La Liga: Barcelona may be even stronger

CAN ANYONE end Barcelona’s recent dominance of La Liga? After a summer of big signings and the announcement of record revenues, Barca look stronger than last year and with Real Madrid enduring a miserable pre-season and Atlético Madrid in transition, it could be a third consecutive title – and nine in 12 – for the Blaugrana. Of course, Barca will be hoping for a barnstorming … Continue reading La Liga: Barcelona may be even stronger

The concentration game – UEFA Champions League

THE LAST eight of the UEFA Champions League kicks off this evening and it is largely a case of “business as usual”. While the latter stages of the competition are undeniably exciting and generally of the highest quality, half of this season’s participants have featured in each of the last three UCL quarter finals. KPMG’s Football Benchmark, in its latest report, says the composition of … Continue reading The concentration game – UEFA Champions League

Sevilla, Atletico impress in player trading

THE OLD adage, “the more you spend, the more you win”, comes under scrutiny in the recent paper from KPMG’s Football Benchmark team. The report demonstrates that some clubs have established a strong record for balancing the books while being moderately successful. Needless to say, the big spenders are the small group of bulge bracket clubs that currently stand astride European football, but others, such … Continue reading Sevilla, Atletico impress in player trading

Losing in the honeymoon suite

FOOTBALL FANS are characteristically fickle, especially when you turn a winning position into a defeat in the space of a few minutes. Managers and players go from “hero to zero” almost instantly. Liverpool, May 18, 2016. Those supporters who haven’t helped swell sleepy Basel to uncomfortable levels are taking up vantage points in the city to watch Liverpool take on Sevilla in the Europa League … Continue reading Losing in the honeymoon suite