Will a new stadium take Spurs to the next level?

With Tottenham Hotspur set to make the biggest move in the club’s history – just down the road – Spurs fans are excited about a potentially bright future. But there will be obstacles along the way.

Tottenham’s new stadium, situated within a stone’s throw of the current ground, will seat 61,000 spectators in what appears to be both a nod to the club’s past and a dig at neighbours Arsenal. Spurs last won the league in 1961, and the number of seats exceeds Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium by 1,000 – a meaningless victory over their local rivals, but a victory nonetheless.

The real issue
Of course what really matters to the Tottenham supporters is success on the pitch. A talented young team came close last year. They finished third in the end, their poor finish to the season a result of seeing the title go elsewhere, falling below Arsenal in typical fashion on the final day. If not for the stunning success story that was Leicester City, Spurs would have likely retained the momentum to become English champions for the first time in 55 years.

With injuries and suspensions mounting up towards the end of the campaign, Mauricio Pochettino surely rued the lack of depth in his staggered squad. There’s no debating Tottenham’s title credentials would have been strengthened had they added a quality player or two in the January transfer window. But with most of the club’s finances going towards the new stadium, Spurs are in no position to take risks on big money signings.

That said, they’ve already added £11 million Victor Wanyama this summer, followed by the promising young Dutch striker Vincent Janssen for a hefty £17 million. Players are likely to be moved on, too, justifying the fees paid out. Any other additions will fit Mauricio Pochettino’s philosophy – young and hungry with a penchant to work for the team – but potential new signings will also have to suit Daniel Levy’s doctrine: in other words, be willing to work for peanuts.

Low earners
Footballers’ wages aren’t usually associated with low earning figures, but when compared to Tottenham’s European contemporaries the club spend very little in the way of pay packets. No Spurs player is thought to earn more than £100,000-a-week, which is staggering considering Andy Carroll is rumoured to make upwards of that amount at West Ham United.

The expectation is that Levy will be prepared to shell out more on wages when the new stadium is ready. With bigger attendances, revenue from ticket sales will inevitably increase and there will be more funds available to improve the team. But Tottenham fans know better than most that expectation and reality are very different things; just look how Roberto Soldado turned out…

Spurs must take on a large degree of debt in order to fund the new stadium (which is why Daniel Levy was so keen on moving to the Olympic Stadium before West Ham pounced). To prevent those debts from becoming monumental the club will sell the naming rights to the stadium, likely to bring in around £30 million a year. On top of that, hospitality tickets will be sold in advance, and deals with the NFL continue to be struck in order to aid the club’s financial growth on a global scale.

Slow progress
But this all takes time. If Tottenham fans think the club will become a financial powerhouse immediately after the move, a reality check is on the cards. Levy will be as cautious as ever for an unforeseen period of time, which – despite some questioning the chairman’s ambition in the past – has always served Spurs well. One of the key reasons Tottenham continue to linger in around the top four year in, year out, is because of Levy’s prudent business mind.

Promisingly, another steady period could potentially result in greatness. If Tottenham are careful, they will undoubtedly find themselves in an enviable financial position, which usually leads to silverware in a sport now dictated by the big spenders. If and when Spurs are able to match the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in the wages department, their North London location and state-of-the-art new stadium could be enough to persuade the world’s best players to choose Tottenham over their league rivals. Until then, they must keep the current stars on board with the on-going project. Staying in the top four could prove crucial to immediate success at the new stadium. The sky’s arguably the limit for a club already on the up, but for now uncertainty lingers in the clouds.

NFL chiefs are keeping a close eye on Tottenham’s new stadium

Development for the new stadium of Tottenham Hotspur is ongoing and it has been going on for the past few months.

The new home of the Premier League club will have a cost of around £400 million and this stadium is expected to increase the capacity to 61,000 and it’s also going to be used for games in the spectrum of the NFL.

Tottenham Hotspur agreed a 10 year long deal to host at least 2 NFL games a season and this is why a few head chiefs of the National Football League are making regular visits to the building site of the new stadium as they are checking up on its progress.

Mark Waller is the international executive vice-president of National Football League and he expressed his satisfaction involving the development of the stadium as Mark said:

‘’It is encouraging to see the new stadium starting to take shape and it certainly whets the appetite for our games here. Our relationship with the club and the Tottenham community is a very important part of our future plans in the UK. We are excited to see the full regeneration plan come to fruition as a key part of creating a great experience for our teams and fans’’

The chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, Daniel Levy dismissed claims of offloading players in order to fund the complete development of the new stadium. There were a string of rumors emerging claiming that a few players were going to be sold during the summer transfer window but Daniel Levy shit down those rumors and instead it was confirmed that new players would be signed as the team will be strengthened.

