In this issue


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

Crossword – Tifo
The cryptic crossword from Issue 32


The Lost Kingdom – James MontagueThe Hakeem al-Araibi affair has confirmed the end of the unifying dream of Bahraini football


Hibs and Rain – Bernard Thompson
The novelist Irvine Welsh on football, Edinburgh, the corporate world and hating Rudi Skačel

Dead Men’s Shoes – Jon Mackenzie
How the Munich air disaster revolutionised football writing in Britain

Morality and All That – MM Owen
Albert Camus, his love for football and the most famous misquote in philosophy

My Stories – Mardean Isaac
The internal life of players and the art of the autobiography

By the Bosphorus – John Toshack (with Dan Sung)
The former Liverpool and Wales striker reflects on the challenges of coaching Bešiktaš

Copa Libertadores

The World and the Game – Jonathan Wilson
The Copa Libertadores final exposed tensions not only in Argentina but in globalised football

The World and the Game: Photos – Photo editor: Anibal Greco
Photos from the Copa Libertadores final


The Lord’s Shepherd – Emanuel Rosu
Gigi Becali on the future of Steaua Bucharest, God, money and why he’s always misinterpreted

The North-West

Another Place – Simon Hart
How Richarlison escaped the drugs gangs of Nova Venécia to make a career in the Premier League

The First City Documentary – Jon Spurling
Long before All or Nothing, there was City! and all the chaotic glory of Malcolm Allison

Score Draw – Callum Rice-Coates
The creation of the football pools and the sport’s first gambling obsession

After the Immortals – John Brewin
Manchester United and their struggles to replace their two greatest managers

Opposite the Metropol – Jonathan Wilson
Dragoslav Šekularac, who died in January, on life, age and the chance he missed against Manchester United

Greatest Games

Argentina 1* Denmark 1 – Morten Glinvad
Artemio Franchi Trophy, 24 February 1993, Estadio José María Minella, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Eight Bells – Richard Jolly
A selection of classic Championship play-off finals

Issue Thirty Two


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Published in March 2019, Issue Thirty Two contains 15 articles in 7 sections, including: James Montague on how the Hakeem al-Araibi affair has confirmed the end of the unifying dream of Bahraini football, Jonathan Wilson on the Copa Libertadores final and how it exposed tensions in globalised football, and Simon Hart on Richarlison’s escape from the drug gangs of Nova Venécia.