Auditing the Beautiful Game

Soccer is known as the beautiful game, but beyond the field it can get quite ugly. Soccer is rife with horrors: corruption, drugs, gangs, Nazism/racism, hooliganism, doping, match-fixing, and even money laundering. Soccer is a worldwide sport, spanning every single country and territory. Accounting and auditing for public multinational corporations is routine, but tough to navigate. Now imagine thousands of entities: a few public but most private, some large, many small, spanning every single country, including ones with no respect for international law and standards such as Iran and North Korea. Now imagine how accounting must vastly be different in this industry, and that is before we discuss how transactions being recorded in bizarre ways is the norm for soccer.

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A Norwegian Adventure – Bjerkreim IL

Bjerkreim are a football club basis in the the village of  Vikeså in the Rogaland County in Norway is the host of a football club named Bjerkreim IL who currently play deep in the Norwegian pyramid at level 6 in Group A, they are currently guided by English man and Youtuber Paul Wandless (@TN_TheNorthman) and thanks to the wonders of Football Manager (and hard work from the creators of the mod!) you can now Manage Bjerkreim.
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Will England win the 2018 FIFA World Cup? – Football Manager 2018 Simulation

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We’re just 50 days out from the 2018 FIFA World Cup! The closer we get, the more exciting it becomes. As always, England fans continue to believe!

The chances of England going all the way are slim to non-existent, but it wont stop the barmy army getting behind the boys!

We’ve simulated the FIFA World Cup on Football Manager 2018 to see if England get anywhere close to going all the way.

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Analysing what went wrong for Chelsea in the 2017/18 season.

You look back to the 2016/17 season and you would be easily forgiven for thinking that Antonio Conte was to become THE dominant manager in the Premier League and essentially usurp managers such as Jose Mourinho and even Josep Guardiola in becoming the one to watch as such. They had turned their fortunes around following a 3-4-3 tactical shift whilst reinventing Victor Moses as a RWB rather than the traditional RW position he was used to. This proved to be a masterstroke and with new signing N’golo Kante in the middle, Chelsea looked set for European dominance. Yet this didn’t happen as I will be telling you why.

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Sky high costs: How Sky’s dominance of football increases ticket prices.

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A few of you may remember my article from back in February, regarding ticket prices. If you’ve not read it, Here’s  a link to the article. Now this article is a sort of follow-up to that and it’s about Sky screwing over loyal fans out of going to matches.

So many fans this season have had plans ruined because of Sky changing the match days at the last minute, such examples include Everton vs Newcastle and Sunderland vs Fulham, another example was Manchester United vs Brighton this season, it was changed to a 7:45 kick off which meant hundreds of Brighton fans couldn’t go!

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Players of the 90’s: Tony Adams

 

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Adams in action against Chile for England in 1998. Picture from hitc.com

 

In my first two articles I have focused on some of the more popular attacking players to have graced the Premier League, going in-depth on their careers and how their “Legend” status has carved a place for them in the hearts of many a fan across the globe. But it is important to remember that a football team has 11 players on the pitch, and as such this time I will be looking at one of the most iconic defenders that was produced on these shores. He is a former 2 time England Captain, a one club man, and the last player to score a goal at the old Wembley Stadium before it was rebuilt. I am of course talking about former Arsenal club captain, and “Famous Four” member, Tony Adams. Continue reading

Man City Aren’t That Great

It’s almost considered blasphemy to even think about speaking ill of Guardiola and his Man City team, but perhaps the praise has gone too far. Now, I’m not suggesting that they aren’t a fantastic team, but to compare them to teams like the Invincibles or United’s treble winning team after 8 months of dominance is, quite frankly, absurd.

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