Mon 18 Sep by Mark Gleeson
*Manchester City invested a record value of 853-million Euros in transfer fees to assemble their current squad, the most by any club according to a new survey. Second on the list is Paris St-Germain with 850-million and then 784-million for previous record-holder Manchester United.
*Tottenham’s +16 goal difference in their past four away games (6-1 v Leicester City, 7-1 v Hull City, 2-0 v Newcastle United and 3-0 v Everton) is the best such run in the English top-flight since Sunderland’s +18 in 1892.
*Chapecoense have parted company with their second coach in two months, releasing Vinicius Eutropio after a barren run that left them third from bottom of Brazil’s Serie A table. Eutropio took over in July, seven months after Vagner Mancini was hired to rebuild the club following last November’s Medellin air disaster.
*Russian deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko blasted newspaper reports that Russia’s 2014 World Cup squad is under investigation for doping as part of the McLaren report as “nonsense”. Mutko said: “There have never been and will never be any problems with doping in our football – our team are permanently being tested, they undergo doping tests after every match.”
*FIFA have announced a new format for the 2018 World Cup draw with teams to be grouped by their places in the world rankings rather than by continent. The 32 finalists will be divided into four pots with the seven top-ranked teams plus hosts Russia in pot one, the next eight-ranked teams in pot two and so on.