Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been awarded the FWA Footballer of the Year. It is said that he has completed his redemption from outcast to hero by winning this title, given by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA).
Last month he was awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year. Now, by winning another title, his honor probably doubled.
The honor follows an astonishing turnaround for Luis Suarez. The 27-year-old Uruguayan finished ahead of team mate Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure of Manchester City in the poll. But he began this season serving the remainder of a 10-match ban, which was imposed for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
Yes definitely he missed the first five games of the season. But now he is the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 30 goals with two matches remaining. And Luis Suarez will play against Gerrard and England in the World Cup in Brazil next month.
Although with all his attributes, Luis Suarez couldn’t sustain Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge. Manchester City have already won the Premier League.
Of around 300 members, Luis Suarez polled 52 per cent of the vote. He got only two, last year.
“Our voting opened just 12 hours after the biting incident at Anfield last season, so that was taken into account”
FWA Footballer of the Year is not only based on player’s achievements on the pitch. It also depends on their behavior throughout the season.
“His behavior throughout the season has been very good”
“There is an element of redemption – allied with those 30 goals and the sensational talent he has displayed all season -and it has made him a very popular choice.”
Luis Suarez becomes the 10th Liverpool player to win the award. One of their previous winners of WFA award, Ian Rush praised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for this. The way he handled a difficult period at the start of this season, is really praiseworthy.
Rush told Sky Sports,
“Suarez was training by himself and the manager welcomed him back and said you are one of the players now”
“The manager could have handled it differently. And Luis Suarez has repaid him.”
Ian Rush was the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1984. He also praised Luis Suarez for his work. Rush indicated about his huge influence on the Liverpool team attempting to win the title after a long decade.
“I think he has made a big difference to Liverpool’s players – not just himself.”
FWA Footballer of the Year award is the oldest of its kind in world football. It was first awarded in 1948 with Stanley Matthews the first recipient.
Samir Nasri’s big money move to Manchester city made him sure that his wages soared up. Currently he earns £ 140k per week and he rounds off the top 10 list of highest paid footballers in English Premier League.
Eden Hazard is currently earning £185k per week and Chelsea may have to breach the £200k if they intend to keep him out of the reach of PSG. Eden Hazard is a kind of footballer who is tipped to be a future Ballon d’OR winner and typically he is the highest paid footballer in Chelsea.
On this list of highest paid footballers in the English Premier League, he kicks off the Manchester United domination.
3. Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Yaya Toure also earns £200k per week and yes, he isn’t the highest paid player in the Manchester City squad! Yaya was undoubtedly City’s best player of the 2013-14 season which saw them win the league title twice in the three years span.
At early in the premier league season there were some rumours surrounding Rooney’s proposed move to Chelsea. Manchester United made sure they held on to Rooney by making him sign a new five year contracts which worth £300k per week. Thus Rooney is the on the top of our list of highest paid footballers in the English Premier League.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has refused to be drawn on the club’s reported interest for Luis Suarez. He has recently confirmed that the rising star Alvaro Morata is set to leave the European champions.
Madrid rejected the offer from Arsenal to take academy product Morata on loan last January. Ancelotti has explained that the striker is keen to find another club in pursuit of first team football as he had an excellent league start last season.
“The player has decided to leave in search of more minutes and the club has agreed it”
Carlo Ancelotti said at the presentation of his new website.
Italian champions Juventus and Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are believed to be chasing for Morata. Hopefully Real Madrid must be looking for a buy-back clause in any potential deal with them.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that he would be searching for a young striker like Morata. But he is not anymore interested about the great star of BPL (Luis Suarez).
“Suarez is a fantastic player but it would be a lack of respect to talk about signings at this stage”
Many saw his return to Stamford Bridge as being a major indicator the Blues would lift the Premier League trophy again. But their deficiencies eventually restricted them to a third-place finish. Champions League semi-final is also no surprise for them.
May be Chelsea is lacking a true world class striker. They have plenty of talent in defense and midfield. So their downfall is probably the cause of striker.
Chelsea mustn’t be planning for being undefeated against the top four in the league. It can be a better prospect for the teams like Aston Villa, Sunderland or Crystal Palace. As these are the present struggling teams. They soaked up pressure before striking. They could have liked a shock victory against their opponents.
This season ended for Chelsea a little bitter way. In some cases they progressed but they had to put an end without being able to punish their opponent squads.
Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic:
Mourinho has already been quick to act for the remedy. He is waiting for Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid to arrive imminently. There is also another possibility. The Brazilian cum Spaniard could be joined in attack by another striker. This one is from Bayern Munich, Mario Mandzukic.
The World Cup event may be taking all the focus for the present month and half of the next. But these rumors prove that Chelsea have plenty of fans to be excited about even in this World Cup event.
Definitely, the potential of two big names (Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic) arriving at Stamford Bridge will whet the appetite. Still, there are confusions about the other front men from the Blues.
The English media is expecting that Chelsea will be finding an entirely new front line for them, next season.
Everyone is expecting, Fernando Torres as the biggest casualty. Even Chelsea star Demba Ba’s future is questioned. Many suggesting him to join the Turkish club Besiktas.
Another thing, Samuel Eto’o’s one-year contract will expire shortly. He hasn’t been offered a renewal. Romelu Lukaku is also in doubt. Will he be trading places with Diego Costa at Aletico Madrid??
Regardless of the talent he acquired, Mourinho could well be placing himself in a weaker position if he offloads all four players as suggested.
