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Platini (above) and UEFA have come under criticism for the prices set for the Champions League final

By Laurie Fitzgerald

Michel Platini has come out and apologised for the extortionate prices being charged for this year’s Champions League Final at Wembley.

The UEFA President has felt it necessary to say sorry following a public backlash over the unrealistic figures set by European football‘s governing body.

The minimum price for a ticket on general sale for next month’s showpiece is a staggering £150, and that doesn’t include a ridiculous £26 admin fee.

Platini told the media on Wednesday afternoon, “It is not easy to decide the price of the tickets in the Champions League final. It was not a good communication and I apologise for that.”

While you can’t please everyone when it comes to setting ticket prices for a big event, there also needs to be common sense, and none has been shown by UEFA in this instance.

To make the general public pay a minimum of £176 to go and watch one of the biggest annual games in world football is nothing short of greedy.

On top of that, the prices for the clubs that make it to the final (Manchester United/Schalke or Real Madrid/Barcelona) has the cheapest seat of £84.

It’s going to be expensive for Manchester United fans when you consider they also have to travel down by car or train, or even via a short plane journey.

But imagine how supporters of Real Madrid and Barcelona are feeling; Spain currently has one of the worst unemployment rates in Europe.

How do UEFA expect the average Spaniard to afford the tickets to see their team in the final on top of the costs for air fare, as well as residing in a London hotel for one or two nights?

Most of Europe still find themselves in financial turmoil set by the recession, and unfortunately this affects almost everyone. Unfortunately for UEFA, this also means many football fans.

The money that the organisation generates on an annual basis from their premier club competition means that surely they could have been more reasonable when the final is being held at a 90,000 seater stadium.

However, all that is has led to is UEFA generating an enormous amount of money from the one game, leaving the public counting their pennies.

This is not to say that Platini is solely responsible for the set prices, and it is good to see that a family-category ticket may be introduced for the game.

But this should all have been done a lot sooner, and not after many have concluded that UEFA only care about the money they make instead of the fans that make the Champions League such a wonderful tournament.

Article source: BBC Sport

So what do you think? Is it too little too late when it comes to UEFA’s apology? Could you realistically afford to buy a CL final ticket based on the prices set by European football’s governing body? Let us know your thoughts. 


By Tony Alvarez

Following last weeks announcement of the players of the year in all of the Football Leagues it is now the turn of the Premier League, Shouts From The Stands are covering this area over the next few days looking at the candidates for Player of the year, Young player of the year, Most under rated player and finally signing of the year.

 Yesterday we gave our thoughts on the main award you can see this by clicking the following link: https://shoutsfromthestands.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/who-should-be-named-player-of-the-year/

Today is the turn to reveal our nominations for signing of the season and who we personally would give the award too.

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez– The little heard of Mexican was plucked from the obscurity of Mexican football by Manchester United prior to last years World Cup.

Many were sceptical but the front man showed glimpses of his potential in Mexico’s World cup campaign including a magnificent strike in his sides 3-1 defeat to rivals Argentina.

Hernandez started well for United scoring in their community shield victory against Chelsea at Wembley, the 22 year old struggled to break into the side early on in the season but did make many appearances off the bench and scored some important goals.

More recently Hernandez has found himself in the starting line up partnering Wayne Rooney and has found himself notch 16 goals in all competition in his maiden season in the Premier League, more impressively these goals have come in just 18 starts although he has made 17 appearances as a substitute.

With United still in with a chance of a treble Hernandez goals could be vital should he fire them to one or two of these trophies then he would be a shoe in for this award however he can only judge on form to date.

Rafael Van Der VaartThe Dutchman was snapped up just minutes before or after the transfer deadline depending on whose version of events you believe by Tottenham in a somewhat shock transfer for a fee believed to be around £8 million. The fee is especially low if you consider that the Madrid club were rumoured to have received offers for double that amount a few months previously.

Although there has always been doubts about Van Der Vaart’s fitness and injury recorded he quickly brushed off these tags with impressive performances, As well as keeping them in with a real shout to finish in the top 4 and regain their Champions League spot for next season Van Der Vaart has also played a huge part in helping Tottenham to the quarter finals of the Champions League in their first ever season in the competition and now faces a glamour tie against his former side Real Madrid.

As mentioned above Van Der Vaart hit the ground running with his league form and has hit 10 goals in just 20 starts and 0 substitute appearances, a record of a goal every other game would be impressive regardless of a players position so when you consider Van Der Vaart is not a striker it makes the feat even more impressive.

