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Real Madrid score in China, but will fans open their wallets?

August 11, 2011

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First featured in FT Real Madrid returned from their pre-season tour of China on Monday with a 100 per cent winning record, 13 goals under their belt and plans to build the largest football academy in Asia. The world’s most famous football club will partner with Chinese Super League team, Guangzhou Evergrande, to set up the […]

Indian football – rising from cricket’s ashes?

August 5, 2011

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First featured in FT With their cricketing fortunes seemingly on the wane, now seems as good a time as any for India to jump on a lucrative football bandwagon. This is exactly the plan of the West Bengal division of the Indian Football Association, which aims to revolutionise domestic football by setting up a money-spinning league for […]

Scouting For Asians: Chelsea’s search for Britain’s sub-continental football star

April 15, 2011

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In an age defined by the celebrity footballer and the X-Factor, it’s little surprise that televised football trials are fast becoming ten-a-penny on our screens. Whether it’s Wayne Rooney’s search for a ‘Street-Striker’ or Inter Milan’s hunt for Britain’s best unsigned youngster, (both screened on Sky One in the last two years), the trials and […]

Chechnya: An exercise in footballing public relations

March 25, 2011

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First featured in The Alligator ‘Stranger than fiction’ is an over-used epithet when it comes to football. Predictably, it was the first phrase that popped into my head when hearing that Ruud Gullit’s latest managerial post would see him report directly to ex-Chechen warlord, Ramzan Kadyrov (‘stranger than drug-induced-fantastical-nonsense’ is perhaps more accurate in this case). […]

Football Finally Comes Home to Palestine

March 13, 2011

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Amongst the all too familiar barrage of reports detailing attacks, reprisals and bombings that emanate daily from the Palestinian authorities, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that last week marked a momentous step for Palestinian recognition in the eyes of the international sporting community: For the first time in their history, the Palestinian national football […]

Vive la Sky Blue Revolution! Why the guillotine is set to fall at Manchester City in 2011

January 9, 2011

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2008 was Manchester City’s 1789 (bear with me on this one). The Eastlands’ annus mirabilis held promise of a liberation from years of stagnation and a final end to humiliation at the hands of their hated neighbours and rivals. The seizure of power by Abu Dhabi’s oil-rich was met with the understandable optimism of one […]

Merkel, Mesut, and Multikulti: The Politics of Partisanship in Sport

November 23, 2010

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20 years after the Tebbit Test in Britain, Germany feels the tensions between the presence of its minorities on the sporting field and the antagonisms of integration off it.