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TalkSPORT: a self-sustaining economy for the 21st century

TalkSPORT, ‘the world’s biggest sports radio station’, will rope you in with a meandering recipe. Ask a nebulous question; provide a fantastically obscene opinion from someone regarded as knowledgable; question whether they’re ‘having a laugh’; await hysterical rebuttals from the public; hark back to the argument the next day for yet more disagreement and then […]

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Regionalisation: the future for lower-league football?

In January, a unique problem within lower-league football in England and Scotland was exposed. Plymouth Argyle travelled 389 miles to play Carlisle United in the English fourth tier, whilst Elgin City travelled 260 miles to play Annan Athletic in the Scottish fourth tier. Perhaps counterintuitively, both away sides ran out comfortable winners, Plymouth triumphing 3-0 and […]

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Football returns in Germany: what’s different?

Some things do not change. Bayern Munich winning, Erling Haaland scoring and VAR marginally ruling fractions of shoulders offside. Football is back in Germany but not as we know it. Empty stadiums, socially distant substitutes and elbow taps have become the new norm.  Football is back but it has changed. The Bundesliga, not the Premier […]

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State-owned football: an SOS for Europe?

Two of European football’s top sides have in recent years been essentially bankrolled to success by nation-states. The Qatari Investment Authority have owned French giant Paris Saint Germain since 2011, and the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased Manchester City in 2008. A third appears poised to join them as a takeover of Newcastle United, from […]

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The Premier League was already in a state of change – what next?

A topsy-turvy season, in all senses, has broken the apparent predominance of the Premier League’s classic ‘Big Six’. Leicester City have emerged as more than credible challengers for European places under Brendan Rodgers, Wolverhampton Wanderers have balanced European adventures and Premier League consistency in a manner befitting of their excellent recruitment, and Sheffield United, defying […]