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
EUROPE 2021 is not a truly united continent and the United Kingdom is less of a member than at any time over the last 50 years. Modern football has been partly shaped by European unity and free movement of labour … Continue reading Half of European football already marginalised – the proposed super league would be the death knell
THE GREAT game was staring into the abyss, an attempt by big business to mould football into something that fits nicely in a portfolio of assets. But the instigators, shadowy figures tucked away on ranches or sitting high in Manhattan … Continue reading European Super League: Football turns back from its own missile crisis
THE cowardly dead-of-night announcement about the European Super League, buried on a Sunday evening when people were heading for their beds, confirmed a number of things and demonstrated how fans have been hoodwinked for so long. The clubs they claim … Continue reading European Super League: Football needs a shake-up, but not like this
FIFA HANDING the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was never going to be an easy fit, but the football community has had a decade to get used to the idea and to formulate its complaints, actions and spirit of disapproval. … Continue reading Qatar 2022: The time for protest may have gone
WHO IS Andrea Agnelli kidding? When he announces that the latest attempt to push European football towards the cliff edge is good medicine for the clubs, he really means it is beneficial for the elite and another step towards a … Continue reading The new Champions League – the start of a more self-serving period?
SINCE the world locked down, there has been an upswing of interest in dystopian novels, films and radical theories from desert-dwelling hermits predicting the downfall of the human race from their caravans as they polish their weapons and count their … Continue reading Systemic clubs – who would we save to preserve football?
A LOT of Chelsea fans were upset about the sacking of Frank Lampard, somehow assuming his status in the history books would make him immune to usual practice at one of the most ruthless clubs in Europe. Those that consider the … Continue reading Chelsea’s Tuchel and the obstacle of being different
IT’S BACK again, the threat of a European Super League involving 15 fixed clubs and five lucky qualifiers. We can easily name the likely 15: there’s six from the Premier League; three from La Liga; three from Serie A; two … Continue reading The Super League – who is really hiding behind the leaked document?