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You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for and and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


Raves and Rants – Clubs By Social Following, Football and Politics

Written by on December 14, 2011 | 2 Comments »
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Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.

Tom Pyman offers up his top ten Premier League mavericks.

Kris Boyd (remember him) where did it all go wrong? Tom English takes a run at answering that question.

Inside the Games quotes a report from financial and business advisory firm PwC that says that Sponsorship is set to  overhaul gate revenues in 2014 as the sports industry’s biggest income generator. 

Part one of an article by Paul Gough on major football injuries.

Some of Martin Samuel’s points may be worthy of debate but the idea that his implication that blow-outs are somehow new to Europe’s premier competition is just not true. Some countries are over-matched – that is clear. But any suggestion that the Champions League should be the exclusive domain of the top five or six leagues in Europe is wrong-headed

Soccer by Numbers makes the case that Martin O’Neill should not be dipping into the transfer market in January.

The Anderredblog estimates the cost of Manchester United’s early Champions League exit.

According to this Sportsnet blog Canadian soccer must have made incredible strides in the last thirty years. A list of the country’s greatest ten players and they all fit nicely into the last three decades.  

Do you think the author has ever heard of Joe Kennaway? Me neither.

Football Clubs Social Media League for December 2011  via Football Marketing. The chart supports the idea I was trying to express in the article I wrote for last week on Manchester City.

To align Manchester City’s ambition with revenue generation needs under UEFA Financial Fair Play they have to make a meteoric rise in their fan following around the world and the only way that is possible is to achieve success at a level never seen since Real Madrid in the 50s – maybe even greater.

James M. Dorsey describes a showdown between militant soccer fans, the country’s ruling military and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

Pro Vercelli is a name that stands out when you look back through a list of Italian champions – mainly because it is a side that does not exist at the top-level. Padraig Whelan writes about the run of success from 1907 to 1922.

An article by Kevin Sampson on how buying a fanzine changed his life.

When Saturday Comes thinks that we should judge referees and players by the same tough standards. Agree or disagree?

Ciaran Kelly suggests that we underrating the Italy side that will play at the Euro 2012 Finals. 

Mihir Bose believes that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Ethics Commission investigation into Joao Havelange, Issa Hayatou, and Lamine Diack is a potential game-changer.

History, politics and football all come together in this article by Juliet Jacques. A story that I had never heard of before and I  think one that will be new to most – Algeria’s war of independence from France and the formation of a team that represented the forces fighting for liberation.

Jonathan Wilson asks whether 3-4-1-2 is about to take hold.

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2 responses to “Raves and Rants – Clubs By Social Following, Football and Politics”

  1. John Bladen says:

    Not an adherent of the social media world, but I found the article relating the number of ‘followers’ to general support interesting.

    I’m sure it’s a non-scientific poll, but still, I was surprised the major South American clubs weren’t higher on the list… roughly level or ahead of the Turkish sides, perhaps?

    In discussing ManU’s exit from CL, a friend of mine and I both reckoned it would be between $30-40m all in. According to Anders, $30m would be the top end.

    And here I was hoping that Platini would reform CL payouts at the same time he purports to be imposing FFP rules…

  2. Pro Vercelli and the ALgeria blogs were the best for me, thanks for sharing

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