Odysseys

A Lost World: Israel’s Diverse Amateur Football Scene

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

From forgotten Arab villages of the north to dusty Jewish neighbourhoods in the south, two photographers have journeyed across Israel’s amateur football scene, visiting the clubs where seemingly ever-present cultural tensions have evaporated and diversity is celebrated…

Kaboul (كابول ) municipal stadium entrance, Israel

Swan Songs: Matthäus at the MetroStars

WORDS: CHRIS NEE

After establishing himself as one of the all-time great playmakers with Bayern Munich, Inter and the German national team, Lothar Matthäus arrived in New York to much fanfare in 2000, but he departed under the radar a few months later after just 16 largely forgettable games for the MetroStars…

John Thorrington – The Road Less Travelled

WORDS: JOE WHITELEY

The career path of former Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen youngster John Thorrington took a few unexpected twists and turn, but while you may not have heard it before, his story is one of the more fascinating in the varied world of football. We caught up with the ex-Huddersfield Town midfielder as he settles into his new role within the MLS Players Union…

Inside MLS: Dom Dwyer Interview

INTERVIEW: GARRY HAYES

After moving to the USA as a youngster, former Norwich City academy product Dom Dwyer is lighting up MLS this season with Sporting Kansas City, scoring 14 goals already and torturing defences in the Eastern Conference. But could he be tempted to turn out for the United States national team?

Jul 6, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer (14) scores in the first half at Sporting Park. in a 1-1 draw vs Chicago Fire  Mandatory Credit: Gary Rohman/Sporting KC-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup Dispatches From Curitiba

WORDS: MATT MILLOWAY

The United States may have been playing many miles further north, but one American who failed in his quest for tickets to see the homeland in action took his chances in unfashionable Curitiba instead. During his stay he encountered six very different sets of supporters and witnessed the end of an era…

Iran supporters

Bari In Their Hearts

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

It has been a turbulent year for Bari supporters, who this season saw their club lurch to the brink of ruin, without an owner. Yet the biancorossi faithful have rallied in adversity and their passion has carried the team on a wave of euphoria, creating an unlikely feel-good story at the Stadio San Nicola…

Curva Nord - Bari 3

Shimizu Impulse: Falling For The J.League

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: BARRY VALDER

After arriving in Japan with visions of ageing Western stars seeing out their careers in the J.League, it was quite an eye-opener for an English fan to discover a whole new football culture and a young, exciting league. It wasn’t long before he became one of the regular faces at Shimizu S-Pulse…

kokuritsu national stadium (1)

Racing Club: The Long And Loyal Wait

WORDS: DANIEL EDWARDS                         PHOTOGRAPHY: NACHO POY

After a desperate search for a ticket to the first Copa Argentina final, a 15-hour bus ride to San Juan, and a skinful of cheap alcohol, an English supporter of Racing Club was ready to see his once-great club end an 11-year wait for glory, yet the wait goes on for the country’s “most long-suffering fans”

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Alan Black: From Clyde to California

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

When Alan Black moved from Glasgow to California, he discovered that the kids in suburban America didn’t react too well to his Scottish coaching technique. After writing a critically acclaimed book about his experiences, he spoke to TheInsideLeft about the game’s transatlantic cultural differences…

The 1906 Ultras group support San Jose Earthquakes home and away and drive the atmosphere at games

Wonder Wall: Emerson Thome In Japan

WORDS: RICHARD GODDEN

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

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