THE WORST kept secret in European football became reality as Mauricio Pochettino took the plunge and joined Paris Saint-Germain on an 18-month contract. Why 18 months (with an option for a further year), you might ask, is there not enough … Continue reading PSG and Pochettino, you know it makes short-term sense
IF, like me, you grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s, you will be aware of how our access to the global game has changed so dramatically for the better. Recall those midweeks when British teams played in … Continue reading Football has become a global digital buffet
IT MAY be a clash of the titans, but Paris Saint-Germain go into their first UEFA Champions League final on August 23 as the underdogs, a role they are relatively unaccustomed to, such has been their dominance of French football. … Continue reading UEFA Champions League: Are Bayern ready to step aside for new money?
PRIOR TO this disrupted and somewhat confusing campaign, the past two seasons saw the same league champions across the “big five” leagues in Europe – domination by the rich and advantaged, namely Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Juventus and … Continue reading Football’s competitive issues: Predictability is not just a “big five” problem
IF Paris Saint-Germain were not such a cast-iron certainty for the Ligue 1 title, then the French football authorities might not have been so hasty to call time on the 2019-20 season. Actually, PSG were “only” 12 points ahead, so … Continue reading Paris Saint-Germain and Tuchel – is their time about to come?
THE Deloitte Football Money League always makes interesting reading, but its annual appearance reminds us what big-time football has become – a major global industry. The past 10 years has created footballing behemoths, but never has the gulf between the … Continue reading Football’s decade of capitalism