ICC Cricket World Cup insight: England

The ICC Cricket World Cup is now well underway with big hits and big scores the theme of the tournament so far. Hosts England opened the tournament with an easy win over South Africa before being undone by Pakistan. We spoke to UCFB Etihad Campus academic Ian Tomlinson, a proud Yorkshireman and avid cricket fan, about his thoughts on the tournament so far and England’s chances of winning their first World Cup…

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In Focus: How the Nations League has transformed the football landscape

By Callum Noad, MSc International Sport Management student at UCFB Wembley

Our Nations League journey started with a leisurely wake up on Wednesday morning. My friend, Jacob had flown over to Madrid the day before and we picked up our hire car on his arrival into Spain. With a cafe con leche and Spanish pastry demolished, we clambered into the Fiat 500 and set our sat nav for Porto.

The drive was to take six hours in total, seven if you take into account...

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Student Blake reflects on memorable Champions League final experience

This season’s Champions League proved to be one of the most exciting in recent memory, with remarkable comebacks and high scoring, classic matches cementing the competition’s reputation as the leading club tournament in world football. We spoke with BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing student Blake Foxall, who is on a student placement at Liverpool FC and attended the game as a fan, about his highlights from the Madrid final and the impact that winning the Champions League can have...

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In Focus: English clubs back at the summit of European football

By Callum Noad, MSc International Sport Management student at UCFB Wembley

For the first time in the history of European football, English clubs hold all four spots in the finals of the two major European tournaments. Arsenal and Chelsea will contest the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday while Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will fight for the chance to be crowned Europe’s elite club in the Champions League final held in Madrid on Saturday.

Manchester United are the last English...

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UCFB students talk Arsenal v Chelsea… in Baku

A London derby taking place 2,500 miles from the English capital – it must be a lucrative pre-season fixture, right? Wrong. Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head tonight in the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan, in a game surrounded by controversy. With a limited ticket allocation for each club, an airport that allegedly can’t handle large crowds and Arsenal’s Armenian star Henrikh Mkhitaryan not travelling for fears over his safety, it’s safe to say the build-up hasn’t been exactly what...

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Georgina reviews Wanda Metropolitano as the stadium prepares for Champions League final

With just a few days to go until this year’s Champions League final sees Spurs and Liverpool battle it out in Madrid, attention is now turning to the Spanish capital and Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium; venue for Saturday’s showpiece event. Home to the Los Rojiblancos since opening for the 2017-18 season, the ground is the third largest football stadium in Spain and hosted a record-breaking women’s league game between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona in March, with 60,739 spectators setting a...

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Elliott shares his insight on EFL play-off format ahead of dramatic Wembley weekend

The English Football League Play-offs have been creating dramatic end-of-season storylines since they were introduced in 1987, with fans experiencing the range of emotions that come with high-stakes knockout football. But is the system fair? And is it good for the game?

We spoke with Elliott Brown, who has recently completed his BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance degree at UCFB Wembley, producing a dissertation analysing the play-off format after interviewing representatives from a range of clubs from across the country...

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Joe reflects on FA Cup Final experience and his highlights from three years at UCFB

The most exciting stage of the football season is well underway with Manchester City clinching a historic treble on Saturday and the EFL play-off finals taking place at Wembley Stadium over the Bank Holiday weekend.  And a mouth-watering Champions League Final is also on the horizon with fans eagerly anticipating a matchup between two Premier League heavyweights.  We spoke with BA (Hons) Stadium & Events Management student Joe Vickers about his experience working at the FA Cup Final, what makes...

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Derby and Aston Villa set for Wembley showdown

Aston Villa take on Derby County on Monday in the Championship play-off final with a place in the Premier League up for grabs. Dubbed the “richest game in sport”, the winner at Wembley Stadium stands to make at least £170 million in Premier League riches.

Villa are looking to end a three-year absence from the top flight, while Frank Lampard’s Derby will be looking to play Premier League football for the first time since 2009. We caught up with two BA...

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Student Cameron works with FA Cup Final events team as Man City clinch historic treble

Saturday’s FA Cup Final saw Manchester City clinch a historic treble to become the only men’s team in English football to achieve the feat. But what goes on behind the scenes to deliver such a major event at Wembley Stadium? And how much work is involved in making sure all the entertainment runs smoothly? We spoke to BA (Hons) Stadium & Events Management student Cameron Dabbs, who was working on the events team at the game, to find out more…

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