Show next season’s Blues kits – Chelsea’s new 2016-17 kits

Chelsea won’t want to remember this campaign in a hurry and will be hoping a change of strip can bring about a change in fortunes over the summer.

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Chelsea have endured a nightmare season as Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager and the club’s Premier League title defence crumbled.

The Blues won’t want to remember this campaign in a hurry and will be hoping a change of strip can bring about a change in fortunes over the summer.

An official announcement from the club revealing Chelsea’s 2016-17 T Shirts is not expected for several months but social media is awash with gossip and leaked images.

Sportswear giant Adidas will once again supply the west Londoners with their range of Cheap Football Shirts, shorts and socks after signing a long-term deal in 2013.

Website Voetbal Shirtjes has claimed to have obtained images of next season’s shirts and has showcased pictures of a rumoured home, away and third strip.

Adidas’ trademark three stripes feature down the side of all three shirts and Yokohama continue as the club’s main shirt sponsor.

Chelsea’s home shirt is of course finished in traditional blue whereas the away strip features a fluorescent yellow, black and grey palette in a hark back to the 2009 version.

The third kit is finished in white with blue highlights, all three kits also incorporating a lion watermark effect as part of a shake-up of this season’s designs.

Football New: Morata reveals Real Madrid transfer clause

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Alvaro Morata: Real Madrid return on cards

Reported Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal target Alvaro Morata has admitted that he could return to Real Madrid.

The Spain striker has scored 10 goals for Juventus this term and has just started showing signs of fulfilling his potential after making a £15.8million move from Real Madrid in July 2014.

Morata has struggled to settle into life in Serie A and in January he admitted suffering from “many problems in my mind”, but his recent performances in the Champions League against Bayern Munich have spurred the transfer speculation back into life.

And the 23-year-old has admitted that a return to his boyhood club is a real possibility.

“It’s difficult for me not knowing where I’ll be next season,” Morata told Cadena Ser.

“It’s a strange situation. I wish the matter could be solved soon. I’m happy here [at Juventus] but I want to know where I can buy a house.

“My return to Real is a concrete possibility because there is a deal.”

Juve are reportedly considering selling Morata in order to pursue the signing of Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani form Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are all believed to be interested in the forward who had a buy-back clause inserted into his Juve contract when he signed from Real Madrid 18 months ago.

Real are believed to have an agreement that will give them first option on Morata for the next two summer transfer windows, but the Spanish side will be unable to sign players in 2017 unless their appeal against their transfer ban is successful.

Morata, who is in constant contact with Real director Emilio Butragueno, has once again confirmed the clause, but admitted his destination does not have to be Madrid.

“It doesn’t have to be at Real Madrid,” Morata told Goal. “But what I want is to know where I am going to be and where I will spend the next few years.

“I’m always really grateful to Butragueno,” he said. “He asks me how I am doing, he congratulates me when I score… I will always be grateful.

“I believe you have to take care of the kids from the youth team, the ones coming through, and people like Butragueno know how to do that.

“He has worn the cheap Real Madrid shirts, he came through the youth system and he was an international. He and others are concerned with how you are doing and many aspects.

“For example: I also speak with [Fernando] Morientes from time to time and it makes me proud because when I was little I would wait for him to sign my football shirts.”

Afghan boy to make his own Lionel Messi football shirt gets the real thing signed by the star

An Afghan boy who endeared himself to millions when pictured wearing a homemade Lionel Messi football shirt has been given an authentic replacement kit by the star footballer himself.

Murtaza Ahmadi, 5, became an online sensation after pictures emerged of him playing football in a blue and white plastic bag with Messi’s name and number scribbled on the back.

After an appeal was launched to track down Messi’s self-declared ‘biggest fan’, the Barcelona star’s management team organised for him to be sent an cheap authentic national team shirt.

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Signed by Messi himself, the boy was pictured performing a two-handed peace sign celebration while wearing his new kit.

