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World Cup 2022

Football, Finance And Morality

Qatar 2022 will be a World Cup like no other; a winter, mid-season escape to the desert.

The tournament brings into focus the uncomfortable reality of modern top-level football; state-sponsored with access to seemingly limitless finance. For many, this is sports washing in action; an otherworldly departure from football’s traditional working class roots.

To mark the World Cup kick-off, we’re hosting Soccerama: an evening of discussion and debate, exploring what the tournament tells us about the financial, moral and political reality of football today and what it means for the future of the (not-so) beautiful game.

The event will feature Tranmere Rovers Executive Chairman Mark Palios in conversation with Kieran Maguire, lecturer in football finance at the University of Liverpool and host of the hugely popular Price Of Football podcast. Both are chartered accountants and football fans, and offer a unique insight into the financial mechanics underpinning the modern game.

The event will also celebrate the launch of Forgotten Team, an exhibition by Mohamed Badarne, which will run at Future Yard during the World Cup. The exhibition is a photographic journey, telling the story of the migrant workers who have been laying the groundwork for Qatar 2022, building the stadiums, hotels and transport networks.

The event starts at 3pm, straight after England’s opening World Cup group match vs Iran. The photography exhibition launch takes place from 3pm-6pm, with a special screening of an accompanying film by Mohamed Badarne.

The Soccerama conversation between Mark Palios and Kieran Maguire starts at 6pm, finishing at 7pm – in time for the Wales vs USA match.

*Date changed from original advertised date

Tickets are sold on a pay what you can model, with free tickets available.

All proceeds raised from the event will support Future Yard’s new Neighbourhood Fund; providing free tickets, training and community music activities for the most disadvantaged communities in Birkenhead.


Future Yard presents
Football, Finance + Morality: with Mark Palios and Kieran Maguire
Monday 21st November 2022
3pm doors – conversation at 6pm
Pay what you can
75 Argyle Street

Tickets available online in advance or in person at the Future Yard Box Office.
Future Yard is a cashless venue – all payments are taken by contactless or chip and pin. Event ends at 7pm.
If you have any specific access requests, please read all of the details about accessibility at Future Yard here.