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While we wait for clubs to publish their accounts for the 2020/21 season, I thought it might be interesting to look at the trends in the Premier League over the last 10 years from 2011 to 2020, especially with COVID impacting last 3 months of 2019/20. Some thoughts follow #PL
#PL loss before tax widened in 2020 from £155m to £992m,  as the initial effect of the pandemic began to bite. It is true that the division was already loss-making in 2019, but it had reported profits in 4 of the preceding 5 years, amounting to £1.3 bln in this period. Image
The situation in the #PL was much the same after tax, though the 2020 loss was smaller at £953m, due to £39m tax credits. Tax accounting entries can have a major impact on net profits, e.g. 2018 included a £149m tax charge, while 2103 was boosted by £147m tax credit. ImageImage
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Borussia Dortmund 2020/21 accounts cover a season seriously impacted by COVID, when they finished third in the Bundesliga, won the DFB Cup and reached the Champions League quarter-finals. Head coach Lucien Favre was replaced by Marco Rose for 2021/22. Some thoughts follow #BVB
#BVB pre-tax loss widened from €47m to €73m, as revenue dropped €35m (9%) from €379m to €345m and profit on player sales fell €25m from €40m to €15m, partly offset by cutting operating expenses by €31m and net interest payable decreasing €2m.
#BVB €35m revenue fall was due to COVID driven reductions in match operations, down €32m (98%) to €1m, and commercial, down €21m (12%) to €147m. On the other hand, broadcasting rose €17m (10%) to €187m, mainly Champions League money, while other income was up €1m to €10m
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Notes from the Fans Forum @Arsenal last night.
Vinai: Last season was a disappointment. That was the starting point for the transfer window. We wanted to fill our squad with some of Europe’s most exciting young talent, and let them grow & develop with players from Hale End.
Vinai: We signed 6 players between 21 and 23. All of them are players with plenty of experience and plenty of character. We also renewed contracts for Tierney & ESR. All 8 players have been signed on very long contracts.
Vinai: An exceptionally busy window. 7 first-team players + countless academy players left on loan. We agreed mutually with Willian to terminate his contract. 21 deals in the men's first team - 57 deals in total including women and academy.
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1/ Our win wasn't down to counter attack but us being press resistant. Spurs tried so hard to press becoz they knew we would play from the back. If you look closely at 2 of our goals it was becoz Spurs where on a high press/line and we resisted leading to perfect counter attacks.
Sunday was a glimpse of Arteta's preferred player profles. At back players should be good on the ball with good ball retention. And usually with these qualities you become press resistant. That's why we signed Tomiyasu and White with Partey in front of the defense.
Further, our press overwhelmed Spurs' press. Auba and Odegard did a great job upfront pressin forcing Spurs to play long balls which was to our advantage as we improved in the air with likes of Gabriel and Tomi and their Athelitism also helped to protect our high press. #AFC
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Manchester United’s 2020/21 accounts cover a season when they finished 2nd in the Premier League and reached the final of the Europa League, having been eliminated at group stage of the Champions League. Financials significantly impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts follow #MUFC
#MUFC pre-tax loss up from £21m to £24m, as revenue dropped £15m (3%) from £509m to £494m and profit on player sales fell £11m to £7m, while expenses rose £16m (3%). Operational decline offset by interest swinging £39m from £26m payable to £13m recoverable thanks to forex gains.
Net loss after tax rose £69m from 23m to £92m, due to April 2023 increase in corporation tax from 19% to 25%, which meant that #MUFC wrote down the value of a US deferred tax asset, as it is no longer expected to give rise to a future economic benefit. This is a non-cash impact.
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Gameweek 4️⃣ Previews! #FPL

Below we summarise all of...
🔘Injuries
🔘Suspensions
🔘Key Press Conference quotes
🔘A resulting PREDICTED lineup

LIKES ❤️ and RETWEETS ♻️ appreciated! Good Luck and Enjoy.