Both the players Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic have proven their undoubted qualities in recent seasons. But it’s very difficult to rely that much on just two front men to carry the Blues’ hopes. Even it’ll be risky for Mourinho himself.
Chelsea would become incredibly weak, if one of these players get suspensions, injury or even loss of form. Their rivals will not allow them such weakness endured.
Manchester city have already big stars like Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo. They just need to choose from. While Liverpool also added Rickie Lambert to their ranks.
This is not a rare story. Similarly each of the clubs in this continent is trying to boost up their front line with enviable forwards. May be Mourinho needs to do the same. Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic can easily be the preference.
There is not many more options of clearing out the players who failed to prove themselves last season. The manager must find something more to flourish them. And this can be a greater solution for him.
Various times in the last stages of 2013 and 2014, Ba came to rescue Chelsea. He scored some the vital goals, especially against Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. Fernando Torres also proved in Europe. He scored five goals in ten Champions League matches.
When given an opportunity, Lukaku also scores for the team. Though he was much more successful in Everton. But he tries his best to find some space for the Chelsea team.
Now that, in a situation like this Mourinho must take a decision. A decision about the former strikers and the upcoming twos. The World Cup 2014 have already seen, Diego Costa failed to prove for the Spaniards. Mandzukic still going on with pace and beauty. He can become a great addition for the Blues.
Yes of course, again after 12 months, we will be here discussing the transitions at Stamford Bridge. But Mourinho must be needing some urge to accomplish as to reside with the Blues for some more. Then the statistics will also be with us about Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic at Chelsea.
1. Gareth Bale (€100,000,000) : Tottenham to Real Madrid
On September 1 2013, Real Madrid announced their agreement for the transfer of Gareth Bale. The British press reported a transfer fee of €100 million as a world record. This transfer broke the record of Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer fee of €94 million. Gareth Bale was assigned the number 11 shirt for Real Madrid. So far, it is the highest transfer fees in World football.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo ( € 94,000,000): Manchester United to Real Madrid
On 26 June 2009, Real Madrid took the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo for a transfer fee of €94 million with a six year contract. The contract is worth €11 million per year. On July 6, Real Madrid handed him the jersey number 9 and it was presented by the Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano. Now C. Ronaldo is holding the number 7 jersey for Real. C.Ronaldo holds the second highest transfer fees in World football.
3. Neymar (€86,000,000) :Santos to Barcelona
Neymar signed the contract with FC Barcelona on 27 May 2013. He was signed for five years but neither Neymar nor the club officials released details on the transfer fees. Eventually the club vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu disclosed the fee and it was €86 million and his release clause was set at €190 million.
4. Zinedine Zidane (€ 75,000,000): Juventus to Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane joined Real Madrid from Juventus in 2001 for a world record fee of €75 million. He signed a four-year contract with Real.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (€69,000,000): Internazionale to Barcelona
Ibrahimovic signed a five-year contract for €46 million and the exchange of Eto’o which valued at €20 million and some loan from Alexander Helb, making him worth €66 million. He cost Barcelona €69.884 million which included other fees too.
6. Kaka ( €65,000,000): AC Milan to Real Madrid
Kaka moved to Bernabeu on a six year deal on 8 june 2009. The transfer from Milan was estimated €65 million. It is in the 6th position in our list of top 10 highest transfer fees in World football.
7. Edinson Cavani (€64,000,000): Napoli to PSG
Cavani joined French champions Paris Saint-Germain on a five year contract on 16 July, 2013. The fee believed to be around €64.5 million ,making it the sixth largest transfer in the history of football.
8. Figo (€ 62,000,000) : Barcelona to Real Madrid
Figo’s €62 million move to Barcelona’s bitter rivals Real Madrid in July 2000, was as surprising as controversial. Figo’s arrival at Real Madrid signaled the beginning of “ Galactico era”. The Barcelona fans felt betrayed by his transfer. Figo won Ballon D’or in November 2000 wearing the white shirt of Real Madrid, making him star and reliable for Real.
9. Radamel Falcao (€ 60,000,000): Atletico to Monaco
On 31 May 2013, Monaco announced that they had reached an agreement with Atletico for transfer of Falcao for a five year contract and a transfer fee around €60 million. Radamel Falcao gave an emotional farewell to atletico in a press interview and expressed his enjoyment with the club as he spent “the best time of his career” there.
10. Fernando Torres (€ 58,000,000): Liverpool to Chelsea
On 31 January 2011, Fernando Torres completed his move to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee reportedly €58 million and signed a five-and-a-half-year contract. The transfer fee set a new record for a British transfer and made Torres the sixth most expensive footballer in the history.
Colombian star James Rodriguez, the breakout star at the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been drawing the attention of world’s top clubs, particularly the Spanish giant Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are quite interested in the Monaco product James Rodriguez and very much intended to make a run at him provided they can sell Angel Di Maria, the Argentine midfielder.
As the 23-year-old winger expressed his desire to make the move to Real Madrid if Madrid ultimately makes a deal with him. It turns out to be a mutual feeling between James Rodriguez and Real Madrid.
James Rodriguez transfer rumor took its shape when he said,
” It makes me proud that a club like Real Madrid is interested in me. It’s like a dream to play for Real Madrid.”
James Rodriguez’s transfer would bring a great deal of excitement and energy to Bernabeu, but not everyone is convinced that it would be a right move for him. Some believe that replacing Angel Di Maria with James Rodriguez would be a mistake.
