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Chelsea

Chelsea target Radamel Falcao could be sold by Monaco

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Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could be back on the transfer market again after just a couple of games for his new club. The £51m signing from Atletico Madrid is on a huge tax-free salary in the principality. This has not impressed Monaco's Ligue 1 rivals who cannot compete on those terms. The French Football Federation [.

Chelsea lose Battersea bid to Malaysian developers

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Chelsea lose Battersea bid to Malaysian developers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea FC have lost out in their bid to take over Battersea Power Station as Malaysia's SP Setia and Sime Darby won the right to redevelop the 15-hectare site.

About 15 bidders including Chelsea, owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, submitted plans last month to buy the protected London landmark on the south bank of the river Thames.

Abramovich Tells Guardiola To Name His Price

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is so keen on landing Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as the Blues manager next season that he is willing to literally buy him out of his Barcelona job.

The Russian billionaire is said to have approached Guardiola's representatives with an offer they simply cannot refuse.

English Premier League

Fulham bought by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan

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Shahid Khan, owner of NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars, has bought Fulham. The financial details of the takeover have not been confirmed, but media estimates suggest Khan will have paid between £150m and £200m to buy the Cottager from Mohamed Al Fayed. The 84-year-old former Harrods owner has been chairman for 16 years, taking the club [.

Good Things Come To Those Kuwait: Fawaz Al-Hasawi Completes Nott’m Forest Takeover

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By Chris Wright

On Tuesday evening, after a good few months of tortuous legal faffing, Kuwaiti businessblokes Fawaz, Abdulaziz and Omar Al-Hasawi finalised their takeover of Nottingham Forest after agreeing terms to buy late chairman Nigel Doughty's controlling stake in the club.

Manchester City

Russian Billionaire Wants Cabaye At French Club

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News today that French club Monaco are preparing a bid to tempt Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to the club in the summer, as Russian Billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev prepares to do a Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG or QPR take you choice of other clubs where Billionaire owners have come in and spent massive money [.

Which Of The Promoted Sides Has The Best Chance Of Staying Up?

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Which Of The Promoted Sides Has The Best Chance Of Staying Up? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last season's promoted sides were a revelation. Swansea dazzled the league with an adherence to short passing football stronger than Elton John's adherence to ill-fitting wigs, Norwich showed a tactical flexibility rarely seen in England before while QPR relied on more prosaic methods to fashion an impressive escape from relegation, almost causing one of the biggest upsets in British football history against Manchester City in the process.

The Arsenal Way v A Billionaire.

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Having been brought up steeped in the Arsenal tradition and having a knee-jerk reaction of antipathy towards the call for a "sugar daddy," I am forced to ask myself "why am I so against them?"

Are Man City a worse club just because they have "bought" the league? Are they any different to Man United who have a €35m player sitting next to a number of €15m players on the bench?

The Arsenal Way v A Billionaire.

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Having been brought up steeped in the Arsenal tradition and having a knee-jerk reaction of antipathy towards the call for a "sugar daddy," I am forced to ask myself "why am I so against them?"

Are Man City a worse club just because they have "bought" the league? Are they any different to Man United who have a €35m player sitting next to a number of €15m players on the bench?

makhachkala

Reds Face Anzhi Trip

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Liverpool have been drawn against Udinese, Young Boys Bern and FC Anzhi Makhachkala in the group stages of the Europa League.
Brendan Rodgers' side ensured their place in the group stages of the competition with a nervy 2-1 aggregate win over SPL side Hearts on Thursday and went in Friday's draw in Monaco as top seeds.

Carlos, Eto’o and Hiddink star in Anzhi Makhachkala rap video

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It is fair to say that Russian Anzhi Makhachkala have been attention seeking since being bought by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov. But this might take the biscuit. Rather than simply offering a ridiculously large amount of money to world stars, they have taken a curious step by releasing their own rap video containing members of the [.

Arsenal

Usmanov attacks Arsenal Board again, but admits he’s made a fortune from the shares!

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The Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov owns 29.9% of the shares in Arsenal and admits that the price of those shares has doubled since he started investing in them, although he qualifies that by saying that he would never sell them. And why should he if they keep going up? But first of all, despite the [.

Usmanov Speaks Out Against Arsenal FC…Again

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Usmanov Continues to Prove His Arrogance Not that long ago, the Russian billionaire reared his head to cause more division in the Arsenal camp; tricking weak minded individuals to believe he was an innocent business tycoon, just wanting to invest some harmless millions into the club. He unfortunately succeeded in turning quite a few supporters [.

Footballing Mercenaries: The Uglier Side to the Beautiful Game

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In modern times we all suspect that money and pride are two separate entities when it comes to the world of football with the former taking undoubted precedent over the latter. Middle Eastern and American billionaire investors have revolutionized...

