Switzerland getting pissed with Blatter

The Swiss Government took the extraordinary step of granting permission for Investigating Magistrate Thomas Hildbrand to travel to Paris yesterday to give a confidential briefing to a Council of Europe committee.  This is revealed in the press release and the brilliant report Good governance and ethics in sport by the Council’s François Rochebloine

Hildbrand investigated FIFA corruption for nine years and President Blatter and Ricardo Teixeira and João Havelange are battling to prevent his report being disclosed to the public. The Committee has called for the Hildbrand report to be made public. Blatter cannot do this because information it contains would force his resignation from FIFA.

Sources who have seen the report say that Blatter is named for handling a $1 million bribe to FIFA president João Havelange in March 1997, when Blatter was FIFA’s general secretary. I tell this story in Chapter One of my book FOUL! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, vote rigging and ticket scandals.

Swiss MP Roland Buchel told me:

I think that this is really rare. I am happy that Prosecutor Hildbrand was given the permission to go and talk to the CoE. It shows that there is a rising concern in my country (as well as in Europe) about the behaviour of certain sports officials. It is important to know that Switzerland, being the host country of all important international sports federations (IOC, FIFA, UEFA), has a special responsibility in this field.


Jamie Allen talks Manchester United

For an assessment I was asked to shoot a video and edit it.

I decided to interview course mate Jamie Allen, on his beloved Manchester United.

The following is a 30 second clip I took out of the 3 minute interview. In it he talks about his side’s transfer policy.

World Cup 2010 Statistics

For years, football teams such as Spain have been applauded for their fabulous ease of possession. The quick interchanges and short passing moves are easy on the eye and helped them lift the 2008 European Championships and 2010 World Cup. England, however, are one team slammed for their ‘long ball’ approach. The clueless pass upfield to the Striker in hope rather than expectation. This graph is an example of how International teams play football.

The made this chart in Google Documents using information found from the Guardian Data Store. It clearly displays the extent of how much the ‘hit and hope’ ball is used, and it’s no surprise to anyone who is a studier of the game to see which teams populate the top of this list, and which are near the bottom.

Denmark and Greece are not known for their flair and attacking talent. Whereas France and The Netherlands have very strong squads. The Netherlands were beaten finalists in the World Cup of 2010, and despite France being early victims in the competition, that was more down to squad unrest than a lack of talent of the pitch.

Related Links

More World Cup Statistics from the Guardian Data Store

More World Cup Statistics from the Guardian Data Store

A guide to footballing tactics such as long ball counter attack

Data Skills Practice

For this week’s workshop I was asked to experiment with Google Docs and create a chart that I would publish to my blog. Here it is:

Nick Shelton UNCUT!!

The UNEDITED 2 AND A HALF MINUTE rant of Mr. Nick Shelton..

Ex-Wham! Star slams Manchester United!!

Following the cancellation of his World Tour due to nobody caring, former Wham! front man Nick Shelton discusses just how poor Manchester United are. Enjoy!

The Mark Payton Challenge!!

For this week’s workshop I was asked to take a video of over two and a half minutes and whittle it down to 35 seconds. This was a test of my editorial judgement and video clipping abilities.

The Video is of Mark Payton, who is talking about Online Competition and the company he works for. Mark is the Editorial Director for Haymarket Consumer Media.