Thruppence: Should World Cup hosts foot FIFA woes?

By Breakingviews Columnists
June 5, 2015

U.S. authorities are investigating how soccer’s governing body awarded the event to Russia and Qatar. As FIFA’s problems proliferate beyond graft indictments, Breakingviews columnists debate whether it is fair or practical to deprive host countries of the sport’s global fiesta.

Edward Hadas: FIFA and the root of all evil

By Edward Hadas
June 3, 2015

The soccer federation’s corruption shows how much harm abundant money can do to weak institutions. The problem goes well beyond sport. Modern affluence spreads lucre’s poison to everything from drug crime to the perfectly legal but socially destructive spiral of executive pay.

Match-fit FIFA would give players, fans more ball

June 3, 2015

Sepp Blatter has resigned as the besmirched president of soccer’s governing body. Needed reform is now unavoidable. FIFA’s best strategy would be to embrace it by enfranchising the beneficial owners of the sport: the players and the fans. It would also usher in better governance.

To fix FIFA, start with the sponsors

May 28, 2015

U.S. prosecutors allege that shadowy marketing agencies diverted cash from the likes of Toyota, Santander and probably Nike to corrupt soccer officials. Big bucks are at stake. FIFA’s revenue from 2011 to 2014 was $5.7 bln. In future, contractual transparency will be paramount.

U.S. well placed to blow whistle on soccer excess

May 27, 2015

Americans already act as the globe’s legal enforcer and financial regulator. Now a Federal prosecutor is filling soccer’s refereeing void with a direct tackle on its long-running corruption allegations. FIFA, the sport’s governing body, faces a long overdue reformation.

Sky’s insecurity helps Premier League net $8 bln

February 11, 2015

The pay-TV giant is spending 83 pct more than its last deal to retain most of England’s top-flight soccer. Sky can make the sums add up. But runner-up BT is a real threat. And Sky can’t afford to test what losing its football dominance would mean. The big winners are the clubs.

German soccer glory was predictable – with luck

July 13, 2014

Brazil’s World Cup was first-rate entertainment, thanks to many surprising results. In finance, as in sport, forecasting is a dangerous game. But it is where the greatest value lies. The key is to draw conclusions from pertinent facts. Luck helps, too.

If only Argentine economy matched soccer success

By Christopher Swann
July 13, 2014

The nation’s strong World Cup showing reflects astute management of its big fan base and valuable on-field talent. That contrasts with a 100-year record of wasting its human and natural resources. Avoiding policy own-goals could one day make Argentina an economic champion, too.

Evonik in $400 mln soccer deal it doesn’t need

June 30, 2014

The German specialty chemicals company is buying a 9 percent stake in a first-tier soccer team, emulating Adidas, Audi, Allianz and Bayern Munich. But Evonik’s products don’t reach end users. The potential benefits of its deal with Borussia Dortmund are hazy at best.

Numbers show Germany will beat Brazil to World Cup

June 27, 2014

The football-mad host nation has cruised into the knock-out stages of soccer’s jamboree. Some fancied rivals have gone home early. But a Breakingviews calculator – based on hard numbers like transfer value, population and public engagement – suggests Germany will lift the trophy.