50+1 Rule: Why Fan Ownership is So Important to German Clubs

The 50 + 1 rule is preventing them from financial ruin. But how viable would it be for the English game? There’s a great deal to admire about German football. The safe standing, the raucous atmospheres at full stadiums, even the simple pleasure of taking your beer to your seat in the ground with you. But another which shouldn’t go unmentioned is the ownership models of its clubs. Whereas the Premier League seems to wallow in a deeper pot of riches each year, the Bundesliga is regulated in such a …

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Why are Derby County called ‘County’ and not ‘City’?

For many purists of English football, the 2019 Championship play-off final was contested between the ideal opponents. Both Aston Villa and Derby County, as founding members of the Football League in 1888, are blessed with the sort of high esteem not quite felt towards so-called ‘smaller’ Premier League clubs, such as Bournemouth, or Brighton & Hove Albion, for instance. Indeed, you will be hard-pressed to find anyone who has drawn up their ‘ideal’ top-flight without featuring both, if not one, of these two sides. But why do Derby have the …

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7 of the Best (and Craziest) Quotes from the 2018/19 Premier League Season

With another enthralling campaign done and dusted, here’s a look back at the most memorable lines this year. Emery’s press conference greetings Arsenal may have lacked consistency on the pitch at times during Unai Emery’s first season in charge, the Gunners boss certainly did not in his interviews. Throughout the season, the Spaniard has repeatedly begun his press conferences with a friendly “good evening” or “good afternoon,” just as he often did at his former clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla. Emery and his team will certainly be hoping for one …

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Is History Repeating Itself for Arsenal?

It’s been another tough year for Arsenal – and especially Arsene Wenger. But perhaps a look through the history books suggests that they are actually about to return to glory… Indeed, Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest, lost the League Cup final and finished a disappointing sixth in the league, not just in 2017/18, but also 20 years ago in 1987/88 under George Graham. That summer, they stuck with their manager, and the following season they caused quite the upset by winning the top flight …

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This La Liga Stadium Was Left Abandoned and Now It’s a Public Park [PHOTO SERIES]

In 2003, UD Las Palmas, the the Canary Islands’ top football side, left the only home ground they’d known, Estadio Insular, and headed out of the city centre into their new larger stadium, Estadio Gran Canaria. Estadio Insular had served them well since the club was formed in 1949. Las Palmas’ golden days had come in the late sixties and seventies, the pinnacle of which saw them finish as runners-up in La Liga in 1969 – two points ahead of Barcelona. The good times weren’t to last though, and struggles …

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Everton need to think different – and Lucien Favre could help them do it

Every Tom, Dick and Harry has been linked with the Everton job since Ronald Koeman’s dismissal in October, with the Toffees struggling to identify and land a candidate they like. The problem comes down to a question of priorities: Should the Blues be playing it safe and appointing a manager that will steer them well clear of a relegation battle (a Sam Allardyce)? Do they want a long-term project manager that will make steady, if unremarkable gains (a Sean Dyche)? Or, should they throw a curveball and appoint an exotic …

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