Although Colombia was eliminated by Brazil in the quarterfinal at 2014 world cup, James Rodriguez’s performance was spectacular throughout the tournament. As the tournament’s top goal scorer, he leads superstars like Germany’s Thomas Muller and Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the Golden boot race.
Real Madrid is already stacked with several attacking talents like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. So it would be even deadlier adding someone like James Rodriguez to the fold.
Above all, Rodriguez is a young player, just 23 who continues to get better. He could potentially reach unseen levels of success at Bernabeu.
However, his current club Monaco may not be keen on giving Rodriguez up, but the offers that come their way from Real Madrid and other clubs may force their hands as well. Right now, James Rodriguez is the fastest-rising star in the football world and seeing him with Los Blancos would be a true treat for football fans worldwide.
In order to transfer Suarez a club should meet a release-clause of around £80m that was included in the £200,000 per week contract Suarez signed in last December. Though it was a third time since Suarez bit an opponent in three years, Liverpool’s valuation has not altered. However, Ian Ayre puts his interest in the Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez.
If the Chile international moves to Anfield, he would be valued in the £30m region by Barcelona. The Catalans are much more keen for the courtship of the Premier League leading goal scorer, Luis Suarez.
With the influence of Barcelona, Suarez may go to public with an apology for biting Chiellini amid concerns over how his prospective transfer would be received. Six days after the incident on Monday, the apology and U-turn from Suarez duly followed via social media. The Barca employees were fulsome in their praise of Suarez’s action.
Barcelona’s Sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta speaks at unveiling of the midfielder Ivan Rakitic,
“ Luis Suarez is humble enough to admit an error. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do”
The former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper added ,
”Everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows that he is a Liverpool player and he is an excellent player indeed.”
Ivan Rakitic also commented by saluting Suarez character and strength
“ Suarez has the necessary quality to play for Barca”
Meanwhile, Liverpool will attempt to develop their defence following the £25m signing of Adam Lallana. The English midfielder Lallana joins his former Southhampton team-mate Rickie Lambert and the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can,£4.5m and £9.85m deals respectively.
Liverpool manager’s leading central defensive target is Croatia international Lovren. The manager is believed to be keen on a move to Merseyside despite rival interest from Tottenham Hotspur, the club which is currently led by the former Southampton coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Liverpool supporters will recall Suarez’s finer moments in the club , the hat-tricks, stunning goals, individual skill while he becomes free to undergo the medical for Barcelona. The Suarez transfer news is not a gossip anymore. The legend Kop banner was inspired by Suarez saying,
“Luis Suarez can nutmeg a mermaid’.
In reaction to Suarez transfer news others will also recall one of the final images of Luis Suarez when he ushered off the pitch at Selhurst Park by Captain Steven Gerrrd, his face covered to his tears.
The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez arrived in the Catalan city on Tuesday to complete the formalities of his reported €94 million (£75m) transfer from his former Club Liverpool.
According to a Spanish press Manchester United are targeting Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado for the upcoming season.
Mundo Deportivo claims Manchester United are ready to trump FC Barcelona for Cuadrado’s signature offering €38 million-which equates to approximately £30 million!
Juan Cuadrado appears as one of the Colombia’s World Cup stars. Likely he is widely expected to move during this summer season. His versatility is a huge draw for teams aside his flying pace. He drew the attention to most of the renowned Clubs who are currently looking to strengthen a number of positions quickly. Both Manchester United and Barcelona are currently working on rebuilds after disappointing last season and may see Juan Cuadrado as a ready-made solution to their problem in the right flank position.
Under the Dutch coach, Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United are starting to improve their attacking style as the Red Devils scored 10 goals in two preseason games so far. Van Gaal has favoured three centre-backs during the club’s tour of US. Luke shaw and Antonio Valencia were acting as wing-backs. Juan Cuadrado is a kind of such a natural winger who can effectively fill in at right back. Probably, that’s why he is in the eyes of Van Gaal.
His necessity is likely to be equal at Nou Camp too. In Barcelona Cuadrado would likely be used on the right side of midfield, presuming Dani Alves remains with the club. Although Barcelona have the added draw of Champions League, Manchester United can likely afford to offer Fiorentina more money and Juan Cuadrado a better wage. Cuadrado’s future may come down to preference if the two giants go head-to-head.
With Los Blancos, Di Maria posted an excellent season. However, he never really hit top gear before getting injured in Brazil. It is obvious that his speed, energy and dribbling skils inject urgency into Madrid’s play. That’s why his potential exit will be discussed so seriously.
” Angel Di Maria has just finished the World Cup, he resting on holiday and he will return to Valdebebas on 5th August.”
On the other hand, Louis Van Gaal certainly has some glaring gaps in his squad. The United supporters are likely to be panicked as United’s first competitive fixture of the Premier League season is rapidly approaching on 16th August. But there is no denying that plenty of transfer action will be coming at Old Trafford.
Both Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado offer multi-faceted styles that would certainly bring sheer pace to Manchester United’s game. Under David Moyes, it is acknowledgeable that invention and energy were lacked in Old Trafford. Both of them can be obtained by the aforementioned stars.
United supporters will certainly be pleased with the rampant start to life under Louis Van Gaal. This means nothing if the united squad is unable to compete once the real game begin. With a traditional United side, many names will continue to be linked that should be looking to make a fast impact once the new Premier season is underway.
In the game of football, goalkeeper is the only man who can hand the ball. He is the savior of the team and the wall between the posts. They have to play the vital roles throughout the game and in recent years with the rise of some devastating strikers, they had to evolve themselves as well. Today Sporty Ghost brings you a list of top 10 best goalkeepers in recent World Football. Your constructive comment about the list is advisable.
