financial troubles

Real Madrid

The boys hard in training – Cazorla and Sahin rumours persist

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Just a quick one today to tide us over.

For those who haven't been keeping an eye on the players, the Big Friendly German, Podolski and Sagna have been playing some publicity roles in Nigeria due to the absence of the team coming to play. There are some great photos on the Arsenal website of the boys having a good workout to consolidate their preseason training to ensure they are fully prepared for next season.

Spain's leagues to go on strike

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Royston Drenthe amongst many were not paid their wages for months

Spain's domestic season is in danger of being delayed as the players association representing 110 professionals including Carles Puyol and Iker Casillas have called for a strike after an agreement on collective bargaining failed to materialize.

Is there an easy draw left in the Champions League?

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The draw for the quarter finals of the Champions League takes place on March the 18th and all the talk is of Barcelona after the way they dispensed with Arsenal on Tuesday.

Both Harry Redknapp and William Gallas have come out and said that they want to avoid the Spanish giants, but what of the other teams left in the hat?

To Asia, Taking La Liga Beyond Real Madrid and Barcelona

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In July last year, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made a major push to get at least one La Liga game a week played earlier in the day to attract Asian audiences and support: "The change is vital if the Spanish league is to compete with the English," he said. "The revenue figures for our clubs this year will be around the €1.

English Premier League

Rangers on verge of administration

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One of Europe's more storied clubs finds itself in serious financial jeopardy, and a trio of U.S. internationals could be directly impacted by the repercussions.

Glasgow Rangers, the Scottish power that is home to U.S. internationals Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya, is on the verge of going into administration.

American Robbie Rogers Signs with Leeds United

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BBC News and Sky News are reporting that American Robbie Rogers has signed a deal with Leeds United of England's Championship. The 24 year old winger has been capped 18 times by the United States National Team and most recently played for the Columbus Crew in MLS. This isn't Rogers' first signing with a European club.

How Literal Will The Premier League’s Survival Sunday Be?

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In an August 2009 Radio 5 Live programme on the Premier League's financial troubles, Supporters Direct Chief Executive Dave Boyle addressed the issue of the "chasm" between Premier League and Football League finances. "Once upon a time," he said to a gathering of football people including the then-Birmingham chairman David Gold, who wasn't ‘sitting comfortably', "relegation meant you'd not had a good season.

Tottenham edge closer to World Cup striker

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan could be on the move to Tottenham after Spurs boss Harry Redknapp contacted the Spanish club over a potential £9 million bid for the Uruguayan striker.

Goal.com is reporting that Redknapp is contemplating making this move to bolster his strike force before the transfer window closes next week.

Liverpool in doldrums, Wilshere’s rise and Tottenham’s selection issues

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3 Up Front is back and you'd be crazy to miss the latest blockbuster of a show! In a three-pronged attack on your footballing senses host Adrian Clarke, along with star pundits Iain Spragg and Iain Macintosh are in fine form as they tackle all the burning issues including;

The shambles that is Liverpool and Everton.

3 UP FRONT: Misery in Liverpool, Arsenal’s new star, and Tottenham’s midfield conundrum

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3 Up Front is back and you'd be crazy to miss the latest blockbuster of a show! In a three-pronged attack on your footballing senses host Adrian Clarke, along with star pundits Iain Spragg and Iain Macintosh are in fine form as they tackle all the burning issues including;

The shambles that is Liverpool and Everton.

Squad Profile: West Ham United

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Squad Profiles are available for each of the twenty clubs currently playing in the Premier League. They are an overview of each club and specifically denote players to highly consider selecting for your side. Others have been ear-marked to watch out for as they may be new to the Premiership or returning from injury.

Barcelona’s Final Offer For Fabregas

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Barcelona have weighed up what seems to be their final offer for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. After their initial offer was turned down, the Catalans returned with an improved offer of 40 million Pounds which they are hoping can land them their main target.

The La Liga champions are experiencing some financial troubles and although Fabregas might be the club's main target, Sandro Rosell should think twice before going all out for the 23 year old.

Manchester City

Deadline day: Hazard, M’Vila, Mertesacker, Santos and more

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A quick round-up of where we stand on various transfers as we approach the final few hours of the summer transfer window:

Ju Young Park was officially announced this afternoon, the arrival means that the exit of Nicklas Bendtner is more probable, though nothing is currently in place.

Barcelona Take Out €150m Loan

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"It's okay Zlatan, they won't sell you to Man City now."

"Thank Christ... now kiss me, you fool."

FC Barcelona have taken out a €150million loan to ease their financial troubles.

The loan, signed and sealed today, will be lent jointly by several Spanish banks, including La Caixa and Banco Santander.

Liverpool

Kyriakos Papadopoulos Linked With January Switch

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Liverpool is reportedly considering a bid for teenage Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
The Schalke centre back has been earning rave reviews in Germany after signing from Olympiakos in the summer, and Liverpool have reportedly sent scouts to watch the player's progress.
Reports in Germany claim Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea have also sent representatives to take a closer look at the player, who is set to be sold by the Bundesliga outfit amidst financial troubles at the club.

