Soccer! There has never been a gap between rich clubs and the wider poor in Europe


Hello and welcome to another edition of the newsletter. I am Kevin BaxterThe Times and Europe's soccer writer begins today in Europe, where the gap between the rich clubs and the wider poor was not.

The defensive champion in three of the continent's top five leagues – Bayern München, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus – are among the richest clubs in their country, according to the accounting firm Deloitte, which classifies the most best in the world by soccer income.

In each of the three cases, there is no other club close.

And Barcelona, ​​the finalist in Spain, is the second richest club in the world with only Real Madrid, the league's finalist.

But in recent years some little men have created that you can win the big clubs even if you are not able to overcome them.

In 2016, for example, Lowly Leicester City won two seasons from the second tier, the EPL title despite having paid a $ 100 million in the league.

Chelsea and Manchester United spent almost 4½ times as much on that season's players.

However the real master is doing more with less than the Spanish club Sevilla, the winner of three of the last six titles of the European Treaty. Twenty years ago the club had so many debts and it didn't sell its stadium to pay its bills.

“We didn't even have the money to buy footballs,” said team president Jose Castro.

So the team got other ways to compete. Because it is cheaper to make a player than to buy one, Sevilla took a striking academy, one that sent stars like Sergio Ramos and Jesus Navas to the first team, then proceeded to rich teams for disappointing translation fees .

“These players are all better. And then he went on to help the club's finances when they were sold, ”said Castro. “We were the first person to understand that it could be a step backwards and then three steps forward as long as we knew how to invest the money.

That's where Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo Sevilla, Monchi, now the sports director of the club, is a former goalkeeper who spent his entire career. Billy Beane international soccer.

A scouting and development system has built deep players who are hit by the bushes to find young players. But it is also helpful to gain value in the players who have forgotten others, allowing it to sell and sell high-run players, through their first team on a conveyor belt.

And as a beane, deputy executive president of Oakland Athletics baseball, managed to win.

“The plan will always be different from the rest,” said Monchi. “On the sporting side we are betting on innovation and development, creating a distinct section for this. We are using cutting edge tools and ideas to view data.

“Everyone has the data. We are now trying to reduce this process. This is the key. We want as much as possible to cover and make it the fastest way too.

“Twenty thousand players play in professional leagues every weekend. We are trying to create tools to build that evidence and data as quickly as possible. ”

Between 2005-2016, this strategy involved six Europa titles of Sevilla and a house cup. Then Monchi left the Roma and the team didn't get anything out.

He returned in March, he made 38 shifts in the summer transfer market and now Sevilla is third in La Liga – a point behind Barcelona and Real Madrid who has a high rank – and put five games in. current Europa League competition.

“This is how we did it,” said Monchi. “By returning to being different and setting a trend.”

When Monchi started sending scouts to U-20 games, he says there were not many teams behind him. Now, these competitions draw hundreds of club representatives, he said. And while he did not create the idea of ​​developing talent with a view to selling it, Monchi probably played the better transfer market than any other European soccer executive.

And while this has not changed the names at the top of the league table in Spain, it could be making those top clubs uncomfortable.

“We know in advance that for (Real) Madrid and Barcelona are the two best spots. And Atletico (Madrid) is the third because these teams have a much larger budget, ”he said. “It is worth it to be close to these teams or even one person to set out from the third place.

“I believe we are close to this level. Our goal is to be among the best teams in Europe. ”

We didn't start the fire

Zlatan Ibrahimovic He went on to social media last week to share a photograph of Hammarby's green jumper with his name on the back, and he is already thinking that the former Galaxy striker signed the Swedish club.

He went out that he was just announcing that he was part owner of the club. But because of what happened later he might want to keep that secret.

Ibrahimovic began his career in his hometown with the renowned Malmo club, who took a statue before his stadium last month. So, when the news spread that Ibrahimovic had some other club now, ultra Malmo poured lighter fluids on the statue and they used flames to cool it. Another group of fans went to the house that Ibrahimovic keeps in Malmo and wrote “Judas” on the door.

Ibrahimovic succeeded the owner of Hammarby, a Stockholm based club, by taking a 23.5% share held by AEG, the parent company of the Galaxy before. The move was owned as part of Ibrahimovic's agreement with the Galaxy when he signed with the MLS club, like the discussion David Beckham A deal of $ 25 million was included in Beckham's deal to buy a MLS club, which he operated with Inter Miami, which goes into the series next season.

