Released in March 2020, Issue 36 contains six sections of articles including: Rob Bagchi on how Bielsa's honesty re-energised Leeds United, Rayco González on why Simeone's philosophy has ramifications beyond football, and Asker Hedegaard Boye on how last season's Europa League final summed up the modern game.
Released in December 2019, Issue 35 contains six sections of articles including: Gary Hartley on how Leeds United fans fought back against the far-right, Andrew Downie on Pele’s 1000th goal and Jon Spurling on how Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal finally came together.
Released in December 2019, The Best of the First Five Years is a selection of 23 of our favourite contributions from 2011-2015. There’s Uli Hesse on St Pauli’s ethos, David Tryhorn sits down with Socrates and Igor Rabiner travels with Avram Grant through Siberia. Plus lots, lots more.
Published in September 2019, Issue Thirty Four contains five sections of articles, including: Ewan MacKenna on how Bolsonaro hijacked Brazil's Copa América triumph, Nick Ames and Jonathan Wilson on Algeria at the Cup of Nations and Scott Oliver on what makes a club and why the colours seem to matter so much more than other aspects.
Published in June 2019, Issue Thirty Three contains eight sections of articles, including: James Montague on Qatar's Asian Cup win and their development off the pitch, Roger Domeneghetti on the England team that travelled to Mexico for an unofficial World Cup in 1971 and Paul Brown on the Wales centre-forward that stole a pair of hens.
Published in March 2019, Issue Thirty Two contains 15 articles in 7 sections, including: James Montague on how the Hakeem al-Araibi affair has confirmed the end of the unifying dream of Bahraini football, Jonathan Wilson on the Copa Libertadores final and how it exposed tensions in globalised football, and Simon Hart on Richarlison's escape from the drug gangs of Nova Venécia.
Published in December 2018, Issue Thirty One features 20 articles in 7 sections, including James Montague looking back on Thaksin Shinawatra's ownership of Manchester City, Carl Worswick on Colombia's 5-0 victory over Argentina in 1993, the misunderstood geniuses of Hatem ben Arfa, Jesus Navas and Georgi Kinkladze, and the time Henry Kissinger went to watch Grimsby Town v Gillingham
First published in September 2018, Issue Twenty Thirty contains 16 articles in 5 sections, including Jonathan Wilson's reflections on the 2018 World Cup, the story of football on the Antarctic ice with Ernest Shackleton, Charlton's return to the Valley, James Montague following Bhutan embarking on their World Cup qualification campaign and how English football has finally come around to Rafa Benitez.
First published in June 2018, Issue Twenty Nine contains 21 articles in 3 sections in a World Cup special, including tournament memories from Brian Oliver, Uli Hesse, Tim Vickery, Priya Ramesh and Dan Edwards, and features on Russia 2018 including what Spartak Nalchik of the lower leagues say about one of Russia minorities, David Conn on the collapse of Fifa and Samindra Kunti on how Tite dragged himself and Brazilian football into modernity.
First published in March 2018, Issue Twenty Eight contains 20 articles in 8 sections, including: David Winner on Brexit's alienation and post-imperial yearning and how it has parallels in football,. Jonathan Wilson on the erosion of faith in the institution of journalism, Michael Yokhin on Paderborn, the Icarus of the Bundesliga, and John Brewin on the Nevilles and the Gallaghers and how the two sets of brothers chart the changing face of football in Manchester.
First published in December 2017, Issue Twenty Seven contains 22 articles in 7 sections, including: Tom Williams speaking to Gary Lineker about his time at Barcelona and his tempestuous relationship with Johan Cruyff; Toke Theilade on the story of the first American footballer to play in Russia; James Montague on how Miodrag Belodidici escaped Romania to win the European Cup for a second time, Andrew McKirdy on Subbuteo and more.
First published in September 2017, Issue Twenty Six contains 23 articles in 7 sections, including Simon Hughes on what fan-owned clubs say about alienation from the Premier League, Priya Ramesh on how Dirk Kuyt helped Feyenoord end an 18-year drought, Manoj Narayan on why last season's champions are facing relegation in a shake-up of Indian football, and Philippe Auclair, Jonathan Northcroft, Tim Vickery and Brian Oliver, among others, look at their favourite stadiums.
First published in June 2017, Issue Twenty Five contains 18 articles in 7 sections, including: Luke Edwards on why Leyton Orient's slide out of the league matters, Felix Lill and Javier Sauras on the growth of football in Cuba, Igor Rabiner on how Monaco have reinvented themselves and Andrew Lees' personal quest into the life story of Brazilian great Garrincha.
