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The Premiership


Rooney tops shirt league

Wayne Rooney has topped the Premiership's replica shirts league published in the Premier League Season Review.  Figures are based on the number of official club shirts sold domestically and internationally.   In the case of someone like Rooney, the figure would run into millions.

It is the first time that Rooney has topped the league and the first time a United player has taken the top slot since the Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007-8.   Another United player, Ryan Giggs, enters the top ten for the first time at the age of 37.

Premiership to face new pressure on governance

The Premier League seems likely to face renewed pressure on governance issues from the Government once a report from the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport is published.   This could happen as early as Friday.

City's training facilities plan

Manchester City FC are expected to reveal their plans for a state-of-the-art training facility which forms part of their deal with the Abu Dhabi airline Etihad tomorrow.   City sent a team of specialists around the world for 18 months for a feasibility study from a variety of sports before drawing up their plans.  It is anticipated that the plans will in part be influenced by Nike's world headquarters.

Manchester United top world rich list

As Manchester United began their American tour creating excitement in Rhode Island of all places, Forbes magazine announced that they hads topped their list of the world's richest sports clubs.   The 'capitalist tool' journal value the football club at an arguably conservative £1.16bn.   They were estimated to have 333 million followers worldwide, although those in Asia far outnumber those in the US.

City hit back at Wenger in war of words

Manchester City have responded vigorously to claims by Arsene Wenger that their commercial deal with Etihad Airways calls into question Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules.

Liverpool city council frustrated over stadium delays

Liverpool City Council are increasing the pressure on Liverpool football club to move to a new stadium at Stanley Park.   Relations between the two are becoming increasingly strained with council leader Joe Anderson going public on his frustrations at what he sees as the club's decade-long failure to accept that national planning laws have greatly diminished the possibility of redeveloping Anfield.   The club has been warned that they could be forced to pay back

No naming deal at Old Trafford

Following the branding of Eastlands as the Etihad stadium, Sir Bobby Charlton has insisted that there will be no naming deal at Old Trafford.   The name of the ground is simply too important for Manchester United's identity.  

Way round financial fair play rules for City?

Does Manchester City's new sponsorship deal represent a way of dealing with the constraints of Uefa's financial fair play rules?   As we shall see, the answer is in part legal and in part political.  But what of the sponsorship deal with Abu Dhabi airline Etihad?

The Arsenal stadium mystery, Part 2

For a Premiership neutral, many of the big questions about the forthcoming season relate to Arsenal.  It could be a make or break season for them and Arsene Wenger.   I like the kind of football that Wenger provides, but at that level of football, it is also important to win trophies.   Should Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League next month it will leave a gap of around £25m in their finances.

Korean league crisis boosts Premiership

Overseas television revenues are becoming an increasingly important part of overall Premier League revenues.   A big share of these revenues comes from Asia which also has the greatest growth potential, not least in China.   One reason for the popularity of the Premier League there is that in most East Asian countries gambling is very popular.    Premier League matches are seen as reliable events not susceptible to fixing.