Premier League Summer Transfer Analysis

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In the Premier League – where one of 20 teams can win the title – any extra edge may mean the difference between finishing in first or second place. That’s why these clubs spent in excess of $1.8 billion during the most recent transfer window, a period when clubs are allowed to sell and register new players. It’s also a time for fans to celebrate or bemoan their club’s ambition, or lack thereof, in acquiring that special playmaker who will help them win the league.

We took a look to see which clubs sent the most players on to new clubs, who spent the most in total, and which players commanded the highest price tag. Read on to learn where all the players went in the Premier League during the 2017 summer transfer window.

More Arrivals and Departures Than Heathrow Airport

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No club saw more arrivals or departures than London-based club Chelsea. The largest void to fill for the Blues was none other than defender John Terry, known to supporters as “Captain, Leader, Legend,” who saw an opportunity to continue playing regularly at championship-side Aston Villa. Chelsea looked to Serie A and A.S. Roma for a replacement in German international Antonio Rüdiger.

Manchester City also made several moves in the summer of 2017, their second season helmed by famed manager Pep Guardiola. The club invested heavily in defense, acquiring Benjamin Mendy from French-side Monaco, Danilo from La Liga winners Real Madrid, and Kyle Walker from the Premier League runners-up in 2016, Tottenham Hotspur. City also went into the market for a new goalkeeper, Ederson, who joined from Benfica.

A surprise mover in the market was Everton, who put the funds from the sale of their Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United into acquiring several other players. They rescued goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland’s trip down to the championship, brought in Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, and shored up their defense by adding in Michael Keane from Burnley.

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Balancing the Books

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Manchester United spent the most – while recording the least amount of profit from player sales – across the entire Premier League. They spent close to $200 million while only generating less than $10 million from outgoing player sales. United added several players to tighten up the defense, paying large fees for the talents of both Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

Arsenal, frequently thought of as a top club in England, actually spent less than they took in from player sales in the summer transfer window. An example of their shrewd tactics saw the Gunners secure the talents of defender Sead Kolasinac from German-side FC Schalke 04 on a free transfer while selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool for almost $45 million.

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AFC Bournemouth, known as the Cherries, spent over $40 million as they look to continue their tenure in the Premier League. This large outlay was used to sign two squad players from the 2016 Premier League Champions, Chelsea: defender Nathan Aké and goalkeeper Asmir Begović.

Money Value

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Manchester United didn’t spend the most overall, but they did spend the most on average per player. Spending close to $200 million on new signings, the average cost per player was over $22 million. Compare this to Chelsea, spending just under $240 million but acquiring over 30 players during this window. At an average of less than $8 million per player, the Blues may feel they achieved a better value than their Northern neighbors.

However, most fans won’t be celebrating the average fee per player at the end of the season – they’ll only point to it if they fail to qualify for a top-four spot and Champions League football.

Striking Gold

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Out of the five most expensive players based on transfer fees during the 2017 window, three were center forwards or strikers. Manchester United paid about $100 million to Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker, formerly an Everton player, looked to be the missing piece for José Mourinho’s United, especially with their Swedish starlet Zlatan Ibrahimović out injured.

Chelsea also prioritized the signing of a striker, opting to secure the talents of Spanish international Álvaro Morata. Morata is frequently featured as a substitute for Real Madrid and has now earned the opportunity to be the No. 1 option for a top club. The Champions needed a man of his talents after a falling out with their previous talisman, Diego Costa.

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Manchester City bucked the trend with the third and fifth most expensive players, as they too featured in defense and not attack. Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker joined an already potent City, whom both just needed to find a way to stop leaking goals. These gentlemen are expensive plugs, but if they win the 2017-2018 title, fans will commend the investment.

Window Shut, Now Play On

No more transfer action can happen until January 2018, when the winter transfer window opens. Until then, whether your club spent a little or a lot, the roster is set for the long campaign ahead of each side. If their aim is just staying up and avoiding relegation, or winning the league at all costs, be sure to look the part of a true supporter – get the latest officially licensed merchandise and apparel for every Premier League team at Fanatics.

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Oldest Players in the Premier League

The English Premier League contains a clash of young, naturally talented, and seasoned veterans. Eventually, there reaches a point when players are too old to keep up with the physically taxing sport, but many fight off their retirement with football savvy.  

