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Issue Twenty Five | The Margins

A Game of Three Halves

David Mooney

Why the 1894 meeting of Sunderland and Derby Country stretched to 135 minutes

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Issue Twenty Five | The Margins

Setting Sun

Luke Edwards

Leyton Orient’s slide out of the football league and why it matters

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Issue Twenty Four | Introduction

Editor's Note

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson's Editor's Note from Issue Twenty Four

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Issue Twenty Four | Yorkshire

Identity Crisis

Gary Hartley

Leeds United, playing the right way and what we demand from our clubs

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Issue Twenty Three | Introduction

Editor's Note

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson's Editor's Note from Issue Twenty Three

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Issue Twenty Three | Outsiders

Decline and Fall

Paul Simpson

The end of Ron Knee and Private Eye’s relationship with football

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Issue Twenty Two | Introduction

Editor's Note

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson's Editor's Note from Issue Twenty Two

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Issue Twenty Two | Tournaments

Where Now For Iceland?

Paul Brown

Was it a one off, or can Iceland establish themselves as a major force in European football?

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Issue Twenty Two | New Ground

Do You Know The Way?

Sam Wetherall

What San Jose Earthquakes tell us about the condition of Major League Soccer

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Issue Twenty One | Introduction

Editor's Note

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson's Editor's Note from Issue Twenty One

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Issue Twenty | Experience

Senior Citizen

Dan Edwards

The 54-year-old Robert Carmona on being the world’s oldest footballer

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Issue Twenty | Experience

Fading Embers

Jake Walerius

With most of MLS booming, what’s gone wrong for Chicago Fire?

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Issue Twenty | Odd Games

Serie A v the Football League

Tom Collomosse

Matthäus v McMahon, Van Basten v Wright, Aldair v Rush, Galli v Southall

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Issue Nineteen | Breeding Grounds

Slaggy Island

Harry Pearson

South Bank was a grim industrial pocket of Teesside – and the home to a wealth of footballing talent

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Issue Nineteen | Theory

The Peter Principle

Rupert Fryer

Promotion to a level of incompetence is a common idea in business, but is it true in football?

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Issue Nineteen | Theory

Chaos Theory

Alex Keble

With so many variables at play, does anybody ever know anything?

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Issue Nineteen | Eight Bells

One-Hit Wonders

Richard Jolly

A selection of players who enjoyed a fleeting moment of fame

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Issue Eighteen | Liverpool

The Forgotten Full-Back

Scott Murray

John Barnes, John Aldridge and Peter Beardsley dazzled, but Steve Nicol was key to Liverpool’s 1987-88 title

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Issue Eighteen | Liverpool

Accidental Hero

Shaul Adar

Ronnie Rosenthal played an implausibly important role in Liverpool’s last title success

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Issue Seventeen | Belfast

Before the Shopping Centre

Conor Heffernan

How crowd violence brought an end to the existence of Belfast Celtic

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Issue Seventeen | Theory

The Whisky Option

Simon Curtis

Malcolm Allison’s time at Sporting was brief but fans remember him fondly

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Issue Seventeen | Polemics

Against Sanitised Football

Alexander Shea

Can fans fight back against clubs who seek to ignore their history for bland branding?

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Issue Sixteen | Groundwork

After the Earthquake

Felix Lill and Javier Sauras

How football is playing its part rebuilding the shattered communities around Fukushima

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Issue Sixteen | Theory

Echoes in Eternity

Paul Simpson

Of all the great managers, which has been the most influential in inspiring future generations?

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Issue Fifteen | The North-East

A Sentimental Journey

Jonathan Wilson

In a world of superclubs, what’s the point of the ordinary teams?

