Odysseys

A Russian Revelation

WORDS: ROBERT DILLON

Russia is still the Churchillian enigma of old, still barely fathomable to the Western mind, but for this Englishman, there is a certain appeal to the diverse cultures and cities represented in the Russian football leagues. In the image of the statue of Mother Russia overlooking the crumbling stadium of a faltering Rotor Volgograd, a student from Grimsby found his own, imperfect footballing Mecca…

Simon Dawkins: A Loan Less Ordinary

WORDS: LUKE JAMES

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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Tom Curtis: An Englishman In Antigua

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Antigua and Barbuda have already progressed further than ever before in World Cup qualifying and, this week, face back-to-back fixtures against Guatemala to try and place themselves in a strong position in their group. We spoke to Tom Curtis, the English coach at the helm of the Benna Boys…

Gerry Armstrong: A Balearic Odyssey

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

After scoring in Northern Ireland’s famous victory over hosts Spain in the 1982 World Cup, Gerry Armstrong later spent two years playing for one of the nation’s great overachievers, RCD Mallorca. It was the start of a love affair that endures to this day for Sky Sports’ longest-serving La Liga expert

Football at London 2012: An Olympic Odyssey

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

An absence of sneers and jeers, a lack of cynicism and an overriding sense of tolerance and euphoria. Following the Japanese men’s team in the 2012 Olympic football tournament showed me that passionate support doesn’t have to be aggressive or divisive, just heartfelt…

“It Was Like Two Of My Brothers Were Fighting”: Ossie Ardiles Remembers The Falklands War

WORDS: GARRY HAYES

When Ossie Ardiles made the pioneering move from Argentina to London alongside Ricky Villa in 1978, his South American flair captured the imagination of supporters up and down the country. But the outbreak of the Falklands War in 1982 turned everything upside-down for Tottenham’s star import…

Football Against Adversity: A Japanese Odyssey

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: SEAN CARROLL

After moving to Tokyo, British football writer Sean Carroll discovered a rapidly developing passion for the sport as he travelled across Japan to cover the J.League. But, as the nation looked to recover from the disastrous earthquake of March 2011, he witnessed the game take on an entirely different cultural significance…

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