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Premiership has not harmed national team

Conventional wisdom asserts that with two-thirds of starting players in the Premier League coming from outside England, few English players can develop.   However, this view has been challenged by Stefan Szymanski, the football economics guru from the University of Michigan.

Salisbury City demoted

Salisbury City have been demoted to the Conference South after they only cleared £75,000 of their £150,00 debts and failed to provide a required bond of £50,000.

However, the club claims that the real issue is the ownership of the club by mystery businessman Otail Touzar.   They are appealing against the Conference decision and seeking legal advice on taking out an injunction against the league.

Brazilian clubs face big challenges

With the focus on the Brazilian national team, it should be remembered that the country's clubs face big financial and other challenges.   Flamengo claims to have the biggest fan base in Brazil of 40 million supporters, but the club has been close to bankruptcy after years of poor management and financial neglect.

World Cup social media war

Facebook is gearing up for a fight over the World Cup with Twitter which has been seen as dominating live events marketing.   Facebook is claiming that it can reach 500 million fans and can offer advertisers more precise demographic targeting.

Facebook said that it had identified 500 million users with an interest in football.  This figure is double Twitter's total monthly active userbase of 255 million.    

Mystery surrounds new Salisbury City owner

Although they are grateful to escape the fate of Hereford United in being expelled from the Football Conference, Salisbury City fans are somewhat bemused by their new owner.

Takeover gives hope to Owls

The takeover of Sheffield Wednesday by Hafiz Mammadov has given new hope to Owls fans, although the owner's ambition of a return to the Premier League may take a while to achieve.

Mammadov also ownes Baku of Azerbajan and French club Lens.   The deal is worth about £35 and is subject to ratification by the Football League.   His company specialises in oil, gas, construction and transporation in Azerbajan.

Reading takeover near

Corporate recovery company Begbies Traynor have now taken over the sale of Reading FC from Sir John Madjeski.   The club had to sell top scorer Adam Le Fondre to cover one tax bill and another one is due shortly.

Hereford United expelled from Conference

Hereford United have lost their battle against expulsion from the Football Conference.   Despite a number of extensions of time to give them an opportunity to sort out their finances, their debts were too big to deal with.

Speaking on the Hereford United website last night, Hereford United owner Tommy Agombar gave the following statement:

Sky Blues court case starts today

A three day judicial review case between Sisu, the owners of Coventry City, and Coventry City Council starts in Birmingham today.   Sisu claim that the Council has breached state aid rules in relation to the Ricoh Arena.   For fans much of the interest will be in the evidence that comes out in open court.

Two Conference clubs given Thursday deadline

Hereford United and Salisbury City have been given until 5 p.m. on Thursday to sort out their ownership issues and football debts.   If they fail to do so, they may be thrown out of the Football Conference.