Rise Of The Independent Football Mag

Despite the proliferation of football websites and blogs over the past decade or two, there are still many who believe there is a place for the good old football magazine. We take a look at some of the independent British publications to have sprung up in recent times and ask what makes them special

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Felice Borel: Crossing the Turin Divide

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Ahead of this weekend’s Derby della Mole, we revisit the career of a Juventus hero who played a key role in the development of Torino’s greatest-ever team. Felice Borel, the man who crossed the city three times, influencing two of the most successful club sides in Italian football history…

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Hereford: The Rebirth of a Football Club

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

After seeing their club go under last December, Hereford supporters immediately set their hearts and minds to rebuilding it from scratch. Now back home at Edgar Street, they are almost ready to begin their journey as a new club with fans at the helm from next season. We found out how they managed it

Revisited: Puskás In Florence

WORDS: PAOLO BRUSCHI

When Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, the Honvéd squad were in Bilbao for a European Cup tie. As the players decided not to return to their homeland, their captain, Ferenc Puskás, initially moved to Italy, where he played for a team you’ve never heard of…

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Swan Songs: Diego Tristán at West Ham

WORDS: TOM VICTOR

After his days as a Champions League star with Deportivo had come to an end, Diego Tristán surprised a few when he made the move to Upton Park in 2008 under the management of Gianfranco Zola, and although his stay in East London was not exactly barnstorming, he certainly had his moments…

Italy and the Cult of the Ageing Number 10

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Last weekend was the 22nd anniversary of Francesco Totti’s debut for Roma and, at 38, he continues to produce the moments of magic that have made him not just a club legend but a cult hero for casual fans of Italian football. Yet he is not the only ageing playmaker thriving in the bel paese, far from it…

Walter Petron: The Little Butterfly

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

On the 70th anniversary of his tragic death in a wartime air raid, we remember Walter Petron, the delicate Torino playmaker whose mentor was forced out of his job by the fascists and whose own career was stopped in its tracks by the outbreak of war. This is a story of what might have been.

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Off The Beaten Track: Polish Football Landscapes

PHOTOGRAPHY AND WORDS: PRZEMEK NICIEJEWSKI

Away from the big cities and the major leagues lie Poland’s forgotten football fields and during the off-season they are at their most beautiful. Neglected, they simultaneously blend in and jar with their surroundings, but come the end of the winter break, they will be ready for action once again…

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Julio Libonatti: First of the Oriundi

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Like Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and Cesar Luis Menotti, he was born in Rosario and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to earn his fortune, but Julio Libonatti’s place in football history was assured when he took advantage of his dual nationality to represent both Argentina and Italy. When the lethal Torino marksmen accepted Mussolini’s offer to become a sporting repatriate, he started a lasting trend…

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Julian Speroni: Hands of God

WORDS: BRYAN DAVIES

The fans at Selhurst Park call him ‘Manos de Dios’, but it took a while before the safe hands of Julián Speroni were truly appreciated by the many Crystal Palace managers who have come and gone since the Argentinean arrived in south London over 10 years ago. Now he is a bona fide club legend…

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