Category Archives: Football business

The EA effect: How FIFA became the most popular football video game franchise

It’s hardly a secret that many of us can be a little football mad from time to time and with the sheer popularity of the sport amongst avid fans and casual watchers alike, it’s no surprise that video games have taken the sport and twisted it into something playable even for the most inactive among us. EA’s FIFA has proven time and time again to be one of the very few games that have stood the test of time. With…
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How worried should we be about the recent Danish football crisis?

After Denmark were predictably beaten 3-0 in a recent international friendly against Slovakia, it became apparent that the problems facing the international team were much bigger than first feared. For many, the match represented the kind of match which you play on your games console, whereby your friend picks Real Madrid whilst you opt to play as whoever is at the bottom of the football league pyramid at the time. Denmark included an internet star, a student and a number…
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Turkish football club becomes the first to pay for a player using Bitcoin

Harunustaspor, an amateur football team from Turkey, just made history by becoming the first football team to pay for the acquisition of a player using the best-rated cryptocurrency of them all. Even though, at this level, the fees for the players are low enough so that you won’t normally need Bitcoin to pay for players, the small club wanted to put their mark in football history as being the first team to achieve such a feat. (more…)
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FIFA 2018 World Cup Draw promises excitement for fans, football and commerce

The FIFA World Cup draw was held today in the State Kremlin Palace inside the Moscow Kremlin with the groups drawn by Gary Lineker with Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya. The former England international and Russian journalist were assisted by Nikita Simonyan, Diego Forlan, Diego Maradona, Laurent Blanc, Miraslov Klose, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro and Carles Puyol. The top seeds in Pot 1 included Russia, the host country, and the highest-ranked teams as of October 2017: Germany, Brazil, Portugal,…
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Italian disaster and Swedish delight over World Cup qualification

Sweden knocking out four-time world champions Italy from the World Cup after a 1-0 aggregate win means Italy miss out on the World Cup for the first time since the Swedes hosted the tournament in 1958 and finished as runners-up. Sweden’s players expressed their joy in unconventional fashion as the final whistle blew and Jan Andersson’s side secured a place at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia, a win that could also have wider economic repercussions according to historical…
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How the falling pound is affecting the Premier League

Ever since that eventful day in June 2016, when the UK voted to leave the EU, we’ve seen considerable volatility in a number of areas, not least in the value of sterling against all of the world’s other major currencies. At one stage it had lost 15% of its value against the US dollar and, as anyone who has travelled to Europe last summer will also know, you certainly don’t get as many euros to the pound as you used…
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Most expensive deadline day signings

Transfers often take a long time to complete with fees being negotiated for weeks before a compromise is met. There are however some cases where transfers are completed in a much shorter period of time, usually on deadline day. But with deadline day deals comes a premium price that must be paid. (more…)
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Nike launch of multiple similar national team kits ends in fiasco

Nike's kit launches for the England and US national teams were met with scorn from fans and media on Thursday, whilst panic-stricken executives cancelled the launch of the Brazil shirt in Rio due to unwarranted concerns over demonstrations. The company, known only as "Sportswear Company A" in US indictments relating to football-related corruption, decided to launch its new England, France, USA and Brazil on the same day - perhaps hoping fans wouldn't notice how similar they are. The England design…
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