Issue Four

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This Issue

Jonathan Wilson, Editor's Note

Barcelona

Graham Hunter, The Inverted Sheepdog - The inside story of how Xavi emerged as the central hub of the world's greatest team

David Winner, Corrida of Uncertainty - How the cruelty of tiki-taka resembles bull-fighting

Scott Oliver, The Other Rival, Another Way - When the nastiest rivalry in Spain was between Barcelona and Athletic

Interview

Philippe Auclair, Alex Ferguson - The Manchester United manager tells Philippe Auclair about his early start, the importance of continuity and his need to be alone

London

Ian Hawkey, Capital Failings - Football clubs in democratic capitals tend to underperform and London is no exception

Martin Cloake, A Very English Visionary - How the understated radicalism of Arthur Rowe defined Tottenham's style

Nick Szczepanik, South of the River - For a spell in the eighties, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Wimbledon challenged the elite

Bob Yule, The Bald Eagle and the Modern Way - How Jim Smith brough the 3-5-2 to Queens Park Rangers

Theory

Patrick Dessault, Deschamps-Suaudeau - Didier Deschamps and Jean-Claude Suaudeau debate the modern vogue for attacking football

Sam Kelly, The New Enganche - Javier Pastore talks about his move to Paris Saint-Germain and living up to the playmaking ideal

Africa

Pablo Manriquez and Backpagepix, Unlikely Hosts, Unlikelier Winners - Images from the 2012 African Cup of Nations

Jonathan Wilson, Victory Song - How Zambia's emotional triumph restored the zest to the Cup of Nations

Gary Al-Smith, The Barefoot Pioneers - CK Gyamfi explains how a bootless tour to Britain helped shape the game in Ghana

David Lynch, Ultra Violence - After the horrors of Port Said, the exact role of ultras in the downfall of Hosny Mubarak remains unclear

In Appreciation Of

Sheridan Bird, Ronaldo in Moscow - A slalom through the Luzhniki mud confirmed the genius of "O Fenomeno"

Juliet Jacques, Toussaint on Zidane - What the World Cup final headbutt meant to the Belgian writer

Polemics

Pete Grathoff, Pele v Beckham - Which of the icons had the greater impact on football in the USA?

Brian Phillips, The Other Cup - How do you solve a problem like the Europa League?

Rob Langham, Continental Drift - Kazakhstan has slipped behind Uzbekistan since it abandoned Asia

Football Manager

Iain Macintosh, The Ballad of Bobby Manager: My Autobiography - When somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously...

Greatest Games

Dan Edwards, Racing 1 Celtic 0 - Intercontinental Cup final play off, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, 4 November 1967

Eight Bells

Scott Murray, Shirt Tales - The history behind a selection of iconic kits

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