Issue Seven

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This Issue

Jonathan Wilson, Editor's Note

El Dorado

Carl Worswick, The Ball and the Gun - After a political rival was murdered, the Colombian government set up the world's richest league

Stany Sirutis, The Blond Giant - Among the influx of foreign players to El Dorado was the Lithuanian goalkeeper Vytausas Krisciunas


Jonathan Wilson, Ivica Osim - The great Bosnian coach reflects on the war, Japan and Alan Mullery's lack of fair play

The Victorian Age

Paul Brown, The First Columnist - How an early journalist for the Northern Echo helped shape the modern game

John Harding, Stiffy the Goalkeeper - Lazy, drunken and corruptible, the first footballing hero of the stage could hardly have been less heroic

Henry Leach, Out with a League Team - A journalist, writing in 1900, describes his experiences travelling the country reporting on Notts County


Joachim Barbier, Don Leo's Odyssey - From Amsterdam to Madrid to Gaudalajara to Budapest, Leo Beenhakker has never stopped learning

Philippe Auclair, The English Spaniard - Roberto Mart

The Vanishing

Anthony Clavane, The Strange Disappearing of Leslie Goldberg - How the right back who became Les Gaunt encapsulated the experiences of many 1930s Jewish footballers

Gunnar Persson, Ten Past Ten and Ten Pastis - Gunnar Andersson's journey from Marseille legend to homeless alcoholic

Richard Winton, End of the Road - Gretna's rise was a romantic fairy tale, their collapse provides grimly real lessons for all of Scottish football

Paolo Bandini, Safe as Houses - Espen Baardsen was a Norway international but at 25 he gave up football to work in finance


Zac Lee Rigg, Breaking the Mould - Last year Johnny Saelua became the first transgender person to play in World Cup qualifying

Zach Slaton, In Arsene We Trust - However frustrating this season, the numbers suggest Arsenal would be worse off without Arsene Wenger

Brian Phillips, Dictionary of Received Ideas - A guide to what pundits really mean when they use certain terms

Elliot Turner, Follow the Money - How Nicaragua's national stadium highlights the problems with Fifa's Goal project

Sergio Levinsky, The Third Party - A tax avoidance scandal in Argentina could have ramifications across the globe


David Ashton, The Limping God, part 2 - His football career ended by injury, John Brodie's life is going nowhere until he is sucked into the world of crime

Greatest Games

Dominic Bliss, Lazio 4-2 Ipswich Town - Uefa Cup, second round, second leg, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, 7 November 1973

Seven Bells

Scott Murray, Fouls and Fisticuffs - A selection of unsavoury incidents we're supposed to condemn

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