David SilvaThe little Spaniard signed for City for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £21 million during his countries successful World Cup campaign where despite not being an automatic starter nor scoring a goal Silva would have been happy with his performances and certainly the end result.

Silva slotted right into the City side and seemed to take no time at all to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League despite spending his whole career in Spain with Valencia and a brief Celta Vigo.

In the Early parts of the season it looked like Silva’s creative ability could help push City towards a real title push however that challenge faded out and the club are now in a battle to qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

Despite many thinking Silva would struggle with the physicality of English football he has started 35 games for City and featured 8 times as a substitute.

A disappointing feature of his season will be that for all his ability he has only found himself on the score sheet 5 times in a City shirt and only 3 of them goals were in the Premier League.

Should Silva be able to add goals to his game like Arsenal’s Samir Nasri has done this season he would become one of the most feared players in the league. However due to his lack of goals I don’t think he is worthy of the signing of the season accolade but he does posses the potential to be a future Premier League star.

Assamoah Gyan- The Ghana star who won so many hearts of fans joined Sunderland from French side Rennes on deadline of the summer transfer window for a fee in the

region of £13 million pounds.

He was expected to take some of the onus off Darren Bent who was generally the only player bothering the score sheet in Sunderland games but since Bent’s departure in January to Aston Villa, Gyan has been the main man at the Stadium of Light and has a decent goal scoring record.

The 25 year old has hit 9 goals in 15 Premier League starts and 11 substitute appearences, this may not look as impressive as the records of Van Der Vaart and Hernandez (mentioned above) but you have to put it into context. Gyan is playing for a mid table side with some good players some bad players and a lot of average players around him where as the above have got good to world class players all around them.

If this award was which player is most likable Gyan would take the award his World cup performances along with his dancing celebrations but in terms of signing of the season I think he just falls short, a commendable season so far but not enough to be named the Premier League signing of the season in my opinion.

As much as it pains me to say it as an Arsenal fan I would give the award to Van Der Vaart not only has he added goals and assists to the Tottenham side but he has also helped to slightly change the way they play which has enabled them to have some success in Europe. That said should Hernandez fire United to the title come the end of the season he would look like the most suitable candidate for this award.

Honourable mentions must go to Luis Suarez and David Luiz who due to the award being signing of the season cannot be considered, however they have both made significant impacts on their clubs since their signing on the deadline day of the January transfer window.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my list of candidates? Who would you give the award to? Is there anyone I have missed who is deserving of a mention? Leave a comment and let us know.

By Tony Alvarez

Following today’s announcement from Brazilian superstar Ronaldo that he is to retire from Football with immediate effect, many fans and sections of the media are celebrating his glittering career.

   Despite numerous injuries Ronaldo has represented some of the World’s most illustrious clubs and has won many major honour that the world has to offer, he is one of only two players to be named the World player of the year on three occasions, a winner of the World cup in 2002 a runner up in 1998.

 In domestic football Ronaldo represented Cruzeiro, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan and finally Corinthians scoring 326 goals in 466 club games a record bettered by no one add to this his 62 goals in 97 appearances for Brazil.

 He also boasts the record of being the highest scorer in the history of the World Cup with 15 goals, no one could argue that the man had an illustrious career but is it to early to call him a legend or as some people have suggested the player of a generation.

  For me a legend who is someone who is well regarded way after his playing career has finished, with Ronaldo’s goal scoring there is little doubt he will achieve legend status in the future.

However it’s the player of the generation tag that I simple cannot agree with and this may be controversial but for me Ronaldo does not possess the ability that Lionel Messi does.

 Now I am sure in counter arguments people will argue that Messi’s scoring record does not match Ronaldo’s he has never won a World Cup or competed at the top level for the amount of time that Ronaldo did. But people must remember that like Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi is not an out an out striker this makes his scoring record all the more impressive, he is not generally injury prone which it certainly cant be argued that Ronaldo was and offers more to a side than just goals.

I am aware that any counter argument would also point to the fact that Ronaldo was proved in many countries and for many different clubs where as Messi has only shown his ability in possibly the best club side ever.

So whilst for me the man more affectionately known as “the fat Ronaldo” will be consider as a legend for me he is not the player of his generation.

What do you think? Can Ronaldo be considered a legend? Is he the player of your generation? Do you consider Messi as a better player than Ronaldo was or does he need to prove himself in another side? Will anyone ever best Ronaldo’s World Cup goal scoring record? Let us know your thoughts….

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