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?
THERE’S LITTLE doubt that China’s most high-profile and successful club is Ghangzhou Evergrande Taobao, who lifted their eighth Chinese Super League title at the start of December 2019. Ghangzhou are not only China’s most celebrated club, they are arguably the … Continue reading Another title, now Ghangzhou look ahead to the opportunity of 2021
WHY have FIFA persisted with their lop-sided Club World Cup, a relatively unloved competition that carries little weight and goes quite unnoticed by most of the world’s footballing audience? This year, the mid-season holiday for blazers moved to Qatar, providing … Continue reading The Club World Cup – creeping in the back door of 2019
FORGET THE World Cup, throw the gauntlet down and create a World Cup for clubs. Not the half-baked FIFA Club World Cup, but by replacing national teams with clubs. The World Cup has become dull, devoid of real quality and … Continue reading If you really want to set the cat among the pigeons…
THEY WERE little more than the token host nation representative to keep local interest alive, but Kashima Antlers are now one game away from the FIFA Club World Cup final. The Antlers won their second game in the 2016 competition when they beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-final game in Osaka. This follows their previous win against Auckland in the preliminary round. It has been a busy week for the Antlers as they won the J-League only last weekend, beating Urawa Reds in the final. They showed great resilience against a Mamelodi side that dominated the first period and looked … Continue reading Antlers keep Japanese interest high
LET’S be frank, qualifying tournaments have become tedious – bloated and repetitive, full of over familiarity, largely predictable (don’t say that in Amsterdam this summer) and too much cannon fodder. Sometimes, you forget if you’re watching a European Championship or a World Cup qualifier. So here’s an idea. Why not use the continental tournaments as a qualifying competition for the World Cup? You can almost hear the outrage at UEFA and FIFA headquarters, in fact, given that UEFA is in Nyon and FIFA (those characters that are still free to roam, that is) is holed-up in Zurich, they can probably … Continue reading A crowded house: Why the continental championships and World Cup should be aligned