OUR latest State of Play report looks at West Ham United. This is a club with a very distinctive regional identity: the club of the cockneys, one that used to embody the spirit of the east end of London. A … Continue reading West Ham United: The next step
IT WAS 35 years ago that Steaua Bucharest became the first Romanian team to win a major European prize and also the first from the east … Continue reading Romanian football in the 1930s – Balkan cream
THE RICH are trying to move out of reach of the rest of the football world. We are not talking about teams, we are referring to sporting conglomerates, wealthy beyond the imagination of the bulk of clubs across Europe, indeed … Continue reading Regional football leagues in Europe – a solution to SuperLeagueitis?
CHELSEA and Manchester City will meet in Istanbul on May 29 in the UEFA Champions League final, an appetising fixture in many ways, but to those who like to see two clubs from different countries coming face-to-face, perhaps a little … Continue reading Chelsea v Manchester City: An anti-climax, but only for those that remember
IT DIDN’T take long for José Mourinho to find himself a new job, in fact, if we didn’t know. Better, you’d think this was plan all along. Most likely, AS Roma’s owners felt that if they didn’t act quickly, they … Continue reading Awaiting Mourinho: AS Roma and the quest for credibility
ITALIAN football probably needed this, the end of a nine-year run of titles for Juventus and the revival of Italy’s other football hub, Milan. Juve have been the only Serie A club who have come remotely close to the very … Continue reading Inter Milan’s scudetto as the kingdom falls
JOSÉ Mourinho is out of work again, but he’s still smiling, quite philosophical and seems to be anticipating a period of normal life for a while. He may well be on “gardening leave”, hence any lack of urgency in finding … Continue reading José Mourinho and his next job: His most vital since 2004
INTER MILAN are on the brink of being crowned Italian champions for the first time since 2010, but they will certainly enter the near-term future with a new look and feel. Against a backdrop of financial worries, caused by the … Continue reading Inter Milan: Brand and deliver
FOOTBALL’ s current model is unsustainable, of that there can be little doubt. The fans claim they despise the modern game’s over-emphasis on money and the focus on balance sheet over the romantic vision of the sport. Although the European … Continue reading Without billionaires, football could flounder – so what’s next?