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2019-20 News Thread

jeffbear

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Construction on Stadio della Roma has started. The original timeline was for it to open for the 2020-21 season but I can’t find any updates and with final governmental approval only granted in February 2019, I don’t see how they can get it done in 18 months.
Given how many times that project was supposed to have started, I'll only accept satellite imagery :0)
 

andyt

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Zlatan isn’t done yet, he signed with AC Milan for his 2nd tour of duty, having played 85 matches in the 2010-12 seasons. The Rossoneri are mired in 11th place, 14 points out of the last Champions League spot, 8 points out of the Europa League.
 
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jeffbear

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Zlatan isn’t done yet, he signed with AC Milan for his 2nd tour of duty, having played 85 matches in the 2010-12 seasons. The Rossoneri are mired in 11th place, 14 points out of the last Champions League spot, 8 points out of the Europa League.
Retirement league :0)
 

jeffbear

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I heard a bit on a podcast indicating that there might be as many as five or six clubs in the lower two divisions that are a bad month or two away from heading down the same road. Sponsorship money is drying up in the lower leagues and increasingly ticket sales just aren't enough to support clubs completely anymore. Strong competent ownership and management is more important than ever and a huge number of these clubs just aren't up the challenge. First the clubs owned out and out crooks and shysters will have and are having problems, but within a decade it could be a LOT worse than just that.
 

jeffbear

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Chief Commercial Officer Jay Berhalter is leaving US Soccer ... reportedly of his own volition, but it's likely that he's being pushed. Earlier in the week word had leaked that Berhalter was no longer a candidate for the vacant CEO job, after long being rumored to be a lock for that promotion. Turns out those employee interviews that leaked last year showed him in a quite unfavorable light.

Maybe, just maybe Carlos Cordero is slowly ... VERY slowly ... starting to actually do something to change the culture over at Soccer House. Nah. He's a big part of the problem, IMO. Burn the whole thing down and start over.
 

andyt

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Jurgen Klinsmann resigned at Hertha Berlin after 11 weeks in charge. One of his complaints was that he didn’t feel enough support from management. But they spent more than $80 million in January, more than any club in the world. He was also a member of Hertha’s board. He also said recently that he could,have taken the US to the 2018 World Cup semifinals. Yes the same World Cup we didn’t qualify for, largely because he had checked out after the surprising run in 2014. Grant Wahl calls him delusional.

 

jeffbear

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Grant Wahl also called him a a con man, which is accurate. And it's amazing how many American fans he still has under his spell. The guy's a clown.
 

andyt

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FC Kaiserslautern, currently in the German 3rd division will announce that they are insolvent. Reported debt of €24 million and €15 million due for their license next season. They won the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal twice in the 1990s, but were relegated in 2012. They won’t be relegated out of the 3rd division however and supposedly have a plan to exit insolvency.
 

andyt

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CBS and Univision will share the US TV rights for the Champions League starting in 2021 and running through the 2024 final. The price is believed to be $150 million per year, a big increase over the $100 million that Turner and Univision are laying under the current contract. Games are expected to be broadcast on the network, CBSSN and CBS All Access, their OTT platform. This is their first foray into soccer. The usual suspects all bid on the package with ESPN bidding on both the English and Spanish language rights.

Turner notified UEFA that they were exercising a contract clause and terminating their deal 1 year early. They will probably not broadcast the UCL tournament in Portugal later this summer. Univision maintained their rights. Speculation about who will pick it up centers on CBS since they‘re taking over after next year’s final.

 

andyt

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Really interesting article in the Athletic on the ongoing whodunit surrounding the bizarre entry of Wigan into administration.

https://theathletic.com/1907722/2020/07/04/wigan-athletic-royle-efl-paul-cook-hong-kong-yeung/
Thanks for posting, I needed the reminder to finish reading it. They were probably safe this year, with 50 points in 41 matches, a 6 point lead over 22nd place Middlesbrough with 5 matches to go. But the 12 point deduction will push them to last in the table, 2 behind Luton Town.
 

andyt

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Really interesting article in the Athletic on the ongoing whodunit surrounding the bizarre entry of Wigan into administration.

https://theathletic.com/1907722/2020/07/04/wigan-athletic-royle-efl-paul-cook-hong-kong-yeung/
Wigan are currently smoking Hull City 8-0 in the 79th minute. If the result holds, Wigan will be 14th in the table on 57 points with a +1 goal differential. Deducting 12 points for entering administration will give them 45 points, which would tie them with...Hull City for the last relegation spot. But Hull has a -26 goal differential. They’ll both have 2 matches left. Wigan have Charlton and Fulham left, Hull have Luton and Cardiff, so both have teams in a playoff spot and teams struggling to stay up left.
 
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