“Everyone is extremely critical,” Hosseinpour KavehDeputy Chairman of the ultras support group, told Swedish journalists. “Some of them are disappointed, some are angry and some think it is idiotic.

“He probably lost his work on Malmo. He understands his position a little when he says Malmo will be happy for him. There is no one in Malmo who runs around in a Galaxy LA shirt and plays with Ibrahimovic on his back. ”

Former player and coach Malmo Jens Fjellstrom He said in a podcast that Ibrahimovic's decision was a “declaration of war” and that Ibrahimovic should be seen as “competition” for the club.

Hosseinpour, on the other hand, asked that the statue be removed and returned to Stockholm, closer to the new Ibrahimovic team.

Border crossing

The announcement last month is that Liga MX Mexican would take part in the MLS all-star 2020 game but the latest list of growing collaborators between the two series is already benefiting both. But Landon Donovan said, who played on both sides of the border, the biggest impact is not yet to be felt.

Last season there were six Mexicans in MLS with four of them – Carlos Vela and Pablo Sisniega LAFC and Jonathan dos Santos of the Galaxy and Uriel Antuna – playing in Southern California. And Donovan, who retired to spend part of a year playing in the MX Liga with Leon, says that he hopes that this number will increase significantly as the rows come closer together.

“With a player, everyone came to me at some point in four months and said‘ can I send me to MLS? 'I'd like to play in MLS,' Donovan told his colleagues in England. “In the past the gap in pay was so great that it made too much sense to play in Mexico. Now it is very small or it is negligible. And so now they want to come here. ”

Days after Donovan made these comments, Chivas de Guadalajara, Alan Pulido, said he was about to do so.

“I suppose I will go to MLS. There are a number of key staff that I am interested in, ”said Pulido.

Juan Jose Macias, 20, one of Liga MX's most dangerous strikers in 2019, is also considering north-west movement.

“It's great for their family. It is a great way of life. They can make great money, ”said Donovan. “They can be stars in these but they are anonymous. It's a dream for them in many cases to come in America. ”

Counting the House

Among the top 10 women for a women's soccer match in 2019 was the US national team.

1. England vs Germany (London friendly), 77768

2. Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona (Spain, Liga Femenina), 60,739

3. U. vs. The Netherlands (final of the Ladies Cup in Lyon), 57,900

4. U. vs. England (Women's World Cup in December), 53,512

5. TS. vs Portugal (friendly in Philadelphia), 49,504

6. Netherlands vs. Sweden (Lyon Women's World Cup), 48,452

7. Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid (Spain Copa de la Reina), 48,121

8. TS. vs France (fourth quarter of the Ladies Cup in Paris), 45,595

9. vs. Chile (Paris Ladies Cup group stage), 45,594

10. Greece vs South Korea (Ladies Cup group stage in Paris), 45,261

(Source: Soccer America)

Geography Lesson

With expanded teams in Nashville and Miami entering the Major League Soccer next season, MLS had one team to add to each of its two conferences. Miami was a natural addition to the Eastern 13-team Conference, leaving Nashville, east of the Mississippi River – and east of Chicago – in the Western Congress.

But this is not the biggest issue with the latest round of expansion. With 26 teams and a 34 game schedule, MLS teams will not, for the first time, play all their competitors in 2020.

Each team will play 24 games in a conference, meeting with the other 12 clubs at home and away. But as the series will follow schedule 34, it leaves only 10 games per club from the other conference, which will lead to the most uneven schedule in the 25-year history of the league.

And this will be controversial about the Champions Shield competition, which goes to the team with a regular record of the season season season, as teams will not be playing identical schedules. For example, LAFC and the Galaxy, which are both in the Western Congress, will play at the protection of Seattle, champion the league twice, as long as Red Bulls of New York Seattle can not play at all.

MLS could avoid this by extending its schedule to 37 games, enabling the 26 teams to meet at least once. But this would mean an additional congestion schedule already packed.

There will be more scheduling at the league in 2021 when Austin enters the league, then again in 2022 when St Louis and Sacramento start playing.

The series expects to announce the full 2020 schedule by the end of the year. The season begins on February 29, the earliest start in MLS history.


“I never stopped making dreams and enjoying football when I was a baby. I hope I have more years to enjoy, even though I know how old I am. Everything happens very quickly and I know that the time of retirement is approaching. ”

Lionel Messi, 32, after winning the sixth round of Monday to win Monday

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