WITH suggestions that a winter World Cup may be needed to allow winning bidder Qatar to host the 2022 footballing showpiece, an inspired suggestion has been put forward by the Mirror – play the tournament at night. In his article here, journalist Ed Malyon proposes a nighttime tournament, which would allow the tournament to go ahead in cooler temperatures, still in summer and at a time to suit audiences in Europe and America to boot.
He says: “An idea which, rather surprisingly hasn’t really surfaced as an alternative despite making all the sense in the world – or at least as much sense as a World Cup in Qatar can.
“Play it at night.
“Breathtakingly simple, but also sane.
“Average temperatures at midnight are nearly half that of the daily high during the summer, the time difference would make it perfectly acceptable for viewing audiences in Europe and the Americas and, best of all, there is no need for widescale disruption to the majority of the world’s domestic leagues.”
He does add however though that “with this being FIFA though, the very presence of common sense is likely to rule any idea out of the running”.
Inspired. no? Made me think.
WELSH winger Gareth Bale has scored in his first Real Madrid appearance since his world-record transfer.
Starting on the right-wing in the Spanish giants’ clash against Villarreal as part of a three-pronged attack for Real Madrid, Bale didn’t waste much time with an easy tap-in to draw Real Madrid level after his team fell a goal behind – before performing his signature hand heart celebration.
THE National Football Museum in Manchester has been awarded official Designation by the Arts Council – the first time a sporting collection has been granted this status.
The unparalleled collection of football history at the museum has been officially recognised for its significant collection of football history by the Designation scheme.
Objects including the winning ball from the 1966 World Cup and a shirt from the world’s first international football match in 1872 have now been formally recognised for their historic and cultural importance.
National Football Museum’s Deputy Director and Head of Collections, David Pearson said: “We are truly proud that our outstanding collection has won Designation status.
“Not only are we the only sporting collection to win such an honour but it also endorses our view that football heritage is central to English culture and modern society.”
DEADLINE day spending by Premier League clubs pushed the total splashed out in the summer transfer window to £630million – smashing the previous record.
Analysis by the business advisory firm Deloitte said spending on players was 29% up on the 2012 figure of £490m and £130m more than the previous record of £500m set in 2008.
Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said: “The story of this summer transfer window is of new records: a new record for Premier League spending as well as a new world transfer record fee.
“Premier League clubs’ gross spending this summer is £630m, beating the previous record of £500m set in 2008. Whilst the sale of Gareth Bale brought £85m into the Premier League, net spending is also a record, at £400m.”
The record spending follows the start of the huge new Premier League TV deal which will top £5.5billion over three years.
Jones added: “As the financial rewards for participation and success in the Premier League increase, so it follows that clubs are investing on the pitch to ensure they continue to benefit from the remarkable Premier League growth story.”
Top-flight clubs spent around £140m on deadline day compared to £110on the same day last year.
The four English clubs competing in this season’s Champions League – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – accounted for for £230m, 37% of the total. With Tottenham having spent more than £100million it means the leading five clubs last season made up more than half of all spending.
BUCKINGHAM Palace is to host its first ever official football match as part of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped arrange the game between two of England’s oldest amateur clubs in the gardens of the famous landmark.
Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, both based in Chiswick, west London, are preparing to go head to head in the unique Southern Amateur League fixture at the palace on Monday, October 7.
The Queen gave her permission for the match and Wembley groundsman Tony Stones will work with the royal household gardeners to create a pitch in the 40-acre garden.
William will host the event and also present medals to 150 grassroots volunteers in recognition of their dedication to the sport. The match is being held in tribute to their commitment.
MAROUANE Fellaini, Belgian midfield bruiser at Everton, looks all but set to move to join his former boss David Moyes at Manchester United.
With the deal looking likely from the moment Moyes left for Old Trafford, with hours left before the transfer window slams shut dramatically, Fellaini has reportedly handed in a formal transfer request to his club.
With the background agreements likely to have been thrashed out already, I would be very surprised if Fellaini isn’t a Red Devil by midnight.
LIVERPOOL kicked off transfer deadline day with the signing of Portuguese defender Tiago Ilori, and have confirmed the signing of France defender Mamadou Sakho from Paris St Germain.
With the recent injury to Kolo Toure, the Anfield club have been after additions to the back-line – and today two have been secured.
London-born 6ft 3in centre-back Ilori, who moves from Sporting Lisbon, has represented Portugal at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level.
He said: “I know the history of the club and the Premier League is the best league in the world, in my opinion.”
Paris St Germain’s Mamadou Sakho – as well as Chelsea loanee Victor Moses – wsd alongside Ilori at Sunday’s game ahead of his arrival today.
Speaking after the match, Rodgers said: “We hope the deals can be completed.
“We need that depth and more numbers. If we can get them over the line, they are quality players.
“And having competition for places is a nice problem to have.”
MANCHESTER United and Arsenal fans will miss out on seeing Kaka this coming season after the Real Madrid Galactico agreed a deal with Serie A giants AC Milan.
The 31-year-old last week revealed he wanted to leave the Bernabeu after four years – having joined from Milan for a reported 70million euros (£56million) in 2009 – and Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani moved quickly to persuade the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner to return to Serie A, beating the two british clubs and another unnamed Serie A team to the signature.
A statement published on Milan’s official website on Monday morning confirmed a two-year contract was in place for Kaka, who was preparing to fly to Italy at midday after Madrid sanctioned his departure.
TRANSFER Deadline Day is here, the most exciting window-based day in the footballing calendar.
And with it comes the news that a Premier League club has finally completed its transfer dealings – Stoke have confirmed the signing of Austria forward Marko Arnautovic on a four-year contract from Werder Bremen.
The 24-year-old becomes the fourth new arrival under manager Mark Hughes following the signings of Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa and Oussama Assaidi.
The club said on their official Facebook page: “Stoke City are delighted to sign Austria international winger Marko Arnautovic from German side Werder Bremen.
“He joins on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.”
Oh, and Gareth bale has moved to Real Madrid for a world record 100m Euro transfer fee.
Looks like today could be a humdinger.
THIS transfer deadline day looks like it could be a stormer – because some of the biggest deals of the summer are reportedly all lined up and ready to go.
Top of the pile when it comes to transfer business has to be the Real Madrid slow motion swoop for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
If this deal doesn’t go through I’ll eat my dubious hot pink baseball cap.
Of course, rumour has it that this deal will allow Madrid to sell Di Maria to Arsenal – not an all-but-done deal, sure, but highly likely nonetheless.
And we’re being told this morning by the Belgian media that be-Afroed powerhouse Marouane Fellaini has been told he has played his last game for Everton and can leave for Manchester United.
Whether Leighton Baines leaves is not quite so certain, but if they both do, Everton will surely be in the market for last-minute replacements.
Add to this that Manchester City boss Pelligrini said outright yesterday that he plans to bring in one more player, and you have the recipe for a big-spending deadline day tomorrow.
Of course, follow Goaltastic tomorrow for news and views on Transfer Deadline Day.