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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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Summary of #SpursTalks space w/@pokeefe1 🥇

• Eriksen's agent spoke to Paratici two weeks ago, they have not spoke since
• Nine clubs have registered interest in Eriksen
• Tottenham want to deals done asap. They will push people out the door for lower fees if they have to
Summary of #SpursTalks w/POK continued 🥇

• Spurs want majority of deals done before July 10
• Spurs have not closed the door on Bastoni entirely (obviously it's very difficult)
• Spurs have a few options for LCB, but may try one last attempt for Bastoni
Summary of #SpursTalks w/POK continued 🥇

• Raphina has his heart set on Barca
• Spurs will likely go for versatile forward (fast, aggressive Wideman that can play across line)
• Definitely interest in Richarlison, Everton demanding high fee. They don't want to sell him
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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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Swansea City’s 2020/21 accounts covered a season when they finished 4th in the Championship, thus reaching the play-offs, but were beaten in the final by Brentford. Head coach Steve Cooper since replaced by Russell Martin. Some thoughts in the following thread #Swans
#Swans swung from a pre-tax profit of £2.7m to a loss of £4.6m, as revenue fell £22m (45%) from £50m to £28m and profit from player sales dropped £5m (30%) to £12m, partly offset by total expenses reducing by £17m (26%) and £3.3m insurance claim. Loss after tax was £4.1m.
The main reason for #Swans £22m revenue decrease was broadcasting, which dropped £17m (44%) from £39m to £22m, mainly due to lower parachute payment, though COVID also drove reductions in match day, down £3.0m (63%) to £1.8m, and commercial, down £1.8m (31%) to £4.1m.
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Manchester United have announced financial results for Q3 of 2021/22, incorporating the first 9 months of the season (July 2021 to March 2022), so these are boosted by the return of fans to the stadium. Some thoughts in the following thread #MUFC
#MUFC swung from £18m pre-tax profit to £58m loss (£45m after tax), despite revenue increasing £65m (16%) from £400m to £465m and profit on player sales rising from £0.3m to £18m, as expenses were up £109m (27%) and net interest went from £18m recoverable to £31m payable.
The main driver of the #MUFC £65m revenue increase was match day, which rose £84m from £5m to £89m, as games no longer played behind closed doors, though commercial was also up £14m (8%) from £180m to £194m. In contrast, broadcasting fell £34m (16%) from £215m to £181m.
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UEFA has published the revenue distributions for the Champions League and Europa League in the 2020/21 season. Although these are very close to the modelled figures that I have previously provided, I thought some people might like to have the final, official figures.
Unsurprisingly, the two Champions League finalists earned the most with winners #CFC and #runners-up MCFC receiving £105m and £104m respectively, followed by #RealMadrid and #PSG, both £96m, then #FCBayern £81m and #LFC £77m.
Clubs in the Europa League received a lot less with winners #Villarreal getting only £29m, followed by semi-finalists #AFC £26m and #ASRoma £21m, then #THFC £16m. Runners-up #MUFC earned £15m after dropping down from the Champions League, while #LCFC got £14m.
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Newcastle United’s 2020/21 financial results cover a season when they finished 12th in the Premier League under head coach Steve Bruce, since replaced by Eddie Howe in November 2021. Disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #NUFC
This was the last set of accounts under Mike Ashley’s ownership, as the club was acquired in October 2021 by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (80% stake), as well as PCP Capital Partners (10%) and RB Sports & Media (10%).
#NUFC pre-tax loss reduced from £26m to £14m, despite revenue falling £13m (8%) from £153m to £140m and profit on player sales dropping £24m to £2m, as operating expenses decreased £51m (25%), mainly due to change in accounting date. Loss after tax narrowed from £23m to £12m.
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Paris Saint-Germain’s 2020/21 accounts cover a season when they were Ligue 1 runners-up, though they won the title again in 2021/22, their 8th in 10 years. Also reached the Champions League semi-final and won the Coupe de France. Some thoughts in the following thread #PSG
#PSG were acquired in 2011 by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), a subsidiary of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), making the club by far the richest in France and one of the wealthiest in the world. Nasser Al-Khelaifi is the club’s chairman and CEO.
Partially due to COVID, #PSG pre-tax loss increased by €100m from €125m to club record €225m, despite revenue increasing €10m (2%) from €560m to €570m, as €55m profit on player sales turned into a €5m loss, while operating expenses shot up €56m (8%). Post-tax loss €224m Image
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Sheffield United’s 2020/21 accounts covered a season when they finished 20th in the Premier League, leading to relegation after a two-year spell in the top flight. Manager Chris Wilder was replaced by Paul Heckingbottom (interim basis). Some thoughts follow #SUFC #twitterblades
This was the second year under new #SUFC owner Prince Abdullah after the High Court ruled that Kevin McCabe had to sell his 50% share to the Prince. This also triggered an agreement whereby the club had to purchase the stadium, training facility, gym, hotel and offices for £38m.
