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FIFA Exec Arrests – the Start of Change for Football?

Six FIFA executives have been arrested in Zurich this morning by Swiss police pending extradition to America over alleged bribes worth over $100m over two decades. While Sepp Blatter was not one of those arrested, several high ranking official have been including CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and CONMEBOL President Eugenio Figueredo.

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Men United

Prostate Cancer UK – the Football League’s charity partner for the 2013-14 season are launching one of the biggest men’s health drives in the country right now to build awareness of one of the biggest health issues to affect men.


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Loans and Feeders

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It was published in the Telegraph today that FIFA are to ban “emergency” and “youth” loans as currently allowed by the Football League from the 2014-15 season as they contravene FIFA laws on transfer windows. It got me thinking about how this could impact us at Blues, and whether it was a good idea or not.

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TV Rights and Wrongs

Money. It’s something that we all wish we had more of, and yet it’s something we all see as corrupting – be it politicians, bankers or football. I read this article interviewing the Liverpool chief exec, where he talks about the break up of international Premier League rights, and I thought it was a good subject to talk about – particularly bearing in mind Blues’ being an internationally owned company.

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Book Review: The Smell of Football by Mick “Baz” Rathbone

My review “The Smell of Football” – by Mick “Baz” Rathbone (22 league appearances for Blues between 1977 and 1979)


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Substitute Changes

The Football League has today made an announcement that I think bodes well for the new season at Blues. The rule regarding matchday squad size has changed, with clubs now only allowed to name five substitutes.

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Dispatched: Is Foreign Ownership really to blame?

Like many other football fans, I watched Dispatches on Channel Four last night. I was intrigued as to what they would say about the world of Football finances and whatnot. Of course, with all the hullabaloo surrounding Carson and Blues recently I was intrigued to see what mention we would get on the programme.

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Trap Door

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How many points will guarantee Premiership safety this year? According to most pundits, 41, 42 or maybe 43 points will see Premiership clubs stay above the relegation trap door – higher than the oft-vaunted 40 points total most teams look at the start of the season. However, I believe this is wrong – I’ve said in the past 36 points would do it, and I’m still confident no more than 38 will be needed.

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Off to Partizan II

With Blues not playing this weekend, I thought it might be nice to continue my series of articles looking at teams we might face in next year’s Europa League.

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Twenty four hours on from a league cup quarter final victory over our hated rivals from across the expressway, and only one thing has dominated the post-match discussion in the media and on the messageboards – the aftermath. Blues fans were universally condemned for being hooligans by nearly all sections of the media, and I’m […]

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