As far as back page headlines go, Tottenham are never too far away from making the news. Whether it be their decision to not sign any new players in either of this season’s two transfer windows or further delays on their new stadium build, a headline story is never all that far away.
At the end of March, the World’s biggest T20 club tournament gets underway with the Indian Premier League. Although the stadiums for later on in the tournament are yet to be confirmed, the final is set to take place at Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.
Manchester United wants to expand but is having difficulties. The key issue facing development to the south is limited space to expand, which presents difficult engineering and logistical challenges.
In terms of getting an advantage, most sports pundits maintain that there is a big lift for teams playing in their home stadium. It is, however, a question, that is debated by statisticians and sports historians, with some claiming that it doesn’t give as big an advantage as perceived by conventional wisdom. In the end though, there is no doubting that some teams do better surrounding by their fans, as the records simply speak for themselves.
Ipswich Town have been a staple of the English football second tier since 2002, but a torrid season looks set to consign the Tractor Boys to League One football. Ipswich were one of the finest sides in England during the late 1970s and early 1980s, winning the FA Cup and UEFA Cup under the guidance of the legendary Bobby Robson. Manchester City announced in 2011 a sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways. The stadium was renamed to Etihad Stadium for the next 10 years. The sheiks from Abu Dhabi didn’t buy just a new name to the stadium, though. The owner of the club, Sheikh Mansour, invested his oil dollars big time to strengthen the squad. Many top players joined Manchester City in the last couple of years, which resulted in winning the team’s first Premier League title in 2012, and the first top-flight title for the team in 44 years. Now, the main task for the club is to conquer Europe and win the Champions League. Spanish giants Real Madrid are their big example, as they have won this title already 9 times.