A couple weeks ago, a rumour grew in Brazil about Corinthians coach Tite being linked with Inter, following Andrea Stramaccioni’s disappointing season at the helm of the Milano club.
Last week’s matches for the first leg of Champions League semi-finals set a new trend for journalists, bloggers and football enthusiasts around the globe. With massive wins at home against Spanish powerhouses, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund confirmed what many, like me, were expecting. German football model is the one to go for.
I had to write some words after United’s win tonight, that secured their 20th English title and the 13th on Ferguson’s era. And since I’ll spend some words on what’s going on inside the four lines, will also give my opinion on the first Champions League semi-final match, that will be played tomorrow in Munich, between the german giants of Bayern and Barcelona, both connected by a coincidence that goes the name of Pep Guardiola.
After I decided I would dive into the football world to become an active part of it, I started reading everything I stumble upon about the subject. There is still a lot to catch up, so I apologize for missing the Luxury Tax when I recently adressed the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play here and here.
After writing the part 1 of this two piece article, I researched even more on other sports refereeing and how that could improve officials life on the football pitch. Even though football is very unique in the sense of the size of the squad, pace of play and substitutions number, there could be some measures that could be introduced to the game to make it more fair. Continue reading “Ways to improve football refereeing – Part 2” »
Some exciting news to read early in the morning! Italian Serie B, second tier of their football is set to introduce salary caps for their players starting next season. All contracts signed from July 2013 will need to be of a maximum of €150,000 in salary and €150,000 in bonuses.
With the unsurmountable amount of football I have been watching lately, one thing that is catching my attention more and more is the discrepancy of refereeing around the globe.
If there is money involved, someone will be trying to corrupt the system to take advantage of it. And that couldn’t be any different in football. With the prominent rise of the game to multi-billion dollar industry status, professional scammers and even the mafia are targeting soccer matches in order to profit from its loopholes. And that is not all!
Last month, 20th of February to be exact. Corinthians flies to Bolivia to play a Copa Libertadores fixture against San José, in the city of Oruro. As usual, their biggest organized fans associations (something close to ultras in Europe), follow the team to Bolivia to support the club. Home crowd fill the stadium, with Corinthians supporters doing their part in filling theirs. That was the setup for the biggest failure to have ever happened on South American football, in every way.
If football didn’t have enough problems already, with an economic crisis that makes clubs have problems to make ends meet, match-fixing scandals popping everywhere around the world and supporters violence in stadiums on the rise, FIFA has also the issue of constant racism going on matches to deal with and has just announced a new anti-racism chief to tackle this matter.