SPORTUNE.fr looked at the price of tickets for all of the Ligue 1 stadiums and found that "it is possible to watch a Ligue 1 match for the modest sum of €5 ($6.3)." Lyon, Lorient and Troyes are the three clubs that offer those prices, with the latter selling its most expensive tickets at a price of €28 ($35.1). The most expensive stadiums are Paris St. Germain's Parc des Princes and Marseille's Velodrome, who charge a minimum of €20 ($25.1) per ticket. PSG's most expensive ticket costs €200 ($250), the highest in the Ligue 1. The average ticket for a Ligue 1 match costs €11.03 ($13.90). Lille and its new stadium, "which is the most modern in France," offers tickets starting at €15 ($18.80) and topping out at €100 ($125) (SPORTUNE.fr, 8/27).
The prices for Ligue 1 tickets in ascending order, '12-13 season:
Real Madrid's €35M ($43.9M) signing of EPL Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric "has become a reality," according to ECODIARIO.es. The final sum that Madrid had to pay for the Croatian "was higher than expected." On top of the €35M transfer fee, the team will pay an additional €7M ($8.8M) in various add-ons, bringing the total to €42M ($52.6M). With those figures, Tottenham President Daniel Levy "will have succeeded in reaching his objective of receiving close to €45M ($56.4M) for Modric" (ECODIARIO.es, 8/27). AS reported that Modric agreed to a five-year deal with Real Madrid worth €4.5M ($5.6M) a season (AS, 8/27). Marca reported that in addition to the transfer of Modric, the two clubs have "signed a partnership agreement." Real Madrid President Florentino Perez said, "The strong relationship and affinity between our two clubs has resulted in the cementing of a longer-term partnership and the successful transfer of Luka Modric. We are delighted to welcome Luka and look forward to working closely with Tottenham in the coming years" (MARCA, 8/27). BLICK reported that Modric "flew to Madrid Monday for a medical examination." Just four years ago, Modric "left Dinamo Zagreb and joined Tottenham Hotspur for €21M." In 160 games for the Hotspur, the 26-year-old midfielder scored 17 goals and had 27 assists (BLICK, 8/27). The PA reported the new partnership between the clubs will see them "work together in respect of players, coaches and commercial relationships." Tottenham Chair Daniel Levy said, "While we preferred not to part with Luka, we are pleased that it is to Real Madrid, a club with which we now look forward to sharing a long and productive partnership" (PA, 8/27).
The Chinese Football Association has "closely collaborated" with Wanda Group to send 30 male football players to Spain to complete a three-year training course at "three of the best clubs" in La Liga, according to the CHINA DAILY. The players will be around age 13 and train with Valencia FC, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal FC. The CFA has "dispatched nearly 100 teenage players" to football powerhouses in Europe and South America for training over the past two years under the "Teenage Players Overseas Study Project" (CHINA DAILY, 8/27). ... Tunisia football club Etoile Sahel was kicked out of the African Champions League "after rioting fans caused the abandonment of a group-stage match against compatriots Esperance" earlier this month. It is the first time a club has been expelled in the middle of the group stage (REUTERS, 8/27). ... Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen "demands €96,000 ($121,600) in damages from two hooligans." Leverkusen player Michael Kadlec missed two weeks last season "after the two men brutally beat him last April" (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, 8/27).