Lies, Damned Lies & Brand Value

Lies, Damned Lies & Brand Value

In 1984, I was discussing European club football with a work colleague. As fans of Kingstonian and pre-Simod Cup Reading, we were not best-placed technically for such a discussion. But we quickly agreed that combining “English” workrate with “continental” skill would...
The 2015 Under-20 World Cup: Fiji’s Fall

The 2015 Under-20 World Cup: Fiji’s Fall

Fiji, managed by oddball Aussie Frank Farina, not Fifa, managed by slimeball Swiss Sepp Blatter, were the four letters which, nearly shook the football world this weekend. Sadly, however, their opponents in the Under-20s World Cup on Sunday were the “jammy dodgers”...
Gamed By The FAI? FIFA & The Irish Question

Gamed By The FAI? FIFA & The Irish Question

The 783rd sub-plot to the current FIFA drama is possibly one of the smallest in pure financial terms, a €5m loan to the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). However, the “official” reason exposes yet again (again) FIFA’s appalling lack of spending control and...
Two World Cups For The Price Of One

Two World Cups For The Price Of One

FIFA have had a busy post-Congress week. Yes, there’s been “all that Blatter and co stuff.” But we also have two World Cups for the price of one (actually, rather less than one, if the FIFA indictment is true). The Women’s World Cup begins in Canada this weekend. This...