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Club Versus Franchise And Some Real World Implications

April 05, 2014 by Bernard Niven

Neymar: Mes que un what?
FC Barcelona has a famous motto that reads, in the original Catalan: Més que un club - more than a club, is their boast, by which they mean that Barcelona stands for a culture, an identity and - given Catalonia's prominent role in both Spain's fractured history and the uneasy truce of its present - a political attitude.


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Turkish Match Fixing: A Corruption Scandal Rocking the Government

January 21, 2014 by James Dorsey

Aziz Yildirim: Culprit, Pwnn or Victim?
When Aziz Yildirim, the head of Turkey’s foremost soccer club, Fenerbahce SK, denounced this week an appeals court decision upholding his conviction in a massive match fixing scandal, he drew a parallel with a construction-related corruption scandal that is rocking the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and pitting the country’s foremost Islamist factions against one another.


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Bundesliga Gold Sheet

January 20, 2014 by BTP Staff

Robert Lewandowski on His Way to Bayern
The view in Germany at the break looks quite dire unless your Bayern Munich who currently stand seven points clear with a match in hand. Compounding such misery is the fact that clubs positioned two through four finished a collective 0-3-3 heading into the winter period - 3 points from a possible 18 - and the outlook is quite dim.


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