Who are the Oldest Players in the Premier League

This experience coupled with exceptional endurance makes some players’ careers survive well into their 30s and 40s on occasion. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the oldest players in the Premier League now and over time.

Kickin’ It Well Into Their 30s

Julián Speroni will forever hold a special place in Crystal Palace fans’ hearts, as he played an integral role in aiding the team’s ascent to the Premier League. Although he has largely been fazed out of playing time, the Argentinian has racked up four Player of the Year awards.

October 15 may not be a memorable date for all Premier League viewers, but Crystal Palace fans should recall their match versus Chelsea. Speroni, the longtime fan favorite goalkeeper, found himself making his first appearance of the season, in place of the injured Wayne Hennessey. Speroni’s appearance was not merely significant due to his age – it also resulted in a 2-1 victory.

Gareth McAuley is currently the second oldest player in the league. The Northern Irishman missed time at the beginning of the 2017 season due to a thigh injury, but McAuley has since managed to return to action.

The third oldest player is another goalkeeper: Huddersfield Town’s Rob Green. Green is a seasoned veteran with over 260 career Premier League appearances, and was a new addition to Huddersfield in August 2017.

Next on the list is Artur Boruc, who has shined across a handful of European countries. His career began as a standout goalkeeper in Poland, but he later moved on to Celtic FC and won three championships with the club. Boruc then transitioned to Serie A, playing for Fiorentina for a couple of seasons. The keeper’s Premier League career began once he was picked up by Southampton and later made his way to his current squad, AFC Bournemouth. Similar to Speroni’s impact on Crystal Palace, Boruc helped Bournemouth debut in the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

Bruno, the 37-year-old Catalan right-back, rounds out the top five oldest Premier League players. The Spaniard’s run of 74 consecutive league starts may have come to an end in 2017, but he helped the Seagulls secure their Premier League debut.

Put Me In, Coach

While remaining on a Premier League squad into one’s late 30s is quite an accomplishment, it’s even more impressive to make an in-game appearance.

Goalkeeper John Burridge is the only 43-year-old to ever appear in a Premier League match, but his Manchester City squad suffered a defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

The second and third oldest player appearances belong to a pair of 42-year-olds: Alec Chamberlain and Steve Ogrizovic. Chamberlain and Ogrizovic are both goalkeepers as well and led their squads to a draw and victory in their respective matches.

The Oldest Pros in the League

While the top end of this list may look familiar to the first graphic, there are some additional notable names.

Arsenal’s goalkeeper Petr Čech stands out among the list. Čech’s storied Premier League career includes a Golden Glove award and his place as the all-time clean sheet leader in league history. While Čech may not be in prime form, he remains the starting keeper for Arsenal, which is a feat in itself.

The youngest oldest player is Liverpool’s Ragnar Klavan. Klavan does not have nearly the resume that Čech does, but he did garner widespread coverage not too long ago. He did so by displaying some unique skill in Liverpool’s victory over Huddersfield:

Represent Your Favorite Veteran

Regardless of which club you support, it’s impossible to ignore these athletes’ world-class endurance and skill. If these players can keep on trotting onto the pitch, you should continue to support them by wearing their official gear, available at Fanatics.com

Top 5 oldest players in the Premier League

  1. Julián Speroni
  2. Gareth McAuley
  3. Rob Green
  4. Artur Boruc
  5. Bruno Saltor Grau

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The Evolution of the Manchester United Jersey

Tucked away in rainy Manchester, one of England’s most iconic soccer clubs is working on its domestic and international comeback. Despite winning the Europa League but not the Champions League this past season, Manchester United are currently amassing new talent to give its manager, José Mourinho, no excuse for losing the next Premier League campaign.

On the road to recovery, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is scheduled to take the field at Old Trafford come the new year. Ibrahimovic will rock the number 10 shirt and provide “extra quality” to the Manchester-based squad as one of the top strikers in the league. Additionally, the new roster includes international stars such as Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelöf, who will sport this year’s Adidas-crafted, Chevy-sponsored jerseys. However, this particular kit is just one of the many variations that both current and former United players have donned on the field. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to see the transformation of the Manchester United kit throughout the decades.

