEAGUE 2022 - 2023.

A escasos días de comenzar una nueva edición de la mejor liga del mundo con tres nuevos equipos, vamos a ver qué 20 equipos participan en esta nueva temporada, quiénes son sus estrellas, sus estadios y mucho más.

¡Dentro hilo! 🧵⬇️
He elaborado una leyenda para esquematizar todo.

Añadiré los siguientes emojis después de cada presentación:

• 🏟️: Estadio (capacidad)
• 📍: Ciudad.
• ©️: Capitán.
• ⭐: Estrella.
• 👶🏻: Joven promesa.
• 💰: Fichaje más caro (precio)
• 👨🏻‍🏫: Entrenador (nacionalidad)
1 - Bournemouth: 🍒
Regresan tras descender en 2020 y no subir en 2021.

• 🏟️: Vitality Stadium (11.329)
• 📍: Bournemouth.
• ©️: Lloyd Kelly.
• ⭐: Dominic Solanke.
• 👶🏻: Marcus Tavernier.
• 💰: Marcus Tavernier (11,9 millones)
• 👨🏻‍🏫: Scott Parker (🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿)

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A tribute to a sustained team effort by #LFC in winning the #communityshield2022 !!! #YNWA 🥅⚽⚽⚽🛡️ .. 1/3
A tribute to a sustained team effort by #LFC in winning the #communityshield2022 !!! #YNWA 🥅⚽⚽⚽🛡️ .. 2/3
A tribute to a sustained team effort by #LFC in winning the #communityshield2022 !!! #YNWA 🥅⚽⚽⚽🛡️ .. 3/3
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In football money often talks, i.e. success on the pitch is almost invariably reserved for clubs that have spent the most on wages and transfer fees. However, it might be interesting to see which clubs have performed the best (and indeed worst) relative to their budget.
This thread will therefore look at how teams in the Premier League in 2021/22 performed relative to their wages, combined wages/player amortisation and squad cost. This is not an exact science, but just a bit of fun, as there are a few caveats to an analysis of this type.
First, I have used financial figures from the most recent published accounts, i.e. from 2020/21, so these are a year out of date compared to 2021/22 league position. Moreover, the last figures available for the 3 promoted clubs are from the Championship, so are under-stated.
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As a follow-up to yesterday’s thread on how the “Big Six” in the Premier League fared during the COVID era, here is an alternative view for each club. I’ve also added a few other clubs which needed more financial support over the two years of the pandemic (2019/20 and 2020/21).
#AFC posted a huge £181m pre-tax loss, though this was inflated by interest payable including a once-off £32m refinancing fee, as around £200m external bonds were redeemed and replaced by a loan from Stan Kroenke. Net cash outflow of £148m was funded by reduction in cash balance.
#CFC enormous £294m operating loss was partially offset by £171m profit from player sales, but they still made £120m pre-tax loss. However, net cash outflow was restricted to £20m, mainly due to relatively low net player purchases plus £50m share capital from Roman Abramovich.
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While it is obvious that football clubs have suffered over the last two years due to the impact of COVID, I thought it might be interesting to look at how their finances have been impacted, both in terms of the profit and loss account, but also the important cash flow statement.
For the purpose of illustrating the effect of the pandemic, I have looked at the Big Six Premier League clubs, comparing the numbers for the last two sets of published accounts (2019/20 and 2020/21) with those reported for the preceding two seasons (2017/18 and 2018/19).
Most fans will understandably focus on a club’s profit and loss account, particularly revenue and wages, but the cash flow statement will also incorporate the money spent on players and infrastructure, thus providing a more complete picture.
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Pep Lijnders on Luis Diaz🇨🇴 #LFC

