Category: Latest

Democracy, UEFA Style

Anything Fifa can do, Uefa can do almost as shamelessly. Including, it seems, presidential elections. Uefa elect their replacement for the banned/disgraced/French Michel Platini in Athens on Wednesday. Ex-Uefa secretary-general Gianni Infantino might have been a candidate to replace Platini had he not already replaced Blatter. As it is, Infantino, whose nascent Fifa presidency has teetered towards controversy, has been accused of improper interference in the election. As I type, the election favourite is Infantino’s alleged favourite Aleksander Ceferin, a low-profile international football political figure when the election timetable was announced on May 18th, not least because even now...

Read More

Premier League Review: The Football Broke Out

The Sunday newspaper headlines made it perfectly clear whose performances were those that mattered from yesterday lunchtime’s tete-a-tete at Old Trafford. In a sense, the match between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola is a reasonably interesting contest. Two men with a history meeting this way in our backyard has a dramatic feel to it, and it’s a story that has been repeated through the ages over a variety of different mediums. But in the context of the Premier League it is a sub-plot, no matter how the press may attempt to spin it. For forty minutes from the kick-off...

Read More

Podcast 71: Reforming the Football League

The international break leaves a big old hole in the news schedules these days, but that which was held last weekend was rather overshadowed by the ongoing issues relating to reform of the game in England and Wales. Should Scotland join the party? Will football ever be about the supporters rather than the broadcasters and sposnors again? All of these questions will be answered in this week’s super, soaraway Twohundredpercent podcast. Well, they might not get answered. But they will definitely be asked. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200%...

Read More

On Protesting: What is to be done?

Scunthorpe United’s Football League Trophy match against Middlesbrough’s youth team was seen by 1,200 people. As a fan who is vehemently opposed to this season’s changes, I stayed away and was very dismayed to see that the attendance was relatively high: just a fraction below the average for the last two seasons, excluding visiting supporters. Clearly, despite forums and social media being full of protesting and scorn for the changes to the competition, few supporters had actually decided to vote with their feet. The motives behind the introduction of U-23 into the competition could be seen as a stalking...

Read More

The English Football League: A “Whole” “Game” “Solution”, Part 1

So the sealed envelopes are in, supporters groups probably haven’t been consulted with that much, and next spring we’ll find out what they’ve managed to cobble together. Nature abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of anything substantial from the Football Association since their “blue sky thinking” it seems to have fallen upon the Football League to arrange a “Whole Game Solution” for English football. Now, it’s probably reasonable to say that few people are expecting anytime positive for supporters from all of this. Professional football in this country long since crossed the Rubicon of being entirely set up...

Read More