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Pressurising Qatar: The Garcia Report and the Embargo

The Garcia Report coincides with the embargo against Qatar put in place by its neighbours. The report contains nothing new yet questions remain why it was published now at a time when pressure is high on Qatar. Read more →

The Northwest Passage or Agents of Change in Football

For centuries, tradesmen have tried to find the shortest way around the globe in order to increase the speed of trade. Initially, trade by sea was done only by ships traveling close to the coast to stay safe as the wide open seas were unknown. With the development of navigating equipment and the search for…

if we don’t take action now

...we'll settle for nothing later... Rage against the Machine appeared to be the right sountrack for the day when it must have become clear even to the last person with the slightest interest in football, that something is rotten at the core of the organization claiming to represent football: FIFA. The report into the investigation…

if we don't take action now

...we'll settle for nothing later... Rage against the Machine appeared to be the right sountrack for the day when it must have become clear even to the last person with the slightest interest in football, that something is rotten at the core of the organization claiming to represent football: FIFA. The report into the investigation…

The Alternative?

Among the calls for reform of FIFA, there are also calls for an alternative to the behemoth of world football to be established. Well, this already exists for those federations or countries that are not officially recognized by the United Nations or by FIFA. Short on Alternatives? NO! The current football event held in Brazil…

I Love You All!

The most recent of FIFA's president Sepp Blatter carried resemblances of the late Erich Mielke, the head of the notorious East German security service, Stasi. GDR = Gerontocracy and Demented Republic In November 1989, shortly before the final curtain came on the late GDR in 1989, Erich Mielke, head of the feared and loathed Stasi…

The Stolen Game

FIFA have stolen the game from England! So said Sir Dave Richards at conference today. What a pleasure to read Sir Dave Richards comments on the origins of the game! If there was need to prove that the governing body of English football, The FA along with the Premier League, of which Richards is the…

FIFA: Same Old Stories

Reading across a range of papers this morning, one could have asked 'just when does it stop?' Sepp Blatter announced that FIFA will consider introducing goal line technology as well as demanding referees to become professional in Germany. While both topics have their merits, it is the timing that they are discussed again, that makes…

Talking about a Revolution

This is what Karl-Heinz Rummenigge did in response to FIFA's apparent corruption. As the chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), which represents the football clubs of Europe and their interests in any dispute with UEFA or FIFA, Rummenigge demanded that FIFA clean up their acts and restore honesty. In his function he stated that…

The FIFA Farce

This had to happen. Just days before a crucial election, allegations of corruption were brought forward about the only “candidate” to challenge Sepp Blatter for his presidency. And the result was that on Saturday Mohammed Bin Hammam withdrew his candidacy in order to clear his name. Surprise, surprise in a hearing on Sunday, Blatter was…