Articles by Dominic Bliss

Penya Blaugrana London: Mes Que Un Pub


As Barcelona prepared to take on AC Milan in the Champions League Round of 16 earlier this season, we took a trip to the boat that houses the club’s official London supporters club. Armed with a camera and microphone, we discovered how they recreate the passion of the Camp Nou by Temple Pier…

Jonathan Wilson: Tactical Analysis Boom


When Jonathan Wilson released his history of football tactics, Inverting The Pyramid, he started something. Now, helped by the rise of Twitter and niche writing in general, tactical analysis is a more accessible part of the British football media than ever before. We asked Wilson about the boom…

Tactics Board 1

Kenny Millar: Football Manager Stole My Life


Last summer, three Football Manager obsessives decided to write a book about the game that has captivated a generation of football fans. We asked one of them how the idea for a book came about, what stories they uncovered and which players agreed to be interviewed about their virtual attributes…

Football Manager Stole My Life

Jonathan Wilson: The Rise of Long-Form


With journals such as The Blizzard making waves on the football media scene, long-form writing about the game is enjoying great popularity. We asked the man behind that very periodical, Jonathan Wilson, how a media form restricting us to 140 characters has aided the growth of feature-length writing…

The Blizzard champions longform football writing in a digital age

Paine Proffitt: Football Art


Paine Proffitt’s artwork has graced the programme and fanzine covers of several British clubs, so you might be surprised to hear that the man behind these traditional images of the beautiful game is American. We took the opportunity to talk to him about the connection between football and art…

Under a Mackem Sky - Sunderland get the Paine Proffitt treatment

Danny Last: European Football Weekends


It doesn’t get much better than a long weekend with friends and  a far-flung football match thrown in and, through his cult website European Football Weekends, Danny Last managed to capture the essence of football tourism. We ask him about his travels, his site and how blogging has changed…

European Football Weekends badges

Zach Slaton: The Transfer Price Index


We ask the Forbes columnist and football infographic connoisseur about the differences between the MLS model and the European league system, whether we should really judge a manager’s performance based on the value of the squad at his disposal and what we can learn from graphs and wiggly lines…

Zach Slaton writes about soccer analytics for Forbes and

Simon Kuper: On Soccernomics


Be prepared to start viewing the game differently as the groundbreaking football writer and co-author of Soccernomics discusses the potential of analytics in football, the pitfalls of misusing data and the reasons why everybody has become so interested in reading about the financial side of the game…

FT Columnist Simon Kuper has a unique approach to football writing

Revisited: Chelsea vs Vicenza (1998)


In 1998, Chelsea reached a major European final for the first time in 27 years when they sent Italian surprise package Vicenza packing in the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. However, it took a comeback of epic proportions to secure a victory that Blues fans will never forget…

Mark Hughes was Chelsea's hero as Vicenza conceded three dramatic goals at Stamford Bridge in the 1998 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final

Lovely Riether Has Got The Moves Like Dejagah


The narrative of Fulham’s season has largely been defined by the sultry performances of Dimitar Berbatov, but while the stylish forward has been making the headlines two other former Bundesliga stars have been quietly impressing the Craven Cottage crowd with their neat combination play…

Sascha Riether and Ashkan Dejagah have an understanding that dates back to their days as Bundesliga champions with Wolfsburg


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