The ex-Manchester United prodigy starts again in England’s seventh division – The Athletic

There was a time when it was perfectly reasonable to imagine Callum Gribbin having so much talent, so many natural skills, and so much to his advantage, that it would be nearly impossible for him not to reach the top of his sport. Anyone who has followed his progress at Manchester United will remember the … Read more

‘Betrayal’ as Saudi Arabia’s PIF advertised on BBC after Newcastle takeover – The Athletic

The BBC derives advertising revenue from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which recently acquired an 80 percent stake in Newcastle United. British public service broadcasters have reported extensively on the moral issues surrounding the takeover, but the international arm has accepted significant revenue from the same Saudi fund that bought Newcastle. PIF, chaired by … Read more

What now for Fosun at Wolves? – The athletic one

Heading into the middle of their fourth Premier League season, Wolves are sixth in the table. It is a position they are used to, having finished seventh twice in 2019 and 2020. They were also sixth last November when Raul Jimenez suffered his season-ending injury before dropping to 13th without him. With Jimenez looking back … Read more

From unprecedented salaries to uncertain restart date, unpaid wages and mounting unrest – The Athletic

At the height of the madness, you wondered where it would all end. In the span of 10 days in early January 2016, the Chinese Super League (CSL) transfer record was broken three times. First, Jiangsu Suning paid Chelsea £24 million to sign Ramires. Then Guangzhou Evergrande paid Atletico Madrid £25 million for Jackson Martinez. … Read more

Oblak is out of shape and they are giving in more than usual, but how bad is it? – The athletic one

The Mestalla crowd could hardly believe it when Valencia’s not-too-lofty striker Hugo Duro recently headed their team’s 95th-minute equalizer against Atletico Madrid. The former Getafe striker rose unmarked six meters to head Goncalo Guedes’ free kick past Jan Oblak and make a very unexpected comeback to a 3-3 final score. Atletico coach Diego Simeone didn’t … Read more

The Serie A Stadium Problem – The Athletic

Two huge and trunkless stone legs stand in the desert. With them, on the sand, half sunken, lies a shattered face. The countenance is Ozymandias, as reported to Percy Shelley by a traveler from an ancient land, the king of kings whose statue has fallen. “Look at my works, O Mighty One, and despair,” say … Read more

Who is the best player from each of England’s 48 counties? – The Athletic

England’s system of provinces is rarely discussed in relation to professional football. When you say you support Surrey or Lancashire or Worcestershire, you are clearly talking more about cricket than football. England’s second-largest sport is played by teams that take their name from the county they are based in, but football is contested by teams … Read more

‘An unregulated time bomb’ or a fantasy game that will revolutionize football? – The Athletic

In September, the financial media breathlessly reported on the astonishing birth of a new tech “unicorn” — a company valued at more than $1 billion — in the unexpected form of an online fantasy football start-up based in Paris. A $680 million investment from management company Softbank valued Sorare, a game in which players buy … Read more

After Newcastle, no rainbows can hide the Premier League’s disdain for LGBT+ fans – The Athletic

You are going to see a lot of rainbows in the coming week. Rainbow flags, switchboards, ball plinths and club badges on social media. All in the name of celebrating football’s LGBT+ fans. It will be a fortnight to let gays know they are welcome at Premier League football matches and hopefully get supporters talking … Read more

After Newcastle, no rainbows can hide the Premier League’s disdain for LGBT+ fans – The Athletic

You are going to see a lot of rainbows in the coming week. Rainbow flags, switchboards, ball plinths and club badges on social media. All in the name of celebrating football’s LGBT+ fans. It will be a fortnight to let gays know they are welcome at Premier League football matches and hopefully get supporters talking … Read more