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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 | Eight Bells

10-Man Performances

Greg Lea

A selection of exceptional displays by teams who have ended up with a numerical disadvantage

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Issue Twenty One | Behind The Throne

Standard Bearer

James Montague

How Ismail Morina and his drone shaped Albania’s Euro qualification

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Issue Nineteen | Memories

The Immortality of Awfulness

Felix Lill and Javier Sauras

In 1965-66, Tasmania Berlin played their only Bundesliga season becoming the worst team in history

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Issue Nineteen | Breeding Grounds

What’s wrong with Finnish football?

Paul Brown

As Iceland qualify for Euro 2016, Finland is asking, “Why not us?”

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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 | Outsiders

Out of the Shadows

Peter McVitie

The remarkable rise of PEC Zwolle, the minnow who reached successive Dutch Cup finals

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Issue Eighteen | Outsiders

Porterfield’s Legacy

Robert O'Connor

His former assistant Tom Jones remembers how Ian Porterfield inspired Armenia’s resurgence

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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 Sixteen | Groundwork

Death of the Giant Killers

Louise Phillips

Hereford United are one of the most celebrated minnows of English football, so how could they collapse into bankruptcy?

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Issue Fifteen | Davids and Goliaths

The Boys who Never Grew Up

Luke Alfred

South Africa are African football’s greatest underachievers. What’s gone wrong?

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Issue Fifteen | Davids and Goliaths

When FFP Goes Wrong

Robin Bairner

Luzenac’s promotion to the French second flight should have been a joyous fairy-story but it killed the club

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Issue Fifteen | Davids and Goliaths

Defying the Odds

Will Unwin

How tiny Eibar have taken their place in the Spanish top flight

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Issue Fifteen | Davids and Goliaths

Fifa’s Exiles

Paul Watson

For Pacific islands, football development can be a haphazard and fragile process

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Issue Fifteen | Eight Bells

Dethronings

Rob Smyth

A selection of champions who surrendered their titles in decisive fashion

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Issue Thirteen | Minnows

The Secret Team

Sean Carroll

An Yeong-hag and Chong Tese on playing for North Korea at the 2010 World Cup

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Issue Thirteen | Minnows

The Indomitability of Lions

Michael Yokhin

In 1990 Cameroon overcame shambolic preparations to shock the world

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Issue Thirteen | Minnows

Milla’s Time

Oliver Pickup

Oliver Pickup speaks to Roger Milla about becoming his nation’s saviour at 38

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Issue Thirteen | Minnows

Two Men Down

Martin Mazur

In 1982 El Salvador came from war, chaos and corruption, lost 10-1 and retained their dignity

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Issue Eleven | Eight Bells

Unexpected League Leaders

Michael Yokhin

A selection of minnows who, briefly, found themselves at the top of the tree

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Issue Six | Portugal

The Pretenders

Andy Brassell

Only two sides outside Os Tres Grandes have won the Portuguese title. For both a repeat seems unlikely.

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Issue Six | Theory

Ivan the Reasonable

Antonis Oikonomidis

Ivan Jovanović explains his philosophy and how he hopes to build on Apoel's success last season

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Issue Five | Theory

Like a Shooting Star

Luca Ferrato

How Ternana soared and then crashed with Corrado Viciani’s high-tempo style

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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

Victory Song

Jonathan Wilson

How Zambia's emotional triumph restored the zest to the Cup of Nations

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Issue Three | Greatest Games

Denmark 4 USSR 2

Janus Koster Rasmussen

World Cup qualifier, Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, 5 June 1985

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Issue One | Denmark '92

Once Upon a Time...

Dave Farrar

The fairy story of Denmark's 1992 European Championship campaign

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Issue Zero | Verona

Verona's Great Romance

James Horncastle

Recalling the drama of Italy's most unlikely champions

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Issue Zero | Eight Bells

European Cup Upsets

Rob Smyth

A selection of eight of the European Cup's most unexpected results

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