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 […]

Ernő Erbstein: The Greatest Football Manager You’ve Never Heard Of

This is the story of Ernő Egri Erbstein, one of football’s great innovators, a tactical pioneer and an inspirational champion – a Hungarian who helped to change Italian football forever. He is probably the greatest football manager you have never heard of. Born in 1898, on the fringes of the fading Habsburg Empire, Erbstein reached […]

A Football Story from the World’s Most Militarised Zone

The Indian-administered Kashmir is widely regarded as the “heaven on earth”- for its picturesque landscape dotted with magnificent valleys, beautiful lakes, rivers surrounded by magnificent Himalayan ranges. Kashmir is also the reason for an active territorial conflict primarily between Indian and Pakistan and has witnessed three major wars between the neighbours and another limited war […]

Sailen Manna & India’s Barefoot Football Team

We all know India as a cricket crazy nation but it’s very hard to believe that there was an Footballer by name of Sailen Manna who nearly took the country to 1950 FIFA World Cup only to be withdrawn at the last moment by the Indian football Governing body (AIFF). Sailendranth Manna also known as […]

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 […]

How Do Fan-Owned Football Clubs Work?

There are different models of fan ownership in football. Germany employs the 50+1 rule, which prevents private individuals or companies from holding a majority shareholding in a football club. There are minority fan owned models in which Supporters Trust’s work alongside private investors whilst maintaining any influence over the direction and the running at the […]

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 the Bosman Ruling Changed Football

The Bosman Ruling enabled the modern automatic free transfer. It dictates that a player is permitted to leave their club at the end of their contract without the need to command a transfer fee. The rule was introduced in 1995 after the consolidation of three separate legal cases, all involving the Belgian midfielder Jean-Marc Bosman. […]