Manchester City record losses of £92.6 million

By Duncan Mackay

January 6 – Manchester City have reported a loss of £92.6 million up until May 31, 2009, the biggest annual loss in English football history and emphasises the vast amounts of money invested by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan since he bought the Eastlands outfit from Thaksin Shinawatra in September 2008.

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Donovan attacks MLS owners over contract negotiations

By Duncan Mackay

January 5 – Landon Donovan (pictured), the United States best known player and a club-mate of David Beckham’s at Los Angeles Galaxy, tonight warned that Major League Soccer is heading for a lockout when the organisation’s five-year labour contract expires at the end of this month.

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Briatore cleared to continue role with QPR

By Duncan Mackay

January 5 – Former Renault Formula One boss Flavio Briatore (pictured) will be able to continue to try to guide Queens Park Rangers attempt to get promotion to the Premier League after he overturned a lifetime ban from motor racing.

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Spike Lee joins USA World Cup Bid Committee

January 4 – Academy Award-nominated director Spike Lee (pictured) is the latest eye-catching name to lend their support to the United States bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, taking his place alongside the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Drew Carey and Henry Kissinger on the Board of directors.

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Qatar 2022 support Inter Milan match

January 3 – A senior delegation from Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Bid Committee flew to Saudi Arabia for the testimonial match of Nawaf al-Temyat between Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal Club and Italian champions Inter Milan, who are managed by Jose Mourinho, at the King Fahd international stadium.

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Worawi sets Robson series of targets for 2010

By Duncan Mackay

January 3 – Worawi Makudi, whose position as President of the Football Association of Thailand (TAF) has been under threat, has signalled his intention to stay in his role by setting out a series of targets for coach, former England captain Bryan Robson (pictured with Worawi), during 2010.

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