SINGAPORE: If football can be an unforgiving sport on the pitch, what happens off it is a whole different ball game.For many successful businessmen and cash-rich investors, owning a top European club may sound glamorous and lucrative, but can be a quick way to lose money or reputation - and often both.That hasn’t stopped foreign suitors looking to court western teams.Asia has had a long love affair with European, especially English, football.This is reflected in the boardrooms of many famous teams. Out of the 44 clubs in the top two tiers of English football, 16 are under Asian ownership, either in full or part.PETER LIM AND VALENCIAFamed Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim has experienced both the highs and the lows in this area. He owns 40 per cent of Salford City, with former Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham sharing the rest.The new regime took control in 2014, when the club was in the eighth tier of … [Read more...] about Commentary: Love for the game? Is owning a football club worth the trouble?
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A heartbroken Milos Degenek had only one way to describe the dreadful error that ended Australia's Asian Cup campaign. "Pretty s---," the 24-year-old said. "S--- to be in my shoes and my skin." The central defender's mistake midway through the second half of Friday's quarterfinal allowed the United Arab Emirates to score the only goal of the match in a 1-0 defeat for Australia. Degenek attempted a backpass to goalkeeper Mat Ryan but could only look on in horror as UAE striker Ali Mabkhout pounced on the ball, rounded Ryan and slotted into an empty net. "I don't feel sorry so much for myself as I do for my country and my teammates, because obviously we ended a tournament because of my mistake," Degenek said. "I've got to deal with it. I've had situations like this before -- you learn, you grow up, you move on. I'm 24, 25 years of age, I'm a man, I can accept the fact that I did the mistake but that's football. I'll have many more in my life I think." While Degenek was … [Read more...] about Australia’s Milos Degenek dejected for ‘mistake’ in Asian Cup loss
There's lots to talk about in this week's Monday Musings following a wild weekend. Gab Marcotti is here to recap the big stories around soccer. Jump to: No crisis yet for Man City | End of Bayern's dominance? | Fati masks Barca's issues | Juventus get lucky | Neymar gets rude welcome | Arsenal woe continues | | Neville harsh on Man United? | Chelsea's youth movement | Dortmund ready for Barca | Odegaard dazzling for Sociedad | Why Firmino's so special | Conte, Inter keep winning | The sad story of #BlueGirl Sky isn't falling for Man City despite Norwich shock One of the more odd decisions this past summer was Manchester City not replacing Vincent Kompany. "Replace" is perhaps too strong a word. You can't "replace" him but you can bring in another live body to give you an alternative at centre-back and provide some competition for John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi. - ESPN Champions League fantasy: Sign up now!- Ogden: Man City might regret inspiring LiverpoolThis team would win … [Read more...] about Man City aren’t in crisis despite Norwich shock. PLUS: Bayern’s Bundesliga dominance is under threat
The Premier League transfer window has closed, but the rest of Europe remains open for business. Plus, it's never too late to look forward to January! Click here to view the latest transfers and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. TOP STORY: Premier League chase is on for Rennes wonderkid Manchester City, Arsenal and Spurs are in the hunt for Rennes' 16-year-old wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga, after his virtuoso performance against Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Sunday evening, according to the Daily Mail. Rennes beat PSG 2-1, thanks in no small part to the performance of Camavinga -- who was playing in front of scouts from a bevy of Premier League sides in attendance at Roazhon Park. Spurs had lined up a bid for him last season when the teenage midfielder made his debut for Les Rennais. He made seven appearances for the French club last season and has already played three times during the current Ligue 1 campaign. How long he ends up staying there remains to be seen. … [Read more...] about Transfer Talk: Man City, Arsenal, Spurs chase French youngster
Stephen Constantine's men did it the hard way -- scripting an improbable second-half wipeout of Thailand in a 4-1 win, pushing hosts UAE to the edge but paying for their lack of finishing in a 2-0 defeat, and then reserved their worst for the last. The score might have read only 1-0 to Bahrain, but India were outplayed and outmaneuvered before finally being shown the way out. What are some of the positives and negatives, and what lies in store for this team, now without Constantine, who stepped down following the Bahrain defeat? Positives It's a young Indian team, and there was enough spark shown in the three matches to suggest there's lots to work with for anybody succeeding Constantine. The outgoing coach and his support staff have done a good job of making this a fit, compact side. What the new man might just need to work on is a philosophy that the players can embrace. If Thailand were beaten with speed, pace and clinical finishing -- a performance that made Sven-Goran Eriksson sit … [Read more...] about After Asian Cup exit, what next for India?