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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…

    The Life & Times of Herbert Chapman by Patrick Barclay jacket image

  • Dusty Books and Draconian Officials

    WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

    Old football books can give us an insight into attitudes and behavioural norms that have long been abandoned by the game. Ivan Sharpe’s ’40 Years in Football’ gives an outrageous example of the way officials used to deal with dissent in the early twentieth century. Now, it reads like the stuff of satire…

    Harald_Lechner,_Fußballschiedsrichter_(05)

  • 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

    Juve dps

  • The Lost Boys Of Totti’s Roma

    WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

    They counted Francesco Totti and Gianluigi Buffon as equals and were considered to be the stars of Italian youth football in the early 1990s, but many of AS Roma’s youth league-winning class of 1993 never tasted the fame and fortune of footballing success. A new documentary seeks to find out more…

    AS Roma youth players celebrate clinching the Scudetto in 1993

  • The Kids Are Alright

    WORDS: CHRISTOPH WAGNER

    Parents screaming from the sidelines have long been an unspoken problem in youth football, but one revolutionary kids’ coach in Germany has suggested three simple rules to combat the problem and his ideas have started to spark interested in the upper echelons of the game’s governing bodies…

    Kids playing football

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