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Jul 30, 2020

Since 1959, only two teams outside of Turkey's big three (Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray) have won the league title. Last week İstanbul Başakşehir became the third team to do so.

Today, we explain how they did it and what it means for Turkish football.


John McManus (@JohnMcManus06) is an anthropologist...

Jul 27, 2020

For the first time in football history, dozens of games are being played in empty stadiums. This has given us unprecedented insight into how fans impact on-pitch performance.

Today we ask: what happens to home-field advantage when there are no fans?


John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) is a senior data...

Jul 23, 2020

When Albert Celades was sacked at the end of June, everyone thought it was just another chapter in the story of Peter Lim’s ownership of Valencia.

However, over in Singapore, Lim’s daughter, Kim, fired up her Instagram and began typing.

"Some Valencia fans are scolding and cursing at my family and I. Don't they get...

Jul 20, 2020

Earlier this month, after years of hard work and preparation the academies of Burnley, Leeds and Crystal Palace were upgraded to Category One status. It is evidence of a larger trend of clubs investing more heavily in their academies and renovating their training grounds.

Today, we explain why Premier League clubs are...

Jul 16, 2020

What is football? Who is it for?

Big questions to be asking on a nondescript day in July, perhaps. But questions that are being subtly answered all the time whether we recognise it or not.

On Monday, we were given a clearer indication of what football is in the present day. That day, Manchester City saw their UEFA...