In this issue


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


Never the Twain – Uli Hesse
The story of the meeting between West Germany and East Germany at the 1974 World Cup

Hearts and Minds – Greg Johnson
Spain threaten, like Lennox Lewis, to be a great but unloved champion

The Clubs Behind the Countries – Richard Jolly
Which clubs have produced the most World Cup winners?

The Moral Pendulum – Martin Mazur
Argentina’s eternal vacillation between the poles of fútbol and anti-fútbol

The Grandmaster – Michael Cox
How Marcello Lippi used chess tactics to guide Italy to victory at the 2006 World Cup


Fifa, Go Home! – James Corbett
With opposition to the tournament mounting, what does hosting the World Cup mean for Brazil?

Futebol Nation? – James Young
Brazil has the reputation of being the most football-mad nation on earth. Is it?

A Troubled History – Marius Lien
The ambiguous past of José Maria Marin,the head of the Brazilian World Cup


Sideshow takes Centre Stage – Rupert Fryer
David Luiz discusses how Brazil will handle the pressure of being World Cup hosts

The Multi-Kulti Question – Mike Phillips
How the Switzerland national team became part of the debate on immigration

Better Late than Never – Vladimir Novak
Algeria’s Vahid Halilhodžić on finally making it to the World Cup as a manager

The Artist’s Boy – Leo Verheul
Robin van Persie was shaped by the Rotterdam in which he grew up


The Secret Team – Sean Carroll
An Yeong-hag and Chong Tese on playing for North Korea at the 2010 World Cup

The Indomitability of Lions – Michael Yokhin
In 1990 Cameroon overcame shambolic preparations to shock the world

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

Two Men Down – Martin Mazur
In 1982 El Salvador came from war, chaos and corruption, lost 10-1 and retained their dignity


The Quantum of Bobby (Part Two) – Iain Macintosh
Spinning through time and space, Bobby Manager finds himself in Italy in 1990

Greatest Games

Hungary 4 Uruguay 2 (aet) – Jonathan Wilson
World Cup semi-final, Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 June 1954

Italy 3 Brazil 2 – Rob Smyth and Scott Murray
World Cup second phase, Group C, Estadi de Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain, 5 July 1982

Eight Bells

World Cup Cameos – Michael Yokhin
A selection of players who played only a few minutes at the World Cup

Issue Thirteen


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First published in June 2014, Issue Thirteen contains 19 articles in 7 sections, including: Uli Hesse reporting on the meeting between East and West Germany at the 1974 World Cup; Mike Phillips on how the Switzerland national team became part of the debate on immigration; and a look back at two Greatest Games – Hungary 4-2 Uruguay from the 1954 World Cup, and Italy 3-2 Brazil from the 1982 World Cup.