Qatar’s Football War

Qatar’s Football War

Ever since winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has been the source of an almost constant and negative stream of press. From high level political gas deals and allegations of corruption surrounding the vote back in 2010 to widespread reports of human rights abuses concerning the migrant work force that is […]

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A Landmark Legal Case in Football in Argentina

A Landmark Legal Case in Football in Argentina

Macarena Sanchez is a 27 year-old forward who, since 2012, has been playing for UAI Urquiza in the Campeonato de Fútbol Femenino, the highest level of women’s football in Argentina. Unlike their men’s team, who reside in the third tier of the national structure, Urquiza’s women’s team are one of the most successful in the […]

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City Football Group: Globalisation and Conflicts of Interest

City Football Group: Globalisation and Conflicts of Interest

It seems that every week there is a new rumour concerning the City Football Group and who they will purchase next. One week it’s a team in France, next it is China. What is for sure is that CFG, of which Manchester City is the biggest team, is quietly changing the way football is run. […]

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Hakeem al Araibi: Football’s Political Prisoner

Hakeem al Araibi: Football’s Political Prisoner

The chances are that you probably haven’t heard of Hakeem al Araibi. The Bahraini centre back plays for Pascoe Vale FC, a semi-pro club in Australia’s National Premier Leagues Victoria. But he was once considered one of the Bahrain national team’s brightest talents at a time when the tiny Gulf Kingdom was considered one of […]

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Total Football 2.0:  Ajax & Erik ten Hag

Total Football 2.0: Ajax & Erik ten Hag

The final match of Group E in this season’s Champions League will not affect the standings, but there will be a lot of interested parties. For one, it matches Ajax with Bayern Munich, two sides who won consecutive hat-tricks of European Cups between 1971 and 1976. Secondly, Ajax boast one of the most exciting young […]

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How The Global Financial Crisis Changed Football

How The Global Financial Crisis Changed Football

If ever a sport reflected a certain disconnect with its audience, it is surely football. Players’ wages continue to climb, the big clubs remain cash cows and the competitive imbalances that have plagued the game for the past decade show little sign of levelling out. In contrast, most of professional football’s client base enjoy very […]

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Arsène Wenger: A Football Life

Wenger was born in 1949, in Strasbourg on the French border with Germany. He was brought up in a series of small towns in Alsace, where his parents ran a bistro, locals helping to raise him in a communal atmosphere he once likened to a kibbutz. A midfielder in his playing days, Wenger’s career on […]

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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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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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