🗣 “I was on a skiing trip with my wife Danielle when, during dinner, our sporting director called me," said Lijnders. "'You and Jurgen have to speak with Luis Diaz in five minutes. We’ve just agreed with Porto but Tottenham are all-in as well.'
🗣 Lijnders: “I joined the call and Jurgen was explaining to Luis how he would fit into our style and that we would help him.
🗣Lijnders: “He said in reference to me joining (the call) 'but you will hear this guy much more often!' to which I immediately said 'but I will explain things more calmly than Sergio (Conceicao, the Porto manager)!', to which Luis laughed.
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God of the Sun is a popular character among software providers and players alike, therefore it’s no wonder Return of Ra quickly took its place on the list of USA favorite online slots. The star attraction of this 10-line game, #LFC #JiminxKisstheRadio #GetWellSoonJake… based on the well-beloved “book” concept, is the free spins feature with expanding symbols and scattered payouts. Boasting stunning 3D graphics and animation, Zeus Rising turns an ordinary free spins bonus into a firework… of amazing wild symbols. Triple High wild appears on the middle reel to stay locked for the whole duration of the feature while Random wild may show up at any time to complete more winning combinations.
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DuckyLuck, Cocoa Casino, Cyberspins, and Vegas Crest are among renowned US-friendly online casinos that accept deposits via this payment provider, and the only thing you need is a Remitly account. Depending on #MunawarFaruqui #MUFC #LFC… the delivery method you choose, your funds may take between 15 minutes and 5 business days to show up on your player account. Even though this banking option still has “wire” in the name, nowadays, it represents a fast and secure electronic transfer of… money without the telegraph wires of theold days. This payment method is the first choice of US players who wish to cash out their winnings, however, the secret of popularity is pretty obvious – wire transfers are often the only available option,
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West Bromwich Albion’s 2020/21 accounts covered a season when they finished 19th in the Premier League, leading to relegation to the Championship. Coach Slaven Bilic replaced by Sam Allardyce in December 2020, subsequently succeeded by Valerien Ismael, then Steve Bruce #WBA
#WBA swung from £23m pre-tax loss to a small £0.1m profit, as revenue almost doubled from £54m to £107m following promotion to the Premier League, though profit on player sales fell £25m to £4m and operating expenses rose £4m (4%) in the top flight.
Main driver of #WBA £53m revenue increase was broadcasting, up £56m from £41m to £97m, due to the more lucrative Premier League TV deal, though commercial also grew £2m (21%) to £10m. This offset the COVID driven reduction in gate receipts, down £4.8m (98%) to just £74k.
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UEFA have announced new Financial Sustainability regulations from June 2022. President Aleksander Ceferin explained, “The evolution of the football industry, alongside the inevitable financial effects of the pandemic, has shown the need for wholesale reform and new regulations.”
UEFA director Andrea Traverso noted, “Competitive imbalance cannot be addressed simply by financial regulations. It must be addressed in combination with other measures. This is why we changed the name. The name fair play was interpreted as creating a level playing field.”
Ceferin added, “UEFA’s first financial regulations, introduced in 2010, served their primary purpose.” Now, instead of so-called Financial Fair Play, the focus is on the financial sustainability of clubs with 3 key pillars being monitored: solvency, stability and cost control.
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It's the end of an era today, with Sadio Mane completing his move to Bayern Munich 🥺

And as he's been one of my favourite players to watch and report on down the years, I thought I'd use this thread to share some of my best memories of him at Liverpool...

#LFC 🔴
There were a lot of questions asked when Liverpool paid £30m+ for Mane in 2016.

Was it too much? Could he deliver? Could they have signed X, Y and Z instead?

Then he did this on his debut...

Case closed.

#LFC 🔴
The Goodison derby, December 2016, was not one of my favourites. I was that cramped in the press box that I had to swap roles with @Kristian_Walsh as I could hardly type. I was fuming.

And it was a goalless draw with nothing to write about anyway. Typical.

And then...

#LFC 🔴
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How do the top six #PremierLeague midfields stack up in terms of creation?

