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Campaign to safeguard Qatar World Cup workers

The TUC has launched a campaign to help safeguard the lives of the 4,000 workers who are building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Offshore finance for clubs investigated

The Tax Justice Network has documented offshore finance in the UK's professional leagues – almost £3 billion in loans and shares originates from offshore companies

Get with the programme ~ Chelsea v Southampton

CFCvSaints150Bottom of the league and debt-crippled Chelsea admire the vision of their visitors Southampton who are looking abroad for players as they face each other in the First Division in 1979

Labour’s pledge to football fans

Labour’s election manifesto includes plans for new laws allowing football supporters to appoint or remove two club directors and buy shares when their club changes hands.

Supporter ownership week

SD150It’s Supporter Ownership Week, an initiative by Supporters Direct involving a series of events around the country and a crowd-funding campaign. How to get involved

WSC 339 & matchday special issue out now

wsc339- In defence of pitch invasions
- Football & politics: fans demand reform
- Charlton's election campaign
- Short keepers and fat players
- Player trafficking exposed
- Past and present at Glossop

Badge of the week ~ Niagara United, Canada

Niagara150A monumantal failing of the imagination, as a club with so much potential for an interesting badge instead ignore the obvious and go for some blue stripes

Special offer ~ save £2 on Rock 'n' Roll Soccer

RockRoll101WSC readers can save £2 on contributor Ian Plenderleith's book about the rise and fall of the North American Soccer League, from the stars to the experimental rules you can find out how the game sold itself to a continent and then crashed back down to earth

WSC writers' competition 2015 launched

wsc writers compThe annual WSC writers' award has returned, open to amateur writers with a £250 prize for the winner

Blackpool fans plan “day of judgement” for owners

icon blackpoolawayHaving been relegated with a month of the season remaining, Blackpool supporters will protest against their chairman at the final match of the season

PSG and Marseille put aside rivalry to take on TV

icon tv1Aftr a string of controversies, including a Zlatan Ibrahimovic outburst being broadcast that eventually led to a ban, the two clubs are boycotting Canal Plus

Gerrard’s FA Cup “destiny” the dream outcome


The media obsession with Steven Gerrard's birthday FA Cup final victory in his final game for Liverpool is ignoring facts and news for a "good story"

Referees can be a source of pride where teams cannot


icon refspointSeeing a countryman officiating in big games brings a certain satisfaction when your team has little chance of making an impact on the tournament

Football brings together factions in Colombia

A match in support of ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was held last Friday

Rotor Volgograd’s decline illustrates Russia’s problems


icon brokenballThe club who knocked Manchester Utd out of the UEFA Cup 20 years ago have been declared bankrupt, the fate of many Russian teams at all levels

Norwich find patience to earn best away record

icon champ2Norwich City fans are used to having terrible form away from Carrow Road but young manager Alex Neil has turned that around with a talented squad

Chelsea no “bonus game” for Ramsey’s refreshed QPR

icon qprStrange things have happened in previous west London derbies but no matter what the season's outcome QPR will need to take a fresh approach over summer

FA Cup hope for Blackburn after disappointing season

icon facup2Liverpool aren't the only club to have performed below expectations in their league – the FA Cup could be a chance for Blackburn to save their season too

Phoenix club Hereford FC put season tickets on sale

icon nofansDespite not knowing which league they will begin in next season, Hereford FC have already sold over 300 season tickets and are making good progress

Unease at Scotland's new pyramid system

icon maidstone12Brora Rangers' reluctance to compete for a place in the Scottish Professional Football League has highlighted why not every Highland League club wants promotion

Heat maps are a useless form of match analysis

icon formations352There are many forms of statistics out there and some of them are useful but heat maps lack any context and show nothing of use in a player's performance

Fine margins as York bid to avoid Conference return

icon relegation12The Minstermen have won only two matches at home this season but their recent upturn in form will be tested against Cheltenham in a crucial relegation battle


 

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