United Uniforms

 

Manchester United’s kit has maintained one consistent design element since 1902: its color. Red and white have been the primary colors utilized, while their rival on the other side of town, Manchester City, operates under blue and white. Although not required, handlebar mustaches prevailed between 1902 and 1909. Surprisingly, Manchester United wasn’t always known by its current name or colors.

The club was originally founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) by railway workers who were interested in playing association soccer. They sometimes wore green and yellow kits in the beginning. John Henry Davies, a brewery owner in Manchester, financially rescued Newton Heath in 1902, signaling a change to both the name and colors we know today. Manchester’s primary kit experimented outside of its predominantly red design between 1922 and 1927. This new version featured a white base for the shirt, accented with a red “V” running from the shoulder to stomach.

Once World War II ended, Manchester United kicked into gear to become a dominant figure in global soccer. Their stadium was bombed during German air raids in 1941, but former player, war-hero, and newly appointed manager Matt Busby used this tragedy to unite a team and city. He would serve as the club’s manager for over 25 years. Busby successfully brought together the club’s “Famous Five”: Jimmy Delaney, Stan Pearson, Jack Rowley, Charlie Mitten, and Johnny Morris.

Sharp became the club’s first kit sponsor in 1982 and remained so until 2000, after which he was replaced by Vodafone. Several of the club’s most iconic players – David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, and Peter Schmeichel – had the chance to play for the Red Devils during this era.

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United’s current kit is the most commercially lucrative one in the club’s history. Adidas entered into a contract with the Manchester-based club in 2014 through a deal, which earns United nearly $100 million a year. Their sponsor, Chevy, recognized the value in advertising on the front of the Red Devils’ kit – paying $80 million a year for this privilege.

United They Stand

Even though the club will be playing in the Champions League next season, a sixth-place finish in the Premier League table won’t satisfy many United supporters. With a loaded roster including players such as David de GeaPaul Pogba, and the newly resigned Zlatan Ibrahimović, supporters and sponsors will expect nothing less than worldwide glory.

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This year, the jersey will be designed by Adidas, sponsored by Chevy and, of course, owning its red and white roots. Snag your official Manchester United Premier League gear at the best place for licensed soccer merchandise – Fanatics.com.

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History Of The FA Cup

Heralded as the oldest competition in English football (or soccer, in the U.S.), the Football Association’s Challenge Cup kicked off for the first time in 1871. For almost 150 years, this competition has taken place over 12 rounds, pitting the non-league teams against the Premier League elites, for eternal glory.

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Here’s your primer on the sides that have won the competition most often, the teams that have scored the most goals, and the individual stars to watch this year. Read on to learn more about the magic competition that is the FA Cup.

Domestic Dominance

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Clubs in the Premier League, England’s top-flight football league, don’t like to share. However, when it comes to the amount of FA Cup trophies sitting in their cabinets, Arsenal and Manchester United do just that. Each team has won the FA Cup 12 times. Manchester United won their first FA Cup in 1908-09, beating Bristol City 1-0 in the final. Their most recent victory came last year, when United dispatched Crystal Palace, 2-1.

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Arsenal made their first finals appearance in the 1926-27 season, but this wouldn’t be their first victory. After losing 1-0 in the finals to Cardiff City, the Gunners would ultimately hoist their first FA Cup trophy in 1929-30, besting Huddersfield Town 2-0. Arsenal have also won two of the last three honors, in 2013-14 by overcoming Hull City 3-2 and in 2014-15 by smashing Aston Villa 4-0.

Some of the other large Premier League teams – Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham – can’t claim similar success in the FA Cup. The Blues and Reds have each won the competition seven times, while the Spurs have felt the embrace of victory eight times.

Goals Galore

Even though they were relegated out of the Premier League last season, Aston Villa can boast about being the top scoring club in FA Cup history as they compete in the second-tier of English football, the Championship. Over 840 goals have been netted by scorers wearing the Claret and Blue. This ability to find the back of the net, however, has not led them to a record number of trophies. Aston Villa claimed only seven trophies throughout their participation in the tournament over the years.

