The Agenda Podcast with Stephen Cole

Episode 61: The Beautiful Game

June 23, 2021 CGTN EUROPE
The Agenda Podcast with Stephen Cole
Episode 61: The Beautiful Game
Show Notes

Over the next four weeks, 2 billion people are expected to tune in as Europe's top footballers battle it out to be crowned the champions of Europe. Euro 2020 is finally under way, after COVID-19 forced a 12-month delay and a major reorganization.

On this edition of The Agenda Podcast, Stephen Cole looks at the financial health of international football. Steven Zhang, Chairman of Inter Milan, discusses the challenges ahead for the club and for European football in general in the wake of the coronavirus [00:44]. 

Then Dan Jones, head of the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, discusses where power sits in the world of football since the failure of the proposed European Super League - do club owners ignore fan power at their peril? [09:09].

Finally, Cole is joined by Laura McAllister, former Wales women's team captain and current deputy chair of UEFA's Women's Football Committee. She tells us why the future of football could be female and looks ahead to the logistical and political issues facing next year's World Cup in Qatar [16:23].