In this issue


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

Crossword – Tifo
The cryptic crossword from Issue Twenty Five


Rich Man’s Plaything – Igor Rabiner
The inside story of how Monaco reinvented themselves, again

The Bespectacled Mutineer – Rob Hunt
How Marcelo Bielsa transformed the culture of football in Chile

The Quiet Man – Vladimir Novak
Sven-Göran Eriksson on England, tactics and the rise of China

The Forbidden Game – Felix Lill and Javier Sauras
After years of being disdained by the state, Cuban football is growing again

Offshore Development – Simone Pierotti
Zanzibar’s long and successful struggle for international recognition

Photo Essay

Hackney Marshes – Simon Di Principe
A photo essay from London’s famed amateur leagues

Brazilian Legends

Bird of Passage – Andrew Lees
A personal quest into the life-story of Garrincha, Brazil’s unrefined legend

Son of the King – Motez Bishara
The troubled story of Pelé’s son Edinho and how he ended up in jail

The Drugs Test – Andrew Downie
What really happened when Sócrates was called to give a sample in the 1982 World Cup?


Left Wing – Christopher Shoop-Worrall
Socialism’s early struggle to come to terms with the popularity of football

Standing in Opposition – Christopher Lash
How Stanisław Terlecki and Roman Kosecki opposed the Polish state

The Margins

Jozef Štibrányi’s Diary – Jan Kaliba
The former Czechoslovakia forward remembers the 1962 World Cup with the aid of his diary

The Phantom Team – Dan Edwards
When Argentina sent a squad to prepare at altitude, then stopped funding them

A Game of Three Halves – David Mooney
Why the 1894 meeting of Sunderland and Derby Country stretched to 135 minutes

Citizen of Nowhere – Damiano Benzoni
Luciano Vassallo was Ethiopia’s greatest players but he rarely found acceptance

Setting Sun – Luke Edwards
Leyton Orient’s slide out of the football league and why it matters


Game Over – David Ashton
The final adventure of John Brodie, injured footballer turned private eye

Eight Bells

Short Goalkeepers – Michael Yokhin
A selection of eight of the best short goalkeepers of all time

Issue Twenty Five


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First published in June 2017, Issue Twenty Five contains 18 articles in 7 sections, including: Luke Edwards on why Leyton Orient’s slide out of the league matters, Felix Lill and Javier Sauras on the growth of football in Cuba, Igor Rabiner on how Monaco have reinvented themselves and Andrew Lees’ personal quest into the life story of Brazilian great Garrincha.