Top 10 best goalkeepers in World Football:
1. Manuel Neuer ( Germany and Bayern Munich)
After spending an excellent 2010/11 season for Schalke, Bayern Munich spent $26 million on Manuel Neuer, with another $10 million dependant on his overall performances. So many Bayern Munich supporters felt that the club had overspent on him as his contract was due to expire in 2012, a player who would have been available for free. Manuel Neuer has silenced all the critics and has become the best goalkeeper at the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He won the golden gloves as Germany won the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
Manuel Neuer is in the No. 1 position of our list of Top 10 best goalkeepers.
2. Iker Casillas ( Spain and Real Madrid)
At Real Madrid he is known as “Saint Iker”. But unfortunately he was dropped most of the time in 2012/13 season in La Liga by Jose Mourinho. Despite this he remains a club legend, having come through the youth system of Real Madrid. Often he has had the misfortune due to inadequate defense in front of him. Real spent a lot to assemble a fearsome attack, neglecting the backline. But it was truly a great chance for Casillas to show his skills to an even greater extent, putting his body on the line and making some spectacular saves. In the 2010 World Cup winning for Spain, Iker was the potent savior and the captain of the winning side.
3. Gianluigi Buffon ( Italy and Juventus)
When Italy lifted the 2006 World Cup, it was considered that Gianluigi Buffon is the best goalkeeper of the last decade alongside Iker Casillas. In 2001, his move from Parma to Juventus remains the most expensive transfer as a goalkeeper. Now, at the age of 30, injuries may be taking their toll on him, but Buffon remains as the wall for his Club and his country. To us he is one of the best goalkeepers in World football.
4. Victor Valdes ( Spain and Barcelona)
It was a kind of misfortune for Victor Valdes of being in his prime at the same time as Iker Casillas, the man who has held the Spain jersey for over a decade. For Barcelona, Valdes is the most successful goalkeeper, having won six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. Victor Valdes, the former Tenerife youth is terrific in one-on-one situations. Valdes only earned his first cap for Spain National Team in 2010.
5. Petr Cech ( Czech Republic and Chelsea)
Petr Cech has been a model of consistency for Chelsea since his arrival in 2004. He rarely makes any error and has helped his club to win three Premier League titles and a Champions League title. In 2006, in a controversial challenge by Reading’s Stephen Hunt, Petr Cech suffered a devastating injury with fractured skull. Soon he recovered and started to make some stunning saves despite Chelsea’s solid defense. It has made him the sign of his class and extreme concentration that he is rarely found wanting when called upon.
6. Joe Hart ( England and Manchester City)
Joe Hart made a huge contribution to the Citizen’s title win in 2012. Being a superb shot-stopper he is such a man between the posts who possesses with calmness and true authority. However, in the season of 2012/13 Hart didn’t able to show his magic anyway and despite his numerous strengths, the England goalkeeper needs to improve his handling and minimize errors.
7. Thibaut Courtois ( Belgium and Atletico Madrid)
Thibaut Courtois plays with firm confidence beyond his tender years and has made some truly remarkable saves since joining Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea in 2012. This promising goalkeeper will be one of the very bests in the World for the next decade while Chelsea have a ready-made replacement for Petr Cech once they decide to bring back the Belgian from his long term loan with Atletico Madrid.
8. Julio Cesar ( Brazil and Queens Park Rangers)
From the 2010 World Cup qualifiers Julio Cesar emerged as Brazil’s first- choice goalkeeper. The former Inter Milan keeper didn’t let his country down. In 2014 World Cup, his stunning saves in the penalty shootout against Chile saved Brazil. Later then, in the semifinals with a defenseless team, he didn’t do more. Hopefully, he will strongly come back to show his strength.
9. Hugo Lloris ( France and Tottenham Hotspur)
Hugo Lloris seems to have a promising career ahead of him both for his country and his club. The France captain Lloris is much more capable of keeping strikers at bay by boasting a long reach and superb reflexes. In August 2012, he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur as they were looking for a long-term option between the posts. But he has to be more advanced in making decisions.
10. Samir Handanovic ( Slovenia and Inter Milan)
The 6 ft 5 in Slovenian stopper established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A. In July 2012, after joining Inter Milan has become an asset for the team. Handanovic helped to form the spine of the Slovenia team by conceding just four goals in 2010 World Cup qualifying matches. His agility and penalty saving powers are becoming more valuable for his country and club.
The players, the managers and the assistants, the physios and many others contribute to build a team and various football clubs are formed. Each of these clubs comprise of players belonging to different countries, teams, and they step onto the field to compete with each other.
Today Sporty ghost will focus on the list of Top 10 richest football clubs in 2014. So, just relax and scroll down to have a sneak peak of this list of richest football clubs in 2014.
Top 10 richest football clubs in 2014
10. Liverpool (England)
Liverpool is a famous football club in England, commonly known as “The Reds”. After establishing 122 years ago, Liverpool F.C is one of the most successful football clubs in England. It remains at no 10 position on our list of top 10 richest football clubs in 2014 with a value of $691 million.
In the 2012/13 season its revenue was $313 million and the operating income was $61 million. The last English Premier League season of 2013/14 made the club qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2008/09.
Juventus football club, Fidanzata d’Italia (The Girlfriend of Italy), is the most successful and historic club worldwide. Overall the club have won 56 official titles in the national and international stage, more than any other clubs in Italy. Current value of Juventus is $850 million. In the year 2012/13, the revenue was $354 million.
