IN DAYS of old, newspapers all over Britain would be preparing their FA Cup specials about this time of year, some getting their caricatures ready for their four-page supplements, others persuading players to pose on the Wembley turf with the … Continue reading FA Cup Final: The football match that used to stop the nation
SPORTING CLUBE DE Portugal are back on top for the first time since 2002, clinching their 19th league title with a 1-0 victory against Boavista. The fireworks were hitting the Lisbon night air from the start of the game – the … Continue reading This Sporting life suddenly looks grand in Lisbon
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, … Continue reading West Ham United: The next step
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?
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 … 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
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?
LIVERPOOL may have won their first championship since 1990, but like all their competitors, the covid-19 pandemic impacted the club’s balance sheet in 2019-20 and is … Continue reading Familiar pandemic story as Liverpool’s 2019-20 financials revealed
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