Revisited

The Empoli Hero Sent To His Death At Mauthausen

WORDS: PAOLO BRUSCHI

Carlo Castellani was Empoli’s record goalscorer for almost a century and gives his name to the club’s stadium, but his story is a tragic one. With the Second World War nearly over, he was rounded up and deported along with 100 anti-fascists as part of a desperate last stand by the occupying Nazis…

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The Other Legendary Shankly

WORDS: ADAM POWLEY AND ROBERT GILLAN

Bill Shankly is one of the most famous football managers of all-time but he also had four brothers, all of whom played the game professionally. In an excerpt from ‘Shankly’s Village’, a new book about the history and astonishing footballing pedigree of his home town Glenbuck, Adam Powley and Robert Gillan tell the story of Bob Shankly, a managerial legend in his own right…

Soccer - Dundee Manager Bill Shankly watches player Ian Ure sign for Arsenal - 1963

The Heyday Of The Football Annual

INTERVIEW BY DOMINIC BLISS

A new book celebrating the traditional football annual has been released just in time for Christmas and it really is as good as it looks. Co-author Ian Preece emerged from the dusty archives to tell us a bit more about what we can expect to find in the pages of this majestic hardback book…

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The Day of the Magic Cat

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As Italy prepare to face Norway tonight, we look back at the moment when a fingertip save spared the Azzurri from World Cup humiliation and denied the Norwegians a shot at unlikely glory. This is the story of Aldo Olivieri, who survived emergency surgery on his skull to inspire Italy to glory in 1938…

Willi Steffen: English Football’s First Swiss Import

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As England prepare to host Switzerland in a Euro 2016 qualifier tonight, we remember Willi Steffen, the fighter pilot from Bern who became the first Swiss footballer to play in England when he joined Chelsea in May 1946 and left six months later with a black eye and a famous new friend…

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Image: Press Association Images

Greatest Goals: Giacinto Facchetti v Liverpool (1965)

WORDS: PAOLO BRUSCHI

Helenio Herrera’s ‘Grande Inter’ may be know for perfecting the catenaccio system, but in Giacinto Facchetti they also boasted one of the game’s greatest-ever attacking full-backs, who downed Bill Shankly’s Liverpool when he finished a breathtaking counterattack in a European Cup semi-final…

Felice Borel: Crossing the Turin Divide

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Ahead of this weekend’s Derby della Mole, we revisit the career of a Juventus hero who played a key role in the development of Torino’s greatest-ever team. Felice Borel, the man who crossed the city three times, influencing two of the most successful club sides in Italian football history…

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Revisited: Puskás In Florence

WORDS: PAOLO BRUSCHI

When Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, the Honvéd squad were in Bilbao for a European Cup tie. As the players decided not to return to their homeland, their captain, Ferenc Puskás, initially moved to Italy, where he played for a team you’ve never heard of…

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Swan Songs: Diego Tristán at West Ham

WORDS: TOM VICTOR

After his days as a Champions League star with Deportivo had come to an end, Diego Tristán surprised a few when he made the move to Upton Park in 2008 under the management of Gianfranco Zola, and although his stay in East London was not exactly barnstorming, he certainly had his moments…

Walter Petron: The Little Butterfly

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

On the 70th anniversary of his tragic death in a wartime air raid, we remember Walter Petron, the delicate Torino playmaker whose mentor was forced out of his job by the fascists and whose own career was stopped in its tracks by the outbreak of war. This is a story of what might have been.

Olivieri, Petron and Gaddoni

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