Socceroos have a host-nation advantage in the Asian Cup

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup is the biggest football tournament ever held in Australia, so what bearing does the host status have on the Socceroos’ chances of success? A lot more than you might think. When econometricians from PricewaterhouseCoopers looked […]

FIFA Sheds Sponsors As It Heads Into A Dangerous Decade

The news that three major sponsors have ceased their partnership with FIFA could potentially damage its reputation, and more importantly, its finances. Reports on Friday revealed that Castrol, Continental and Johnson & Johnson were no longer corporate sponsors of football’s […]

Football fans must take the lead in the fight against racism

In the wake of the racist behaviour of a group of Chelsea supporters on the Paris Métro last week, a range of excellent critical commentaries emerged, pondering what these actions signified and how English football should respond. The argument has […]

FIFA prosecution is worth it, even if the big fish get away

The fellow journalists I pitied most at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa were the FIFA beat reporters. Charged with covering the governing body of the world’s most popular sport, they would dutifully troop off to news conferences armed […]

What the FIFA scandal really tells us – about the US

I have lived in the US for over three decades. And I have never seen soccer – that is, real “football” – dominate the front pages of US newspapers for so many days and with so many stories. In that […]

Will women’s soccer ever have a mass following beyond the World Cup?

The recent FIFA scandals may have exposed soccer’s sordid side, but two other major events have refocused the world’s attention on the playing field. Over the weekend, millions witnessed FC Barcelona’s win over Juventus at the UEFA Champions League final […]

Is The Not-So Beautiful Men’s Game Putting People Off Women’s Football?

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is getting to the business end of the tournament. On Friday and Saturday the quarter-final matches will kick off with an enticing prospect as Germany take on France. It conjures up memories of classic tussles […]

Karim Benzema Not Included In France’s Euro 2016 Squad

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be called up for France when his country host Euro 2016 this summer.

How to solve the men-women wage gap in international soccer

As I watched the Women’s World Cup final recently with my family, my 11-year-old son, who plays on a local soccer team, remarked that he was amazed at how quickly and how often the US team scored. “Seriously, Dad, teams […]

Yoga Guru Patrick Broome To Help Germany Clinch Euro 2016 Title

Yoga has become a big part of sport in recent years. In every major tournament since 2006, Broome has been a member of Germany’s staff.

Revenue For Chinese Super League Reaches $230m

The annual revenue for the Chinese Super League (CSL) in 2015 has amounted to 1.5 billion yuan (230 million US dollars).

Brazil Still Trying To Regroup A Year After 7-1 Loss

On Wednesday’s anniversary of its humiliating 7-1 home World Cup loss to Germany, there is no sign the Selecao are back on the right track.

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