China’s Communist Party Forcing Investors To Pull Money Out of European Football | DW

A few years ago, China was aiming to become a major player in world football. International stars were lured to the domestic Super League and investors bought up European clubs. This is all over. Read more…

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Path To Greatness Mapped Out for ‘Unstoppable’ Erling Haaland | The Times

Many in football expect the striker to rival Kylian Mbappe as the world’s greatest player in the coming decade. How has Erling Haaland’s progress at Borussia Dortmund been in the past year? Read more…

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Thirst for Knowledge Helps German Coaches To Stage Champions League Takeover | The Times

The coaches of three of the teams in the Champions League semifinal have more than nationality in common. They are forward-thinking and always looking for the next innovation in football. Read more…

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Football Politics: How One Kurdish Club Has Been Harassed by the Authorities | HSC

The world of football is often less about the game on the field and much more about anything that happens around it. Governments exploit the sport for propaganda, investors for reputation improvement, and sports officials for personal gain. Read more…

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Germany’s Heated Asylum Debate Has Dark Parallels To Events 30 Years Ago | The Conversation

It was a moment that has defined Angel Merkel’s chancellorship of Germany ever since. In early September 2015, she allowed thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq to enter Germany. Merkel promised her people that Germany would be able to handle the growing influx of asylum seekers, but her decision provoked a storm that helped fuel the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Read more…

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Why Having the Best Players in the World Hasn’t Been Enough for Real Madrid | The Ringer

Zinedine Zidane was on track to become the greatest player-turned-manager in history. At 45, Zidane has already won over a dozen major trophies as a player and a coach, including one World Cup, one European Championship, and three UEFA Champions Leagues. Failure has rarely even been something he’s had to consider—until now. Read more…