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Arsenal Gameweek Preview

Suspended / Injured 🤕📕
🔘 Xhaka (suspended)
🔘 Elneny (injured)

Quotes/Notes 📝
🔘 White, Gabriel, ESR & Partey available
🔘 Tomiyasu fit and work permit cleared

Predicted lineup below

Written by @FPLRayGooner_49

#AFC
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Villa Gameweek Preview

Suspended/ Injured 🤕📕
🔘 Trezeguet
🔘 Davis

Quotes/Notes 📝
🔘 McGinn and Ramsey have recovered from their illness.
🔘 Watkins and Bailey are back available
🔘Traore back training

Predicted lineup below

Written by @fpl_Marsh
#AVFC
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Many Liverpool fans are unhappy that their club has not bought more players in this summer’s transfer window. This thread looks at where the money has gone, reviews the #LFC business model under FSG and explains why the approach is less restrained at other clubs.
This summer #LFC only spent £36m on RB Leipzig defender Ibrahim Konaté, by far the lowest of the Big Six. Four clubs splashed out more than £100m:#AFC £149m, #MUFC £126m, #MCFC £115m and #CFC £108m. On a net basis, #LFC £11m was second smallest, as #CFC made £110m sales. Image
Even though #LFC spent £74m the prior season, mainly on Jota, Thiago & Tsimikas, their £110m gross spend in the last two years is still the lowest of the Big Six, far below #CFC £330m, #MCFC £260m, #AFC £226m. #MUFC £201m and #THFC £160m. Liverpool also had the lowest net spend. Image
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Ralf Rangnick, the man to save Arsenal - A THREAD #AFC #Arsenal #DieRotenBullen (RT’s and likes are really appreciated) Image
Who is Rangnick? He’s a German coach and sporting director known for his key role in the rise of RB Liepzig. He operated interchangeably in both roles from the 12/13 to the 18/19 season, driving them from the German 3rd Division to becoming a mainstay in the Champions League. ImageImage
As sporting director, his philosophy is to unearth future starts before top clubs can find them, building a system that gets the best out of them, and selling them for massive profits. He was behind the discovery of players like Kimmich, Upamecano, Werner, Keita, Konaté, Sabitzer ImageImageImage
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 3 [Friday]

🐦 Liverpool

📢 Jurgen Klopp on Andy Robertson: "Robbo trained the whole week, of course he [is] in contention, no doubt about that."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #lfc #LivChe

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📢 Klopp on team news: "Millie [James Milner] will not be ready – I think that's it pretty much. All the rest trained and looked good and sharp."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #lfc #LivChe
☔️ Aston Villa

📢 Dean Smith on team news/injuries: "Ollie Watkins will train with us today and if he gets through training, he’ll be available for selection.

"[Leon Bailey's] progress is going ok but tomorrow will come too soon for him..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #avfc #AvlBre
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 3 [Thursday]

🔫 Arsenal

📢 Mikel Arteta: "From Covid we still have Ben [White] out and Alex Runarsson who has been out and the rest of the players that are missing, hopefully..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #AFC

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📢 Arteta: "...today because we’re going to be tested, are only injuries. They’re longer-term injuries and that’s why we don’t have them back yet."

On White: "He's asymptomatic. He's been feeling good and as quick as we can, we're going to bring..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #AFC
📢 Arteta on White: "...him back to training and start to play games with us again."

On Gabriel: "He’s getting closer. He had a couple of sessions with the team but we don’t know [if he can play v Man City]. Let’s see tomorrow how he is."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #AFC
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Given the importance of wage bills to the likely success of football clubs, I thought that it would be interesting to look at wages for the Big 5 European leagues in the 2019/20 season (the most recently published accounts). Some thoughts in the following thread.
As a technical note, I have converted wages from Euro denominated leagues to GBP using the 1.14 exchange rate from the Deloitte Money League. To facilitate comparison, I have provided figures for each league in both Euros and GBP, though the overviews are only in GBP.
In England the highest wage bill in 2019/20 was #MCFC £351m, followed by #LFC £326m, #MUFC £284m, #CFC £283m, #AFC £225m and #THFC £181m. It is worth noting that some clubs’ figures were inflated by changing their year-end date, which meant the accounts covered 13 months.
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🧵 Quotes thread Gameweek 3 [Tuesday]

🏰 Newcastle

📢 Steve Bruce on Darlow and Martin Dubravka: "With Karl, it is seeing how his physical wellbeing is. How long that will be? We have known in the past we had a player..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #nufc

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📢 Bruce on Darlow and Martin Dubravka: "...that took at least six weeks, so we have to be patient.