Jordan Henderson as Liverpool’s most dangerous creator from the midfield was surprising to say the least. #LFC
Here it is per 90 minutes, showing top performers for each side. Henderson drops down, Elliott shoots out, KDB is a cut above the rest.
Now if you add Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson to the mix, you see where Liverpool's two main sources of creativity lie, and why the midfield is more industrious rather than creative.
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#Mane thread

#Sadio Mane was the foundational piece of a puzzle that culminated in the greatest #LFC team I have ever seen; I never thought Kenny's 1988 side would be bettered, it has, and with interest on top!
The sustainable model #FSG use at #LFC means they are to some extent cheating the system, whilst cumulatively the wage bill is on a par with our rivals; this is merely to have a squad with depth needed to compete; we simply can't pay star players the big ticket salaries they do.
Judge the players' legacies however you like but Emre Can, Gini and Mane will all have left the club as a result; and Salah may well do next year.
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Recently on Talk Sport Simon Jordan @Sjopinion10 claimed, “Klopp’s net spend is £28m-a-year, Pep’s is £100m-a-year.” This thread will look at #LFC and #MCFC accounts to see whether this statement is correct – and whether we should assess their expenditure in a different way.
Klopp arrived at #LFC in October 2015, i.e. after the 2015 summer transfer window, so the 2016/17 season is his effective starting point. Guardiola started at #MCFC in 2016/17, so it’s the same for him. This analysis will therefore look at the 5 years up to the 2020/21 accounts.
In that period, #MCFC have reported £656m net spend, averaging £131m a year, which is over twice as much as #LFC £318m (£64m average). In fact, Liverpool have also been outspent in this period by #MUFC £630m, #CFC £465m, #AFC £428m and #EFC £359m.
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Not a good night for #Ramsdale!

The 4th goal summed it up!

-Engaged the 1v1 when it was 20yrd out & there was a CB covering making the finish far easier

-Using the smother technique rather than the spread technique making the chipped finish far more difficult to save

#ENGvHUN ImageImageImageImage
My 1v1 model shows that engaging 1v1s at distances greater than 14yrds from goal just makes the finishes easier rather than harder

The best GKs (like #Alisson) often wait deep & lure the striker in & then engage the ball once they know they can snuff out the shot!

My 1v1 model also finds the smother to be very vulnerable when the 1v1 is central as it often allows the GK to be rounded or chipped plus it does very little to cover the side the GK does not have their hands!

A spread wouldn’t drastically increased the Rambos save probability!
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Crystal Palace’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season where they finished 14th in the Premier League for the second year in a row in a campaign “enormously impacted” by COVID. Manager Roy Hodgson replaced by Patrick Vieira in July 2021. Some thoughts follow #CPFC
#CPFC pre-tax loss narrowed from £58m to £40m, despite revenue falling £8m (6%) from £142m to £134m, due to profit on player sales increasing from £1m to £10m and expenses falling £17m (8%), mainly due to a change in the accounting date (two fewer months).
Main driver of #CPFC revenue fall was COVID, which led to reductions in gate receipts, down £8m (97%) to just £247k, and commercial, down £4m (20%) from £21m to £17m. Partly offset by TV money rising £4m (4%) from £113m to £117m, mainly due to broadcasters’ rebate in prior year.
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My 1st @goalkeeper_com piece:

How many goals were the big 6 GKs worth vs the avg #PL GK?

#Alisson was worth ~19 goals! What more does a GK have to do to get #POTY!

#DeGea was the best shot stopper but his weak shot prevention & distribution meant he was only worth ~3 goals!
#Ederson was the best distributer & his shot preventing was class but his below average shot stopping means his value is far below #Alisson’s!

#Ramsdale’s performances at the end of the season were average but his incredible start means he ended the year with great numbers!
#Mendy was in 2nd place for goal value throughout the year but a poor final few games caused him to drop off, still he was worth ~6 goals to #Chelsea!

