In this issue


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


The Devil’s Party – Jonathan Wilson
The manager, his methods and why it always goes wrong in the third season.


The Unknown Football Fan – Craig SmithA poem

A Striker Fires Wide – Craig SmithA poem


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

The Stench of the White Elephants – Jamil Chade
Only now is the full scale of the corruption that surrounded the Brazil World Cup beginning to emerge.

For the Love of the Honest Men – Ally Palmer
An Ayr United fan reflects on decades of following the ups and downs at Somerset Park

This Sporting Half-Life – Alex Preston
Sport, ageing and a novelist’s grudging acceptance of mortality

“You are not Nacka Skoglund!” – Gunnar Persson
The meteoric rise and terrible fall of the Swedish Internazionale legend

Football v Alzheimer’s – Dermot Corrigan
How football is being used stimulate the memories of Alzheimer’s patients


The Throwback – Maciej Iwanski
Robert Lewandowski is proving the value of the old-fashioned striker. But what created him?

Photo Essay

Going To The Match – Przemek Niciejewski
A Kickstarter project to create a visual celebration of football culture –

Breeding Grounds

What’s wrong with Finnish football? – Paul Brown
As Iceland qualify for Euro 2016, Finland is asking, “Why not us?”

At the Feet of the Master – Kit Gillet
Gheorghe Hagi has established an academy to try to develop a new generation of Romanian talent

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


The Peter Principle – Rupert Fryer
Promotion to a level of incompetence is a common idea in business, but is it true in football?

Chaos Theory – Alex Keble
With so many variables at play, does anybody ever know anything?

Late Style – Arthur O’Dea
Taking Edward Said’s theory about mature artists and applying it to Giovanni Trapattoni


Restoring the Glory – Vladimir Novak
Austria’s coach Marcel Koller explains their first tournament qualification in 18 years

The Burden of History – Peter Linden
For years, Austrian football has been struggling to live up to its glorious past


The Quantum of Bobby (Part Five) – Iain Macintosh
Can Bobby stop David Beckham getting sent off at the 1998 World Cup?

Greatest Games

Hajduk Split v Crvena Zvezda (abandoned) – Charles Ducksbury
Yugoslav First League, Stadion Poljud, Split, 4 May 1980

Eight Bells

One-Hit Wonders – Richard Jolly
A selection of players who enjoyed a fleeting moment of fame

Issue Nineteen


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First published in December 2015, Issue Nineteen contains 22 articles in 11 sections, including: Jonathan Wilson on José Mourinho, his methods, and why it always goes wrong in his third season; Felix Lill and Javier Sauras explore the history of Tasmania Berlin, the Bundesliga’s worst ever team; and Rupert Fryer on the Peter Principle, and how promotion to a level of incompetence exists in football as well as business.