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Barcelona in best economic position in history

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeou has claimed in an interview with the Financial Times weekend magazine that Barcelona are in the best economic position in their history.   Annual revenues have tripled in a decade to €530m.   Only Real Madrid does better with €604m.

Barca probably have the lowest average ticket prices of any of the top 15 clubs in Europe.  However, after eschewing commercial shirt sponsorships for many years, it is now highly reliant on the €30m a year it gets from its Qatari shirt sponsor.

Could West Ham overtake Spurs?

This article argues that West Ham could overtake Spurs on and off the pitch.   There is no doubt that the move to the Olympic Stadium represents a big opportunity for West Ham.   For example, fast train connections from Stratford International will present new marketing opportunities in Kent, taking it beyond its traditional base in East London and Essex.

AC Milan plan to leave San Siro

AC Milan are considering proposals to leave the San Siro for a 48,000-capacity stadium.  They share the stadium with Inter Milan.   The San Siro once had a capacity of 85,000, but AC Milan averaged 40,061 last season while Inter had 46,246.

They have teamed up with the designers of Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena and Beijing's Bird Nest stadium.  It is hoped to open the new stadium in time for the 2018-19 season.

Ebbsfleet plan stadium revamp

Ebbsfleet United's stadium at Stonebridge Road is over 100 years ols and the club is planning a major revamp.   Each stand would be replaced over the next few years at a cost of £3m.   Work on the first phase, replacing the stand along Stonebridge Road, would start at the end of the current season if planning permission can be secured.   Capacity would increase from 4,000 to 6,000.

Bernebau may be re-named

The Bernebau, the iconic home of Real Madrid, may have a change of name.   The Santiago Bernebau may in future be known as the Abu Dhabi Bernebau.   This follows a sponsorship deal with oil company IPIC which owns a Spanish company and is itself owned by the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Lease offered on Edgar Street

Herefordshire Council has said that it is prepared to offer a two year lease on Hereford United's old ground at Edgar Street.   The Hereford United Supporters' Trust is disappointed that it is only two years, although the council is prepared to extend it.

The Supporters' Trust are setting up a phoenix club to be called Hereford FC.   However, according to BBC Midlands, two other parties are also interested in taking out a lease.

Sisu suffer setbacks in the courts

Coventry City's owners Sisu have suffered further setbacks in their battle in the courts over the Ricoh Arena.   Their appeal against a refusal of a judicial review of a loan by Coventry City Council to the stadium's operators, Arena Coventry Limited, has been rejected and, what is more, the judge ticked off their laywers over the nature of their application.

Kingstonian look for new ground

Kingstonian are looking for a new ground in anticipation of AFC Wimbledon's move back to Merton.  At present they get rent free use of the Kingsmeadow ground which they sold to the phoenix club in 2003.

However, the 4,700 capacity is too great for their average crowds of around 300.  Chelsea are interested in acquiring the ground for their under 21, youth and ladies teams.

Save Hitchin Town

The fight is on to save Hitchin Town, one of three clubs to play in the first FA Cup that is still taking part today.   They are threatened with losing their ground and having to use an out of town site they don't want.

One complication that this report does not make clear is that the ground is owned by a charity (which has a general obligation under charity law to make best use of its assets) while the club is run by a company.

Stadium crisis at Hayes and Yeading

Conference South club Hayes & Yeading may only have three months to come up with £300,000 or face closure.    They need this just to move into their partly built new home at Beaconsiield Road and another £1.2m to complete the structure of their main stand.    The club ground shared at Woking and more recently at Maidenhead United.