How much money did your club make this year? It’s a big deal in the high-currency world of soccer and it seems easier to make a big rise than a big fall, as evidenced by the jumps of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in the past few seasons.
Yet in this fiscal climate, a club can make more money and still drop in the Deloitte rankings of highest-earning teams in world soccer. While Manchester United improved its earnings by more than 20 million pounds in 2013, they’ve slipped a spot in the table.
No. 4 overall last year, the Red Devils are now rounding out the Top Five. Who’s in front of them? Real Madrid and Barcelona are still Nos. 1 and 2, while PSG and Bayern Munich are also ahead of United.
It’s not as bad as it may seem to some Premier League fans, with only one club in the Top Five. Why? Well, PL clubs make up the next four spots after United as well, as Man City hits No. 6, Chelsea No. 7, Arsenal No. 8 and Liverpool No. 9. Thanks, TV!
Spurs are No. 14, and Deloitte revealed their beliefs that several more English clubs could make the jump into the Top 20 next year due to the increasing television rights for Premier League matches. Everton, Newcastle and West Ham are tabbed as favorites to enter the fray.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.