The Inside Left

Brian McBride: ‘Fulhamerica’

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Ahead of the United States’ visit to Craven Cottage for tomorrow’s international friendly against Colombia, we spoke to legendary centre-forward Brian McBride about his time at Fulham, the continuing growth of the game in America and the heritage of his old west London stomping ground…

Searching for Erbstein

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Ahead of the launch of my debut book, I began to reflect on the difficulties faced by a writer trying to uncover an untold story. The name Ernő Egri Erbstein means very little even to those of us who claim to know our football history, but the Hungarian Jew who built the Grande Torino was a key influence on the modern game. So why was his story forgotten for so many years?

Stood astride his Lucchese squad

A Certain Romance: Banstead Athletic And Me

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As a teenager with dreams of becoming a sports writer, I answered an advert in the local paper to cover Banstead Athletic matches and my love of non-league football was born. Even amid the ugliness and emptiness of a local sports ground on a cold midweek evening, there is beauty to be found in our game

Margate v Banstead

Empty Promises: Depression In Football

WORDS: CHRISTOPH WAGNER

It is now four-and-a-half years since Robert Enke tragically took his own life in autumn 2009, but despite calls at the time for a wider discussion about depression in sport, the subject very quickly slid off the agenda. Andreas Biermann’s suicide on Saturday shows that nothing has changed…

Andreas Biermann

A World Cup Covers Album

INTERVIEWS: DOMINIC BLISS

The World Cup is a cause of great agonising in publishing offices around the world as the editorial teams of football magazines sit down and figure out how to make their cover stand out from all the others looking to depict the tournament in unique and original ways. We looked at some of this year’s finest World Cup covers with the help of the people who designed, illustrated and commissioned them…

Covers Collage

Kerzhakov: A Great Russian Novelty

WORDS: ROB DILLON

The ups and downs of Aleksandr Kerzhakov’s career could fill a Russian novel, but he popped up when it mattered in this World Cup to salvage a point from an opening game to forget against South Korea. Yet that record-equalling goal was just the latest episode in his long-running international saga…

AAKerzahkov

Thirty-One Nil: On The Road With The Outsiders

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS
PHOTOGRAPHY: JAMES MONTAGUE

James Montague travelled the world following the game’s ultimate underdogs as they attempted to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. We asked him about the highs and lows of a journey on which he was tear-gassed in three different continents and witnessed football’s first American Samoan victory haka…

San Marino 2 The World Cup

The Football Pink: ‘A Collective Endeavour’

WORDS: ALEX STEWART

With a World Cup around the corner, every publication going is releasing its tournament special and The Football Pink is no different in that respect, but it is, however, very different in most other respects. Here, one contributor explains the joy of writing for this independent football writers’ collective…

FOOTBALLPINKCOVER

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

Andrea Pirlo: I Think Therefore I Play

WORDS: CHRIS COLLINS

You have read the excerpts, now it’s time for the reviews of the outrageously hip Italian maestro’s autobiography. The good news is that Andrea Pirlo writes how he plays, and there are plenty of previously untold stories to take in as Italy’s surprisingly forthcoming bearded genius opens up…

Pirlo Juve 2

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