War economy in soccer

first_imgThe income that is really on the wire is the fourth and last, the summer, which is usually the most generous (about € 550M) since it is when the impact adjustment linked to the end of the course is made. A reality that also affects the LaLiga president’s fees. Thebes charges, by approval of the clubs in 2018, 1.2 million net plus 250,000 euros for variables that, to a large extent, depend on audiovisual marketing that is now not insured and that no policy allowed to bind since it was a pandemic.Every president already knows what his losses will be apart from TV, whether the League resumes or not (41 million, among the 42 clubs, for ticket offices and 88 for season tickets). Those with the most diversified income (the big ones) are the ones who will suffer the most having good merchandising and box office income. Others, with an audiovisual dependency of 70% in the budget, will suffer less if it is played. What the clubs agree on is that they already take it for granted that, in the best of scenarios, it will be played again on May 14 and that it will be necessary to compete after June 30. The presidents have internalized that there will be a League in the summer and that the next campaigns will be modified, being able to play, as they applaud, at Christmas. What they carry the worst is that the virus has reminded them that football, being important, is not essential and we have to wait.From 840 million from 13-14 to 2,111 now?Television rights have been key in the club economy in the past decade. Joint marketing has given Spanish football the opportunity to grow, clean up, stop owing the Treasury and invest in infrastructure. However, the fact of having based the budgets on that item makes now more than one tremble. When Thebes came to LaLiga, the clubs 840 million entered (580 for the national sale and 260 for the international one). That amount has always grown since then: 860 in 2014-15, 1,272 in 15-16, 1,624 in the following years until 1,849 in 2019 with all the final readjustments. With the latest official data (see attached table), the ceiling had not yet been reached. This season about 1,915 million will be entered if everything is played, but the most optimistic forecasts of months ago pointed to 2,111. Each club contributes 3.5% to the Compensation Fund for those descended to Second and 2nd B. Javier Tebas will be seen today by videoconference with the First and Second clubs, separately, within one of the hottest Division Boards of which he will direct in his seven years in office. The stakes are high. LaLiga will discuss with them the economic crisis that is plaguing Spanish football as a result of the coronavirus crisis and which, for the moment, has already given rise to the fact that four professional clubs (Barça, Atlético, Espanyol and Alavés) have requested an ERTE since several more, five according to AFE, double according to the employers, are about to cling to them to offset losses that could reach 678 million. The meeting will try to establish a common strategy regarding temporary layoffs and salary readjustments (payrolls represent 50% of budgets), with proposals even retroactive. Returning to work and rearranging the calendar, being important, are now secondary issues.The panic in the clubs is enormous to the point that, in part, many efforts have been stopped until they have an exact photograph of the crisis so as not to enlarge the hole that is causing inactivity in budget items that, according to specialized portals in the industry of sport like Palco23, it represents 51% of the income. They expect gestures from footballers who, until now, and unlike other countries, have not arrived or are delaying. For this reason, LaLiga, as if it were a bank, has entered each club, in advance, the third payment of television income corresponding to the 2019-20 season. Almost 500 million of the 1,915 that he hopes to distribute between now and the end of the season if the remaining 11 games are played and it is not necessary to renegotiate the more than one hundred audiovisual contracts that it has signed by the world.Despite the aid, many entities (especially Second) have self-imposed containment since that payment (57% is for national rights and 43% for international rights) it is due to future benefits not yet generated and they fear that, although it is unlikely, they will have to be returned or converted into a check for another concept if the competition is not ended.last_img read more

Arsenal and Tottenham dealt huge striker blow

first_img1 Arsenal and Tottenham target Paco Alcacer has insisted that he wants to stay at Valencia despite not yet signing a new deal.The 21-year-old striker has been on the north London rivals’ radar for some time and it had been suggested that both were considering offers.But, as reported by talkSPORT last month, Alcacer said that he was set to snub interest from the Premier League and sign a new deal with the La Liga side.However, the player and his club are still yet to agree a contract extension, which had fuelled further speculation that he could be be on the move.The young forward, who has hit four goals in 10 league games this term, is out of contract in 2016 and Valencia know his value is dropping steadily as he approaches the end of his current deal.But, speaking to over 200 of Valencia’s club members, he once again declared that he plans to stay put.He said: “I’m from Valencia and want to stay here. Hopefully soon the subject will be closed.” Paco Alcacer last_img read more

