FFP 2.0 – A step forward for fairer football

Financial Fair Play didn’t make football fairer, it just made it more profitable. But its replacement might…

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The Grigsons 2017 – the first annual award for the GM who most gratuitously failed to build a team around a franchise quarterback

If you don’t have a good quarterback, then you don’t have anything. But if you do, then what the hell are you playing at not winning games?

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Why it’s time to boycott the World Cup – Fifa corruption, human decency, sponsor weakness and Russia 2018

Sepp Blatter has gone, but Fifa hasn’t changed. His legacy will be on display next summer: a festival of football glorifying one of the world’s most appalling regimes. Enough is enough, it’s time to turn the TV off.

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The demon-haunted trophy cabinet – how to conduct a sporting exorcism

Is it possible, by reliving your most painful loss, to come to terms with it?

There are some defeats that linger, some sporting injuries that, like Michael Owen’s hamstrings, seem never to heal. This summer, I decided to poke these old wounds and see if they still ached.

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Sign here to run a football club – a short guide to what’s actually in the Owners and Directors Test

We’re all furious about the Owners and Directors Test (ODT) these days, aren’t we? We know that it’s deeply flawed and hopelessly ill-equipped to prevent wrong-uns from buying clubs. But, have you actually read the ODT? Do you know what’s in it and, crucially, what should be in it? I had a read to check …

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For Whom The Chimes Toll – What Portsmouth’s sale tells us about the limits of fan ownership

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Having rescued their club from ruin at the hands of a string of bad owners, Portsmouth was a club that was going to do things right. But that’s easier said than done when everybody else is still playing fast and loose…

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