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  • The Phoenix That Is Indian Football

    Football’s governing body, FIFA, reversed a ban on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Friday, August 26. The move came just 11 days after the ban was announced. In its original decision, FIFA explained that there were alleged third-party influences within Indian football, which constituted a violation of FIFA Statutes. In May, the Indian…

  • Why Are Nottingham Forest the Only Premier League Team Without a Shirt Sponsor?

    Nottingham Forest’s promotion last season was not only a relief to the long-suffering supporters, but one which has charmed neutrals worldwide. Whether it’s the unique yet wonderfully simple logo, the beautifully classic stadium or the rich history of European greatness, the purists of the world are delighted to see such a historic club retake its…

  • Enigma, Patience and Faith: How Gurban Gurbanov Revived Qarabağ

    The Azerbaijani was his generation’s greatest player – now he wants to be its greatest coach.   For football-loving Azerbaijanis, Gurban Gurbanov is best remembered as a footballer for his double strike against Serbia and Montenegro in Podgorica in 2003 and was named the best player of Azerbaijan in that year.    His persistence as…

  • Two Weeks, Two Ties, One Step From Potential Paradise – What to Expect From the Play-off Qualifying Rounds of UEFA’s Three Club Competitions

    August is here, beautifully prepared turf at stadia across countries, clear blue-sky mixes with sizzling hot temperatures and long summer evenings. It’s the time of year again when the European football season rolls into town after a summer’s break.   New signings, new managers, new targets & new expectations fill stadia everywhere amongst fanbases. Pre-season…

  • From the Cages of Northwest London to the FA Cup: Hilltop Football Club

    The English league pyramid is a beautiful thing. All it takes is for a group of dedicated, loyal individuals to create something so special that works its way up from the local park to the oldest cup competition in the world.    Hilltop Football Club have done just that. What started as a group of…

  • The Cesspit of Corruption: How Qatar Bought a World Cup

    In January 2015, The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe published a report by Michael Connarty titled, ‘The Reform of Football Governance’. This report sought to both examine and expose the alleged corruption which led to Qatar’s successful bid in December 2010 to host the 2022 World Cup.   That success caused consternation amongst…

  • The Man Spearheading Rangers’ Renaissance – Ross Wilson

    It has been over a decade since Rangers hit their lowest of lows; the club’s financial mismanagement had finally come back to haunt them and The Rangers Football Club Plc was liquidated, relegating the Gers to the fourth tier of Scottish football with seemingly no path back to the top.   Yet on the 17th…

  • A Chance for a New Dawn – The Botafogo Story

    Nilton Santos, Garincha, Jairzinho, Alemao, Didi and more. What do you think of when those names come up? Obviously Brazil, but which club did they play for? During various times throughout history, they have shone for arguably the best or at least the most decorated National Team in football history. But who did they shine…

  • Mohamed Salah’s Complex Relationship with the Egyptian FA

    Just this week, Liverpool blocked Mohamed Salah from participating in the eagerly anticipated Olympic games in Tokyo, leaving the Egyptian FA frustrated. Despite Shawky Gharib, the Egyptian national team manager, claiming that Salah wanted to play but it was just Liverpool who refused. “Salah was a key player in my plans but the club refused…

  • Allegations, Autocrats and the ACL: FC Istiklol & Tajikistan’s Footballing Powerhouse

    On Friday, April 30, 2021, FC Istiklol became the first-ever Tajik club to reach the knockout stages of the Asian Champions League. This capped off a dream debut in the competition for the Dushanbe-based side on a night of confusing and conflicting emotions; Istiklol were beaten on the night by Uzbekistan’s AGMK in a frustrating…