The Real number one: How the financial industry ranks football clubs

THE FOOTBALL industry has grown extraordinarily over the past 20 years. The rise of leagues like the Premier, La Liga and the Bundesliga, along with globalisation and intensive mass media has transformed a sport that, in the 1980s, was ailing. In addition, the game has expanded, with developing football markets such as China, India and the US forming credible leagues that have rising spectator appeal. … Continue reading The Real number one: How the financial industry ranks football clubs

Soccerex FF100 highlights investor appeal and rising contenders

MANCHESTER CITY is the world’s most powerful football club in terms of financial clout, according to the latest Soccerex Football Finance 100 report. Game of the People was involved in the creation of this paper for the second successive year, providing editorial support to Soccerex. The FF100 confirms that the irresistible reach of football continues to embrace all corners of the world, further expanding the … Continue reading Soccerex FF100 highlights investor appeal and rising contenders

Evidence of football’s shifting sands

THE media may have focused on the fact that Manchester City are ranked as the world’s most financially potent force, but the recent Soccerex report, Football Finance 100, also provided a pointer to the future of world football. The report, which lists Game of the People among its contributors, raised a few eyebrows, not least because some of the traditional heavyweights of the global game … Continue reading Evidence of football’s shifting sands

Digitalisation – the new 12th man?

IN RECENT years, there has been plenty of debate over the way that digitalisation is transforming the financial world. Indeed, the digital revolution threatens to disrupt traditional sectors and create a fourth industrial revolution. Football is waking up to the potential benefits that digital can bring to the game, not just on the field of play, or at least in officiating a match, but also … Continue reading Digitalisation – the new 12th man?

“The essence of football” – the Soccerex take on non-league

AMID bizarre stories about Billericay Town’s dressing room and training ground, it was reassuring to hear about the more realistic and sustainable side of non-league football at Soccerex. It was easy to agree with Guillem Balague’s opening gambit that non-league is too often described by what it isn’t rather than what it actually is. Considering that Balague rubs shoulders with La Liga’s luminaries on a … Continue reading “The essence of football” – the Soccerex take on non-league