A new study explores the how the celebrity and status of professional footballers in the “Big Five” European leagues can affect both performance and pay.
A women’s European Super League was an afterthought, evidence of the sport’s increasing swallowing up the men’s game.
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.
What at first appeared as a horror story for supporters could turn out to have a happy ending.
Two days after 12 of Europe’s leading clubs broke away to launch a new competition, they appear to be back in the fold.
The British prime minister has vowed to drop a ‘legislative bomb’ on the new proposals.
From the emergence of Premier League to Cricket’s newer formats, the history of professional sport is full of breakups.
More competitive games between top soccer clubs is desirable but creating a ‘closed’ system would harm a soccer culture built on dreams, says the man who predicted the Super League two decades ago.
Everyone seems united against the new proposals, but can they really be stopped?