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A big team losing a football match would not necessarily cause much of a fuss. However, the defeat of Real Madrid at the hands of Ajax in the knockout phase of the Champions League (Europe’s major tournament for top-division clubs) marks the beginning of a new era in the business of football.
The UEFA publishes an annual "European Club Footballing Landscape", an overview of European clubs, their influence and financial health.
Facing rising hostility in Western Europe, migrants are massively overrepresented in the region's World Cup's teams, compared with the overall population.
The statistics speak for themselves: countries with higher taxation levels have a greater chance of winning in international football tournaments.