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    1. August 5, 2016

      Silvio Berlusconi sells AC Milan to Chinese group

      Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to sell AC Milan to a state-backed Chinese group — ending a three-decade-long stewardship...

    2. Fast FT

      August 5, 2016

      West Brom bought by Chinese entrepreneur

      English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion has been taken over by entrepreneur Guochuan Lai, in the second major...

    Special Reports

    1. The Business of Football

      A successful World Cup this year defied the sceptics and consolidated football’s posit...
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    1. May 27, 2016

      Chinese football: love or money

      Money cannot buy love. Skill is always open to an offer. This week, China took further measures to strengthen its...

    2. Fast FT

      May 25, 2016

      MP & Silva confirms purchase by China's Everbright, Baofeng

      Financial conglomerate China Everbright and online video group Beijing Baofeng Technology have agreed to acquire a 65...

    3. Fast FT

      May 23, 2016

      China-based groups set to snag MP & Silva stake

      China is set to deepen its investment in global sports and entertainment with the acquisition of a majority stake in MP...

    4. May 20, 2016

      Questions over Aston Villa’s Chinese buyer

      The Chinese business group which has agreed to buy Aston Villa football club admitted on Friday that it controlled only...

    5. May 19, 2016

      Bribe inquiry highlights Rolls-Royce’s cultural challenge

      Awkward. The Financial Times has established that a probe into suspected bribery by agents of Rolls-Royce has spread to...

    6. May 19, 2016

      Tony Xia’s eclectic portfolio will soon include Aston Villa

      Tony Xia trained as a landscape architect and runs a large, lossmaking, producer of monosodium glutamate, as well as an...

    7. Fast FT

      May 19, 2016

      Opening Quote: Rolls-Royce; Aston Villa; Royal Mail

      A Rolls-Royce bribery probe has spread to Nigeria, Royal Mail has posted in-line profits, Aston Villa has been sold. FT...

    8. FT Alphaville

      May 19, 2016

      FT Opening Quote

      A Rolls-Royce bribery probe has spread to Nigeria, Royal Mail has posted in-line profits, Aston Villa has been sold. FT...

    9. May 19, 2016

      Aston Villa sold to Chinese businessman

      A Chinese businessman has agreed to buy Aston Villa, marking the second time in just over six months that Chinese...

    10. Fast FT

      May 3, 2016

      Leicester stings William Hill with biggest ever payout

      Own goal. Bookmaker William Hill has made its biggest payout on record after English football’s Leicester City...

    11. FT Alphaville

      April 20, 2016

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Brexit: the trade deficit is not a source of strength. - Mervyn King, Aston Villa and the...

    12. April 19, 2016

      Firm reasons for believing the market should woo family business

      The resilience of hereditary franchises is illustrated by “The Firm”, as the Royal Family sometimes calls itself. The...

    13. April 18, 2016

      Mervyn King quits Aston Villa board

      Mervyn King, the former governor of the Bank of England, has resigned from the board of relegated Premier League...

    14. Fast FT

      February 4, 2016

      Ex-BoE governor Lord King joins Aston Villa

      Struggling Premier League team Aston Villa didn’t do much business in the January transfer window, but has it scored...

    15. August 2, 2015

      Top English football clubs lose lustre as trophies for tycoons

      It used to be every tycoon’s dream — and as more and more money flows into the game, you might think that a top English...

    16. May 29, 2015

      FA Cup final to hit back of the 4G net

      As millions watch the FA Cup final on Saturday, some will be able to use mobiles to enjoy the match, in a trial using a...

    17. March 26, 2015

      Premier League clubs score first collective profit since 1999

      Premier League football clubs made their first collective profit in 15 years last season. Clubs kept a lid on wages to...

    18. February 13, 2015

      Any more hidden items?

      Sir, How prescient of your crossword compiler to include Aston Villa as a clue in Thursday’s crossword following the...

    19. January 22, 2015

      Premier League poised to tighten grip on football revenues

      The Premier League is poised to tighten its firm grip on European football revenues, as its clubs eagerly await the...

    20. December 1, 2014

      Analytics level playing field in identifying football talent

      The relative fortunes of Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur this season illustrate the importance of a successful player...

    21. May 12, 2014

      Randy Lerner puts Aston Villa football club up for sale

      The owner of Aston Villa has put the Premier League club up for sale after pouring close to £200m into the struggling...

    22. July 13, 2013

      Al Fayed sells Fulham to US billionaire

      Mohamed Al Fayed on Friday brought the curtain down on his 16-year reign in charge of Premier League club Fulham after...

    23. April 5, 2013

      Pity the poor footballers

      Martin Taylor regularly has to tell footballers that they’ve lost all their money in disastrous investments. “I had to...

    24. Money Supply

      October 17, 2012

      ECB's bond buying is a game of two halves

      According to the Maradona theory of monetary policy, as outlined by Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, a...

    25. FT Alphaville

      September 20, 2012

      The Governor, live [updated]

      A quick plug for Channel 4 News’ live – live! – interview with Mervyn King, just airing at pixel time. Click pic (via...

    26. FT Alphaville

      August 8, 2012

      Gold Oil meets Minmet (updated)

      Strange goings on at Gold Oil, the London-listed penny dreadful that has no gold and precious little oil (as yet)....

    27. May 26, 2012

      The posh-ing of English football

      I never thought it would happen, but England’s football team is becoming middle-class. England could kick off next...

    28. March 30, 2012

      Open season

      Oh, to be in England now that April’s there,” wrote the expatriate poet Robert Browning in Home Thoughts, from Abroad....

    29. March 9, 2012

      Football bodies unite over money

      Controlling the amount of money swirling around football is not the responsibility of the Football Association, its...

    30. February 3, 2012

      Redknapp ‘condemned from his own mouth’

      Harry Redknapp condemned himself “from his own mouth” when he told a News of the World journalist that a $145,000...

    31. January 26, 2012

      Redknapp says he writes like a two-year-old

      Harry Redknapp told police he was “completely and utterly disorganised” and had the writing of a two-year-old, allowing...

    32. January 25, 2012

      Redknapp sick of mud-throwing, court told

      Harry Redknapp felt unfairly targeted by press rumours linking his name to certain football deals, telling a friend...

    33. January 24, 2012

      Jury told of Redknapp’s NoW ‘bungs’ denial

      Harry Redknapp denied to a News of the World reporter in colourful language that payments made to him into a Monaco...

    34. September 30, 2011

      Tom Greeves

      Tory stand-up comic, former speechwriter for Boris Johnson ● Be meaner to the Lib Dems. They shouldn’t be in government...

    35. August 30, 2011

      Carson Yeung wins court backing for UK trip

      Carson Yeung, the Birmingham City football club owner charged with money-laundering in Hong Kong, has won an appeal...

    36. June 30, 2011

      Profile: Tycoon’s touch of the Blues

      Carson Yeung was in benevolent mood this time last year. “I would just like to let [Blues fans] know that Mr Yeung...

    37. May 20, 2011

      Value set in stone

      A shade under 2,000 years ago, when the Emperor Hadrian laid out his vast gardens at what is now called Villa Adriana,...

    38. April 15, 2011

      Couture comforts

      The Mosaic Suite at The Villa by Barton G There seems to be a new trend ripening among hotel fruit bowls. The smarter...

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