I have no problem with Bale – Zidane

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Bale came off at half time against Juventus, but ‘it is always going to happen in a side like ours,’ said Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane © AFP / Curto DE LA TORREMADRID, Spain, Apr 17 – Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week.Sources have told AFP that Bale was surprised and angry at Zidane´s decision to take him off at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real trailing 2-0 in a match they went on to lose 3-1. The defending champions progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bale was then not included in the squad for Sunday´s 2-1 win over Malaga in La Liga but Real insisted the plan had always been to rest players for the match.Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane were also spared the trip to La Rosaleda.Real host Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday and Bale will be hoping for another chance to state his case ahead of the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich next week.Against Juve, Karim Benzema made way for Bale by dropping to the bench but Zidane says neither player feels sidelined by recent selections.“No I don´t think so, this is football,” Zidane said on Tuesday. “I dont see either of them looking sad, they are training well.“I spoke to the pair of them the other day, they would both like to score more goals but everyone is working well.“It is always going to happen in a side like ours. There are players in good form and playing well but I have to be ready always to evaluate who is the best players for the team at any given time.”Zidane has prefered Benzema as a partner for Ronaldo up front this season but the Frenchman has managed only one goal in his last nine games.“We are not worried, we know the quality he has,” Zidane said. “He has to score goals of course, he knows that – he knows he can do other things but he has to score goals.“He does suffer a little bit when he misses chances but the solution is easy. He has to keep working.“It is just a little blip he is in at the moment – we had that as a team earlier in the season but we kept working. If he keeps working, I´m sure in a short time he will be scoring again.”Real are chasing an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League crown and Bayern’s hopes of stopping them have been dented by an injury to key midfielder, Arturo Vidal.Vidal is set to undergo surgery on a knee problem and looks certain to miss the first leg.“Vidal is an important player but nothing will change,” Zidane said. “Bayern have a very big squad, with lots of good players, and they will replace him for sure.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

AFC’s Mbungo ‘heartbroken’ by Sharks result

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Andre Cassa Mbungo watches on during his side’s match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium on April 25, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – AFC Leopards’ tactician Andre Cassa Mbungo was left crestfallen after his side failed to take the most of a one-man advantage to register their first ever win over Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday evening.AFC were leading 1-0 courtesy of Whyvonne Isuza’s goal after 20 seconds, but a lapse in concentration from a set piece saw George Abege score a late equalizer. “There are games you play to a draw and after you feel happy that you got a point. But there are some you feel like you lost two points and this was one of them. We lost two points,” a dejected Cassa Mbungo said after the match.“It was the same against Kakamega Homeboyz and Vihiga United. Sometimes it is not that we play badly it is just some small individual mistakes that end up costing us. It is hurting to drop points in this way,” the tactician further stated.More so, Sharks played with 10 men for 27+three added minutes of the match and AFC could not take advantage of the numerical edge to burry the game though they had the chances to do so.AFC Leopards midfielder Whyvonne Isuza vies for the ball with Kariobangi Sharks’ Sven Yidah during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kasarani Stadium on April 25, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWith victory, AFC would have gone over Sharks to ninth place and this was a further heartbreaking reality for Mbungo and his charges.“We are chasing points at this time of the season and giving away three easily is not something good. But at the same time, we have to be proud of where we have come from and work to get better,” the Rwandese tactician further stated.He added; “The journey is still there and the work continues. We need to double our efforts now,” Mbungo added.With the hope of silverware all but over especially after their elimination from the FKF Shield, Leopards will now look to finish the season at a respectable position.AFC Leopards midfielder David Ochieng in action during a Kenyan Premier League clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium on April 25, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIt is something that they can hope for especially with the addition of Kenyan internationals David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng and winger Paul Were who signed short term deals with the club till the end of the season.While Ochieng has brought the much-needed stability in midfield and a calmness in defense, the pacy Were has shown flashes of his brilliant self in attack, his step-overs and crosses from the left already yielding two assists in as many matches.Midfielder Whyvonne Isuza has also been firing from all cylinders and has scored in all his last five matches, giving Mbungo hope that he might actually end his season higher than he anticipated.“I have a target, but I will not reveal it to anyone. What I can promise is that we will finish the season very strong,” the coach stated.AFC face a tricky test at home against bandari FC on Saturday and this will be one match to test their mettle and whether indeed they can push into the top five.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – ‘I can’t wait to get back into management’, says former Aston Villa and Norwich boss

