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EFL Chair does not rule out end to Saturday Afternoon Blackout in next broadcast deal

MIAMI (10 Oct 2021) — EFL chair Rick Parry has not ruled out an end to the Saturday afternoon blackout in any future television deal. As per the current broadcasting guidelines televised games are not permitted between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturdays in the UK. The historic broadcasting blackout had been temporarily lifted when spectators were […]

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In the wreckage of the European Super League

Balancing the competing interests of all clubs will be a difficult task In his free weekly news letter, New York Times writer Rory Smith characterised the twelve owners of the clubs that attempted to form this brekaway league as follows: It is easiest, perhaps, to divide the 12 into three groups. In one, there are […]

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Salary cap withdrawn following adverse ruling by arbitration panel

Clubs in England’s League One and League Two had voted for the introduction of new financial controls in the form of ‘Squad Salary Caps’ in July 2020 As a result of the panel’s decision, the EFL salary cap for League One and League Two has been withdrawn. The caps had been set at £2.5m per […]

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Relegation of Espanyol: What went wrong

Exhausted after a long European campaign, the Catalán club purchased by a Chinese magnate in 2016 will spend next season in the second division. SAN FRANCISCO  (14 September 2020) — With Espanyol’s relegation to LaLiga Smartbank (Second Division), LaLiga Santander loses one of its beacons. While it’s true the city of Barcelona’s “other club” has […]

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Do Not Discuss List, Internal Investigation at Major League Soccer

League constantly reaches out to media to push favourable stories but now specifically bans its clubs and their employees from discussing the impact of COVID-19. MIAMI, Fla. — (26 May 2020) Amid a controversial plan to restart games, MLS finds itself in yet additional controversy that goes directly to the image of transparency. According to a […]

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“Goal celebrations are a part of football.” Bundesliga returns

#BundesligaIsBack MIAMI, Fla. — (18 May 2020) Football returned to Europe this weekend, specifically to the Bundesliga, although with a number of restrictions. Fans watching heard the players and the ball, rather than supporters. It defintely lacked the atmosphere of games before the pandemic, but, at the very least, live games had returned. New protocols were […]

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The best goals so far this season in the Bundesliga

MIAMI, Fla. — (16 May 2020) In anticipation of football’s return, has published a video showing each club’s best goal so far in the campaign. 18 Clubs, 18 goals Spieltage 26 gets under way in a few hours and you can read a short preview on each match here. Bundesliga Is Back: Here’s what you […]

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The pandemic determines the timetable

MIAMI, Fla. — (14 May 2020) There is a lot of talk going on between football’s leagues, clubs, and associations with governmental officials in Europe and elsewhere. In fact, talks between Europe’s clubs, its leagues and its governing bodies have continued for weeks, but each round has only served to highlight the reality facing the sport: […]

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A team held a press conference – the media present were not humans

Torgeir Bjarmann was presented as the new Sports Manager at Stabæk Fotball and the press conference became historic. MIAMI, Fla. (28 April 2020) — Norweigian football club Stabæk held an historical press conference to announce the hiring of Torgeir Bjarmann as the new Sports Manager. But what was most significant about this presser was that […]

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English Football League position: Not yet ready to return

MIAMI, Fla. (27 April 2020) — The English Football League has warned that football cannot resume before adequate testing arrangements are in place for coronavirus, and that cannot come at the expense of front-line workers. After reports have emerged in recent days that the Premier League has stepped up planning for a return behind closed […]

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Superliga Argentina might have two seasons without relegation

The president of Lanús opined that when Argentine football returns you are likely to see two seasons without relegation from the top division. MIAMI, Fla. (24 April 2020) — en español The president of Club Atlético Lanús, Nicolás Russo, speaking in a radio interview, offered his opinion and when Argentine football returns to activity, we […]

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Real Sociedad cut salaries, refund season ticket holders 20%

MIAMI, Fla. (20-Apr-2020) — Real Sociedad de Fútbol, S.A.D., better known simply as Real Sociedad, said they were cutting players’ wages by up to 20 per cent in an attempt to stabilise the club’s budget during the coronavirus crisis. “An agreement has been reached with the first team for the reduction of their wages by […]

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Six Barcelona Board Members Resign Amid Front Office Turmoil

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) (10 April 2020) — Six members of Barcelona’s executive board have resigned amid an ongoing controversy regarding a company hired by the club that made negative comments on social media about some of the team’s own players. Barcelona denied any wrongdoing and said Friday that the resignations were part of “an attempt […]

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German clubs return to training; hoping to resume play in May

Germany Prepares for Soccer’s Return – Fußball scheint zurückzukehren MIAMI, Fla. (10 April 2020) — Amid all the discussion and arguments in other European soccer leagues over pay cuts, furloughs, layoffs and player contracts, things are different in Germany. There is order and a carefully considered strategy to have football return. The Bundesliga has been […]