He declared: ‘I love Messi and my football shirt says Messi loves me.’

The footballer had sent his two teams’ soccer jerseys – Argentina and Barcelona – and a football. The t shirts were signed with the message ‘with much love, Leo’.

Murtaza and his family shot to fame after a photograph of the little boy wearing a blue-and-white striped plastic bag – resembling the Argentinian cheap football shirts – went viral.

The youngster’s older brother, 15-year-old Hamayon, made the ‘shirt’ and posted photographs of Murtaza wearing it on Facebook.

It tugged on the heart strings of football fans around the world, prompting the social media hunt that eventually identified Murtaza as the little boy with the ‘saddest buy football shirt in the world’.

During a recent visit to Kabul, he said: ‘I want to meet Messi, spend time with him, I love the way he plays football. I love him very, very much.’

Murtaza’s father, a poor farmer in Ghazni’s Jaghori district, admitted he could not afford to buy him a replica jersey.

Mohammad Arif Ahmadi said: ‘He insisted many times to buy him a Messi jersey but it is too expensive for me.

As members of the historically persecuted Hazara community, Ahmadi said an opportunity to meet Messi would bring a glimmer of hope to their lives.

‘We live in an area surrounded by Taliban and Islamic State jihadists. We face lots of daily struggles.

‘If a poor boy like my son manages to meet Messi, it will be a proud moment not just for us but all of Afghanistan.’

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Sport was rarely played under Taliban rule, and the football stadium in Kabul was a notorious venue for executions, stonings and mutilations.

Football and cricket are the two most popular sports in the war-ravaged country.

Earlier this month it emerged the youngster had been invited by Messi to visit him at Camp Nou, Spain after the footballer saw the photographs.

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His uncle Azim told MailOnline: ‘Messi and his team wants to meet Murtaza in Camp Nou [Barcelona] and we are waiting for the date.

His uncle said: ‘I was so excited when I saw his photo going viral and a lot of media writing about him. He is a cute boy and loves football too much. He loves both Messi and Ronaldo, but Messi the most.

‘He heard that his meeting with Messi is underway. So he is very excited and happy to meet his dream hero. We would all be very happy.’

Although there was initially some debate over whether the meeting would take place in Afghanistan or in Barcelona, the organisers have confirmed that Murtaza will be brought with his family to Spain.

‘The Spanish embassy is ready to issue visas for them,’ said Keramuddin Karim, the president of the Afghanistan Football Federation.

‘We are trying to make contact directly with Barcelona to arrange the meeting, where, when and which date.’

The youngster has already had some of his wishes granted, after he was invited to Kabul earlier this month to run through some football drills at the national stadium.

Despite being kitted out in some proper Barcelona gear, little Murtaza still chose to wear his improvised Messi shirt over the top.

Leaked Pictures Of Cheap Real Madrid’s 2016/17 Home Shirt Emerge Online

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The folks over a Footy Headlines always seem to get the first track on the next season’s shirts and they now appear to have done it again by allegedly leaking Real Madrid’s new home shirt for the 2016/17 season.

As one would imagine, the shirt is predominantly white with a purple trim up the sides. The customary Adidas logo is also a dark shade of purple, while there is a slight purple trim running around the sleeves.

The shirt boasts an attractive traditional collar, and though the shorts and the socks aren’t pictured, they too are said to be white, in keeping with the traditions of Real Madrid kits.

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Footy Headlines also revelaed earlier in the year that Real’s away football shirt is due to be purple in colour, and don’t quote us on this, but we think we can see a theme developing here.

Real have worn purple change kits before, most recently as 2010-11. Keep an eye on Sportsvibe as we look to bring you all the breaking news concerning next season’s new kits as and when we get the updates.

Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke stresses need for sensible ownership

Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has spoken about about sports ownership, saying clubs must also be “real industries and real businesses.”

