Category Europe

Eric Cantona

Footballers Who Think About Racism, Immigration, Islam, Economics, and… Those Who Don’t Think Of That At All.

“It seems to me that all this is linked to the economic crisis. It seems to me that if there hadn’t been a crisis in 1929 then Hitler would never have obtained power. And unfortunately, during crises, people fall into despair, they don’t know anymore what to hang on to and all this gives birth to extremism.”

Frank Lampard tries to build a bridge

ICYMI: “There is NO agreement in place between the Club or City Football Group with New York City FC relating to the player.”

Frank Lampard’s relationship with New York City FC is now a farce. What we know: It is true many Americans do not care about Major League Soccer. This is OK. It is also true that the many Americans that do care about MLS do not care about New York City Football Club, a new team […]

The latest revelation about the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups include spies

Spies, Lies, and Double Agents: The World Cup Bids Get Crazier

Their own spying campaign against their rivals was matched by similar tactics by the Russia 2018 bid. The sources said they had received assistance from Britain’s official security services to set up surveillance countermeasures because they feared Russia was spying on them when they met with voters to ask them to back the England 2018 bid.

China Must Bid For The World Cup (oh, and the U.S., too), says challenger to Blatter

A future FIFA must boost the sport in ‘developing’ nations with huge populations previously ‘neglected’ by the world governing body. Specifically: India, China, Indonesia, and the United States…

All together: "Qatar knows how to party."

Why Stripping Qatar of the 2022 World Cup Is A Very Complicated Concept

Qatar’s simple defence if allegations against Bin Hammam are proven true is that he was a “rogue agent” acting beyond his role. Qatar has already distanced itself from Bin Hammam and the former AFC President is no longer part of FIFA. So what jurisdiction handles a corruption enquiry against him as an individual?

Helena Costa shows some skills. And, just like Jose Mourinho, has some style.

French team hires Helena Costa, a woman, to coach and causes ‘earthquake’

“Because it’s football — something global and still rather conservative — and a provincial French team hires a female coach, it creates a media earthquake.”

Abby Wambach

What Will It Take For A Woman to Become FIFA President?

“Anyone who thinks the recent inclusion of three women on the FIFA Executive Committee – one voted, two co-opted for a year – is a sign of gender inclusiveness at the top levels of football, probably also thinks pigs fly,”