Category: International

Rangers: Dave King – At It Again?

Last week, Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) chairman, Dave King, unilaterally decided, as he does, that regulations were for other people. His attitude, as it does, could land him in court. Yet, as they do, elements of Scotland’s Glasgow-based football media still consider him Rangers’ “best hope of salvation” and “still the right man to lead” them despite…EVERYTHING. Followers of football club takeovers know that if individuals or groups “acting in concert” exceed 30% ownership, they are obliged by the “City Code on Takeovers and Mergers” to offer to buy the remaining shareholding. The independent “Takeover Appeal Board” (TAB)...

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Gaelic Football: Roscommon, From Rags To Riches

Last March, Roscommon were touted in Ireland’s media as Gaelic Football’s “Leicester City.” This March, Roscommon were Gaelic Football’s Sunderland…with a worse defence. A “quick and awful” decline. An inexplicable, un-necessary waste of a LOT of talent. Roscommon is one of those Irish counties which need locating on a map to most non-Irish people. At school in the mid-1970s, I had to explain that it was in “Southern Ireland” and I wasn’t in danger of “getting bombed up” during my summer holidays there. It sometimes needs locating on Gaelic Football maps too, with only two All-Ireland titles, both in...

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The Trouble With The Soundtrack To England 

It is a simple fact of life that the scheduling of international friendly matches is more likely to provoke earnest discussion about the state of things than it is to provide entertainment on the pitch. With Europe’s domestic leagues now gearing up for the final legs of  their domestic seasons, the small matter of why it should have been deemed necessary to poke the hornet’s nest of antipathy that many hold towards the international game by scheduling rounds of matches at this time of year remains tantalisingly out of reach. So, in Dortmund last night Germany beat England by...

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CAF’s Presidential Election: Who Really Won?

So, my “gut” feeling about Issa Hayatou’s re-election to Africa’s Football Confederation (Caf) presidency? Indigestion after all. Thursday’s election in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa contained triumphs for Fifa president Gianni Infantino and president of Zimbabwe’s FA (Zifa) and the Council of Southern African FAs (Cosafa), Philip Chiyangwa. Caf’s actual new president Ahmad was carried shoulder-high around the African Union building’s Nelson Mandela Plenary Hall. But the REAL winner? Nah. Ahmad’s rise without trace to Caf power echoed Aleksander Ceferin’s rise to Uefa power last September. Both had Infantino’s overtly-covert backing, ensuring their election regardless of their campaigning. And both...

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CAF’s Presidential Campaign: The Final Countdown

The African football confederation (Caf) 2017 presidential campaign has frequently reminded me of what was once said of an election in my trade union: “Democracy is being de-mocked.” If public declarations of support can be believed, Madagascar FA president Ahmad (his ballot paper name) has sufficient momentum for victory. It is an “if” the size of the ego Ahmad’s self-styled “election agent” Philip Chiyangwa. But incumbent president, Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, will need some delegates to Caf’s 39th Ordinary (ha!) General Assembly, in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa this Wednesday and Thursday, to use the secrecy of the ballot to vote...

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