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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
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
River Plate beats Boca Juniors 3-1 after controversial switch to Bernabeu

River Plate beats Boca Juniors 3-1 after controversial switch to Bernabeu

Sports
A social media storm followed the match which had been postponed twice River Plate beat a 10-man Boca Juniors 3-1 in second leg of Copa Libertadores final at Real Madrid's home, Santiago Bernabeu. Juan Quintero scored in the 109th minute before teammate Gonzalo Martinez made it 3-1. River Plate won 5-3 on aggregate. The tournament is organised in honour of those who helped liberate South America from Spanish colonial rule. The match was originally supposed to be played in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires on 24 November but had to be postponed due to the bus of Boca being attacked by River Plate fans. The players suffered cuts from broken windows as well as getting affected by the police using tear bombs to disperse the crowd. After another attempt to play out the match had t
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
Sold out match-up at Wembley between England and Brazil

Sold out match-up at Wembley between England and Brazil

Sport, Sports, Uncategorized
Brazilian fans tend to get a bit rowdy when it comes to football, and tomorrow they are bringing that rowdiness to North London. England will host an international friendly against the Brazilian National Team tomorrow evening at Wembley. A sold-out crowd is expected to be there at kickoff come 8pm. Both England and Brazil have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup.   Gareth Southgate has confirmed that @ericdier will retain the #ThreeLions captaincy for tomorrow's game against Brazil. pic.twitter.com/pB2wbS4IrA — England (@England) November 13, 2017   In another matchup tonight, Italy will try and rout Sweden to avoid elimination from the 2018 World Cup. Sweden lead Italy 1-0 from their first match-up and if the Italian National Team falls yet again t
Mourinho outburst raises questions about Chelsea future

Mourinho outburst raises questions about Chelsea future

News, ReportingWeek2, Sport
Jose Mourinho's angry comments following Chelsea's defeat to Leicester City have increased the pressure on the beleaguered manager. In his post-match interview after the 2-1 defeat to the highflying Foxes, Mourinho raged against his own players, and claimed that the players had "betrayed" him. The manager, who is no stranger to controversy, went on to accuse the Leicester City ball boys of being a "disgrace to the Premier League". Rob Harris, senior sports reporter for the Associated Press, believes that the comments prove Mourinho is beginning to create a divide between himself and the club; "The outburst was a strange diversionary overreaction." Pressure has been building on Mourinho following a recent run of poor results, with the team suffering the greatest number of losses
Football Festivals getting more young girls involved in sport

Football Festivals getting more young girls involved in sport

Sport, Student, Video
Football is the number one team sport for girls in the UK. Compared with the rest of Europe, however, participation is still low. The FA Girls’ Football Festivals hope to tackle that foot first. Reporter: Kait Borsay  Sub editor: Indraja Gugle With over 8,000 attendees in 2014, the FA Girls’ Football Festivals is one way the national association hopes to engage girls at primary and secondary school level on a localised basis. The event, in association with Continental Tyres, will be in London this summer. The profile of women's football is fast gathering momentum, the FA Women's Super League (WSL) season has just started and for the first time in its history, the FA Women's Cup final will be held at Wembley Stadium. Tickets are reasonably priced for the game on 1 August, and the
Not enough women candidates coming through in sports broadcasting, says ITV’s Mark Demuth

Not enough women candidates coming through in sports broadcasting, says ITV’s Mark Demuth

Media, Sport, Student
In a week of celebrations for International Women's Day, Mark Demuth, controller of ITV Sport, Production, said that the number of women candidates applying for positions in sports broadcasting should be higher. Reporter: Jaideep Vaidya @jaideepjourno Sub editor: Kait Borsay It is a long-running argument recently reignited by a parliamentary committee report that highlighted the dearth of women in news broadcasting. Demuth said that men outnumbered women in ITV's production team by around four to one. "We need to encourage women to come through," he told Westminster World in an exclusive chat. "Are we not seeing enough [female] candidates? Possibly." Currently enjoying his second tenure at ITV's London Studios, Demuth has worked across radio and television, most notably for th
Hayley McQueen on Deadline Day Drama

Hayley McQueen on Deadline Day Drama

Media
Hayley McQueen will be a familiar face to millions of football fans for her work on Sky Sports News, whose studios are based in Osterley, west London.  The station’s coverage of the end of the winter transfer window, deadline day, has become as iconic and dramatic as the window itself. By Kait Borsay For McQueen, who’s worked the last five deadline days at Sky Sports News, it’s not just about one day. “It’s a culmination of a whole month’s worth of work and reporting,” she said. “Sky Sports are very good at it, there’s a beginning, middle and an end. Whilst we don’t think we’ve created a monster, we’ve definitely created something special.” This year business throughout the window was on a par with 2014, some £130m was spent. Chelsea made the most costly signing of deadline day, w