Issue Nine

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This Issue

Jonathan Wilson, Editor's Note

Iran

Gwendolyn Oxenham, The Vacant Lot - The search for a kickabout in Iran is complicated by religion and gender politics

Noah Davis, Conflict Management - Dan Gaspar is a key part of Iran's qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014 despite holding a US passport

Interview

Maciej Iwanski, Zbigniew Boniek - The Polish great discusses Juventus, the modern game and his friendship with Michel Platini

For the Good of the Game

Philippe Auclair, The Only Way is Ethics - Fifa's super-cop Michael J Garcia explains his mission to wash the corruption out of football

James Corbett, Power Play - The Asian Football Confederation's presidential elections highlight football's murky governance

Davidde Corran, Genesis - How a tournament in China in 1988 changed women's football forever

Theory

Joel Richards, The Weight of the Armband - The Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella explains why he made Lionel Messi national captain

Simon Kuper, Pep's Four Golden Rules - How Guardiola made Barcelona the masters of the pressing game

Nick Ames, Taking the Initiative - Andy Roxburgh, the former Uefa technical director, on how football tactics are changing

The North

David Conn, City and the City - What does Sheikh Mansour's investment mean for the city of Manchester?

Jon Spurling, Meanwhile Back in Sunderland - How a Tyne Tees documentary on Cup final day 1973 captured the spirit of the town

Anthony Clavane, That Grandish Pile of Swank - Tracing Leeds United's place in the tradition of Northern Realism

Lev Yashin

Igor Rabiner, The Jersey That Wasn't Black - Lev Yashin's widow and Eus

Polemics

Charlie Robinson, Partisans and Purists - Do fans experience football differently to those who watch without a vested interest?

Tim Vickery, The Lager of Life - Football is haunted by violence, but can it be blamed for it?

Past Glories

Ian Hawkey, The Nearly Men - Zimbabwe's nostalgia for the Dream Team of Bruce Grobbelaar and the Ndlovu brothers

Dan Colasimone, The Grand Griguol - How El Viejo defied accusations of boringness to inspire the golden age of Ferro Carril Oeste

Antonis Oikonomidis, A Dream Denied - But for the politics of Greek football, Ferenc Pusk

Fiction

Scott Oliver, In Search of Punditaria - An anthropologist heads into the jungle to discover a society founded by stranded football journalists

Greatest Games

Rory Smith, Bari 4 Internazionale 1 - Serie A, Stadio San Nicola, Bari, 6 January 1996

Eight Bells

Jonathan Wilson, Goalless Draws - A selection of the best 0-0s in history

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