UEFA Champions League – different models, similar aims

THE LAST EIGHT of the UEFA Champions League includes some of the usual suspects, but also highlights the achievements of some of the less celebrated European clubs. The new paper from KPMG’s Football Benchmark, The Elite Eight,  highlights the different business models of the quarter-finalists, but also underlines the progress of clubs like Leicester City, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid. These three clubs are in … Continue reading UEFA Champions League – different models, similar aims

Gallic Leicester or genuine class? – Monaco’s stunning season

DID ANYONE really anticipate Monaco being among the last eight in this season’s UEFA Champions League? Or that they would be top of Ligue 1 with eight games to go? People tend to look no further than Paris when they discuss French football, but this season, PSG have had some genuine competition. The post-Zlatan era has not, so far, been as comfortable for the club … Continue reading Gallic Leicester or genuine class? – Monaco’s stunning season

Upstairs at Erik’s…the Spurs go marching on

ANYONE wanting to know why the Europa League is very much the poor relation of the Champions League needs only look at the attitude of English clubs to the competition. Tottenham Hotspur are Europa regulars and each time I have seen them, they have fielded below-strength teams. Against Monaco, Spurs left out current flavours-of-the-month Harry Kane and Dele Alli and fielded a team of second … Continue reading Upstairs at Erik’s…the Spurs go marching on

Emirates Cup: Sanogo’s your man, Arsene….or is he?

About 10 minutes before he scored Arsenal’s first goal, Yaya Sanogo didn’t look to have much to offer. A little clumsy, lacking pace and his first touch looked suspect. By the end of the Emirates Cup day one, he had bagged four goals as Arsenal beat Benfica 5-1. The Emirates Cup does not really provide much of a pointer to the way the season will … Continue reading Emirates Cup: Sanogo’s your man, Arsene….or is he?

Ligue 1: The door is only slightly ajar

The problem with drawing at home to the league leaders is that the margin between top and second doesn’t get eroded. But at least Monaco squared up to the French capital’s finest and made it clear that they won’t give up in the title race. But with five points between them and 14 games to go, PSG look red hot favourities to win Ligue 1. … Continue reading Ligue 1: The door is only slightly ajar

Ligue 1: The battle of the nouveau-riche

Last weekend, the two most affluent clubs outside the English Premier met-up in a game that may have been somewhat overlooked by many in Britain. It was late on Sunday evening, arguably the “graveyard slot” for televised football. However, Paris St.Germain v Monaco was a game that may go a long way to deciding this season’s French championship. Champions v Pretenders. New money meets old … Continue reading Ligue 1: The battle of the nouveau-riche

Monaco remind us the march of the oligarchs isn’t over

First it was Chelsea, then Manchester City, Paris St.Germain followed and now it’s the turn of Monaco. The little club from the rich-man’s playground is splashing the cash as it tries to play Fantasy Football. Atletico Madrid’s coveted striker, Rademal Falcao, was supposed to be heading for London, Manchester or Barcelona. But the £50m tabled by Monaco has seemingly  hood-winked everyone. Monaco, Ligue deux winners … Continue reading Monaco remind us the march of the oligarchs isn’t over