Rooney: done at Old Trafford

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With Liverpool's troubles settled (for the time being anyway), it is comforting to see my club's most venomous rival suffering as well. While Manchester United's own financial troubles are coming to light, the most interesting news emerging from Scumville is the escalating malcontent of Wayne Rooney.

Juventus Seek Cut-Price €11.5m Deal For Liverpool Flop Alberto Aquilani

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Juventus will seek to profit from Liverpool's financial troubles by sealing a cut-price €11.5 (£10) million deal for Alberto Aquilani in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.
The 26-year-old Italy midfielder, who made just 18 starts with the Reds since his £18m move from Roma last year, joined Juve on a season-long loan in the summer.

Hoffenheim

Afternoon Ticker: Ribery out four weeks, interest in buying Liverpool and more

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Bayern Munich is currently coping with not having star Arjen Robben at its disposal, but now the team will have to deal with the injury absence of its other big playmaker.

Franck Ribery has been ruled out for four weeks after damaging ligaments in a league match against TSG Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

Afternoon Ticker: Ribery out four weeks, Liverpool hopeful of sale and more

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Bayern Munich is currently coping with not having star Arjen Robben at its disposal, but now the team will have to deal with the injury absence of its other big playmaker.

Franck Ribery has been ruled out for four weeks after damaging ligaments in a league match against TSG Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

Mensah

WEEKLY TRANSFER UPDATE

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This July has had to have been the slowest transfer month in OL history, but have no fear: JMA says that things will definetly pick-up soon. Aulas says that he wants the squad to be trimmed down to twenty-five players from the current twenty-eight, so that will mean at least four to five players will have to leave: Boumsong, Kallstrom, Anderson, Mensah, and Piquionne being the prime candidates for departure.

FB Battery & Adidas increase funding to keep Port afloat

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Sasom Pobpraserd has revealed that Thai Port's sponsors FB Battery and Adidas have increased their level of funding to help ease the financial troubles at PAT Stadium. Presumably this cash injection is no more than 'sticking plaster economics' and the fundamental problems still remain. It is believed that talks are still on-going about the possibility of multi-million baht private sector investment, which seems inevitable, unless Port Authority of Thailand agree to support the team with a decent subsidy grant.

The Rest

Celtic fans had a four horsemen display at the Old Firm derby

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Celtic won the final Old Firm derby of the season 3-0 and before the match even began, things looked ominous for Rangers. With a large display featuring headstones, the phrase "Your day is coming" in a spooky font and a modified version of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse, Celtic fans made it clear that they had no sympathy for their rival's crippling financial troubles, but they did have a bit of fun with them.

States of Suspension

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Readers should know already that the WPS suspended the league for this upcoming season. (Some reports on the decision: Sports Illustrated/Associated Press; All White Kit; The Guardian.)

To say that the league has struggled would be an understatement. It's been plagued by the usual headaches of a nascent sports league - mismanagement, outsized ambition, financial troubles, finicky owners, fickle fans, crap media.

Fashion and Other Retro Tunes

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"I don't like your fashion business, mister." – Leonard Cohen

First they play Old Trafford. Then they'll play who, Hertha Berlin? What happened to the "inspirational" games to be played locally by a team wearing Umbro's retro-Cosmos gear? Nearly two years have passed since Paul Kemsley paid Peppe Pinton's ransom for the rights to the Cosmos brand.

Hyde Hoping To Be Touched By The Hand Of Hod

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Can the Hod bring a touch of Spanish sunshine to Hyde?

It might have escaped many people's notice this month, but one of the most intriguing lower-league stories of the week involves the return to England of one Glenn Hoddle, former national team boss and psychic-consulter extraordinaire.

Soccer Business Bits: LiveStrong Opens, Citi Field Hosts & More

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The curtain went up at LiveStrong Sporting Park on Thursday night just after 10:00. Almost 18, 500 were in attendance at the inagural match providing a lively atmosphere. ESPN2 did an adequate job showing the new stadium, including shots of the locker rom, concourses, player entry tunnel and cheering crowds.

Hodgson Renews Interest In West Ham United's Cole

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Liverpool has revealed that have renewed their interest in West Ham United striker Carlton Cole, according to Sky Sports News.
It is understood that an Anfield representative was at Craven Cottage on Boxing Day when Cole netted twice to give West Ham a much needed 3-1 victory over Fulham.
Reds' boss Roy Hodgson originally attempted to sign Cole - who has five goals to his name this season - in the summer, but a deadline-day deal could not be completed in time.

NASL Update – 12/6/10

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Crystal Palace Baltimore
CP Baltimore told us little if anything new in a press release last Friday. Led by Pete Medd, the team had financial problems before the season even began and if not for the help of the NASL and US Soccer, would not have made it through the season.

The Stalled Revolution

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In a week which featured a battling friendly win for the Socceroos but little other football news of note, the raging debate over the health of the A-League has dominated the Australian football media. Everyone has had their say, with Archie Fraser venting his spleen at his former employers, various bloggers and commentators joining the fray, and finally Frank Lowy choosing to exculpate himself via Mike Cockerill.

USA News: USA World Cup bids for 2018, 2022 get boost after South Africa — …

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New York Post - Found 8 hours ago The 's checkered legacy of empty seats and financial troubles was bad news for FIFA and South Africa, but could be very good news for the U.S.