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The Premiership


United embrace social media

Manchester United became the last Premier League club to join Twitter yesterday. Within three hours they had more followers than the three most recently promoted teams combined.

They also launched on Sina Weibo, China's main microblogging site, which has 500 million users. Foreign language Twitter feeds will follow.

United break into Russian market

Manchester United took a further step in extending its global reach today by breaking into the Russian market, announcing a five-year partnership with Aeroflot which will become the club's Official Carrier.

Among the BRICs, Russia is generally discussed in terms of club ownership, but is a potentially significant market for English football if it can be navigated properly. With its highly sophisticated marketing operation, Manchester United is in a position to do that.

The challenge facing Liverpool

Liverpool fans are hungry for success. The club has not qualified for the Champions League since 2009 and will miss out on European competition altogether this season for only the second time in 14 years.

The financial figures tell their own story. The club's revenue is now just 59 per cent of that of Manchester United, 72 per cent of that of Chelsea and 80 per cent of that of Arsenal.

In depth critique of the Premier League

David Conn's line on the Premier League is well known: it's a bad thing and the Bundesliga is a good thing.  However, he always argue his case powerfully and this latest piece offers an in depth historical treatment in which he develops his arguments.   It should be of particular interest to Manchester City fans.

A decade of Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich has been in charge of Chelsea for ten years.   It's been a good decade for Chelsea fans and it needs to remembered that before he took over they were struggling financially with the club's publicly traded debt selling at 60p to the pound.  

Biggest ever sponsorship deal for Swansea City

Swansea City has agreed its largest sponsorship deal in the club’s 101-year history with GWFX which is one of the core brands under the fast growing global financial services provider Goldenway which is based in Hong Kong. Goldenway Global Investments (GWFX) provides a full range of online trading services such as forex trading and contract for differences (CFD) to clients.

Football is Britain's oil gusher

'Britain is to football what Saudi Arabia is to oil and we have a gusher coming out of London of fantastic football content,' according to new News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson.

In yet another sign of the globalisation of football, Thomson said that News Corp's UK papers were looking to repackage their football coverage for fans in Asia and Latin America. Quite what this will mean in practice is unclear. What do they want to know that is different from English fans, other than coverage of Latin American and (the relatively few) Asian players in the Premier League.

Everton explore new stadium options

Everton Football Club are exploring options to build a new ground near Goodison Park in Liverpool. 'We have identified a site close to Goodison and we have a [Liverpool] council at the moment who are extremely positive in their desire to help us,” said Everton chairman Bill Kenwright. 'If we take forward what we’re looking at now, I think you would be happier than sharing with the Reds.'

Progress on Anfield redevelopment

Liverpool believe that real progress has been made in their bid to redevelop Anfield following progress in a council-led property purchase programme. The club should be able to make a full planning application early next year.

Twenty-two of the 30 properties that need to be bought have now been purchased by Liverpool City Council and social housing provider Your Housing Group. The remaining eight houses are all in the hands of private landlords and could ultimately be made subject to compulsory purchase order.

Cardiff City AFC to expand stadium

Cardiff City AFC have unveiled plans to expand the Cardiff City Stadium to an eventual capacity of 38,000. Designs have been outlined to supporters as part of an ongoing feasibility study and the first stage of development could begin as early as September or October this year.

Phase one of the expansion would see the ground’s Ninian Stand given a second tier – with the roof of the stand removed before the end of the coming season. Then 5,000 seats would be put in between May and August next year, in time for the beginning of kick-off in the 2014/15 season.