The Journey’s End

WORDS: SAM PARKIN

What goes through the mind of a journeyman professional when he decides to call time on his playing career? Former Ipswich, Swindon and St Mirren striker Sam Parkin recalls the moment when he realised it was time to hang up his football boots and how he coped in the months that followed…

The Day of the Magic Cat

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As Italy prepare to face Norway tonight, we look back at the moment when a fingertip save spared the Azzurri from World Cup humiliation and denied the Norwegians a shot at unlikely glory. This is the story of Aldo Olivieri, who survived emergency surgery on his skull to inspire Italy to glory in 1938…

The Win That Healed Irish Football

WORDS: SEAN DUFFY

Thursday’s momentous victory over Germany at Lansdowne Road was not only Ireland’s first victory over a higher-ranked team since 2007, it was also the night that Irish football rediscovered its identity after years of indecisiveness, and Roy Keane has been at the centre of events throughout…

Willi Steffen: English Football’s First Swiss Import

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As England prepare to host Switzerland in a Euro 2016 qualifier tonight, we remember Willi Steffen, the fighter pilot from Bern who became the first Swiss footballer to play in England when he joined Chelsea in May 1946 and left six months later with a black eye and a famous new friend…

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Massimo Bonini: San Marino’s Champion

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

You might not know it but the San Marino national team once boasted a European champion in their midsts. Massimo Bonini won the lot as the metronome at the heart of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Juventus in the 1980s before becoming a Sammarinese hero when he captained and coached his homeland…

Two National Teams Without Nations, Yet…

WORDS: EUAN McTEAR

The Basque and Catalan national teams are not recognised by FIFA or UEFA and only play occasional friendlies, but passions run high whenever their representatives take to the pitch. Recent high-profile games between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao got Euan McTear thinking…

Greatest Goals: Giacinto Facchetti v Liverpool (1965)

WORDS: PAOLO BRUSCHI

Helenio Herrera’s ‘Grande Inter’ may be know for perfecting the catenaccio system, but in Giacinto Facchetti they also boasted one of the game’s greatest-ever attacking full-backs, who downed Bill Shankly’s Liverpool when he finished a breathtaking counterattack in a European Cup semi-final…

When The Saints Go Marching Down

WORDS: EUAN McTEAR

Relegation is usually a time for mourning, but as Saint Mirren return to the second tier of Scottish football they do so with as many fond memories of the nine years in the top flight as dire ones. One Saints fan reflects on the good, the bad and the Eric Djemba-Djemba deal…

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Rise Of The Independent Football Mag

Despite the proliferation of football websites and blogs over the past decade or two, there are still many who believe there is a place for the good old football magazine. We take a look at some of the independent British publications to have sprung up in recent times and ask what makes them special

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Felice Borel: Crossing the Turin Divide

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Ahead of this weekend’s Derby della Mole, we revisit the career of a Juventus hero who played a key role in the development of Torino’s greatest-ever team. Felice Borel, the man who crossed the city three times, influencing two of the most successful club sides in Italian football history…

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