September 10th, 2014

Vinnie K

Manchester City’s FFP fine to be shared out among Champions League clubs

Manchester City’s huge fine for breaching Uefa’s financial fair play rules is to be shared out around the other clubs in the Champions League.

City were fined £50m for the FFP breaches but will only have to pay around £20m if they comply with the break-even rules in future seasons.

The first tranche of payments from City, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg will total £20m and will be split among the Champions League and Europa League clubs who did comply with the rules last season.

A similar sum will be distributed to clubs who comply with the FFP rules in this season’s European competitions. That means Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City and Wigan Athletic are the English clubs in line for a windfall of around £200,000.

The European Clubs’ Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Uefa had agreed the fines should go to the other clubs.

He told a news conference in Geneva: “It was an agreement between Uefa and the clubs that it was money belonging to the clubs.”

The clubs will have a chance to argue any changes to FFP rules at a meeting with Uefa on 13 October.

The Uefa president Michel Platini said in his speech to the ECA: “The framework for financial fair play must be dynamic, it must evolve constantly, which is why I have convened an important round table on the subject with your representatives at Uefa headquarters on 13 October.

“We will see whether any imperfections can be ironed out and whether there is room to further improve the system.”


Thoughts? Is this the right way to use the fines?


Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Spain aren't working, but will they ever admit it?

The former Atletico Madrid striker has failed to score in five games for Spain.

As someone who made his international debut against Italy in a Brazil shirt, then in his next game made another international debut, also against Italy, this time in a Spain shirt, things were never going to be straightforward for Diego Costa.

His strange international career has taken another twist during this international break. After failing to score in his first five games with the European champions, his replacement in the Spain team scored after just 17 minutes in a resounding 5-1 win over Macedonia.

Worse for Costa than the fact that 21-year-old Valencia striker Paco Alcacer netted so early, on what was his full debut, and added an assist, was that Spain played far better without Chelsea’s centre-forward than they had done with him during the World Cup and in a dire friendly defeat last week to France.

After that failure to beat Didier Deschamps’ side in Paris, Costa was defended by coach Vicente Del Bosque who said the team needed to adapt to him. Costa contradicted that, saying he needed to adapt to the team. All efforts to adapt were suspended when he left the squad complaining of a hamstring injury and returned to London before the Macedonia game.

“Without Diego Costa and Raul Garcia, the team went back to its old ways,” ran the editorial on Diario AS. For “old ways” read the ways that brought an unprecedented three straight trophies.

Therein lies coach Del Bosque’s problem: Spain have somewhat renounced the short passing style based on Barcelona’s football – and played best by a team full of smaller midfielders – for a slightly more direct approach that suits Costa… and it hasn’t worked.

On Monday at the Cuitat de Valencia stadium it was almost a return to the false nine tactic that saw Spain win the European Championship in 2012. Manchester City’s David Silva spent much of the time in centre-forward territory as Alcacer dropped into a wide-left position.

Silva was Man of the Match and scored his 21st goal for Spain. Of non-strikers, only former Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Hierro has scored more for La Roja. Silva, like Cesc Fabregas, is well suited to playing in a team that doesn’t have a No 9.

Vicente Del Bosque

Where does all this leave Chelsea’s centre-forward? Having been the man who sat down with Costa in October 2013 in Madrid to persuade him to walk away from the Brazil team, Del Bosque is not about to turn his back on the Brazilian-born Spaniard. Neither does anyone in Spain question just how good the striker – who shot Atletico Madrid to the title and now Chelsea to the top of the Premier League – really is. He will no doubt be in the squad to play Slovakia and Luxemburg in October where both player and adopted team will continue to strive to make this work.

The irony is that having replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, Dunga would doubtless love the option of calling Costa into his Brazil team. Can you annul an international career if no goal has been scored, the same way you can an unconsummated marriage?


Just checked and found that there is no tag for Diego Costa. What do you think, mods? Does he deserve one?
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  • chrysa

Ten days after signing with Arsenal, Danny Welbeck has not yet burned all his Man United belongings.

Press expects shock, outrage from AFC fans. (omg how dare he!!!!!1!)

Arsenal fans running to Danny Welbeck with open arms may have slowed down when they saw the striker still clutching on to his Manchester United washbag while on England duty.

Welbeck scored two goals as England downed Switzerland and his profile ascended but he hasn’t quite managed to update his club garb just yet, as reported by the Daily Mail.

After he left Old Trafford in a £16m move it was strange that Welbeck kept so tight-lipped about the club he’d played for since he was eight years old.

He only spoke of how he pictured himself playing for Arsenal – maybe the fact that he’d been forced down this route still stung.

Many neutrals won’t understand the full appeal of Welbeck. Although he didn’t score as many goals as he should have, he was treasured by United fans because of his work-rate, his clear technical ability and the fact that he was a local lad who seemed well-mannered and good-natured.

It all could have worked out so differently…

You can see Welbeck now on England duty in the picture above while you can see him when he was a United player last year, clutching the same Red Devils bag.


While I am never surprised the lengths sites will go to produce "news", I still find it utterly hilarious how hard they try.

What are some of the greatest examples of ~reaching~ you've seen?