Alternatives to Time-Wasting in Football

David De Gea’s goalkeeping heroics in Manchester United’s recent 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur were remarkable for many reasons. Perhaps not since Jan Tomaszewski has Wembley Stadium witnessed a Sondico-shaped forcefield of such invincibility. In fact, his instinctive reactions to a series of helpfully aimed Spurs shots ranked third on the all-time Premier League list […]

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Turkish Football’s Economic Crisis

Turkish Football’s Economic Crisis

This has been strange season in the Turkish Super League. The Big Three clubs of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, and Galatasaray—who between them have won most Turkish titles and are supported by around 80% of Turkish fans—are all struggling. Austerity has shaken up the sport. The normally big-spending Turkish transfer window was uncannily quiet this summer as […]

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Mino Raiola: Football’s ‘Super-Agent’

Mino Raiola: Football’s ‘Super-Agent’

Sir Alex Ferguson called him a very rude word. He’s been investigated for transfer irregularities. Last year he bought Al Capone’s villa in Miami. He was a millionaire aged 19 after buying then selling a McDonalds franchise. But most importantly, Carmine ‘Mino’ Raiola is one of the most powerful men in football. Agent to Zlatan […]

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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 Do Fan-Owned Football Clubs Work?

How Do Fan-Owned Football Clubs Work?

There are different models of fan ownership in football. Germany employs the 50+1 rule, which prevents private individuals or companies from holding a majority shareholding in a football club. There are minority fan owned models in which Supporters Trust’s work alongside private investors whilst maintaining any influence over the direction and the running at the […]

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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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