Articles by Dominic Bliss

Massimo Bonini: San Marino’s Champion


You might not know it but the San Marino national team once boasted a European champion in their midsts. Massimo Bonini won the lot as the metronome at the heart of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Juventus in the 1980s before becoming a Sammarinese hero when he captained and coached his homeland…

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

Mag covers

Felice Borel: Crossing the Turin Divide


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…


Hereford: The Rebirth of a Football Club


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

Italy and the Cult of the Ageing Number 10


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


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


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’


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


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


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…


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