Bye Bye to Clube Dos 13

Adam Fraser has a great piece in today’s Football365 about the disintegration of Clube dos 13 in Brazil.  What does it all mean and why should England pay attention? An excerpt:

In his last Winners and Losers column of the season, Pete Gill speculated about the amount of money Manchester United could pull in if they took a similar approach to the one that exists in Spain, and that Corinthians and their fellows have now decided to follow. Make no mistake, it’s come up in the Old Trafford boardroom – and been used as a threat in Premier League meetings – often enough. Liverpool could also net themselves a pretty packet, while Arsenal’s new owner, Stan Kroenke, has had success screening the games played by his Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Avalanche on his own Altitude Sports & Entertainment network, and might well fancy his chances of a similar set-up at his new franchise. The rest – and I’m sorry if you, like me, support one of the rest – would be in big trouble.

Read it all here and follow Adam on Twitter here.

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Bye Bye to Clube Dos 13

The Premier League Arms Race

Philip Cornwall has written a piece in this week’s Football365 Opinion about the increased spending taking place in this year’s January transfer window.   Spending levels are roughly double of last January’s, a trend which he attributes to the perennial waves of hope and fear running through the Premier League, the former a result of being within reach of a lucrative Champions League spot, and the latter from being too close for comfort to the deadly bottom three berths.  But the point spread between clubs is tighter than in previous years which has intensified the fight for places, and in the case of the bottom clubs the fight away from certain places.

The most important point, which in my opinion Cornwall under-emphasizes, is that despite the increased spending on incoming players, it is an absolute certainty that three clubs will go down to the Championship next year.  No matter how much the average playing skill level of clubs goes up, three will lose.  Continue reading “The Premier League Arms Race”

The Premier League Arms Race