In this issue


Editor’s Note – Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson’s Editor’s Note from Issue Thirty Four


Relentless March – Suzy Wrack
The USA’s victory at the Women’s World Cup and Fifa’s failings amid the indifference of France

The Wider Conversation – Jonathan Wilson
Can we talk about women’s football without talking about talking about women’s football?

Mediocrity and the Beast – Ewan MacKenna
Brazil won the Copa América but their triumph was hijacked by Jair Bolsonaro

Taking Care – Tim Vickery
How semi-final disappointment led to the interim coach Lionel Scaloni getting the Argentina job

New Wave – Nick Ames and Jonathan Wilson
Amid the heat and chaos at the Cup of Nations, Algeria offered hope

Below the Surface – Jon Arnol
The Gold Cup had familiar finalists, but things are changing in Concacaf

Being There – Santokie Nagulendran
After a troubled history, Guyana made the most of a first Gold Cup qualification
In Erbstein’s Name – Dominic BlissHow the extraordinary life of a Hungarian pioneer inspired a tournament in Budapest

Photo Essay

Derby Day – Paolo Vezzoli
A football derby is a special occurrence the world over. But in Hamburg, things are a bit different


Legs of Thunders – Ian Hawkey
The redemption of Jerry Sikhosana and Orlando Pirates’ Champions League glory

The Dribbler – Sam France
Adama Traoré dribbles more than almost anybody else in the world. But what is he actually good for?

The Sadness of Kaziu – Chris Lepkowski
September 2019 marks 30 years since the premature death of the Polish great Kazimierz Deyna

Diverging Paths – Ryan Baldi
Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison once played together but their careers have followed different trajectories

The Rise and Fall of Skonto Riga – Callum Rice-Coates
Once the giants of Latvian football, now Skonto are struggling to survive

New Money – John McManus
Başakşehir are Turkey’s newest professional club. Last season they nearly won the league


Royal Dissent – Edward Sugden
What Reading’s attempts at a club song tell us about the hollowness of modern football

Playing for the Shirt – Scott Oliver
What makes a club, and why do their colours seem to matter so much more than other aspects of identity?

Eight Bells

Eight Bells – Richard Jolly
A selection of eight memorably awful Premier League relegation campaigns

Issue Thirty Four


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Published in September 2019, Issue Thirty Four contains five sections of articles, including: Ewan MacKenna on how Bolsonaro hijacked Brazil’s Copa América triumph, Nick Ames and Jonathan Wilson on Algeria at the Cup of Nations and Scott Oliver on what makes a club and why the colours seem to matter so much more than other aspects.