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A CYPRIOT PREDICAMENT

“Mr Cassidy, who gave the referee the money?” 

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.

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. 

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.

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.”"

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.

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. 

#IBWM100 2016

Here you go, the class of 2016....

#IBWM100 2016 - INTRODUCTION

On Wednesday, 23 December at 10am GMT we will publish the #IBWM100 for 2016 - our list of the most exciting young players in world football.

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.  

BLOOD IN THE WATER

Sport is defined by its iconic and unforgettable moments and within those moments are the photographs which encapsulate them.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

RIVER PLATE: IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME

It begins with a haunting memory- a trauma. A memory that serves as the demonic gateway back to that day.

ABELARDISMO: LIVING THE DREAM IN GIJON

“No one defends the badge of Sporting better than the products of the youth academy”. 

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.

CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN

As half-time fare it seemed a little unusual.

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