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?
HOW great it was to return to a football stadium and watch a match. Admittedly, it was non-league football step three but regardless, being part of an event with 400 other people and watching live action was very stimulating. The … Continue reading An hour in, I realised I had abandoned social distancing: A return to football
UNSURPRISINGLY, the coronavirus pandemic has hit some of Europe’s top clubs where it really hurts. Borussia Dortmund, one of the first to reveal their 2019-20 financials, made a € 44 million loss, largely due to reduced matchday income, lower levels … Continue reading Dortmund finances hit by CV-19 – more to come?
FOR the second night running, the Champions League delivered an intriguing tie that kept the stay-at-home crowd on the edge of their sofas and underlined the competition’s ability to thrill. Leipzig, the much-discussed product of corporate football, edged their way … Continue reading RB Leipzig v Atlético: One door closes, another opens
UEFA will get their finale after all, albeit one that is crammed into a mini-tournament of the kind that belongs to the pre-corporatisation era. Although the eight-team format played in neutral Lisbon is a solution to a problem, in normal … Continue reading What if the new-look UEFA Champions League proves popular… and lucrative?
WOMEN’S professional football has been in the ascendancy over the past few years, certainly from the perspective of profile and public awareness. The prominent competitions such as the World Cup and European Championship have attracted mass media attention, while one-off … Continue reading Women’s football – vulnerable in the post-crisis environment?