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Manchester City to begin Premier League title defence at West Ham | Football News – Times of India

Manchester City will begin their Premier League title defence with a trip to West Ham United, while the season will kick off with a London derby for the second year in a row as Crystal Palace host Arsenal. Liverpool, who finished second last season, will travel to newly-promoted Fulham, and Nottingham Forest will play at Newcastle United to mark their return to the Premier League after 23 years. Chelsea will kick off their season under the new ownership led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital by playing away to Everton, while Bournemouth will host Aston Villa in their first game in the top flight after earning promotion. Manchester United, under new manager Erik ten Hag, will begin their campaign at home against Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur will host Southampton. Th...
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chelsea: Abramovich completes sale of Chelsea to Boehly-led consortium | Football News – Times of India

Roman Abramovich has completed the sale of Chelsea and related companies to an investment group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, the Premier League club said on Monday, ending a three-month process to sell the club. The consortium, which won the bid to acquire the London side earlier this month, received approval from the Premier League and the British government last week for the sale to go ahead. A final agreement was reached on Saturday. Consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital completes acquisition of Chelsea Football Club.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 1653923296000Russian owner Abramovich put the club up for sale in early March following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special military operation". Sanctions on the Russian had also complicated the...
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Premier League club Chelsea says final deal struck for sale to Boehly-led consortium | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Chelsea said on Saturday that a final agreement had been struck to sell the Premier League club to a consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly and backed by Clearlake Capital. The takeover is expected to be completed on Monday. The consortium, which won the bid to acquire the London side earlier this month, received approval from the Premier League and the British government this week for the sale to go ahead. "Chelsea Football Club can confirm that a final and definitive agreement was entered into last night to sell the Club to the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital consortium," the club said in a statement. "It is expected that the transaction will be completed on Monday. The club will update further at that time." Russian owner Roman Abramovich put the club up f...
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Portugal approves sale of Chelsea by Roman Abramovich

The Portuguese government has given its authorization for the sale of Chelsea by Roman Abramovich, who as a Portuguese passport holder needed its approval. The decision by Portugal was announced on Thursday, a day after the British government approved the sale of Chelsea by the sanctioned Russian oligarch to a consortium fronted by a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Portugal’s rubber stamp was also needed for the deal worth 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) — the highest price ever for a sports team — to go through. “The two competent national authorities, the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry of finance, gave the green light to the request received from Roman Abramovich for a humanitarian waiver, allowing the English club to be transacted,” the Portuguese government sa...
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UK govt approves sale of Chelsea by sanctioned Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich’s 19 years as Chelsea owner is closer to ending after the British government approved the sale of the Premier League club by the sanctioned Russian oligarch to a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly. The government had to be sure that Abramovich, who was sanctioned over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, did not profit from the enforced sale of the club that his investment turned into one of the most successful in European football. The reigning FIFA Club World Cup winners and 2021 European champions will be sold for 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) — the highest price ever for a sports team — once Premier League approval is granted. Chelsea has been operating under a government license since Abramovich’s assets were frozen in Ma...
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Premier League approves proposed takeover of Chelsea by Boehly-led consortium | Football News – Times of India

The Boehly-Clearlake consortium, which agreed terms to acquire Chelsea for 4.25 billion pounds ($5.33 billion) earlier this month, passed the Premier League Owners' and Directors' Test, the league said on Tuesday, paving the way for the club's takeover. The proposal also needs approval from the British government before the consortium can complete the acquisition, with a week remaining before the club's current operating licence expires on May 31. "The Board has applied the Premier League's Owners' and Directors' Test (OADT) to all prospective Directors, and undertaken the necessary due diligence," the league said in a statement. "The members of the consortium purchasing the club are affiliates of the Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., Todd Boehly, Hansjorg Wyss and Mark Walter." "Chelsea F...
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Liverpool’s Klopp has ‘no reason’ to talk to Gerrard before title climax | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he'd no intention of contacting club great Steven Gerrard to offer words of encouragement before the climax to a thrilling Premier League title race this weekend. Klopp's much-changed side beat Southampton 2-1 on Tuesday to move just one point behind leaders Manchester City with one match to play. Liverpool, seeking to become champions for the second time in three seasons, complete their campaign at home to Wolves on Sunday, hoping an Aston Villa team now managed by Gerrard can do them a major favour away to City. Klopp is confident Villa, who also host relegation-threatened Burnley on Thursday, have sufficient motivation of their own to pull off a shock result at the Etihad Stadium. "No, of course not," replied the German, when asked if he pl...
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Liverpool beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties to win the FA Cup | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Liverpool won an absorbing English FA Cup final on Saturday as they prevailed 6-5 in a penalty shootout after the Wembley showpiece somehow ended 0-0 after extra time. Subtitute Kostas Tsimikas slotted the winning penalty after Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta's had hit the post and Alisson had saved Mason Mount's effort. As it happened: Chelsea vs LiverpoolLiverpool's Sadio Mane also missed. It was a carbon copy of the League Cup final in February, which Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties after that game also finished goalless. Saturday's win means Liverpool remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies. They are three points behind Manchester City in the Premier League race with two games to go and meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28. !(functi...
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Liverpool desperate for FA Cup success, says manager Juergen Klopp | Football News – Times of India

