Arthur Hopcraft: The Football Man


We are hardly short of football writing nowadays, but sometimes it pays to look back at what our predecessors had to say about the game. In the late 1960s, Arthur Hopcraft found the perfect balance of anecdotes and analysis as he profiled the game’s great characters in The Football Man


Kurt Hamrin: The Little Bird Who Soared


From signing for Juventus through a Fiat dealership in Stockholm to nurturing a young Gianni Rivera at AC Milan, via European triumph in the viola of Fiorentina, Kurt Hamrin enjoyed an incredible career. We caught up with the World Cup finalist who must go down as one of Italian football’s greatest imports…


The Triumph and Tragedy of “Wee Hughie”


From Airdrie to Newcastle and Chelsea to Derby, Hughie Gallacher was a footballing hero from a bygone age. One of the game’s first truly controversial characters, he lit up the stage for club and country before falling to depression when his playing days were up, but Wee Hughie’s legend lives on…

Hughie Gallacher at Newcastle

“Great Players Never Tell You What They Did”


Shortly before Scotland met England at Wembley this summer, one of the greatest players in the history of the rivalry passed away. Lawrie Reilly, Hibernian legend, will forever be remembered north of the border for his achievements on the pitch, but the humble hero never told the stories himself…

Lawrie Reilly

Marco van Basten: Prins van Oranje


The start of the infrequently aired second verse of the Netherlands national anthem runs: “I am a Prince of Orange, fearless, ever free”. They should think about using those lines more frequently, in honour of Marco van Basten, the man whose name has become synonymous with the perfectly struck volley…

Marco van Basten scored a hat-trick to dismiss England at Euro 88

Revisited: Chelsea vs Vicenza (1998)


In 1998, Chelsea reached a major European final for the first time in 27 years when they sent Italian surprise package Vicenza packing in the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. However, it took a comeback of epic proportions to secure a victory that Blues fans will never forget…

Mark Hughes was Chelsea's hero as Vicenza conceded three dramatic goals at Stamford Bridge in the 1998 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final

Roy Race: Revisited


As we celebrate the immense durability of Ryan Giggs and Kevin Phillips, and the dash and daring of Gareth Bale, lest we forget it is 20 years since the man who inspired them hung up his boots. We recall the playing career of a man who helped footballers reevaluate what was physically possible…

Roy Race, of Melchester Rovers, may well have been the best player ever produced on British shores

Fritz Walter: The Hero of Berne


This is a story about a man who not only survived the Second World War, but who played the game of his life in order to save his life in a prisoner-of-war camp. Nine years after Fritz Walter’s ability had saved him from near-certain death in a Siberian gulag, he would go on to win the World Cup…

Fritz Walter

Liverpool FC: The Legend Of The Curlett Cup


Twice in the Sixties, Bill Shankly’s Liverpool secured the league title and on both occasions the Football League trophy was absent on the day of triumph. With the Reds players waiting to celebrate, the fans in the Kop produced a makeshift cup of their own, which has gone down in Anfield folklore…

The Curlett Cup can now be found in the Liverpool FC museum

Bundesliga: The Eighties


The “Bundesliga 50″ series continues with the third part of our history of German football. After two strong decades, things couldn’t possibly get any better for German football fans in the Eighties, but they didn’t get much worse. However, a worrying trend for losing in major finals began to emerge…

The Bundesliga is in its 50th year in 2012-13 and the famous piece of silverware has been lifted by some famous names over the years (Peter Price)


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