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How footballers choose their homes

The House & Home supplement of the weekend Financial Times included an analysis of how footballers (and elite sportsmen more generally) choose their homes.   Not surprisingly, some of them have got their fingers burnt, but their buying habits can also have a major impact on local property markets.

Are Uefa targeting Manchester City?

Manchester City face with being charged by Uefa after their fans booed the Champions League anthem before their match against Seville on Wednesday.  Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body are to consider 'the disruption of the competition anthem' at their meeting on 19 November.

Uefa sources are discounting the prospect of a formal charge, but City intend to robustly defend their supporters' right to peaceful protest and are instructing lawyers.

Uefa pot is bigger

Uefa has provided details of the financial arrangements for the Champions League and Europa League for the 2015-18 cycle.  A total of €1.257bn will be available for distribution each season, of which €112m will go in solidarity payments to national associations.   For the first time the Champions League and the Europa League will form one single pot of money.

Messi to face tax charges

Lionel Messi and his father, who is his manager, are to face tax fraud charges and Spanish prosecutors are calling for a 22-month jail term.   They deny any wrongdoing and blame a former agent of the player.  Of course, even if they were found gullty, this would not necessarily be the sentence that was handed down.

Arsenal pay the price

Arsenal will miss out on the biggest Champions League prize pot ever if they fail to qualify for the group stage which looks increasingly likely.  The pot has been boosted by the deal with BT Sports.  They will get £8.84m for reaching the group stage.

Swiss Ramble scales heights with United

The Swiss Ramble blog has scaled the heights of analysis once again with an impressive in depth treatment of Manchester United.   As always, there are lots of graphs and data to back up the argument.  It must take hours of careful work, but you also need the right skill set to do it properly.

El Clásico under threat after vote

Nationalist parties have won the regional elections in Catalonia.   They plan to hold an independence referendum within eighteen months.  Spain has said that it would challenge any such referendum in the courts.

Real Madrid no longer world's most valuable sports team

Real Madrid are no longer the world's most valuable sports team according to a new study by Forbes.  At £2.1bn they have been overtaken by the Dallas Cowboys at £2.6bn.

Barcelona are in fifth place at £2bn.   The only other football team in the top ten are Manchester United at £2.01bn.

New crowdfunding platform for players

Kickrs.Net is a new digital crowdfunding platform that allows fans to fund the acquistion of new young players at their club.   Belgian Juliper Pro League club Sint-Truiden is the first to feature with a young Greek player being targeted.

€103,175 Euros has been raised so far from 289 investors.  That's an average of €357 Euros per investor or approximately £260.

England could lose fourth Champions League spot

There is a risk that England could lose its fourth Champions League spot.  It shouldn't be exaggerated, but England could be overtaken by Italy.