Kroenke, who has been nicknamed “Silent Stan” by Arsenal fans because of his failure to publicly address the club’s financial policies, told a sports conference in Boston that owners “must have some sort of reality involved” when it comes to the business side of running a club.

“I think the best owners in sports to me are the guys who sort of watch both sides a bit. Because if you don’t have a good business you can’t afford to go out and get players, unless you just want to rely on other sources of income,” Kroenke said during a one-hour panel discussion during the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

“Fortunately here in the U.S. for the most part I see some rational thought put into that side so that they become real industries and real businesses. And I think that’s a healthy thing. And the people who benefit the most in my opinion are the players, because players are getting paid in ways that they never dreamed of.”

Kroenke, who also owns the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams along with Denver-based NHL, NBA and MLS franchises, said having wealthy owners pouring money into European football teams can sometimes end up hurting the clubs if that injection of cash suddenly disappears.

“Over there it was sort of like, ‘Well we’ve got guys from the Middle East, the oil price is over a hundred bucks [a barrel], they can spend anything they want,” Kroenke said, recalling a conversation with British journalists when he first became involved with Arsenal.

“The problem I saw with all that is that those people can lose interest … I said, what happens when the Middle Eastern family [loses] interest and they decide to go home? I said what would really happen in those situations is that the fans get hurt. Because the players get picked up [by other teams] and paid if they’re good, and the front office gets other jobs.”

He said he was proven right when Malaga’s owner, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani of Qatar, suddenly stopped investing more money in the club and they had to sell their best players — including Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal to Arsenal.

“I didn’t think it would happen that fast,” Kroenke said “We actually got two good players out of it. But the fans were who was left behind.”

Kroenke also discussed Arsenal’s increased use of statistics to analyse players, with the club having purchased Boston-based analytics company StatDNA after he took over as majority shareholder.

“When we acquired the controlling interest in Arsenal back in 2011, we started pushing pretty hard because it seemed to me that there were some people who were a bit more advanced in that area,” he said. “So we were fortunate that we acquired [StatDNA]. They gave us a big lift in the soccer business.”

He compared the approach to the “Moneyball” strategy used in baseball by Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, which he said he has discussed with manager Arsene Wenger.

“Moneyball, I was always interested in that. Billy Beane, one of his heroes happened to be our manager at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger,” Kroenke said. “Arsene has a degree in economics, has always sort of got that analytical thing going on, so we would talk about it … But we’ve always had, and we’re developing within each team, a statistical kind of approach, and an analytical approach.”

Kroenke also rejected the notion that it’s difficult to be an effective owner when his interests are spread over so many different clubs, and on two different continents. He said he thinks all his teams benefit from his ability to learn from each one.

“We’re all here to win. If you win, these businesses get really easy, we’d all agree on that. Are you sacrificing anything by owning multiple teams? I don’t think so,” he said. “Because I feel like when I work on things at Arsenal, I learn things that I can bring back here. I feel like when I work on things here I learn things I can take over there. So these are, I think, really efficient things and wonderful things for me and our organisation.”

One example of those benefits, he said, is the Los Angeles Rams’ plans to come to London over the next three years for regular-season games, while Arsenal will be in Southern California this summer for a preseason tour that includes a game against the MLS All-Stars.

“So that’s all good. That will raise the profile of the Rams and of Arsenal in North America,” he said. “What did I learn specifically [from Arsenal]? I think we are learning lots of different things and approaches. And you learn very quickly what that brand means.”

The American recounted the story of a South African Arsenal fan who flies from Cape Town to London via helicopter on regular business trips, and makes friends along the way by handing out cheap Arsenal football shirts when he stops to refuel.

“It’s just an example of what a brand can mean, and what we all can do in sports,” he said. “When you can extend a brand — Michael Jordan showed it — you get paid a whole lot more when you can extend your brand. Manchester United showed it. Boy they established levels and benchmarks that people thought unattainable, because their brand extension made people want to pay for it.”