Football365

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Football365
Web address http://www.football365.com
Owner BSkyB
Launched 1997
Revenue undisclosed
Current status Active

Football365.com, or simply F365, is a website which is operated by 365 Media Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of BSkyB, from its base in Leeds.

The website primarily covers the Premier League, as well as other European leagues and cups. It takes an informal and humorous approach to dealing with the latest football news and often includes running jokes about individuals connected with the sport. F365 has been noted for the comprehensive coverage it provides, as well as its statistics and comment features.[1]

The site was founded in 1997 by Arsenal fan and Internet pioneer David Tabizel,[2] who then teamed up with journalist Danny Kelly, along with Dan Thompson (founder of computer game company Renegade Software) and Simon Morris, a former Marketing Director of BSkyB and ex-footballer & TV presenter Andy Gray, who also wrote a regular column.[3] In 1999, the height of the dot-com bubble, the sites' parent company 365 Corporation floated on the London Stock Exchange, peaking at a value of £500 million shortly after launch.[4]

Regular features[edit]

  • F365 Mailbox: A twice-daily collection of e-mails sent in by readers from Monday to Friday, some of which are not related to football.
  • F365 Forum: The website provides the F365 Forum for readers to discuss the sport.
  • Mediawatch: A satirical daily review of recent stories and articles from various national newspapers and football websites. The column frequently includes ‘A Slight Difference Of Opinion’, 'Non-football story of the day' and an update on Mark Lawrenson’s skill as a predictor.
  • The Premier League Winners And Losers: A review of the weekend’s action that frequently provokes accusations of bias.
  • It's Going To Be A Big Weekend For…: A preview feature for the coming weekends games.
  • The Cheeky Punt: An offbeat betting preview feature.
  • F365 Opinion: Writers and contributors to the website give their opinions on recent footballing news, including in-house writers Sarah Winterburn, Nick Miller and Matthew Stanger, in addition to columnists Philip Cornwall, John Nicholson, Tim Stannard, Rob McNichol, Alan Tyers and Daniel Storey, who collects Swan Vestas matches. He recently quipped - "If you lay them end to end, you can see them from the moon!" The collection reportedly stands at 45.
  • The F365 Transfer Blog: The only place to get latest transfer news and top bantz. Mr Stozza-D is generally regarded as the F365 MVP in this arena. *Citation needed*

Internet TV channel[edit]

The website also has an internet TV channel, F365 TV. Among the programmes broadcast are The Paper Round and The Dugout Podcast - an irreverent fortnightly football show that is available from Thursdays to Mondays on Football365, Teamtalk and iTunes. Presenters include Dom Crofts, Ed Draper, Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper.

Regional variants[edit]

France[edit]

Founded in 1998 by Axel Dreyfus and Pierre Sivel under the name C Sport, and bought in 1999 by 365 Corp, then in 2001 by the Groupe Sporever group, Football365.fr is a site entirely dedicated to football news. Live news, match reports, interviews, live footage: the site has both a large number of videos, a blog service, and the option for readers to provide feedback.

The staff consists of six permanent journalists, helped by the staff of Sport365.fr. Nicolas Puiravau, editor in chief of the site since June 2004, has recently stated in Sport Strategy that the Football365 site gets more than 2 million unique visitors and 65 million page views per month.

South Africa[edit]

Founded in 2005 by Barrie Jarrett, Football365.co.za is a football website owned by TEAMtalk Media (a subsidiary of Sky Sports[5]) based in Cape Town, South Africa. The website is loosely based on Football365 but differs in that it focuses on African football.

It primarily covers the South African Premier Soccer League and is well known for its in-depth coverage of the South African national team, Bafana Bafana. Other major African nations including Egypt, Ghana and Nigeria are also covered.

The site is known for its exclusive interviews with South African players and African stars in Europe, and its insightful and sometimes off-beat content. It also offers live coverage of most Bafana Bafana and PSL matches.

Football365.co.za is growing rapidly and is widely regarded as one of the best news sources for South African football. According to the Online Publishers Association of South Africa, the website ranks fourth overall in local traffic.

Regular features[edit]

  • On the Sniff: A media column written in a humorous style that often pokes fun at the world of African football
  • The Question: A weekly feature that attempts to answer a topical story through interaction between journalists and readers
  • 411 With 365: South African football's premier transfer gossip portal
  • Blogs: Opinion-based pieces from F365.co.za's respected journalists

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Good Web Guide review of Football365". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  2. ^ http://d5capital.com/david-tabizel.asp
  3. ^ "365 ways to success". Independent. Retrieved 2 November 2006. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Net site 365 soars on debut". BBC News. 2 December 1999. Retrieved 2 November 2006. 
  5. ^ Digital TV Group

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