"With Dubravka, not to set a time limit but we are hoping in eight weeks maybe. Unfortunately his wound has got infected which is going to set him..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #nufc
📢 Bruce on Darlow and Dubravka: "...back another couple of weeks.

"Timescales on them two is a bit difficult."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #nufc
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant adverse impact on football clubs, though it is important to distinguish between money that has been completely lost to the game and income that has simply been deferred. This thread will analyse what this means for the Premier League.
Many clubs have listed the revenue impact of COVID-19 in their accounts, while others have not quantified the amounts. In the latter case, I have made assumptions consistent with those clubs who have provided figures in order to estimate the impact.
On the face of it, Premier League revenue held up quite well in 2019/20, though there were only 3 months impacted by the pandemic that season, as 4 clubs reported revenue above £400m (#MUFC £509m, #LFC £490m, #MCFC £478m & #CFC £407m), while all but one club was higher than £100m
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THREAD: #Ramsdale to #Arsenal

It will be interesting to see how #Ramsdale gets on at #AFC & how his game evolves.

One thing #AFC know they are getting is a quality 1v1 stopper!

My model suggests #Ramsdale’s 1v1 prowess saved #SUFC ~3 goals more than an average #PL GK would’ve!
In comparison #Leno was average at stopping 1v1s last year & given the brand of football #Arsenal wish to play maybe this was in their thought process when they scouted #Ramsdale.

My model has #Ramsdale as one of the top 5 1v1 stoppers in the #PL & potentially can still improve!
#Ramsdale’s strength vs close range 1v1s is down to his lightning fast speed of thought & speed off the line in combination with his wonderful bravery & tidy spread technique.

This save vs #Wolves is a good example

Rambo creates a huge barrier & snuffs out an excellent chance!
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I have put together a graphical overview covering some key areas of football finance:

1. Profit & Loss
2. Revenue
3. Expenses
4. Balance Sheet

Each of the 4 pages includes 6 graphs showing 10-year trend for a club, starting with the “Big Six” #AFC #CFC #LFC #MCFC #MUFC #THFC
Arsenal graphical overview covering some key areas of football finance:

1. Profit & Loss
2. Revenue
3. Expenses
4. Balance Sheet

Each of the 4 pages includes 6 graphs showing the 10-year trend for #AFC
Chelsea graphical overview covering some key areas of football finance:

