BERLIN AND WAITING
Tourism is now big business in Berlin and politically, Germany is a major player on the global stage thanks to a progressive democracy and a strong economy. Despite this, the German capital falls way behind its European contemporaries when it comes to the country's number one sport: football.
A CASE FOR PRIVATISATION - THE REVIVAL OF FK CUKARICKI
The final whistle blew at the Karaburma Stadium, on 29th May 2011, bringing the season to a close for OFK Beograd and Čukarički. The game in itself lacked any real meaning for either side as OFK finished the season midtable and Čukarički had long known their fate, having been relegated long before the final round of fixtures.
INTER AND THE LEFT
Football's relationship with politics both on the left and right has been well documented. Those who wish to reinforce their ideology over those whom they rule or wish to, have never been short on using the sport for its propaganda purposes and Mexico's socialist Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) are no different.
SABA, TRACTOR AND THE FLEX OF THE MILITARY
Fate would dictate that Saba Qom and Tractor Sazi would meet in the Hafzi Cup last sixteen. The match would turn out to be ill-tempered and tempestuous - one which would see Tractor Sazi finish with nine men - but also one that would bring the two clubs’ mounting tensions to a head.
SCARED TO GET HAPPY: THE LACK OF ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS IN EUROPE
"“I asked a Spanish reporter if any big clubs in the Peninsula had eyes on British stars.”
“I don’t think so,” he said. “You have some grand craftsmen, but the Spanish prefer artistes, of which you have only a dozen or so. It’s also exceptional for British professionals to be happy abroad.”"