Interviews

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…

EPSON MFP image

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…

Magee - USA Today 1

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

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…

Tactics Board 1

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

Paine Proffitt: Football Art

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

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

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

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

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

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 transferpriceindex.com

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