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Football Levy Called For in Germany

Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has suggested each household in Germany pay an extra two euros a month to put German league football back on terrestial television. The levy would be added to the €17.98 monthly television licence fee in an effort to close the gap in television revenue with England, Spain and Italy. Hoeness argued that it was not even the price of a small beer, but those Germans who are not interested in football might resent paying it. It would be a general levy to serve a specific purpose.

Lower Level Troubles | Merthyr Tydfil FC and Bromsgrove Rovers

I was rung by a leading national newspaper today about the financial problems League 1 and League 2 clubs. There are fears that as many as six could go into administration in the next few weeks. That may be an exaggerated forecast, but the credit crunch has hit the local businesses that support clubs at that level. The answer in terms of a strategy is to have a lean and mean financial model that takes account of what is possible. Darlington got themselves into trouble by building a stadium that was far too big for their potential support.

Football or Arms Race?

Podcast from University of Nottingham, featuring Dr Wyn Morgan.

Under discussion, the state of finance in football in light of the record-breaking Manchester City takeover.

Liverpool FC's Commercial Problems

Liverpool FC may be on track for what their fans hope will be another Champions League triumph which would offset their less satisfying Premiership performance. However, in progressing as far as they have, they are punching above their weight financially. When it comes to money as compared with performance on the pitch, Real Madrid are way ahead of them with a financial Deloitte money list table topping annual revenue of £290m compared with £167m at Liverpool. That puts them seventh in the Deloitte European money league, a quarter-finalist's performance.

Sepp Blatter Forecasts Economic 'Tsunami'

Anyone who follows football is familiar with the agenda of Fifa president Sepp Blatter. He, like Michel Platini, resents the success of English clubs in the Champions League (even though both of them may deny it). He also does not like the involvement of big business in football. It is therefore no surprise that he should welcome the global financial crisis as an opportunity to return football to what he sees as its roots, although some of us are sceptical about whether the era of rule by local small businessmen who invested nothing in the team or the stadium was such a golden age.

Stockport County FC In Trouble

League 1 side Stockport County have hit financial problems. Considerable efforts are being made to prevent the club going into administration. Stockport MP Ann Coffey managed to negotiate a stay of execution over its massive bill owing to the Inland Revenue (no suprise to learn that they, and hence the taxpayer, are the main creditors).

Big Profit For Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle made a profit of £1m last year despite funding the highest wage bill in the club's history. Accounts for the year ending 31 May 2008 show the Pilgrims turned round a loss of more than £700,000 in the previous 12 months to £1.1m profit. The Pilgrims made £3.8m profit on the transfer market last year, enabling them to finance their highest ever wage costs despite their gate income becoming the fourth lowest in the Championship. Chairman Paul Stapleton was frank about the inevitability of transfer fees being used to bail out the club as a trading concern.

Sweden Beat US On Penalties To Win Algarve Cup

In women's international football (soccer) there are three important tournaments: the World Cup (current holders: Germany), the Olympics (current holders: USA) and the annual 'Algarve Cup' (holders: USA). This last tournament may be invitation only and carry less media coverage than the other two genuinely world events, but it has been held since 1994 and it's final takes place in the Estádio Algarve - a 30,000 capacity ground built for the 2004 European Football Championships.

Where The Recession Hits Football

Recessions, even prolonged and deep ones, do not hit all businesses equally. Domino's Pizza is an example of a business that has been boosted by the recession as cautious consumers substitute a takeaway for a meal out. Cinemas have also been doing good business, although attendances may have boosted by the success of particular films. The supermarkets that compete on price rather than quality or service have also been doing well. On the other hand, the motor vehicle industry has been hit hard. And estate agents, never the most popular businesses, have also taken a pounding.

West Ham Play For Time

West Ham United's Icelandic owners are hoping for a three months' breathing space to complete the sale of the club. Talks have been held with five potential bidders, including an Asian consortium, but no firm offer has yet been made. A creditor, who is owed about £4m, has been seeking to freeze some of the assets of Bjorgolfur Gudmansson, the club's owner. A court in Reyjkavik adjourned its decision after a hearing last Friday. The takeover process, which it is hoped can be completed by the summer, is being led by banks owed money by the club.