First published in March 2017, Issue Twenty Four contains 19 articles in 7 sections, including: Anthony Clavane on the decline of heavy industry and the sad logic of Brexit in Yorkshire; Peter Frankopan looking at how in politics, economics and football the role of Asia is becoming more significant; and David Stubbs on the glorious summer of 1996 when all things seemed possible.
First published in December 2016, Issue Twenty Three contains 18 articles in 6 sections, including: Paul Simpson on the end of Ron Knee and Private Eye's relationship with football; Joe Devine talks to David Icke about football's role as an opiate to suppress the masses; and Rupert Fryer with a selection of nutmegs for the ages.
First published in September 2016, Issue Twenty Two contains 17 articles in 6 sections, including: Shaul Adar on football, family and the improbable success of Hapoel Be'er Sheva; Sam Wetherell on what San Jose Earthquakes tell us about the condition of Major League Soccer; and Juliet Jacques interviews Lilian Thuram on 1998, social cohesion and the importance of football as a political tool.
First published in June 2016, Issue Twenty One contains 15 articles in 8 sections, including: James Montague visiting Albania to get the lowdown on Ismail Morina and the drone controversy; Igor Rabiner on how a fall from a tree set Leonid Slutsky on his way to the top; and Amy Lawrence curates a people's history of the 1966 World Cup.
First published in March 2016, Issue Twenty contains 20 articles in 10 sections, including: Robin Bairner explaining why Hampden Park's old goalposts have pride of place in St-Étienne's club museum; the playwright Patrick Marber discusses football, drama, and his football drama; and Nick Miller with the unusual story of how a united Ireland side took on Brazil at the height of the Troubles and almost won.
First published in December 2015, Issue Nineteen contains 22 articles in 11 sections, including: Jonathan Wilson on José Mourinho, his methods, and why it always goes wrong in his third season; Felix Lill and Javier Sauras explore the history of Tasmania Berlin, the Bundesliga's worst ever team; and Rupert Fryer on the Peter Principle, and how promotion to a level of incompetence exists in football as well as business.
First published in September 2015, Issue Eighteen contains 20 articles in 8 sections, including: Scott Murray explains how Steve Nicol, not Barnes, Aldridge or Beardsley, was key to Liverpool's 1988-88 title win; Tsjalle van der Burg examines whether putting football on pay-TV actually makes any sense; and Jonathan Wilson on how under Jorge Sampaoli Chile discovered a pragmatic edge to win their first trophy.
First published in June 2015, Issue Seventeen contains 19 articles in 8 sections, including: Miguel Delaney talking to Paul Breitner on how a defeat for Bayern Munich paved the way for West Germany's 1974 World Cup win; Alexander Shea asks whether fans can fight back against clubs who seek to ignore their history for bland branding; and Michael Yokhin with a selection of giants who were unexpectedly relegated.
First published in March 2015, Issue Sixteen contains 18 articles in 8 sections, including: Louise Phillips examining how celebrated minnows Hereford United were let collapse into bankruptcy; James Corbett visits Qatar to find out what the reality is regarding the World Cup preparations on the ground; and Paul Simpson tries to establish which manager has been the most influential in inspiring future generations.
First published in December 2014, Issue Fifteen contains 20 articles in 8 sections, including: Jim Davies and Juan Felipe Rubio spend two days with Faustino Asprilla on his ranch in rural Colombia; George Caulkin on Mike Ashley and the cheapening of the Newcastle dream; and Denis Law speaks to Dominic Bliss about the year he spent playing for Torino in Serie A.
First published in September 2014, Issue Fourteen contains 20 articles in 7 sections, including: Ben Lyttleton trying to find out why the Dutch lost yet again on penalties; Elko Born on Johan Cruyff and the struggle for the soul of Dutch football; and Philippe Auclair revisits the kidnapping attempt on France manager Michel Hidalgo on the eve of the 1978 World Cup.
First published in June 2014, Issue Thirteen contains 19 articles in 7 sections, including: Uli Hesse reporting on the meeting between East and West Germany at the 1974 World Cup; Mike Phillips on how the Switzerland national team became part of the debate on immigration; and a look back at two Greatest Games - Hungary 4-2 Uruguay from the 1954 World Cup, and Italy 3-2 Brazil from the 1982 World Cup.
