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Englishness Of The Premier League (Or The Lack Of It)

Thu, 10 October 2013

On BBC News:

“Foreign footballers now appear in almost two thirds of minutes played in the Premier League ….

A BBC Sport study has calculated the total minutes played by each nationality in the English top flight, ….

English players made up the highest percentage of minutes played in the Premier League at 31.8% of the total, with French players second and Spanish third.”

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FA Cup Final 2013 – Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

Sat, 11 May 2013

Moving away from the distraction of David Moyes replacing Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, three weeks ago, I noted:

The cup finals in England, Spain and Italy this season all involve two clubs from the same city/metropolitan area – all Madrid final in Spain, all Rome final in Italy and all Greater Manchester final in England.

Double checked, and Wigan is part of the Greater Manchester metropolitan county, but not part of the Greater Manchester urban area.

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FIFA – “The Family”

Sat, 4 June 2011

A summary of the voting at the FIFA Congress:

  • The FA’s move at the Fifa Congress on Wednesday was defeated by 172 votes to 17. The Scottish FA was the only association to publicly back the FA. (It now appears that Vietnam voted for the FA motion by mistake – so it should have been 173 votes to 16).
  • Blatter was re-elected after receiving 186 of the 203 votes cast to remain in charge until 2015.

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The Farce That Is FIFA

Mon, 30 May 2011

Blatter has been cleared by the Ethics Committee.

Bin Hammam not only withdraws his candidacy, but he has been suspended by the Ethics Committee. Jack Warner is also suspended.

Blatter is now unopposed.

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Competition Faced By European Leagues

Mon, 28 February 2011

UEFA adopted financial fair play rules last May. As reported at that time in the Guardian:

“Uefa has approved plans to force clubs in European competition to spend only what they earn. The financial fair play rules will require clubs to break even over a rolling three-year period if they want to play in the Champions League or Europa League.”

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Football Club Identity

Thu, 11 November 2010

There are several levels to the identity of a football club:

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Neo-Feudalism & FIFA

Wed, 30 June 2010

BBC Sport reports that FIFA “warns” Sarkozy: Read the rest of this entry ?

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125 Years Of Professional Football

Fri, 18 June 2010

This year marks 125 years since the Football Association “legalized” professionalism in football.

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The Future Of “Newton Heath”

Fri, 21 May 2010

A collation of my responses to comments on David Bond’s article entitled “Key Period In Battle For Man Utd” concerning the Red Knights’ plan to buy Manchester United from the Glazers.

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Building A Pyramid

Wed, 19 May 2010

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