Revisited

  • Nottingham Forest’s ‘Miracle Men’ Collection

    WORDS AND ILLUSTRATIONS: STEVE GULBIS

    Inspired by Jonny Owen’s fantastic movie ‘I Believe in Miracles’ and Daniel Taylor’s brilliant book of the same name, football artist Steve Gulbis has designed a colourful collection of postcards and prints commemorating the Nottingham Forest ‘Miracle Men’ and it is simply magnificent…

    NFFC European Cup winners

  • Swan Songs: Dugarry at Birmingham

    WORDS: JAMES DALE

    Mavericks stand out, but players so clearly head and shoulders above their team-mates can single-handedly change a club’s fortunes. Christophe Dugarry may not have enjoyed prolonged success at Birmingham City but his goals and grace may well have kept them in the Premier League in 2003…

  • The Empoli Hero Sent To His Death At Mauthausen

    WORDS: PAOLO BRUSCHI

    Carlo Castellani was Empoli’s record goalscorer for almost a century and gives his name to the club’s stadium, but his story is a tragic one. With the Second World War nearly over, he was rounded up and deported along with 100 anti-fascists as part of a desperate last stand by the occupying Nazis…

    Debut

  • The Other Legendary Shankly

    WORDS: ADAM POWLEY AND ROBERT GILLAN

    Bill Shankly is one of the most famous football managers of all-time but he also had four brothers, all of whom played the game professionally. In an excerpt from ‘Shankly’s Village’, a new book about the history and astonishing footballing pedigree of his home town Glenbuck, Adam Powley and Robert Gillan tell the story of Bob Shankly, a managerial legend in his own right…

    Soccer - Dundee Manager Bill Shankly watches player Ian Ure sign for Arsenal - 1963

  • The Heyday Of The Football Annual

    INTERVIEW BY DOMINIC BLISS

    A new book celebrating the traditional football annual has been released just in time for Christmas and it really is as good as it looks. Co-author Ian Preece emerged from the dusty archives to tell us a bit more about what we can expect to find in the pages of this majestic hardback book…

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  • 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…

  • 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…

    Willi Steffen
    Image: Press Association Images

  • 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…

  • 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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  • Revisited: Puskás In Florence

    WORDS: PAOLO BRUSCHI

    When Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, the Honvéd squad were in Bilbao for a European Cup tie. As the players decided not to return to their homeland, their captain, Ferenc Puskás, initially moved to Italy, where he played for a team you’ve never heard of…

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