The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

In 1997, twenty seven days after Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mohamed Al Fayed completed his takeover of Fulham FC. In the process, he became the first foreign owner of an English football club. Six years later, Roman Abramovich bought into Chelsea FC and his success then led to many others following suit. The rich had always clambered to get a piece of the action in previous decades, with clubs traditionally being owned by local business …
Ballon d'Or Shows Premier League's Fall in Europe

Ballon d'Or Shows Premier League's Fall in Europe

This year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or celebrated the world’s best footballers and coaches but also highlighted the increasing fall of the Premier League against Europe’s elite leagues. The La Liga has provided the last 8 winners of the title – with Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi taking four each on behalf of the Spanish league. The top three in this year's Ballon d’or, which consisted of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, were all from La Liga whilst last year’s had a contribution …
Costa Rica vs Greece Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: 2nd Round

Costa Rica vs Greece Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: 2nd Round

On Sunday, Costa Rica face Greece in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The fact that both of these teams have made it this far has surprised many, but that has been the nature of this World Cup. Costa Rica finished top of a group including England, Italy and Uruguay. They have performed extremely well in this tournament and have deserved their place in the last 16. Greece reached the last 16 in dramatic fashion. Georgios …
Greece vs Ivory Coast Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group C

Greece vs Ivory Coast Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group C

The final round of group games are upon us and the knockout stages are just around the corner, but before that Ivory Coast face Greece in a match that will decide the second qualification place in Group C. After winning their first match of the tournament, Ivory Coast’s defeat against Colombia on Thursday means a win over Greece (or a point depending on the outcome of the Japan-Colombia match) will see the African side through to the knockout stages. A …