Turkish Football’s Economic Crisis

This has been strange season in the Turkish Super League. The Big Three clubs of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, and Galatasaray—who between them have won most Turkish titles and are supported by around 80% of Turkish fans—are all struggling. Austerity has shaken up the sport. The normally big-spending Turkish transfer window was uncannily quiet this summer as […]

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Hakeem al Araibi: Football’s Political Prisoner

The chances are that you probably haven’t heard of Hakeem al Araibi. The Bahraini centre back plays for Pascoe Vale FC, a semi-pro club in Australia’s National Premier Leagues Victoria. But he was once considered one of the Bahrain national team’s brightest talents at a time when the tiny Gulf Kingdom was considered one of […]

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Football’s Neighbours: An Uneasy Relationship in Zurich

The importance of a stadium to a club’s identity and its relationship with the local community has grown in resonance over the past few years. West Ham fans complain that the London Stadium doesn’t provide the same atmosphere as the Boleyn. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur supporters have grown frustrated at the delays in construction to their […]

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How The Global Financial Crisis Changed Football

If ever a sport reflected a certain disconnect with its audience, it is surely football. Players’ wages continue to climb, the big clubs remain cash cows and the competitive imbalances that have plagued the game for the past decade show little sign of levelling out. In contrast, most of professional football’s client base enjoy very […]

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