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BREAKING: #BNNSaudiArabia Reports.

The Asian Football Confederation has received Saudi Arabia's official candidacy to host the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2026. #SaudiArabia #AFC #sports
Yasser Al-Mishal, president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, stated that holding this competition expands the possibilities for women's football in the Kingdom and the region.
Raghad Helmi, a member of the Saudi national team and Al-Shabab, as well as assistant coach Dana Rajab of the Saudi national team, participated in the Saudi delegation that submitted the application.
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🗣️| Ben Jacobs on Danilo: “The other name that people are talking about from Arsenal’s perspective is Danilo as well. And a bit like I suppose Tielemans and Leicester over the summer, it’s a case of trying to get a fee that Arsenal feel is of value,” [@GiveMeSport, @JacobsBen]
🗣️| Ben Jacobs: “and not make that mistake of paying more than they have to. I think that Danilo is going to be a bit more of a kind of bargain fee from Arsenal’s perspective. If they do proceed, Palmeiras are probably looking for around £20m, maybe even a touch less than that.”
🗣️| Ben Jacobs: “And I think that for a player of his potential and quality, that would be very worthwhile from Arsenal’s point of view, and Arsenal have been there before with Danilo; they’ve offered, or they’ve certainly considered, around £20 million before for the player.”
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🗣️| Emmanuel Petit on Arsenal: “They need at least 3 or 4 players if they really want to compete for the title. I think they need more wingers & another option as a striker. I like Jesus, Saka, Martinelli, Ødegaard, but they won’t be able to play every single game.” [CompareBet]
🗣️| Emmanuel Petit: “Especially after the World Cup so they’ll definitely need one striker, one winger, they need more competition for Saka and Martinelli. And of course, if they can add one more midfield player, and one more central defender.” #afc
🗣️| Emmanuel Petit: “I think they are short of central defenders – if [William] Saliba or Gabriel are injured, who’s going to play, [Rob] Holding? Really? I’m not a big fan of Holding. So overall, they need three or four players.” #afc
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🎙️| Simon Jordan: “Saka is one of those players that’s on the cusp of launching what will be potentially a stellar career. We move into the territory for the purpose of what you value players at, how good players are often determined by their price tags.” [@talkSPORT] #afc
🎙️| Simon Jordan: “What [Saka] is, is a player that has unique ability, he’s on a journey where he can probably write his own ticket. When we talk about ‘what is a £100million footballer?’ You look at Jack Grealish because he is the incarnation of it.” #afc
🎙️| Simon Jordan: “In the economics of football, which is ‘La La Land’, you would be able to make a case, not just off the back of the fact that he’s done well in one game, but the component parts of what he’s achieving at Arsenal.” #afc
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Mykhaylo Mudryk tells Vlada Sedan (TV presenter and Zinchenko's wife) he'll be disappointed if he doesn't get a January move from Shakhtar. He confirms he spoke to coaches at Nice, Leverkusen & Brentford last summer. And he again hints at Arsenal being his choice of preference...
Sedan asks Mudryk if playing on the same wing as her husband excites him. Mudryk replies, "Yeah, it does".

