Manchester United or Barcelona – who wins?

There's only one way to find out... There is no question about who are the favourites in tonight’s Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Manchester United. They might be at Old Trafford, but the betting markets give Barcelona a 50-50 chance of winning, giving United little better than a one in three chance of victory. … Continue reading Manchester United or Barcelona – who wins?

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Elexit? Europe’s elite clubs pave the way for a breakaway

Domestic leagues do not believe denials Eyes on the prize: ECA's richest clubs want the top competition for themselves It is Champions League quarter-finals week, when the best players in the world push for European primacy. The football excites fans everywhere. The format terrifies Europe’s domestic-league administrators. Because the clubs you’ll be watching over the … Continue reading Elexit? Europe’s elite clubs pave the way for a breakaway

Is the Premier League past its peak season?

Richard Scudamore is a hard act to follow English football stands at a crossroads. Domestic broadcast-rights values have stagnated. Its five richest clubs have held discussions over a breakaway competition with their European peers. In England’s second-tier league there have also been clandestine talks around a breakaway competition. The national association wants to impose quotas … Continue reading Is the Premier League past its peak season?

It’s LaLiga, but not as we know it

LaLiga: colourful future "No es fútbol. Es LaLiga." With these words, Spain’s top domestic football league launched a new, free-to-air streaming, multi-sports service last week. The channel will broadcast a broad range of live events ranging from sailing to swimming, from table tennis to taekwondo, from poker to fly-ski (whatever that is) and will run … Continue reading It’s LaLiga, but not as we know it