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It's time of the year again when the Premier League season is just round the corner (but not yet) and the FPL is open for selection. It probably makes sense now to learn and scout a few players then settle on a GW1 squad sometime just before the deadline (10th Aug).Click here to read more
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In order to host a World Cup, countries have to go through an arduous bidding process, competing against other nations for the prize of hosting the biggest sporting spectacle on Earth. However, more is promised than just a month long festival of football. When any major sporting event takes place, a lot is said about the legacy that it will leave behind once all the spectators have went home. This is especially true for the World Cup. The hosting nation often builds new stadiums, infrastructure and accommodation. In return for this, an economic stimulus is promised. A World Cup is meant to leave permanent benefits for the host nation, in terms of job creation, increased participation in football and public facilities. But does this happen? We’ve analysed some of the key outcomes of the previous four World Cups to find out.
During the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, South Korea’s national side miraculously made it the Semi Final’s, narrowly losing 1-0 to a 75th minute Michael Ballack strike. The event was hailed as a success for its seamlessly smooth operations and excellent football, but what effect did this have on both of the host countries? Tourism to Japan increased after the tournament. The Japanese public opinion of South Korea reached an all time high, helping to heal long standing issues between both countries, stemming from WW2. Although football is popular in Japan today, baseball remains the nations favourite pastime. The tournament reportedly cost a combined total of $7.5b to host, with an estimated economic impact of $11.86bn, making the tournament a financial success. This was the first time the World Cup was hosted across two countries.
The 2006 World Cup in Germany was widely praised as a tremendous success for the nation. According to the German government, tourism revenue increased by around $400m during the tournament, helping to boost the Germany economy. Also, a staggering 500,000 new jobs were created in the lead up to the tournament. The city of Cologne reported that their visitor numbers after the World Cup increased by between 7% and 10%. Another tangible benefit was that in preparation for the tournament, the German government invested the sum of €37b in infrastructure such as roads, transportation and facilities, so that the country could facilitate the surge in visitors. This is something that the German people still benefit from today. The German League also benefited by being awarded $70m, which was in turn put into grassroots development, so that young Germans could dream about playing in a World Cup one day themselves.
South Africa spend around $4bn on the 2010 World Cup, investing the money in six new state of the art stadiums and upgrading infrastructure such as roads and airports. FIFA generated a staggering $3.36bn from the event and awarded South Africa with $100m to fund grassroots projects around the country. Unfortunately, the South Africa World Cup has done nothing to improve the fortunes of the nations national team. Nicknamed Bafana Bafana, the team failed to qualify for Russia 2018, finishing bottom of their qualifying group with 4 points from 6 games. The national league still suffers from poor attendances, excluding the countries two major teams, Orlando Pirates and the Kaiser Chiefs. The estimated average cost of a tourist attending South Africa for the World Cup is estimated to be $13,000. The Cape Town stadium hosted five first round matches, and went on to host a second round, quarter final and semi final throughout the tournament. The stadium cost a reported $600m with the nations total spending for stadium construction and reburbishment topping $1.4bn. This left many South African’s wondering if they money could be better spent elsewhere in the country.
Widely criticised for leaving Brazil with several expensive but dormant stadiums, the 2014 World Cup is one that divides opinion. Brazil exited the tournament in a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the Semi Final, leaving the Selecao’s dream of winning the World Cup on home soil in tatters. Despite initial concerns, the 12 World Cup stadiums were ready on time for the opening ceremony to begin. However, now lies several near-abandoned stadiums which struggle to host any football at all. The most expensive stadium, adding up to a total cost of $550m, is located in Brasilia and is being used as a parking space for buses.
With the wide array of superstar signings in football on a bi-annual basis, it’s easy to get swept away with excitement when your latest midfield linchpin signs on the dotted line. But, is it worth spending 10’s of millions on the latest Brazilian prodigy when a Championship stalwart will give you the same return? We find out how much a Premier League goal really costs.
The 16/17 season was Arsenal’s 25th in the Premier League and 97th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, however Arsenal finished outside the top 4, which guarantee’s Champions League football, for the first time since the 95/96 season.
Bournemouth enjoyed only there second season in Premier League football since they were founded 127 years ago during the 16/17 season. Their leading goalscorer Joshua King scored 16 goals, helping them to a comfortable 9th place finish in the Premier League.
This season was Sean Dyche’s second attempt at keeping Burnley in the Premier League after their relegation in the 14/15 season. As of 2017, every time Burnley have participated in the Premier League, the title has been won by Chelsea.
Finishing the season as Champions, Chelsea stormed to the Premier League title with Diego Costa bagging 20 goals in the league. They were also runners-up in the FA Cup after defeat in the final to Arsenal.
With Alan Pardew leaving midway through the season, Sam Allardyce took the reins at Crystal Palace. Finising in 14th place in the league, Big Sam left Crystal Palace at the end of the season, saying that he had no ambitions of getting back involved in football.
