Political Footballers XI: Striker Didier Drogba

I first became aware of Didier Drogba in the spring of 2004.  He was playing his one season for Olympique Marseille, and terrorising defenders in Ligue Un and the UEFA Cup.  My team, Liverpool FC, were in the final throes of the Gerard Houllier era, his team was imploding on the back of a few…

Machiavelli & Mourinho

This is the first in a series of posts attempting to explain football through international relations theory; or international relations theory through football; or drawing tenuous links between both. Jorge Valdano may have left Real Madrid but Jose Mourinho will continue to provoke his employers and opponents, and succeed. I am not so convinced that…