Brian McBride: ‘Fulhamerica’

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Ahead of the United States’ visit to Craven Cottage for tomorrow’s international friendly against Colombia, we spoke to legendary centre-forward Brian McBride about his time at Fulham, the continuing growth of the game in America and the heritage of his old west London stomping ground…

Searching for Erbstein

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Ahead of the launch of my debut book, I began to reflect on the difficulties faced by a writer trying to uncover an untold story. The name Ernő Egri Erbstein means very little even to those of us who claim to know our football history, but the Hungarian Jew who built the Grande Torino was a key influence on the modern game. So why was his story forgotten for so many years?

Stood astride his Lucchese squad

Chair Held High: Mondonico’s Torino

WORDS: PAUL GRECH

In this excerpt from Il Re Calcio: Stories from Italian Football, we take a look back at the resurgent Torino side of Scifo, Casagrande and Lentini, who came so close to European glory in 1992 under the astute management of their underappreciated, chair-wielding coach Emiliano Mondonico…

Crazy Hearts But No Regrets

WORDS: JOEL SKED

From the outside, it might look as though the last decade has been a dystopian nightmare for Hearts supporters. Tynecastle has been the setting for some of the most bizarre scenes in Scottish football in recent times but one Jambos fan explains why he has been thoroughly entertained by the chaos…

The Happy Doonhamer

WORDS: GIANCARLO RINALDI

“The Queen of the South will rise up,” we like to say, quoting the line which makes ours The Only Team in the Bible. Yes, there have been long spells of emotional grey skies and the drizzle of depression but, every so often, the warm sunshine of genuine happiness breaks through at Palmerston Park…

queenswilliej

Together For The Goal

EDITOR: MATT HOMER
PRODUCER: NICK GOULDS

Japanese fan culture is an organised passion and being a core supporter of a J.League club involves dedication, love and loyalty. Last year, two amateur English film makers and a local ex-pat journalist were invited to follow Montedio Yamagata fan Syu Oba and discover what his club means to him…

Supporting Everton: An Optimistic Passenger

WORDS: MARK GODFREY

When your football team start to match your personal aspirations, it’s an addictive, dizzying concept, as Everton supporters discovered in between 1984 and 1987, but enduring the barren years that followed became a duty that is slowly being rewarded by the the restorative work of Moyes and Martinez…

Goodison Park (Airviews Photography, via Flickr)

A Lost World: Israel’s Diverse Amateur Football Scene

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

From forgotten Arab villages of the north to dusty Jewish neighbourhoods in the south, two photographers have journeyed across Israel’s amateur football scene, visiting the clubs where seemingly ever-present cultural tensions have evaporated and diversity is celebrated…

Kaboul (كابول ) municipal stadium entrance, Israel

Swan Songs: George Weah at Chelsea

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

A nineties footballing megastar turned up at Stamford Bridge on a cold winter’s night shortly after the turn of the Millennium and immediately headed himself into Chelsea folklore with a winning goal against Spurs. George Weah’s stay in London wasn’t a long one, but he knew how to make an impression…

Supporting Coventry City: An Emotional Investment

WORDS: TOM FURNIVAL-ADAMS

It feels like the last 10 or 15 years have been a prolonged psychoanalytic journey for Coventry City supporters, but like a downtrodden prole, the longer the downward trajectory persists, the more I feel emotionally invested in being there when it is eventually arrested – and that is its own reward…

Ricoh Arena (Redwood Photography, via Flickr)

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