Issue Five

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Our hard copies are available in a number of Waterstone's stores in the UK and Ireland (see the Stockists page for full details), and Issue Five can be ordered from all good bookshops with its ISBN 978-1-908940-03-2

To get a flavour for what we're about, you can view a sample edition, which includes the editors note, and selected excerpts from some of the issue's highlights from here, absolutely free of charge.

The full contents of Issue Five are below.


This Issue

Jonathan Wilson, Editor's Note

World Cup Bidding

James Corbett, The Fall-Out - Significant questions remain unanswered about the World Cup bid process

Igor Rabiner, Russia's Victory - Russia's success in the 2018 bid was a triumph over internal as well as external opponents

Philippe Auclair, Qatar Hero - Michel Platini is often seen as the ex-pro coming to save Fifa. But why did he vote for Qatar?


David Tryhorn, Socrates - The former Brazil captain talks to David Tryhorn about why footballers have a political responsibility


Philippe Auclair, Roy of the Rover - Roy Hodgson explains how his travels have shaped his coaching philosophy

Luca Ferrato, Like a Shooting Star - How Ternana soared and then crashed with Corrado Viciani's high-tempo style

Steve Bartram, The Skilling Fields - Manchester United are just one of the clubs influenced by the coaching model of Wiel Coerver

The Asian Market

Ben Mabley, The 'Gaijin' of Gamba - Fan culture has begun to challenge Japanese hierarchies. The only European Gamba ultra explains how

Ian Griffiths, Sing when you're Winning - How the need to appear successful turns fans in Singapore from the S.League to the Premier League

Photo Essay

Misha Domozhilov, The Hard Core - Images of the fans who followed Zenit St Petersburg as they won the Russian championship in 2010


Lars Sivertsen, The Centre-Back and the Kitchen Knife - Claus Lundekvam opens up on his battle against the addiction that overwhelmed him after retirement

Dominic Sandbrook, My Name is Ally MacLeod and I am a Winner - How Scotland's humiliation at the 1978 World Cup knocked nationalism off course

Jonathan Wilson, The Lions Sleep Tonight - Ten years after retaining the Cup of Nations, Cameroon failed to qualify. What went wrong?


Brian Phillips, The Real Problem - Is the 'real fan' being marginalised or is he just a rhetorical tool?

Simon Kuper, Where's Darth Vader Gone? - Is the age of football as a substitute for war coming to an end?

Sergio Levinsky, The Culture of Violence - The absence of leadership means there is little hope of Argentina's hooligan problem being solved


David Ashton, The Glasses - A gift from a mysterious visitor changes life for a man on a Scottish estate...

Greatest Games

Vladimir Novak, Romania 4-6 Yugoslavia - World Cup qualifier, Ghencea Stadium, Bucharest, 13 November 1977

Five Rings

Marcus Christenson, Steve Menary, Jonathan Wilson, Colin Udoh and Joel Richards, Olympic Stories - Five tales from the rich history of Olympic football

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Customer reviews

  • Issue Five 5

    Posted by James Biggs on 14/06/2012

    This is the first copy of 'The Blizzard' I have purchased.

    What a beautiful publication. A sophisticated design twinned with intellectual content, this really is a breath of fresh air. Excellent work, chaps. Very well done.

    I can only echo the sentiments of others that it's a shame it's only a quarterly!

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