“Daniel Levy assured that no player will be sold to fund the stadium and said that the intention is to strengthen the squad and to do so as early as possible; it is, though, not always possible to complete deals well ahead of the transfer deadline,” Mauricio Pochettino said as he confirmed the intentions of the chairman of signing new players.


Tottenham Hotspurs will be playing at the Wembley in the 2017/2018 season as the club agrees to a deal with the Football Association in England, according to reports.

The FA chairman, Greg Dyke confirmed that the deal was almost signed so the Lily whites could play their home games at Wembley in the 2017-18 season while their new stadium is being built. Dyke also suggested Spurs could play their Champions League home matches at the national stadium next term, with their qualification for the competition already assured.

Tottenham are building a £400million, 61,000-capacity ground adjacent to their White Hart Lane home. They plan to move into the new stadium at the start of the 2018-19 campaign so will require a temporary home for a season. According to Dyke, Wembley is on the verge as being confirmed as Spurs’ base for the season before the move.

Next season’s home Champions League fixtures could also be played there given White Hart Lane’s capacity is likely to be reduced from its current 36,284 to facilitate construction of the new ground.
Dyke told Sky Sports HQ:

“We are certainly in discussion with Spurs that they should come in for the full season when they’re rebuilding their stadium.

“I think we’re a long way down the path on reaching an agreement.

“I think there’s some discussion about whether they’ll play their Champions League games there at Wembley next year but I don’t know much about that.

“On the full season, I think we’re quite close to a deal,” he mentioned.

Dyke also said Chelsea could play home games at Wembley in the near future as the Blues have plans to redevelop their Stamford Bridge ground, which could leave them needing a temporary home for several seasons.

“I think Chelsea might come for a longer period.

“Chelsea have got really exciting plans for their stadium. They’re going to demolish the whole thing and build a whole new stadium on the existing site.

“If they came (to Wembley), that would mean them coming for three years,” Dyke said


Emmanuel Adebayor has confirmed that he will be leaving Crystal Palace at the end of the campaign. The Togo international joined the club only in January on a free transfer after having left Tottenham.

However, there was a lot of speculation about his future given that he signed only a six-month contract at the club. Crystal Palace may also have had reservations about the striker, who has had various disciplinary issues over the last five years. Barring a couple of good years at Arsenal, Adebayor has failed to reproduce his best form at clubs like Manchester City, Tottenham, and now at Crystal Palace.

He scored just one goal in nine appearances for the club and has confirmed that the FA Cup final against Manchester United will be his last game. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have received good news in the form of manager Alan Pardew deciding to sign a new contract.

Even though the club only narrowly avoided relegation (and if you had used this bonus code you could have got as high as 10/1 on them to stay up), they seem to be aware that Pardew will be good for the club in the long haul. The former Newcastle manager achieved brilliant things with his former club on a limited budget. He now has the chance to get success with Crystal Palace almost immediately by winning the FA Cup.

“The journey will stop in May, but that’s not the end of my journey. It is just a stop. It will continue, wherever I go to. I will always wish this club well. It doesn’t matter if I start the Manchester United game on the bench or the gaffer decides to put me in the stands — at the end of the day we want to win it. This club wants to win it. Every player, whether they start or not or are not even in the squad of 18, want the club to win the FA Cup. It is as simple as that,” said Adebayor.

Tottenham to move to New Wembley Stadium

Tottenham are reportedly close to securing a move to the new Wembley stadium as their new home for the next three years until their own stadium is completed.

Spurs are in the process of building a brand-new stadium which has the capacity to hold around 60,000 spectators. This would bring the club in line with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool. Construction at a massive cost of around £ 300 million has just begun and the club need to prepare for a new home during the 2017-18 season. The club has been looking at various venues to act as their home ground during this period.

The club even looked at the possibility of ground sharing the Olympic stadium with arch rivals West Ham, but this recently ended with West Ham being confirmed as the permanent residents for the next few decades at a cost of just £ 2.5 million per year. As a result, Spurs switched their attention to Wembley a few months back. There was competition for the new Wembley stadium with Chelsea also showing interest. The London club have also revealed plans to build a new 60,000 seater stadium at their existing Stamford Bridge location. This would mean complete demolition of the ground leaving Chelsea in search of an alternate home for almost 3 years.

