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

Football Stickers And The Child Within

WORDS: BRYAN DAVIES

The way we interact with the game evolves, yet stickers remain constant, a throwback to bygone eras of simpler pleasures. In a world of instant gratification, the slow-paced, basic charm of sticker collecting is to be treasured because the football obsessive within us never fully grows up…

Panini

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

Europe: The All-Time World Cup XI

WORDS: ROB FIELDER

Five different European nations have won the World Cup, and several more have come close to lifting the most prestigious trophy in international football since its inception in 1930, making the task of selecting an all-time European XI from the tournament’s history an almost impossible task…

Muller,_Beckenbauer_en_trainer_Schon_1974

South America: The All-Time World Cup XI

WORDS: ROB FIELDER

Selecting the ultimate South American XI from every tournament to date is an unenviable task, but if anybody knows how to whittle down the great and the good into one glorious team, it is Rob Fielder, author of the recently published Complete History of the World Cup. Find out who made the cut…

Djalma_Santos,_Pelé_and_Gilmar_1958

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

Scotland 74: A World Cup Story

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Richard Gordon’s latest book is a celebration of the closest a Scotland side has ever come to progressing from the first stage of a World Cup finals, when their team of superstars somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the dying seconds. Forty years on, it still hurts…

Bremner vs Zaire

Il Grande Torino

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS
ARTWORK: CORRADO GOLÈ

The Grande Torino were no ordinary champions. They dominated Italian football in the forties and became a symbol of resurgent post-war Italy, whether in the granata of Toro or the azzurri of the national team. We remember the men who lost their lives in the Superga air disaster on 4 May 1949…

Lisbon handshake

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