Exclusive: Recent criticism overshadows our achievements on the pitch, insists Chelsea's Gourlay

By Andrew Warshaw at the International Football Arena in Zurich

John Terry_13-11-12November 13 - Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has launched a staunch defence of the club's image insisting the vilification the European champions have suffered in recent weeks over the racism-fuelled John Terry and Mark Clattenburg cases has unfairly overshadowed what they have achieved on the field and in supporting local communities across the world.

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Rooney Rule could rid English football of racism, insists NFL's Kirkwood

By Andrew Warshaw at the International Football Arena conference in Zurich

Dan Rooney_13-11-12November 13 - Football can learn several lessons from how the NFL operates in the United States, not least giving more black coaches the opportunity to be interviewed for senior positions, the NFL's United Kingdom managing director, Alistair Kirkwood, declared today.

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I've made mistakes but I've learnt from them, claims Blatter

By Andrew Warshaw at the International Football Arena conference in Zurich

sepp blatter_12-11-12November 12 - Sepp Blatter admitted today that he had made mistakes during his 14-year FIFA Presidency but said he would not have got where he is without taking risks.

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Chelsea to strike groundbreaking new deal with Sauber F1

By Andrew Warshaw at the International Football Arena conference in Zurich

Chelsea and_SauberNovember 12 - A groundbreaking new sponsorship deal will be announced in the next two months between Chelsea and the Sauber Formula One team, the club's chief executive Ron Gourlay revealed today.

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NFL's Kirkwood to speak at International Football Arena

By Andrew Warshaw

Alistair Kirkwood_07-11-12November 7 - Given recent sensitive and unsavoury episodes in English football, Alistair Kirkwood's address to the forthcoming International Football Arena (IFA) in Zurich on how the round-ball game can learn from American football could not have been better planned.

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Mihir Bose: Schmid on getting more for less, a winter World Cup and managing social media deluges

mihirLast Sunday Marcel Schmid was at Wembley to watch the New England Patriots play the St Louis Rams. Nothing remarkable in that you may think, some 84,000 others were also there as NFL made its annual foray outside its homeland in an effort to reach a worldwide audience.

But for Schmid, chairman of the International Football Arena (IFA), it provided renewed focus for one of the themes that will dominate this year's conference in Zurich on November 12-13. This is a subject that has often puzzled him: how do NFL teams get more out of their sport despite playing a lot fewer matches than most British or European club football teams?

Schmid readily admits he has no great attachment to America's national sport. "I do not find the game very appealing. But what is fascinating is they have a much shorter season, 18 competitive matches in a season. Imagine how many competitive matches Chelsea or Manchester United have in a season: 60/70. These teams have something like 35 home games, NFL teams have just nine."

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