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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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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First, I have used financial figures from the most recent published accounts, i.e. from 2020/21, so these are a year out of date compared to 2021/22 league position.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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#FCBarcelona have announced the signing of Rapinha from #LUFC for €58m, while a deal to acquire Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich for €50m is agreed in principle. The question is how can they possibly afford these players, given their well-documented financial problems?
Only last month president Joan Laporta compared #FCBarcelona to a patient who “was practically dead in financial terms”, while the vice-president for finance Eduard Romeu said that €500m was needed “to save the club”.
This was not surprising, given the magnitude of #FCBarcelona’s financial issues. Although things have moved on since the most recent accounts for the 2020/21 season, it’s worth reviewing these to explain why so many fans are scratching their head at this summer’s spending.
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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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Analysing an underrated transfer that provides both pivotal depth and is perfect defender for a Conte system.

Let's explore his Sevilla and Barca stats, why Conte wanted him at Inter and more!

Lenglet was born in France and made his first notable career step when joining the Chantilly academy. An academy that has become renowned for it's prowess in developing young stars to make big moves later in their career.

Kevin Gamero and Lenglet are their most recent successes.
At Chantilly, Lenglet won his first trophy. Making him a winner at the start of his teenage years.

With any rise to the top there is great sacrifice.

"My father would sometimes make 3 trips back and forth in a week between Chantilly and home to take me to training and matches"
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Analyzing all #BarclaysWSL teams' 1st pass after their kickoffs from 18/19 to 20/21

🔑 Takeaway: Some teams do have different tactics overall &/or for different game states

🧵 is alphabetical, so starting with @ArsenalWFC

Always more long & less accurate passes when losing!
For @AVWFCOfficial there's just the one season.

Ignore winning game states since there were only 2... but they exclusively played very long balls up the pitch when drawing, but were more conservative while losing (with some long balls as well, but not just long passes)

Now @BCFCWomen

Small sample again for winning game states. But they also changed their tactics over these 3 seasons, opting for more long passes across them. But not much of a pattern when breaking down by game state. Usually a lil less accurate when drawing tho

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In advance of the Women’s Euro 2022, I thought it might be interesting to review the finances of the FA Women’s Super League (WSL) for the 2020/21 season, albeit severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with almost all games played behind closed doors.
Reviewing WSL financials is made more difficult by the fact that not all clubs publish detailed accounts, so some lack information on revenue, expenses, wages and headcount. Nevertheless, there is enough data available to identify some common themes.
Overall the WSL reported a record pre-tax loss of £9.7m for 2020/21, which was £2.5m more than the previous season’s £7.2m  and slightly higher than the £8.9m deficit in 2018/19. Note: the WSL increased the number of clubs from 11 in 2019 to 12 in 2020.
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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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