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This is part of our efforts to improve football. In this column we discuss the key issues facing football – using more technology, money in the game, diving / simulation, developing young players and football training in general, changes to rules (governing football and clubs) and a lot more.

Three things Pakistani football can learn from Euro 2012

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The 2012 European Championships will kick off this summer in Poland and Ukraine. The Euro 2012 betting hugely favours Spain and Germany, but beyond...

English Football Finances – 1981 to 2011

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Football finance has been a hot topic for several years now, and we often cite the influx of Sky money, the formation of the...

Kissing the badge – footballers delight and demonise themselves with their club loyalty

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Above all else, in the passion of a competitive football match a player can show his dedication and love for his team by kissing...

Should football introduce the ‘Vanishing Spray’?

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The 'vanishing spray' is used by the referee to mark 10 yards between the ball and the wall at free-kicks. This line is a...

The Curious Case of the Lost Moral Compass

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Guest writer Jony Ball wonders why John Terry is getting special treatment when no other profession offers such protection to those who discriminate against fellow professionals.

The Arab Football Spring

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The performances of the North African national football sides in 2011 have reflected the political actions of the Arab Spring. The failure of Egypt, the...

English Football Wages: 1984 to 2010

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Football wages are a ridiculously easy target - whether it's the high wages paid by Chelsea and then Manchester City, the astronomical wage bills...

Just Play Football

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If ever there is a time to push football it is when the dark nights draw in and the jackets go on. Push football?...

Hearts’ Thrashing Shows Financial Fair Play Is Misdirected

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When Tottenham stepped off the pitch at Tynecastle, having subjected a Hearts team who finished in 3rd place in the SPL last season -...

The next step for Financial Fair Play

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It is fact that the gap between the "haves" and "have nots" in European football grows evermore larger. Last season in the English...

Warner And Hammam: Guilty As Charged?

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The BBC has obtained a document authored by the Carribean Football Union (CFU) detailing claims that Jack Warner had full knowledge of and participated...

Match fixing investigation threatens to rock Turkish football

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60 people have been detained as part of a major investigation into alleged fixing within Turkish football. The chairman of current champions Fenerbahce is...