BBC BLOGS - Matt Slater

Archives for September 2011

'G-14' still holds the aces

Post categories:

Matt Slater | 11:11 UK time, Thursday, 8 September 2011

Despite ditching FC Unirea Urziceni and Tampere United, the G-14 became the G-201 this week as it puffed up its chest for its latest attempt to annex football's moral high ground from the likes of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.

For those surprised to hear football has a moral high ground, don't worry, it's all relative.

You may also be confused by my reference to the G-14. Wasn't that rich clubs' club disbanded three years ago when Uefa roundly defeated it/temporarily bought it off (it's a matter of some debate)?

Erm... yes. And no.

Read the rest of this entry

Premier League feels first winds of change

Post categories:

Matt Slater | 14:15 UK time, Thursday, 1 September 2011

Kaka to Spurs, Adam Johnson to Stoke, Sol Campbell to Southend... there are long stretches of transfer deadline day when the only sane conclusion to make is that it is football's equivalent of Red Nose Day.

After all, what is the "Jim White brings it home" show apart from an extended news readers' skit? Not that I'm knocking it, it's nonsense but it's glorious nonsense. The Johnson "story" had a lifespan shorter than a mayfly's and I am sure I saw its source sniggering behind the reporter with an unusually shaped roll-up.

But amid all the seasonal silliness there was some serious business done this summer and while English football remains curiously "recession-resilient" there is evidence to suggest our leading clubs no longer take that for granted.

Read the rest of this entry

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.