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Premier League’s Gonna Premier League

Premier League’s Gonna Premier League

So farewell then, Richard Scudamore. It's difficult to judge the record of a man who has been in a position that is by its very nature divisive by any other means  than looking at his record, and where the Premier League sits today. And by the criteria...

Jerome Valcke: The End Of An Era… Sort Of

Jerome Valcke: The End Of An Era… Sort Of

Say “Fifa corruption” and, if they don’t suddenly remember a prior engagement, people will almost certainly think: May 2015, the US Department of Justice indictment and arrested football officials wearing Zurich hotel bedsheets. For me, though, a larger...

The Tiredness of Tottenham

The Tiredness of Tottenham

As visual metaphors go, it couldn't have been starker or more savage. A week ago on Monday, when Tottenham Hotspur played Manchester City, the star of the evening was the Wembley pitch, threadbare and covered in the markings left by the...

European Football’s Coup d’Etat?

European Football’s Coup d’Etat?

Perhaps this, then, is how it ends. Farewell, football as we knew it. You grew almost as organically as might be possible in an imperfect world, but it was probably always inevitable that it would come to this. You've been becoming slowly distended with...

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