In the same year the operating income was $66 million. Its not the all of Juventus’s achievement. They have won second consecutive domestic League title and also reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League gathering $85 million more among the top football teams. Juventus remains at 9th position in our list of Top 10 richest football clubs in 2014.
A.C Milan is the second most successful club in world football in terms of international trophies along with Boca Juniors. The current value of A.C Milan is $856 million and in 2012/13 season with the revenue of $343 million and an operating income of $47 million, it remains in No. 8 position on our list.
However the owner Silvio Berlusconi is thinking to sell a minority stake in the club for raising the fund to build a new stadium.
In 2008, the club was purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group and has become one of the wealthiest football clubs around the world. They are capable enough to buy quality players from different countries in order to win trophies. The following year, The Citizens won the Premier League title, their first for 44 years.
The club is valued $863 million currently and has remained at 7th on our list. Manchester city has gathered revenue of $411 million with an operating loss of $18 million in the year of 2012/13.
Since July 2003, the English football club Chelsea, commonly known as “The Blues” has been owned by Russian multimillionaire Roman Abramovich. With a current value of $868 million, Chelsea has gained 6th place in the list of Top 10 richest football clubs in 2014.
For the year of 2012/13 the club had a revenue of $394 million and operating income of $61 million. Other than this, their 10 year-contract with Adidas on kits was worth about $450 million!
Arsenal has one of the highest incomes and largest fanbases in the world. According to Forbes’s 2014 estimation, “the Gunners” was valued by $1.33 billion. The club’s revenue remains $370 million and operating income is $38 million.
Bayern Munich is one of the most successful European football Clubs internationally. With 23 titles Bayern has been the dominant club in German football. The current value of Bayern Munich is $1.85 billion.
For the year 2012-13, it’s revenue was $561 million and the operating income for the same year was $122 million. Bayern Munich is the second-biggest sports club in the world in terms of membership with 262,077 officially registered members.
Manchester United is one of the most widely supported football teams in the world. Current value of Man U is $2.81 billion. With the annual revenue of $551 million, Manchester United is the third richest club on our list.
Their operating income remained $165 million. After an unsuccessful last season, Louis Van Gaal took the responsibility of this club. Lets see what magic will the Dutch coach do…
With a winning of overall 82 official titles, Barcelona is the most successful club in Spain. On December 2009, Barcelona was ranked first in the ‘All-Time Club World Ranking’ by IFFHS. In Spain, the club has a long standing rivalry with Real Madrid and the matches between them are referred as “El Classico”.
FC Barcelona having a current value of $3.2 billion stand at No 2 position on our list of richest football clubs. The club’s revenue was $627 million while the operating income was $154 million in the year of 2012/13. Now, Barcelona are planning to expand their Camp Nou stadium to a capacity of 105,000 from 99,000. The expansion cost will be $800 million.
Now , here we are, the most valuable and richest of all football club. It’s Real Madrid. With a current value of $3.44 billion, Real Madrid is leading our list of Top 10 richest football club in 2014. In the year,2012/13 the club a revenue of $675 million with $172 million operative income.
Real Madrid have established themselves as one of the major force in both Spanish and European football. The club was named “ Best European Club of the 20th Century” by IFFHS. In 2013/14 season, Real Madrid owned UEFA Champions League title for the tenth times. Yes, Real Madrid is the club of honor and glory.
Without the intensity of a transfer saga, the limelight of a glitzy unveiling with a weight of a world –record fee and overwhelming deluge of interview questions, Gareth Bale will have enjoyed a summer a little more like yours or mine over the past couple of months.
The former Tottenham player has seen other scrutinized during their time in Brazil World Cup and has witnessed contemporaries such as Toni Kross and James Rodriguez navigate through the Real Madrid fanfare. Bale also watched opponents and teammates alike endure a tiresome summer. This will have taken both physical and psychological toll for him as the new season arrives.
And finally the end product is a fully fresh, well-rested complete fit Gareth Bale who is ready to take Europe by storm.
The fresh Welshman, Gareth Bale said at the beginning of Real Madrid’s training camp,
” It was really disappointing not being in the Brazil World Cup, but I have had seven weeks of rest and now I can have a full pre-season”.
It was notable that he denied the last summer pre-season. He is now determined to improve his skills and technique. Bale said,
“I want to have an even better season than last year. I want to give more assists and score more goals. I want to improve in every aspect.”
Last season in all competition Gareth Bale contributed 22 goals and 17 assists! So, he definitely capable to improve more…
“Without pre-season it was tough enough, but this season will be different in the sense. It was a massive change for me, but in time I have become very comfortable here.”
What the Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid are set to witness in 2014-15 season is the Gareth Bale of two seasons ago at White Hart Lane.
They will witness the Bale who left scorch mark all around England soil, smashing 21 league goals as a roaming midfielder, doing so with a combination of sublime skill and explosive power that had rarely been seen previously in the English Premier League.
The Real Madrid has got the Golden Bale who almost burst the netting from 30 yards at West Ham, the Bale who rendered a whole Newcastle United team utterly helpless, the bale who cut the heart out of Manchester united at their home, Old Trafford, the Bale who annihilated Lyon with a simply exquisite pair of free-kicks.
So basically the Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez and the coach, Carlo Ancelotti are getting everything right that had been expected from an £85 million player.
And probably more is coming…
Last season, in his opening months in Madrid as a Galactico, Gareth Bale endured a somewhat underwhelming beginning. It is not that much tough to think that some factors were there like his absence in the pre-season due to injuries, difficulties with new home, new culture and new language.
