The failure of the ESL does not represent a victory of fans over commerce, or of culture over capitalism. It is the very existence of fans that cements football’s commercial nature.
Two days after 12 of Europe's leading clubs broke away to launch a new competition, they appear to be back in the fold.
Some fans even said they would be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, giving their own lives to save other supporters of their team.
Liverpool fan John Williams has banished the ghosts of 30 years. Liverpool are champions of the English Premier League and, as far as he is concerned, things are as they should be.
The business model of the AFL and NRL is simple: attract a television audience, sell that audience to advertisers. To do that they need crowds.
The clubs no longer 'belong' to the fans - they have become instruments in an ideological war between Western capitalism and the rent hungry sheikhs of the Gulf states.
Race is embedded into the way many Italians look at themselves. The Italian nation is thought to be constituted first and foremost by white Catholics.
The nervous Egyptian state hopes that fan-instigated stadium riots will not occur during the Afcon, following a clampdown on some fans.
High-profile cases of corruption, ticket touting and match fixing have led Italians to lose faith in the beautiful game.
The science of why people prefer to watch games with teams that are close in ability levels rather than a game where one team is far better than the other.
It can be difficult, emotional and expensive following a football team. A sports sociologist explains why it's worth it.
It's no wonder so many referees are quitting their jobs.
Football is supposed to be the 'people's game', but the English Premier League is easier and cheaper to follow if you are a fan of a club based in London or the prosperous southeast.
A series of attacks by fans on players recently raised the spectre of a return to the bad old days of the 1970s and 1980s.
It can be tough at the top for football managers.
Football plays an important role in American culture. Experts point out some ethical questions you might consider asking this season.
Many Americans seem to like seeing communist ideas in action, but have a visceral reaction to the word ‘communism.’ Might it be time to refresh an old ideology with a new set of terms?
There is still a place in a sport that remains connected to communities.
Every England fan in Moscow knows that that football is 'coming home', but can England really claim to be where the world's most popular sport rests its head?
Some on the left view sport as a distraction. But life is a struggle. And there shouldn't be anything wrong with finding something to celebrate.