The Inside Left

Andrea Pirlo: I Think Therefore I Play


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


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

Dusty Books and Draconian Officials


Old football books can give us an insight into attitudes and behavioural norms that have long been abandoned by the game. Ivan Sharpe’s ’40 Years in Football’ gives an outrageous example of the way officials used to deal with dissent in the early twentieth century. Now, it reads like the stuff of satire…


Eight By Eight: Not Your Average Football Mag


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


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

The Kids Are Alright


Parents screaming from the sidelines have long been an unspoken problem in youth football, but one revolutionary kids’ coach in Germany has suggested three simple rules to combat the problem and his ideas have started to spark interested in the upper echelons of the game’s governing bodies…

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Why You Should Have Heard Of Jamie Paterson


Nottingham Forest are not short of money by Championship standards, but the latest City Ground sensation is not an expensive signing but a young British striker who announced himself to the nation with an FA Cup hat-trick against West Ham in January and has not stopped scoring since…

Jamie Paterson Nottingham Forest Nottm City Ground

Hardcore Like Kamil Glik


The tower under the Maratona, Kamil Glik is an imposing opponent at the heart of the Torino defence at the best of times, but his no-nonsense approach has seen him become the subject of a hip-hop track about his no-nonsense approach and the contrast it paints next to the hair-wax heroes he marks…

The Football Pink: A Review


With an ever-growing multitude of football writing to choose from, it is not an easy time to launch a new football journal, but that hasn’t stopped The Football Pink from releasing Issue Two of their quarterly collection. We settled down with a cup of tea, an open mind and their latest offering…

The Football Pink

Why You Should Have Heard Of… Graziano Pelle


The handsome Italian striker is setting the Eredivisie alight with Feyenoord, having netted 27 goals in 29 games last season and carried his form into the current campaign. We asked a Dutch admirer to run the rule over the man who might just tempt Serie A’s big guns to give him a second chance…

Graziano Pelle - Robert Hertel (via Flickr)


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