In Real Madrid uniform, Bale was forced to adapt on the wing, force to develop chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo in the heat of competition, while Ancelotti tinkered with the team’s systematic approach to accommodate Bale’s talents.
And Gareth Bale had done all of that, despite not playing a full 90 minutes until November arrived. It was a gradual process finding his feet.
It is not hard to find the differences between then and now as the new season arrives. It is a obvious warning sign for the defenders in Spain and across Europe.
“I have become very comfortable here,”
he was telling that most of the time when in California.
Remember his name, Gareth Bale, who scored 22 goals and made 17 assists, assigned a hat-trick in just his 9th La Liga outing and in Copa del Rey who struck some decisive goals and who scored in the Champions league final before he had gotten COMFORTABLE!
On Monday, Ancelotti said of Bale,
“He’s doing what he wasn’t able to do last year,”
Despite some charming transfer news with James Rodriguez and Toni Kross in Real, the Welshman will be all around the La Liga and Champions League to be more ferocious.
Finally the Mexican stopper and free agent Guillermo Ochoa has signed the papers for a new club to join this upcoming new season. Officially he was assigned for the Spanish side Malaga on Friday.
After a sensational performance at the 2014 World Cup, he made himself the hottest free agent on the market. Although he spent the last few seasons playing for French minnows Ajaccio, it came as no surprise at all that he held out for a club of much bigger stature, like Spanish club Malaga.
Guillermo Ochoa signed a three-year deal with Malaga after passing a medical on Friday. He is likely expected to become Malaga’s new starter after Willy Caballero’s transfer to English Club Manchester City.
” I’m happy to be in this club that opened the doors to the Spanish league, which is a dream for me. It’s a great project.”
The Spanish club, Malaga ran into some financial difficulties in 2012. They were forced to sell top players like Joaquin, Isco and Jeremy Toulalan last year. But since then they have done an excellent job rebuilding their squad.
While Malaga won’t challenge the likes of the giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title, they will be expected push for one of Spain’s European slots in the new season.
Guillermo Ochoa, who is he?
At the age of 20 Ochoa was called up by the Mexico team as the third choice goalkeeper in 2006 FIFA World Cup. Hugo Sanchez, the then newly appointed manager called Ochoa as a deputy of Mexico’s no 1 goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Ochoa made his debut on 2010 World Cup qualification and in 2010 FIFA World Cup he controversially remained the back-up goal keeper to veteran Oscar Perez.
Guillermo Ochoa in World Cup 2014:
For the 2014 World Cup, Guillermo Ochoa was named in Mexico’s 23-man squad. Ochoa started in Mexico’s opening match against Cameroon. The match ended in a 1-0 victory for Mexico. It was the debut match for Ochoa in a World Cup, having been called up for the previous two tournaments with no appearances.
In the second group stage match, the match against Brazil, Ochoa made four stunning saves, including a Neymar’s powerful header. The match result was draw and Ochoa was awarded man of the match.
In the knock-out match against Netherlands, Ochoa made several crucial saves to hold on to Mexico’s 1-0 advantage. However, the Dutch took the match by 2-1. His performance and skills were well praised and awarded second man of the match. So, this is our Guillermo Ochoa.
The transfer and The Right Man:
It was their biggest need to find a replacement for Caballero for the upcoming new season. Guillermo Ochoa becomes the right man for them with World Cup experience and the skill set to thrive at the highest level.
It is a great chance for Ochoa to show he truly is one of the elite players at the position in undoubtedly the strongest league in the world, so this transfer truly feels like a match made in paradise.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the popular soccer players in the history. Cristiano Ronaldo, the “CR7” has made some amazing records during his incredible career in the game of football. After his transfer to the Spanish Club Real Madrid, he has made his career more inedible. In this article we are going to share some amazing facts about Cristiano Ronaldo throughout his football career. So, let’s start…
1. Cristiano Ronaldo does not drink, smoke and haven’t got any tattoos:
No drinking: C. Ronaldo’s father Jose Dinis Aveiro, passed away at the age of 52 due to alcohol abuse problem. He passed his childhood with much more hardship than anyone else. He wants to keep aloof himself from alcohol as well as smoking. Cristiano Ronaldo thinks it will hinder his ability to play football.
No tattoos: In this modern era of football almost every footballers with some popularities get some tattoos on their body. Cristiano Ronaldo restrained himself of being like them as he donates blood twice a year.
2. He was named after American President RONALD REAGAN
The name ‘Ronaldo’ is very much popular in the football history. But the history behind the naming was never the same. His name ‘RONALDO’ was inspired by the favorite actor of his father and the American 40th President RONALD REAGAN. Cristiano Ronaldo’s full name is “ CRISTIANO RONALDO DOS SANTOS AVEIRO”
3. He was amazing player at the age of 11
His first coach at Sporting Lisbon once said about C. Ronaldo’s skill,
“ When Cristiano got the ball he went past two or three players. They all knew he was a special kid and at the end of every game the players gathered around him.”
Jose Mourinho found some similarities between Cristiano and former Holland striker Marco Van Basten saying,
” I remember the first time when I saw him playing. I told my assistant, this is amazing and he had a great technique and skill to sustain and stood out.”
The class of Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t come overnight. Ronaldo as a teenager would train in the games using weights on either foot and then dribbled with the ball. Cristiano thought it would improve his technique of playing, it would made him even more faster when he would run without weights! And he is faster indeed.
