In this issue


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


Fallen Idol – Igor Rabiner
The decline of Spartak Moscow is inextricably bound up with the fortunes of their former coach, Oleg Romantsev


Mario Zagallo and Tostão – Tim Vickery
Mario Zagallo and Tostão talk about 1970, Pelé and the Brazilian style

New Beginnings

A Crisis of Legitimacy – Brian Oliver
Kenyan clubs are leading the fight against corruption in their football association

For Richer, For Poorer – Shaul Adar
How nationalism has shaped the rise and fall of Beitar Jerusalem

In Appreciation of…

Angelo di Livio – Michael Cox
How the midfielder’s loyalty inspired Fiorentina’s return from bankruptcy

The Football of My Youth – Gary Naylor
Falling out of love with the modern game


The Mind has Mountains – Lars Sivertsen
Egil Olsen talks about his conception of the game, Wimbledon and his geographical trivia

The Harmony of the Sphere – Philippe Auclair
An exploration of the links between football and music

Smash and Thunder – Alexander Jackson
How a change of approach helped Newcastle cast off their chokers tag in the 1910 FA Cup final

The Head Case – John Sinnott
Standard Liège’s Michel Bruyninckx leads the way in developing footballers’ mental capacity

Foreign Soil

The Bomb and the Bowler Hat – Barney Ronay
How modern football was shaped in an internment camp in Berlin

Tour of Duty – Davidde Corran
With the Vietnam War at its height, Australia sent a team to play in a tournament in Saigon

The Kennedy Conundrum – Paul Doyle
Ireland’s 1986 tour of Iceland brought their first trophy, but ended an international career

The Midfield – David Ashton
A veteran remembers the no-man’s-land football of the First World War

The Youth of Today – Jonathan Wilson
Clouds, clubs and the collective: reflections on the Under-20 World Cup.


Comparing Apple with Oranje – Simon Kuper and David Winner
Were Johan Cruyff and Ajax the John Lennon and Beatles of Amsterdam?

The Race Card – Gabriele Marcotti
Racist chanting is deplorable, but does the rush to condemn it obscure deeper issues?

The Dawson’s Creek Principle – Musa Okwonga
Could it be that a US teen drama helps explain anomalies of football history?

What’s a Vote Worth? – Steve Menary
How Fifa’s attempts to devolve power from the executive committee could be a bribers’ charter

Football Manager

The Ballad of Bobby Manager: My Autobiography (Part Three) – Iain Macintosh
When somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously…

Greatest Games

Denmark 4 USSR 2 – Janus Koster Rasmussen
World Cup qualifier, Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, 5 June 1985

Eight Bells

Great Finishes in Japan – Ben Mabley
A selection of the most gripping climaxes to the J.League and JSL season

Issue Three


First published in December 2011, Issue Three is now out of stock. There are currently no plans to reprint but you can still access it in digital form. It contains 22 articles in 10 sections, including: Tim Vickery talking to Mario Zagallo and Tostão about 1970, Pelé and the Brazilian style; Barney Ronay on how modern football was shaped in a World War One internment camp; and Davidde Corran with the story of how Australia sent their national team to Saigon at the height of the Vietnam war.