WE all assume football’s biggest problem is the way that money has overtaken the game and fuelled its transformation from sport to a business sector. This … Continue reading Money, image and greed – football’s problems are of its own making
SLAVIA Prague made headlines in 2020-21 when their veteran centre back, Ondrej Kúdela, was accused of racist behaviour in a Europa League tie in Glasgow. Unfortunately, this incident overshadowed what turned out to be an outstanding season for the red … Continue reading Slavia Prague’s invincible season with a side of controversy
THERE is a school of thought that suggests the less affluent the neighbourhood, the more bookmakers seem to reside there. The industry has, traditionally, relied on human nature’s habitual quest for something better – in other words, betting gives people … Continue reading Gambling and the game – are we missing the point?
The European Championships evolved from a four-team event to an eight team affair in 1980 and although that particular edition was somewhat tame, in 1984 and 1988, Europe was treated to two excellent tournaments in France and Germany respectively. Prior … Continue reading The Euros – 1976 to 1988: Penalties, Platini and volleys
THE HUNGARIAN domestic season has ended with Ferencváros, the country’s most decorated club, winning their 32nd league title. It was won with relative ease, with 20 points … Continue reading When you’re number one at home and see riches abroad: Ferencváros eye the Champions League
WE CANNOT deny that football has a racism problem, however much some people would like to bury their heads in the sand. It’s not the racism of old, but a more sinister, cowardly type of behaviour that flourishes on social … Continue reading A knee in the groin of football