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  • Inventing football’s future: A 10-point plan to revolutionise FIFA

    By Tim Walters 7 March 2016 The recent election of Gianni Infantino and adoption of a package of minor reforms has done little to reassure those who closely follow FIFA that football’s international governing body is about to fundamentally change its ways. Indeed, much about Infantino himself gives ample cause for concern that this is […]

  • From fairytale to tragedy: the betrayal of a Bahraini dream

    By James Montague 24 February 2016 They were a penalty kick away from one of the greatest fairytales in sport. Bahrain, a tiny island kingdom in the Persian Gulf, had made it through to the inter-continental play-off, against New Zealand, for a spot at the 2010 World Cup finals. Despite their size – qualification would […]

  • ‘FIFA reforms: easy pickings, compromises and missed opportunity’

    Part of Sportingintelligence’s guide to the 2016 FIFA presidential election: HOME PAGE here . By Bonita Mersiades                   ANALYSIS 22 February 2016 In all the brouhaha surrounding the campaign for the FIFA Presidency, there has been little attention to the reforms that the FIFA Congress will be asked […]

  • FIFA 2016 RACE CANDIDATE Q&A: Gianni Infantino

    Part of Sportingintelligence’s guide to the 2016 FIFA presidential election: HOME PAGE here. . Gianni Infantino: (just) streets apart from the man he seeks to replace By James Corbett 18 February 2016 If Sepp Blatter’s defining legacy of a 40-year long FIFA career will be as the individual who truly globalised football, the central irony of his […]

  • FIFA 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE: HOW THE CANDIDATES COMPARE

    Part of Sportingintelligence’s guide to the 2016 FIFA presidential election: HOME PAGE here . How the manifesto promises compare NB: an earlier version of manifesto comparisons is here; before all candidates were confirmed . By Bonita Mersiades 1 February 2016 With less than four weeks to go until Election Day, all candidates have now issued or updated […]

  • IAAF, Adidas, doping and internal contradictions of WADA report

          By Ross Tucker  (left, professor, Uni of the Free State, South Africa)  & Roger Pielke Jnr (right, professor, University of Colorado-Boulder) 25 January 2016 . The big news in global track and field today is that Adidas will end their sponsorship of the world governing body, the IAAF, four years early, according to a story broken […]

  • FIFA 2016 RACE CANDIDATE INTERVIEW: Prince Ali

    Part of Sportingintelligence’s guide to the 2016 FIFA presidential election: HOME PAGE here. . Will the real Prince Ali please stand up? By James Corbett 15 January 2016 When I caught up with Prince Ali Bin Hussein at the launch of his 2016 FIFA presidential manifesto in London last week, it was a day short of […]

  • Prince Ali says FIFA faces ‘catastrophe’ without true reform

    Part of Sportingintelligence’s guide to the 2016 FIFA presidential election: HOME PAGE here . By James Corbett 5 January 2016 FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Hussein has warned the organisation faces ‘catastrophe’ if FIFA’s congress makes the wrong decision when meeting to elect a new president next month. Speaking at the launch of his manifesto, an updated […]

  • FIFA 2016 RACE CANDIDATE INTERVIEW: Jerome Champagne

    Part of Sportingintelligence’s guide to the 2016 FIFA presidential election: HOME PAGE here . Interview with FIFA’s “And Yet” Man – Jerome Champagne By James Corbett 30 December 2015 What is Jerome Champagne’s game? For almost two years, ever since he announced his doomed bid to run in last May’s FIFA presidential election, that has been […]

  • American broadcast giant invites FIFA candidates to live TV debate

    By James Corbett 29 December 2015 Major broadcaster ESPN is taking steps to organise a live televised debate between the five candidates still in the running to become the most powerful man in world football, Sportingintelligence can reveal. The US giant has proposed a date of 29 January 2016 and a location of London for the […]

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