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said his squad was not deep enough to challenge for multiple trophies earlier in his reign as they look to end a long FA Cup drought in Saturday's final against Chelsea. The Merseyside club advanced to the FA Cup final for the first time under Klopp, who took over at Anfield in 2015, and are chasing an unprecedented quadruple this season having already won the League Cup in February. Liverpool, seven-times FA Cup winners, beat Manchester City to reach their 15th final but their first in 10 years, and have not lifted the trophy since 2006. While Liverpool have won the Premier League and Champions League in previous seasons under Klopp, the German had not managed to lead them past the fifth round of the FA Cup before the current campaign. "It was never that...
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Chelsea crowned WSL champions as Kerr shines in win over Manchester United | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Chelsea won the Women's Super League with a brilliant 4-2 come-from-behind win over Manchester United on Sunday featuring two stunning volleys from Sam Kerr to secure their third straight league title and fifth in seven years. Arsenal, who beat West Ham United 2-0, finished second on 56 points, one behind Chelsea, and Manchester City grabbed the final Champions League spot by beating Reading to finish third. CONGRATULATIONS, @CHELSEAFCW! 🏆 https://t.co/JQ7BxDHeik— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 1652015066000Birmingham City were the only side relegated from the 12-team division, and they will be replaced next season by Liverpool. Martha Thomas gave Manchester United the lead with a deft header from Katie Zelem's free kick, and although Erin Cuthbert levelled four minutes later, Chelsea ...
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Chelsea being sold to Dodgers owners for sports record $3 billion

The forced sale of Chelsea is ending after attracting the highest price for a sports team of 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) from a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly. There are still potential stumbling blocks to the sale of Roman Abramovich’s asset, frozen by sanctions against the Russian oligarch. The British government has to approve the terms and ensure Abramovich does not profit, even as he appears to want to divert the proceeds to charity. Hours after buyout terms were agreed and announced, Boehly had a dispiriting introduction to life as an English Premier League investor when Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Wolverhampton 2-2 on Saturday. Boehly was watching at the team’s Stamford Bridge stadium in west London that needs some of th...
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Conor Coady snatches stoppage-time equaliser for Wolves at Chelsea | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Conor Coady struck deep into time added on to snatch a 2-2 draw for Wolverhampton Wanderers away at Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, as the Londoners' prospective new owners looked on from the Stamford Bridge stands. Coady headed home a cross from substitute Chiquinho in almost the last action of the game. FT | #CHE 2-2 #WOLA late rally at @ChelseaFC and we take a point back to Molineux 🙌 #CHEWOL 🐺⏱ https://t.co/GYFtupBkap— Wolves (@Wolves) 1651939323000Wolves had trailed for much of the game after Chelsea's out-of-form striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice in two second-half minutes. Lukaku, who had not scored in the league since December, claimed his first from the penalty spot in the 56th minute after a lengthy VAR check concluded he had been fouled by Romain Saiss jus...
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Chelsea confirm terms agreed Boehly-led consortium to buy club

Chelsea Football Club has confirmed that terms have been agreed with a consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly and backed by Clearlake Capital over the acquisition of the English Premier League soccer team. The Stamford Bridge-based outfit announced the 4.25 billion pound ($5.2 billion) deal for the reigning European champions in a statement issued in the early hours of Saturday, subject to receiving the required approvals. “Chelsea Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for a new ownership group, led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss, to acquire the club,” the statement said. “The sale is expected to complete in late May subject to all necessary regulatory approvals. More details will be provided at that time.” Chelsea...
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Abramovich says he has not asked for Chelsea loan to be repaid | Football News – Times of India

