From the Editor
There is something troubling about the purchase by Paris SaintGermain – or rather Qatar – of Neymar
Looking back over almost 60 years of World Soccer, there are many examples of outrage at the latest world-record transfer. Football has a habit of repeating itself; indeed, “Nothing new under the sun” would be a good title for our Archives feature. But there is something altogether different and more troubling about the purchase by Paris Saint-Germain – or rather Qatar – of Neymar, and their attempts to bypass UEFA’s Financial Fairplay rules by taking Kylian Mbappe “on loan” from Monaco.
The deals are a grubby landgrab and should surely be challenged by UEFA. But then there is little romance left in the Champions League, which we preview this month (starting page 40). Even the two newcomers to this year’s group stage offer little to redress the dominance of wealthy superclubs. Qarabag have heavy backing from a stateowned company in Azerbaijan, while Leipzig are financed the Red Bull drinks company. Unfortunately, the issue of “financial doping” is likely to be one of the themes of the season.
A shame that, once again, money rules our game. Gavin Hamilton, Editor