- Thomas Tuchel to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea — reports
- Pandemic to cost richest 20 clubs more than €2 billion
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers reach Super Bowl
- Djokovic criticised by fellow players over coronavirus restrictions letter
COVID costs counted for football’s biggest clubs
The coronavirus pandemic could cost Europe’s 20 highest earning football clubs over €2 billion ($2.4 billion), according to forecasts from financial experts Deloitte.
The organization’s latest “Football Money League” report shows that revenues of the 20 clubs analyzed fell by 1.1 million euros last season due to closed stadiums and television rebates. The outlook isn’t expected to get better quickly, with fans still absent in most major leagues.
“The revenue that’s been missed out on is driven by the lack of fans in the stadium, the lack of interaction on a matchday – fans spending in the club shop and buying food and drink – and there is an element that relates to revenue that broadcasters have either clawed back or deferred to next year,” said Tim Bridge of Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.
According to the report, Bayern Munich, up to third, remain the richest German club. Borussia Dortmund come in 12th, while relegation-threatened Schalke are 16th and Eintracht Frankfurt are a new entry in 20th.
Tennis stars clash over Australian Open restrictions
World number 1 Novak Djokovic has faced criticism from fellow players after the Serbian star published a list of requests concerning coronavirus restirctions at the upcoming Australian Open.
The requests reportedly included moving players into private homes with tennis courts and getting them better meals.
Nick Kyrgios called Djokovic a “tool” in an interview, while Rafael Nadal, though not as direct, appeared to also take issue with Djokovic’s demands.
“We all try to help each other,” Nadal told ESPN on Monday. “Some need to make public all they do to try to help others, while some of us do it privately without publishing our calls or making propaganda with it.”
Djokovic said his good intentions had been “misconstrued.” The reigning Australian Open champion had previously faced widespread condemnation for the Adria Tour, which flouted pandemic regulations last year and led to a series of positive coronavirus tests.
Tuchel to replace Lampard at Chelsea — reports
After Frank Lampard was sacked as Chelsea coach, media reports in England suggest that Thomas Tuchel is in line to take over the Premier League club.
Tuchel has only been out of work for a month since being relieved of his duties by French side Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he won back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and reached the Champions League final during his two-and-a-half years in charge.
At Stamford Bridge, Tuchel would join up with compatriots Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Antonio Rüdiger, plus his former PSG captain Thiago Silva and Borussia Dortmund protege Christian Pulisic.
Pal Dardai returns to Hertha Berlin
Struggling Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin have turned to former head coach Pal Dardai to save them from relegation after sacking Bruno Labbadia on Saturday.
The Hungarian coach (44) was in charge of Hertha from 2014-2019 and has now signed a new 18-month contract until 2022.
“Returning to the first team was certainly not part of my plan,” said Dardai, who has been in charge of Hertha’s under-16s. “But I don’t need to tell anybody what Hertha BSC means to me, so there was never any doubt that I would help out in this situation.”
Bucs beat Packers to reach Super Bowl
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will become the first ever NFL franchise to compete in a Super Bowl in their home city when they face the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa, Florida, on February 7.
The Bucs beat the Green Bay Packers, featuring German-American wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, 31-26 to secure their place in the big game, where NFL legend Tom Brady will be looking to win a record seventh Super Bowl.
Kevin Grosskreutz retires
World Cup winner Kevin Grosskreutz has retired from football aged 32.
The former Borussia Dortmund player struggled to keep his career going after he left the Bundesliga giants. An unsuccessful move to Turkey was followed by a return to Germany where he never really settled, with his career fizzling out.
His best days came at Dortmund, where he made 176 appearances and twice won the Bundesliga. During that time he also played for Germany and was a member of the 2014 World Cup squad that won it all in Brazil.