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

Mexico vs USA: First-Generation Dilemma

The rivalry between Mexico and the USA doesn’t need much extra spice but, for the first generation Mexican-Americans living north of the border, there is a big decision to be made. Dominic Bliss spoke to US soccer fan and journalist, Luis Bueno, about a dilemma that involves much more than sport…

A shop in Chicago looks to draw in the Mexican crowd ahead of a previous game between the rival national teams

USA vs Mexico: A Rivalry

One of the fiercest rivalries in international football attracts very little attention here in Britain, but the passion in the Azteca Stadium on Tuesday as Mexico host the USA in a World Cup Qualifier will be fiery to say the least. Dominic Bliss asked Guadalajara-based journalist Tom Marshall all about it…

A shop in Chicago looks to draw in the Mexican crowd ahead of a previous game between the rival national teams

Wonder Wall: Emerson Thome In Japan


Emerson Thome had the character and footballing traits that earned him a place in the hearts of fans wherever he played and, during two seasons in Japan, with Vissel Kobe, the man nicknamed “The Wall” for his defensive stoicism became a local hero. He relives his enriching career finale…

Emerson Thome was given an emotional send-off when he departed Kobe in 2007 and ended his playing career

Sid Lowe: SOS Real Oviedo


You may have seen #SOSRealOviedo trending on Twitter recently and wondered what it was all about. We spoke to the man behind the hashtag, Sid Lowe, about the fight to save one of Spain’s grand old clubs by selling cheap shares to thousands of concerned football fans around the world…

Magic Wondo


Chris Wondolowski has set the MLS alight this season, scoring a record-equalling 27 regular season goals for the high-flying San Jose Earthquakes. He spoke exclusively to TheInsideLeft about his untypical rise to prominence and the rumours linking him with a move across the Atlantic Ocean…

Simon Dawkins: A Loan Less Ordinary


Simon Dawkins has worked hard to get where he is in the game. Unsuccessful trials and injury problems had the winger worried a few years back, but after earning a new contract at his parent club, Tottenham, the North Londoner is enjoying a loan spell with a difference across the pond in the MLS…

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