For Diego – Napoli 4 – 0 Roma

Credit: George Woes JR Napoli hosted its first league game after the tragic death of the legend Diego Maradona. For the last few days the roads of Naples had been flooded by the public paying homage to the man who carried them to the first ever Serie A title in 1987. The man Napoli dubbedContinue reading “For Diego – Napoli 4 – 0 Roma”

Stephanie Molina: Becoming a football agent, working with players and managers and the reality of the transfer window.

You are currently agent to Franceso Ruberto at OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad. How are you enjoying the role of player agent and do you believe that the role has changed in recent years? I come from a very different background. I was in commodities, metals and mining for 15 years, and I decided to change directionContinue reading “Stephanie Molina: Becoming a football agent, working with players and managers and the reality of the transfer window.”

TIER THREE, NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL’S LATEST PROBLEM

By Darren Tinmouth: https://claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com Throughout this lockdown, fans across all levels of the game have been eagerly anticipating one date, December 2nd. That is the date that PM Boris Johnson has continually insisted the UK will exit the second Covid-19 lockdown that has lasted throughout the month of November. As far as non-league is concerned, thisContinue reading “TIER THREE, NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL’S LATEST PROBLEM”

Bart Straalman: Grenoble, De Graafschap and Norwegian Football

Credit: Grenoble Foot 38 You signed for Grenoble Foot 38 in 2020. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Grenoble Foot 38? I am enjoying my time at Grenoble Foot 38 so far. We are in a special season due to theContinue reading “Bart Straalman: Grenoble, De Graafschap and Norwegian Football”

Gerry’s La Liga lowdown: Pau Torres

By Gerry Armstrong Pau Torres is a top class centre back that every major side in Europe should be tracking. Comfortable on the ball, commanding and full of confidence. Those are just some of the words I would use to describe him. His rise at Villarreal has been quite the journey. In 2018, Torres wasContinue reading “Gerry’s La Liga lowdown: Pau Torres”

Kieran Maguire: Tottenham’s finances

Credit: Acabashi – https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tottenham_Hotspur_new_stadium_2019.jpg Profit Spurs go from an £87m profit before tax to a loss of £68m. Further evidence that the Premier League does not have the resources to bail out all of the rest of the football pyramid. Spurs had the highest profit before tax in the Premier League in 2019/20 of £87m.Continue reading “Kieran Maguire: Tottenham’s finances”

Sweet 16’s – Youssoufa Moukoko

Credit: Zairon Last week Football Manager fans all simultaneously lost their mind when Youssoufa Moukoko finally made his professional debut for Borussia Dortmund. Moukoko has been on the lips of many football fans for years as his increasingly phenomenal stats slowly emerged, 141 goals in 88 youth matches was more than enough to send hisContinue reading “Sweet 16’s – Youssoufa Moukoko”

Ryan Gauld – What happened to the Scottish Messi?

By Cameron Deacon – UK Football Writer On the 2nd of July 2014, an 18-year-old Ryan Gauld stood in front of pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo as he shook hands with the President of Portuguese side Sporting CP. He had just finished his 3rd season as a Professional Footballer at Dundee United havingContinue reading “Ryan Gauld – What happened to the Scottish Messi?”

Kyah Simon: PSV, World Cup Memories and my toughest opponent

You recently signed for PSV Eindhoven. How are you enjoying your time in the Netherlands so far and how would you describe a team such as PSV Eindhoven? I am really enjoying my time so far. I have been in the Netherlands for eight weeks. PSV are a big club that are really professional andContinue reading “Kyah Simon: PSV, World Cup Memories and my toughest opponent”

Coach and Confidant: The key to working with academy players

When inviting young players in to the Academy, it’s always important to take a number of things into consideration. New surroundings. Being the new face. Not knowing anybodys name. Different training methods. Nerves! The reason they’ve been asked in initially is they stick out playing for their boys’ club and somebody thinks they’re worth aContinue reading “Coach and Confidant: The key to working with academy players”

Simon Peddie: Hashtag United, Montserrat and Non League Football

Credit: Hashtag United You signed for Hashtag United in 2018. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Hashtag United? My time at Hashtag United so far has been very good and everyone has made me feel welcome and in terms of theContinue reading “Simon Peddie: Hashtag United, Montserrat and Non League Football”

Premier League Club values 2020: 5th to 1st

University of Liverpool Premier League Club Valuations 2020 / University of Liverpool Centre for Sports Business Group Executive summary The value of Premier League clubs based on their 2018/19 accounts increased by 1.5% overall to £14.7 billion, with the ‘Big Six’ (Manchester United and City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs) making up £11 billion (75%)Continue reading “Premier League Club values 2020: 5th to 1st”

Premier League Club Values 2020: 10th to 6th

University of Liverpool Premier League Club Valuations 2020 / University of Liverpool Centre for Sports Business Group Executive summary The value of Premier League clubs based on their 2018/19 accounts increased by 1.5% overall to £14.7 billion, with the ‘Big Six’ (Manchester United and City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs) making up £11 billion (75%)Continue reading “Premier League Club Values 2020: 10th to 6th”

Premier League Ownership Investment: Love, profit, vanity or insanity?

Premier League Funding Football clubs can broadly arrange their finances in one of three ways, bank lending, owner loans or shares. In terms of the Premier League all three methods have been used. The following analysis is from the most recent documents filed by clubs at Companies House. Liverpool League leaders Liverpool are owned byContinue reading “Premier League Ownership Investment: Love, profit, vanity or insanity?”