first_img1 Former Aston Villa and Norwich boss Paul Lambert Paul Lambert has told talkSPORT he “can’t wait” to get back into management after spending a productive break with the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and former club Borussia Dortmund.The Scottish coach has been without a club since his exit from Aston Villa in February, where Tim Sherwood replaced him at the helm and has all-but guided the club to Premier League safety.And Lambert is keen to get back into the hot seat, insisting his appetite for management “has never dwindled.”He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I’ve had a good time away, I’ve been to some great places to watch training.“I was at Real Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti for five days, he’s a lovely man, and then I went to Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the space of few months.“Meeting Pep Guardiolo and Carlo was an absolute privilege, it was top class.“So I’ve had a great break, but I’m ready to come back in when the right opportunity comes around.“I can’t wait to get back in, my appetite has never dwindled.“I want to go to a club where I have a good chance of doing something. I had a great experience with Norwich and Aston Villa, but I’ll go again now.“You can never pick and choose though, you’ve got to think what is right for you, and if there’s a good opportunity I’ll go for it.“But the reality is you’ve got to wait until someone loses their job, it’s not nice.”last_img read more

GARDAI SEEK PAEDOPHILE’S COMPUTER TO TRAIN OFFICERS IN SEX CASES

first_imgGardai in Co Donegal want to use a computer seized from a pervert to train officers to spot other paedophiles. The computer was seized as part of an operation into child pornography.The case has been dealt with but Gardai now want to use the contents of the computer. An application was made at Letterkenny Circuit Court to have the computer handed over to Gardai.State prosecutor Patricia McLaughlin said such computers are usually destroyed under the law.However she stated “Usually the application is to destroy it but Gardai want to use it for the training of officers in this type of thing,” she said.Judge John O’Hagan said he presumed it was the hard-drive of the computer which Gardai would be seeking to access.However he added “I think it is not a bad idea but I have a feeling I may not have the power (to hand the computer over to Gardai),” he said.He granted a destruction order on the computer but put a stay on it until further investigations are carried out.GARDAI SEEK PAEDOPHILE’S COMPUTER TO TRAIN OFFICERS IN SEX CASES was last modified: November 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtsGardainewspaedophilepervertSex casestraininglast_img read more

DONEGAL HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER THE IRISH FILM INDUSTRY – ACTOR SEAN McGINLEY

first_imgSean McGinley turns the camera on the stunning location of Glenveagh Castle.Actor Sean McGinley has showcased his native Donegal as the perfect location for filmmakers to shoot future blockbusters.McGinley, the star of such hit movies as Braveheart and Gangs of New York, spoke as he launched the Donegal Film Office’s website at the stunningly scenic location of Glenveagh Castle.McGinley was born in Pettigo but grew up in Ballyshannon. Naoise Barry, Irish Film Board, Aideen Doherty, Donegal Film Office and Sean McGinley at the launch of the Donegal Film Office at Glenveagh National Park.He said “This website is a wonderful representation of what makes Donegal great, the landscape, the history but most of all the people”.Aideen Doherty, Manager of the Donegal Film Office said the website has been developed to profile and market the county to the film and media sector.“The website contains images of a range of locations throughout the county including beaches, lakes, historical monuments, mountains, castles and homes and so on.“The website is targeted at film and media companies and will hopefully become the first ‘go to’ site for location managers interested in finding information on Donegal.” Naoise Barry, of the Irish Film Board, said the Irish film industry has grown hugely over the last decade and is going from strength to strength.“The recent improvements to Irelands tax incentive Section 481 for film and television production has dramatically improved Ireland’s competitive position as a film location”.He added “I am delighted that Donegal Film Office is launching a new website that will showcase the wonderful offering that is Donegal. We have been working closely with the Donegal Film Office for a number of years and have been successful in attracting films such as Grabbers, Shine of Rainbows, Dead Long Enough and Wakewood and this new website will be an additional resource for ourselves and the Donegal Film Office to continue to promote Donegal as a great film location in Ireland”.DONEGAL HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER THE IRISH FILM INDUSTRY – ACTOR SEAN McGINLEY was last modified: January 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ACTORDonegal Film OfficelocationSean McGinleyWEBSITElast_img read more

