In this issue


Issue 43: Editor’s Note – Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson’s Editor’s Note from Issue Forty Three

State of Play

The Cold War – James Corbett
As Fifa seeks a greater stake in the club game, its battle with Uefa is hotting up

The Recurring Ghost – Simon Banks
April’s proposals were not the first attempt to impose a Super League on European football

Soft Power – James Beardsworth
Football, dissent and the role of football in Belarus

Black and White Wash – Daniel Rey
Newcastle’s takeover is no cause for celebration


Slump City – Steve Tongue
For football in the West Midlands, the 60s were a period of struggle and decline

Odd Men Out

The Cannon of the Vila Belmiro – Joshua Law
Pepe on playing with Pelé and the glory years of Santos

Saturday Night Lights – Arik Rosenstein
A fan from New York experiences a game between Beitar Jerusalem and Bnei Sakhnin

Hotel Corona – Brendan Madden
In 1979 Real Zaragoza were caught up in a fire that left 78 dead

Photo Essay

On Top of the World – Joe Phelan
Despite a population of just 56,000, Greenland continues its campaign to join Fifa

The US

The British Are Coming – Nigel Tassell
Ron Newman, Freddie Goodwin, Gordon Bradley and the English takeover of NASL

An Iron Hand – Ewan Flynn
How Tony Waiters went from keeping goal for Blackpool to leading Canada to the World Cup

The Red Bull – Karan Tejwani
How Jesse Marsch has battled scepticism to lead the way for US coaches in Europe

I’m with the Cosmos – Steve Hunt
How a midfielder with six appearances for Aston VIlla ended up playing with Pelé


Grow Old and Stay Young – John Harding
The conman and naturopath who helped Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal with dietary advice

Mark of Respect – Tom Nicholson
The origins and significance of the captain’s armband

Bruno e Carlo – John Nassoori
The close relationship between Carlo Ancelotti and his fitness guru Bruno Demichelis

Body Language – Ben Welch
How understanding and using physical cues can take athletes to the next level


Streltsov – Jonathan Wilson
It’s 1996 and Torpedo Moscow club functionary Vanya remembers the troubled striker Eduard Streltsov

Issue Forty Three


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Published in December 2021, Issue Forty Three and its seven sections contains 18 articles including Daniel Rey on the takeover at Newcastle United; Arik Rosenstein’s experience of the Israeli State Cup quarterfinal between Beitar Jerusalem and Bnei Sakhnin; and stories focussing on the beautiful game in the US.

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