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Tue 8 Jun by Mark Gleeson

Briefs

GROBLER LEADS THE PSL PACK

WITH 16 GOALS IN 2020-21 TERM

SuperSport United striker Bradley Grobler finished as the leading scorer in the DStv Premiership with 16 goals, the same total achieved by the joint winners in 2019-20, Gabadinho Mhango and Peter Shalulile. The latter took the honours for the most goals in all competitions this season with 22 for Mamelodi Sundowns.

 

KEKANA, ONYANGO HAVE

EIGHT PSL MEDALS APIECE

The veteran Mamelodi Sundowns duo of Hlompho Kekana and Denis Onyango collected an eighth league winners medal at the end of the season, extending their record as the players with the most number of championship successes in the history of the South African game. Onyango won his first three titles at SuperSport United and then five more with Sundowns. Kekana won two at SuperSport and six with Sundowns.

 

ENGLAND TOP EUROS BY

HOME-BASED PLAYERS

Of the 24 nations competing in this week’s European Championship, England have the most home-based players and Ukraine the least. With an average age of 24.9 years on 1 June, Turkey is the youngest team at the tournament followed by England (25.2 years) and Wales (25.5 years). At the opposite end are Sweden (29.2 years), Belgium (29.1 years) and Slovakia (28.2 years). Born on the 16th October 2003, Kacper Kozlowski of Poland is the youngest player, while 38-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is the oldest.

 

FIFA PROJECTS REVENUE

OF $4.67 BILLION IN 2022

FIFA’s members have passed a projected budget based on $4.666-billion revenue for 2022, the first year of a new four-year cycle that has the financially underpinning World Cup in Qatar, albeit at the end of the year. Out of that revenue FIFA said it will spend $2.696 billion on “investments in football” with administrative expenses of $442 million. That will leave a profit before tax of $1.526 billion. FIFA expenses comprise $251 million on governance and administration, and $191 million on marketing and TV broadcasting. A further $44 million will be spent on football governance, essentially ensuring members follow regulations.

 

OFFICIAL STAMP FOR WORLD

CUP BID BY PORTUGAL, SPAIN

The bid by Spain and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup got an official stamp before last Friday’s match between the two countries at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. The game marked 100 years since these neighbours first played each other at football and the heads of state and prime ministers of both countries attended to symbolically mark the institutional support for the 2030 bid. Europe will likely have two bids for the 2030 World Cup with the four British nations having agreed to collaborate. UEFA and its president Aleksander Ceferin are keen to have just one bidder from Europe in order not to split the confederation vote.