Category - football

  • 10 May 2011

    Football is woven into the historical, cultural and social fabric of communities in Scotland and across Britain, but media attention to 'soccernomics' focuses heavily on the English Premier League, says Simon Barrow. There are some clear reasons for this, but we definitely need some fresh ideas about ‘football as if fans mattered’ which begin with the wider picture, rather than consigning the non-elite to our peripheral vision.

  • 2 Apr 2011

    Supporters Direct, the network of 'trusts' (co-ops) involved with football clubs, has welcomed a 1 million community ownership proposal in Scotland.

  • 26 Jan 2011

    Even more depressing than the puerile, bigoted and deeply unfunny 'banter' that got Sky TV presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys into hot water over their comments about referee Sian Massey, is the number of otherwise decent people who are feebly trying to excuse it.

  • 25 Jan 2011

    Modern football isn't just sport, it's big business these days - well, big business for some, and small business, survival or worse for many others (the majority, in fact). So the question of who owns and shapes the game in Scotland is central to the current debates about league restructuring and future development.

  • 13 Dec 2010

    A football club in Belgium's top division has declined the offer of a sponsorship deal from a leading Catholic newspaper, for fear of "attracting ridicule".

  • 30 Nov 2010

    Human rights groups are calling on Iran to immediately halt the imminent execution of Shahla Jahed, the temporary wife of a prominent Iranian footballer.

  • 12 Jul 2010

    War on Want is sending a letter to the South African High Commissioner to the UK seeking protection of the rights of South Africans to decent housing and services.

  • 5 Jul 2010

    South Africa's 'Shembe church' says it is about to finalise a deal with a manufacturer over rights to produce the highly-publicised vuvuzela football World Cup horn.

  • 18 Jun 2010

    Football fever has taken hold in Africa, but some Islamic rebel groups in Somalia are stopping people from watching the World Cup because they say that the game has Christian origins.

  • 17 Jun 2010

    Love them or hate them, the vuvuzela horns are the real anthem of the 2010 World Cup, and are being staunchly defended against critics by South Africans - including a leading church figure.