In this issue


Editor’s Note – Jonathan Wilson
The editor’s note from Issue Twenty Eight

Crossword – Knut
The cryptic crossword from Issue Twenty Eight


Empire and Entitlement – David Winner
As Britain staggers like a belligerent drunk towards Brexit, let’s try to see things from a future historian’s perspecti…

Market Forces – Laurie Shaw
What will the practical implications of Brexit be for the Premier League and transfers?

Ever Get the Feeling You’ve Been Cheated? – Anthony Clavane
Globalisation, the Third Way, the Premier League and the Brexit backlash against elites

The War for Truth – Jonathan Wilson
Football, social media and the erosion of faith in the institution of journalism


Blue Period – Luke Alfred
The yearnings of an adolescent Ipswich Town fan in early 80s South Africa

A Sense of Belonging – Lukas Vrablik
Andi Herzog reflects on success at Rapid, frustration at Bayern and being assistant coach with the USA

The Nevilles and the Gallaghers – John Brewin
How two sets of brothers chart the changing face of football in Manchester

Pastures New

Colonial Legacy – Mardean Isaac
The extraordinary story of Youra Eshaya, the first great Assyrian footballer

The Investors Who Never Were – Sean Cole
Sven-Goran Eriksson, Sol Campbell and the missing millions of Notts County

The Thwarted Revolutionary – Martin da Cruz
Béla Guttmann was hugely influential but Peñarol remained resistant to his methods

The Icarus of the Bundesliga – Michael Yokhin
Paderborn’s rise was remarkable, but it was followed by a brutal descent

Old Drog, New Tricks – Nick Said
Didier Drogba and his attempt to establish Phoenix as an MLS side

Photo Essay

Fields of Dreams – Przemek Niciejewski
The lines aren’t straight and the benches are collapsing but Polish non-league football endures


The King of Palmeiras – Joshua Law and Tom Sanderson
Ademir da Guia looks back on a hugely successful career played out in the shadow of Pelé

Fearless João – Ednilson Valia
João Saldanha fought a guerrilla war and should have led Brazil at the 1970 World Cup

The Constant Thread – Samindra Kunti
Carlos Alberto Parreira, who has been involved in six World Cups, assesses Brazil’s chances in Russia


Rhythm and Drumbeats – Jon Spurling
The unlikely friendship between Danny Blanchflower and the music theorist Hans Keller

The Yoshida Defence – Mark Thompson
Why a certain level of cynical fouling is essential for football’s balance

Greatest Games

Real Madrid 1 Barcelona 0 – Paolo Condo
Copa del Rey final, 20 April 2011, Mestalla, Valencia

Eight Bells

Eight Bells – Greg Lea
A selection of seasons that went just about as badly as they could have gone

Issue Twenty Eight


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First published in March 2018, Issue Twenty Eight contains 20 articles in 8 sections, including: David Winner on Brexit’s alienation and post-imperial yearning and how it has parallels in football,. Jonathan Wilson on the erosion of faith in the institution of journalism, Michael Yokhin on Paderborn, the Icarus of the Bundesliga, and John Brewin on the Nevilles and the Gallaghers and how the two sets of brothers chart the changing face of football in Manchester.