Spurs, though, seem to have moved ahead in the race according to the words of Chapman Greg Dyke. “We’re certainly in discussions with Spurs that they should come in for a full season when they’re re-building their stadium. We’re a long way down the path with reaching an agreement. We’re in discussions about them playing their Champions League games there at Wembley next year but I don’t know much about that. On the full season, I think we’re quite close to a deal,” said Dyke.

France and the road to European glory on home soil

This summer, France will host the 2016 European Championship – with matches set to be played at 10 different venues across the city. Didier Deschamps’ “golden generation” are well fancied ahead of the competition and many believe it is France’s destiny to the win the tournament on home soil. We take a look at France’s group stage games and why they could emerge victorious on July 10th.

France vs Romania (Stade de France)
France will get the tournament underway on June 10th in front of an adoring crowd at the Stade de France. The hosts will want to get off to a good start and the likes of Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann could lead France to victory in the opening game of the competition.

At the time of writing, Coral are offering 4/11 in their Euro 2016 betting markets on Les Bleus to pick up all three points in this clash. And who knows, Deschamps’ men may be back there on July 10th to close out the competition and lift the title in front of an 80,000 capacity crowd…

France vs Albania (Stade Velodrome)
Home to Marseille, the Stade Velodrome is one of France’s oldest football stadiums and it is certainly a ground worthy of hosting the potential tournament winners. It has a capacity of 67,394 and France’s ardent supporters will all be desperately trying to get a ticket for this encounter.

Albania are widely regarded as one of the weakest sides in the competition and many believe France could score a hatful of goals – in fact, many may compete with a few of these crackers in Coral’s latest Euro 2016 preview. If nothing else, supporters should see France, priced at 3/1 in Euro 2016 betting markets, in full flight as they take another step towards the European crown.

France vs Switzerland (Stade Pierre Mauroy)
And in France’s final group stage encounter, they will face Switzerland in what could be a bit of a meaningless game. By this stage, both nations may already have secured their place in the next round of the competition but the French will be looking to inspire their supporters ahead of the knockout stages.

The Stade Pierre Mauroy is a spectacular sight and is home to Lille – who have faced Premier League side Everton in recent years. The stadium itself is rather old-fashioned but it remains a breath-taking sight and France are set to light it up with free-flowing, offensive football, especially if their place in the last-16 is already secure.

Managers from the New South Wales have been getting fined

Football Federation Australia (FFA) have recently opted to sanction 2 soccer coaches who are in charge of junior teams in the New South Wales after it was discovered that they were involved in betting on matches.

$1000 and $5000 are the fines that the coaches received which were delivered from the FFA in relation to the betting events that were detected and it breached a national code of conduct and was one of the main reasons of why the Australian Football governing authority had to react and properly infraction the participating members that were involved.

The national code of conduct of FFA prohibits players, managers, coaches and club officials from having any connection to gambling and betting actions even if the games aren’t at a professional level.

David Gallop is the chief executive of the FFA and he recently talked about this event that took place as he said: “While the statutes do not differentiate between betting on your own local club or an overseas club, there’s a much higher integrity risk when bets are placed on matches where the participant has a direct connection. The integrity of football matches at all levels is paramount. Betting on matches is a legal activity but it must have the safeguards of thorough regulation.”

Neither the coaches or the clubs that received these fines haven’t been announced. These bets were confirmed to have taken place during the NPL season of 2015 as well as a number of different A-League seasons; this is according to a statement that was released by the FFA.

These managers do have the option to appeal their sanctions to the FFA’s independent disciplinary and ethics committee.

In order to remind everyone about the consequences of betting, there are newsletters everyday delivered and channels that keep on repeating all the information inside of the code of conducts from the FFA.

Euro 2016: Where will you be watching?

France will be aiming to capitalise on playing on home soil to triumph at Euro 2016. The last time Les Bleus played in front of their countrymen they were inspired to victory in the 1998 World Cup.

Didier Deschamps captained his team to glory and now as manager will know the benefit of having vociferous support behind his men.

In the latest Euro 2016 odds, France are backed at 3/1 to clinch the tournament on home soil.

Ten stadia will be used by the 24 teams in the tournament, which will host some enticing matches.

Stade de France, Saint-Denis (Capacity 81,338)
This was the stage of France’s 3-0 triumph over Brazil in the 1998 World Cup when a brace from Zinedine Zidane and late strike from Emmanuel Petit secured the victory for Les Bleus.

The stadium holds over 80,000 and will be where all 32 teams are vying to compete in the final on July 10. It will also hold the opening match of the competition when France take on Romania in Group A, while the Republic of Ireland and Germany will also play group matches in the venue.

Should England reach the final they will hope to avoid the fate of their rugby union compatriots, who were defeated at the stadium in the World Cup in 2007 against South Africa.

