Mike Rowbottom: You’ll never win anything with titches, or oldies. Or will you?

Mike Rowbottom

Among the tabulated figures and block graphs of the latest big football survey to emerge blinking into public view – the Third Demographic Study of Footballers in Europe, to be precise – is what amounts to little more or less than a character reference.

It lies in just one statistic garnered from a census of 13,108 footballers playing for 534 top clubs within the 36-member national associations of UEFA –

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Andrew Warshaw: Qatar may have worked the system to their advantage but there is no evidence to suggest they have broken any rules


Just occasionally, in the murky, unpredictable world of football politics, an issue so outrageous and so baffling hits you so hard between the eyes, you wonder if you are actually seeing straight.

More column inches have been written about FIFA’s decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup than of us could have imagined before last month’s Zurich vote. What’s done is done say those who voted for the tiny Middle East state half the size of Wales.

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Exclusive: Bolt and Caborn add backing to West Ham Olympic Stadium plans


By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

January 16 – Opposition to Tottenham Hotspur’s controversial proposal to take over the Olympic Stadium after London 2012 continues to grow, with the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt and Britain’s former Sports Minister Richard Caborn both adding their voices to the growing anger at the plans of the Premier League club to demolish the arena and rebuild it without an athletics track.

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David Owen: Eastern breakaway could send shockwaves through FIFA – and win China the 2026 World Cup

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As members of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) made their way last week to Pago Pago to vote for a new President, word reached me of an idea that could transform their futures and send a shockwave through the murky world of global football politics.

The idea of a breakaway Asian confederation, embracing Oceania and several easterly members of the current Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is being actively discussed.

At present it is hard to assess the timescale,

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