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The Arsenal Uncivil War

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"Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily."

Occam's Razor.

And so we have the Arsenal Uncivil War. The Arsenal way is no more.

Whatever the reasoning for two expected bombs landing in two sites occupied by the public, the inner workings or malfunctions of our football club have conspired to make summer yet again, the most foul of seasons for its fans.

2 – The Arsenal Uncivil War

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"Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily."

Occam's Razor.

And so we have the Arsenal Uncivil War. The Arsenal way is no more.

Whatever the reasoning for two expected bombs landing in two sites occupied by the public, the inner workings or malfunctions of our football club have conspired to make summer yet again, the most foul of seasons for its fans.

Alisher Usmanov attacks Stan Kroenke over Van Persie

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Two odious characters: The pugilistic Usmanov and the insipid, colourless Kroenke

Normally anything that Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbeki oligarch would have to say about Arsenal could be dispatched with a flick of the head. But what he said about Van Persie sums up the state of affairs in the Arsenal boardroom which is there is no state of affairs under the majority ownership of Stan Kroenke, who remains a cipher, a zombie wheeled out at various points of the year to parrot out a boilerplate script.

Alisher Usmanov Issues Scathing Open Letter, Craps All Over Stan Kroenke’s Ownership

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By Chris Wright

"What's got two thumbs, three chins and don't give a crap?"

Arsenal's second biggest shareholders (the jokes write themselves), Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri, have written an open letter  - obtained by the AP to openly criticise owner Stan Kroenke's running of the club after it was made public yesterday that Robin van Persie is to effectively be released back into the wild this summer.

Arsenal Debate: Usmanov v Kroenke (Cash v Tradition?) Who do you support?

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Stan Kroenke vs Alisher Usmanov: The battle of the Billionaire giants by KJ So recently, we discovered that the Premier League has made a new rule that prevents any owners of a football club with less than 50% shares to look at the financial details of the club (balance sheets, transfers etc.). This has really [.

“Arsenal to play in blue and white at home next season”

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By Tony Attwood

My last article in the Billionaire series (full links to all the articles in the series, at the end of this piece) was called "How football is being taken over, and the huge danger these changes bring".

I mentioned earlier in the series in passing that new owners often disregard the [.

How football is being taken over, and the huge danger these changes bring

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By Tony Attwood

Following on from my piece on the billionaires running football (which focussed on Mr Whyte of Monaco, and the doings at Rangers) it might be a good idea to ask why a billionaire wants to invest in a club.

Possible answers are...

1. Something to do. Having so much money might be [.

Not Another Mata Saga Please Arsene!

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Here we go again. Its that time again when we hope, wish and cross our fingers that Arsene buys new players, but we have learned from past experiences to not expect much from Arsenal when it comes to the transfer market.

Which in it's self is not good for any fan. Because Arsenal is a big club and we have two Billionaire Majority share holders, One of them seems willing to invest heavily and the Other one seems to only be interested in making a profit.

Gazidis Prepares For Grilling From Arsenal Fans

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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is due to meet with around 300 Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST) members at Emirates Stadium this week and it looks like from the questions submitted by AST members, that Gazidis will be on the hot seat.

According to the AST web site, Arsenal and Gazidis have agreed to cover the following topics:

  • The club's footballing expectations for this coming season, 2012/2013, and whether qualifying for the Champions League is the extent of the club's ambitions
  • Â The new Elite Player Performance Plans being introduced and what this will mean for youth development at Arsenal
  • Â The future of the Arsenal Fanshare scheme and club support to promote continued plurality in the ownership through supporter shareholders
  • Â What progress Ivan Gazidis feels has been made in his first three years at the club and an update on the club's five year strategic plan
  • What lessons have been learned from last summer's transfer window to make sure things go more smoothly and successfully this year, and the position regarding Robin van Persie
  • How the club will drive commercial income aggressively in the short term given the long-terms tie-ins on stadium naming, kit rights and shirt sponsorship and the need for more tertiary and overseas deals
  • The club's view of Financial Fair Play regulations and what plans we have should they have little impact
  • Given that Arsenal now has two billionaire investors owning over 96% of the club, is there a case for them investing funds to put us on a competitive footing before FFP starts to bite?

Just how many billionaire clubs are there now – and how successful have they been?

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by Tony Attwood

I had just got used to thinking that we had two billionaire clubs doing the rounds Man City and Chelsea.

The came the news that PSG was in the same group and then Malaga. And there is QPR although I can't quite work out what is going on there.

So [...]

