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Brisbane Roar secure the A League’s Premiers’ Plate in style

Posted by on 12:20 am in Australian Football | 0 comments

Brisbane Roar secure the A League’s Premiers’ Plate in style

For some weeks, it’s felt as if the A League regular season closing script has all but been written. The only details left to fill in has been the who, the what and the when, and at the weekend we got our answer: it was Luke Brattan with a wonder goal in the dying minutes of Brisbane Roar’s game against Melbourne Victory to ensure the Queenslanders topped the table and secured the Premiers’ Plate. While the title has been the Roar’s to lose for several months now – and a late season wobble briefly gave other teams hope they’d...

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Leeds United & The Lottery Of The Owners & Directors Test

Posted by on 8:46 pm in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

Leeds United & The Lottery Of The Owners & Directors Test

So there, then, is the decision of the Football League. Massimo Cellino has been adjudged by the Football League to have failed its Owners & Directors Test on account of his conviction under Italian law over the non-payment of tax for a boat that he owned. The League’s statement on the matter was clear enough to leave little quesion in the minds of those that have been watching this situation over the last few weeks of the reasoning behind their decision in spite of the obfuscation of the matter brought about by Cellino’s...

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That Revierderby Touch

Posted by on 11:57 pm in Bundesliga, Latest | 2 comments

That Revierderby Touch

Being a preview of the forthcoming match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. Matthias Suuck, the presenter of the Yellow Wall pod, a Borussia Dortmund podcast, once described the rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke as more about the two sets of fans similarities rather than their differences. Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen are two former mining cities in the heavily industrialised region of the Ruhr Valley in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the traditional support base of both clubs is working class. The region of NRW is teeming with...

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Democracy Or Gerrymandering? The Hull City Vote Goes Public

Posted by on 8:04 pm in Latest, Politics | 3 comments

Democracy Or Gerrymandering? The Hull City Vote Goes Public

It was noted on this site at least a couple of years ago that democracy in terms of football had the potential to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, genuine efforts to engage supporters to be active rather than passive in terms of involvement with their clubs arrive at their natural conclusion in the existence of supporters trusts, both at clubs where the trusts are running the show and at those at which they play the vital – but not always popular role – of being a “critical friend.” Democracy, however, can be...

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Rangers FC & The Self-Importance Of Being Sandy

Posted by on 5:50 pm in Latest, Scottish Football | 5 comments

Rangers FC & The Self-Importance Of Being Sandy

My limited experience of writing on football finance and club takeover and ownership issues has taught me one thing; that no matter what the specific issue under those headings, the Rangers Football Club will always supply an extreme, and invariably extremely daft, example. As I was writing my last article, about Birmingham City’s sledgehammer-on-nut legal action against the Often Partisan website, a similar story was escalating in Glasgow. The Rangers “situations” have introduced all shades of individual characters to Scottish football, and...

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Which Way Now For Leeds United?

Posted by on 10:32 pm in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

Which Way Now For Leeds United?

In a sense, the single most surprising aspect of Massimo Cellino was its timing. As the office workers of this country fumbled their way through their first cup of coffee of the morning, the news came through from Italy that Cellino had been found guilty of evading import duty with regard to the purchase of a yacht which was impounded in 2012 and fined €600,000. It was news that GFH Capital, the current owners of Leeds United and a group who had turned away from a more or less home grown bid to purchase the club two months ago, could scarcely...

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