Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 28th 2015 Contents A60
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 28, 2015
MUNICH---Bayern Munich made a record profit
after tax of 23.8 million euros ($25.2 million) last
season, the club announced at its annual general
Bayern said it had a turnover of 523.7 million euros
($555 million) for the financial year 2014-15, slightly
below that of the previous year.
It s the second consecutive year that Bayern has
had turnover of over half a billion euros. The club
earned five million more the previous season due to
its participation in the Club World Cup and UEFA
"Maximum sporting success with financial solid-
ity---that s our maxim," Bayern deputy chairman
Jan-Christian Dreesen said.
Match income was a total of 137.6 million euros
($146 million) as it competed in the Champions
League, German Cup and Bundesliga---which it won
for a third straight year - as well as friendly games.
Sponsorship and marketing provided another 113.9
million euros ($121 million), merchandising including
jersey sales provided 101.7 million euros ($107.7),
while domestic TV and radio contributed 58.3 million
euros ($61.8 million).
Salaries were the biggest expense at 227.3 million
euros ($241 million). (AP)
MANCHESTER---As the final whistle blew on Man-
chester United s fourth goalless draw in its last
seven matches, the boos filling Old Trafford were
another indicator of disenchantment about the
team s playing style.
The bold, attacking approach in the long tenure
of Alex Ferguson is nowhere to be seen at United
these days, with caution appearing to reign under
Louis van Gaal. And the 0-0 draw against PSV
Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday
was too much for some.
Former United midfielder Paul Scholes bemoaned
the lack of goal threat, saying United is missing the
attacking strength to be a threat in Europe this sea-
son. Fans on phone-ins said United had become
boring, particularly considering the money the club
has spent to restore its fortunes after David Moyes
ill-fated spell in charge.
"Of course (I am worried about the fans)," Van
Gaal said Friday, "because the fans have to be happy.
You are playing for the fans, so you cannot deny
"But also you have to see how our opponents are
playing against us, and when you see how they play,
you know the difficulty of organizing against that
type of opponent."
United has only one first-half goal in its last eight
games, and only six goals in total in that period. So
worrying is the shortage of goals that it came as a
surprise when United announced Thursday that
youngster James Wilson, one of only three out-
and-out strikers in the squad, had joined second-
tier club Brighton on loan for the rest of the sea-
It leaves United with just Wayne Rooney and
Anthony Martial as genuine strikers, and suggests
Van Gaal will continue to use midfielders Marouane
Fellaini and Memphis Depay as makeshift forwards
"In the short term, maybe it s not so good for
Manchester United," Van Gaal said, defending the
decision to let Wilson leave, "but in the long term,
it s better. It is part of the development of a play-
"If we weren t creating chances I d be worried,"
Van Gaal added, "but we are and we don t give too
much away---normally our results are good."
One of the reasons Danny Welbeck was allowed
to leave for Arsenal last season was because Van
Gaal was excited at the progress of Wilson, and saw
the teenager being a more prolific back-
up at the time to Rooney and Robin van
Wilson has played two games for United
this season, and has scored four goals in
20 games overall.
Still, despite United s issues in attack,
the team is second in the Premier League
and will go top by beating first-place Leices-
ter on Saturday. United s position among
the title contenders---after two years out
of the race for the championship---is perhaps
stopping more dissent among the fans.
United lost 5-3 on its last visit to the
King Power Stadium, when Jamie Vardy
was one of the scorers. Vardy has now
scored in his last 10 league games, and a
goal against United will break the record
for scoring in consecutive league match-
es---a record he currently shares with former
United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
"He was already last season a very nasty
player for us," Van Gaal said of Vardy. "He
scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring
10 games in a row. Then you are a great
player. I only know, for example, Dennis
Bergkamp as a player who did the same
with Ajax. It s not so easy to do that."
Van Gaal said Leicester is a genuine title
contender, even though the Midlands side
was scrapping to avoid relegation last sea-
"It is possible, I think," Van Gaal said.
"Normally these kind of clubs can be a
long time competing, but normally at the
end it s more difficult.
"But in England, because of the quality
of the teams, because every team has the
money to buy players---and they have
bought players---the difference in the Pre-
mier League between the clubs in level is
not so high." (AP)
profit after tax
United short of strikers after James Wilson loaned out
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