22
Apr

Must be the Moyesie! Man United stock price soars after sacking

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How much can the value of the world’s most popular club depend on a single man? Evidently, quite a lot.

When the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as Man United manager last May, MANU stock nosedived from a share price of $18.44 to $15.16 in only a month! Under the disastrous reign of David Moyes, the stock continued to plummet, reaching a 52-week low of $14.26 in February.

But since March, MANU stock gradually rose once again. Coincidentally, this was around the same time rumors of Moyes’ possible firing first surfaced. Hmmm! And once Moyes did finally get the ax early Tuesday morning, United’s stock suddenly became a hotter commodity than rare Pokemon trading cards in a late 1990s middle school cafeteria.

Tuesday evening, MANU stock closed at $18.78/share after opening at $17.90. A week ago, the stock closed at $16.26; that’s over $2.50/share less. We are no financial experts here, but we do know that’s a big difference. In fact, the value of the club was at over $3 billion by market close Tuesday, an increase of $100 million since Monday, the last day Moyes was still in charge.

From The Associated Press:

Since 2012, when 10 percent of United was floated by the Glazers, the rise and fall of the club’s shares have been as keenly watched as the team’s results. Wall Street investors initially welcomed the dismissal of Moyes, with shares soaring by seven percent at one point after Tuesday’s announcement - reaching their highest level since Ferguson’s retirement.

”Following on as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to prove a Herculean task … with arguably deeper disappointment at stake should the trophy cabinet remain bare for a second season,” said Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Connecticut-based Interactive Brokers.

As hip-hop artist Nelly might say, “Hey, must be the Moyesie!”

Illustration provided by FOXSports.com / Eddie Hon

21
Apr

Man City fans back under-fire David Moyes

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Hey, have you heard?

Manchester United are said to be on the verge of parting ways with David Moyes after yet another loss this weekend. Yup! Apparently, that might happen to you if, in your first season as manager, your club suffers its worst finish in the Premier League era and fails to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years. Imagine that.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Moyes, however. He still has his share of admirers in England, even in Manchester! On Monday, rival club Manchester City fans came out in droves to not only root on their own team against West Brom, but also to shower their rivals’ manager with messages of “support.” Check it out:

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See, David? Everything will turn out alright. Even if you do get the sack, football geniuses don’t stay unemployed for long.

11
Apr

Manchester United fans experience every emotion possible in just 22 seconds

This season hasn’t been kind to Manchester United fans. After more than two decades of success under Sir Alex Ferguson, the sudden dip in form (and position on the table) has left Red Devils’ fans in a pit of despair.

When the once-fearsome club took on mighty Bayern Munich on Wednesday, no one expected Patrice Evra to score a stunner to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Euphoria. Tears of joy. Cloud nine. Hope.

But just 22 short seconds later, United fans came crashing back to Earth. Mario Mandzukic shut down the party before it even had a chance to really get started.

It was hard enough for United fans watching from afar to digest what unfolded on their televisions; for the supporters at the Allianz Arena, the pain was tenfold.

It’s the hope that kills you.

(H/T SB Nation)

10
Apr

In the family: Best of the best soccer siblings for National Siblings Day

In honor of National Siblings Day, we’re bringing you some of the best sibling action you’ll see on the soccer pitch:

Kristie and Samantha Mewis (USA)

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These sisters have dreamed of playing soccer together for the US women’s national team since they were little girls. During the 2014 Algarve Cup, that dream became a reality:

Gonzalo and Federico Higuain (Argentina)

Gonzalo is clearly the more well-known Higuain, but older brother Federico has also had a decent career in soccer. He currently plays for the Columbus Crew, and scores really pretty goals, like this one:

Eden and Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)

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The Hazard brothers in training for Belgium. (Image: Twitter)

Big brother Eden may be stealing the headlines now, but 21-year-old Thorgan isn’t far behind. While on-loan from Chelsea in the Jupiler League, the striker has been tearing it up — he even won the Golden Shoe for the 2013 season. It won’t be long until we see both brothers on the pitch for the Blues.

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3
Apr

Bayern Munich deny pair of English newspapers access to Allianz Arena

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Bayern Munich have denied two popular English newspapers accreditation for the Champions League return leg against Manchester United next week after publishing disparaging headlines involving Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Bayern released an e-mailed statement condemning both The Sun and The Mirror for reporting in “disrespectful, discriminatory and personally abusive manner” on Schweinsteiger. Both papers had, perhaps foolishly, opted to play on the German word “Schwein,” which means “pig.” 

We’re used to seeing edgy headline puns from the English press, but they seem to have crossed the line just a bit in this instance. We highly doubt, however, that a stadium ban will make them think twice next time.

31
Mar

Trecker’s Travels: A second home

Jamie Trecker

MANCHESTER — You know you’ve been on the road too long when you walk out of the train station here, grab the paper, and the man looks up at you with recognition and says: “Welcome home, mate.”

His mistake is understandable: I’ve actually been in Manchester more days this year than I have in the place I actually call home by a significant amount. Part of it is the fact that not many folks walk around here looking like Frank Zappa gone to seed. But a part of it is that slowly but surely – and probably much to my Scottish mum’s disdain — England has become a second home.

The diner in Stevenson Square knows my order before I place it (to be fair, Americans drink a lot more black coffee) the newsagent next door knows I buy the Telegraph, the Mail and Private Eye on Thursdays and yesterday a guy at Port Street leaned over and asked me who’d won the early match…in Scotland. “Barmaid said you’d know.”

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27
Mar

Man United fans expand efforts on #MoyesOut campaign

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A group of agitated United fans has raised enough funds to fly a plane over Old Trafford towing an anti-David Moyes banner. It’s the latest attempt by supporters to voice frustration over the first-year manager, who has led United to their worst season in the Premier League era.

According to The Guardian, the banner will likely read: “Wrong One - Moyes Out,” a cheeky response to the “Chosen One” banner that has hung at the Stretford End since the start of the season. The banner has increasingly drawn the ire of fans, for obvious reasons. In fact, after Tuesday’s derby loss to Man City, a whole ring of stewards had to guard it from potentially hostile fans:

In a related story, the Manchester Evening News came up with a brilliant idea that might come in handy for us all: the “David Moyes Random Excuse Generator!”

Just like the Moyes, we all need a good excuse once in a while, and sadly, “the dog ate my homework” just doesn’t cut it anymore these days. Luckily, “Digital David” is now here to help us. You can test out the Excuse Generator here!