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Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin has invested €45m in Atletico Madrid. EPA/Rolex Dela Pena

China’s financial muscle makes its mark on the global sport industry

The Chinese economy has been growing at break-neck pace for the past three decades. It is the largest in the world by some measures and, as we all know, the Chinese sell the world everything from electronics…
It was a victorious year for the German football team. EPA/Andreas Gebert

The sporting year that was 2014, and the one that lies ahead

It was a massive year for sport – a winter Olympics, a summer World Cup, the FIFA World Cup scandal that won’t die, and reforms afoot at the International Olympic Committee. Here are some of my highlights…
Perhaps FIFA’s Sepp Blatter (centre) could learn a few things from CAF president, Issa Hayatou (L). EPA/Laszlo Beliczay

Disorganisation and immorality put football on path to absurdity

Albert Camus once said, “What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport.” He was referring to the relative simplicity of morality on a football pitch rather than the realm of…

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