Posts Tagged "FIFA"

FIFA in Checkmate (thanks to mate’s cheques)

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 in Sport (2 comments)

I wrote some months back that the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil will be the last in its current form. The revelations in the Sunday Times this weekend do nothing to change it. Essentially, FIFA are already in checkmate. The leak can really only have come from within FIFA, underscoring that they really, really want and need to take the World Cup away from Qatar for all the obvious reasons. But they’re stymied. There’s some contractual issues which mean Qatar can sue back. There’s the political fallout from the Gulf states...

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FIFA: The End is Near

Posted on October 3rd, 2013 in Football (22 comments)

David Conn neatly summarises everything we know about the whole rotten gang of nose-in-the-trough popinjays that is FIFA and their World Cup here. It feels awfully like the beginning of the end for the old order, because FIFA are doing two very, very important things. Firstly, they’re killing their golden goose, and secondly, they’re making their biggest enemies really annoyed. It’s been well-known for many, many years that FIFA are a joke. The reason they’ve been able to survive is institutional and economic....

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(War Minus the) Shooting From the Hip

Posted on November 8th, 2011 in Football

Originally published on TwoHundredPercent about the media storm over whether FIFA should permit England’s footballers to wear poppies on their shirts when England played Spain in a friendly the day before Remembrance Sunday. And so it ends. 93 years of England’s ignominious and unpatriotic failure to wear poppies on their shirts comes to a deserved end, and a nation can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that now football has fallen into line, people will actually start wearing poppies for...

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The Ball is Round

Posted on September 13th, 2006 in Football

A history of the 20th century which doesn’t focus on the USA is the novel premise that underpins David Goldblatt’s magnificent history of football from the earliest appearance of the game to the eve of the 2006 World Cup. Goldblatt skilfully moves from continent to continent and across the decades to present the story of the global game. He explains the reasons why football took hold almost wherever it was played, and why it didn’t take off in the places it didn’t. As the laws of the game are the same wherever it is played, the...

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