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Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur own the second- and third-place records for most goals scored, both over 780. In FA Cup Finals however, Manchester leads the pack with 33 goals scored. Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham follow up with 25 and 21 goals respectively. EFL League One side Millwall F.C. will look to be a thorn in the side of the Spurs as they travel to White Hart Lane in search of an upset. Meanwhile, Manchester United returns to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge for a second time this season, hoping to extract revenge for being beaten 4-0 in the Premier League fixture.

Golden Boots

In the 2016-17 FA Cup, the tournament’s leading scorer played for a side that went out in the second round. Adam Morgan, a former Liverpool youth player, scored six goals across three games for Curzon Ashton. This included a hat trick against AFC Wimbledon in a game Morgan’s team lost, 4-3. He scored over 85 percent of the goals for his team, which may be one of the reasons they didn’t advance further in the competition.

Two Premier League stars, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Chelsea’s Pedro, have each contributed four goals for their squads. They are the highest scorers from the top-flight of English football so far. Not far behind these two are those with three goals: Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, and Son Heung-min. Each of these players are still helping to push their team toward the semifinals and finals, and perhaps the chance to claim personal accolades, too.

Magic of the Cup

Giving lower league sides the opportunity to spoil the day of football powerhouses, the FA Cup brings a level of excitement and unpredictability to these matches, making it a joy to watch. Who will host the trophy this year? While there are plenty of big name clubs still in the competition – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United – there are also smaller sides – Lincoln City, Millwall – who could pull off an upset.

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Whether you’re rooting for Davids or Goliaths, make sure you’re wearing your team’s colors on match day by heading to Fanatics.com.

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Champions League: Teams and Their Countries

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Champions League Overview

The Champions League is the ultimate soccer competition. Orchestrated by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Champions League pits the champions of domestic leagues and other qualifiers against one another in a grand annual tournament. Some of the most popular teams from the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1 compete for eternal glory on the biggest stage.

Here’s all you need to know to be the most well-versed “football” hipster now that the European version is the only kind available until August.

They Like to Score

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No team has scored more goals in the history of the Champions League – rebranded as such from the European Cup in 1992 – than Real Madrid. The team has scored close to 900 goals in pursuit of European and Champions League honors. In their current campaign, the Madridistas count on the scoring power of Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Welsh forward Gareth Bale.

German side Bayern Munich and Spanish side FC Barcelona both trail significantly behind the Galácticos of Real Madrid. They’ve each scored around 300 fewer goals in total, even equipped with strong players in their attacking roles. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller help lead the line for the German giants, while MSN – Messi, Suárez, and Neymar – drive defenders crazy for Barça’s benefit.

In fourth place, with close to 500 goals, is Manchester United, the highest-scoring English side and the only one in the top five spots. The team will have to wait another year for their chance to add to this tally, though, as the Red Devils failed to qualify for the Champions League due to their subpar performance last season.

Countries With the Biggest Trophy Cases

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Between the European Cup and Champions League, Spanish clubs have produced the most success in winning the yearly competition. However, just two Spanish clubs share this success of over 16 titles: FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. While English clubs haven’t seen the same volume of success that Spanish sides have, more teams have had a chance to wrap their collective hands around the trophy.

Liverpool (5 titles), Manchester United (3 titles), Nottingham Forest (2 titles), Aston Villa (1 title), and Chelsea (1 title) have all won either the European Cup or Champions League. In the 2017 campaign, Arsenal, Leicester City, and Manchester City are the three English sides with a chance to claim Champions League glory. If they could win the cup, it would be the first time for any of these clubs to earn such an honor.

Where Winners Are Born

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In the first decade of the European Cup, Real Madrid claimed the top prize five times in a row. They then shared this honor with two Italian sides, AC Milan and Inter Milan, and one Portuguese side, Benfica. These were the only sides that won the right to be called European champions in the 1950s and early 1960s.

The 1970s saw the Spanish and Italian sides moved aside for teams hailing from England, Germany, and the Netherlands. There were also instances of back-to-back winners, with Ajax winning in ’71, ’72, and ’73. Bayern Munich would win in ’74, ’75, and ’76, while Liverpool would do a double in ’77 and ’78.

More recently, there has been a return to Spanish dominance, as Real Madrid and Barcelona have won the last three Champions League trophies.

