IT SEEMS impossible to avoid some form of military presence when any major football event is taking place. Whether it is a game old cock rattling a tin or somebody dressed in khaki bringing a trophy onto the pitch, there seems to be a deep desire to attach the game to Britain’s armed forces. Football continues to be used as an opportunity for mass engagement, … Continue reading Football and the military: An uncomfortable alignment
I’VE recently returned from Leipzig, which has suddenly become a very vibrant city with lots of interesting things going on, from both a social and economical point of view. From a football perspective, the progress of RB Leipzig has attracted a lot of negative attention in the media – the club created and run by Red Bull. We could talk all day about the wrongs … Continue reading Room for all models?
FOOTBALL FANS continue to get all misty-eyed about the golden age of the terrace. That vast sea of humanity that used to sway with the rhythm of the match. The working class unleashing a cacophony of sound sprinkled with sardonic humour. Older generations talk of being lifted by the sheer force of numbers and carried along in an early form of crowd-surfing. Others, quite … Continue reading Stand and deliver – a better vibe
IT IS sad when a good guy gets the axe, particularly when public opinion is so positive about his achievements, but there should be no surprise about the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. Leicester City, in their current position, would probably be parting company with any manager, let alone one that led them to the most unexpected title win since Ipswich Town’s triumph in 1961-62. The … Continue reading Ranieri – don’t be surprised at all
IT SEEMS impossible to avoid some form of military presence when any major football event is taking place. Whether it is a game old cock rattling a tin in aid of “helping heroes” or somebody dressed in khaki bringing a trophy onto the pitch, there seems to be a deep desire to attach the game to Britain’s armed forces. Football continues to be … Continue reading Football and the military: A tricky alignment
TURKEY’S leading football clubs enjoyed the highest growth rates in their share price in 2016, reveals the latest paper from KPMG’s Football Benchmark. Against the odds, Turkey’s Borsa Istanbul grew by TL 42.6bn (USD 118m) in 2016. There is some correlation between Turkish market growth and the performance of the country’s top clubs. Trabzonspor’s share price rose by 124% in 2016 to TL 2.84, while … Continue reading Turkish clubs lead the way in stock market growth
THEY may be spending Yuan by the bucketful and interest in the game is at an all-time high, but can Chinese football clubs really challenge the European leviathans? With Deloitte’s latest Football Money League released this week, the professional services group is preparing the way for an insurgence of new money breaking into the top 30 in the future. It may be a little premature, … Continue reading You’ll have to come a long way, baby: Chinese football and power
WE ALL know that FIFA is a political beast and that FIFA grandees are all fully paid-up members of the self preservation society, but in this time of populist movements and tales of the unexpected, we should not be surprised that football’s worldwide controlling body has voted to increase the size of the World Cup by an astonishing 50%. This latest FIFA decision will probably … Continue reading Turkeys voting for Christmas: The end of the World Cup as we know it