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5 Fixed Matches From FIFA World Cup 2014

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We gave you ten fixed matches involving English teams that were conspiratorially fixed and/or involved excessive insider trading (http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/ten-fixed-matches.html).

We follow up with a similar listing of five FIFA World Cup 2014 matches from the Group Stage that were corrupted.

An Apology to Mainstream Media on Behalf of Richard Whittall (And Me)

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Sometimes, the mainstream media is wrong. For example, a columnist at ESPN recently went on a posh vacation to Qatar. Surprise surprise, upon his return, he wrote a pretty bland, half-assed defense of Qatar. He had written quite movingly about the death of an Espanyol player years ago, but, like, the death of dozens of immigrant workers was brushed off as blogger chatter.

Steady Now, Jonathan: Pearce Shouts For England & Ronaldo

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It has become the cheapest thing in football writing to criticise its television commentators. I almost feel like I'm cheating if I get cheap laughs out of an article on the foibles of Alan Green, Peter Drury et al... So, let's get serious. This European Championship has seen the usual mix of poor research and inanity from the commentary boxes of both the BBC and ITV.

Steady Now, Jonathan: Pearce Shouts For England & Ronaldo

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It has become the cheapest thing in football writing to criticise its television commentators. I almost feel like I'm cheating if I get cheap laughs out of an article on the foibles of Alan Green, Peter Drury et al... So, let's get serious. This European Championship has seen the usual mix of poor research and inanity from the commentary boxes of both the BBC and ITV.

Obama, MLS Need Each Other

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The contentious nature of politics drives even the best of politicians to the brink. It's at this point, when sports have been brought up as a topic to bring levity to a broad audience and show a more human politician.

Stories of the Year

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This is our last installment in a series of post setting out the top business stories in American soccer from 2011. We have looked at Portland and Kansas City while also discussing NBC's entry as a soccer broadcaster and FOX's big play for World Cup television rights. We will set up a vote to select the top story early next week.

English Premier League

A Fixed FA Cup Final And A Corrupted Premier League Relegation (And Stuff...)

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As English football desperately attempts to be perceived as what it is not, the stories are going to keep on surfacing as a critical point has been reached where full disclosure of the extent of the corruption is now an option.

So, while the mainstream media attempt to create a narrative suggesting that relatively poorly paid lower division Black men are spot-fixing, the real issue is that the corruption and insider trading in English football are systemic.

Ten Fixed Matches

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While the mainstream media focuses on Afro-Caribbean, South Asian and Singaporean match fixers as opposed to the largely white Caucasian expanse of managers, players, referees, owners, agents, bookmakers, administrators, commentators, media analysts and a former senior government minister who are systemically corrupting the English game, we provide you with ten matches involving English teams that were conspiratorially fixed and/or involved excessive insider trading.

Mediastan - Everything That Never Happens Will Never Happen Today

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After three days the English match-fixing story is out of the mainstream media.
Three days ago the Telegraph were claiming the "biggest scandal to hit English football in decades".
Now they are offering us silence.
Aready.
Buried.

The Daily Telegraph have made it quite clear that they are not willing to expose Premier League corruption.

The Ulitmate Non-story: No English Player or Coach Says Anything Stupid!

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The blogosphere and mainstream media have an uneasy relationship. On the one hand, many famous writers and bloggers have climbed the ranks by attacking their more popular peers. Bill Simmons entered the ESPN ranks thanks to a scathing critique of the ESPYs. On the other hand, invariably bloggers and mainstream media will write about the same or similar topics.

Power and Corruption

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Monitoring the evidence being given by Rebekah Brooks to the Leveson Inquiry is more than entertaining...
... the collusion in corruption between power and insiders is evident.

In the dim and distant past, I undertook a Ph.D in Economics - the title of my thesis was "The Impact of Conspicuous Money on Outcomes in British Horseracing Betting Markets".

Occupy Football

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Football is Fixed/Dietrological attacks on two wings - we expose to the public some of the blatantly surreal data that indicates the degree to which football is criminalised and we transform the game from within by working alongside other bodies who possess an interest in saving the sport.

This post deals with the former.

Occupy Football

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Football is Fixed/Dietrological attacks on two fronts - we expose to the public some of the blatantly surreal data that indicates the degree to which football is criminalised and we transform the game from within by working alongside other bodies who possess an interest in saving the sport.

Occupy Football

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Football is Fixed/Dietrological attacks on two fronts - we expose to the public some of the blatantly surreal data that indicates the degree to which football is criminalised and we transform the game from within by working alongside other bodies who possess an interest in saving the sport.
This post deals with the former.

Dalglish hits back at Wenger over Suarez

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has slammed Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger for publicly accusing Reds striker Luis Suarez of diving, suggesting that the Frenchman should be charged by the FA.