Defendant unable to appear at Letterkenny court ‘due to bus strike’

first_imgA defendant could not attend this morning’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court due to the ongoing bus strike.The all-out strike action by Bus Eireann workers is in its 18th day today and has inconvenienced commuters across the country. Kassim Dembele, of Clondalking in Dublin, was due to appear before the court in Letterkenny this morning.Solictor Patsy Gallagher, representing Mr Dembele said his client ‘couldn’t get here due to the bus strike.’“I’m not even going to ask if it will be over for the 15th of May,” said Judge Deirdre Gearty.It was noted in court that other services were available between Dublin and Donegal.In Mr Dembele’s absence, the matter was put back until May 15th.Defendant unable to appear at Letterkenny court ‘due to bus strike’ was last modified: April 10th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bus eireannBus StrikeJudge Deirdre Geartylast_img read more

SHEEPHAVEN DIVERS MAY MAKE ‘AUDACIOUS’ ATTEMPT TO EXPLORE FAMOUS SHIP SANK OFF TORY ISLAND

first_imgHMS Audacious was sank off Tory Island in 1914.SHEEPHAVEN SUB AQUA CLUB NOTES.31st January 2016. For a few divers following on from this basic introduction to active diving over a number of years and further courses will bring them to a level of technical diving that may allow them to dive on one of the most iconic sites in European waters, the wreck of HMS Audacious. HMS Audacious was sunk on the 27th October 1914, 17 miles north east of Tory Island and now lies at a depth of 66 metres, well outside the range of Extended Range Divers, who have a maximum depth of 50 metres.When the Audacious sunk she was the pride of the British fleet and had never been tested in battle, she had a displacement of 23,400 tons, was 598 feet long and 89 foot wide – nearly 2 football pitches in length.Her 4 steam turbines produced 31,000 hp and propelled her 900 crew at a speed of 21 knots through 4 propellers. The Audacious had 10 x 13.5 inch guns carried in 5 turrets and was heavily armoured above the waterline with 12 inch hardened steel, while under the waterline it was 8 inches thick.The reduced level of underwater armouring was a design feature to allow her greater speed but limited her resistance to the mine that she struck and ultimately led to her sinking, despite assistance rendered by the White Star liner the Olympic and other ships that raced to her aid. Remarkably all the crew were safely removed from the Audacious but eventually she rolled over and sank, where she remains today upside down on a gavel seabed of the Donegal coast.Such dives to the like of HMS Audacious requires the use of special gas mixes, which reduce the consequence of nitrogen in normal air by the introduction of inert gases to dilute its effects. Technical diving requires further training over and above what is normally acquired by recreational divers, but it allows the diver to visit wreck sites that only a select few have seen and it all starts with a Sheephaven SAC Trainee course.Sheephaven divers managed to get into the water on Sunday morning between the ravages of storms Gertrude and Henry, with another big turnout of snorkelers in PortnaBlagh harbour, led this Sunday by Ryan Ward.The sea state of the Donegal coast was generally very poor; pushing a swell down Sheephaven Bay and towards the harbour but nonetheless there was still sufficient protection for the club members in the water.For some of Sheephaven SAC’s newest trainees it was an opportunity to see what goes on at a Sunday morning snorkel and join everyone afterwards for breakfast in Dunfanaghy. The new Sheephaven trainees have commenced their course of lectures with an Introduction into Diving, which will explain how the training course is delivered and that the instructors are trained to international standards. This first lecture also explains how Sheephaven SAC is one of 80 clubs that makes up the Irish Underwater Council, which is itself affiliated to a wider European structure called CMAS.Other lectures the trainees will attend over the coming weeks include Buoyancy, CPR, Decompression, Dive Physics, Dive Tables, Effects of Pressure, Equipment, Hand Signals and Out of Air.During the trainees practical in-water element of the course there will be two general sets of exercises, starting with 9 exercises in the Snorkel section followed after that with a further 11 in the Scuba section, all conducted in the safety and comfort of the Mevagh Dive Centre 3m pool.At all stages the trainees will receive one to one tuition with the club instructors, who will ensure that the trainee’s safety is the first priority. As the exercises are completed the trainees will demonstrate what they have learned and over the following weeks will work up their skill levels and water fitness to such a level that they will be taken to the open water and get their first experience of scuba diving in Donegal waters. For a few divers following on from this basic introduction to active diving over a number of years and further courses will bring them to a level of technical diving that may allow them to dive on one of the most iconic sites in European waters, the wreck of HMS Audacious.HMS Audacious was sunk on the 27th October 1914, 17 miles north east of Tory Island and now lies at a depth of 66 metres, well outside the range of Extended Range Divers, who have a maximum depth of 50 metres.When the Audacious sunk she was the pride of the British fleet and had never been tested in battle, she had a displacement of 23,400 tons, was 598 feet long and 89 foot wide – nearly 2 football pitches in length.Her 4 steam turbines produced 31,000 hp and propelled her 900 crew at a speed of 21 knots through 4 propellers. The Audacious had 10 x 13.5 inch guns carried in 5 turrets and was heavily armoured above the waterline with 12 inch hardened steel, while under the waterline it was 8 inches thick.The reduced level of underwater armouring was a design feature to allow her greater speed but limited her resistance to the mine that she struck and ultimately led to her sinking, despite assistance rendered by the White Star liner the Olympic and other ships that raced to her aid.Remarkably all the crew were safely removed from the Audacious but eventually she rolled over and sank, where she remains today upside down on a gavel seabed of the Donegal coast.Such dives to the like of HMS Audacious requires the use of special gas mixes, which reduce the consequence of nitrogen in normal air by the introduction of inert gases to dilute its effects. Technical diving requires further training over and above what is normally acquired by recreational divers, but it allows the diver to visit wreck sites that only a select few have seen and it all starts with a Sheephaven SAC Trainee course.SHEEPHAVEN DIVERS MAY MAKE ‘AUDACIOUS’ ATTEMPT TO EXPLORE FAMOUS SHIP SANK OFF TORY ISLAND was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSheephaven Sub Aqua ClubSportlast_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham facing a major problem due to World Cup, says Klopp

