The Continuing Adventures of FIFA

It’s certainly been a busy few years for the governing body of world football, as it has become involved in criminal investigations and restructuring as a result of the behaviour of some of those involved with it, both past and present. We’ve been trying to keep an eye on the politics of it all, but it can be… difficult, at times.

FIFA 16 & The Women’s World Cup – A Great Leap Forward

If ever there was an organisation that needed a little bit of good news, that organisation would have to be the Federation of International Football Associations. As a public relations exercise, the last forty-eight hours or so couldn't have gone much worse for FIFA,...

Handle With Care – FIFA & Different Flavours Of Reform

It would be something of a stretch to suggest that the events the last thirty-six hours have been a surprise to most football supporters, but this doesn't mean that they haven't been something of a shock. For all that we felt about the dark heart at the centre of...

Dear The FBI, Can We Can Have Our Ball Back, Please?

Looking for an in-depth investigation into the dark heart of FIFA? You're in the wrong place, for now, at least. This is an excellent primer into the whys and wherefores of the culture that has led to today's extraordinary events. Looking for a summary of the...

The Limitations Of FIFA Protests

It should go without saying that if you are looking for the best writing on the current car crash that is FIFA at the moment, you should probably be following, amongst others, Matt Scott, David Conn and Paul Kelso on Twitter, to say the least. For sporadic outbursts...

Changing FIFA Is The Way Forward: The Alternative Could Be Disastrous

It is the truth that we knew all along. The question is not one of whether FIFA is institutionally corrupt, but one of exactly how corrupt it is, and the answer to that question is likely to be somewhere between "very" and "completely". The question of Jack Warner's...

Remains of Rous: FIFA And The Team GB Question

The forthcoming Olympic Games and whether a united "British" team should be allowed to play in the competition has reopened one off British football's oldest debates. Jason LeBlanc takes a look at the history of this fractious state of affairs. The subject of a...

Internet Provides Small Change in FIFA Reform

We're delighted to be able to welcome Richard Whittall, who writes the excellent "A More Splendid Life" site, to our site this evening. Tonight, he wonders whether the internet has the ability to muster the required momentum to change FIFA and concludes that... it...

The BBC Will Be Right To Show The World Jack Warner On Panorama

A couple of years ago, it felt as if. in some ways, there was something inevitable about England winning the race to host the 2018 World Cup finals. Since then, however, the wheels have come off the wagon in every conceivable way. The Triesman sting, the Sunday Times...

FIFA, The FA and The British Press: No-one Really Wins The Moral Debate

“Please accept my resignation. I wouldn’t belong to a club that would accept me as a member”, said the telegram that Groucho Marx in his famous telegram to the Friar's Club of Beverly Hills, and the Football Association must be inwardly feeling the same as Marx with...

Who Knows Where The FIFA Bodies Are Buried?

Jerome Valcke is the General Secretary of FIFA, and he has a somewhat colourful past. Mark Murphy is wondering aloud how someone that may once have cost FIFA $100m ended up on stage Charlize Theron at the draw for The 2010 World Cup.

Jack Warner – FIFA Vice-President With A Difference

England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup is plenty capable of derailing itself, but vice-president Jack Warner has unsurprisingly now been getting involved. Should the FA be being lectured on morals by him, though? Mark Murphy thinks that they probably shouldn’t be.

FIFA, Chelsea & Gael Kakuta

That the football community in Britain has responded with such surprise the two transfer window ban that FIFA have slapped upon Chelsea is, in itself, quite telling. It has long been the suspicion of many that the biggest clubs have been getting away with this sort of...

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