@Simcm7 Loyola Mercalo Sparks in Training
March 16th, 2015

Categories: Asia,
Manila homecoming for Azkals’ 2010 Suzuki Cup hero by @JasonDasey
March 14th, 2015

From Here
First Published – February 13 2015

A lot has changed since much-travelled Simon McMenemy last coached in the Philippines more than four years ago, when he helped the Azkals become Southeast Asian semifinalists for the first time at the 2010 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.

The result was seen as a big breakthrough for a side who were once regional whipping boys. Now, after two more Suzuki Cup semifinal appearances, including an impressive tournament under Thomas Dooley last December, the Philippines are Southeast Asia’s equal top-ranked side (tied with Vietnam at 132nd) on the official FIFA list.

McMenemy has always been talked about as the man who made the Azkals believe in themselves.
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Categories: Asia,
John Oliver Explains English Soccer to David Letterman
March 12th, 2015

Categories: Uncategorized,
Players and fans pay price as Indonesian football loses its way again by Anthony Sutton @jakartacasual
March 10th, 2015


From Here

The 2015 Indonesia Super League was due to kick off on Feb. 20 with reigning champions Persib Bandung hosting Persipura Jayapura at Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Soreang. After several days training in different parts of the country, Persipura were safely ensconced in their Bandung hotel and fans around the country were eagerly awaiting a new season of local football.

But with just over 48 hours until the big kickoff, the little-known Indonesian Professional Sports’ Council (BOPI), a government body, recommended to the nation’s sports minister that the league be delayed because none of the 18 participant clubs passed their criteria.

The minister agreed and it was officially announced the ISL would be postponed for two weeks to allow the clubs to fulfill the requirements, which included issues over players’ contracts, outstanding salaries, tax obligations and agreements in place with responsible authorities for stadiums. If the clubs could pass the benchmarks imposed by the government body then the league could go ahead.
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Categories: Asia, Corruption, Indonesia,
The Art Of Whistleblowing
February 21st, 2015

From Football Is Fixed

Slavoj Žižek: “A market economy thrives on inequality so self-interest will always triumph over the public good.”
Hence, for the integrity of the system, whistleblowers are essential.
This is the first of three posts addressing whistleblowing both in football and across a broader systemic base.
In football, matchfixing is rife – in Europe, 60% of associations have experienced scandals in the last two years and yet there is effectively no sports governance and there are no reliable bodies analysing such corruptions as all have inappropriate relationships to the various loci of criminalities.
Moreover, there is a culture of omertà within the loop where matchfixing is accepted and serves as an illicit currency within the game.
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Categories: bribery, Corruption,

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