Once a year, when the transfer window opens (twice if one includes the less busy January shop front), the football scene transforms into a high-end store for top quality talent. THT dissects the top spenders and buyers.
After five years and titles galore FC Barcelona has finally signed a centre-back, the last being Dmytro Chygrynskiy in 2009. However, the signee, Jérémy Mathieu, 30, is anything but a natural centre-back, THT gives you a detailed insight of the financial implications of this deal.
The column ‘Finance Football’ tackles the economic aspects of the world’s favorite pastime, taking a closer look at the commercial side of the game. In the Forth edition we look at Barcelona Joan Gaspart, Joan Laporta who had/have to contest with Florentino Perez’ Real Madrid and his successor Ramon Calderon who was in charge of the Spanish capital outfit before the former returned in 2009. Read “Financial Analysis On Perez’s Galacticos Policy And FC Barcelona’s Rise | Part 1” here Even though Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea FC are set to lock horns this weekend, it’s La Liga face-off between Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid that truly deserves the tag “Billion Euro Match”. While the ascension of the English pairing more or less has been financed by the generosity of very wealthy individuals, Barcelona and Madrid success hasn’t found its origins in the bank account of a billionaire owner. For better or worse these clubs were forced to formulate […]
Florentino Perez is the creator and engineer of some of the biggest transfers in football. The prototype of the modern day sugar daddy. How Perez is using expensive vanity signings to maintain a stronghold over Madrid; a presidency built upon false promises and hefty bills that serve no purpose but to keep him in office. A financial analysis.
Real Madrid's pursuit of Gareth Bale, Barcelona's capture of Neymar or is it Arsenal's acquisition of Mesut Özil? Whose "Superstar" is worth his outlay?
THT argues why Alex Song can never be the solution to the current problem areas at FC Barcelona that need attention.
Superstars are rewarded with affection in Barcelona, while the others are expected to enjoy the privilege of playing for the club sans any kind of recognition.
Shahid Khan's acquisition of Fulham FC could potentially signal the arrival of another big spender. The questions are: Will he? And how much does he have to?
AS Roma's new signing, De Rossi's possible move to Chelsea, Man City's hunt for a new striker and Luis Suarez in TheHardTackle's daily transfer round-up.
Spain is the home of world-renowned artists, musicians, athletes, some of the finest football teams in history, yet it is also the nation with the most boring top flight among all of Europe’s major leagues. Despite recent setbacks – if Spain’s defeat at the finals of the Confederations Cup and the exits of Barcelona and Real Madrid at semi-final stage of the Champions League can be considered as such – Spanish football must still be considered the benchmark for excellence, at least at international level. Whereas Brazil’s success at the Confederations Cup was somewhat surprising, it’s neither proof of Spain’s regression nor evidence for the superiority of the Selecao. It’s a final that Spain lost. No more, no less. Bottom line: The Spanish National Team did reach the finals of yet another international tournament. Something a host of teams have failed to accomplish in years, if not decades. Even Spain’s U21 set-up is in a very good shape. Spain’s next generation […]