The International Champions Cup (ICC) is an annual club association football friendly exhibition competition. It features club teams from Europe playing pre-season friendly matches, originally in the United States and Canada, but in the years since also in venues in China, Australia, Mexico and across Europe. The ICC was founded by Relevent Sports, a division of RSE ventures based out of northern New Jersey, a sports venture firm founded in 2012 by billionaire real estate magnate and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Matt Higgins, a former executive with the New York Jets. It replaced the World Football Challenge, which had featured a more even distribution of European- and American-based sides.
the way Arsenal took Manchester United apart on Sunday showed why they should be serious title contenders this season but the Gunners' problem is they do not play like that often enough.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott came out after the game and said they had sent out a message that they are going to have a real go at winning the Premier League.
But Walcott also said the performance was for the fans after what happened at Emirates Stadium in Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Olympiakos.
That illustrates Arsenal's problem. We saw a reaction against United but, to be honest, it came five days too late.
I was expecting that kind of display against Olympiakos after Arsenal were beaten by Dinamo Zagreb in their opening game in Europe and I was amazed we did not get it.
An article I read in the daily mail from June of 2013 suggested Mike Ashley was hoping to sell the club for £279 million. This got me wondering if that was a realistic sale price? Is Mike Ashley asking for too much, or is he asking for too little?
If the fans are going to develop a successful plan to purchase the club or a portion of the club from Mike Ashley it is important to have realistic targets. I am going to go through some details and known facts below to try and get a ball park range on the cost to buy Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley Purchase Price:
According to most reports Mike Ashley purchased the club for £134 million. After purchase he has loaned the club around £140 million to pay off the clubs debt and pay for the additional cost of relegation. According to the NUFC fan forum £11 million of that debt has been repaid. This brings his current total invested cost to £263 million (£134 million purchase and £129 million in interest free loans)