Quest to Be the Best

Who will win the Champions League this year? Will it be a newcomer or a perennial favorite? Whichever team you’re rooting for, show everyone where your allegiance lies with officially licensed merchandise and apparel from Fanatics.

Highlighting Old Trafford

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Manchester United’s home ground, Old Trafford, dubbed the “Theatre of Dreams,” was built in 1909. The club played their first game against Liverpool FC on February 19, 1910. Old Trafford has a long and interesting history of nearly being destroyed during World War II as well as granting the Red Devils a nice home field win percentage.

We took a deeper look inside this historic stadium to highlight not only the benefits Manchester United reaps from playing this field but also to get a clear understanding of Trafford’s history and how it came to be.

Stackin’ Wins at Home

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With an at-home win percentage of 61.77%, the football club looks forward to taking on anyone who opposes them on their home field. The Premier League has seen the largest blowout in history here with Manchester United defeating Ipswich Town 9-0 in March of 1995. Team captain Wayne Rooney keeps this percentage high by having the second-most-scored goals in the Premier League (193) – 67 behind the top scorer, Alan Shearer (260).

Aside from stacking wins on their home field, Manchester United has accomplished several great feats at Old Trafford that have made them one of the most universally known football clubs.

GOAL! Scoring 1,000 Goals at Old Trafford

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The Red Devils take pride in playing at Old Trafford and have achieved great feats that no other football club has before.

During the 2016 season, Anthony Martial scored the club’s 1,000th goal with a deflected shot against Everton. Manchester United have become the first Premier League team to score 1,000 goals on their own turf. Make no mistake, this accomplishment has been in the works since 1992. At that time, the club was initiated into the Premier League and had their first goal scored by Irish defender, Denis Irwin.

Over the next two years, Manchester worked their legs off to score their 100th goal at home – scored by Eric Cantona against Nottingham Forest in 1994. The club made huge strides throughout the next two decades, scoring a total of 400 goals. Ryan Giggs marked scoring the 500th goal at Old Trafford against Nottingham in 2004.

Old Trafford also serves as home to some of the Premier League’s top scorers, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes. After transferring from Everton in 2004, Rooney has settled quite nicely at the lofty stadium, scoring 99 goals on Trafford grounds. A long-time Red Devil, Scholes treads behind Rooney with 59 goals, making him the second highest Premier League scorer at the Theatre of Dreams.

All About Old Trafford

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Old Trafford acquired its name due to its location in Trafford, a metropolitan district in Manchester. Archibald Leitch was the appointed architect who led the main design and construction of the stadium. Its projected capacity was approximately 80,000. Old Trafford was officially opened on February 19, 1910 with a match between Liverpool and Manchester.

One unique feature about Old Trafford was that it was built with large tribunes on each side of the playing field and connected by closing tiers to create one ring. This set the stadium apart from others in England because, at the time, all English stadiums had separated tiers (with all angles open).

Old Trafford saw its highest attendance record of 76,962 fans in 1939 during a semifinal match between Grimsby Town and Wolves.

Unfortunately, Old Trafford was nearly demolished during the German air raids of World War II due to its proximity to Trafford Park Industrial Estate – a prompt target of the airstrikes. Once the war was over, rebuilding began. Few changes were made to the original design. In 1965, a second level of tiers was added to the North Stand – this was the first time a stadium had several balconies on its premises.

Lights, Cameras, Trafford

There’s no other way you can look at it, Manchester truly enjoys the home field advantage that Old Trafford provides for them. The stadium also offers various ways for red fans to enhance and celebrate their game day experience: from upgraded food choices at the Red Cafe to different seating options (balcony included). There are no further renovations planned as of yet, but it has been rumored that stadium capacity will be increased to 95,000 in the near future.

Before you make your way over to Old Trafford, make sure you’re well-equipped. Look no further than Fanatics or Kitbag US (or Kitbag UK for outside of the US) for all of your Manchester United gear, and see why #WeAreUnited!

Methodology

Using PremierLeague.com and Mufcinfo.com, we pulled the win-loss history of Manchester United FC and removed any records of games played at another venue.

The home-win percentage is determined by dividing total wins at home by the sum of wins, losses, and draws at home.

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