Football is a huge part of many people’s lives the world over. Journalism too. At its best journalism has the power to expose the corrupt, to show people atrocities & to tell inspirational stories. It can inform, educate & empower. I believe football deserves more of this. It is a truly universal thing that crosses borders, cultures & languages. And more coverage in the press should be dedicated to football’s global culture.
Sky Sports have created a narrative of only the “Big 6” being important. Only “world class” players being important. But what about the other 99% of the game? What about community clubs, grass-roots, football in developing countries & women’s football? What about using some of that financial & journalistic clout to investigate & expose things that go against their product? Or to tell stories from around the world?
This is what Football And The City aims to do.
I have always been inspired by National Geographic, The New York Times & fearless investigative work by Der Spiegel & the Spotlight team at The Boston Globe. And taking from their lead, we will endeavour to investigate things fearlessly when they warrant it. We will always check sources religiously & verify everything as thoroughly as possible. We will always aim to shine a light into dark corners - good & bad. And we will always aim for the truth at every turn.
We will never publish clickbait articles or aim purely for traffic generation with the sole aim of generating revenue.
I believe in the power of football to drive positive social change, to inspire people & to break down barriers across the globe. I believe in football & I believe in journalism. And I believe that the world’s biggest sport deserves the world’s best journalism.
Football And The City explores global football culture in all its forms.
And everyone is welcome to join in the adventure.
J.S. Leatherbarrow - Editor-in-chief, Football And The City