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By David Herman  

What do Sepp Blatter, Jose Mourinho’s appointment today at Inter Milan and Real Madrid’s pursuit of Ronaldo have in common?

Well, two things. The first is football’s relentless move towards globalization: players and managers are now international commodities, moving from Portugal to London to Milan (Mourinho) or from Lisbon to Manchester (and possibly to Madrid) (Ronaldo). This is unstoppable and Sepp Blatter’s blustering won’t stop it.  What is interesting is the growing conflict between football fans who are intensely local and the changing nature of the sport which is international.

The second thing these big news stories have in common…

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