1. Profit & Loss
2. Revenue
3. Expenses
4. Balance Sheet

Each of the 4 pages includes 6 graphs showing the 10-year trend for #CFC
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Newcastle United’s 2019/20 financial results cover a season when they finished 13th in the Premier League for the second year in a row. Disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #NUFC
#NUFC swung from £41m pre-tax profit to £26m loss, as revenue fell £23.8m (14%) from £176.4m to £152.6m, partly due to COVID, while expenses increased £45m (28%), including an additional month of accounts. Profit on player sales was up £2m to £26m. Loss after tax was £23m. Image
Main driver of #NUFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £18m (14%) from £124m to £106m, while match day dropped £7.4m (30%) from £24.8m to £17.4m. However, commercial rose £1.4m (5%) from £27.7m to £29.1m, including £1.2m from government job retention scheme. Image
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Crystal Palace’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season which ended in “a relatively disappointing 14th place following a run of bad results after lockdown”, according to chairman Steve Parish. Financial results were adversely impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts follow #CPFC
#CPFC swung from £5m pre-tax profit to £58m loss, mainly due to profit on player sales dropping from £46m to only £0.5m. Revenue fell £13m (8%) from club record £155m to £142m, partly due to COVID, while expenses increased £5m (2%), including an additional month.
Main driver of #CPFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £11.7m (9%) from £124.4m to £112.7m, while match day dropped £2.8m (19%) from £14.6m to £11.8m. However, commercial rose £1.4m (9%) from £16.4m to £17.8m. Note: this revenue split is from club’s Annual Review.
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Super Bowl XIV
3rd and 8 for the #Steelers
70 prevent slot hook and go is the play call.
Bradshaw hits birthday boy John Stallworth for a 73 yard touchdown.
#HappyBirthdayJohnStallworth
Bradshaw hits Stallworth with a 💣 again setting up a @francoharrishof touchdown.
#Steelers would win their 4th Super Bowl 31-19.
#HappyBirthdayJohn
60 prevent 😬
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#WatfordFC 2019/20 financial results covered a season that the club described as “unique and challenging”, as it ended in relegation after they finished 19th in the Premier League and they had 3 managers: Javi Gracia, Quique Sanchez Flores and Nigel Pearson. Some thoughts follow.
#WatfordFC swung from £10m pre-tax profit to £36m loss, as revenue decreased £28m (19%) from club record £148m to £120m and profit on player sales fell £4m to £18m, while expenses increased £9m (6%). Prior year boosted by £4.5m Marco Silva compensation. Loss after tax was £32m. Image
The main driver of #WatfordFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £24m (20%) from £119m to £95m, while match day dropped £2.0m (21%) to £7.3m, commercial decreased £1.2m (6%) to £17.4m and player loans were down £0.9m to £84k. Image
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Manchester United have announced financial results for Q3 of 2020/21, incorporating the first 9 months of the season. This covers January to March 2021, so provides further insight into the impact of COVID. Some thoughts in the following thread #MUFC
For Q3 #MUFC pre-tax loss improved from £29m to £23m, despite revenue dropping £5m (4%) to £118m, a £1m loss on player sales and expenses rising £7m (5%). This operational decline was offset by net interest payable falling from £25m to £1m thanks to forex gains.
The main reason that #MUFC revenue only fell 4% in Q3 was £33m increase in broadcasting to £59m, due to return to Champions League, which compensated for COVID influenced reductions in match day, down £28m (95%) to £2m, and commercial, down £10m (15%) to £58m.
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 37 [Tuesday]

☔️ Aston Villa

📢 Dean Smith on team news: "I’m hopeful Tyrone Mings trains today.

“Morgan (Sanson) is still not available, he’s just got a recurrence of the..."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #avfc #TotAvl
📢 Smith on team news: "...knee injury so he’s out for the last couple of games. Matty Cash the same with his hamstring."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #avfc #TotAvl
📢 Smith asked if Grealish is ready to start: "Jack is training today and then we’ll have a discussion with him after and with the medical staff to decide on the progress of his recovery..."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #avfc #TotAvl
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Quick estimate of the revenue earned by English clubs from Europe this season up to the final. This analysis is based on the participation fees, prize money and TV pools from 2019/20 distributions plus the UEFA coefficients for 2020/21 #MCFC #CFC #LFC #MUFC #AFC #THFC #LCFC
#MCFC and #CFC have both earned over €100m after reaching the Champions League final with €120m and €117m respectively, followed by #LFC €89m and #MUFC €76m. Europa League clubs receive significantly less: #AFC €29m after reaching semi-final, #THFC €21m and #LCFC €17m.
#MUFC €76m represents their total earnings from Europe, split into €62m from the Champions League (eliminated at the group stage) and €14m for reaching the Europa League final. Note: they only receive participation fee and UEFA coefficient from the senior competition.
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Yesterday was another crazy day for #Football & specifically in this case, for #Derby #dcfcfans

#EFL ruling on their accounting practices

Threat of sanctions - What will that mean?

#RichardKeough ruling - They have to pay him £2.3m (bonkers episode)🤯

bbc.co.uk/sport/football…
Then add in the farce of the #takeover process

A 29 year old front-man masquerading as an Instagram Billionaire (complete with macho boxing backstory & links to Indonesian investors & looted billions) #Suharto

👏 @secondtierpod ⤵️

#DCFC #FitAndProper

I'm equally fascinated & frustrated by rogue investors in #EnglishFootball

I've read widely and spoken to people with genuine knowledge of the machinations of global finance💸

What puzzles me today is, how/why did #MelMorris get himself in this hole?😏
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