Euro 2024

Netherlands battle to a scoreless draw with France after VAR rules out Simons goal

June 21 – It wasn’t a classic but it was certainly an entertaining and full blooded encounter as the two big dogs in Group D, France and the Netherlands, squared off in Leipzig to share the points in a 0-0 draw.

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Leonardo slams Platini for failing to see role of third-party ownership


By Paul Nicholson
December 19 – Brazilian, coach and former World Cup winner Leonardo has accused UEFA president Michel Platini of not knowing what he is talking about when it comes to the importance of third-party player ownership in South America, and that the 14 month ban he received in France at PSG for allegedly pushing a referee on the touchline “had a political logic to it”.

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Massimo Cecchini: Tears and recriminations over who is really going to pay in Italy

Le prime lacrime stanno già spuntando da occhi generalmente asciutti e abituati a sguardi ruvidi. Non siamo ancora arrivati a quella sorta di tassa sul lusso partorita dalla Francia del presidente Hollande, ma l’emendamento alla Legge di Stabilità presentato da Stefania Covello e Antonio Castricone, deputati del Partito Democratico, ha messo già in fibrillazione il calcio italiano.

La norma – a cui la Commissione Bilancio ha già dato il via libera col parere positivo del governo –

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FIFPro challenges transfer system with demand to shake off players’ ‘shackles’


By Andrew Warshaw
December 18 – Football’s international players’ union, FIFPro, is demanding a complete overhaul of the transfer system in a move that could ultimately have the same impact on the game as the landmark Bosman ruling of 18 years ago. The union is to launch a legal challenge against the current system which, it claims, shackles players and still prevents proper freedom of movement.

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New Global Player mag launches with promise of more to come

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December 18 – The Global Player, a new magazine, was published this week by the International Football Arena (IFA) and is as eclectic and elegant in its look and feel as the IFA conferences are themselves. Originally planned as a one-off to celebrate 15 years of IFA in Zurich, the magazine will now be published regularly, though the commitment to the publishing schedule is to be announced.

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Matt Scott: What Adidas’s row with Sports Direct tells us about the direction for sport

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“In one way the constant battling was very good because what it did was make them very competitive. Horst and his family were all very aggressive and all very successful.” Former Horst Dassler aide Patrick Nally, as quoted by Andrew Jennings and Vyv Simson, The Lords of the Rings.

As the president of Adidas, Horst Dassler was until his death in 1987 arguably the most powerful man in sport.

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