To start with the obvious: I like Greece, I like Turkey. I love many of their peoples and I intensely dislike what I now have to write. However, it is the truth, so here goes: Greek football is deeply corrupt. Actually, that is an understatement. What I should say, is that Greek football is so … Continue reading It is All Happening Again: Greek, Turkish Football and Systems of Corruption
VALLETTA, MALTA—It is the memories of the dead children that keep Marco Cauchi up at night. “I have recovered hundreds of corpses from the sea. And when you find decomposed children — it is not nice. Then you go home and you see your own children,” said Cauchi. “How different the world seems when you … Continue reading Malta, Migrants and Drowning
There are some blogs that should be repeated every few months. This is one that I posted in 2011, when we going through another FIFA corruption scandal. Now the international sports world is witnessing another; the post is worth reading again: Dear Concerned Football Fan, So you are are upset by the latest corruption scandal … Continue reading Save International Sport – Buy Puma!
As the horror of the latest ISIL atrocity hits the headlines (the beheading of 18 people, including Peter Kassig, an American medical worker) here are two questions to understand why the western military response to ISIL will, largely, not work. First question: If you are Canadian can you tell the difference between a French-Canadian and … Continue reading Two Questions to show Why Bombing ISIL is Not Always a Great Idea
Below is an article I wrote for The Australian newspaper this weekend about what the Eckert/Garcia Report summary meant to their country. It could be applied, sadly, in many other places. “For goodness sake, don’t say too much! Australia is bidding for the right to host the World Cup in 2022 and we do not … Continue reading Australia’s Humiliation
There must be someone, somewhere, who believes the FIFA take on the Qatari World Cup debacle. I am not sure who they are or where they live: presumably some gentle, naïve soul who sheltered from the world lives peaceably herding yaks in Mongolia or is cut off from communication in a distant Himalayan valley. For … Continue reading Does Anyone Believe FIFA?
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear… It is a very bad time to be a journalist. Much of my profession is engaged in a form of mass hysteria that would do credit to a 16th century tulip boom, a 19th century charlatan rainmaker or the great 20th century Y2K scam. So lets take a breath and state the … Continue reading You will not die of Ebola and How the News Industry Works
The Power Behind ISIL, the Breath-Taking Hypocrisy of South African Officials and the Qatari Disappearances
Back from a wonderful, golden summer. Spent some of it reading books in various superb locations so starting next week will be a series of reviews. I will start with a book that purports to teach people ‘how to gamble like a professional’. However, lets us start with ISIL, SAFA and the Qatari Police ‘disappearing’ … Continue reading The Power Behind ISIL, the Breath-Taking Hypocrisy of South African Officials and the Qatari Disappearances
Note: Over the summer, I am re-printing a number of columns that are still timely. Here is one to be read at the beginning of the English football season. ** The first week in European football always throws up the usual roster of conspiracy theories and depressed Arsenal fans who, after one match, realize that … Continue reading Hill’s Patented and Highly-Scientific Method of Figuring Out Who Will the Premier League
** Note: Over the summer, I am re-printing a number of columns that are still timely. Here is one first published September 2013 in response to a campaign of disinformation coming out of Singapore. ** Oh those poor people! One has to spare a moment of sympathy for the poor lads and lasses at the … Continue reading So Why Did It Take You So Long?