THE last time a team from outside football’s top 20 clubs won the UEFA Champions League was in 2004, Porto beating Monaco 3-0 and launching the career of a certain José Mourinho. Since then, eight clubs have won the competition … Continue reading Don’t assume European football’s hierarchy cannot change
LONDON clubs may not be setting the world alight at the moment, but the UK’s capital still provides 30% of the Premier League’s constitution, a figure that compares favourably with its counterparts around Europe. There are six London clubs in … Continue reading The status of London football
WITH no sign of a resumption of football as a spectator sport, Europe’s top clubs could be € 2 billion out of pocket by the end of the current season. That was the view of Deloitte as they unveiled their latest … Continue reading Income falls, but the song remains the same in football’s money league
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?
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
ONCE UPON a time, Italian clubs ruled Europe, not just on the pitch but also through their purchasing power, attendances and in players wages that attracted some of the world’s top stars. Serie A was the envy of most European leagues, notably in England where people became fascinated by the glitz, glamour and smoke bombs of Italy’s Calcio. Between 1989 and 1996, an Italian club won a major European prize in all bar one season and in the year they didn’t take a trophy back to Italy (1992), Sampdoria and Torino were runners-up in the European Cup and UEFA Cup … Continue reading Italian football clubs still lagging the leaders