Issue Twelve

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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 Twelve will be no different. It should be available in stores from mid-March.

Experience The Blizzard in all its luxurious, tactile, sensual glory. Feel it. Read it. Smell it.

The full contents of Issue Twelve are below.

This Issue

Jonathan Wilson, Editor's Note

The Rivals

Sid Lowe, Power Play - Carles Rexach and Jorge Valdano discuss the changing nature of the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry

Miguel Delaney, Gamechanger - Johan Cruyff on his role in creating the style of Barcelona and modern football

Graham Hunter, An Honourable Man - How Vicente del Bosque overcame rejection by Real Madrid to lead Spain to glory

A Game of Chess

Philippe Auclair, Beyond the System - Could the lessons of chess show football the way to an exciting new future?

Scott Oliver, Play Jazz, not Chess - Reflections on football, order and the imagination, and the need for improvisation


Steve Menary, Maximum Opportunity - Was Charles Hughes a long-ball zealot, or pragmatist reacting to necessity?

Sergio Levinsky, The Cult of the Pibe - Argentina

Defenders of the Faith

Paul Brown, The Birth of the Fan - Why Victorians flocked to watch 22 men kicking a pig

James Montague, Jerusalem Syndrome - The mysterious disappearance of Guma Aguiar, the saviour of Beitar Jerusalem

Brian Homewood, Identity Crisis - Unpicking the convoluted threads of the franchise system in Mexico

Bartosz Nowicki, Dream Fulfilled - Relief and glee as Cardiff City finally found their way into the Premier League

Against the Odds

Robin Bairner, Sleeping Giant - In 1982, Jean-Pierre Adams was given anaesthetic before knee surgery. He hasn

Richard Jolly, And Not to Yield - Only one sportsman can match Ryan Giggs for longevity: the New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter

Javier Sauras and Felix Lill, The Street Dogs of Manila - The Philippines are rising through the rankings, but are they Filipino enough?

Matthew Campbell, Second City Syndrome - Why has Birmingham struggled for football success for 30 years?


Alex Keble, Artist or Machine - An investigation into the paradoxical relationship between sport and creativity

Tim Vickery, Alternate Title - The lessons sports journalists can draw from the Monkees


Iain Macintosh, The Quantum of Bobby - After his exile in Qatar, Bobby Manager returns to English football. Or does he...?

Greatest Games

Rob Smyth, England 1 West Germany 1 - World Cup semi-final, 4 July 1990, Stade delle Alpi, Turin

Eight Bells

Michael Yokhin, Non-identical Twins - A selection of twins who looked the same but played very differently

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