4. He is Stable and he is fast
Ronaldo makes 3.000 abs per day. He won against Angel David Rodriguez, who is a professional sprinter, and who is the Spanish champion for 100 meters in zigzag course. Yes, he is faster than the professional sprinter.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo Can jump higher than the average NBA basketball player
With his jump, Cristiano Ronaldo can generate 5G of G-force on take- off. The pace is the five times the power of a wild Cheetah. This amazing speed enables him to reach the heights of 44 cm in the air from a standing start and with a run-up it is 78 cm , which is more than the average NBA player.
During the training session, Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the equivalent weight of over 16 new Toyota Prius cars. His free-kicks accelerate four times faster than the Apollo 11 space shuttle at blast off. Scientists have found that and it’s not a joke!
6. His body fat is about 10%
Cristiano Ronaldo’s total body fat is 10%, which is less than slim cats, making him the perfect machine for fast sprinting. He can jump higher than a Basketball player, run faster than a cheetah and can generate high speed free-kicks of about 13.1 kmph, faster than the speed of a space craft.
7. He earns more than President Barack Obama
It would take Cristiano just 6 days, 9 hours, 17 minutes and only 5 seconds to earn what The American President Barack Obama earns in one year! Cristiano Ronaldo is currently earning £274,000 per week, making him the highest paid footballer in the World 2017.
With the start of the new Barclays Premier League season of 2014/15 just a few weeks away, we are here to look at some youngsters who will be making the differences. We present you the list of top 10 young footballers in EPL in this Premier League season.
When the season gets underway all the players will be 21 or even younger but they still have plenty of experience. In our list, players from top English Clubs seem to dominate. There is several reasons to be hopeful for the future for fans on Merseyside as the Everton and Liverpool players account for half of the list.
Young footballers in English Premier League:
1. Ross Barkley
For Everton Ross Barkley produced a string of impressive performances last season. It was a real breakout season for him. The 20- year-old midfielder featured in total 34 Premier League games and netted six goals. Towards the end of the last season, his superb effort was most notable.
Ross Barkley has already collected nine caps for England national team, making his debut in September 2013. His Brazil World Cup experience will have done him good and we can expect to see another strong season from Barkley this year.
Ross Barkley has made his place in our list of top 10 young footballers in EPL.
2. Raheem Sterling
The 19 year-boy, Raheem Sterling has two seasons of first team experience in the bag. Sterling already earned Liverpool’s first choice 11 and it is hardly surprising considering the trouble that he causes for the opponent defenders. His dribbling abilities, his equal capacity to play on the left, right or even in the center, made him one of the few highlights of England’s World Cup campaign. In the World Cup match against Italy, his excellent display caused numerous problems for the Azzurri. In the next upcoming season, Raheem Sterling has a great chance to improve in order to fill the void left by Luis Suarez’s exit.
3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, another exciting youngster made his debut for the England National team in May 2012 as an 18 year old. He already travelled to two major tournaments and represented England 15 times. The pacey and exciting winger like Oxlade-Chamberlain can light up games with his darting runs down the wings and is capable of grabbing several goals over the course of the next season. His last campaign was disrupted by a number of injuries and his club Arsenal will be hoping that they can keep him fresh this season. If Arsenal want to push on and have their first serious title challenge, Chamberlain will be a vital ingredient for them.
4. Adnan Januzaj
Though Manchester United had their worst ever Premier League Season, the only highlight for them was the emergence of Adnan Januzaj. The 19 year old Belgian made his debut as a late substitute against Wigan and then went on to quickly establish himself as a regular in the first team. He eventually appeared 35 times and netted four goals in all competitions. Adnan Januzaj is equally comfortable in a central attacking midfield or in the wing. His excellent dribbling abilities and passes made him one of the finest young footballers in Europe. If Januzaj will able to gain more consistency this season, he could be a real star in the Premier League.
5. Luke Shaw
It has been a meteoric rise for the 19 year-old, Luke Shaw while Manchester United paid £30 million for the left back, making him the most expensive ever teenager this summer. In January 2012, Luke Shaw made his debut for Southampton and with some excellent performances he quickly came to the attention to the Premier League Clubs. After some eye catching skills, he made his debut for The England National team in February 2014, before being included in the World Cup squad. Hopefully he will occupy the number three role for England for the best part of the next decade.
He is one of the young footballers in the English Premier League in this season.
6. Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku, the 21 year-old is a proven goalscorer in the English Premier League. In the last two seasons while playing on loan for West brom and Everton, he bagged 32 goals in the last two seasons. He put himself ahead of established stars like Daniel Sturridge, Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney during the same period. However, the question is why Chelsea would let him go? He returned to Everton and it seemed that the loss of Chelsea is Everton’s gain. We can certainly expect more of the same from Lukaku this season as he is determined to push them into the top four.
7. John Stones
The 20-year-old, John Stones is another product of the youth system at Goodison Park. After his debut on New Year’s day this year, he made himself the heart of Everton defence. Less than six months later, john Stones picked up his cap for England against Peru. Although he didn’t make it to the World Cup, but there is evidence that John Stones has the eminent potential to be a star for Three Lions in near future. He will likely be in the first choice 11 for Everton when the season kicks off. If he continues to improve more and more, it shouldn’t be long before he becomes regular for England National team.
8. James Ward-Prowse
In the upcoming 2014/15 season, it will be a great chance for the Southampton midfielder to be the main man. Last season, he showed a tremendous ability with the ball and established himself as a first team regular. Ward-Prowse will be seen as a key man for Southampton this season and it will be right time to make a real name for himself. If Ward-Prowse can handle the extra responsibility, it could well be that he will go on to greater things in this season. On the other hand, it will be hard for Southampton to keep hold of him too.