And Mudryk confirms he watches #AFC. "They are a very dynamic side not just in how they control possession but also the way they score."
It's also put to Mudryk that he may start more games at Arsenal compared Real Madrid and he replies: “From a purely theoretical fantasy perspective if there was the option of being a bench player for Real Madrid or a starter for Arsenal, I’d probably choose Arsenal."
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#CelticFC 2021/22 accounts cover a season when they regained the Scottish Premiership title under new manager Ange Postecoglou and also won the League Cup, but were eliminated from the Europa League after the group stage.
#CelticFC swung from £11.5m pre-tax loss to £6.1m profit (£5.8m after tax), as revenue rose £27m (45%) from £61m to £88m and profit on player sales increased £20m from £9m to club record £29m, partly offset by £25m (29%) higher operating expenses and no repeat of £5m insurance.
Main reason for #CelticFC revenue increase was match day, which rose £22m (107%) from £21m to £43m, due to the return of fans to the stadium, while commercial grew £3m (11%) to £32m in a more normalised trading environment and broadcasting was up £2m (18%) to £13m.
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Manchester City’s 2021/22 accounts covered a season when they won the Premier League for the fourth time in five years (their sixth title in 11 years) and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and the FA Cup. Some thoughts follow #MCFC
#MCFC chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak noted that it was also the most successful financial year in the club’s history with chief executive Ferran Soriano highlighting that City broke the club records for both revenue and profits.
#MCFC pre-tax profit improved from £5m to £42m, as revenue rose £43m (8%) from £570m to £613m, thanks to recovery from COVID and the return of fans to the stadium, while operating expenses only increased £11m (2%). Profit from player sales was almost unchanged at £68m. Image
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🗣️| Tim Vickery: “A month or so ago, I don't think Gabriel Martinelli was in the squad, but he has forced his way in through sheer week-after-week excellence for Arsenal. It has been a very difficult decision. How are you going to get him in? There were two ways.” [@SkySports]
🗣️| Tim Vickery: “One was to only pick one right-back and not take Dani Alves, who is now 39. They could have left him out, used Eder Militao at centre-back to cover the right-back position and opened up a space for a striker.” [Sky] #afc
🗣️| Tim Vickery: “They chose not to do that. Firmino is left out. Brazil are taking a little bit of a risk here. Martinelli is a wide striker and Brazil have more wide strikers than they know what to do with. What they don't have is a straight replacement for Neymar.” [Sky] #afc
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🗣️| Gary Neville: “Arsenal fans come at me every single week, every single week, because I will still continue to question them until I don’t see a moment like I did with five or six games to go last season & they get through those moments and they finish in the top 4” [Overlap]
🗣️| Gary Neville: “They [Arsenal] haven’t proven it yet. It’s like a boxer who hasn’t won a title. You have to question them. But what you can’t question is that was a really, really good performance [against Chelsea on Sunday].” #afc
🗣️| Gary Neville: “I want to see it over 38 games and we’ve seen recently Arsenal found it tough in the last part of the season. That is not being overly negative. It’s just saying let’s see what happens in 20 games time. I do think they’re bang on to finish in the top-four” #afc
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🧵 Key quotes thread Gameweek 15

💠 Man City

📢 Pep Guardiola asked how close Erling Haaland was to the starting XI: "He's feeling better. He could play but it's not the perfect, ideal situation..."

#fpl #gw15 #fantasypl #FPLcommunity #mcfc #MciFul #teamnews #injuries
📢 Guardiola asked how close Haaland was to starting XI: "...but he's on the bench, in case we need him.

"We will see [how likely he is to get minutes]. The game will dictate what we have to do."

#fpl #gw15 #fantasypl #FPLcommunity #mcfc #MciFul #teamnews #injuries
🐖 Fulham

📢 Marco Silva on Aleksandar Mitrovic injury: "As you know, Mitro had a problem in the last game with the national team [Serbia] - in his ankle.

"Of course we are managing him..."

