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… Continue reading Englishness Of The Premier League (Or The Lack Of It)
My first reaction, yesterday: The press have appointed David Moyes as Ferguson’s successor. Will he follow in the footsteps of Wilf McGuinness or Frank O’Farrell? Man Utd would be better off trying to coax Jupp Heynckes out of retirement, as least for 3 years. You need an experienced and successful interim between a legend and… Continue reading Replacing Alex Ferguson
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… Continue reading FIFA – “The Family”
So Mohammed Bin Hammam will be challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA Presidency after all. I asked myself whether I should do a post about it at all, as I imagine the subject will be analysed to death elsewhere. My ambivalence can be summed up by the following passage in an earlier post about some… Continue reading Does It Matter Who The FIFA President Is?
My views about re-shaping the European pyramid have been criticized on this blog and elsewhere. The details of the proposed structure are set out in several earlier posts, dating back to May 2008: Transnational European Leagues Proposals For A European League A British League Atlantic League How The Game Has Changed British League – An… Continue reading A Broader European Pyramid
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… Continue reading Competition Faced By European Leagues