Interviews

Patrick Barclay On Herbert Chapman

INTERVIEW: LAYTH YOUSIF

Herbert Chapman was one of the game’s great innovators – a man of principle who changed the face of football management and led clubs as different as Huddersfield Town and Arsenal to unparalleled success. We caught up with Patrick Barclay to find about his new biography of the master tactician…

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Eight By Eight: Not Your Average Football Mag

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Their striking design spreads have been doing the rounds on Twitter since they launched issue one last year, and shortly after the launch of issue two, Eight by Eight magazine are beginning to make a name for themselves around the world. I caught up with the team behind America’s latest football publication

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The Lost Boys Of Totti’s Roma

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

They counted Francesco Totti and Gianluigi Buffon as equals and were considered to be the stars of Italian youth football in the early 1990s, but many of AS Roma’s youth league-winning class of 1993 never tasted the fame and fortune of footballing success. A new documentary seeks to find out more…

AS Roma youth players celebrate clinching the Scudetto in 1993

Anthony Clavane: Football’s Forgotten Tribe

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

We speak to the award-winning author of Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? about the historic significance of football to the British Jewish community, the unique issues faced by Jews in our national game and the London exhibition celebrating this often-overlooked cultural relationship…

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Four Four Jew

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

As the London Jewish Museum prepares to open the doors to its exhibition about the relationship between the British Jewish community and football, we speak to curator Jo Rosenthal about the striking stories and the collective cultural soul searching that we can expect from Four Four Jew…

(smaller hr) Selection of Jewish skullcap) crocheted with the logos of Arsenal, Celtic, Glasgow Rangers, Leyton Orient, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur

Chicago Fire’s Magic Mike

WORDS: GARRY HAYES

Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee has been a regular on the MLS top scorer tables over the years, but the former team-mate of David Beckham and Robbie Keane has often slipped under the US national team radar. We spoke to him about life as a member of American soccer’s breakthrough generation…

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Shattered Dreams And Second Chances

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

After signing for his boyhood club as a teenage goalkeeping prodigy, Michael Stensgaard was in dreamland at Anfield, but a freak injury ended his Liverpool dream before he played a single game. This is a story of setbacks, comebacks and bad backs, but ultimately the will of a man who wouldn’t give up

Stensgaard returned to football with Danish giants FC Copenhagen (Morten Bjorn Jensen)

Jonathan Wilson: Tactical Analysis Boom

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

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…

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Kenny Millar: Football Manager Stole My Life

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

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

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

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

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