What do you get when you combine the world's most coveted coach, financial backers with bottomless pockets, and the most talented group of players in the country? Answer: One of the most ruthless, convincing title triumphs in the 26-year history of the English Premier League. Manchester City wrapped up the title on Sunday when Manchester United, the nearest challenger, surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion. City leads by 16 points with five games still to play. A side meticulously molded and prepared by Pep Guardiola won a record 18 straight Premier League games from August to late December, and they've put up plenty more impressive numbers. Eighty-seven points, 93 goals, a goal difference of plus 68, 28 wins from 33 games. The current lead of 16 points is one of the biggest in the league's history. Guardiola didn't win a trophy in his first season at City. His reaction? To spend 200 million pounds ($260 million) of the club's Abu Dhabi owners' riches in the offseason, … [Read more...] about How Guardiola turned Manchester City into convincing English Premier League champions
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It was a promotion push funded in China, masterminded in Portugal, and realized in an industrial city in central England. Wolverhampton Wanderers are back in the English Premier League after a six-year absence and the club has taken a very global route to get there. A contentious one, too. The fact that Wolves' best player, Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, joined the club after swapping the bright lights of the Champions League for the grueling churn of England's second-tier League Championship demonstrates that this is no normal promotion story. So does the involvement of so-called "super-agent" Jorge Mendes, whose close links to Wolves' owner — Chinese conglomerate Fosun International — has given him vast influence at the club. Seven of Mendes' clients are at Wolves, including Neves — the record signing for 15.8 million pounds from Portuguese giant FC Porto — and manager Nuno Espirito Santo, the former coach of Porto. Throw in Fosun's spending power and it was … [Read more...] about Ambitious Wolves dreaming big after sealing English Premier League return
FOOTBALL fans will be able to plan how they follow their team in the English Premier League as soon as the new season's fixtures are announced.Fancy a tasty trip to Old Trafford, Anfield or the Emirates?How about seeing Spurs play at Wembley or visiting newly promoted Brighton or Newcastle?All will become clear when the Premier League publishes the fixtures for the 2017/18 season.The Premier League will publish the fixture list for the 2017/18 season on Wednesday 14 June 2017, at 9ame.The dates and times for all 380 matches will be announced and fans will be able to start planning.The first games of the new Premier League season will be on the weekend beginning 12 August 2017.Nine months later, the season will reach its conclusion on Sunday 13 May 2018. … [Read more...] about What time are Premier League 2017/18 fixtures being released today, and when does the new season start and end?
Christian Seifert, CEO of the German Football League (DFL), fears the billion-euro TV deal recently signed by the English Premier League will put negative pressure on the Bundesliga and the German transfer market. "Fact is, that midtable English clubs are in position to pay the same or more than German clubs pay their top players," said Seifert in an interview with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung released on Friday. "Clubs are compelled to engage themselves more if they want to hold onto their players." Competition in the transfer market has grown "even fiercer" than it used to be according to Seifert. The Premier League have recently signed a television deal worth 9.5 billion euros - 3.2 billion per season - for the 2016-2019 seasons. The DFL are expected to take 835 million for the 2016/17 season. Seifert said to German tabloid BILD earlier in February that he felt the money would force the Bundesliga to consider ways to make itself even more marketable. Bundesliga a … [Read more...] about Seifert fears Premier League TV deal impact
German football's leading clubs are planning a wholesale revolution of the German Cup and the distribution of TV revenue, with the aim of remaining competitive in international competition. Germany's top football clubs are looking over their shoulder as a new TV contract for the English Premier League, worth around three billion euros ($3.4 billion) per year, kicks in from the start of next season. By comparison, the Deutsche Fussball-Liga (DFL), the association which governs first and second division clubs, pulled in 708 million euros last year with 20 percent ring-fenced for 2.Bundesliga clubs. The Bundesliga's broadcasting rights are soon to be negotiated before the current deal runs out in 2017 and representatives of 16 Bundesliga clubs have come up with three suggestions, as published by "Bild." 1) TV will increase to one billion euros, leaving the second league with 20 percent. This is however unlikely. 2) TV money will rise to one billion euros per year, but money for … [Read more...] about Bundesliga clubs plan reforms amid concerns of Premier League dominance