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How is football changing the world–and the world changing football?
Football is more than just a sport, more than tournaments and trophies, more than big business. The game can be an engine of conflict or a force for change, transcending borders and cultural backgrounds and forging new affiliations and identities. Once entirely British, today, more than 60 percent of Premier League players come from overseas and half the teams are foreign-owned. Meanwhile in Egypt, football fans played a significant role in the revolution and continue to affect the country’s future. Empire explores the politics and power of the world’s most popular sport, and the global implications of the game. In an exclusive interview with Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, we talk about the changing state of football across the world.
Sepp Blatter: president of FIFA
Andy Appleby: chairman and co-owner of the Derby County Rams
Dan Jones: lead partner of the Sports Business Group at Deloitte
Dave Zirin: sports editor at The Nation magazine
Menna Elshishini: an Egyptian activist
Ramy Essam: Egyptian musician and activist
Shiko: member of the Egyptian Ultras Al Ahlawy
Mina Rzouki: writer and broadcaster for The Daily Mirror and the World Football Show television programme
Simon Kuper: columnist for The Financial Times and the author of several books about football including Soccernomics
Ashling O’Connor: sports news correspondent for The Times of London
Jimmy Burns: freelance journalist and author of several books
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