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Bernebau may be re-named

The Bernebau, the iconic home of Real Madrid, may have a change of name.   The Santiago Bernebau may in future be known as the Abu Dhabi Bernebau.   This follows a sponsorship deal with oil company IPIC which owns a Spanish company and is itself owned by the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

English clubs dominate world transfer market

English clubs are dominating the world transfer market to such an extent that they are now involved in nearly as many deals as Brazil, the world's biggest production line for players.

According to a Fifa report, of the 13,090 transfers in 2014, England was responsible for 9.6 per cent of transfers compared with just over 10 per cent for Brazil. The number of transfers involving English clubs increased by 193 over the previous year, while Brazil's total declined by 101.

First Chinese stake in top flight European club

Wang Jialin, chairman of the Dailan Wanda property group, is to buy a stake in Atlético Madrid.   This represents the first Chinese investment in a top flight European club.   It should help Atlético to build a fan base and attract sponsors in the key Chinese market.

Wang Jialiin is China's second richest man with personal wealth estimated at $13.2 billion.  His ambition is to build a global entertainment empire stretching from China to Hollywood.   Last year his group bought the landmark Edificio Espana tower in central Madrid for €265m.

Spanish court strikes blow at financial fair play

We have argued for some time that financial fair play (FFP) rules at the European and domestic level are open to legal challenge.   In an order of November 17th the Spanish Commercial Court has struck a blow at the rules of La Liga on FFP.

La Liga had penalised Getafe by preventing them from playing Pedro León.   They argued that by doing so it would have exceeded the total amount of money it could pay to players under the Spanish FFP rules. The Court was asked for an interim measure to allow him to play.

Uefa may target United and Real debt

Uefa is considering changes in its financial fair play regulations which would target the amount of debt accumulated by clubs.   This would hit Manchester United and Real Madrid in particular.

Funding problems for Spanish clubs

Almeria are having difficulty in funding a new training complex as Spanish banks are reluctant to lend money to clubs because of their high level of debt.

Almeria president Alfonso Garcia also complains about the high level of tax that Spanish clubs have to pay given the extent to which they contribute to Spain's international profile. He is also upset by the way in which the tax authorities chase unpaid debts, but this is hardly surprising given Spain's problems.

'My league's bigger than yours'

Professor Simon Chadwick takes a look at the thorny issue of which is the biggest league in European football.   Although the conclusions are not surprising, the evidence and its appraisal are interesting.

Is football making a break through in the US?

It's a question which has been asked many times before and usually gets a positive but over optimistic answer.   However, the attendance of 109,318 for last night's game between Manchester United and Real Madrid was the biggest ever recorded in the US for a soccer game and was impressive by any standards. Apparently, the fact that the crowd sat on benches helped to cram them in.

Atlético not a model club

Atlético Madrid may look like Davids compared to the Goliaths of Real Madrid, but they have a complex financial history.   Uefa may well see them as far from being a model club given a record of financial recklessness and the regular use of third party signings, something Uefa would like to see stopped.

Their financial model is so complex that Singapore billionaire Peter Lim, who wanted to buy a club n Spain, took one look at Atlético and walked away.   Last week he bought Valencia.

Atletico's success is on shaky foundations

Atletico Madrid have emerged as a third force in Spanish football.  However, there is a history in Spain of clubs emerging to challenge the Real-Barcelona duopoly and then fading as they find it too hot at the top. It seems that Atletico's success is built on shaky financial foundations.