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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RECORD: Spain to serve up five-star CL campaign

FOOTBALL – Valencia CF reached the main stage of the Champions League and made Spain the first country ever to be represented by five teams in one CL season. In Thursday’s draw pots Valencia will be joined by fellow Spanish sides FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla FC.

IN THE NEWS: Sevilla 4th Spanish team in 2015/2016 CL

FOOTBALL – With Sevilla FC winning the Europa League final, they have automatically qualified for the 2015/2016 Champions League group stage, making it the fourth Spanish side among the 22 teams already qualified for next season’s CL main tournament.

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THE WAVE: Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid

FOOTBALL – For the first time in almost 10 years both teams failed to score in the Madrid derby. Real Madrid were dominant until the last 15 minutes of the match where Atleti were on top. Both efforts were not successful and for the first time since their La Liga clash in May 2005, the match ended in a goalless draw.
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REVIEW: Madrid derby by the numbers

FOOTBALL – Atlético Madrid beat crosstown rivals Real Madrid 4-0 in La Liga on Saturday, their biggest win against Real since 7 November 1987 when they won 4-0 at Real in the league. Click on the continue reading button to see a breakdown of statistics of this Madrid derby. Continue reading

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