Archive for July, 2008

The Premier League format that emerged in England and that was later replicated in Scotland has been a resounding success. In 1992 the top tier of English football broke away from the Football League and has flourished with the backing of Sky TV. Scottish clubs followed suit in 1998 to form the Scottish Premier League […]

Over the last decade the global game has been lit up by an explosion of talent bursting onto the scene from Africa. The continent has evolved dramatically since the days when Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) became the first black African team to qualify for the World Cup in 1974. This foray onto […]

  FIFA president Sepp Blatter often preaches his unwise or unworkable opinions. Maybe this time he has gone a step too far? The uncomfortable comparison between the united star’s current predicament and the slave trade is quite  astounding. Poor Ronaldo, having to survive on just £100,000 a week, having to play football nearly every day […]

  The subject of doping at the Olympic Games is a huge issue. The shadow of drugs loom over the event with Justin Gatlin, former world champion and 100m gold medalist from Athens 2004, currently banned after failing a drugs test. Recently, the entire Bulgarian weightlifting team were withdrawn from participating in the Beijing Games […]

  The gradual demise of Horwich RMI has been phased in since 1995, so it’s not surprising that not many people are aware of their demise. The final nail in their coffin has been applied more recently by a ‘visionary chairman’, Dominic Speakman. In 1995 they were transformed into Leigh RMI and since June the […]

Michel Platini, the UEFA president, has already made quite an impression since his appointment. He has already reached an agreement over disputed matters, which resulted in the G14 group disbanding, so withdrawing the threat that it would form a breakaway European league. A European Club Association (ECA) is being established in its place and the […]