Articles by Dominic Bliss

When The Saints Go Marching Down

WORDS: EUAN McTEAR

Relegation is usually a time for mourning, but as Saint Mirren return to the second tier of Scottish football they do so with as many fond memories of the nine years in the top flight as dire ones. One Saints fan reflects on the good, the bad and the Eric Djemba-Djemba deal…

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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

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Felice Borel: Crossing the Turin Divide

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

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…

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Hereford: The Rebirth of a Football Club

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

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

Swan Songs: Diego Tristán at West Ham

WORDS: TOM VICTOR

After his days as a Champions League star with Deportivo had come to an end, Diego Tristán surprised a few when he made the move to Upton Park in 2008 under the management of Gianfranco Zola, and although his stay in East London was not exactly barnstorming, he certainly had his moments…

Italy and the Cult of the Ageing Number 10

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

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

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…

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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

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