The Inside Left

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…

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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…

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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…

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Patrick Barclay On Herbert Chapman

INTERVIEW: LAYTH YOUSIF

Herbert Chapman was one of the game’s great innovators – a man of principle who changed the face of football management and led clubs as different as Huddersfield Town and Arsenal to unparalleled success. We caught up with Patrick Barclay to find about his new biography of the master tactician…

The Life & Times of Herbert Chapman by Patrick Barclay jacket image

Eight By Eight: Not Your Average Football Mag

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Their striking design spreads have been doing the rounds on Twitter since they launched issue one last year, and shortly after the launch of issue two, Eight by Eight magazine are beginning to make a name for themselves around the world. I caught up with the team behind America’s latest football publication

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The Lost Boys Of Totti’s Roma

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

They counted Francesco Totti and Gianluigi Buffon as equals and were considered to be the stars of Italian youth football in the early 1990s, but many of AS Roma’s youth league-winning class of 1993 never tasted the fame and fortune of footballing success. A new documentary seeks to find out more…

AS Roma youth players celebrate clinching the Scudetto in 1993

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