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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Falling for Football… Bloody Hell!

WORDS: EVAN BARTLETT

A collection of hazy reminiscences, euphoric moments and gritty tales of the game’s place in our lives, Falling for Football is a rose-tinted nostalgia-fest and it is all the better for it. This selection of stories from 44 well-loved football writers and bloggers will strike a chord with supporters everywhere…

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Why I Support The Irons

WORDS: TOM VICTOR

It hasn’t always been easy supporting West Ham over the past two decades, but amidst the ups and downs at Upton Park there have been more than enough memorable moments and dubious heroes to fill a questionable, claret-tinted version of Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’. No seriously…

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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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