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Issue Fifteen | The North-East

The Van Basten of Hartlepool

Harry Pearson

Adam Boyd and the glory of a talent that flickers without ever catching light

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Issue Fourteen | Past Glories

The Velvet Revolution

Elko Born

Johan Cruyff, Ajax and the struggle for the soul of Dutch football

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Issue Fourteen | Past Glories

Orbán Planning

Dan Nolan

The Hungarian prime minister’s attempts to restore the national team to glory

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Issue Fourteen | The Revolutionaries

Football’s First Millionaire

John Harding

How Bolton’s Jack Slater smashed class barriers to make his fortune

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Issue Fourteen | The Revolutionaries

La Renaissance

Philippe Auclair

Michel Hidalgo survived kidnapping to lead France to the 1978 World Cup

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Issue Thirteen | History

Never the Twain

Uli Hesse

The story of the meeting between West Germany and East Germany at the 1974 World Cup

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Issue Thirteen | History

Hearts and Minds

Greg Johnson

Spain threaten, like Lennox Lewis, to be a great but unloved champion

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Issue Thirteen | Protagonists

The Multi-Kulti Question

Mike Phillips

How the Switzerland national team became part of the debate on immigration

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Issue Twelve | Defenders of the Faith

The Birth of the Fan

Paul Brown

Why Victorians flocked to watch 22 men kicking a pig’s bladder about

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Issue Twelve | Against the Odds

Sleeping Giant

Robin Bairner

In 1982, Jean-Pierre Adams was given anaesthetic before knee surgery. He hasn’t woken up

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Issue Eleven | African Champions League

In Memoriam

James Montague

Al-Ahly’s seventh Champions League triumph was about more than football

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Issue Eleven | Theory

The Waiting Game

Andi Thomas

The strange world of the back-up goalkeeper, in which nothing is something

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Issue Eleven | Identity

Booze Boys

Dion Fanning

Tracing the history of Irish football’s sizzled relationship with alcohol

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Issue Eleven | Exile

Closure

Igor Rabiner

Travelling through Siberia with Avram Grant to find the graves of his grandparents

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Issue Ten | Forgotten

The Unmarked Grave

Tom Adams

What really happened to Andrew Watson, British football’s first black star

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Issue Ten | Theory

Notes on Street Football

Aleksandar Hemon

What kickabouts reveal about the tortured artists of neoromantic myth

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Issue Ten | Polemics

Literally on Fire

Jonathan Liew

How the game’s relationship with smoking has changed over the generations

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Issue Ten | Polemics

The Death of Mystery

Rory Smith

Is the modern thirst for knowledge taking the fun out of football?

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Issue Nine | The North

City and the City

David Conn

What does Sheikh Mansour's investment mean for the city of Manchester?

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Issue Nine | The North

Meanwhile Back in Sunderland

Jon Spurling

How a Tyne Tees documentary on Cup final day 1973 captured the spirit of the town

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Issue Nine | Polemics

The Lager of Life

Tim Vickery

Football is haunted by violence, but can it be blamed for it?

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Issue Eight | Theory

The Bicycle Thief

Lars Sivertsen

Zlatan Ibrahimović has always been an individual — it's how he fits in

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Issue Eight | Fans

But You Can't Change...

Mike Calvin

How a Watford supporter ended up being converted into a Millwall fan

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Issue Eight | In Appreciation of...

Franco Baresi

Sheridan Bird

How the great libero staged a remarkable recovery from a knee injury to play in the 1994 World Cup final

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Issue Eight | Eight Bells

Football on TV

Scott Murray

Key moments in the history of televising the game

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Issue Seven | Polemics

Dictionary of Received Ideas

Brian Phillips

A guide to what pundits really mean when they use certain terms

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Issue Six | Euro 2012

The First Twitter Tournament

Barney Ronay

In Euro 2012, newspapers were very rarely first with the news as social media came into its own

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Issue Six | Polemics

Care for the Community

Gabriele Marcotti

Could a radical rejig of television schedules help create a greater bond between clubs and their fans?