Stade Velodrome, Marseille (Capacity 67.394)
The Stade Velodrome is one of the stadia that has been renovated ahead of the competition, which saw the capacity raised by 9,000 in 2014.

England will begin their campaign at the venue when they take on Russia on June 11, with Roy Hodgson’s men eager to make a positive start to the tournament. The Three Lions have struggled in recent major competitions, so their performance there will be an excellent chance to dispel any doubters of their crown-winning credentials.

France will also play at the stadium, while it will also host the first quarter-final contest and a semi-final match in July.

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon (Capacity 59,186)
The Parc Olympique Lyonnais is the newest stadium that will feature in the competition, which was only completed in January.

Home of Olympique Lyon, Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal at the ground in his side’s 4-1 win over Troyes and he will be hopeful of adding further strikes for his country pending selection at the tournament.

The first game hosted by the stadium will be an enticing contest when Belgium take on Italy in their Group E clash on June 13, while Northern Ireland will also be in action against the Ukraine. Crowds will also flock to see a round of 16 match on June 26, while it will also be the stage of the opening semi-final.

Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens (Capacity 41,233)
Home of Racing Club de Lens, the stadium was renovated ahead of the tournament and now holds up to 41,233.

The venue will host one of the most intriguing matches of the tournament when England battle Wales on June 16. It will be the first time the sides have meet since 2011 when the Three Lions defeated Wales twice in their Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Chris Coleman’s men will be determined to defy the odds to defeat England when they come to their showdown in Lens.

English teams have a solid history in the stadium as Glenn Hoddle’s team defeated Colombia 2-0 in 1998, while the rugby union side enjoyed a 28-10 victory over the USA in the 2007 World Cup. The Three Lions will be hopeful the venue will be just as good to them this time around.

Spurs Stadium Has More Glamour Than Arsenal

With Tottenham gets the new stadium as approved Haringey council, this stadium is the highlight of the Premier League this year.

In December 2015 the Tottenham Hotspur stadium was granted permission to be worked upon. The stadium is designed to be state of the art and has the capacity to seat about 61000 people. The stadium is located on the White Hart lane.

Designed by Daniel Levy, who feels it is his momentous work. Many have wondered whether it is comparable to Arsenal and there are several reasons that stand in Spurs’ favor. If you look at the Arsenal grounds it has a maximum capacity of 60,000 whereas Spurs will be able to hold 61000 people. Though the difference might be slight but football is known to be a game where small margins make a difference. Hence, the extra seats can definitely make a difference when it comes to cheers and inspiring crowds.

Emirates in Arsenal might be an impressive ground, but the atmosphere is not that great inside due to which the stadium is mostly empty in many matches. On the other hand, Spurs has constructed a 17000 seater stand of single tier, which is the biggest in the country and will surely help create an electric atmosphere in the stadium.

Daniel Levy has signed with the NFL and this will surely help the stadium to get back the money invested more easily. With Spurs getting more exposure in the US this could mean more games to be held in this stadium than what Arsenal is able to achieve.

With a world class stadium Spurs is leveling the playground. With a great atmosphere and state of the art playing field the club will surely create more impression on the boys who will want to stay on and be part of the club and the team as well.

Allardyce warns Sunderland players

Sunderland is one of the clubs that is fighting for Premier League survival as they are at risk of being relegated from the top tier English league after only being able to collect 27 points from 32 league games, Sam Allardyce and his team are in need of securing more points and fast if they want to have any chance to continue performing in the Premier League for at least another season.

It’s clear that this season has been a fairly underwhelming one for Sunderland as they have suffered 17 defeats, 9 draws and only 6 victories from their opening 32 league matches and all of these losses have taken a toll on the squad.

There are rumours being spread around suggesting that certain players might leave Sunderland if the club does get relegated but Sam Allardyce stated that even if a few of his own players do decide or have any intention of leaving the Stadium of Light, things won’t be any easier or better in any other club.

“My career will take whatever way and whatever form it needs to take; the players, most of them will never get a club better than this, in my opinion, with its facilities and its supporters, playing in the top league in the world, and they really need to realize that. I can’t see you lads getting a better club than this one, so let’s stay in the Premier League and let’s make the club even better. That’s their big challenge in the next six games.” Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce said.

He also offered to take the players to the Tropicana Casino if they manage to avoid relegation, although another season of Premier League wages may be a bigger bonus!?

Sam Allardyce is hoping that even if his squad does suffer relegation, most of his players will decide to stay performing in Sunderland as this can make things easier for him in the upcoming season as the English coach is not going to need to replace as many players.

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