Issue Nineteen

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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 Nineteen will be no different. It should be available in stores from mid-late December.

Issue Nineteen contains our usual blend of the esoteric and enduring. The full contents of Issue Nineteen are below.

This Issue

Jonathan Wilson, Editor's Note


Jonathan Wilson, The Devil's Party - The manager, his methods, and why it always goes wrong in the third season


Craig Smith, The Unknown Football Fan

Craig Smith, A Striker Fires Wide


Felix Lill and Javier Sauras, The Immortality of Awfulness - In 1965-66, Tasmania Berlin played their only Bundesliga season becoming the worst team in German history

Jamil Chade, The Stench of the White Elephants - Only now is the full scale of the corruption that surrounded the Brazil World Cup beginning to emerge

Ally Palmer, For the Love of the Honest Men - An Ayr United fan reflects on decades of following the ups and downs at Somerset Park

Alex Preston, This Sporting Half-Life - Sport, ageing and the grudging acceptance of a novelist and his mortality

Gunnar Persson, You are not Nacka Skoglund! - The meteoric rise and terrible fall of the Swedish Internazionale legend

Dermot Corrigan, Football v Alzheimer's - How football is being used to stimulate the memories of Alzheimer's patients


Maciej Iwanski, The Throwback - Robert Lewandowski is proving the value of the old-fashioned striker. But what created him?

Photo Essay

Przemek Niciejewski, Going to the Match - A Kickstarter project to create a visual celebration of football culture; football without fans is nothing

Breeding Grounds

Paul Brown, What's Wrong With Finnish Football? - As Iceland qualify for Euro 2016, Finland is asking, "Why not us?"

Kit Gillet, At the Feet of the Master - Gheorghe Hagi has established an academy to try to develop a new generation of Romanian talent

Harry Pearson, Slaggy Island - South Bank was a grim industrial pocked of Teesside - and the home to a wealth of footballing talent


Rupert Fryer, The Peter Principle - Promotion to a level of incompetence is a common idea in business, but is it true in football?

Alex Keble, Chaos Theory - With so many variables at play, does anybody ever know anything?

Arthur O'Dea, Late Style - Taking the theory of Edward Said about mature artists and applying it Giovanni Trapattoni


Vladimir Novak, Restoring the Glory - Austria's coach Marcel Koller explains their first tournament qualification in 18 years

Peter Linden, The Burden of History - For years, Austrian football has been struggling to live up to is glorious past


Iain Macintosh, The Quantum of Bobby - Can Bobby stop David Beckham getting sent off at the 1998 World Cup?

Greatest Games

Charles Ducksbury, Hajduk Split v Crvena Zvezda (abandoned) - Yugoslav First League, Stadion Poljud, Split, 4 May 1980

Eight Bells

Richard Jolly, One-Hit Wonders - A selection of players who enjoyed a fleeting moment of fame

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