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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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🧵 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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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 14 [Friday]

ℹ️ Team news, injury updates, player availability, manager quotes + anything relevant to Fantasy Premier League from the pressers before Saturday's deadline [11am IST]⬇️

#fpl #gw14 #fantasypl #teamnews #injuries
🏰 Newcastle

📢 Eddie Howe on Allan Saint-Maximin: "There's a chance [he will be available].

"We're going to see how training goes today but he's made really good progress and I'm very pleased with how he's attacked his rehab and the..."

#fpl #gw14 #fantasypl #nufc #NewAvl
📢 Howe on Saint-Maximin: " he's put in. There's an opportunity, hopefully, to get Maxi fit and available.

"Currently, Maxi’s really good, he’s in a very good place.

"I think the recent setback he had on his hamstring was..."

#fpl #gw14 #fantasypl #nufc #NewAvl
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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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🧵 Pre-match press conference embargo thread Gameweek 11 [Friday]

🌉 Chelsea

📢 Graham Potter on Reece James: "I think it’s pretty normal that as soon as there’s a bit of discomfort a day or two after, you get it checked properly..."

#fpl #gw11 #fantasypl #cfc #AvlChe #gw12
📢 Potter on Reece James: " that’s what we’ll do. It normally takes 24 or 48 hours to settle down.

"He’s been in fantastic form for us. I’ve really enjoyed working with him and really enjoyed how he’s played, so fingers crossed..."

#fpl #gw11 #fantasypl #cfc #AvlChe #gw12
📢 Potter on Reece James: "...we’ll [hopefully get] good news.

"He's a player with world-class attributes and the way he defended against [Wilfried] Zaha and against [Rafael] Leao in both games against Milan is high level, plus he..."

#fpl #gw11 #fantasypl #cfc #AvlChe #gw12
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In advance of football clubs starting to publish their accounts for the 2021/22 season, I thought it might be helpful to share some 2-page financial overviews for each of the Premier League clubs for 2020/21, including a comparison against prior year and a 5-year graphical trend.
These overviews also include Premier League rankings for each of the main financial categories, e.g. which club had the highest profit, loss, revenue, wages, debt, transfer spend, etc in 2020/21.
One caveat with these figures is that revenue was significantly impacted by COVID in 2020/21 with match day reduced to almost zero, as games were played behind closed doors, while some broadcasting income was deferred from 2019/20 for matches played after the accounting close.
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#PremierLeague transfer expenditure, sales and net all combined for 2022 Summer Window -

Lets start with the 2022/23 Summer Net Spend:
#PremierLeague broke a few records this window. ⬛️With near £2.2bn spent and a
⬛️NetSpend of £1.24bn 📈
#PremierLeague 2022/23 Summer windows player purchases

#CFC #MUFC #WHUFC #Tottenham #NottinghamForest top the charts here all spending over £140m with 10 teams in total over £100m
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 4 [Friday]

ℹ️ Team news, injury updates, player availability, manager quotes & anything else relevant to Fantasy Premier League from the pressers ahead of the deadline ⬇️

#fpl #gw4

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🏰 Newcastle

📢 Eddie Howe on Wilson: "We don't believe his injury to be serious and we're hopeful he'll only be out for a couple of weeks.

"I back Callum 100 per cent. I've known him a long time and I've never met someone with a better..."

#fpl #gw4 #nufc #WolNew #fantasypl
📢 Howe on Wilson: "...attitude. I back him and his body. He's such an important part of our future and this season he's already shown that with the goals that he's scored - the two goals he's scored have been of the highest level..."

#fpl #gw4 #nufc #WolNew #fantasypl
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#NFFC XI: Henderson; Worrall, Niakhaté, McKenna, Williams; O'Brien, Mangala, Toffolo, Lingard; Johnson, Awoniyi.

#WHUFC XI: Fabiański; Coufal, Zouma, Johnson, Cresswell; Souček, Rice; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio.

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8: NYARIIISS!! Forest menguasai bola dan penyerangan sejak awal namun West Ham terlebih dulu memiliki peluang berbahaya lewat free kick Aaron Cresswell.

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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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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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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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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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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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Leeds United and Burnley have written to the Premier League, threatening to take legal action for their failure to punish Everton for what they believe to be a serious breach of the regulations. Relegation would have significant financial consequences. #EFC #LUFC #BurnleyFC
If a club breaches the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability rules, it can face sanctions ranging from fines to points deductions. #LUFC and #BurnlyyFC would argue that #EFC have enjoyed a competitive advantage, as the league has not sanctioned their high spending.
#EFC are adamant that they are in line: “'We have worked so closely with the Premier League to make sure we are compliant. We are comfortable we have complied with the rules. External auditors have told us what we can and cannot claim against the pandemic.”
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🚨 West Ham 1-2 Arsenal
🔎 Analysis & Review Thread

A solid performance from a changed team missing several key players. Much like the Chelsea game last week, it feels a little harsh to have come away without anything...

Questions encouraged, RTs appreciated! 🧵 Image
Interesting that, after a scrappy opening five minutes, we've settled on the ball better.

Arsenal clearly very happy to let us have it and drop into a low block where there is little room in central areas but space out wide.

Difficult for us given our lack of height in the box. ImageImage
Defensively, we've started very well.

The midfield have done a great job of stopping Arsenal from getting the ball into Odegaard/Saka/Martinelli in central areas and with turning space limited, Arsenal have been forced to look for more direct passes.

Really good stuff so far. ImageImage
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🚨 West Ham 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
🔎 Analysis & Review Thread

A narrow loss after a poor performance in the first leg of our Europa League semi-final. Let's look at what went wrong and what we need to change to win the tie in Germany.

Questions encouraged, RTs appreciated! 🧵 Image
1' 0-1 Knauff

49 seconds into the game and we're behind. An absolute shambles of a goal to concede so early in such a big game.

Kamada picks the ball up five yards inside his own half and carries 30 yards fwd before connecting a pass to the penalty area completely unopposed. Image
This is going to take a few tweets to break down.

1. No one knows what to do when Frankfurt's attackers all drop in.
2. Rice has to engage.
3. Rice's failure causes further mistakes.
4. This is a typical Frankfurt move. How are we allowing this in minute one? What was the prep? ImageImageImageImage
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This season’s Champions League semi-finals largely feature the usual suspects, but the presence of #Villarreal is a surprise to most, after the “yellow submarine” defeated Bayern Munich. Having only finished 7th in La Liga, they qualified for the CL by winning the Europa League.
Compared to the European elite, #Villarreal have far fewer financial resources, playing their home games in a stadium with a capacity of only 23,500, though this would hold almost half of the city’s population of just over 50,000.
#Villarreal were bought in 1997 by Spanish businessman Fernando Roig, who made his fortune in ceramic tiles (plus a stake in a large supermarket chain). However, unlike many others, this is not a story of an owner pumping in money so that the club can buy its way to success.
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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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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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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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