PSG and Pochettino, you know it makes short-term sense

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 confidence in the deal to give the former Tottenham manager a longer-term contract?  Let’s face […]

How long until the Asian powerhouse flexes its muscles?

ASIA is the world’s biggest football stadium, with half the world’s fanbase. The potential of the region is enormous, with a growing middle class and economies that can grow faster than many mature markets. In footballing terms, the game is fast-evolving in China, India, South Korea and Japan, along with other countries, and with the […]

Anti-racism in football is more than a hashtag – and must go beyond scratching the surface

FOOTBALL has always been full of hypocrisy, from self-appointed socialists living in gated communities and driving marque vehicles to clubs trying to position themselves as representatives of a surreal people’s republic that charges its members astronomical sums to be a part of the tribe. And they are quick to show they are embracing the latest […]

Overseas investment in football – there’s an agenda

THE RECENT news concerning Newcastle United’s £ 300 million takeover by the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fund has sparked fresh debates around Middle Eastern and Asian interest in European and British football. Football’s legions of followers often get over-excited about the prospect of their club being taken over by a rich benefactor, but knowing your […]

Overseas investment in football – there’s an agenda

THE RECENT news concerning Newcastle United’s possible takeover by the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fund has sparked fresh debates around Middle Eastern and Asian interest in European and British football. Football’s legions of followers often get over-excited about the prospect of their club being taken over by a rich benefactor, but knowing your investor is […]

The Club World Cup – creeping in the back door of 2019

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 a testing ground for the controversial 2022 World Cup. It’s very difficult to see this […]