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Why is China a big spender?

China is a major emerging power economically and politically, perhaps destined to be the leading power in the world according to some analysts, although its per capita income is well below that of developed countries. Many people still live in relative poverty, despite the growth of the urban middle class.

Indian Premier League fails

The ambitious plan for an Indian Premier League featuring semi-retired world stars has been postponed for a second time and now looks unlikely to go ahead.   The league was modelled on cricket's India Premier League and the matches were due to be played in West Bengal between March and May.

New football tournament in India

The Indian market is potentially a huge one for football but the country remains devoted to cricket and other sports.   However, football has a big following in West Bengal and it is there that a new tournament has been based.    It is modelled on the franchise sysyem of the successful Indian Premier League format in cricket and has started with an auction of players and coaches.

Mercurial owner meets mercurial player

The transfer of Nicolas Anelka to Shanghai Shenhua in January will bring together a mercurial owner and a mercurial player.   Its been an up and down ride for fans with Zun Jun who made his money out of the Warrior Warcraft game but then had to conduct a fire sale of players when he lost the franchise in 2009.

Korean league crisis boosts Premiership

Overseas television revenues are becoming an increasingly important part of overall Premier League revenues.   A big share of these revenues comes from Asia which also has the greatest growth potential, not least in China.   One reason for the popularity of the Premier League there is that in most East Asian countries gambling is very popular.    Premier League matches are seen as reliable events not susceptible to fixing.

Football in Iran

The Economist used the recent death of Iranian goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi to reflect on the state of football in Iran.   Hejazi was a critic of the regime and was even banned from Iranian television for a while.   20,000 people turned up to the first part of his funeral at a stadium, some of them chanting anti-government slogans.   His body was spirited away for a secret burial.

Football in India

India is an emerging power in the world economy, althought still with great contrasts between wealth and poverty.   Cricket is a far more popular mass sport than football, a game in which India has punched well below its weight.   China, for example, has made greater progress.


This piece by a MA in Economics student in India asks why football missed the bus in his country and cricket was so successful.

Corruption concerns in Indonesia

Concerns about corruption regularly surface in football.   They can take a variety of forms: 'bungs' over the transfer of players; money laundering; tax evasion; allegations of bribes to officials etc.   However, in some developing countries these problems can be more endemic, possibly because the government itself is thoroughly corrupt and is not interested in checking corruption in civil society.  Occasionally countries are compared to kleptocracies because ruling elites or families appropriate large portions of economic output for themselves.

Blow for Indian football

Football in India has to struggle against the popularity of cricket as a mass sport.   It has been delivered a further blow with the news that one of the oldest clubs in the country, 48-year old Munbai-based Mahindra United is to close.   Commercial sponsorship is being withdrawn and the club cannot survive without it.

Official Club Site:  http://www.mahindraunited.com/