REVEALED! Football’s BIGGEST transfer window net spends in history

first_img 10 5. Chelsea spent £123m net in 2004 – Click the arrow for more – The arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003 changed the football landscape forever, particularly in England. Prior to the Russian’s arrival, Premier League clubs had spent sizeable sums, but never on this scale. Abramovich wanted to establish a title-winning team and that is what he did in the summer of 2004, spending £123m NET. In came the likes of Robben and Cech, above, and a certain Didier Drogba for £24m. 4. Man United spent £133m net in 2014 – Click the arrow for more – Man United have long been among the biggest spenders in the English game, but after a period of parsimony under the Glazers, the Red Devils took their expenditure to new levels during the summer of 2014, as they forked out an eye-watering £133m NET spend as new boss Louis van Gaal went about rebuilding his entire side. The most expensive recruit was Angel di Maria, whose £59.7m arrival set a new British transfer record. 10 9. Paris Saint-Germain spent £98m net in the 2012 transfer window – Click the arrow for more – In 2012, the Parisians were the highest spenders in world football, recruiting the likes of Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi. With just a handful of departures, PSG totalled £98m NET spending, the highest in their history. 10. Paris Saint-Germain spent £96m NET in the 2013 transfer window – Click the arrow to see nine even bigger transfer window spends! – PSG were languishing in mediocrity prior to the club’s takeover by Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Qatar Sports Investments. The arrival of money brought with it lavish spending, something underlined in PSG’s ability to now attract the world’s biggest names. In 2013 they spent £96m NET, including the signing of Edinson Cavani for £55m, but that isn’t the most they’ve parted with during a transfer period… 6. Internazionale spent £120m net in 1999 – Click the arrow for more – In the 1990s Italian club football was the richest and most powerful, and Internazionale certainly spent their fair share of lira trying to achieve success. The Serie A side spent an eye-watering £129m on players in 1999, a figure that resulted in £120m NET outlay after taking into account the sale of players. In 1999! Inter recruited Christian Vieri for a then world record fee of £31m, and Clarence Seedorf from Real Madrid for around £15m 10 10 1. Real Madrid spent £155m net in 2009 – For all the muscle of the new monied teams, it is the traditional giants that continue to pave the way when it comes to eye-watering spending. While they appear only once in this list, Real Madrid remain the highest net spenders in history as Los Blancos spent £155m NET in the summer of 2009. That window saw Madrid break the world record twice as Kaka and then Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at the Bernabeu, alongside Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema. Nothing to do with Barcelona having just won everything, that year! 10 7. Man City spent £115m net in 2008 – Click the arrow for more – City’s biggest-ever NET spend came in the 2008 window, when they fired a statement of future intent by smashing the British transfer record with the signing of Robinho. They also signed the likes of Jo for £18m, Nigel de Jong for £16m, Craig Bellamy for £14m, Wayne Bridge for £10m, and six other big names, including a certain Vincent Kompany for £6m., who proved to be a better signing than £5m Tal Ben Haim. 10 8. Man City spent £102m net in 2009 – Click the arrow for more – Much like PSG, prior to their takeover by a wealthy benefactor Man City were a club submerged in mediocrity. The Citizens have been among the highest spending clubs in the world in five out of the last seven seasons, and it is their outlay in 2009 that sees them included in this list at number eight. That summer City spent an estimated £129m, recouping some £27m back as the likes of Carlos Tevez and Joleon Lescott arrived. But this was not City’s biggest net spend… Over the past few years spending in football has reached stratospheric levels, and with every transfer window that passes it seems some sort of new spending barrier is reached.This summer the team to lead the way in splashing the case was Manchester United, as the Red Devils lavished an eye-watering £133m on players as new boss Louis van Gaal revamped his squad.The introduction of Financial Fair Play is seen as a solution to curb this, but that still hasn’t stopped the nouveau riche and old monied teams from finding ways to build title-wining teams.But who are the biggest individual net spenders in history? Find out by clicking through the countdown above.Source: World Soccer MagazineThe latest issue of World Soccer Magazine is available now 10 2. Monaco spent £152m net in 2013 – Click the arrow for more – Monaco stunned the football world in the summer of 2013 when they lavished an astronomical £152m NET on the likes of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao. Their closest rivals in terms of spending that year were fellow Ligue 1 giants PSG, who spent around £56m NET more than the Parisians. It was seemingly a short-lived experiment, though, as Rodriguez has since been sold to Real Madrid, while Falcao is on loan at Man United. 3. Chelsea spent £141m net in 2003 – Click the arrow for more – While Abramovich assembled a star-studded team that stormed to the Premier League title a year later, it was in fact his first season of spending that remains Chelsea’s highest. Upon purchasing the club, the club’s new owner set about adding a stream of new faces, which ended up costing him £141m NET in transfer fees. 10 10 10last_img read more

Sepp Blatter re-elected for fifth term as Fifa president

first_imgSepp Blatter has been re-elected for a fifth term as Fifa president after Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein withdrew from the second round of voting at the election in Zurich.The Swiss administrator, who has held the post for nearly 17 years, commandingly won the first round, but fell seven votes short of the 2/3 majority required to remain in charge.But, after the controversial 79-year-old recorded a 133-73 first count advantage over his Jordanian counterpart, Al Hussein surrendered his candidacy after recognising the extent of the defecit.Mr Blatter thanked Prince Ali for standing down as a contender despite his “very good result.”He told the election audience: “Thank you that you accepted me, that for the next four years I will be in command of this boat called Fifa, and we will bring it back, off shore, and back to the beach, we will bring it back, where finally football can be played, beach soccer can be played everywhere.“I take the responsibility to bring back Fifa, we can do it, and I’m convinced we can do it.”Blatter received a standing ovation at the end of a speech which he finished with: “Let’s go Fifa! Let’s go Fifa!”Fifa has been shrouded in allegations this week, with a number of representatives arrested after corruption revelations made by a US justice department.Blatter has consistently reiterated his desire to retain control, despite calls, including from UEFA president Michel Platini, to stand down.The result means Blatter will serve four more years at the helm. Sepp Blatter 1last_img read more