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he has ‘no clue’ how Tottenham will cope at the start of the new season given how many of their first-team players were involved in the World Cup semi-finals.The Reds boss says he and Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino have a big hurdle to overcome as they prepare for the forthcoming Premier League campaign, and has a warning about the increasing demands of international football. Trent Alexander-Arnold made one appearance for England at the World Cup – against Belgium in the group stages Spurs had English, Belgian and French players make it to the latter stages of the World Cup – with captain Hugo Lloris lifting the trophy 4 4 Jurgen Klopp says he and Mauricio Pochettino after facing a big problem ahead of the new season 4center_img 4 “They play the World Cup, then the Nations Cup, next summer is the final of the Nations Cup, which is really crazy. Everything is now so important in football and we have to collect their bones afterwards, more or less.”Klopp expects to be without Croatia defender Dejan Lovren and England midfielder Jordan Henderson for the opening game of the season against West Ham – but revealed he had to persuade his club captain to take time off.He said: “It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday. I knew it would happen. On the phone I said ‘crazy’. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan had a party in Croatia and played a day later, so he will be back on August 6.“That would mean five days training after three weeks’ holiday. I hope we are in a situation where we don’t need to think about using these two.” Liverpool team-mates Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson met in England and Croatia’s semi-final Klopp is having to plan for Liverpool’s opening fixtures without a number of key men who are resting following their World Cup exploits, but Pochettino is facing an even bigger problem in north London.Liverpool had four players in the last-four in Russia – Tottenham had nine.And Klopp believes international football is putting too much strain on players, saying “we have to collect their bones”.The Premier League kicks off again on August 10 while UEFA’s new Nations League, which replaces the usual rounds of international friendlies, begins on September 6.England players only returned back home on Sunday, just weeks before the new season starts.Klopp said: “I don’t want to get too football political but if they don’t stop with these games – they are now making it the Nations Cup to make it more important – then all these players who played at the World Cup have to go there again.“We had four players in the (World Cup) semis, which is OK, we can deal with that.“Tottenham had nine players in the semis. I have no clue how they will do it. That’s a big challenge. It’s a really tough thing to deal with and in the future we have to change it. Trent Alexander-Arnold could be involved, though, with the 19-year-old full-back appearing in only one of England’s games.“With Trent I have a special agreement,” said Klopp. “He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he’s very young I said ‘OK, have two weeks’ holiday and then we’ll speak and see’.“If you asked Trent he would be good to join us in Evian (for their training camp). But I’m not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long.”last_img read more