The Real number one: How the financial industry ranks football clubs

THE FOOTBALL industry has grown extraordinarily over the past 20 years. The rise of leagues like the Premier, La Liga and the Bundesliga, along with globalisation and intensive mass media has transformed a sport that, in the 1980s, was ailing. In addition, the game has expanded, with developing football markets such as China, India and the US forming credible leagues that have rising spectator appeal. … Continue reading The Real number one: How the financial industry ranks football clubs

How we take our football

BRAND FINANCE recently published its latest Football 50, revealing that Real Madrid is the most valuable football club brand in the world. Football clubs at the highest level are becoming increasingly wealthy in an industry that is rapidly changing. As part of the editorial of the report, which Game of the People was delighted to be involved with, an article outlined how people are now … Continue reading How we take our football

Football’s top brand – Real Madrid

REAL MADRID is, arguably, the most famous football club in the world. The queues of people that snake their way around the club’s impressive Bernabéu Stadium, even on days when the team is not in town, makes Real one of the Spanish capital’s major landmarks. Real Madrid is also the most valuable football brand in world football. Valued at €1.65 billion, the club is ahead … Continue reading Football’s top brand – Real Madrid

City overtaking neighbours on and off the pitch

MANCHESTER CITY are the most valuable club in the Premier League according to a new study by the University of Liverpool Management School’s Centre for Sports Business. City’s valuation of  £ 2.4 billion is around £ 300 million higher then neighbours Manchester United (£ 2.1 billion). The paper, led by leading football finance expert Kieran Maguire, underlines how the so-called big six clubs are way … Continue reading City overtaking neighbours on and off the pitch

Left wing, right wing… no wingers: politics and football

POLITICS AND FOOTBALL are no strangers. Organising bodies such as FIFA, UEFA and the Olympic committees marinate themselves in political intrigue. There has often been a whiff of corruption about FIFA, dating back decades. The most recent debates about Russia, Qatar and the World Cup rekindled deep-rooted concerns about the legitimacy of bidding and selection processes. Beer and sandwiches for the number 10 Football has … Continue reading Left wing, right wing… no wingers: politics and football

Polarised Premier League almost a £ 5 billion business

IT IS true what they say: the rich and powerful rise to the top, the also-rans struggle for scraps from the table. The Premier League, in 2017-18, generated record revenues of £ 4.8 billion, an increase of 6% over the 2016-17 season. While this hints at a healthy, affluent league, it should be noted that the gap between the top six clubs and the rest … Continue reading Polarised Premier League almost a £ 5 billion business

Spurs move into the bulge bracket

IT HAS been an exceptional week for Tottenham Hotspur, despite the comments made by their England defender, Danny Rose, that he cannot wait to see the back of football due to the racism that has emerged over the past few weeks. Spurs opened their excellent new stadium – innovative beer filling mechanism and all – and announced a world record profit for a football club. … Continue reading Spurs move into the bulge bracket

State of Play: Derby County – Yearning for Past Glory

TWICE League champions in the 1970s, Derby County are often considered to be a Premier League club in the waiting. But it has been more than a decade since the Rams were last in the top flight, despite going close to winning promotion on a number of occasions. The club has spent big to try and bridge the gap, but the current situation is unsustainable … Continue reading State of Play: Derby County – Yearning for Past Glory

Cancel games and take the teams off – the only solution to combat racism

WE live in extremely troubled times, a confusing era where it often feels as though the lunatics have been handed the keys to the asylum. Powerful leaders that appear to behave like Bond villains, placard-waving crowds baying for blood, the re-emergence of anti-semitism, that most symbolic of prejudices, and bull-necked extremists spouting faux-nationalism and militaristic sentiments. Although we’re more than a decade on from the … Continue reading Cancel games and take the teams off – the only solution to combat racism

The land of make believe

SOMETIMES, it feels as though football is on the road to self-destruction, that the ideas, formats and decisions being formulated are not necessarily made in the interests of the game as a whole, its future or sustainability. Notwithstanding the madcap decisions made around hosting World Cups, or the bloated and low quality concept of a 48-team competition, club football seems hell-bent on marginalising large segments … Continue reading The land of make believe

State of Play: Ipswich Town – Decline and Fall

IPSWICH Town have not fallen as far as the third tier of the English game since 1957, but unless something dramatic changes in the closing weeks of the season, the club looks set for relegation. The club’s owner, Marcus Evans, has publicly stated the drop into League One will not create massive financial problems and has tried to present a relatively relaxed profile to the … Continue reading State of Play: Ipswich Town – Decline and Fall

Chelsea may be at the end of the Roman road

GEORGE HARRISON once sang, “All things must pass”, a reminder that no matter how presumptious the human condition can be, nothing lasts forever. In the context of football, both Liverpool and Manchester United now realise that the regimes they created, supposedly rock solid and built to endure, eventually succumbed to the changing times and new pretenders. We can never assume that success is a given … Continue reading Chelsea may be at the end of the Roman road