Juventus don’t play until Monday night, but they’ve already laid claim to the Serie A title. Their next closest challenger, Roma, fell helplessly at the feet of bottom side Catania, losing 4-1 in Sicily.
That leaves Roma sitting on 85 points, while Juve have already claimed 93. With just two games left for the giallorossi, it no longer matters how Juventus fare, as it’s impossible for Roma to catch them.
This scudetto is the third straight for the Old Lady, the most successful club in Italy. While many fans will claim it is the 32nd title for Juventus, in the official record it counts as the 30th, as the titles won in 2005 and 2006 were stripped in the wake of the calciopoli scandal.
What matters is this: Juventus have more scudetti than any other club in Italy. The Milan clubs, Internazionale and AC Milan, come closest with 18 apiece. No other club is even in the double-digits.
Fans of Italian soccer (Juventini excepted, of course) hope for a closer race next season. Roma will undoubtedly reinforce their squad and continue improving under Rudi Garcia. Smart transfers for Napoli and another season under Rafa Benítez should lift them higher. Both Milan clubs should undergo drastic changes in the offseason, and could find themselves back in the mix.
Meanwhile, fans of the Old Lady will continue to press for more. They last won the Champions League in 1996 and, after failing to make it past the group stages this season, are undoubtedly looking to improve on the European stage.
But for now, they should enjoy their victory parade and the scudetto celebrations, as the side have certainly earned it this season.
10 Premier League were listed among the top 20 richest clubs in the world, with 14 PL clubs in the top 30.
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Deloitte released their Football Money League findings after analyzing the financial performance of clubs across the world for the 2016-17 season, with Manchester United coming out on top for the second season on the spin and the 10th time overall.
However, United were less than $2.2 million ahead of Real Madrid who finished in second, as the reigning European and Spanish champions switched places with third-place Barcelona. Bayern Munich and Manchester City rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth place respectively.
14 PL clubs were in the top 30, an increase from 12 this time last year. Arsenal were in sixth, Chelsea in eighth, Liverpool in ninth, Leicester in 14th, West Ham in 17th, Southampton in 18th and Everton in 20th.
Southampton are the only newcomer into the top 20, with Saints benefiting from their eighth-place finish in the PL last season, their fourth-straight finish in the top eight of the Premier League table, plus their appearance in the Europa League for a second-straight season. The South Coast boom in the PL also saw Bournemouth as the only debutants in places 21-30 with the Cherries now the 28th richest club on the planet, with Crystal Palace, West Brom and Stoke also among the top 30.
A noticeable trend is that Italian giants AS Roma and AC Milan both slipped out of the top 20, while just one team from France featured in the top 20 (Paris Saint-Germain), plus three teams each from Italy, Germany and Spain.
Below is a look at the top 30 and how much revenue they generated in 2016-17, with a more in-depth look at the top 20 available here via Deloitte.
- 1. Manchester United: $828.4 million
- 2. Real Madrid: $826.2.m
- 3. Barcelona: $794m
- 4. Bayern Munich: $720m
- 5. Manchester City: $646.4m
- 6. Arsenal: $597.1m
- 7. Paris Saint Germain: $595.5m
- 8. Chelsea: $524.2m
- 9. Liverpool: $519.6m
- 10. Juventus: $496.9m
- 11. Tottenham: $435.5m
- 12. Borussia Dortmund: $407.3m
- 13. Atletico Madrid: $333.7m
- 14. Leicester City: $332m
- 15. Inter Milan: $321m
- 16. Schalke: $281.9m
- 17. West Ham: $261.3m
- 18. Southampton: $259.8m
- 19. Napoli: $245.8m
- 20. Everton: $244m
- 21. Lyon: $242.9m
- 22. AC Milan: $234.8m
- 23. Zenit St Petersburg: $220.9m
- 24. Roma: $210.4m
- 25. Borussia Monchengladbach: $207.5m
- 26. Crystal Palace: $200.8m
- 27. West Bromwich Albion: $196.6m
- 28. Bournemouth: $195m
- 29. Stoke City: $193.9m
- 30. Benfica: $193.1m
TURIN, Italy (AP) Juventus closed the gap on Serie A leader Napoli back to just one point as the six-time defending champion eased past Genoa 1-0 on Monday.
Douglas Costa scored in the 16th minute, the first conceded by Genoa in five league matches. It was a less than convincing performance from Juventus but it was never really troubled, as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny – standing in for the still-injured Gianluigi Buffon – was little more than a spectator.
“What was important was to win,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “At the end there was a bit of nervousness because we were lacking in energy a bit.
“We could have finished off the match in the first half, and again with a couple of occasions after the break. We didn’t manage to so compliments to Genoa.”
The battle for the Serie A title is shaping into a two-horse race. Juventus moved 10 points clear of third-placed Lazio, although the capital side has a match in hand.
“The season is still long and all those who are behind us can still get back into the race,” Allegri said. “It was important to stay in Napoli’s slipstream.”
Juventus needed to win after Napoli beat Atalanta 1-0 on Sunday.
Allegri’s side started brightly and had an early chance to take the lead but Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin did well to keep out a free kick from specialist Miralem Panic.
However, it did not take much longer to strike. Douglas Costa passed out left to Mario Mandzukic, who played a delightful return ball for the Brazil midfielder to slot into the bottom left corner.
Manchester City can move one step closer on Tuesday to claiming their first of four potential trophies this season, when Pep Guardiola‘s men take on Bristol City in the second leg of the League Cup semifinal.
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After coming back to beat the Robins in the first leg at home, Man City must now go on the road and take care of business to reach the Feb. 25 final at Wembley Stadium. As he has done so many times — and so famously — in the sky blue of City, Sergio Aguero grabbed the late winner (91st minute — WATCH HERE) 14 days ago.
For a few not-so-insignificant periods of the game, Bristol were very much the aggressors and appeared more likely to make the score 2-0 than for City to get back to 1-1. Bobby Reid converted from the penalty spot in the 44th minute after her was brought down under John Stones‘ wild, sliding tackle. Kevin De Bruyne leveled things up 10 minutes into the second half, setting the stage for Aguero’s late heroics.
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Since the first leg on Jan. 9, City have failed in their bid to finish the PL season with an unbeaten record before bouncing back to beat Newcastle United on the weekend, courtesy of a hat trick from Aguero — Guardiola quotes, from Sport24:
“I said many times it was going to happen, we can lose, so (it is) important the reaction we have. Still we have 42 points to play (for). It is 14 games. It is a lot of games to play and difficult games like Saturday and like Liverpool. It is important to show the team is still there but I don’t have the feeling we give up.
“We want to go through to the final in the (League) Cup and the FA Cup, so (we have) a lot of games but I think the people have the desire to keep going, to keep going, to keep going.”
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Bristol, meanwhile, have fallen on hard times: it’s been nearly a month (Boxing Day, to be specific — five losses, one draw) since Lee Johnson’s side last won a game in any competition, and they’ve fallen from second to fifth in the Championship table — Johnson quotes, from the Guardian:
“We don’t want to be brave losers, we want to compete to win. It’s up to the players to be focused and tactically aware, and who knows what will happen if we can show the same quality as we have shown in the previous rounds?
“We have to make sure we’re really bold. If you’re going to deliver a corner, do it like you mean it. I’d rather fail bold than fail timid. We know we have to score. I hope Pep picks his absolute best team and we can give them a right go. I’m not sure you could go and play an under-23 side against us at the moment and I think he’ll know that.”
The winner of Arsenal versus Chelsea (0-0 after the first leg) awaits in the final.
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