The Irish Premiership Preview of the week

Dr. Grant Campbell of the ‘Campbell’s Footballs’ podcast (a.k.a. Stato) discusses his predictions and thoughts each week in the Danske Bank Premiership in Northern Ireland. Grant will provide his thoughts on the upcoming league matches and offers his predictions. Game week 5 and 6 Results – How did I fare? Matches Stato’s Predictions Actual scorelineContinue reading “The Irish Premiership Preview of the week”

Premier League Club Values 2020: 20th to 11th

University of Liverpool Premier League Club Valuations 2020 / University of Liverpool Centre for Sports Business Group Executive summary The value of Premier League clubs based on their 2018/19 accounts increased by 1.5% overall to £14.7 billion, with the ‘Big Six’ (Manchester United and City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs) making up £11 billion (75%)Continue reading “Premier League Club Values 2020: 20th to 11th”

Ian Burchnall: Managing abroad, Scandinavian football and future ambitions

Credit: Ian Burchnall / Twitter You have accrued 15 years coaching experience. How are you enjoying life as a coach and having also managed clubs abroad too and how do you believe the role of a coach has changed in recent years in professional football? I enjoy coaching and I feel fortunate to work inContinue reading “Ian Burchnall: Managing abroad, Scandinavian football and future ambitions”

Avgousti vs Kirzis part II

Credit: sportime.sigmalive.com By Stel Stylianou – Lead European Football writer Frequent managerial changes is embedded in Cypriot football culture, so much so that betting companies on the island offer odds on how long the new appointment will last. Most departures are expected – either due to poor results or political reasons. Apollon Limassol head coachContinue reading “Avgousti vs Kirzis part II”

Speaking out, Men’s health and Football with John Hunt

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45. And as Football is one of, if not the biggest escapism for Men then we as Football supporters and writers have a duty to talk about it. I got to speak to John Hunt (@Huntyroyal on twitter) who has been a massiveContinue reading “Speaking out, Men’s health and Football with John Hunt”

Greg Mills: Derby County, Robbie Savage and Non League football

Credit: The Non League Paper You signed for Bromsgrove Sporting in 2019. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Bromsgrove Sporting? I am really enjoying my time at Bromsgrove Sporting so far. I joined a club that had won back to backContinue reading “Greg Mills: Derby County, Robbie Savage and Non League football”

Kieran Maguire on: Rangers Finances and how they compare to Celtic’s finances

The main talking points Rangers publish full accounts for year ended 30 June 2020. Despite Covid-19 revenue increased by 11% compared to 16% decrease at Celtic. Gap between two clubs down to £11m from £30m in 2019. Rangers matchday income up 12% compared to 17% fall for Celtic. Rangers broadcast income up 24% compared toContinue reading “Kieran Maguire on: Rangers Finances and how they compare to Celtic’s finances”

The nature of reality: Finance in the EFL

The clock is ticking for clubs in the EFL in terms of their ability to financially survive with the effects of Covid-19, money is needed, and quickly too, but who should be putting their hands in pockets…if anyone? How should an industry which has learned nothing from the ITV Digital crash in 2002 and theContinue reading “The nature of reality: Finance in the EFL”

Suc-Cesc! Monaco 3 PSG 2

Credit: Arnaud 25 Leaders Paris Saint-Germain surrendered a two-goal lead away at Monaco to fall to their third league defeat of the season at the Stade Louis II. There had already been a couple of surprise results this season in Ligue 1 and there was another twist as Thomas Tuchel’s men fell to Niko Kovac’sContinue reading “Suc-Cesc! Monaco 3 PSG 2”

Gerry’s La Liga Lowdown: Ansu Fati

By Gerry Armstrong An obvious start some may say. However, I simply have to pick Ansu Fati. The kid is sheer class. His story is also very unique too. He was born in Bissau in 2002, moving to Seville aged six. Four years later he joined Barcelona’s academy aged 10 – in 2012. His uniqueContinue reading “Gerry’s La Liga Lowdown: Ansu Fati”

Jock Brown: The culture of cheating in football

A close friend of mine has a grandson aged 12 who started playing boys football at the age of 8 and showed immense natural potential – blessed by a left foot which could make the ball talk. I asked him recently how the lad was progressing. “Oh, he’s given up playing,” he replied.  “ HeContinue reading “Jock Brown: The culture of cheating in football”

Matt Derbyshire: Premier League memories, Omonoia and Olympiakos

You’re a club legend at Omonoia but I’ve been a fan of yours since your England U21 days when you played alongside the likes of Theo Walcott and James Milner. But I distinctly remember you making your debut for Blackburn against Fulham and my friends were telling me about you on Championship Manager. You turnedContinue reading “Matt Derbyshire: Premier League memories, Omonoia and Olympiakos”

Willie Gibson: QOTS, Coaching and Playing at Old Trafford

Credit: Alasdair Middleton By The Real Fitbaw – @FitbawReal How is the atmosphere around Queen of the South with the new season just around the corner? “Think it’s just the excitement to get back playing again after so long off with COVID-19. There’s obviously some question marks over fans being allowed in or not andContinue reading “Willie Gibson: QOTS, Coaching and Playing at Old Trafford”

Christie Murray: Scotland success, Derby success and loving life in the WSL

Photos courtesy of Christie Murray and Birmingham City FC Amazing to see Scotland qualify for the euros I was very nervous ahead of Scotland vs Serbia. Any playoff game is nerve wracking but when you are representing your country, you are aware of what is at stake, and it can be even more nerve wracking.Continue reading “Christie Murray: Scotland success, Derby success and loving life in the WSL”

John Thomson: The sad death of a young footballer

Death isn’t a good thing to talk about. Dying at any age is a travesty, so much of what we see nowadays is all about death. There have been players who have died while playing football, either on the pitch or just afterwards. The sport has come so far in so many aspects, and theyContinue reading “John Thomson: The sad death of a young footballer”