OK, it was my fault, I didn’t read the small print, AFC Rushden & Diamonds don’t take cash – unless, of course, you buy a programme. Whatever the reason for the club not to take hard currency, they are making … Continue reading The cashless Non-league society and Luiz in Brazil
ASTON Villa may have been beaten by Manchester City this past week but their most fielded 11 players have accounted for 86.9% of their playing minutes this season, the highest figure in European football. Villa have certainly had a stable … Continue reading The Grey Neutral: Does continuity always bring success?
ONE OF the big changes in the football business world has been the recognition that the most popular sport on the planet now carries far greater weight than ever before. Admittedly, the game is dismissed as being the most important … Continue reading Football’s experts and influencers – some of the people we listen to
IF BAYERN Munich win the Bundesliga this weekend, it will complete a clean-sweep for the five champions of the major European leagues, in oither words, every winner from 2017-18 will have retained their title. Across the big five (England, France, … Continue reading Doubles all round?
AS the current season begins to look remarkably familiar in England, Italy and France, CIES Football Observatory have confirmed what we all know – that football at the highest level is suffering from huge and growing imbalances. In 2017-18, the … Continue reading The gap grows – how champions are becoming more dominant
AS if we didn’t know it, recent analysis by CIES Football Observatory has revealed that major football clubs are geared towards short-termism. Across 31 European leagues under consideration, the percentage of club-trained players fell from 23.2% in 2009 to 16.9% … Continue reading Instant gratification rules in the big-time