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The rise and rise of transfer fees from the late 80’s to today

The rise and rise of transfer fees from the late 80’s to today

Data Journalism, Sport, Sports
In 2001, Real Madrid set a precedent when they smashed a then-record transfer fee of £46.2m to sign 29-year old Zinedine Zidane from Juventus. Despite the fact that the French star was nearing the end of his playing career, Real Madrid took the plunge, which incontestably paid off as it was Zidane’s spectacular goal that won them the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow a year later. The world’s most decorated club got their man and, after years of publicly admitting that his desire was to join the Blancos one day, Zidane arrived at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu amid sky-high pressure and expectations. Thanks to Zidane’s arrival, Madrid entered a new dimension on and off the pitch and sent sporting shockwaves through the world. And football has never been the same
Sterling Speaks Out

Sterling Speaks Out

Instagram, News, Racism, Sport, Sports, TV
Raheem Sterling speaks out against media representation of black footballers following his recent match against Chelsea FC where he was subject to racist abuse. https://www.instagram.com/p/BrKYvF3gH9e/ In an instagram post Sterling addresses the verbal abuse, highlighting that he is not usually the one to speak on such things but when he thinks his points needs to be heard – he will speak up. In a passionate paragraph he calls out media outlets and makes an example of The Daily Mail’s portrayal of a story about Phil Forden and Tosin Adarabioyo. Both stories discuss how the young players spend their lucrative salary. Sterling wrote: “you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for the
“I would have loved playing alongside N’Golo Kante”, said Chelsea legend Graeme La Saux

“I would have loved playing alongside N’Golo Kante”, said Chelsea legend Graeme La Saux

London, Sport, Sports
Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux has admitted that he would have fancied playing alongside Frenchman and fellow midfielder N’Golo Kante during his twelve-year spell at the club. The 27-year old midfielder has had his reputation enhanced in world football after joining Leicester City as a relatively unknown player from French Ligue 2 outfit Caen in 2015. Due to his work ethic, tenacity and tireless displays, Kante quickly became a mainstay at Leicester and Chelsea, playing a pivotal role in guiding both clubs to Premier League glory in 2016 and 2017 respectively. “I think with the age I am now, N’Golo Kante and his fitness would be very important for me to be in a team with him.”, joked Le Saux. “But Chelsea have had so many great players over the last 20 years, if you look at al
Are some sections of the media fuelling racial discrimination in football?

Are some sections of the media fuelling racial discrimination in football?

Entertainment, London, Media, ReportingWeek1, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Sport
After Manchester City's Raheem Sterling highlighted headlines by the Mailonline as examples of racist rhetoric, many media commentators have come out to support the young footballer's accusations. On Saturday Chelsea Football Club made a public statement that they were investigating reports into alleged racial abuse against Raheem Sterling by Chelsea fans watching the weekend’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester City. A video circulating online after the game appeared to show one fan in the Matthew Harding Stand shouting racist slurs in the direction of Sterling as he went to collect the ball. In response to the abuse, Sterling released a statement accusing some sections of the media of helping to ‘fuel racism’ with their portrayal of young black footballers. In
Former Man City striker Balotelli in trouble again

Former Man City striker Balotelli in trouble again

London, Sport, Sports, Uncategorized
After his hopes of leaving French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice dashed in the summer, Mario Balotelli’s season has taken another hit following a controversial fallout with manager Patrick Vieira on the touchline in Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate at Guingamp. Vieira made Balotelli the subject of his third substitution after 75 minutes when he decided to reshuffle his attack in search of that elusive goal which the Italian failed to provide as he looked disinterested and peripheral throughout the encounter. However, the Italian striker didn’t take kindly to being replaced, refusing first to shake his manager’s hand before he angrily confronted him on the touchline, calling him names. Yet this morning the 28-year old has been on the receiving end of stern criticism by Italy coach Roberto Mancini
Fan actions criticised after Tottenham supporter throws banana skin at Aubameyang

Fan actions criticised after Tottenham supporter throws banana skin at Aubameyang

Breaking News, Sport, Sports, Uncategorized
The incident is just one of many cases of fans creating nuisance during matches A Tottenham Hotspur fan was arrested for throwing a banana skin at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during Arsenal’s 4-2 win against Spurs in the north London derby at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The incident occurred when Aubameyang walked towards the away stands to celebrate scoring a 10th-minute penalty awarded after a handball by Jan Vertonghen. Images have been circulating online which show the banana skin lying on the ground as Aubameyang celebrates with his teammates and Arsenal fans haven’t taken it lightly. Forget club rivalry, the fan who threw a banana skin at Aubameyang should be banned for life. If an Arsenal fan did it to a Tottenham player, I’d expect my club do the same. Racism has no pl
Chelsea to face Barcelona in UEFA champions League last 16

Chelsea to face Barcelona in UEFA champions League last 16

News, Sport
English champions Chelsea have the daunting task of eliminating Barcelona in the round 16 of the UEFA Champions League while Spurs take on Juventus. Chelsea finished second in group C which had Italian side AS Roma, Atletico Madrid and Azerbaijani side FC Qarabag. While Tottenham won the most difficult group of the first round that had teams like Real Madrid, German giants Dortmund and minors Apeol Nicosia. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will fancy their chances of progressing to the next stage of the competition after they were paired against FC Porto. Elsewhere in-form Manchester City was given the easiest draw after being pitted against Swiss side FC Basel with Pep Guardiola’s men traveling away first before coming home for the second leg. Manchester United will also be huge fa
Does gender difference matter in sport?

Does gender difference matter in sport?

Sport, Sports
A new report from Women in Sport, which has tried to make sports sectors equally accessible for women and men, reveals that many girls are not engaging enough in school sports. The Charity surveyed 25,000 girls and boys from 138 secondary schools in England and Northern Ireland and found that girls are less willing to involve in sports. Based on the research, The Guardian collected perceptions from teachers, parents and pupils to change the current circumstance. This is not the first time we talk about the situation of women's sports and about fighting sexism in sports. From the popularity of tournament, athletes' income to participation, many data revealed a barrier of women in sports and a gulf between each gender's attitude towards sports. Although BBC sports study found that 83 ...
Southgate to retain his job even if England fail at World Cup

Southgate to retain his job even if England fail at World Cup

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England Manager Gareth Southgate will not be sacked even if he lost all three games at next years World Cup according to FA Chief Martin Glenn. The 47-year-old who took over from Sam Allardyce scored high marks as he guided England to a successful World Cup qualification series where they finished as group leaders. The Three Lions are also housed in a favorable group that has Belgium, Tunisia, and first-timers Panama. "for the next few tournaments, he will be our manager and not just for the World Cup,” FA Chief Glenn Martin told the BBC. "We have a long-term plan. You've seen some of the fruits of it so far and we trust the manager so yeah he will be with us for long.” The former Crystal Palace midfielder signed a four-year contract with the English FA and has been hugely s
Arsenal outclass rivals Tottenham

Arsenal outclass rivals Tottenham

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The battle of North London Arsenal produced their best performance of the season on Saturday to beat high flying Spurs and regain their crown as the best team in North London. Goals from German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal bragging rights and, most importantly, all three points to close the gap on league leaders’ Manchester City. Just a few weeks ago, Spurs beat mighty Real Madrid comprehensively, 3-1, which sent a signal to other teams in Europe that they were now ready to take on the top tier teams. But on Saturday, Arsenal looked every inch of a title-challenging team as they dominated Mauricio Pochettino’s men. German midfielder Mesut Ozil put in an outstanding display to help secure the 2-0 victory over Tottenham. Despite criticism