Category Archives: FIFA

It’s Only Business: FIFA Turning a Blind Eye to Chinese State Interference

Earlier this month, FIFA met with officials from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Spanish government to address allegations of state interference in the affairs of the country’s soccer administration. The issue surfaced last year, when the Spanish Sports Council’s (CSD) insisted that new elections be called for the presidency of the RFEF following… Read More »

Yugoslavia’s ‘What If’ Moment Lives On

In 1992, the Yugoslav national team finished first in their qualifying group for EURO92 and was one of the favorites to win the tournament.  Many were left in shock when a tearful Ivica Osim (Yugoslavia’s manager) resigned from his post during a press conference in Belgrade.  As the country descended into war and chaos, the… Read More »

Analytics in Soccer

Right now, there is a trend developing in sports. It started in baseball, then made it’s way to basketball, and has slowly integrated itself into football. Now, it is making it’s way to soccer. What trend is this? Why, sports analytics of course! What people don’t know, is that analytics have been a part of… Read More »

Copa América Centenario Finances: A Rampant, Systemic and Deep-Rooted Corruption Scheme

The 2015 FIFA Corruption Case Extends to North and South America? Yes, in fact it did.  When the United States Department of Justice turned on the lights in 2015 for the international rooms of soccer and corporate executives, these execs were caught with their hands in multiple cookie jars.  The price for the extra sweets,… Read More »

The Fight for Equal Pay, More Important Now than Ever Before

On March 30th, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, filed a federal complaint by means of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. As a result of the collective bargaining agreement long ago negotiated between members of the U.S. women’s national team and U.S. Soccer, they… Read More »

« Panama papers » et la FIFA : un signe de corruption dans le monde de football ?

Récemment, une collection de plus de 11,5 millions de documents confidentiels s’est publiée. Ces documents, appelés les « Panama papers », décrivent beaucoup d’information à propos de 214.000 sociétés offshores qui sont facilitées par Mossack Fonseca, un fournisseur panaméen de services d’entreprise. Cette fuite a révélé de nombreux liens entre ces entreprises louches et des personnes très… Read More »

FIFA should not be paid for its mistakes

Last month, FIFA reached out to the Justice Department to ask that some of the money be returned to the organization from the pot the authorities will collect from the defendants of its corruption case, including $190 million that convicted defendants have already agreed to pay though many have yet to be sentenced.[i] But this… Read More »