Dalglish has seen an eventful month at Merseyside go from celebrating Carling Cup glory to losing back-to-back Premier League fixtures that have put his side on the verge of yet another disappointing finish in the domestic standings.

Reds pair apologize for OT conduct

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Liverpool forward Luis Suarez and manager Kenny Dalglish have both apologized for their actions during, and after Liverpool's 2-1 loss away to Manchester United on Saturday, despite the FA claiming that no charges will be issued to anyone involved.

After reportedly telling club officials that he will shake Patrice Evra's hand, Suarez made a last-minute decision to avoid the handshake, stirring further controversy after a race row involving him and the United left-back had ended with an eight-match suspension for the Uruguayan.

AVB: Forget about Terry

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has urged the media to stop focusing the spotlight heavily on John Terry as the Blues skipper returns to QPR next Saturday for the first time since being accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in October.

The Rangers won the ill-tempered clash 1-0 as Villas-Boas saw two of his players dismissed, leaving the visitors to fight with nine men for most of the afternoon.

Major League Soccer

MLSsoccer.com Gets Major Redesign; New Logo On the Way?

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Well this was an odd surprise. The old MLSsoccer.com webpage is no more and a new one has taken its place. Which is weird because, in my opinion, I thought the old website did a fine job of giving news at the same time as being a league website. This new one? I'm not so sure...

The first thing that I see when I land on the page is what appears to be a content driven news site, not necessarily a league site and that kind of bugs me.

THE STARTING 11: Ways that MLS can make itself more like the NHL

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"The Goat"?  The borders are opening, the army is standing down, and the fires ravaging Canadian cities are finally under control. Yes, professional iced hockey is back and Canada finally has meaning as a nation once again. Apparently. You may not realize it if you only digest regular Canadian media, but other professional sports do actually exist within our borders including Major League Soccer.

The Business of the MLS Off Season

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Baseball calls it Hot Stove season. The NFL occupies months with draft talk, organized team activities, mini-camps and training camps. Whatever the name, off season events have become an integral part of the modern sports business model. Fans hungry for team and league news flock to websites, mainstream media sources, sports radio and sports television for year round coverage of their favorite sports.

kansas city

A Place to Play

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (July 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- United States National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra made a bit of a splash this week, taking a VIP turn at baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City and appearing in ESPN's attention-grabbing "Body Issue." Both are mainstream media hits that probably offer welcome diversions from the ongoing ambiguity about the future of his bankrupt Scottish club, Rangers FC.

Rumors From No Where

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It's always funny how rumors come out of no where and are really based off of nothing. The Birahim Diop to Colombia rumors started out of nothing but a running joke that Diop would look to continue to follow Ocatvio Zambrano as he had quite a few times in his career. Today another rumor really based off of nothing has come up.

Sky

SPL: Reach for the Sky

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Some interesting discussions today around the SPL TV deal.

Would the rest of the clubs vote with their bank accounts and go easy on Rangers to preserve their income from Sky and ESPN?

Perhaps. Or so some of us thought.

One of the reasons we thought that was because we we were told:

"But it has never been feasible to have 16, 18 or 20 because you automatically mean going to one home game and one away.

Book Review: There's a Golden Sky

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There's a Golden Sky By Ian Ridley Published by Bloomsbury, October 2011 £18.99 ISBN: 9781408130407 It's often been asserted that the one remaining advantage mainstream media has over bloggers is the issue of access to the game's personalities – Jonathan Wilson made this point on establishing The Blizzard earlier this year and Kevin McCauley expounded on the subject in an overview of a spat

Book Review: There's a Golden Sky

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There's a Golden Sky By Ian Ridley Published by Bloomsbury, October 2011 £18.99 ISBN: 9781408130407 It's often been asserted that the one remaining advantage mainstream media has over bloggers is the issue of access to the game's personalities – Jonathan Wilson made this point on establishing The Blizzard earlier this year and Kevin McCauley expounded on the subject in an overview of a spat

The Rest

Opinion, reaction, clicks and trolls

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There's a challenge I like to set to anybody I find myself discussing the issue of perceived ‘media bias' against their team. I always ask them to find me a supporter of any club that would indicate that their team is fairly treated, perhaps even preferentially treated, by the mainstream media. Football is a partisan and emotive sport that produces a lot of strong opinions.

FC Bayern - The New Barca?

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When FC Bayern deconstructed the Barcelona Dream Machine in the Champions League last season, there was always the nagging underlying reality that Lionel Messi was not a factor...
... in fact by carrying his injury through merely 7.5km in the 1st Leg, his selection increased the emphatic nature of the scoreline.

