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Who Else Remembers the 3 Most Electrifying Moments in FIFA World Cup History?

Who Else Remembers the 3 Most Electrifying Moments in FIFA World Cup History? | Anthony S CaseyWhat is it about football that drives us wild? Is it the pace? The rivalry? Yes to both. However, more than that, it’s the competitive drive, which pushes players up and down the field. Also, there’s the abundance of serious drama and action taking place on the green!

While the FIFA has presented a laundry list of unbelievable occurrences, let’s revisit some of the more exciting and intense moments in FIFA World Cup History.  

Italy v France, World Cup 2006: Zidane’s Headbutt

 

High energy rocked the stadium at the World Cup final in 2006. As the game was underway, television cameras captured France’s Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi’s chest, which caused him to be sent off the court. The headbutt was the wrong move for the incredible footballer, as this turned out to be a shocking end to his overall successful career. Many years later, Materazzi finally admits what he said to Zidane in the World Cup Final, which prompted the attack.  Check out the footage on YouTube.

England v Argentina, World Cup 1998: Beckham’s Retaliates

 

Little was more shocking than when David Beckham was handed the red card for kicking Diego Simeone as an act of retaliation. Correction: The greater shock was that Diego Simeone, who moments before fouled Beckham and knocked him to the ground, received just the yellow card for the assault. Beckham’s being sent off is still talked about as many believe that Simeone actually tripped over Beckham’s leg as he walked backward. Check out the footage on YouTube.

Argentina v England, World Cup 1986, “The Hand of God”

Diego Maradona scored two of the most famous goals in football history. The initial goal took place after 51 minutes, and he was able to score by using his hand, an act that became known as “The Hand of God.” The second goal involved the talent dribbling past five England players. This incredible feat became known as the “Goal of the Century.” Near singlehandedly, Maradona led his team to victory against England. Maradona went on to win the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. Check out the footage on YouTube.

Those three moments were great, but it doesn’t stop there. Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup Brazil, The Miracle of Berlin, Frank Rijkaard spitting at Rudi Voller, Schumacher Knocking Out Battiston, and other upsets and shocking moments have occurred at the World Cup. View the video below, which offers footage of other unbelievable moments.

The Football Season is Here!

Early this month,  the most lucrative football league in the world launched its season.

This is promised to be a thrilling season as coaches Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp begin their battle to win the league and claim the record-breaking prize money (GBP152m). The last placed team will still earn only GBP100m; these earning are paid out from the a new TV broadcasting deal, valued at GBP8billion and payable over the next three years.

This seasons pay-out is 72% more than last seasons, which you can see on the chart below.

The fickle world of top tier football management can be summed up by the chart below:

 

Analysts are predicting that over one billion pounds will be spent on new players before the summer transfer window closes.

Will Pogba earn his history making fee or will Zlatans’ free transfer be the deal of the season? Let he players hash it out?

On Anthony S Casey’s end, Football Finance was quieter this July. FFN gained positive inflows from new investors with the NAV price rising to 1006.87.

Some GBP475m was spent on player transfers by EPL clubs in the month of July, helping us to build a strong deal pipeline in excess of GBP100m.

FFN is happy to announce that a number of ex-professional footballers, including a World Cup winner, have joined the team as advisors to the strategy.

Within the FFN investment strategy we aim to diversify deal type, size and duration for optimal risk management. One of the larger deal types we look at is stadium redevelopment. Clubs are keen to increase capacity on match day as its adds directly to their bottom line. Surprisingly clubs in the EPL have a smaller capacity when compared to some teams on the continent, as indicated on the chart below.

 

With cash rates close to zero and negative bond yields, investors are more inclined to consider alternatives in their quest for growth. As equity markets are looking highly volatile, FFN provides a compelling yield solution. The pound sterling being at a 31- year low against the dollar (see chart below) helps our USD investors maximise value, as FFN buys GBP contracts from the clubs.

FFN has been invited by Swiss-Asia to present FFN to an audience of accredited and institution investors at the Capital Introduction event in Hong Kong.

For all the latest Football Finance news please follow our new LinkedIn page called Football Finance Note. Follow Anthony S Casey on Twitter.

 

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