Everton fans face the prospect of a Duncan Ferguson-Zlatan Ibrahimovic buddy movie if word reaching the Rumour Mill from Italy is proved correct. Big Zlat is back in Europe having come, seen and conquered MLS by getting knocked out in the play-offs each season and is still desperate for on-field action. Milan, one of his myriad former clubs and another institution seeking a redemptive hero, may though end up being his eventual short-term destination. At 38, daring to Zlatan is only likely to be a quick fix. Even if Zlat does arrive on Merseyside, it won’t be Big Dunc calling the shots as the former “Birdman of Barlinnie” does not want the Everton job full-time. That opens the door for Carlo Ancelotti, whose main memory of Goodison Park until recently was probably being given his cards by Chelsea in the tunnel on the final day of the 2010-11 season. Mikel Arteta remains in the mix but Arsenal is the most likely destination for he of the immovable hair, a position Don … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Everton or Milan?
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) had myriad reasons to duck a parliamentary grilling this week. Years of greed and dysfunction at the heart of Irish football have come to head. The organisation is broke. Sponsors are dropping out and the government is withholding funding. Redundancies and cutbacks loom. Public anger is mounting and there are threats to staff. Many wonder if the FAI can – or should – survive. Little wonder the board backtracked on a promise to attend an Oireachtas sports committee hearing on Wednesday that would have interrogated the debacles. In a statement the board said it cancelled the showdown with lawmakers in Dublin in order to focus on a restructuring package to “guarantee the future” of the association and safeguard jobs. “The board remains committed to appearing before the committee on a date when the appropriate representatives are available,” it added. Many politicians and football fans remain unconvinced the FAI … [Read more...] about FAI in meltdown: debts and dysfunction put Irish football in peril
ST. CLOUD, Minn., (AP) — St. Cloud State University in Minnesota plans to end its football and golf programs to comply with a Title IX court order and manage its budget shortages. The moves were announced Tuesday and will start next fall. They will affect about 115 student athletes, seven coaches and two graduate assistant coaches, St. Cloud State President Robbyn Wacker said. Men’s soccer will be added to keep the program in compliance with NCAA rules, the St. Cloud Times St. Cloud State must comply with a federal court’s August order in a Title IX lawsuit by balancing the opportunities and benefits it offers female and male students in the athletic program. The school anticipates a $5.1 million budget deficit for the 2020 academic year. Athletic budgets have struggled under declining student athletic fees tied to declining student enrollment and increasing costs, Wacker said. The school eliminated six athletic programs in 2016, which led to a lawsuit by athletes … [Read more...] about St. Cloud State to end football, golf programs in 2020
Rohit Sharma was announced as the La Liga brand ambassador in India and in the Indian cricketer became the first non-footballer in the history of the league to do so. Asked who was his favourite player and club, Rohit said Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid. No wonder Rohit wants Real Madrid to win the Champions Trophy. Next up was favourite FIFA World Cup team, and the answer was Spain. "This is not because I am associated with La Liga. I used to love Zinedine Zidane, I watched him play and that's how I started watching football regularly and Spain obviously because of their skills, how they play football. "Real Madrid is again because of the skill and passion, how they play and how much skills they have within the group," he said. He is also the first non-footballer in the Spanish league's history to be named as brand ambassador. He was asked who is the best footballer in Indian cricket team and Rohit said, "There are lots of them actually, we have got Zlatan Ibrahimovic in our squad … [Read more...] about Indian Football Has Taken Giant Leap in Last Few Years, ISL has Given Good Platform: Rohit Sharma
Football clubs’ matchday programmes are saturated with gambling adverts and branding, including on pages aimed at children, according to a study. In one case highlighted by psychology experts, a logo for the online casino 888 featured as the answer to a Spot The Difference competition aimed at young Birmingham City fans. Analysis of 44 programmes from the Premier League and Championship found that they featured an average of 2.3 gambling adverts, four times as many as for alcohol. The average publication also contained nearly 38 examples of “incidental” exposure, such as pictures of players wearing shirts sponsored by a bookmaker or online casino. Such images featured on 22% of the pages of the average programme, rising to more than 50% in some cases, according to experts at the University of East London, Warwick and Anglia Ruskin. “Of particular concern is the identification of significant exposure to gambling marketing in the dedicated child sections of … [Read more...] about Concern over gambling branding on children’s pages in football programmes