Is it unfair to ask football to entertain and be held to task?

WE LIVE in interesting times. This is often a phrase used to disguise crisis, restrain panic and, invariably, to paint a picture that, despite the rising tide of discontent, “everything’s ok”. Translated, “interesting” means “we are in the deep do-do”. It’s a sentence we’ve heard many times since 2008 and is frequently used in the […]

Investing in sport: Opportunity or chance?

  THE RELATIONSHIP between the sports and investment worlds has often been uneasy. In the mid-1980s, Tottenham Hotspur became the first English football club to be listed on the stock market, but by 1991, following worsening economic conditions, Tottenham’s shares were suspended.  Manchester United, at the start of the 1990s, floated on the London Stock […]

Left wing, right wing…politics and football

POLITICS AND FOOTBALL are no strangers. Organising bodies such as FIFA, UEFA and the Olympic committees marinate themselves in political intrigue. There has often been a whiff of corruption about FIFA, dating back decades. The most recent debates about Russia, Qatar and the World Cup have only served to rekindle some deep-rooted concerns about the […]

Football…is it still about wings…right, left or centre?

Politics and football are no strangers. Organising bodies such as FIFA, UEFA and the Olympic committees marinate themselves in political intrigue. There has often been a whiff of corruption about FIFA, dating back decades. The most recent debates about Russia and Qatar and the World Cup have only served to rekindle some deep-rooted concerns about […]