Mon 20 May by Mark Gleeson
SOCCER 13 POOLS MAY TOTAL R40-M
There’s mega bucks to be won on two Soccer 13 pools set to total nearly R40 million this week. Wednesday’s Soccer 13 pool starts with a R1.4-million carryover and that should generate a final total pool of R10 million. And that big number will be dwarfed by the Soccer 13 pool this Saturday 25 May, which kicks off with a R3.1-million carryover and should soar to R28 million!
SARRI`S HELPERS PONDER FUTURE
Maurizio Sarri will push for a prompt decision from Chelsea regarding his position after the Europa League final as all of his coaching staff are out of contract and need clarity on their own futures. The Italian signed a three-year contract when he was brought to Stamford Bridge last summer, but his 11 assistants were given one-year deals. Chelsea have yet to offer any of the coaching staff extensions, but they are all expected to stay if Sarri is retained.
TOUGH TIMES AT BOLTON
Bolton Wanderers’ financial problems were so acute towards the end of the season following owner Ken Anderson’s decision to withdraw funding while attempting to sell, that the club ran out of diesel at the training ground. It left the players with a choice of cold showers or going home in their kit, while bricks were placed in the toilet cistern to limit water usage.
FLIGHT ISSUES FOR UCL FINAL
Liverpool and Tottenham fans have been warned against booking tickets for charter flights to Madrid for the Champions League final as a number of companies are selling seats without having secured a guaranteed landing slot. Madrid’s Barajas Airport is struggling to meet the demand for landing berths ahead of the final on 1 June and there are fears that not all chartered flights will be able to land in time for the game at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
UEFA FOCUS ON WOMEN’S SOCCER
For the first time in its history, UEFA has launched a dedicated women’s football strategy, a five-year plan that aims to double the number of women and girls playing the sport by 2024. The idea is to raise the number of women and girls playing throughout UEFA’s 55 member associations to 2.5 million (currently 1.3 million registered players) and significantly boost the profile and value of the women’s Euro Championship and Champions League. “Women’s football is the football of today, it’s not the football of tomorrow,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. “It’s UEFA’s duty… to empower the women’s game.”
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