Articles by Dominic Bliss

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.

Olivieri, Petron and Gaddoni

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…

Libonatti goal

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

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…

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…

Transience and Permanence: Photographing Football

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: PRZEMEK NICIEJEWSKI

Przemek Niciejewski has travelled far and wide to capture the essence of football, photographing the euphoric, the scenic and the beautifully mundane aspects of the supporter’s experience. We asked him to select his favourite images and talk us through his thought process at the moment he snapped them

Krefeld - Niciejewski

Capturing The Character, That Special Ingredient

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

David Bauckham has been photographing non-league football for several years now and there is no doubt that his images truly bring these local grounds to life. His work – a mixture of portrait and reportage shots – captures the action on the pitch, the people behind the scenes and the loyal fans

Melksham

A Certain Romance: Banstead Athletic And Me

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As a teenager with dreams of becoming a sports writer, I answered an advert in the local paper to cover Banstead Athletic matches and my love of non-league football was born. Even amid the ugliness and emptiness of a local sports ground on a cold midweek evening, there is beauty to be found in our game

Margate v Banstead

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