#fpl #gw15 #fantasypl #FPLcommunity #ffc #MciFul #teamnews #injuries
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Thread on how much money clubs have already received after the Champions League 2022/23 group stage. Also includes estimates for English clubs in Europa League and Europa Conference League. Some assumptions made about the TV pool, but the figures should be reasonably accurate.
The Champions League accounts for the lion’s share of UEFA revenue with its €2.032 bln being nearly 3 times as much as the Europa League and Europa Conference combined (€700m). The difference is particularly stark in the UEFA coefficient (based on 10-year rankings).
Champions League overall prize money is 3.6 times the Europa League and 5.5 times the Europa Conference, but this varies by round. In general, the difference becomes smaller the further a club progresses, e.g. last 16 it’s 8x and 16x, while for the winners it’s only 2.3x and 4x.
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🚨 Simon Murphy has been promoted to Lead Performance Physio by Arsenal after turning down the opportunity to join Nottingham Forest as Head Physio. [@ground_guru] #afc
Murphy was serving his notice with Arsenal, had already attended meetings at Nottingham Forest & their staff had been informed of his joining. A counter-offer from Arsenal, led by Mikel Arteta, led him to change his mind & took up the new job title this month. [@ground_guru] #afc
Murphy’s situation is reminiscent of that of Arsenal Head of Medical Gary O’Driscoll, who elected to remain at the club in 2020 after initially agreeing to join Liverpool. Again, Arteta had been pivotal in persuading him to stay. [@ground_guru] #afc
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🗣️| Granit Xhaka: “I feel very good and I prepared myself in the summer much more than ever before. But I think I am not at my limit.” #afc
[@BBCSport Football Focus]
🗣️| Granit Xhaka: “It's a different team, a much younger team than when I came in 2016. We had much more experienced players, they had won a lot of trophies already, so the hunger now is maybe much more than before.” #afc
🗣️| Granit Xhaka: “We had the quality always in the team but we didn't have the mentality I think to say 'listen, it doesn't matter if you lose one game, you beat the next one'. This club has to play for these trophies, it doesn't matter which one it is.” #afc
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🗣️| Granit Xhaka: “I was very, very close [to leaving Arsenal] and when I say very, very close, it was like you guys have the stuff here and I only needed to take the stuff and to leave the door. This moment, you don't see anybody near you.” [@BBCSport Football Focus] #afc
🗣️| Granit Xhaka: “This is the biggest problem. You are sitting in a dark place, feeling alone. You know you have people around but you have no chance to touch them - and this is how I felt.” #afc
🗣️| Granit Xhaka: “You try not to go so deep and to see the message what they [internet trolls] are writing, what the people are speaking in front of the TV but you can't ignore [it].” #afc
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🗣️| Mikel Arteta on whether Bukayo Saka’s playing time is sustainable:

“Look at the top players in the world, they play 70 matches every three days and make the difference and win the game. If you want to be at the top you have to be able to do that.” [@arsenal] #afc Getty Images
🗣️| Mikel Arteta: “And if we start to put something different in the mind of our young players I think we are making a huge mistake, because it’s one yes, one no. Now I don’t play now in astroturf and I don’t play.” #afc
🗣️| Mikel Arteta: “I don’t want that. I want them to be ruthless, every three days, they’re going to be knocking at my door I want to play and I want to win the game.” #afc
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🎙️| @FabrizioRomano on Edu: “There are more than two clubs asking around and exploring about the situation of Edu Gaspar. There are clubs interested in his work, vision, ambitions, and ideas, and what he did with Arsenal is something really important.” #afc
🎙️| @FabrizioRomano: “And this is why there is a lot of interest growing around Edu in the last few months. Some clubs are already exploring this possibility internally at the moment.”
🎙️| @FabrizioRomano: “There is no negotiation between Edu or any club, but they are considering his name as one of the potential candidates for the future. From what I’m told, Edu is 100% focusing on Arsenal and he’s 100% focused on the Arsenal project.” #afc
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🗣️| William Gallas on Gabriel Martinelli: “I think Arsenal have to get that deal with Martinelli signed as quickly as possible. I’m sure he’s hearing so many things about him, like Real Madrid being interested. Sometimes the player can be confused.” [@GentingCasinoUK] #afc
🗣️| William Gallas: “At the moment I think he’s [Martinelli] playing well and Arsenal have to close that deal as soon as possible so he feels better in his mind.” #afc
🗣️| William Gallas: “I don’t think he’s good enough for Real Madrid yet. In football after two or three games, everyone is raving about that player, ‘he’s magnificent’ or ‘he’s a top-class player’ but no, calm down, let him have a great season to get to another level.” #afc
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🗣️| Rio Ferdinand on Gabriel Magalhaes: “As centre backs, you don’t really want to be talked about a lot during a game. If you can just ghost through most games and put an eight out of 10 performance in you’re flying. [@FIVEUK] #afc
🗣️| Rio Ferdinand: “But every week he’s in the headlines or he’s in underneath with a little bullet point next to his name and a bad incident. I don’t know if you replace him. Sometimes someone with that energy, as much as you maybe call it a liability, he’s performing.” #afc
🗣️| Rio Ferdinand: “Time will tell if he’s someone you want to stick by. I don’t like emotional defenders, that’s what I always say about centre backs, I don’t like emotional ones who get caught up in the moment in games.” #afc
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🧵 Thread of key quotes ahead of Blank Gameweek 12

🇮🇹 Spurs

📢 Antonio Conte on Doherty: "About Matt, honestly I'm really happy, really happy.

"He played a good game against Brighton but today he played better..."

