Big city clubs remain dominant

LEICESTER CITY’s 2015-16 Premier League victory was remarkable in many ways, it was a rare moment in time when the status quo in English football was challenged and the most surprising title win since Nottingham Forest won the old first division in 1978. It also reminded football fans there is still some romance left in the game, that high finance does not govern absolutely everything … Continue reading Big city clubs remain dominant

Democratic football party

WHEN Russia and Saudi Arabia kicked-off the World Cup, the game was not just between the two lowest ranked countries in FIFA’s rankings, it was also a meeting of the two nations with the worst rating for political freedom among the 32 participants. According to the Freedom House annual survey (Worldaudit.org), Russia and Saudi Arabia scored 7, representing the lowest level of freedom. The next … Continue reading Democratic football party

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 Exchange. It gave the team an advantage just as the … Continue reading Investing in sport: Opportunity or chance?

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 legitimacy of bidding and selection processes. Beer and sandwiches for … Continue reading Left wing, right wing…politics and football

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 the legitimacy of bidding and selection processes. Beer and sandwiches … Continue reading Football…is it still about wings…right, left or centre?