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KPMG has named Manchester United as the world’s most valuable football club, becoming the first ever club to have an enterprise value of over €3 billion. Jose Mourinho’s Europa League winners have climbed above Real Madrid into top spot after experiencing a seven per cent increase on last year’s value, while Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City also feature in the top five most valuable teams. The Dutch auditors have devised an algorithm which takes in not only a club’s revenue, but is a combination of five three factors: profitability, popularity, sporting potential, broadcasting rights and stadium ownership. The combination…

Jose Mourinho says Wednesday’s Europa League victory was validation for Manchester United after being “the worst team in the world” at times this season. Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday night and earned more silverware for the club following victories in the EFL Cup and the Community Shield. Mourinho’s first season in charge yielded only a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, but Wednesday night’s win secures a place in next season’s Champions League – and Mourinho insists the season must now be seen as a success. He said:…

Outgoing Barcelona boss Luis Enrique lamented his side’s inconsistency after they fell short of retaining their La Liga title on Sunday. Barca came from 2-0 down to beat Eibar 4-2 in Enrique’s final home game in charge, but Real Madrid pipped the Catalans by three points at the top of the table thanks to their 2-0 win over Malaga. “Without doubt our consistency,” said Enrique when asked why Barca missed out on the title. “We let games get away that we haven’t in other years. At the end of the day we’ve paid the price.” Barca won all of their…

Zinedine Zidane claimed winning La Liga as Real Madrid coach on Sunday surpasses his stellar achievements as a player and even lifting the Champions League in his debut season as coach last year. Madrid claimed the Spanish title for a 33rd time as Cristiano Ronaldo struck his 40th goal of the season and Karim Benzema slotted home early in the second-half to secure a 2-0 win at Malaga. “It is the happiest day of my professional life by a distance,” Zidane said after landing Madrid’s first title in five years. “Right now I would like to stand up here and…

A comprehensive list of all the possible European qualifiers and relegated teams across the major leagues. PREMIER LEAGUE Champions League: Chelsea (champions), Tottenham Hotspur, plus one of Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal; Manchester United (also EFL Cup winners, could qualify as Europa League winners) Champions League final qualifying round: One of Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal Europa League group stage: Two of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United (also EFL Cup winners) and Arsenal. Europa League third qualifying round: Everton Relegated: Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hull City Promoted to top flight: Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United, plus one of Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Fulham through playoffs…

Juventus have reached the Champions League Final and will pocket at least €108m, rising to €113.7m if they win the trophy. According to Calcio e Finanza, the Bianconeri have hit the jackpot simply by getting to Cardiff, where they will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid. Between UEFA prizes and TV rights, playing the Champions League Final will be worth in the region of €108m. If they lift the trophy for the first time since 1996, it’ll be up to €113.7m coming in this season. That would be more than Juve picked up by reaching the Final in Berlin…

Real Madrid manager  Zinedine Zidane has said that the White Angels will not change their style of play in their Champions league semi final second leg against rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. “We’re wrong if we think we’ll go through just because we’ve won two finals”, added the Whites’ coach, Zidane spoke to the media at the Real Madrid City. The Whites coach explained how the team is going in to the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Atlético: “We’ll try to go in to the game as we have been doing so far. You have to go out on…

Real Madrid need just two more goals to reach 500 in the UEFA Champions League proper – and Cristiano Ronaldo has contributed an incredible 17.7% of their current total! Real Madrid need just two more goals to become the first team to score 500 in the UEFA Champions League. All-time UEFA Champions League goals* 498: Real Madrid 459: Barcelona 415: Bayern München 350: Manchester United 281: Arsenal 261: Juventus 249: Chelsea 231: AC Milan 218: Porto 187: Lyon Madrid’s goals have come against 57 different clubs, with Bayern München breached more than any other side. Who have Madrid scored most goals…

AS Roma sporting director Monchi has confirmed that the clubs all -time appearance record holder and top scorer Francesco Totti is set to call time on his 24-year career with the club and retire from soccer at the end of this season. The 40-year-old, has been at Roma since he was 13 and made his debut in 1993. He captained the team to the 2001 Serie A title and back-to-back Coppa Italia triumphs in 2007 and 2008. He is out of contract at the end of the season. “There is an agreement with the club that this will be his…

The former Man United man steered Los Blancos to a dominant win over their city rivals, netting a goal in the 10th minute before adding two strikes late in the second half. His performances during the group stage of this year’s competition led many to question whether age was finally catching up with the Portuguese forward, scoring just twice in six games. But after netting his eighth in five games during the knockout stages of the tournament, questions about his diminishing ability have been emphatically answered Even so, the four-time Ballon D’or winner was forced to plead with the Bernabeu…

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