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Who are the big attenders?

The Faroe Islands have the biggest regular attendances at football matches in terms of the proportion of the population that go, followed by Iceland, Cyprus, Scotland and England.   The research was done three years ago, but the relative proportions have probably not changed all that much.

England had the biggest absolute attendances at just under 1.5 million, accounting for 2.79 per cent of the population.

England could lose fourth Champions League spot

There is a risk that England could lose its fourth Champions League spot.  It shouldn't be exaggerated, but England could be overtaken by Italy.

Government rebuffs Olympic Stadium petition

The Department of Culture, Media & Sport has issued a firm rebuttal of an online petition calling for a public inquiry into West Ham's tenancy of the Olympic Stadium.   It argues that the detail of the tenancy agreement is commercially sensitive.

The Government points out that the matter has already been tested in the courts and investigated by the European Commission.   It might be possible to trigger a new investigation if someone other than an individual complained.

Owls under the microscope

Sheffield Wednesday are a club with a great history who find themselves playing in the Championship. Their new owner has set them a goal of reaching the Premier League in two years.   They are the latest club to be put under the microscope by the impressive Swiss Ramble blog.   As usual, readers are provided with a meticulous and informative analysis that makes careful and sound judgments.

Record transfer spend hides some changes

Spending by Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window was a record £862m, but this represents just a three per cent increase on last year's £835m.   What is also evident is that the new television deal gives medium-sized Premiership clubs the ability to resist bids for their best players, as exemplified by the case of Berahino and West Bromwich Albion.

Everything you wanted to know about the transfer window

Top sports lawyer Daniel Geey explains everything you want to know about the transfer window.

Why do clubs leave major investment decisions in personnel to the last minute?   Geey points out that they may be the culmination of weeks and months of planning.

Where the transfer cash is going

All the excitement of transfer deadline day is upon us with dedicated television programmes following the last minute developments.   It looks being another record spend by Premier League clubs.

Premier League becoming more dominant

The competitive imbalance in Europe caused by the Premier League's latest television deal is a theme that is drawing increasing attention and the latest person to address it is the sporting director of Wolfsburg. Of course, the deal hasn't kicked in yet, but the transfer dealings of leading Premiership clubs appear to anticipate it.

Blackburn's fall from grace

Twenty years ago Blackburn Rovers joined the small group of clubs that have won the Premier League title.  It was a considerable achievement then and it is doubtful if a club of Blackburn's size could manage it today.