LIONEL MESSI is a free agent. That news would normally spark off a wave of transfer speculation, interested parties circling the Camp Nou and non-stop media coverage. Nobody seriously expects Messi to leave Barcelona, least of all the club’s president, … Continue reading It’s getting messy over Lionel
AS Europe’s international teams close in on the final stages of the 2020 European Championship, the shadow of the European Super League mutiny refuses to disperse. The contribution to Europe’s football strength is underlined in the surviving squads in the … Continue reading The Asian dream may remain elusive for Europe’s corporate clubs
THE POPULAR view is that Europe’s dominant clubs, those with more money, fans and business acumen than their rivals, will never get relegated again. To some extent, closed leagues, the rationale for the aborted European Super League, have almost been … Continue reading Schalke’s relegation – a jolt for big club immunity
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
THERE is no other football institution like Liverpool in Britain, yet most of us don’t really understand the club or its fans. Our view of Liverpool … Continue reading Football Read Review: Defining Liverpool – no easy job
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 … Continue reading Without billionaires, football could flounder – so what’s next?