Swan Songs: Larsson At Manchester United

WORDS: WAYNE FARRY

It seemed as though Henrik Larsson’s big league days were over when he departed Barcelona and returned home to Sweden in 2006, but after two seasons with his hometown club Helsingborgs, he fancied one last crack at the big time and he got it with a three-month dream loan at Old Trafford…

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Inside MLS: Dom Dwyer Interview

INTERVIEW: GARRY HAYES

After moving to the USA as a youngster, former Norwich City academy product Dom Dwyer is lighting up MLS this season with Sporting Kansas City, scoring 14 goals already and torturing defences in the Eastern Conference. But could he be tempted to turn out for the United States national team?

Jul 6, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer (14) scores in the first half at Sporting Park. in a 1-1 draw vs Chicago Fire  Mandatory Credit: Gary Rohman/Sporting KC-USA TODAY Sports

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Empty Promises: Depression In Football

WORDS: CHRISTOPH WAGNER

It is now four-and-a-half years since Robert Enke tragically took his own life in autumn 2009, but despite calls at the time for a wider discussion about depression in sport, the subject very quickly slid off the agenda. Andreas Biermann’s suicide on Saturday shows that nothing has changed…

Andreas Biermann

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A Return To Innocence: Supporting Forest

WORDS: STEVE WRIGHT

This summer a Nottingham Forest hero returned to the City Ground dugout, bringing out the sentimental side in many long-suffering Reds supporters, but can Stuart Pearce’s managerial tenure really restore the magic of the past, or has the game changed too much for the footballing romantics to prevail?

City Ground (Dave Rutt, via Flickr)

Swan Songs: Litmanen In Liverpool

WORDS: RICH NELSON

Jari Litmanen arrived at Anfield after a testing spell at Barcelona had led to the loss of his place and his beloved No.10 shirt, but the all-time great of Finnish football suffered more bad luck in Liverpool, the place he had always dreamed of playing. For many, it is hard not to imagine what might have been…

THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO WEBSITE/INTERNET USE UNLESS SITE IS REGISTERED WITH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE.  Liverpool's Jari Litmanen celebrates scoring his first goal against Manchester City during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at Anfield, Liverpool.

World Cup Dispatches From Curitiba

WORDS: MATT MILLOWAY

The United States may have been playing many miles further north, but one American who failed in his quest for tickets to see the homeland in action took his chances in unfashionable Curitiba instead. During his stay he encountered six very different sets of supporters and witnessed the end of an era…

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A World Cup Covers Album

INTERVIEWS: DOMINIC BLISS

The World Cup is a cause of great agonising in publishing offices around the world as the editorial teams of football magazines sit down and figure out how to make their cover stand out from all the others looking to depict the tournament in unique and original ways. We looked at some of this year’s finest World Cup covers with the help of the people who designed, illustrated and commissioned them…

Covers Collage

Football Stickers And The Child Within

WORDS: BRYAN DAVIES

The way we interact with the game evolves, yet stickers remain constant, a throwback to bygone eras of simpler pleasures. In a world of instant gratification, the slow-paced, basic charm of sticker collecting is to be treasured because the football obsessive within us never fully grows up…

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Kerzhakov: A Great Russian Novelty

WORDS: ROB DILLON

The ups and downs of Aleksandr Kerzhakov’s career could fill a Russian novel, but he popped up when it mattered in this World Cup to salvage a point from an opening game to forget against South Korea. Yet that record-equalling goal was just the latest episode in his long-running international saga…

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Thirty-One Nil: On The Road With The Outsiders

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS
PHOTOGRAPHY: JAMES MONTAGUE

James Montague travelled the world following the game’s ultimate underdogs as they attempted to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. We asked him about the highs and lows of a journey on which he was tear-gassed in three different continents and witnessed football’s first American Samoan victory haka…

San Marino 2 The World Cup

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