#fpl #gw11 #fantasypl #thfc #TotEve #gw12 #bgw12 #MunTot
📢 Conte on Doherty: "...than the last game. He played well in the last game and I was happy also with it but today, I have seen again the Matt Doherty of last season.

"I was really pleased and said to him..."

#fpl #gw11 #fantasypl #thfc #TotEve #gw12 #bgw12 #MunTot
📢 Conte on Doherty: "...'finally now you are the player that I know!'.

"It's important, important for us because to play all these games in a short period, it is important to have all the players available."

#fpl #gw11 #fantasypl #thfc #TotEve #gw12 #bgw12 #MunTot
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#RealMadrid 2021/22 accounts cover a season when they won La Liga, the Champions League and the Supercopa de Espana . Their finances benefited from the effects of COVID “gradually subsiding” and the consequent return of fans to the stadium. Some thoughts in the following thread.
#RealMadrid pre-tax profit improved from €1.7m to €20.2m (€12.9m after tax), as revenue rose €69m (10%) from €653m to €722m, though profit from player sales fell €44m to €62m and operating expenses shot up €323m (43%). Boosted by €316m capital gain from Sixth Street.
#RealMadrid have sold 30% of some new revenue from the Santiago Bernabéu stadium for 20 years to Sixth Street/Legends in exchange for €360m. Sixth Street are an investment firm, while Legends specialise in the management of stadiums and organisation of events.
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The #PremierLeague is back!

How has your team’s GK performed?

#Pickford’s class shot stopping & distribution puts him top 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

#Pope, #Henderson, & #Leno have had great starts at their new clubs🧤

Big mistakes have cost #DeGea & #Ramsdale 😱

#Ward has struggled in all areas 😞
The GK xG model shown above looks at every shot faced, pass received, cross faced & through ball faced & calculates the probability of a goal occurring for & against the GK’s team before the event & after the event occurs!

Thus it measures & evaluates every action a GKs makes!
This allows all GKs to be given a single number measured in goals called

“Total Value in Goals”

Which describes the GK’s value to their side vs having a league average GK & takes into account everything they do meaning GKs of vastly different styles can be fairly compared!
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Manchester United’s 2021/22 accounts cover a season when they finished 6th in the Premier League and were eliminated in the last 16 of the Champions League. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was replaced by Ralf Rangnick, since succeeded by Erik ten Hag. Some thoughts follow #MUFC
#MUFC pre-tax loss shot up from £24m to £150m, despite revenue rising £89m (18%) from £494m to £583m, thanks to recovery from COVID and return of fans to the stadium, plus profit on player sales increasing £15m to £22m, as expenses rose £154m (29%) after investment in the squad.
#MUFC operational decline was exacerbated by the impact of the weakening of Sterling on non-cash finance costs, as unrealised forex losses on unhedged USD borrowings meant that net interest experienced an adverse swing of £75m from £13m recoverable prior year to £62m payable.
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The Premier League has published details of the TV payments to clubs for the 2021/22 season. These amounted to £2.5 bln, ranging from £153m for champions #MCFC to £101m for 20th placed #NCFC (the first time the bottom club got more than £100m).
The largest increases compared to the previous season came at #BHAFC, up £16m, and #AFC, up £11m. In contrast, three clubs received over £10m less than 2020/21: #LUFC £17m, #EFC £13m and #LCFC £11m.
Each of the 20 Premier League clubs received £87.5m as an equal share, coming from domestic rights £31.8m, overseas rights £48.9m and commercial revenue £6.8m.
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Bit more on Shakhtar winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, who has two #UCL goals in two games. Mudryk is hoping for a January move and told me he "couldn't say no" to #AFC. Several European clubs now tracking him, including Newcastle, Sevilla, Leverkusen and Ajax.
Everton had a €30m bid rejected this summer. Sporting director Darijo Srna says: "Mudryk is a serious talent. After Mbappe & Vini Jr, he's the best player in Europe in his position. If someone wants to buy Mudryk they must spend a lot, a lot, a lot of money & respect our club."
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will move in January. Important to note, they never bid (or seriously considered it) in the summer. Lots of top clubs put off by Shakhtar's €50m+ valuation, and that will only rise as things stand.
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