#Lloris has gone under the radar this year & while his distribution was pretty weak his shot stopping & sweeping was class!
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There have been a few analyses of football club debt published recently, which are at best misleading, if not downright incorrect. So it’s once again time to wheel out my explanation of why debt figures should be treated with caution, as there are so many different definitions.
For the purpose of this review I will take the 2020/21 audited accounts of those clubs featuring in the Deloitte Money League (with the exception of Zenit St Petersburg, where I have not managed to source the details).
At the narrowest extreme, we have just bank debt, but the broadest extreme covers total liabilities, which includes all financial obligations, including transfer debt, staff payables, tax liabilities, trade creditors, provisions, accrued expenses and even deferred income.
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There is something that stinks about the lies and smears of the French Govt’s cover-up following the shameful behaviour of their police in Paris at the weekend, and suggests they PLANNED to use outlawed tactics against #LFC fans; A thread:
Listening to French Int Minister and Sports Minister double down on lies about #LFC fans, it’s as though they had STUDIED the Thatcher/South Yorks police play-book:
Fans arriving late✅
Thousands of ticketless fans✅
LFC specific threat to order✅
Attacked police✅
That’s no surprise, given Pres Macron has imitated Thatcher’s policies in many areas, including 'iron' policing. He tried to bring in tough new crowd control laws which included kettling and preventing police being filmed in 2020, allowing more brutal treatment of protestors
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Thread: In 2020, Macron with his ‘iron fist’ policies, tried to introduce tough new laws in France, which included giving a violent police the right to ‘kettle’ protestors, outlawing filming of police in action, and the right to remove journalist accreditation on the spot.
These were all struck out by lawmakers, who deemed them not proportionate, unnecessary and unlawful.

All 3 of these acts were carried out unlawfully by French police at the Stade de France, viciously kettling fans, snatched journalists to delete film & remove accreditation
So on Saturday, French police repeatedly broke their own laws in treating Liverpool fans inhumanely and putting their lives at risk. They knew what they were doing, and did it purely because they thought they could against football fans, who they treated like violent rioters.
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French sports minister argues up to 40,000 fans turned up to UCL Final with no ticket or a fake one. Merseyside police (also on the ground in Paris) heavily dispute this. The number quoted is not specific to Liverpool fans, but all supporters. And here's why it's exaggerated...
French police told CBS on Sat around 95,000 fans arrived at the stadium or its vicinity. If 40,000 (going with this logic) didn't have a valid ticket then 55,000 did. Stade de France had a 75,000-capacity for the final. So 20,000 with valid tickets just didn't show?
Countless fans say the first security check scanned tickets to check their validity. If 40,000 had fake ones or no ticket they would have been turned away at this point. That means almost 1 in 2 people being sent back. I was in the crowd for over two hours and only saw a handful.
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So the French Sports Minister @AOC1978 said that "between 30,000 and 40,000" #lfc fans without tickets turned up at the stadium.

Let's consider this claim with reference to the UK's own Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds.
I believe The Guide says that a turnstile's recommended entry rate is 660 persons per hour (a little over 11 per minute per turnstile). #lfc were provided with three entry points (Gates X, Y, and Z).
So, acknowledging I'm unsure how many turnstiles were available after gate entry, we also know that for a period of time certain gates were completely closed. But 30,000 (fans without tickets)/3 (entry points)/3 (hours) = 3,333 people processed per hour per entry gate.
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J'étais à Paris tout le w-e où des amis anglais étaient venus pour supporter #Liverpool.

Dans tout Paris aucun problème avec les Reds. La fan-zone s'est très bien déroulée, sans heurt ni bagarre. Les flics envoyés tout autour étaient ravis

#LigueDesChampions #Lahonte

Les problèmes : GREVE A LA RATP

Comment une telle chose peut arriver un soir de finale de Ligue des Champions ?

Irresponsabilité totale de TOUS les acteurs du transport en Ile-de-France.


#LigueDesChampions #Lahonte #LFC
Gestion calamiteuse en ville et tout autour du Stade de France. Aucune information pour aider les fans étrangers.


Et sous effectifs du personnel dans et autour du stade.

#LigueDesChampions #Lahonte #LFC

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