Sounders Among The Haves

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It's an odd thing for a Seattle sports fan. Despite odd votes that indicate East Coast proximity bias, or worse, among mainstream media in the United States and Canada, when it comes to players and agents around the game the Seattle Sounders are a have. No they are not the New York Red Bulls or the LA Galaxy (or Toronto FC if they were good), but they are a have.

Terrorism Strikes Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater

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The mainstream media is wrong. Absolutely, this was terrorism. It was an assault on American culture.

This was the same as going to Comic-Con in San Diego and detonating a suicide bomb.

A midnight premiere for, arguably, the most popular comic book hero of all time, attracted a faithful crowd.

Book Reviews Week: 50 Teams that Mattered

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50 Teams that Mattered by David Hartrick Published by Ockley Books July 2011, £13.99 (eBook: £7.99) Fortunes for football blogging have been immensely fluid over the past 12 months or so. While a number of excellent platforms have finally called it a day, other writers have branched out to mainstream media and publications like The Blizzard, while the predicted emergence of 'megablogs' featuring a range of the internet's best has come to full fruition.

Toxic Metals In Soccer Uniforms

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Are there toxic chemicals in the soccer apparel our children are wearing all year?

A worrisome report recently came out from the European Consumers' Organization (BEUC) that found 'worrying' levels of chemicals in Euro 2012 replica team jerseys. High levels of lead, organotin compounds, nickel, and nonylphenol were found, in some cases so high the BEUC recommended the shirts be banned.

Roy Who? Harry Who?

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Roy Hodgson (36 years in management)
7 Allsvenskan Titles (Malmo/Halmstad) and 2 Svenska Cupen (Malmo) - all prior to 1990
1 Danish Super Liga (FC Copenhagen)
1 Danish Super Cup (FC Copenhagen)

Harry Redknapp (29 years in management)
1 FA Cup (Portsmouth)
2 Division Three Titles (Portsmouth/Bournemouth)
1 Inter Toto Cup (West Ham)
1 Associate Members Cup (Bournemouth)

Fabio Capello (25 years in management)
4 Serie A Titles (AC Milan)
1 Serie A Titles (Roma)
2 Serie A Titles (Juventus)
2 La Primera Liga Titles (Real Madrid)
1 Champions League (AC Milan)
4 Supercoppa Italiano Titles (AC Milan/Roma)
1 European Super Cup (AC Milan)
1 Coppa Italia Primavera (AC Milan)

Managerial Sabermetrics does not exist.

What An Incredible Fluke XXXIX!

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Goal line technology is not enough and the repeated mainstreaming of the state of play in the development of this limited technology every time there is a colossal (and public) travesty of justice in football is becoming somewhat hackneyed.

The mainstream media are also responsible for the framing of this technology argument - the limited msm exposure for Wenger's views on video technology across the field of play (as opposed to merely goal line) being merely the latest example.

Liverpool 3-2 Blackburn

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Goals:
Maxi 13' 16'
Yakubu 36' 61'
Carroll 90+1'

Knowing the result beforehand, inevitably succumbing to spoilers, makes this review both less joyous and less frantic than it should be. Removing much of the roller-coaster emotion from that result removes much of what makes sports brilliant, and today's spectacle aptly demonstrates why I'd far rather read bloggers' match reviews that the mainstream media's.

Hail Hail The End is Nigh!! A Flashback

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To keep people on their toes, we are drip-feeding all 1000+ previous posts from the legendary Football is Fixed blog in Flashback form.

So here's one we prepared earlier when the Rangers Tax Case Hun Drum Scenario was in an infantile stage.

Of course, John Reid ended up letting us all down, just as he always has.

Harry Redknapp is a Bag of Shite

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Harry Redknapp lives in a £10 million mansion at Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset.
Sandbanks has, by area, the fourth largest land value in the entire world.
It is known as 'Britain's Palm Beach'.

Harry Redknapp is a low tier manager who had won nothing of consequence until a fixed FA Cup Final victory for Portsmouth in 2008.

If it isn't working, Fernando, change it.

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By Darshan Joshi

I find it difficult to engage in schadenfreude when it comes to Fernando Torres because he's so pretty. Sure, it was funny at first – £50m former world's best striker looking less likely to score six yards away from goal than world's most hideous face Steve Buscemi at a nightclub – but it's now become a global source of depression (step aside, financial markets).

Feet Dragging (nothing new, but...)

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The feet-dragging on various issues pertaining the S.League is not doing any good if the league authority is keen to have the struggling competition back on its feet.


With mysteries of the identities of Winston Lee's replacement for the league's CEO, the 13th and 14th team still looming large, plus the near "black-out" on S.

Job efficiently done - media take note

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I just wish the media would stand up and be counted at times like these. So many experts thought we would be the only English side struggling to make it through the Champions League group stages. The polar opposite of the mainstream media's predictions has come true and this tells a whole story in itself.