The 16/17 season would be Romelu Lukaku’s last at Goodison Park, but not before he finished the sides top goalscorer with 25 goals. He also won Everton’s Player of the Season award, with Tom Davies winning Young Player of the Season.
Following promotion via the Championship Play-offs in 2016, Hull City battled to stay in the Premier League but couldn’t escape the drop. They were relegated following their 4-0 away defeat to Crystal Palace. They also had three different managers throughout the season: Mike Phelan, Marco Silva and Leonid Slutsky
After miraculously winning the league in the previous season, Leicester took part in the pre-season International Champions Cup and entered the 16/17 Champions League at the group stage. In the Premier League, they finished 12th, sacking Claudio Ranieri in February.
Finishing 4th in the Premier League, Liverpool qualified for the Champions League play-off round. Philippe Coutinho, the team’s joint top scorer with Sadio Mane, left Liverpool for Barcelona in the January transfer window.
Manchester City, managed by Pep Gaurdiola, finished 3rd in the Premier League in the 16/17 season. They competed in the Champions League for the sixth season in a row, but were knocked out of the competition in the round of 16 by Monaco.
Manchester United’s season began by winning the FA Community Shield 2-1 at Wembley against Leicester City. Although they missed out on qualifying for the Champions League via the league, after finishing in sixth place, they managed to beat Ajax in the final of the Europa League to claim a place in Europe’s elite competition.
On their long awaited return to the Premier League, Middlesborough struggled and finished in 19th place. The team found it difficult to score goals all season. Their total of 27 goals was the lowest in the league. However, they did boast a strong defensive record.
The 16/17 season was Southampton’s only campaign under the leadership of manager Claude Puel, despite finishing in an impressive 8th place. They also made it the the final of the EFL Cup, narrowly loosing to Manchester United 3-2 in the final.
After bringing in the likes of Joe Allen, Wilfried Bony and Bruno Martins Indi, Stoke City’s season began with two points from their first six matches, which meant they were languishing in the relegation zone. However, by December, they were back firmly in mid-table and ended the season in 13th on 44 points.
After ten consecutive seasons in the Premier League, this would be Sunderland’s last. Despite a brilliant return of 15 goals from veteran striker Jermaine Defoe, the Black Cats were unable to avoid the drop and finished bottom of the Premier League with 24 points.
Despite having three different managers during the 16/17 season, Swansea managed a 15th placed finish in the Premier League. At the end of the season, their top scorer Fernando Llorente left to join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur on a undisclosed fee.
In this breakthrough season for Spurs, the team finished 2nd in the Premier League and also made it to the semi finals of the FA Cup. They did however get knocked out of the round of 32 in the Europa League by Gent, losing 3-2 on aggregate.
Walter Mazzarri took over as Watford’s manager following the departure of Quique Flores. The Hornets managed to secure Premier League safety, finishing 17 with 40 points.
Following the arrival of the likes of Nacer Chadli and Matt Philips, West Brom performed well in the Premier League during the 16/17 season, finishing in 10th place. They were however, knocked out of the FA and EFL cup in the thrid and second round respectively.
Following their move from Upton Park to the London Stadium, and the promise of investment in the team, West Ham finished 11th in the Premier League. In Europe, they were beaten in the preliminary round of the Europa League by Astra Giurgiu, in a shock defeat.
We have picked our team of the year so now it's time to look at who has done the worst. This is of course highly subjective and controversial so we want to hear from you too!
We have lined up a 4-3-3 formation just because that seems to be the most popular formation in the Premier League this team!
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Time of the year is here for us to reflect on the season that has passed. We at FF Titans have picked our 2017/18 Premier League team of the season - there are controversies and surprises here!
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With about a quarter of the season to go, we gathered our editors and some guests in a chat session to make some predictions and talk about our FPL season so far.
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With the winter transfer window now officially closed, it’s a good time to take a good look at the new players available and perhaps the possible resurgence of some of the old faces. Some of you might want to save your WildCard till later in the season but I believe that it’s a good time to use it now if you have quite abit of deadwood in your squad or to save your season.
My strategy this time round is to load up on value for money players so that you have more money left to play around with the big players and your weekly captain pick.
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With the winter transfer window finally over, are you satisfied with your club's signings over the window? Do you think that your club has strengthened or weakened its position from the transfers? In Part 2, we do a quick review at the material signings of the bottom 10 clubs to see what impact the transfer window has on them!
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With the winter transfer window finally over, are you satisfied with your club's signings over the window? Do you think that your club has strengthened or weakened its position from the transfers? In Part 1, we do a quick review at the material signings of the top 10 clubs to see what impact the transfer window has on them!
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This January transfer window has been awfully quiet beyond the last few days of manic last minute buying by the clubs. Still, now that the window has officially closed, it's time to cherry pick which fantasy players you should be looking out for to boost your fantasy squad!
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