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Issue Five | Fall

The Centre-back and the Kitchen Knife

Lars Sivertsen

Claus Lundekvam opens up on his battle against the addiction that overwhelmed him after retirement

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Issue Five | Fall

My Name is Ally MacLeod and I am a Winner

Dominic Sandbrook

How Scotland’s humiliation at the 1978 World Cup knocked nationalism off course

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Issue Five | Polemics

The Real Problem

Brian Phillips

Is the ‘real fan’ being marginalised or is he just a rhetorical tool?

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Issue Five | Polemics

Where’s Darth Vader Gone?

Simon Kuper

Is the age of football as a substitute for war coming to an end?

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Issue Four | Barcelona

The Inverted Sheepdog

Graham Hunter

The inside story of how Xavi emerged as the central hub of the world's greatest team

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Issue Four | London

South of the River

Nick Szczepanik

For a spell in the eighties, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Wimbledon challenged the elite

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Issue Four | Africa

Ultra Violence

David Lynch

After the horrors of Port Said, the exact role of ultras in the downfall of Hosny Mubarak remains unclear

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Issue Four | Polemics

The Other Cup

Brian Phillips

How do you solve a problem like the Europa League?

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Issue Three | Introduction

Editor's Note

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson's Editor's Note from Issue Three

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Issue Three | Foreign Soil

The Bomb and the Bowler Hat

Barney Ronay

How modern football was shaped in an internment camp in Berlin

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Issue Three | Foreign Soil

Tour of Duty

Davidde Corran

With the Vietnam War at its height, Australia sent a team to play in a tournament in Saigon

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Issue Three | Foreign Soil

The Kennedy Conundrum

Paul Doyle

Ireland's 1986 tour of Iceland brought their first trophy, but ended an international career

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Issue Three | Polemics

The Race Card

Gabriele Marcotti

Racist chanting is deplorable, but does the rush to condemn it obscure deeper issues?

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Issue Three | Polemics

The Dawson's Creek Principle

Musa Okwonga

Could it be that a US teen drama helps explain anomalies of football history?

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Issue Three | Polemics

What's a Vote Worth?

Steve Menary

How Fifa's attempts to devolve power from the executive committee could be a bribers' charter

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Issue Two | The Media

The Man Who Ate His Hat

Barney Ronay

The story of Lieutenant Commander Tommy Woodrooffe, the BBC's first football commentator

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Issue Two | Theory

Wenger, l’Auteur

Miguel Delaney

What Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino and the Hollywood of the seventies tell us about Arsenal

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Issue Two | Polemics

Is Football Still Sport?

Rory Smith

It unfolds like a soap opera for the entertainment of millions and the profit of a few. What has football become?

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Issue One | Fortunes of War

The Collaborator

Philippe Auclair

The treacherous life and traitor's death of Alexandre Villaplane, France's first World Cup captain

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Issue One | Leeds

Revie-Nixon

Dominic Sandbrook

How ignominious exits overshadow the successes of a US president and a Leeds United manager

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Issue One | Leeds

44 Days, Later

Lawrence Donegan

Why Jock Stein lasted no longer than Brian Clough at Elland Road

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Issue Zero | St Pauli

The Conversion of St Pauli?

Uli Hesse

Back in the Bundesliga, Europe’s most noted countercultural club is having to balance its ethos with the desire for a secure financial future

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Issue Zero | Going Wrong

An African Parable

Luke Alfred

For African teams, it’s often after qualifying for the World Cup that the real challenge begins

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Issue Zero | Going Wrong

How Roy Race Ruined English Football

Scott Murray

He may be Britain’s most popular comic footballer, but Roy of the Rovers embodies everything that is wrong about the English game

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Issue Zero | Theory

The Search for Space

Michael Cox

How a theory of political polling explains why New Labour was like Dennis Bergkamp

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Issue Zero | Polemics

Why the Away Goals Rule Must Be Abolished

Ian Hawkey

The away goals rule is an archaism that is encouraging defensive play

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