Some good news finally for Leeds United and its many fans world wide. The new Italian owner of the Yorkshire club, ANDREA RADRIZZANI has done what he said that he would do when he took over as 100% owner from the nasty Italian Massimo Cellino and his nasty sons on May 23, 2017. A month later he appointed former Spanish international Thomas Christiansen as manager after Gary Monk suddenly resigned and moved to Middlesborough. Five of his assistants are also Spanish. However, all the academy staff are English or Scottish.
The 42 year old made his fortune through the sale of media rights
The first thing he did was to welcome back Leeds Ladies into the fold as Leeds United Ladies, after the 'bad' Italian had kicked them out a couple of years ago. I watched a women's match at Elland Road when 1,000 fans showed up at the end of the men's season. They will now be allowed to play twice a season at the stadium, while the women and girls can train at the awesome training facility at Thorp Arch, and will be kitted out in official team wear. They will still play the majority of their home matches at Garforth Town.
The 'good' Italian does not suffer from verbal diarrea like his predecessor, and is more action than words.Thirteen seasons ago Elland Road was sold to a Manchester businessman Jacob Adler for £8 million and leased back for £1.7 million annually. This week Radrizzani bought the stadium back for around £20 million which pleased all the fans, and he said that the money saved will be ploughed back into the academy, the squad and other club needs.
Unfortunately Thorp Arch, which is a long way out of town close to Wetherby, is still owned by the same businessman. The new owner would like to leave as soon as he can find and finance a training facility nearer to the centre of Leeds,, and he has the support of Leeds City Council in his endeavour.
One new signing which should be completed after a medical this week is a goalkeeper, Felix Wiedwald from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen. A fee of £500,000 is expected to be paid after the German club signed Jiri Pavlenka from Slavia Prague. Expeienced but aging Rob Green has one year left on his contract but Marco Silvestri will be worried about playing time and will probably move on. The other goalkeeper on the books is youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Maybe Leeds United will be MARCHING ON TOGETHER once more.
The Engand youth teams have done very well this summer in Croatia, France, South Korea and Poland. It was unfortunate that England u21's had to go to penalties after a 2-2 draw with Germany in Tychy, Poland in the UEFA u21 tournament semi-final. They had some great chances in the first 20 minutes which they didn't convert to goals and let the Germans progress. They had only 2 days rest rather than the four days that their opponents had since the end of the opening round. Abraham and Redmond failed from the spot and Germany progressed 4-3. It was the first time that The Three Lions had got out of the group stages for 8 years. Germany will face Spain in the final in Krakow on Friday after the Spaniards beat Italy 3-1.
The Three Lions u20s won the FIFA World Cup in South Korea and will form the basis of the next tournament team which is held ever 2 years starting with a qualification match with Poland this October. The finals will be in Italy and San Marino with 12 nations in 2019.