Soccer City: Caracas – amid the chaos

VENEZUELA is one of South America’s least successful football nations, but most importantly and of greater concern, it is currently one of the world’s most troubled places. Once an oil-rich country with one quarter of the world’s proven oil reserves, a period of reckless financial and political policy-making has left Venezuela in absolute chaos, an example of social breakdown and a reminder of what can … Continue reading Soccer City: Caracas – amid the chaos

Football Media Watch: Opportunity knocks for France

FRANCE may have gone wild with delight in response to the country’s second World Cup win, but there were still some dark clouds to contend with as Didier Deschamps and his players danced in the rain. CNN said France’s World Cup victory, with a team made up primarily of black and Muslim players, “may have been perceived internationally as a collective celebration of an ideal … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Opportunity knocks for France

The bubble just keeps inflating

Apparently, when people talk about what makes them proud of Britain, they will respond, “The Premier League, the BBC and the Queen”. These were the words used by Richard Scudamore, the Premier League’s Chief Executive in response to the surprise/delight/outrage/disbelief (delete where appropriate) reaction to the record £ 5.14bn TV deal being trousered by the league. What a load of nonsense. For every person who … Continue reading The bubble just keeps inflating