The Ridiculousness of Release Clauses

These days it seems like you can’t be thought of as a world class soccer player unless you have a super-sized release clause in your contract.  The most recently example: Barcelona have finally closed the book on the protracted transfer saga/soap opera that was Cesc Fabregas’ move to the Camp Nou.  In addition to the £35m fee paid it was announced that the midfielder had a €200m release clause inserted in his contract.

The high price is supposed to be a statement of intent to keep a player but is it really anything besides a headline grab? Continue reading “The Ridiculousness of Release Clauses”

The Ridiculousness of Release Clauses

How Spain Won the World Cup

he 2010 World Cup is over and a new name is on the trophy for the first time in twelve years.  Spain was the first team to win the cup having lost their opening match,  but the loss to the plucky Swiss will be remembered as a blemish in an otherwise outstanding tournament for the Spanish.  How did Spain, until twenty-five years ago a relative backwater of international football, rise to dominate the beautiful game?  What loosed La Furia Roja?

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How Spain Won the World Cup