Off The Beaten Track: Polish Football Landscapes

PHOTOGRAPHY AND WORDS: PRZEMEK NICIEJEWSKI

Away from the big cities and the major leagues lie Poland’s forgotten football fields and during the off-season they are at their most beautiful. Neglected, they simultaneously blend in and jar with their surroundings, but come the end of the winter break, they will be ready for action once again…

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Julio Libonatti: First of the Oriundi

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Like Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and Cesar Luis Menotti, he was born in Rosario and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to earn his fortune, but Julio Libonatti’s place in football history was assured when he took advantage of his dual nationality to represent both Argentina and Italy. When the lethal Torino marksmen accepted Mussolini’s offer to become a sporting repatriate, he started a lasting trend…

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Julian Speroni: Hands of God

WORDS: BRYAN DAVIES

The fans at Selhurst Park call him ‘Manos de Dios’, but it took a while before the safe hands of Julián Speroni were truly appreciated by the many Crystal Palace managers who have come and gone since the Argentinean arrived in south London over 10 years ago. Now he is a bona fide club legend…

Gladbach Away: ‘This Is What Tradition Looks Like’

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: PRZEMEK NICIEJEWSKI

Following away supporters on the road in European competition can be a colourful hobby for a photographer, so when the hordes of Gladbach travelling fans showed up in sleepy Villarreal, the resulting culture clash was always likely to make for some vibrant images, as our album shows…

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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?

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Chair Held High: Mondonico’s Torino

WORDS: PAUL GRECH

In this excerpt from Il Re Calcio: Stories from Italian Football, we take a look back at the resurgent Torino side of Scifo, Casagrande and Lentini, who came so close to European glory in 1992 under the astute management of their underappreciated, chair-wielding coach Emiliano Mondonico…

Crazy Hearts But No Regrets

WORDS: JOEL SKED

From the outside, it might look as though the last decade has been a dystopian nightmare for Hearts supporters. Tynecastle has been the setting for some of the most bizarre scenes in Scottish football in recent times but one Jambos fan explains why he has been thoroughly entertained by the chaos…

The Happy Doonhamer

WORDS: GIANCARLO RINALDI

“The Queen of the South will rise up,” we like to say, quoting the line which makes ours The Only Team in the Bible. Yes, there have been long spells of emotional grey skies and the drizzle of depression but, every so often, the warm sunshine of genuine happiness breaks through at Palmerston Park…

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Together For The Goal

EDITOR: MATT HOMER
PRODUCER: NICK GOULDS

Japanese fan culture is an organised passion and being a core supporter of a J.League club involves dedication, love and loyalty. Last year, two amateur English film makers and a local ex-pat journalist were invited to follow Montedio Yamagata fan Syu Oba and discover what his club means to him…

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