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 as Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund provide good case studies of prudent financial management. KPMG’s paper defines player trading from a number of different accounting factors as well as the profit/loss on the disposal … 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 final. Around 9,000 of them headed for the Echo arena, where large screens would allow Liverpool fans to watch their heroes in action. There was a buzz of expectation around the city. Red-shirts were seen … Continue reading Losing in the honeymoon suite