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Only five PL teams haven’t won away. Eight are yet to win at home

By Brian Sears 26 September 2014 The Premier League season is already 50 games old (of 380), or 13.2 per cent the way through. Early days, yes, but one statistic that already looks odd is the amount of away wins so far, 18 of...

Chelsea best against Manchester clubs … and winning start points to title push

By Brian Sears 19 September 2014 Chelsea's four wins from four Premier League games so far give them the only 100 per cent record this season. In winning their first four games, they become only the 16th team in 23 PL seasons to do...

‘Anyone would think UEFA and a vice-president condone match-fixing’

. Match-fixing at the highest level in Turkish football has eroded all trust in the Turkish domestic game. As a report on this website detailed in March (click here to read), Fenerbahçe and others have been proved to be involved in the systematic fixing...

Manchester divided: young and English versus older and foreign, so far

By Brian Sears 12 September 2014 It may all change when Louis Van Gaal finally unleashes his new-look starting XI against QPR at Old Trafford on Sunday but his starting XIs so far in this nascent Premier League season have been among the youngest...
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‘A lack of reliable doping data puts the spirit of sport in peril’

By Roger Pielke Jr 30 September 2014  Sport is in the news for a lot of the wrong reasons, from the scandal over the NFL's response to...

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‘The president couldn’t say who owned his players. Maybe criminals. Astonishing’

By Ian Herbert 12 September 2014 One of the main panel events at the Soccerex global convention in Manchester this week was headlined: 'How to run a...

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‘The data’s clear: soccer is becoming more significant in the US sporting landscape’

By Roger Pielke Jr 12 September 2014  It is a favorite debating topic among football fans in the United States: has soccer arrived in the United States?...

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Radamel Falcao: a symbol of Uefa shackling Manchester City in the FFP era

* By Ian Herbert 5 September 2014 Why didn’t Manchester City buy Radamel Falcao? It’s one of the unexplained mysteries of the transfer market. They admire him. They would...

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‘Community is at the core of football, and with it notions of identity and place’

* In his latest book, 'Taking Our Ball Back: English Football’s Culture Wars', MARTIN CLOAKE quotes political philosopher Michael Sandel’s statement that “The pleasure of sports has...

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‘The president couldn’t say who owned his players. Maybe criminals. Astonishing’

By Ian Herbert 12 September 2014 One of the main panel events...

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MOTD at 50: ‘Interesting, very interesting … Oh look at his face, just look at his face’

* By Nick Harris 22 August 2014 When the first episode of Match...

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Winning in global sport: Often about the money, money, money ….. (but not always)

By Nick Harris 5 May 2014 It was self-evident in the 2012-13...

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REVEALED: Barcelona best at producing ‘Big 5′ players, Ajax most across Europe

By Nick Harris 21 January 2014 Barcelona produce more first-team footballers across...