The Inside Left

  • A Certain Romance: Banstead Athletic And Me

    WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

    As a teenager with dreams of becoming a sports writer, I answered an advert in the local paper to cover Banstead Athletic matches and my love of non-league football was born. Even amid the ugliness and emptiness of a local sports ground on a cold midweek evening, there is beauty to be found in our game

    Margate v Banstead

  • Empty Promises: Depression In Football

    WORDS: CHRISTOPH WAGNER

    It is now four-and-a-half years since Robert Enke tragically took his own life in autumn 2009, but despite calls at the time for a wider discussion about depression in sport, the subject very quickly slid off the agenda. Andreas Biermann’s suicide on Saturday shows that nothing has changed…

    Andreas Biermann

  • A World Cup Covers Album

    INTERVIEWS: DOMINIC BLISS

    The World Cup is a cause of great agonising in publishing offices around the world as the editorial teams of football magazines sit down and figure out how to make their cover stand out from all the others looking to depict the tournament in unique and original ways. We looked at some of this year’s finest World Cup covers with the help of the people who designed, illustrated and commissioned them…

    Covers Collage

  • Kerzhakov: A Great Russian Novelty

    WORDS: ROB DILLON

    The ups and downs of Aleksandr Kerzhakov’s career could fill a Russian novel, but he popped up when it mattered in this World Cup to salvage a point from an opening game to forget against South Korea. Yet that record-equalling goal was just the latest episode in his long-running international saga…

    AAKerzahkov

  • Thirty-One Nil: On The Road With The Outsiders

    INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS
    PHOTOGRAPHY: JAMES MONTAGUE

    James Montague travelled the world following the game’s ultimate underdogs as they attempted to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. We asked him about the highs and lows of a journey on which he was tear-gassed in three different continents and witnessed football’s first American Samoan victory haka…

    San Marino 2 The World Cup

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