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  • EPL Clubs See Home Attendance Up 4% In '12-13, While SPL Gate Drops 28%

    Liverpool had the fifth highest attendance in the EPL, averaging 44,749 per game.

    Premier League attendances for '12-13 "have shown an increase of nearly 4% on the previous season," according to the BBC. The average attendance for a game in England's top flight was 35,975, up from 34,601 in '11-12. The official figures "show crowds have fluctuated across Europe, with Barcelona's average gate down by more than 9,000, an 11% drop." Attendances at Inter Milan have fallen by more than 3,000, but new German champions Bayern Munich have seen an average increase of around 2,000. The Scottish Premier League's average attendance fell by 28%, from 13,855 to 10,020, although that figure "was skewed by the liquidation of Rangers, which reformed in the Scottish Third Division." Celtic was one of six SPL clubs whose attendance fell last season, with average crowds dropping from 50,904 to 46,917 (BBC, 5/20).

    '12-13 ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('11-12)
    Manchester United
    19
    1,435,063
    75,530
    99.7%
    75,387
    0.2%
    19
    Arsenal
    19
    1,141,507
    60,079
    99.5%
    60,000
    0.1%
    19
    Newcastle
    19
    959,826
    50,517
    96.4%
    49,936
    1.2%
    19
    Manchester City
    19
    892,506
    46,974
    99.1%
    47,045
    -0.2%
    19
    Liverpool
    19
    850,224
    44,749
    98.8%
    44,253
    1.1%
    19
    Chelsea
    19
    787,786
    41,462
    99.2%
    41,478
    0.0%
    19
    Sunderland
    19
    770,344
    40,544
    83.2%
    39,095
    3.7%
    19
    Everton
    19
    690,763
    36,356
    91.9%
    33,228
    9.4%
    19
    Tottenham Hotspur
    19
    685,266
    36,067
    99.4%
    36,026
    0.1%
    19
    Aston Villa
    19
    666,135
    35,060
    81.9%
    33,873
    3.5%
    19
    West Ham United*
    19
    659,677
    34,720
    99.2%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Southampton*
    19
    586,602
    30,874
    94.4%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Stoke City
    19
    511,337
    26,912
    97.0%
    27,226
    -1.2%
    19
    Norwich City
    19
    506,762
    26,672
    98.0%
    26,606
    0.2%
    19
    Fulham
    19
    482,492
    25,394
    98.8%
    25,293
    0.4%
    19
    West Bromwich
    19
    481,838
    25,360
    95.9%
    24,798
    2.3%
    19
    Reading*
    19
    453,378
    23,862
    98.6%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Swansea City
    19
    387,037
    20,370
    98.2%
    19,946
    2.1%
    19
    Wigan Athletic
    19
    367,827
    19,359
    77.0%
    18,634
    3.9%
    19
    Queens Park Rangers
    19
    337,808
    17,779
    96.4%
    17,295
    2.8%
    19
    EPL TOTALS
    380
    13,654,178
    35,932
    95.1%
    34,601
    3.8%
    380
     

    NOTES: * = Played in lower level Football League Championship last season, so no comparison made. Clubs that were relegated following the '11-12 season were Blackburn, Bolton and Wolverhampton, whose statistics are included in the '11-12 EPL figures. QPR, Reading and Wigan Athletic will be relegated for the '13-14 season.

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  • Former Real Madrid Coach José Mourinho Absorbing Criticism As Three-Year Tenure Ends

    After the official announcement that José Mourinho will be leaving Real Madrid, Spanish newspapers "have roundly accused him of failing at Real Madrid as they jeered his three-year reign at the Bernabeu and his failure to win more silverware," according to the London TELEGRAPH. Marca ran "The Special End" as its front page headline, and AS's said, "Much ado about nothing." The sports daily said, "€50M in contracts and another €162M in player signings. Mourinho left us with few titles and a lot of hassles." El Mundo's Orfeo Suarez wrote, "Thanks, Mou, for making us worse." Barcelona-based sports daily Mundo Deportivo said, "He leaves the Bernabeu having failed, a long way from equaling the balance except for some occasional one-on-one clashes" (TELEGRAPH, 5/21).

    FANS: MOU 'INSUFFICIENT': MARCA reported more than 90,000 people voted in a Marca poll asking them to describe Mourinho's tenure. Of eight categories, from "insufficient" to "outstanding," 40% considered Mourinho's efforts insufficient, with 22% considering it "very lacking." Twelve percent "approved" and 6% voted that he was "outstanding" (MARCA, 5/21).

