• 19.08.2014 /
    Three football clubs from the Crimea region in Ukraine are about to join the Russian football league in spite of Ukrainian protests. Both FIFA and UEFA say they are hoping for a compromise and neither have taken action so far.
  • Photo: Alexander L/Flickr
    16.08.2014 /
    With the ten-year anniversary for the Athens Summer Olympics coming up, media fills with stories about the questionable legacy of these games featuring photos of abandoned Olympic facilities left to fade away while Greece is struggling to balance what is left of a broken economy.
  • Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game
    01.08.2014 /
    UEFA's Financial Fair Play-program (FFP) has received significant criticism. In a new paper, one of the architects behind FFP, Swiss professor Egon Franck, argues that the criticism is misguided.
  • 30.07.2014 /
    The increasing globalisation of football brings problems like huge increases in inequalities, privatisation of assets and a lack of regulation. Bonita Mersiades talks to Jérôme Champagne, the man who dares to challenge for the FIFA Presidency.
  • 14.07.2014 /
    Sports journalism is first and foremost entertainment. But is it really journalism’s task to do PR work for the world it is writing about? In the second of two articles on investigative journalism in sport, leading journalists call for more media who dare to delve behind the glossy facade of sport.
  • 11.07.2014 /
    Yes, says former English FA chairman David Bernstein in a critical evaluation of his previous organisation, and the viewpoint is echoed in Brazil
  • 11.07.2014 /
    Impunity may soon be over for sports leaders who excel in corruption in Swiss-based organisations. But law changes cannot stand alone and should be followed up by governance changes, writes Arnout Geeraert in this analysis.
  • Photo: Periskop / Play the Game
    10.07.2014 /
    Ministers from around 50 countries are expected to sign a new convention at a conference in Switzerland in September where they will also discuss the risk of other forms of corruption in sport
  • Photo: Catalytic Communities/Flickr
    By Jens Sejer Andersen
    14.08.2014 /
    When most of the matches played during the recent World Cup are long forgotten, we should still remember and thank the Brazilians for having set a new international agenda in sport, writes Jens Sejer Andersen, international director of Play the Game.
  • By Christer Ahl
    25.07.2014 /
    It does not help the referees or the image of football if geopolitical considerations cause FIFA to introduce an absurd neutrality concept when nominating referees, Christer Ahl writes in his column looking back at the recently completed World Cup in Brazil.
  • By Martin Müller
    25.06.2014 /
    Four years before the opening match, the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has already produced significant cost overruns and construction work is falling behind deadlines. Overall, it looks set to become the most expensive World Cup ever, says Martin Müller from the University of Zürich in this comment piece.
  • Photo: kris krüg/Flickr
    By Antoine Duval
    12.06.2014 /
    Public scrutiny and societal irritation are needed if the change brought forward by the Olympic Agenda 2020 is to mean real change, writes Antoine Duval in this comment piece.
  • Photo: Steve Martinez/Flickr
    By Guilherme Nothen
    12.06.2014 /
    It may be an overlooked reason for the protests in Brazil, that this World Cup has taken football away from its traditional audiences, says PhD candidate Guilherme Nothen in this comment piece.
  • By Christer Ahl
    06.06.2014 /
    To see corruption eliminated from the world of sports is clearly not realistic. In his first contribution to a new regular column at playthegame.org, Christer Ahl concludes that we need to dismiss the naivety that sports could be immune to corruption and increase our efforts to detect and reduce the existing corruption and its impact.
  • Jens Weinreich (www.jensweinreich.de)
    By Andreas Selliaas
    10.04.2014 /
    The great family of sport is right now gathered in Belek, Turkey for the SportAccord Convention. Andreas Selliaas takes a look at the Olympic House of Cards.
  • Val 202/Flickr
    By Jean-Loup Chappelet
    04.03.2014 /
    The Olympic Games need to be reinvented in order to ensure their continuing longevity, says Swiss professor Jean-Loup Chappelet in this comment piece discussing ways to innovate the Games while maintaining their uniqueness.
  • Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony by Abd allah Foteih/Flickr
    By Antoine Duval
    03.03.2014 /
    "It is only by submitting the IOC to the close scrutiny of the global public sphere that it might be coerced into enforcing its own constitution: The Olympic Charter," writes Antoine Duval in this comment piece, looking into the environmental legacy of the Sochi 2014 Games.
  • Andy Miah/Flickr
    By Peter Donnelly, Bruce Kidd
    26.02.2014 /
    "Sports leaders, governments and advertisers have to stop pretending that winning medals will somehow magically “inspire” increased take-up," write Peter Donnelly and Bruce Kidd in this comment piece discussing the effect of Canada's sports funding system.

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