JoinThe11.com | Can Football Unite The World?

In the age of globalisation, we are facing challenges of a global scale to face them, we need globalised solutions international collaboration however is in short supply and we are witnessing a growing gap between caste, class, race, gender and religion. But why have we been so unsuccessful in dealing with these challenges? Because we […]

Turkish Football’s Economic Crisis

This has been strange season in the Turkish Super League. The Big Three clubs of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, and Galatasaray—who between them have won most Turkish titles and are supported by around 80% of Turkish fans—are all struggling. Austerity has shaken up the sport. The normally big-spending Turkish transfer window was uncannily quiet this summer as […]

Football’s Neighbours: An Uneasy Relationship in Zurich

The importance of a stadium to a club’s identity and its relationship with the local community has grown in resonance over the past few years. West Ham fans complain that the London Stadium doesn’t provide the same atmosphere as the Boleyn. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur supporters have grown frustrated at the delays in construction to their […]

How The Global Financial Crisis Changed Football

If ever a sport reflected a certain disconnect with its audience, it is surely football. Players’ wages continue to climb, the big clubs remain cash cows and the competitive imbalances that have plagued the game for the past decade show little sign of levelling out. In contrast, most of professional football’s client base enjoy very […]

The Rules of Football (Soccer or Association Football) – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains, the Rules of Association Football. Association Football, more commonly known as ‘soccer’ in North America and Football pretty much everywhere else in the world, is a game played with two teams of 18 players, with 11 players taking the field at any one time. The object of the game is for your team […]

ALL adidas MESSI FOOTBALL BOOTS – WHICH IS BEST?

Today, it’s time to look at Lionel Messi and all the adidas boots that he’s worn or that has been made for him over the years. But it’s not going to be all about boots though, so if you’re a big fan of Lionel Messi and want an emotional trip back in time, you better […]

Hakeem al Araibi: Football’s Political Prisoner

The chances are that you probably haven’t heard of Hakeem al Araibi. The Bahraini centre back plays for Pascoe Vale FC, a semi-pro club in Australia’s National Premier Leagues Victoria. But he was once considered one of the Bahrain national team’s brightest talents at a time when the tiny Gulf Kingdom was considered one of […]

Manchester City & Football Leaks Explained

It has been a joy to watch Manchester City this season. Even without long term injury absentee Kevin De Bruyne, City’s revolving cast of superstars have continued Pep Guardiola’s revolution. Last season, they romped to the Premier League title with 100 points, 18 points clear of their city rivals Manchester United in second place. That […]

Qatar’s Football War

Ever since winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has been the source of an almost constant and negative stream of press. From high level political gas deals and allegations of corruption surrounding the vote back in 2010 to widespread reports of human rights abuses concerning the migrant work force that is […]

How China is Using Football in Africa

China is the world’s biggest country, populated by 1.4 billion people. It also has the world’s second largest economy behind the United States, with a national income in excess of $12 trillion and annual economic growth over the last 30 years often reaching double digits. This might seem remarkable to people who still see China […]