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Does bigger mean better?

The Euro 2012 was the last tournament to be played out with 16 teams. In four years time, when the gravy train stops in France there will be 24 teams competing for European football glory. However, Michel Platini seems to go even a step further in 2020. The Euro is growing The obvious point is…

UEFA's Double Standards at Euro 2012

UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe has been rightly accused of using double standards. And more importantly, become ever more like FIFA, the world's governing body of football which has been criticized for various reasons over the last years, corruption just being one of them. Double Standards When Michel Platini became head of…

UEFA’s Double Standards at Euro 2012

UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe has been rightly accused of using double standards. And more importantly, become ever more like FIFA, the world's governing body of football which has been criticized for various reasons over the last years, corruption just being one of them. Double Standards When Michel Platini became head of…

Germany expects. Too much?

[typography font="Alike" size="14" size_format="px"]Euro 2012 is only a few days away and looking at the sport sections of the German media, it appears as though many already know the winner of the competition before even a ball is kicked: Germany. Of course there is reason for this mindset as the qualification was very successful and…

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…

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…

End of Season resumee

Almost all European leagues have finished, one European Cup Final has already been played, with only the Champions League Final to come this Saturday. It is time for a conclusion of this season’s results across Europe. Due to events in Zürich leading up to the FIFA election, this review comes a bit later than it…

The State of the Game

Corruption, Quotas, El Clasico that did not deserve to be called Clasico or presidents that need former internationals to bolster their reputation. There could easily be more "incidents" added to this to highlight the state of the game in the early twenty-first century. On top of that there are ongoing accusations of bribery within FIFA.…

malaise fran

No French club has reached the quarterfinals of the European Cup competitions. Germany has only Schalke 04 left in the Champions League, facing the holder Inter in the next round. Lyon were the last one in last year’s semifinal and one would think with Gourcuff they might achieve another European run this season. After a…

UEFA Financial Fair Play Scheme – The return of the brown envelope?

With the UEFA Financial Fair Play Scheme due to be introduced soon, clubs across Europe are getting nervous with regards to their wage balances but taking this on the other hand as an incentive to broker deals to get the singatures of the alleged best players before those regulations come into force. Once the next…