Visions Of Capitalism: Twenty-First Century Football, The Premier League & Manchester


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Boris says:

    Good piece. City haven’t bought success if they do prevail tommorrow, they’ve just bought into a cartel that took seed with the formation of the Champions League.

  2. Nathan says:

    Saldy both clubs are classic examples of what is wrong with football as a meaningful sport.

    One is the most blatant example of exploitative owners taking as much money from the game and club as humanly possible.

    The other the latest, and most blatant, example of unsustainable of wasting billions in a huge vanity project that has nothing to do with football.

    For all their inevitable trophies I’d be embarrassed if my club was basically the western PR arm of a repressive oil dictatorship.

  3. Tim Vickerman says:

    Interesting piece. As a supporter of a Football League team that has never been in the ‘EPL’ and doesn’t look likely to change that anytime soon, I find the accusations of Man City having bought the title from Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea fans akin to something about pots and kettles.

    Particularly since the formation of the Champions League and the Premier League, the top clubs have enjoyed a massive financial advantage over the rivals. I’m happy to see a different name upsetting the established order, one that has experienced the delights of life way down the Football League ladder. Depressingly, a team that achieves success ‘the right way’ like Newcastle will undoubtedly have their best players cherrypicked by the sides above them and across Europe and sink back into midtable within a year or so.

    In a couple of years’ time when Manchester City have become the established order, I’m sure I’ll feel different.

  4. Wrong Scudamore – should be Richard – but I’m fond of the idea of Peter commentating on the run in.

    Ferguson would particularly enjoy that.

  5. Simon Johnson says:

    The Premier League, in fact all leagues, should adopt a salary cap to improve competition like they do in American sports.

    Some might think it paradoxical that sports in the country that is the most capitalist of all would espouse such fair play but they are missing the point.

    American sports administrators realise that it is the sport, rather than the individual teams, that is the product and that by making the sport as competitive as possible is in the interest of all teams.

    One suspects that the owners and fans of Manchester United will only be happy when all opposition has been bankrupted and the only football available will be Man Utd v Man Utd Reserves at the Sir Alex Ferguson Superdome on the moon and it will be broadcast live directly into everyone’s brain-chips whether they want it or not.

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