Retroselective

  • 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

  • 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

  • “El Clasico” Team Of The Nineties

    WORDS: ROB FIELDER

    The decade of the Dream Team, Fernando Redondo’s magical Old Trafford back-heel and the divide-crossing antics of Michael Laudrup and Luis Enrique, the Nineties saw Barcelona and Real Madrid spawn many legends, but what if you were asked to select the ultimate XI from both teams…

    AmorFerrerMussonsGuardiola

  • Over There: Yanks Abroad XI

    WORDS: MATT BENSON

    Some fine players have made their way across the Atlantic to show us Europeans that Americans can also play the beautiful game. Today, the man behind socceroverthere.com picks his ultimate team of US internationals to have plied their trade abroad. Unfortunately, he could only select one goalkeeper

    The US public are slowly but surely taking to soccer and the European football loving public are certainly taking to America's star players (image by wjarrettc via Flickr)

  • Retroselective: Non-Clasico Team Of The Nineties

    WORDS: TOM VICTOR

    La Liga may have been dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent years, but as recently as the Nineties, there were several other sides in the running for the Spanish championship. One brave soul has stuck his neck out and chosen his non-Clasico Nineties Dream Team. We think you’ll like it…

  • Retroselective: Zeman Eleven

    WORDS: EMANUELE GIULIANELLI

    Since taking his first managerial job in 1983, Zdenek Zeman has coached some incredibly talented players and enthralled legions of Italians with his adventurous style. This is one man’s attempt to pick the very best XI to have been coached by the man who created his own cult of attacking football…

    Zdenek_Zeman_Foggia

  • Retroselective: Serie A In The Nineties

    WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

    For the first time ever, the Nineties saw overseas domestic football find its way onto British television as Channel 4 began screening Football Italia. A whole new generation of calcio fans was born in the UK and one of them has chosen his Serie A team of the decade for TheInsideLeft. But do you agree?

    Milano_-_zona_san_siro_-_italia_-_roberto_baggio

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