In this issue


Editor’s Note – Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson’s Editor’s Note from Issue Eleven

African Champions League

A Voyage Under Jolly Roger – Firdose Moonda
Following Orlando Pirates’ run to the final of the African Champions League

Football’s Only Part of It – Colin Udoh
To prosper in the African Champions League you have to play the game off the pitch as well as on it

In Memoriam – James Montague
Al-Ahly’s seventh Champions League triumph was about more than football

March of the People’s Elephant – Oluwashina Okeleji
How Enyimba became only the second team to retain the African Champions League

The Flight of the Ravens – Ian Hawkey
The rivalry between TP Mazembe and Asante Kotoko dominated African football in the late sixties

Unity and Faith – Segun Ogunfeytimi
Images of the passion stirred in Nigeria by this season’s African Champions League


Oscar Washington Tabárez – Martin Mazur
El Maestro on how he keeps Uruguay living up to the standards of the past


Roy’s Swedish Revolution – Gunnar Persson
How Roy Hodgson transformed the face of the Swedish game

The Waiting Game – Andi Thomas
The strange world of the back-up goalkeeper, in which nothing is something

Why is the World Cup Boring? – Jonathan Wilson
How the nature of international football leads inevitably to sluggish football

Learning to Press – Uli Hesse
The tactical revolution that led to the transformation of the German game


Size 5 – Nicholas Hogg
Football, growing up in Leicester and falling out of love with the game

Booze Boys – Dion Fanning
Tracing the history of Irish football’s sizzled relationship with alcohol


The Final Whistler – Sam Kelly
Horacio Elizondo on the strategy of officiating, and sending off Zidane in the World Cup final

The First Modern Ref – Alexander Jackson and David Toms
Refereeing a Cup final cost Harry Nattrass his job but he became the greatest official of his age

The Psychologist – Ben Lyttleton
Tom Henning Øvrebø on man-management and that game at Stamford Bridge


The Lost Legend – James Horncastle
Árpád Weisz was one of Serie A’s first great coaches. He was also Jewish.

Closure – Igor Rabiner
Travelling through Siberia with Avram Grant to find the graves of his grandparents

The Survivor – Shaul Adar
Emmanuel Schaffer escaped the holocaust and took Israel to the World Cup


The Handkerchief – David Ashton
Young love intervenes between a goalkeeper and his chance of glory

Greatest Games

Dundee 1 Dundee United 2 – Richard Winton
Scottish Premier League, Dens Park, Dundee, 14 May 1983

Eight Bells

Unexpected League Leaders – Michael Yokhin
A selection of minnows who, briefly, found themselves at the top of the tree

Issue Eleven


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First published in December 2013, Issue Eleven contains 21 articles in 9 sections, including: Igor Rabiner’s journey with Avram Grant through Siberia to find the graves of his grandparents, Sam Kelly’s interview with Horacio Elizondo, the man who sent of Zidane in the World Cup final; and Andi Thomas on the strange world of the back-up goalkeeper.