Arsenal the Franchise

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When Stan Kroenke first bought a substantial percentage of Arsenal, by purchasing ITV's 9.9% share of Arsenal back in 2007, Chairman Peter Hill-Wood made his infamous quote ‘we don't want his sort here', in reference to a perceived takeover bid in the making from the American billionaire. Naturally, Hill-Wood's view may have been coloured by the fact that it was David Dein who had brought Kroenke to the shareholders' table, with his subsequent dismissal from the board of directors due to his going behind the backs of his colleagues in a failed attempt to effect a take over in the Highbury House boardroom.

Champions League

Euro 2012: Croatia’s Luka Modric will be key to opener against Ireland

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Croatia's Luka Modric will be key to opener against Ireland" was written by David Hytner in Sopot, for The Guardian on Thursday 7th June 2012 20.14 UTC

When Luka Modric demanded to leave Tottenham Hotspur for Chelsea last summer, the club's refusal to sell came from the very top.

Blues pair lavishes praise at owner

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Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard and departing striker Didier Drogba have both paid a glowing tribute to the contributions of often-criticized Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, emphasizing that the Russian billionaire's drive to succeed is often overlooked due to the negative connotation associated with money and power.

Bayern Munich and Chelsea Plan On Wrecking Dreams of El Clasico Champions League Final

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The Champions League has entered the twilight zone of football. Bayern Munich, who's ground will host the final in May, are out to "wreck the dream final" and Chelsea are the underdogs—the filthy rich, billionaire fuelled vanity team of underdogs...

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German giants Ready to bid for Suarez

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Paris Saint Germain have officially announced their plans in securing the Service of Liverpool star striker Luis Suarez in the coming transfer window.Billionaire Nasser Al-Khelafi, has already shelled out on a clutch of high-profile stars as PSG attempt to redeem themselves as a major force in European football.

French giants Ready to bid for Suarez

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Paris Saint Germain have officially announced their plans in securing the Service of Liverpool star striker Luis Suarez in the coming transfer window.Billionaire Nasser Al-Khelafi, has already shelled out on a clutch of high-profile stars as PSG attempt to redeem themselves as a major force in European football.

The Rest

MLS Ticker: Nguyen out for season, Billionaire plans AEG bid, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If the New England Revolution are going to pull off some upsets during the final few weeks of the season, they will have to do so without Lee Nugyen.

The Revolution midfielder underwent surgery to correct chronic instability in his right shoulder on Monday morning and he will be out for the remainder of the year.

AC Milan Accepts €65m Offer From PSG For Silva And Ibrahimovic

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Huge news out of Italy as Sky Italia are reporting that AC Milan has accepted Paris Saint-Germain's €65 million offer for Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With an agreement over a transfer fee seemingly struck between the two clubs, now PSG needs to reach agreements with the two players, something that they have struggled doing before.

Málaga Nike 2012/13 Home, Away and Third Kits

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Since being acquired by Qatari billionaire Qatari investor Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani, Málaga Club de Fútbol has invested heavily in players and staff. Featuring established...

Guardiola set to step away from Barca

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Paul Kennedy of Soccer America reports on the resume and results by Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, who is reportedly going to announce his stepping down from his post at Barca today.

By all accounts, Pep Guardiola has decided to quit coaching Barcelona. At 41, age isn't an issue. Failure isn't the problem.

5pm Sunday: 2nd Leg CCM v Brisbane

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Rebel. Don't sit in the away bay.

CCM are struggling to find a buyer. They have been selling players to make the payroll. And if they don't find a billionaire soon, Graham Arnold will sign for Sydney FC. Hmm. Not a great reason to get a coach for fans.

And if only Sydney and Melbourne can afford coaches, do we have a competition?

QPR Report Saturday: Gianni Paladini Speaks...Unhappy With Portrayal in Four Year Plan

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Rangers: Another week of questions

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Football attracts wideboys and chancers.

Over the years most supporters will have questioned the morality or legality of this director or that chairman.

But the collection of charlatans and chancers who seem to have attached themselves to Rangers in recent years must take some beating.

Mike Ashley 15th Richest In Britain at £1.6B Net Worth

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Mike Ashley is getting richer and he is once again a pound Billionaire. This is picture of Mike Ashley in Forbes Magazine Mike is at joint 491 in the Forbes World Billionaires they published today with a net worth of $2.5B which translates to around £1.6B in today's exchange rates. Sports Direct are having some good results and Mike's worth has increased as the Sports Direct share price [.

Clive Palmer: Did you just get bored?

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Clive Palmer, A-League Club Owner and Billionaire tries to takeover football, all of it - yet he can't even get his own Franchise right.

Before we forget:

Here's five things Clive did really well -

Signed Jason Culina and made a splash.

Appointed Miron Bleiberg and got plenty of coverage.