Melting pot

‘Political football? It’s been ages since any government took fan democracy seriously’

By Jim Keoghan 17 April 2015 With the general election looming in Britain and the parties publishing their manifesto documents over the past five days, we should have a clearer idea what the next Parliament might deliver for football fans, no? Football matters in Britain. Each week, 1.96m people play. Every season, nearly 25m people pass through the turnstiles of the clubs that make up the country’s top two tiers. Sky Sports has found its way into more than 7m homes, in which around 1.2m people on average watch each of the top-flight games they broadcast. Supporter activism in England has never been more sophisticated or...


‘FIFA paid $88.6m in salaries in 2014. We can guesstimate Blatter’s take at $6m+’

By Roger Pielke Jr 20 March 2015 The salary that FIFA pays Sepp Blatter, its long-serving president, has never been disclosed. We know how much US president Barack Obama makes, $400,000, and the head of the United Nations (about $240,000) and even the CEO of the biggest company in Switzerland (Nestle, $10.6 million). But Blatter’s salary is a mystery. Today FIFA released its 2014 financials, which allows for an informed, forensic estimate of Blatter’s FIFA salary. I took a look at this question in 2013 (here and here), and the new information allows for an update and provides a few more clues. In 2014,...


‘For a nutmeg in England I got shinned by my captain. In Brazil I got a high five’

. Another football transfer window has just shut and again the most commonly traded global commodity has been the Brazilian player. Official data shows players with Brazilian nationality were involved in 1,493 transfers in the calendar year of 2014 (more than any other nation) and they moved clubs for a collective total of $468m (the most of any nationality). A dozen Brazilian internationals are currently making their living in England's Premier League alone.  One player who made the extremely rare move in the other direction, from England to Brazil, was SETH BURKETT, who first went to South America in 2009 for...