Amnesty International have accused City Group of attempting to "sportswash" their country's image, tarnished by numerous human rights violations. Are City in danger of being dragged down with the reputation of their owners? And if they keep winning, will their fans even care? They might if their owners get bored or distracted and their club suffers the same fate as Blackburn Rovers after Jack Walker.
Should financial controls be tightened to stop Manchester City turning the Premier League into yet another European one-horse race division? Does UEFA even have the power or stomach to do so?
What's in the Weekend Boxset?The Nations League reaches its climax this international break with promotion, relegation and advancement to the final four all up for grabs. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.
Has the creation of a European Super League taken another step closer to reality? Last week's revelations from Germany surrounding a leaked document from Bayern Munich exploring the feasibility of such a project would suggest so.
While the idea of a European Super League has been knocking around for decades, in an increasingly globalised world, is it now more a matter of when rather than if? And with the FIFA President Gianni Infantino seemingly hell-bent on creating his own expanded international club tournament that the major clubs have no desire for, who will run it? Graham and Terry look at the ideas floating around and who might be providing the money for them.
What's in the Weekend Boxset?The European Super League is certain to dominate the discussion during the Manchester derby and Dortmund v Bayern. You might be able to escape it though with some FA Cup 1st Round Proper action. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.
David Squires satirical football cartoons can be found in The Guardian, L'Equipe and 11Freunde. With his new book of selected works out this week, we sent fellow Sydney-based ex-pat Gary Andrews to have a chat with him about subjects as diverse as Usain Bolt, Swindon Town and his obsession with Jose Mourinho.
David's book Goalless Draws is available from 1 November.
What's in the Weekend Boxset?This weekend we might find out just how good a start to the season some teams in the Premier League have had. United go to free-scoring Bournemouth, Arsenal host a seemingly water-tight Liverpool and Spurs go to Wolves. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.
A familiar voice to anyone who enjoyed Sky's La Liga coverage, Jon Driscoll also fronted Sky's La Liga Weekly podcast for a number of seasons, with Terry Gibson. We're delighted to welcome him on to our podcast to discuss what has been a fascinating and surprising few months for La Liga and the national team.
What's in the Weekend Boxset?If the pod has whetted your appetite for some La Liga action, what could be better than El Clasico taking place on Sunday. There's also Le Classique - Marseille v PSG - to look forward to. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.
This weekend just gone was Non-League Day here in England - an annual event organised to encourage fans of top flight clubs to check out clubs much lower down the league system.
With anything involving football, nothing, even something as seemingly harmless as trying to get people to go to non-league games, can have its nay-sayers but if these voices are from those attending regular non-league games should those concerns be addressed? As an increasingly popular part of the football calendar it's no wonder organisations outside of the target audience want to lend their support but can that desire lead to a misdirection of purpose or worse lend itself to accusations of appropriation?
As regular non-league goers themselves Graham, Terry and Jan look at what problems non-league clubs have at attracting crowds and why, for them, there are far more than one non-league day per year.
What's in the Weekend Boxset?Club football is back. Chelsea take on Manchester United, Barcelona try to get back on track against top of the table Sevilla and there's a derby in Milan. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.
What is happening at the four biggest clubs on the planet? Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich may be comfortably ahead in the rich list but are all struggling in their domestic leagues. Is this just a post World Cup hangover or is it a sign of changing times ahead?
With form being temporary, Graham, Terry and Jan take advantage of an international break to discuss what's going so badly wrong at the giants of European football.
What's in the Weekend Boxset?The Nations League returns with England in action on Friday night against their World Cup semi-final conquerors Croatia. There's also the exciting prospect of Netherlands v Germany Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.
More and more players are buying football clubs. This month, Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) bought a controlling stake in Real Valladolid. David Beckham is creating a new team in Miami while his former team-mates at United now own half of Salford City FC. With players getting richer, is this the future of club ownership?
What's in the Weekend Boxset?The big games keep coming for Liverpool, this week they face off against the Champions. Under-pressure Jose Mourinho is faced with a must-win tie against Newcastle, while down-under there's a Sydney derby in the semi-finals of the FFA Cup. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.
After a week's break in sunny climes, the Sound of Football team reassemble to discuss a story on their own doorsteps. Graham, Terry and Jan are all season tickets at their local non-league football club Whyteleafe FC, this week saw their club ejected from the FA Cup due to irregularities over the registration of one of their players.
The decision is up for appeal but with the competition in full swing and with three clubs all claiming to be the rightful club in the next round (and the rightful recipient of the respective prize money) we look at how governing bodies handle situations like this. We also extend the conversation to cover other occasions where a player's off-field activity can have far-reaching effects on their club.
What's in the Weekend Boxset?The early pace-setters in the Premier League, Liverpool and Chelsea, face-off at Stamford Bridge and there are crunch local derbies in Madrid, Hamburg and South Yorkshire. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.
The Nations League is here and it's already delivering. On this week's podcast Graham, Terry and Jan assess England's start in the tournament. Were they robbed of a late equaliser against Spain? We also try to estimate how many more defeats Southgate can absorb before the clouds start to gather.
What's in the Weekend Boxset?Domestic action returns with Spurs welcoming Liverpool to Wembley, and West Ham, who are still looking for their first points of the season, have a tough trip to unbeaten Everton. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.
Could Scotland really move away from Hampden Park? Would it be a good move for them to do so? Would the SFA really be willing to throw away a century of tradition? Should that matter? As the Nations League kicks off across Europe Terry, Graham and the returning Jan discuss the plans to move the national team from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
What role does the stadium play in a club's identity. We try to explain by using concepts as diverse as the musical Grease and Trigger's Broom.
What's in the Weekend Boxset?It's all about the Nations League this weekend. Europe's newest international competition kicks off - and with only four matches before promotion and relegation, it's squeaky-bum time from the start. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.