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Do some clubs think they are above the law?

12:30 pm
Spain and Italy seem rife with corruption, as does FIFA and you have to question UEFA who have made some ridiculous decisions over tournament size and the fifth official who I have never yet seen raise a flag, why does he carry one? These guys must be the most short-sighted officials in history, they never see anything.

  • Javier Mascherano admits tax evasion and hopes to stay out of jail by paying a bigger fine.
  • Lionel Messi faces tax fraud charges, as does his father.
  • The Neymar move to Barcelona is being investigated over corruption and tax fraud. In a separate case  in Brazil, Neymar had $50m (£34.5m) of assets frozen by a court.
  • Barcelona president is investigated over tax fraud
  • Barcelona found guilty of signing under-age players
  • Barcelona find a way around a transfer ban


Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, washed his hands of any Barcelona wrongdoing, preferring to push blame elsewhere in his interview with the BBC. He claimed most players in Spain had been in tax review, which rather shows the corrupt practices that were taking place in Spain. He reveals  that players have had to pay extra taxes as a result. 

When you bear in mind the EU refused to give Spanish banks any more money until they collected loan payments from football clubs who weren't paying them and that authorities started collecting taxes from football clubs, or the 'helpful' land purchases by Real Madrid, you get the impression some clubs think they are above the law. 

He argued that it was the "responsibility of their tax advisors if they do things correctly or incorrectly" and "it is the private problems of the players". Are the clubs not paying the players taxes or is each player a separate company who merely submits an invoice as is responsible for his own affairs. When is the problem countrywide and not isolated to a few players trying to work the system?

What with the preferential treatment he feels his club should be entitled to, he has a warped view of the world. No doubt he will be hoping one of the five teams left who have received preferential treatment in the UEFA Europa League win it.

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Barcelona worried by Premier league wealth

8:32 am
Barcelona worried by Premier league wealth

Barcelona president worried wealth of Premier League


Wealthy Spanish giants Barcelona, who have a TV deal heavily weighted in their favour in La Liga, are concerned about the financial strength of the Premier League. There is a bumper TV deal on its way which will make every English Premier League club wealthy. The rest of Europe do not like it and are worried they will struggle to compete.


Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke to the BBC over his fears.

"The 20 teams in the Premier League are more than £5.136 billion ($ 7.21 billion) for live domestic broadcasts in a three-year contract from next season.  
"The Premier League teams will have an unbelievable financial situation ... and we are concerned. The Premier League is the best competition in football. It has the greatest interest in fans and revenue. 
"You do good things and keep the teams in the competition, where everyone is equal, it is a league that is of interest to everyone. 
"We have different budgets in Spain and would be difficult for someone to be like Leicester the leader of the Premier League.

He feels that La Liga needs to be more even, yet Real Madrid and Barcelona take the lion's share of all TV money so quite how he proposes to achieve hat while working against it by not sharing the TV money more evenly, is a mystery.

He was more concerned with the best talent in Spain could be lured by the new wealth on offer to England, but said for Barca players there is more attraction than just money.

"Our opponents in the Premier League, they are great opponents. We must do everything possible to improve our sales and financial situation to make the talent of our team stay with us. 
"That's why I'm so worried and we are working on it. We want to keep our talent at home. I know that our players are in contact with other clubs, it is normal. None of our players have said they want to leave. 
"Most get better financial offers, but our players are not in Barcelona for money, they are there because of the football and the commitment of the fans."

Barca and Real head the Football Rich List, but Bartomeu said his goal was 
to achieve one billion euros (£1.10 billion) annual sales. He wants to develop the Barcelona brand to increase revenue. Football is all about money now, you need it to compete regularly at the top.

Real Madrid topped Deloitte Football Money League. cSales increased for the year 2015 to £577 million, followed by Barcelona (£560) and Manchester United (£520) in the third.

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Neymar Sale - Santos got just £8.09 million!

9:30 am
The big transfer of the window, the latest Brazilian wonder player Neymar to Barcelona, gives us an insight into the murky world of finance in football transfers.

Details have been leaked by Brazilian news outlet Globo Radio and they make for interesting reading. They show the crazy world of transfer finance when buying players whose economic rights have an element of third party ownership.

The minutes of a Santos board meeting on 18th June that have been leaked, show Barcelona paid just £14.7 million (€17 million) to buy Neymar.

Santos only received £8.09 million (€9.35 million) of that, the rest being divided between two companies that owned part of the players’ rights, DIS (40% owners) and Teisa (5% owners).

Now the deal cost Barcelona £49.29 million (€57 million) because they paid Neymar’s dad, who is also his agent, £34.59 million (€40 million) in commission/agent fees. In 2012 Barcelona had paid Neymar’s dad an advance on his son's future transfer to them of £8.65 million (€10 million).

So a player regarded as one of the best in the world and wanted by every top club, is sold for £49.29 million (€57 million) and his former club, Santos, amazingly receive only 16.4% of that, £8.09 million (€9.35 million).

How is this for an add-on clause, nothing as mundane as appearances. According to Brazilian based Globoesporte, Santos will receive an additional £1.73 million (€2 million) if Neymar is named among the top three players in the world in the Ballon d’Or awards within the next five years.

Radio Globo reveal that as part of the deal Barcelona and Santos have agreed to play two friendlies, one this year, one next year. The first is scheduled for Friday August 2nd at the Camp Nou, with Barcelona paying all of the Brazilian club’s travel costs.

The second will take place in Brazil between July and September 2014. If for any reason the match does not take place, Barcelona will then have to pay Santos an extra £3.89 million (€4.5 million).

One complicated deal, football games, award nominations clause, third party economic rights, family agents, it's easy to see why it can be problematical dealing with South American clubs or even European clubs like Porto. A lot of people to please and the selling club not actually receiving that much money.

Makes you understand why Internacional want £21.62 million (€25 million) for Leandro Damiao and are reluctant to accept the £18 million (€15.57 million) that both Spurs and Napoli value him at.

Every little helps.



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Gareth Bale - it's not so cut and dried this time

7:34 am
Gareth Bale's attempt to sweep all before him continues with news that he has been named in the 10-man shortlist for UEFA's 2012/13 Best Player in Europe award.

Last season on the domestic front, the Spurs wing man come striker won everything, the Professional Footballers' Association Footballer of the Year, Professional Footballers' Association Young Footballer of the Year, Football Writers Association Player of the Year, Barclays Player of the Year and of course our own Player of the Year award.

Incidentally it is the 9th time a Spurs player has won the FWA Player of the year, catching up with Man U whose players have also won it 9 times and now only behind Liverpool players on 11.

The UEFA shortlist is dominated by successful Bayern Munich players following their treble-winning season, with Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger all included.

The final 10 is completed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) and 2011 winner Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

The initial shortlist of 10 gets reduced to just 3 later this month and then journalists will choose the winner.

We'll know the result when it is announced on August 29th at the Champions League draw.

It does seem a bit daft dishing out an award for the previous season, when a new season has already started.




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That Livermore Looks Pretty Decent

10:05 pm
Jake Livermore played a blinder in tonights game. Okay, so he only played a part of the match, but I can see why Harry got him to sign a contract extension.

The midfielder got his head onto the end of a Assou-Ekotto cross to level the game against Barcelona.

Not only does Livermore look like a Rugby League player, but he's agile, gets stuck in and above all, looks like he's got heart.

With Naughton making his debut, as well as Bostock, Rose and Dervite, the future looks lillywhite. Let's hope Harry allows the kids to flourish this season.

I'll tell you what though; we could be seeing a lot more of Jake Livermore.
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