9. Jon Flanagan
Jon Flanagan, the 21 year-old got his opportunity last season because of several injuries in Liverpool. He made some excellent performances in his unfamiliar position of left-back. Although he is more comfortable in the right side of defence, Jon Flanagan looked assured on the left-back and his marvelous form earned plenty of plaudits. For the right-back role he has got Glen Johnson. As it will help him to get more game time, his flexibility could prove to be a great benefit for the Reds. Jon Flanagan earns his debut for England this summer against Ecuador. If he can maintain the rhyme in the club level, we can see him wear more caps for England side too.
10. Ben Davies
Two years ago, Ben Davis made his professional debut for Swansea. Since then, the 21-year-old boy went on to play 85 times for Swansea and also appeared ten matches for Wales. His consistency and strong performance drew the attentions of the big clubs from the English Premier League, like Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davis possesses the quality to make a name for himself at White Hart Lane, but as bigger the club as higher the pressure. He will have to cope with all of that, for the sack of making his career great.
We know them by a single name, we know them like our own family members, they are known by the silhouette they cast along the touchline.
Mourinho, Wenger, Ferguson, Benitez….in past and present the English Premier League has seen its share of iconic managers and these are only four of them.
The list is based on the best winning percentage in the Barclays Premier League, having managed a minimum of 50 matches. The special ones like Pat Rice (Arsenal), John Carver (Newcastle) and Jim Barron (Aston Villa), who all boast a 100% winning record in the English Premier League. However, Carver and Barron have managed Newcastle and Aston villa respectively only once, whilst Pat Rice managed Arsenal three times, they fail to be included in our list of top 10 managers in English Premier League. But what a boast that was!
It is sure that the list will certainly spark some debates, so please feel free to have your constructive comments.
Top 10 Managers in English Premier League history
10. Gianluca Vialli (winning rate: 48%)
Between 1998 and 2000, Vialli managed Chelsea 94 times in the English Premier League. At the pre-Abramovich Chelsea era, the Italian had a great successful time. Vialli managed to win 45 games of the 94 matches in the Premier league, winning five trophies in less than three years of his service. He is the most successful manager at the time of his tenure at Chelsea with a league win record of 48% and it is easy to see why.
9. Kenny Dalglish (winning rate: 48%)
Kenny Dalglish, commonly known as ‘King Kenny’ in the red half of Liverpool FC, has had a successful career both as a player and a manager. Kenny had managed the Reds twice and in total 238 Premier League matches. The Scottish manager won 115 of those, earning himself a success rate of 48%.
8. Andre Villas-Boas (winning rate: 52%)
Andre Villas-Boas may have failed at Chelsea and Tottenham, but his win percentage suggests otherwise. Despite a success rate of 52% with winning 42 of his 81 Premier League matches, the Portuguese tactician has struggled enough to win over the critics in England. Still his winning isn’t half bad at all.
Rafael Benitez has proved himself to be one of the most iconic managers in English Premier League history and his record shows that. At Liverpool, Benitez won 141 of his 254 matches in the Premier League with a success rate of 56%. The Spaniard is now at Napoli and trying his best at Italian Serie A. Rafael Benitez is best remembered by the Liverpool fan for his significant role in Liverpool’s Champions League success in 2005.
5. Arsene Wenger (winning rate: 58%)
The current Arsenal manager is by far the most successful and also longest-standing manager in the English Premier League. The Frenchman started his managerial career at Arsenal in 1996 and he is still there now winning 386 of his 666 Premier League matches. His impressive record also includes winning the title three times for the gunners, including the memorable campaign of 2003/04, when his ‘Invincible’ side didn’t lose a single match.
4. Roberto Mancini (winning rate: 62%)
In Manchester City, Roberto Mancini won 82 matches of his 133 as the club find themselves at the very top of the English game. In 2012, the Italian guided the club to the Premier League title. He remains as a much loved character at Eastlands.
3. Carlo Ancelotti (winning rate: 63%)
Carlo Ancelotti has enjoyed a very successful two seasons as Chelsea manager between 2009 and 2011. Currently he is managing Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti, in his first season in England won the League and FA Cup double, doing so in an exciting manner. Chelsea netted 103 goals in their 2009/10 season, more than any other club in Premier League history. His record of winning 48 games out of 76 matches suggests how successful he was at his time in England.
2. Sir Alex Ferguson (winning rate: 65%)
Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to be seen as one of the ionic managers to have graced English football more than anyone else. The tough Scotsman managed to win an incredible 528 wins in 810 Premier League matches. For Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson won 13 EPL titles as well as many other titles. Ferguson has become such a legend that he will be admired as one at Old Trafford for an infinite period of time.
1. Jose Mourinho (winning rate: 70%)
Jose Mourinho, ‘The Special One’ is currently in the middle of his second stint as Chelsea manager. The legendary Portuguese tactician has managed to won 105 of his 149 English Premier League matches to date, earning him an incredible 70% winning rate.
The special one guided Chelsea to grab two league titles in his first two seasons at the Bridge. Jose Mourinho currently boasts a record of 75 unbeaten matches at home. In the 2004/05 season the club collected a record 95 points in accorded with Mourinho’s tactics.
With an incredible performance, it is hardly surprising that Jose Mourinho leads this list of top 10 managers in English Premier League history with the success rate of 70%.