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    1. September 8, 2014

      Sepp Blatter declares candidacy for Fifa presidency

      Sepp Blatter is primed to remain as Fifa president until 2019 after saying he would officially declare his candidacy for a...

    2. June 12, 2014

      Michel Platini withdraws support for Sepp Blatter

      Michel Platini, head of the European football federation, Uefa, has turned his back on Sepp Blatter, announcing he would not...

    1. June 10, 2014

      FA’s Greg Dyke leads Uefa criticism of Fifa head Sepp Blatter

      Senior members of European football’s governing body Uefa launched a sustained attack on the leadership of Sepp Blatter,...

    2. May 16, 2014

      Fifa chief admits choosing Qatar as World Cup host was ‘mistake’

      Fifa president Sepp Blatter reignited controversy over Qatar’s plans for hosting the World Cup after he said it was “a...

    3. October 23, 2013

      How to unsaddle an incumbent

      Brian Cookson is not your archetypal dragon slayer. Aged 62, he speaks in a soft Lancastrian drawl, and has a white beard...

    4. October 11, 2013

      Italy’s ultras rebel against political correctness

      In a country not known for its political correctness – not least among politicians – an excessive display of zeal by Italy’s...

    5. October 3, 2013

      Fifa feels the heat over Qatar World Cup choice

      Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his senior colleagues meet in Zurich on Friday to discuss football’s awkward question: what...

    6. August 30, 2013

      Football’s ‘cajillionaires’ go on record summer spending spree

      Even by football’s profligate standards, this has been a summer of frenzied transfer megadeals to defy economic reality and...

    7. April 26, 2013

      My Juventus

      Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus football club, points to a photograph on his office shelf. It shows a small boy in...

    8. July 5, 2012

      Football to adopt goal line technology

      Football’s most heated controversy, whether the ball actually crosses the goal line, is being consigned to history after...

    9. June 7, 2012

      Uefa anti-corruption chief to step down

      The fight against match-fixing in European football, rocked by arrests at the Italian national team’s training ground last...

    10. January 25, 2012

      Losses worsen at Europe’s top football clubs

      Losses at Europe’s top football clubs have worsened by 36 per cent, prompting Uefa’s top executive to issue a “last wake-up...

    11. September 22, 2011

      Big clubs raise stakes in financial fair play

      With $2.06bn being spent by clubs in Europe during the transfer window that closed in August, there has been little sign...

    12. August 31, 2011

      Football clubs ‘ignore’ cost constraints

      The money spent by football clubs on players during the summer transfer window has comfortably outstripped last year’s total...

    13. June 1, 2011

      Charismatic Uefa president waits in the wings

      Michel Platini, Uefa president, is seen by many in the game as the most likely successor to Sepp Blatter It may have been...

    14. January 11, 2011

      Uefa imposes strict rules on European clubs

      Europe’s leading football clubs face an era of relentless financial scrutiny from Uefa after the governing body revealed...

    15. October 19, 2010

      Rooney poised to quit Manchester United

      Manchester United have lifted the lid on the club’s simmering feud with star player Wayne Rooney after manager Sir Alex...

    16. July 9, 2010

      Platini has a goal for European football

      Europe looks like the real winner of this World Cup. According to Michel Platini, president of Uefa, European football’s...

    17. May 28, 2010

      Too big to lose

      At last, regulators have got to grips with an excessively leveraged industry in which the so-called talent takes a...

    18. May 28, 2010

      Football clubs agree curbs

      Europe's football clubs are embarking on what Uefa hopes is a new era of financial restraint after the governing body...

    19. May 27, 2010

      Football clubs agree curbs

      Europe’s football clubs are embarking on what Uefa hopes is a new era of financial restraint after the governing body...

    20. Brussels Blog

      March 29, 2010

      The Greek Athletics Crisis

      Now that Greece has dealt with its fiscal emergency, it can turn its attention to another impending crisis: the physical...

    21. February 25, 2010

      Football clubs see wage costs soar

      Wage costs at Europe’s top-tier football clubs have been growing at an “incredible” rate, and are eating up nearly...

    22. January 5, 2010

      Fair value in football

      The beautiful game is an expensive one. When players change hands for £80m you need deep pockets and willing lenders - which...

    23. December 31, 2009

      Chelsea owner axes £340m of debt

      Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire, has wiped out £340m of debt of Chelsea Football Club, leaving the current...

    24. December 30, 2009

      Chelsea owner Abramovich axes £340m of debt

      Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire, has wiped out £340m of debt of Chelsea Football Club, leaving the current English...

    25. September 16, 2009

      English football clubs to resist curb on spending

      Some of Europe's leading football clubs are preparing to oppose plans by Uefa, the governing body, to curtail the ability...

    26. September 15, 2009

      European clubs to resist spending curbs

      Some of Europe’s leading football clubs are preparing to oppose plans by Uefa, the governing body, to curtail the ability of...

    27. September 5, 2009

      Financial excess attracts scrutiny of ruling bodies

      It would be easy for those of a paranoid tendency to regard this week's events as proof that the world of football has got...

    28. August 3, 2009

      Why England Lose & Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained

      Why England Lose & Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained By Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski HarperSport £15.99 352...

    29. June 12, 2009

      Uefa warning over Ronaldo £80m signing

      Real Madrid's world record £80m ($132m) deal for Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United's Portuguese winger, will destabilise...

    30. June 12, 2009

      Uefa worried by Ronaldo's £80m signing for Real

      Real Madrid's world record £80m deal for Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United's Portuguese winger, will destabilise...

    31. June 11, 2009

      Uefa warns over Ronaldo £80m signing

      Real Madrid’s world record £80m deal for Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United’s Portuguese winger, will destabilise European...

    32. April 11, 2009

      Sporting life

      Regulations will not end England's rule of football If you ever want to forget that England is half a grey island with...

    33. April 10, 2009

      Regulations will not end England’s rule of football

      If you ever want to forget that England is half a grey island with collapsing house prices, watch football. This week,...

    34. March 24, 2009

      Richest football clubs could be forced to pay tax on star players

      Europe's richest football clubs would have to pay a luxury tax on their star players that would be passed on to poorer...

    35. March 24, 2009

      Tax plan aims to level soccer's playing field

      Europe's richest soccer clubs could have to pay a luxury tax on big-money transfers and players' lucrative salaries, with...

    36. March 23, 2009

      Plans to level football’s playing field

      Europe’s richest football clubs would have to pay a luxury tax on their star players that would be passed on to poorer...

    37. February 6, 2009

      Threat to Premier League spending

      The Premier League faces a renewed threat to its financial power from Uefa after the president of European football’s...

    38. November 26, 2008

      UK move to kick out football proposals

      Ministers lined up alongside the Premier League on Tuesday to oppose French plans aimed at weakening the financial power of...

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