The History of the Football Transfer System Explained

Transfers have become an integral part of the entertainment product that football is today. The excitement over the movement of players used to fill the back pages in the summer when domestic football had a break. Now, transfer gossip columns are updated on a daily basis. While we are familiar with the processes that lead […]

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Is Manchester United’s Lack of Success Finally Impacting Their Finances?

In May 2018 Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s vice-chairman said that “Playing performance doesn’t really have a meaningful impact on what we can do on the commercial side of the business.” In the Stretford End, hardcore United fans were unimpressed with the comment at the time and no doubt Woodward is squirming after the club’s moderate […]

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How Analytics has Changed Scouting in Football

How Analytics has Changed Scouting in Football

The Premier League’s financial environment makes it difficult for teams outside the top six to compete for the best players, and yet, the rest of the league still manage to sign players of an excellent quality. Whether it’s Burnley signing James Tarkowski when clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal were in desperate need of a center […]

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Are Corner Kicks Becoming Irrelevant in Football?

Corner kicks are always greeted with a thunderous roar. They bring hope, however hopeless they actually prove to be. Statistically, corners are football’s least effective set-piece and are in a worrying state of decline. Since 2000, across Europe’s big-five leagues, they have led to a goal just 3.3 percent of the time. 4 in 10 […]

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How Football Became A Political Tool in Poland

How Football Became A Political Tool in Poland

In 2004, the Republic of Poland joined the EU, and was recognised as one of the world’s most promising democracies. Fast forward 15 years, though, and Poland is controlled by PiS, a right-wing nationalist political party that has won the presidency, the majority in parliament, and used its newfound power to seize Polish courts, silence […]

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A Football Story from the World’s Most Militarised Zone

The Indian-administered Kashmir is widely regarded as the “heaven on earth”- for its picturesque landscape dotted with magnificent valleys, beautiful lakes, rivers surrounded by magnificent Himalayan ranges. Kashmir is also the reason for an active territorial conflict primarily between Indian and Pakistan and has witnessed three major wars between the neighbours and another limited war […]

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Saudi Arabia: The Secret Power in World Football?

In January 2019, the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, the bustling, multi-ethnic port city on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast, will host an historic match. Juventus and AC Milan will play each other, not in some glorified pre-season friendly but in he Italian Supercoppa. With all the controversy about the Premier League’s 39th […]

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What is a Director of Football?

A sporting director is now a common part of any elite footballing structure. While generally understood as a measure taken to protect clubs from the growing financial risk associated with their sporting decisions and as a means of ensuring continuity, the mechanics of the role remain vague. Previously, football departments were governed more simply, by […]

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Manchester City & Football Leaks Explained

Manchester City & Football Leaks Explained

It has been a joy to watch Manchester City this season. Even without long term injury absentee Kevin De Bruyne, City’s revolving cast of superstars have continued Pep Guardiola’s revolution. Last season, they romped to the Premier League title with 100 points, 18 points clear of their city rivals Manchester United in second place. That […]

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Total Football Explained

Total Football Explained

It’s probably fair to say that no style of football has had as much influence on the modern game as Total Football. The style is most associated with the Ajax and Dutch national teams of the 1970s, and in fact got its name from the 1974 Netherlands World Cup side. But it had its antecedents […]

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