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


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.


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.”

Italy’s fallen giants AC Milan could sign Mario Balotelli from Liverpool permanently


Sylvio Berlusconi, Italian media tycoon and politician who served as Prime Minister, was speaking as club owner and Honorary President to “Italia 7 Gold” sports channel about the possibility of the Rossoneri “make a financial sacrifice” to sign Mario Balotelli permanently.

The striker returned to the Rossoneri on loan from Liverpool this summer after a somewhat disastrous first season at Anfield where he scored only one goal and failed to cement a first team place.

Liverpool took a gamble on the Italian striker who has a history of disciplinary problems and falling out with managers and coaches. Jose Mourinho said Balotelli was unmanageable when he was in charge of rivals Inter Milan, causing Mourinho to drop him from the first team. Balotelli also annoyed Inter fans by wearing an cheap AC Milan shirt on an Italian TV show.

Arriving at Anfield in August 2014 for a fee of £16 million, he was to replace the outbound Luis Suárez as he left for Barcelona. It wasn’t long before he annoyed the proud Liverpool fans however, in a Champions League game against Real Madrid, Balotelli was criticised by manager Brendan Rodgers for swapping shirts with opponent Pepe at half time.

There have been moments of pure magic and delight in Balotelli’s career. He won the Golden Boy award in 2010, an award given by sports journalists to the best young player in Europe, was man of the match in the 2011 FA Cup Final as Manchester City defeated Stoke City 1–0, he set up Sergio Aguero’s last-minute goal to win the Premier League title in 2012, City’s first in 44 years and scored twice within the first 40 minutes in Italy’s semi-final clash with Germany, as the Azzurri won 2–1 and progressed to the Euro 2012 final against European and World champions Spain.

Since returning to play for AC Milan Balotelli has made just two Serie A starts so far as he’s battled with a hernia injury. He has recently started playing again, scoring the lone goal from the penalty spot during the first semi final leg of the Coppa Italia against Alessandria.

“Will we sign him outright? It depends on him,” club President Berlusconi shrugged “He has extraordinary technical and physical qualities, especially if he can really show maturity in terms of his behaviour in his life and his position on the pitch.”

Winning the Coppa Italia is certainly the Rossoneri’s main goal this season after a terrible start to Serie A, they are currently sixth and unbeaten in last eight games, and Berlusconi sees it as Milan’s best chance back in to Europe “It depends on how much the squad believes. We really want the Coppa Italia, it’d give meaning to our season and allow us to return to Europe.”

Berlusconi will definitely be willing to make a financial sacrifice to acquire the striker. The owner dreams of having an all Italian team “We have the ambition to put-out an all-Italian team in the coming years. We’re looking in all the youth teams to try to identify some young men with secure futures” he told Eurosport.

So it is down to Balotelli if he really wants to move to Milan full time, if he can continue to play well and help Milan win Coppa italia, the owners will do all they can to sign him. But he must play well and behave himself, these are two things Balotelli has struggled to sustain over recent years.