First published in March 2014, Issue Twelve contains 20 articles in 9 sections, including: Rabin Bairner's touching story of the French international who underwent knee surgery in 1982 and has yet to wake up; Philippe Auclair on whether the lessons of chess show football the way to an exciting new future; and Miguel Delaney interviews Johann Cruyff on his role in creating the Barcelona style and modern football.
First published in December 2013, Issue Eleven contains 21 articles in 9 sections, including: Igor Rabiner's journey with Avram Grant through Siberia to find the graves of his grandparents, Sam Kelly's interview with Horacio Elizondo, the man who sent of Zidane in the World Cup final; and Andi Thomas on the strange world of the back-up goalkeeper.
First published in September 2013, Issue Ten contains 22 articles in 10 sections, including: Richard Fitzpatrick looking back to an extraordinary example of match-fixing between Liverpool and Manchester United; Simon Kuper on how the Euro 88 semi-finals marked the peak of the Dutch-German football rivalry; and Miguel Delaney's Greatest Games piece on the AC Milan 2-1 Benfica European Cup final of 1963.
First published in June 2013, Issue Nine contains 21 articles in 11 sections, including: Gwendolyn Oxenham's experience searching for a kickabout in Iran being complicated by religion and gender politics; Zbigniew Boniek in conversation on Juventus, the modern game and his friendship with Michel Platini; and Igor Rabiner interviews Lev Yashin's widow on her recollections of the great goalkeeper.
First published in March 2013, Issue Eight contains 21 articles in 10 sections, including: Roy Henderson examining José Mourinho's cult of personality and how his charismatic authority fosters loyalty; Lars Sivertsen on how Zlatan Ibrahimović's upbringing shaped the footballer he became; and Scott Murray on the key moments in the history of televised football.
First published in December 2012, Issue Seven contains 20 articles in 9 sections, including: Espen Baardsen opening up on why he quit football at 25 for a career in finance; Carl Worswick on how the Colombian government set up 'El Dorado', the world's richest league; and features on the Victorian journalism that helped shaped the modern perception of football.
First published in September 2012, Issue Six contains 20 articles in 10 sections, including: Gabriele Marcotti's radical plan to rejig television schedules for the betterment of the game; Brendan Rodgers discusses the importance of possession football and what he's learned from José Mourinho; and Barney Ronay on how social media came into its own in Euro 2012.
First published in June 2012, Issue Five contains 19 articles in 10 sections, including: Philippe Auclair investigating why Michel Platini vote for Qatar and James Corbett on the significant unanswered questions about the World Cup bidding process; Ben Mabley on how fan culture is challenging Japanese social hierarchies; and Claus Lundekvam opening up to Lars Sivertsen on his battle against drink and drug addiction.
First published in March 2012, Issue Four contains 22 articles in 10 sections, including: Jonathan Wilson on how Zambia's emotional triumph restored zest to the Cup of Nations; Graham Hunter exploring how Xavi emerged as the creative hub of the world's greatest team; and Dan Edwards' Greatest Games feature looking back at the Intercontinental Cup final play-off between Racing and Celtic in 1967.
First published in December 2011, Issue Three is now out of stock and won't be reprinted. It contains 22 articles in 10 sections, including: Tim Vickery talking to Mario Zagallo and Tostão about 1970, Pelé and the Brazilian style; Barney Ronay on how modern football was shaped in a World War One internment camp; and Davidde Corran with the story of how Australia sent their national team to Saigon at the height of the Vietnam war.
First published in September 2011, Issue Two contains 17 articles in 11 sections, including: Gabriele Marcotti's teenage reminiscences of Italia 90; Uli Hesse reporting how Borussia Dortmund came back from the verge of extinction to win the Bundesliga title; and Rob Smyth talking with Barry Davies, reliving some of his old memories and discussing the state of modern commentary.
First published in June 2011, Issue One is now out of stock and won't be reprinted. It contains 22 articles in 11 sections, including: Dominic Sandbrook examining how the ignominious exits of a US president and Leeds United manager overshadow their successes; Sid Lowe in conversation with Pep Guardiola's mentor, Juanma Lillo; and Dave Farrar on the fairy story of Denmark's 1992 European Championship campaign.
The second edition of our pilot issue, first published in March 2011 and reprinted in 2015, contains 25 articles in 13 separate sections. See where it all began, including: Uli Hesse exploring how St Pauli are having to balance their ethos with a desire for a secure future; Scott Murray on how Roy Race ruined English football; and Michael Cox's exploration of how a theory of political polling explains why New Labour were like Dennis Bergkamp.