Issue Zero

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The full contents of Issue Zero are below.


Jonathan Wilson, Statement

St Pauli

Uli Hesse, The Conversion of St Pauli? - Back in the Bundesliga, Europe's most noted counter-cultural club is having to balance its ethos with the desire for a secure financial future


Philippe Auclair, Guus Hiddink - Philippe Auclair talks to Guus Hiddink about his latest challenge, as coach of Turkey

Going Wrong

Luke Alfred, An African Parable - For African teams, it's often after qualifying for the World Cup that the real challenge begins

James Appell, The Dark Heart of Russian Football - Will winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup force Russia to confront the corruption that stains its domestic game?

Joel Richards, Double Trouble - Argentina's short seasons are fun, but are they behind a culture of shorttermism?

Scott Murray, How Roy Race Ruined English Football - He may be Britain's most popular comic footballer, but Roy of the Rovers embodies everything that is wrong about the English game


Gabriele Marcotti, Man and Superman - Why football has some serious questions to answer about the ethics of performance enhancement

Stony Ground

Andy Brassell, Matters of Blood - The travails of Corsica's football clubs reflect the struggles of the island and its quest for autonomy

Michael Orr, First Time Around - As Portland celebrates winning an MLS franchise, memories are stirred of the Timbers? debut season in the NASL


Simon Kuper, The Dutch Style and the Dutch Nation - How the Netherlands? move away from liberalism is reflected in its football

Musa Okwonga, Xavi and the Square Pass - How going sideways became the future

Michael Cox, The Search for Space - How a theory of political polling explains why New Labour was like Dennis Bergkamp

Bosnian Coaching

Sasa Ibrulj, The Professor of Mostar - Sulejman Rebac never won a trophy as a manager, but 35 years after his retirement, his influence continues to be felt across Europe

Vladimir Novak, The Watchmaker of Travnik - After six decades in football, could Ciro Blazevic's odyssey be coming to an end in China?


James Horncastle, Verona's Great Romance - Recalling the drama of Italy's most unlikely champions


Philippe Auclair, Bangers and Cash - How Uli Hoeness became a sausage magnate

Lars Sivertsen, Garrincha's Swedish Son - When Garrincha toured Sweden with Botafogo, memories weren't all he left behind


Paul Tomkins, What's Good for the Goose... - Just because a manager has had success with one club does not mean his methods will transfer to another

Ian Hawkey, Why the Away Goals Rule Must Be Abolished - The away goals rule is an archaism that is encouraging defensive play

Jacob Steinberg, Tradition and the Individual Talent - There's more to judging players than goals and medals

Ouriel Daskal, How the Champions League is Selling European Football Short - Could it be that the commercialisation of the Champions League has not gone far enough?

Raphael Honigstein, Dessert Comes at the End - Football's administrators must beware killing the golden goose

Football Manager

Iain Macintosh, The Heidenheim Chronicles - When somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously...

Greatest Games

Jonathan Wilson, Crvena Zvezda 2 Bayern Munich 2 - European Cup semi-fi nal second leg, Marakana, Belgrade, 24 April 1991

Eight Bells

Rob Smyth, European Cup Upsets - A selection of eight of the European Cup's most unexpected results

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