#SUFC pre-tax profit fell from £19m to £10m, as revenue dropped £28m (20%) from club record £143m to £115m and profit on player sales decreased £3m to £1m, partly offset by operating expenses falling £21m (17%). Net interest payable was up £1.7m to £2.5m.
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A year ago 12 clubs announced a European Super League (ESL) before fan protests led to a humiliating climbdown just days later. However, the factors that drove the 12 clubs to this deeply unpopular move largely remain. It’s still all about money: a combination of fear and greed.
There is little doubt that many of the 12 Super League clubs continue to face serious financial problems. To some extent, this helps explain why the “dirty dozen” would seek more revenue, but that certainly does not excuse their horribly ill-conceived plan.
It is somewhat ironic that these clubs lamented the perilous state of their finances while simultaneously claiming that they had all the answers. Their argument that the Super League would somehow benefit the wider football family should also be taken with a large pinch of salt.
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Fulham’s financial results for 2020/21 cover a season when they were relegated to the Championship after just a single season in the Premier League, after they finished 18th. Head coach Scott Parker replaced by Marco Silva in July 2021. Some thoughts in the following thread #FFC
#FFC pre-tax loss widened from £48m to £93m, despite revenue doubling from £58m to £116m following promotion to the Premier League, as profit on player sales fell £25m to zero, while expenses increased by £78m (60%) in the top flight (including £21m player impairment). Image
Main driver of #FFC £58m revenue increase was broadcasting, up £61m from £44m to £105m, due to the more lucrative Premier League TV deal, though commercial also grew £2m (26%) to £11m. This offset the COVID driven reduction in gate receipts, down £5.3m (96%) to just £231k. Image
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Leeds United’s 2020/21 accounts cover their first season back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence, when they finished an impressive 9th under Marcelo Bielsa, recently replaced by Jesse Marsch. Finances impacted by COVID. Some thoughts follow #LUFC
#LUFC swung from a £62m pre-tax loss in the Championship to £26m profit in the Premier League, thanks to revenue more than tripling from £54m to club record £171m, though competing in the top flight increased expenses by a third (£44)m. Bottom line boosted by £21m loan write-off. Image
Main driver of #LUFC £117m revenue increase was broadcasting, up £124m from £9m to £133m, due to much more lucrative Premier League TV deal, though commercial also grew £2m (6%) to £36m. This offset the COVID driven reduction in gate receipts, down £10m (83%) to just £1.9m. Image
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Brighton and Hove Albion’s 2020/21 accounts cover an “incredibly challenging” season, when they finished 16th in the Premier League under head coach Graham Potter, but their finances were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic #BHAFC
#BHAFC reported “another substantial loss” of £53m, though this was better than prior year’s £67m. Revenue rose £19m (14%) from £133m to a club record £152m and profit on player sales increased £7m (£1m loss in previous season), but expenses were £15m (7%) higher. Image
#BHAFC broadcasting revenue increased £33m (37%) from £90m to £123m, mainly due to money deferred from 2019/20 for games played after the accounting close, which offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £13m (96%) to just £494k, and commercial, down £1m (4%) to £28m. Image
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Everton’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished 10th in the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals of both domestic cups under Carlo Ancelotti. The COVID-19 pandemic had a “dramatic” impact on the accounts. Some thoughts follow #EFC
#EFC loss narrowed from £140m to £121m, as revenue rose £7m (4%) from £186m to a club record £193m, though profit on player sales dropped £27m to £13m. Total expenses, including exceptional items, fell £42m (12%), but interest payable increased £3m to £9m.
#EFC broadcasting income rose £48m (49%) from £98m to £146m, mainly due to money deferred from 2020 for games played after accounts. This offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £12m (98%) to just £222k, and £29m (39%) fall in commercial to £47m (naming rights option).
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Deloitte have published the 25th edition of their annual Football Money League, which ranks the world’s leading football clubs by revenue, this time covering the 2020/21 season. Some thoughts in the following thread.
Deloitte said that the Money League remains “the most contemporary and reliable independent analysis of the top clubs’ relative financial performance”, which is largely true, even though they had to re-issue this year’s report after initially mis-stating #Milan revenue.
Revenue has obviously been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Deloitte estimate that the Money league clubs have missed out on well over €2 bln of revenue over the 2019/20 and 2020/21 season as a result of the pandemic.
