ANALYSE THIS: Premier League rich but performs below par

FOOTBALL – The Deloitte Money League has been released and unsurprisingly, the Euro Club Index ranking, which rates clubs based on performance, is highly correlated with this annual ranking of wealth. Four of the top-five clubs on the Deloitte list are also in the Euro Club Index top-10. Manchester United are the big exception at third in the Money League but ranked only 13th by the Euro Club Index. Another Premier League club, Liverpool, are the ninth richest in the world but are currently only just hanging onto a place in the Euro Club Index top-25. All nine Premier League clubs in Deloitte’s top-20 richest are ranked lower by the Euro Club Index.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Fernando Torres returns to Atlético

FOOTBALL –  Fernando Torres has rejoined Atlético Madrid seven and a half years after leaving for Liverpool, the beginning of an odyssey which saw him win the 2011/12 Champions League, 2012/13 Europa League and 2011/12 FA Cup with Chelsea as well as two European Championships (2008 and 2012) and the World Cup (2010) with Spain. Check out our infographic on El Niño here. Continue reading

ANALYSE THIS: Euro Club Index – PSG/Arsenal switch only top-10 change

FOOTBALL – Paris Saint-Germain have swapped places with Arsenal in the Euro Club Index over the last week, moving into ninth position with Arsenal dropping to 10th. AC Milan are back in the top-25 for the first time since February, replacing Athletic Bilbao.

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REVIEW: Domenico Berardi follows in the footsteps of Andri Shevchenko

FOOTBALL – Domenico Berardi scored a hat-trick in Sassuolo’s 4-3 away win at Fiorentina after he had also netted a hat-trick in Sassuolo’s 4-3 win at Sampdoria earlier this season. Berardi became the first player in 14 years to score a hat-trick in multiple away matches in a single Serie A season since Andri Shevchenko in 1999/2000 for AC Milan (3-0 win at Perugia and a 4-4 draw at Lazio).

REVIEW: No Italian teams in CL quarterfinals

FOOTBALL –  For the fourth time since the introduction of the quarterfinals, the last eight features no Italian side. This was also the case in 2000/01, 2001/02 and 2008/09. Atlético Madrid, who knocked off the last remaining Italian side, AC Milan, equalled their best ever showing in the Champions League by reaching the quarterfinals. They also advanced to this stage in 1996/97.