All posts by Tom Drissi

Economics Student & Football Blogger.
Brit born and raised in the Middle East, lover of travel & global Football.
@OutsideTheBig5

BREXIT’S FOOTBALLING IMPACT: PART TWO – THE FA & THE IMPACT OF FOREIGN QUOTAS

The EU Referendum & What It Could Mean For The National Game.. 

As fans from the British Isles (including myself in a few days’ time) flock to the mainland to watch their national sides begins their respective Euro 2016 campaigns, I can’t help but ponder (& admittedly worry) about a different European adventure… One that could potentially be ending, rather than beginning, in June 2016.

British citizens up & down the country will head to the polling booths on the 23rd of June to decide their nation’s future in a ‘once in a generation’ referendum on the UK’s EU membership. Whether or not the UK remains in the European Union or not will have wide-reaching impacts on all aspects & sectors of our society, and our national game would be far from immune to such a huge change. Whilst the British public has been swamped in recent months by the potential political, diplomatic & economic implications of a ‘Brexit’, a more light-hearted thought exercise is how the landscape of British football could be altered in the event of a ‘Leave’ vote. Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a look at a Brexit’s potential impacts on the British game from the Premier League & Football League to our national teams & fans.

Previously -> PART ONE: Club Football, Recruitment & Scouting 

PART TWO: The FA & the Impact of Foreign Quotas on Club & International Football

Continue reading BREXIT’S FOOTBALLING IMPACT: PART TWO – THE FA & THE IMPACT OF FOREIGN QUOTAS

Brexit’s Footballing Impact: Part One – Club Football, Recruitment & Scouting

The EU Referendum & What It Could Mean For The National Game.. 

As fans from the British Isles (including myself in a few days’ time) flock to the mainland to watch their national sides begins their respective Euro 2016 campaigns, I can’t help but ponder (& admittedly worry) about a different European adventure… One that could potentially be ending, rather than beginning, in June 2016. Continue reading Brexit’s Footballing Impact: Part One – Club Football, Recruitment & Scouting

Lanzini’s Asia to Europe Move, And Others Who Could Follow Suit…

When football fans think of transfers involving European & Asian sides they immediately picture an ageing, declining pro penning a lucrative deal in China or the Middle East to see out his career. The moves of Cannavaro, Raul, Drogba & Xavi spring to mind. And it is because of these pre-retirement type moves of recent times (coupled with the recent flood of players from Europe to the Chinese Super League) that the West Ham signing of Manuel Lanzini’s from the UAE’s Al Jazira appears even more of a left field piece of business. Continue reading Lanzini’s Asia to Europe Move, And Others Who Could Follow Suit…

PART THREE: GLOBAL INFLUENCE, SUPERFANS & THE SUPER LEAGUE

The Chinese Spending Spree: Why now? And what lies in store for the Super League going forward?

Part One -> Xi Junping, Aguero Selfies & Politics 

Part Two -> The Domestic Market, Economics Bubbles & National Pride

Part Three: Global Influence, Superfans & the Super League

On the 8th of August 2015 Champions League finalists and perennial Serie A winners Juventus cruised to a 2-0 win over Coppa Italia holders Lazio, Continue reading PART THREE: GLOBAL INFLUENCE, SUPERFANS & THE SUPER LEAGUE

PART TWO: THE DOMESTIC MARKET, ECONOMIC BUBBLES & NATIONAL PRIDE

The Chinese Spending Spree: Why now? And what lies in store for the Super League going forward?

ICYMI –>  Part One: Xi Jingping, Aguero Selfies & Politics

Part Two: The Domestic Market, Economic Bubbles & National Pride

The Great Fall of China:

After the transfer extravaganza of recent weeks, as large a proportion of football fans as ever before are able to recognise the names ‘Guangzhou Evergrande’, ‘Shanghai Shenhua’ and ‘Jiangsu Suning’. Club sides in the Chinese Super League are Continue reading PART TWO: THE DOMESTIC MARKET, ECONOMIC BUBBLES & NATIONAL PRIDE

PART ONE: XI JINPING, AGUERO SELFIES & POLITICS

The Chinese Spending Spree: Why now? And what lies in store for the Super League going forward?

As the 2016 January transfer window came to a close, football fans the world over were talking about the Chinese Super League. The young league (in only its 13th season post-reform) sent waves through the footballing world as Continue reading PART ONE: XI JINPING, AGUERO SELFIES & POLITICS

If The Presidential Candidates Were MLS Franchises…

To coincide with the start of the 2016 MLS season and the post super-Tuesday increase in hype surrounding the US Presidential election primaries, I decided in this piece to combine the only two things I actually know about the USA and match clubs with candidates. Please find the politically objective results below,,, Continue reading If The Presidential Candidates Were MLS Franchises…