Category Archives: Soccer Business

Farewell, Tinkerman: Looking back at the Claudio Ranieri sacking one year later

Last Spring, I wrote a research paper for Professor Ed Tiryakian’s Business of Sport class here at Duke that focused on the source and implications of rampant managerial turnover in the English Premier League. I had become passionate about the topic after Leicester’s February 2017 sacking of prolific Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, who had defied all… Read More »

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 »

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 »

Le football Américain

Pour commencer, je dois déclarer mon nouvel intérêt au football américain, que les américains appellent « soccer ». Je ne suis alors pas un expert du « soccer » américain ; je ne suis non plus un expert du « soccer » en général, je ne suis qu’un fan passionné du sport. La création de la MLS en 1993 était un bon… Read More »

Pog-Boom

  “€100 million for Pogba”,”The most expensive transfer in the history of football is just around the corner”, “Zidane needs Pogba in Real Madrid”… There have been a lot of rumors about Pogba’s future, as he is certainly the most discussed figure on the transfer market. I hope and pray that he decides to stay… Read More »

Panama Papers Reveal Further Link Between Football and Corruption

  Photo Credit: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists   This week the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released the Panama Papers. The Panama Papers are a massive list of records that were leaked from a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, illuminating a large network of offshore holdings from high ranking foreign leaders and wealthy individuals.… Read More »

A Lapse in Judgment: Wambach Arrested for DUI in Wake of USWNT Lawsuit

In the wake of the U.S. Women’s National Team filing a lawsuit demanding equal pay from the U.S. Soccer Federation during the past week, the USWNT and the soccer world received shocking news about one of its former superstars Sunday morning. After being pulled over at 11:05 p.m. Saturday, former U.S. forward Abby Wambach, 35,… Read More »