    BARCELONA VP CRITICAL: FOOTBALL ESPAÑA reported Barcelona VP Carles Vilarrubi "reacted with relief at seeing Real Madrid announce Mourinho's departure at the end of the season" Vilarrubi: "I said this three years ago through other means and now that he is no longer coach I can repeat what I thought then, that Mourinho would be a scourge on Spanish football. Now he no longer is. Seeing him leave is positive for Spanish football because he did not make for a positive climate" (FOOTBALL ESPAÑA, 5/21).

    PÉREZ: 'NOT A FAILURE': FOOTBALL ESPAÑA also reported Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez insisted that Mourinho's tenure was not "a failure." Pérez: "We have reached an agreement with Mourinho to terminate his contract at the end of the season. With Mourinho we have taken a major step forward. Today Real Madrid is in a good place. We wish him luck in his career" (FOOTBALL ESPAÑA, 5/20).

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  • Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez Announces Re-Election Decision

    After confirming that José Mourinho is stepping down as coach of Real Madrid, club President Florentino Pérez announced that he will run for re-election on June 16, according to MARCA. Pérez: "I don't know if there will be another candidate. There has always been at least one other, except in the last ones. It might be healthier if there were more than one candidate" (MARCA, 5/20). REUTERS' Iain Rogers reported Pérez's "record as Real Madrid president was under scrutiny on Tuesday" after his "latest coaching project ended in disarray" with the premature departure of Mourinho. The "world's richest club by income finished their latest campaign without a major title, surrendering their La Liga crown to arch rivals Barcelona," losing in the semifinals of the Champions League for the third season in a row and falling 2-1 to Atlético Madrid in last week's Copa del Rey final. Mourinho was the eighth coach Pérez has hired during two stints as president -- from '00-05 and from '09 to the present -- during which time around €700M of the club's money "has been spent on players" (REUTERS, 5/21).

    FLORENTINO IN FIGURES: In Madrid, Rubén Jiménez wrote that an examination of Pérez "shows that he has invested almost  €860M in the transfer market to win just 10 trophies over the last 10 years." Each "piece of silverware has cost an average of  €86M, a crazy amount considering the nature of the haul achieved: just one Champions League, three 'La Liga' titles, one Spanish Cup, three Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Super Cup and one Intercontinental Cup." Pérez "has employed almost as many coaches as he has won trophies. Eight managers have been and gone during the current Real Madrid president's two mandates." His "most successful period to date came under the man already installed in the 'Los Blancos' hotseat, Vicente Del Bosque" (MARCA, 5/21).

    CALDERÓN CRITICAL: SPORT reported former Real Madrid President Ramón Calderón has criticized Pérez via Twitter. Calderón said on Twitter, "Pérez's speech demonstrates that intelligent people can lose their minds and their senses of reality. Or will it be that very rich people are so poor that they only have money? He has lost his head: 7 years, €800M, 45 players, 8 coaches for 1 Liga and 1 Copa del Rey, but we have elevated the athletic level. We are much better than Palencia" (SPORT, 5/21).

    POLL REVEALS SUPPORT: In a poll on AS's website, 59% of 36,854 voters answered "yes" to the question, "Is Florentino a good president for Real Madrid?" (AS, 5/20).

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  • J. League Calls For Calendar Changes In '14 With Possible Return To Two-Stage System

    The Japanese football calendar could be due for a huge shakeup in '14, "with the Emperor's Cup final being moved to December and the J. League possibly going back to the two-stage system it abandoned nine years ago," according to KYODO. The Japan FA decided on Monday to organize next season's Emperor's Cup final -- traditionally held on New Year's Day -- "on Dec. 13 to give national team players ample rest for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, which starts Jan. 9." The game will also be moved away from Tokyo's National Stadium. The venue, "which must have a minimum capacity of 30,000, will be decided later this year." There are calls to revert to the two-stage system "with hopes of driving up attendance and soliciting new sponsors." The idea will be on the table at a June meeting of the league's exec committee, "made up of the 40 club presidents in J1 and J2" (KYODO, 5/21).

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  • Football Notes: Thai Sports Authority Sets Mid-July Deadline For FA Polls

    Thailand's sports authority "has threatened to intervene if the country's football association fails to hold its presidential elections by the middle of July." Last week, the FA of Thailand postponed its June 15 polls "to align itself with a new FIFA charter which will be ratified at a general meeting of the world governing body on May 31 in Mauritius." The sports authority, however, said that it "would not allow the elections to be delayed beyond July 16" (REUTERS, 5/21). ... Indonesian football is in “such a mess” that nothing will be done to address the issue of unruly crowds at int'l games despite the country being fined $15,000. Indonesian FA senior official Rudolf Yesayas said, “Football management in Indonesia is in such a mess at the moment, we aren’t able to do anything about things like this. We have much bigger problems” (AFP, 5/21).

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