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It's been a busy week behind the scenes in football. With the Premier League fixtures announced and teams across the world gearing up for a fresh new season, there have been plenty of comings and goings both in the UK and abroad. Coaches, technical directors, board members, marketing officers; there are plenty of appointments that give just a little hint of the ambitions of various professional clubs for the 2022-23 season. Read on for our...
As the summer transfer window kicks off, rumours surrounding the world's most high-profile players continue to circulate. Will Raheem Sterling move to Chelsea in search of guaranteed playing time? Is Bernardo Silva on the way to Barcelona, and might Frenkie De Jong be heading in the other direction ? It's always an exciting time of year, and the approach of a World Cup at the end of 2022 only intensifies this feeling. It's not just...
In the Scottish Championship, something pretty special is happening. Arbroath FC, the only part-time club in Scotland's top two divisions, are punching well above their weight and putting together a serious promotion charge. With 5 games remaining, the club sit in 2nd place, just 4 points off top spot, the position they occupied themselves until very recently. The promotion play-off guaranteed by a 2nd place finish looks all but secured;...
On 17 and 18 February 2021, the Financial Times organized their annual FT Business of Football Summit with more than 30 stakeholders across the world sharing their thoughts about the challenges and opportunities over the next 10 years. Covid disrupted business and livelihoods everywhere including the football industry. Due to the pressure on all parts of the football ecosystem opinions were contrasting and varied and not surprisingly critical...
With time running out, and professional sport still in limbo, the Premier League and the Football League have some big decisions to make in the coming days. The Premier League's Project Restart proposal to complete the season at neutral venues was poorly received by clubs earlier this month. Richard Masters, the chief executive, admitted “everybody would prefer to play home and away if at all possible”, and so the original...
How will Brexit affect The Premier League? Fans will often say that football and politics should not mix. The excitement of seeing our favourite teams perform on the weekend offers many fans a ritualistic escape from the reality of their daily lives, electing to spend their hard-earned cash for a few meagre hours of football-induced catharsis. Yet, the truth is that football and politics are inextricably linked, whether we like it or...