I’ve already written about third party ownership. In the best light, it’s a way for poorer countries and clubs to pool risk and invest in players. Regardless of your opinion, it’s a product of the transfer system: as long as clubs exchange lots of money to get players, folks will try to get a slice of that pie. Sometimes it’s shady agents. Sometimes it’s shady family members. Sometimes, with creative contracts, it’s the players themselves.
The English FA banned third party ownership, even though Chelsea has recently been investigated by the Guardian for alleged links with a Portuguese agent and suspicious tax-haven shell companies. That situation, though, is still developing and opaque. Today, I’d rather look at the juicy details from the Neymar transfer, which have come to light thanks to a soci lawsuit (and led to the resignation of an FC Barcelona President). Continue reading “The Neymar Transfer Third Party Party” »
If the clasico could be trademarked, it’d be worth millions. If it was publicly traded (like Manchester United), I’d buy some shares. Why? Well, in the past few months, Microsoft talked about buying nonexistent “naming rights” to the Bernabeu, Barca wants to expand or move out of the Camp Nou, and they recently signed an “inside the shirt” deal with Intel. The club called this deal “innovative.” In sum, both the Spanish clubs are great at soccer, but also money-making machines.
Technically, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are both owned by socios, but, in reality, they are multinational corporations. They are heavily in debt, but have enough total annual revenue to not sweat it. Still, many can remember a time when Barca refused to even sell the front of their shirt, let alone the inside liner. Here’s a trip down memory lane as we mark the emergence and eventual dominance of the “sponsorship” model in soccer. Continue reading “The Classic Co. – How Did We Get Here?” »
As the only soccer website to have been taken over twice by SEO-geared businesses, we at Futfanatico know a thing or two about “key words” and “black hat” antics. Hardly a days goes by without some spam email asking about “content partnerships” filling our inbox. Still, cynicism cast aside, “search” can be useful. At the very least, the mass of information entering and leaving Google algorithms offer a glimpse into just what people are thinking and/or doing when they believe they’re alone, just a keyboard before them and no peering eyes.
As a website with plenty of clasico content (and Google Analytics), we’re happy to share just what folks really think/care/do/relate to the so-called “clasico.” At least online. Continue reading “An SEO Guide to the Clasico: Surprising Key Words” »
Don’t you just hate previews that tell what will happen? We all know that no human knows the future. However, we do know the past. Or at least we like to think we do. Thus, in anticipation of this weekend’s juicy clash, I’ve analyzed over a hundred past clasicos and key moments.
I have then performed addition by subtraction. I will tell you what will not happen. You can figure out the rest. Continue reading “The Real Madrid-Barcelona Clasico Preview by Subtraction” »
Ah transfers. The shopping season has come to a merciful end (until Winter), but some stories are still playing out. This array of soccer lynx revolves around transfers both old and new.
Enjoy! Continue reading “Untamed Soccer Lynx – Into the Wild” »
It got so ugly, James Milner played a full 20 minutes for Manchester City. If ever there was a canary in the mine, a barometer for how well City is playing, it’s Milner. If he plays, it’s a worthless cup tie, everybody is injured, or they are ahead by three plus goals.
This was not a 6:1 demolition, but it was pretty close. Now, United fans rightly have a few questions of the players and Moyes, the new coach. Continue reading “Manchester United v. Manchester City – Yet Another Disappointing Derby (YADD) Edition” »
Linx. Links. M’eh. This site can’t afford an unpaid intern to pour coffee, sort mail, and correct typos. Thus, we encourage you to visit other, much more professional sites. These sites also offer some fine soccer reading. Continue reading “Some Wicked Cool Soccer Linx” »
Don’t you hate it when your favorite blogger hops and skips about and blogs at sites other than his own blog domain? You have to, like, click on links and go to other sites. It’s quite inconvenient. Well, alas, prepare yourself. I have put finger to touchscreen for a few other fine sites. Here they are: Continue reading “OWN GOALS – Some Delightful Soccer Links to Lighten Your Day” »
Guess what eBook goes on sale to the general public today? A hint. Look at the above image. Details after the jump. Continue reading “Real Madrid & Barcelona: the Making of a Rivalry, Now on Sale!” »