Football You Missed

Football You Missed, Jan 17: Totti still has it, Klinsmann left red-faced

Plus the highest grossing club in the world is revealed.

 
11:04am on Friday 17th January 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

FANCY A GAME, FRANCESCO?

Although this will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but Francesco Totti has proved this week that he is still a wizard with the ball at his feet, as shown in this clip of him playing a small-sided match during retirement. Standing over a free-kick down the right-hand side, the former Roma captain steps up to fire a thunderbolt of a strike into the roof of the net. Someone get his number and we'll phone him for a game of 5-a-side when he's not busy.

KLINSMANN NOT OFFICIALLY A COACH?

Of course he is, but the German was left a little embarrassed this week after Bild reported that his coaching badges that make him eligible to be a head coach in the Bundesliga were actually out of date. He has disputed this claim, and has pulled off a bit of a humble brag by saying that the correct (and up to date) documents are "in a drawer somewhere" in his house in California. While he pisses about looking for a bit of paper, Hertha have the small matter of hosting Bayern this weekend.

BARCELONA TOP MONEY RANKINGS

For, perhaps surprisingly, the first time in their history, Barcelona have been named as the highest-earning football club of the year by Deloitte. Over the course of 2019, they generated €841m which is also the first time in history that a club has broken the €800m mark. The top five are 1. Barcelona 2. Real Madrid 3. Manchester United 4. Bayern Munich 5. PSG.

YOUTH FOOTBALL HEADING IN RIGHT DIRECTION

The Scottish Football Association is set to impose a ban on children 12 years old and younger heading the ball in training and in matches after further recent studies enhanched the hypothesis linking it with dementia in later life. The ban on heading has already been in place in the United States since 2015, but Scotland would represent the first European country to do so.

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