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich on Thursday denied media reports that he has asked for his loan to Chelsea football club to be repaid, saying that the suggestions are "entirely false". Premier League Chelsea were put up for sale by Abramovich following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and before sanctions were imposed on him by the British government. A consortium led by LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly has been in negotiations to buy the club for $3 billion while British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe is not giving up on a bid despite apparent rejection from the U.S. bank handling the sale. The loan Abramovich made to Chelsea is reported to total 1.5 billion pounds ($1.85 billion). "Firstly, Mr Abramovich's intentions in relation to gifting the proceeds from the Chelsea sale to charity have ...
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EPL: Richarlison nets winner as desperate Everton beat Chelsea | Football News – Times of India

LIVERPOOL (England): Striker Richarlison profited from a Chelsea error to secure struggling Everton a 1-0 Premier League win and what could be a precious three points in their bid to avoid relegation at a rocking Goodison Park on Sunday. The home side grabbed the lead a minute into the second half after Cesar Azpilicueta gave up possession under pressure from the Brazilian forward, who harried the Chelsea captain into a mistake before slotting a low shot past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Chelsea dominated possession and Everton had to hold on grimly for the final half-hour. They stay in the relegation zone, but move to within two points of Burnley and Leeds United with a game in hand. Chelsea remain third with 66 points from 34 games as they bid to qualify for the Champions League. They ar...
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Chelsea don’t need open heart surgery, says Thomas Tuchel | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea will only need a "facelift" to succeed next after Ralf Rangnick said Thursday's opponents Manchester United will require "open heart surgery". Tuchel's side head to Old Trafford looking to cement their grip on third place in the Premier League, while sixth-placed United appear certain to miss out on a top-four finish. United interim boss Rangnick fears Erik ten Hag, the Ajax coach who will take charge at Old Trafford from the end of this season, will have to significantly overhaul his squad to make the club competitive at the highest level. In contrast, Tuchel is confident Chelsea's needs only run skin deep despite an inconsistent season marred by Russian owner Roman Abramovich putting the club up for sale following the British government's sanctio...
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Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton join Broughton’s bid to buy Chelsea | Football News – Times of India

Former tennis world number one Serena Williams and seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton have joined Martin Broughton's bid to buy Premier League club Chelsea, a source close to the bid told Reuters on Thursday. Former Liverpool chairman Broughton's consortium includes World Athletics President Sebastian Coe and wealthy investors from around the world, who the group says all want to maintain Chelsea's top status. Private equity veterans Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who own sport teams including the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers, are also backing Broughton's bid. Williams and Hamilton have pledged an estimated 10 million pounds ($13.06 million) each to the bid. Reuters have reached out to Broughton and Williams' representatives for comment. Willia...
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Arteta urges Lacazette to stay focused amid talk of Arsenal exit | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Mikel Arteta has urged Alexandre Lacazette to keep his focus on Arsenal's bid for a top-four finish after the French striker revealed he is in talks about a move away from the Emirates Stadium. Lacazette's current contract expires at the end of this season and he told Canal Plus this week that his agents have held discussions with "lots of clubs" about a potential free transfer. The 30-year-old said he was "missing" playing in the Champions League and that he had "never cut contact" with Lyon, whom he left to join Arsenal five years ago. Lacazette's comments were badly timed for Arsenal boss Arteta, whose side have lost their last three games to lose significant ground in the battle to qualify for next season's Champions League. The Gunners are in sixth place in the Premier Leag...
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Real and Villarreal show La Liga not far behind Premier League, says Xavi | Football News – Times of India

Real Madrid and Villarreal reaching the Champions League semi-finals this week showed the strength of La Liga, Barcelona manager Xavi said on Wednesday as he eyes a return to Europe's elite competition next season. Real knocked out holders Chelsea while Villarreal stunned German champions Bayern Munich to reach the last four of the competition on Tuesday. Xavi could only watch on as his side are in action on Thursday in the second tier Europa League, hosting Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their quarter-final. The tie is level after a 1-1 draw in last week's first leg in Germany. However, Xavi praised his Spanish rivals for their progress and said it showed the quality of the league. "What happened on Tuesday shows that La Liga is not far behind the Premier League," Xavi told a...
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NBA’s Tanenbuam and Terry’s ‘True Blue’ group join Pagliuca Chelsea bid | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (England): American investor Stephen Pagliuca says NBA chairman Larry Tanenbaum and former Chelsea captain John Terry have joined his bid to purchase the Premier League club. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Pagliuca said that Tanenbaum, who is owner of the Canadian company Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), had become 'co-managing partner' of the bid. MLSE owns the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, the NBA's Toronto Raptors and Major League Soccer's Toronto FC. "Larry is a world-class individual who is highly regarded in the global sports community, and his experience in sports governance, his long-term perspective, and civil construction expertise are tremendous assets for our group," said Pagliuca. Pagliuca also said that the 'True Blues Consortium', which includes fa...