In this issue


Editor’s Note – Jonathan WilsonJonathan Wilson’s Editor’s Note from Issue Thirty Six


The Quest for Happiness – Federico BassahúnMarcelo Bielsa’s management has always examined his own soul
São Paulo 1 Newell’s Old Boys 0 – Joshua LawThe Libertadores final defeat that established the pattern of Bielsa near-misses
No Airs – Rob BagchiHow Bielsa’s honesty and hard work re-energised Leeds United
Odd Men Out – Edd NorvalIntense, controversial and pathologically honest: a comparison of Bielsa and Lars von Trier

Photo Essay

Rebirth – Barley NimmoAfter a misguided merger and financial ruin, Sassari Torres Femminile are on their way back

Darkness Falls

The Other Side of Glory – Samindra KuntiFlamengo’s success should not allow the disaster at their youth complex to be whitewashed
Baku and the Game of Greed – Asker Hedegaard BoyeHow last season’s Europa League final summed up modern football
My Friend, the Neo-Nazi – Colin McPhersonHow an away game in East Germany brought a Scotland fan into contact with the far-right
The Super Club from Nowhere – Alex HessWas Anzhi Makhachkala a vanity project, a political ploy or just a very bad idea?
Bob Willis, Goalkeeper – Dominic BlissReflecting on the England fast bowler’s time in goal for Corinthian-Casuals


Glorious Foundations – João TomazOtto Glória, the Brazilian behind the birth of the modern Benfica
The Rhino in Glasgow – Luke AlfredThe Rangers and Sunderland forward Don Kichenbrand on leaving South Africa
The Nordahls – Gunnar PerssonThe brothers who redefined Swedish football after World War II
The Final Fling – Dan CarneyA drugs scandal and the death of their president couldn’t prevent Bologna’s last Scudetto


Innovation in Conservatism – Rayco GonzálezWhy Diego Simeone’s philosophy had ramifications for beyond football

Greatest Games

Feyenoord 2 Celtic 1 – Michael GallagherEuropean Cup final, San Siro, Milan, 6 May 1970

Issue Thirty Six


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Released in March 2020, Issue 36 contains six sections of articles including: Rob Bagchi on how Bielsa’s honesty re-energised Leeds United, Rayco González on why Simeone’s philosophy has ramifications beyond football, and Asker Hedegaard Boye on how last season’s Europa League final summed up the modern game.