Denis HurleyComment

THAT MANCHESTER UNITED NUMBER SEVEN THING

George Best played 470 games for Manchester United. Never did he have to carry the substitute’s number 12.

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THAT MANCHESTER UNITED NUMBER SEVEN THING
Jake Farrell4 Comments

THIS IS STEVENAGE

As you pull into the train station, heading north, you are greeted with the sight of what is officially, and generously, called “The Kings Park”. It's pan-flat, grey and crushingly boring; essentially a car park studded with identikit retail units.

Jake Farrell4 Comments
THIS IS STEVENAGE
Chris Nee5 Comments

DOOMSDAY FOR THE DERELICT

As the wind whips along the eastern edge of Aston Park on a blustery Tuesday morning and whistles under the overhang of the Trinity Road Stand, it's easy to imagine Villa Park as an abandoned stadium. 

Chris Nee5 Comments
DOOMSDAY FOR THE DERELICT
Arya HashemiComment

SABA, TRACTOR AND THE FLEX OF THE MILITARY

Fate would dictate that Saba Qom and Tractor Sazi would meet in the Hafzi Cup last sixteen. The match would turn out to be ill-tempered and tempestuous - one which would see Tractor Sazi finish with nine men - but also one that would bring the two clubs’ mounting tensions to a head.

Arya HashemiComment
SABA, TRACTOR AND THE FLEX OF THE MILITARY
Eamonn Foster6 Comments

SCARED TO GET HAPPY: THE LACK OF ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS IN EUROPE

"“I asked a Spanish reporter if any big clubs in the Peninsula had eyes on British stars.”

“I don’t think so,” he said. “You have some grand craftsmen, but the Spanish prefer artistes, of which you have only a dozen or so. It’s also exceptional for British professionals to be happy abroad.”"

Eamonn Foster6 Comments
SCARED TO GET HAPPY: THE LACK OF ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS IN EUROPE

COULD A BALKAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE EVER WORK?

“We cannot go back. We all have our countries and we all want to be winners and have our teams play in Europe,” says Davor Suker, head of the Croatian FA, when he was asked about the reformation of a united Balkan league encompassing all of the former Yugoslavian countries.

COULD A BALKAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE EVER WORK?

AS TRENCIN: THE FC PORTO OF CENTRAL EUROPE

When Tschen La Ling, the former Ajax and Netherlands winger, entered the structures took over as the new owner of AS Trenčín in 2007, he said that the club would dominate in Slovakian football and play regularly in the Champions League. 

AS TRENCIN: THE FC PORTO OF CENTRAL EUROPE

IBWM 100 FOR 2015 - A YEAR IN REVIEW

In December 2014, after many months of in house argument, deliberation, research and deep reflection, we identified 100 young footballers across the globe that we believed to be the most exciting around.  

IBWM 100 FOR 2015 - A YEAR IN REVIEW
Eamonn Foster8 Comments

THE FOOTBALLER WHO COULD DO IT ALL: REMEMBERING EL MÁGICO

Jorge González probably wouldn’t have survived in modern day football. Or rather, let’s say, it wouldn’t really be for him.

Eamonn Foster8 Comments
THE FOOTBALLER WHO COULD DO IT ALL: REMEMBERING EL MÁGICO
Steve PriceComment

A WHITE ELEPHANT AMONG WHITE ELEPHANTS

On September third, the Republic of Korea played Laos as part of their qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup. But instead of playing in the Seoul World Cup stadium, or any other World Cup stadium for that matter, they played in the Hwaseong Stadium, built four years ago, in the middle of nowhere, and without a professional tenant club.

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A WHITE ELEPHANT AMONG WHITE ELEPHANTS
Tom Filer1 Comment

WAR, BROKEN ARMS AND COVENTRY CITY

Bosnian footballers have been no strangers to European Football; Safet Sušić was one of the greatest players of his generation in the 80s, and since the nation’s independence, Elvir Bolić and Hasan Salihamidžić have both picked up Champions League medals with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively. 

Tom Filer1 Comment
WAR, BROKEN ARMS AND COVENTRY CITY

KING OF THE SQUARE METRE

Earlier this summer the Chilean national football team finally reached its manifest destiny, after 99 years of hurt they won the Copa America.

KING OF THE SQUARE METRE
Tom Brogan1 Comment

THE GREEN ARROW

In the 1963/64 season Celtic had begun to show the pedigree in Europe that they would become known for over the following decade.

Tom Brogan1 Comment
THE GREEN ARROW

A DESIGN FOR LIFE: CUBILLA AND OLIMPIA

There are very few figures in world football who have enjoyed managerial careers just as successful as their playing days.

A DESIGN FOR LIFE: CUBILLA AND OLIMPIA

EDINBURGH'S OTHER DERBY

The Playhouse Theatre stands pertly next to the bulgingly prominent Omni Vue cinema complex within the cultural and commercial hubbub of Edinburgh’s New Town.

EDINBURGH'S OTHER DERBY