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Southampton’s 2020/21 financial results covered a “mixed” season when they dropped from 11th to 15th in the Premier League, but reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Finances were significantly impacted by the COVID pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #SaintsFC
#SaintsFC pre-tax loss narrowed from £76m to £23m, as revenue rose £30m (24%) from £127m to £157m, profit on player sales increased £2m from £14m to £16m and operating expenses fell £25m (12%). Net interest payable was up £6m to £9m. Loss after tax was down from £62m to £15m. Image
#SaintsFC broadcasting revenue increased £43m (46%) from £93m to £136m, mainly due to money deferred from 2019/20 for games played after the accounting close, while commercial rose £2m (10%) to £21m. Offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £14m (96%) to just £625k. Image
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Thread on how much money clubs have already received after the Champions League 2021/22 last 16. Also includes estimates for English clubs in the Europa League and Europa Conference League. Some assumptions made about the TV pool, but figures should be reasonably accurate.
My calculations suggest that 9 clubs have already earned more than €75m from the 2021/22 Champions League. Bayern Munich lead the way with €111m, followed by Real Madrid €106m, #MCFC €99m, Atletico Madrid €96m, #CFC €94m, PSG €94m, #LFC €92m, #MUFC €81m & Juventus €79m.
Looking at how Champions League revenue is distributed, the importance of the UEFA coefficient is clearly evident with the TV pool being much less significant than it was before. This rewards historically successful clubs rather than those with larger national TV rights deals.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished 13th in the Premier League. Although lower than previous two seasons, still third best since 1980. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo replaced by Bruno Lage in June 2021. Some thoughts follow #WWFC
#WWFC swung from £40m pre-tax loss to £145m profit, £18m excluding £127m waiver of debt owed to owners Fosun. Revenue rose £61m (46%) from £133m to a club record £194m, while profit on player sales increased £51m to £61m, partly offset by operating expenses growing £54m (30%). Image
#WWFC broadcasting revenue increased £73m (77%) from £96m to £159m, mainly due to money deferred from 2019/20 for games played after the accounting close, which offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £13m (99%) to just £144k. Commercial rose slightly (2%) to £25m. Image
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Aston Villa’s 2020/21 account covered a season when they finished 11th in the Premier League. The “rebuilding” of the club continued apace, following the arrival of owners Nassef Sawiris & Wes Edens in July 2018, despite the challenges posed by COVID. Some thoughts follow #AVFC
#AVFC pre-tax loss narrowed from £99m to £37m, as revenue rose £71m (63%) from £113m to club record £184m, though profit on player sales remained low at £1m. Investment in the squad increased operating expenses by £10m (5%). Image
#AVFC broadcasting revenue more than doubled, rising £79m from £78m to £157m, mainly due to deferred money from 2019/20, which offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £11m (97%) to just £311k. Commercial rose £3m (16%) to £25m, while player loans halved to £1m. Image
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After 19 years of ownership Roman Abramovich has announced the “incredibly difficult decision” to sell Chelsea “in the best interest of the club” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This thread will look at the financial state of the club as prospective buyers circle #CFC
Abramovich is surely worried that the government will try to freeze or seize his assets, due to his alleged links to Russian president Vladimir Putin. He is not yet on the list of oligarchs being sanctioned, but if he were added, he would almost certainly be unable to sell #CFC
In truth, this decision has seemed a matter of time ever since British authorities delayed the renewal of his visa in 2018, after which he acquired Israeli and Portuguese citizenship. He attended a match at Stamford Bridge for the first time in three years in November #CFC
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Liverpool’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished third in the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Period also included 2019/20 league title win. Finances adversely impacted by the pandemic. Some thoughts follow #LFC
#LFC reduced pre-tax loss from £46m to £5m, driven by operating expenses falling £37m (6%). Revenue overall was slightly lower at £487m, but profit from player sales increased £12m to £39m. Loss after tax narrowed from £39m to £10m.
#LFC broadcasting revenue rose £64m (32%) from £202m to £266m, mainly due to deferred money from 2019/20, which offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £67m (95%) to just £4m. Commercial was flat at £218m, as sponsorship growth offset losses caused by the pandemic.
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Arsenal’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished 8th in the Premier League and reached the Europa League semi-finals under head coach Mikel Arteta, but their finances were adversely impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts follow #AFC
#AFC pre-tax loss shot up from £54m to £127m (after tax £107m), as revenue dropped £16m (5%) from £344m to £328m and profit on player sales fell £48m from £60m to £12m. Operating expenses were cut £17m (4%), but bond finance break costs increased interest payable by £26m to £40m.
#AFC broadcasting revenue rose £65m (55%) from £119m to £184m, mainly due to deferred money from 2019/20, which offset COVID driven reductions in match day, down £75m (95%) to just £4m, and commercial, down £6m (4%) from £142m to £136m. Player loans slightly down at £3m.
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