19 days to go to the AFC Asian Cup, UAE 2019

A new coach and the battle for the presidency

After the seemingly endless rumors came the official announcement: at the end of the next European Championship the coach of the Italian national team will not be Antonio Conte. It is no surprise. The offer from Chelsea (about €21 million for three years) was too good once it arrived, while the not so good prospects for the Blues (Italian national team, not Chelsea) were not helped by Serie A giving the coach too little room for maneuver in preparing the team.

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The latest Greek affair shows how Infantino and Theodoridis are not Knights in shining armour

Politics, these days, is no occupation for an educated man, a man of character. Ignorance and total lousiness are better.Aristophanes, The Knights

There was of course no football 2,400 years ago when Aristophanes was writing his plays, and still less a FIFA or UEFA. But were the Old Comedian to be as popular a satirist now as he was then, he might be expected to use the same words to describe the people who have been governing our game for us as he used to describe the polis of ancient Athens.

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Andrew Warshaw: All the President’s men?

When Sepp Blatter celebrated his 80th birthday this week in the bosom of his ultra-loyal family, perhaps with more than a touch of resentment at seeing his contribution to the game all but ignored during last month’s presidential hand-over, the man who replaced him was just completing his first week in charge.

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Andrew Warshaw: TV or not TV

When candidates of opposition political parties in US and British elections, and in many other countries for that matter, want to convince the voting public that they are best person for the job, they frequently go head-to-head on television as an important way of their getting their messages across. So what’s so precious about football?

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David Owen: In defence of Adidas

Oh shut up, silly woman,’ said the reptile with a grin
‘You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.’
From The Snake by Al Wilson

My social media threads at the start of this week were full of the sarcastic indignation that is part of the medium’s stock-in-trade.

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