About: football

Brexit 10-08-2018

English football club blames Brexit for lack of new players

The manager of English football club Tottenham Hotspur has blamed the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union for his team’s failure to sign any new players before the start of the new campaign.
Freedom of thought 08-08-2018

Football, national identity and belonging in today’s Europe

The euphoria triggered by the FIFA World Cup quickly gave way to divisive, ugly debates about national identity and race, around players of diverse ethnic origins. These controversies highlight the need for measured exchanges on belonging in today’s Europe, writes Michael O'Flaherty.
Future EU 28-06-2018

The Brief – Bye bye Mannschaft

Let’s not pretend, we all watched the Germany game yesterday, in Berlaymont, in offices, in nearby pubs. At least the shocking end, Mannschaft’s first group stage exit from a World Cup in 70 years, which aroused considerable interest around the globe.
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Economy & Jobs 23-05-2018

Barrier-free environment for fans at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

With just a few weeks to go before the kick-off in Russia on 14 June, everything is set for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ to be a truly inclusive event for everyone.
Health 26-04-2018

‘Famous’ Messi triumphs in Europe court case

Football superstar Lionel Messi won the backing of European Court of Justice judges on Thursday (26 April), when they ruled that the Barcelona player’s request for a trademark is legitimate, citing his fame outside the world of football as a crucial element of the case.
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Economy & Jobs 21-03-2018

No room for discrimination at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia

Racism and discrimination affect society as a whole and football is no exception. The position of football’s world governing body, FIFA, on the issue is unequivocal: there is no place for racism or for any other form of discrimination in football.
Development Policy 16-10-2017

Ex-football star Weah headed for presidential run-off in Liberia

Former soccer star George Weah was set to win the first round of a presidential election in Liberia after the elections commission said on Sunday he was leading with 39% of votes and less than 5% of precincts still to be counted.
Competition 04-08-2017

Football union wants EU to ban high transfer fees after Neymar deal

World football players' union FIFPro is lobbying the European Union to ban transfer fees, which it says concentrates power in the hands of a few mega-rich clubs, to the detriment of most players and to the sport itself.
Euro & Finance 04-07-2016

State aid for Spanish football clubs was ‘illegal’, Vestager says

Some of Spain's top football teams - including Real Madrid and FC Barcelona - will have to pay back illegal public aid worth up to €70 million as it represented “an unfair advantage” versus other teams, the Commission said on Monday (4 July).

Escalating strikes in France put Euro 2016 at risk

Striking rail workers halted about half of French train services on Wednesday (1 June) in a dispute over working time as a standoff between the militant CGT union and the Socialist government over a proposed labour law reform escalated.
Brexit 18-03-2016

Football: Brexit risk puts Premier League on defensive

The possibility of Britain voting to leave the European Union in its 23 June referendum leaves the lucrative and globally popular English Premier League facing an uncertain future.
Competition 18-09-2015

Footballers ask Commission to abolish transfer system

The world union for footballers called for the transfer system to be “abolished” on Friday (18 September), and slapped in an EU legal challenge to FIFA that could ban transfer windows and drive down the price of players.
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Sports 24-06-2015

Football financial fairplay rule referred to EU Court of Justice

A legal complaint against UEFA's break-even rule 'Financial Fair Play (FFP)' has been referred to the European Court of Justice (EJ), the lawyers who brought the case said on Tuesday (23 June).
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Sports 22-06-2015

FC Barcelona, Real Madrid antitrust case to be decided ‘at the end of summer’

Margrethe Vestager, the EU's Competition Commissioner, will make a decision in the cases concerning alleged illegal state aid to the football clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid by the end of the summer, the Commissioner revealed in an interview Monday (22 June).
Sports 10-06-2015

How to fix FIFA

Anne Brasseur spells out exactly what Sepp Blatter or his successor must do to “lance the boil” and clean up football’s world governing body.
The German national football team is welcomed home by fans in Berlin. 2014 [Markus Winkler]
Global Europe 13-11-2014

Germany bumped up to ‘best nation’, exceeding US in global ranking

First world champion in football, now best image: in a global comparison, Germany was bumped to best nation status – not least because of its top performance in sports – while Russia suffered the largest demotion. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Competition 17-06-2014

Almunia counter-attacks in high-profile Spanish football tax case

Joaquín Almunia, the Spanish Commissioner in charge of policing the EU's antitrust rules, has denied accusations of a conflict of interest in the handling of an investigation into unfair tax breaks worth billions of euros given to Spanish football clubs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Sports 21-05-2014

Commission to reject challenge to ‘financial fair play’ rules

The European Commission plans to reject a complaint filed against UEFA's new rules punishing soccer clubs which run up big financial losses, a source close to the process said yesterday (20 May).
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Competition 18-12-2013

Brussels will investigate Barça, Real Madrid over illegal state aid

The European Commission will begin disciplinary action against seven Spanish clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona over possible illegal state aid, EU Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia said on Wednesday.
Sports 17-12-2013

Brussels to investigate Barça, Real over illegal state aid

The European Commission will begin disciplinary action against seven Spanish clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona over possible illegal state aid, Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo said on Monday (16 December).
Development Policy 23-08-2013

Anti-slavery group calls for boycott of 2022 Qatar World Cup

EXCLUSIVE / A call has gone out for the international community to shun the 2022 World Cup in Qatar unless it reforms its indentured labour practices on the Unesco International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade (23 August).
Sports 18-09-2012

Parliament mulls EU laws to fight organised crime in sport

Plans for an EU-wide legal approach to match-fixing and money laundering in sport are under way, with the European Parliament committee on mafia and organised crime holding a debate on the issue yesterday (17 September).
Ukraine 02-07-2012

Euro 2012: Five lessons learned in Ukraine

The Euro 2012 became a genuine festival of people-to-people contacts and cultural exchange in a wider United Europe by taking place in "undiscovered territory" - Ukraine, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev say in an op-ed first published in The Guardian.
Sports 06-06-2012

Ukraine rejects accusation of racism in stadiums

A Ukrainian diplomat yesterday (5 June) slammed a BBC documentary depicting the presence of racism and hatred at stadiums in his country. The documentary was released just days before Friday's start of the Euro 2012 football cup, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland.