In this issue


Editor’s Note – Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson’s Editor’s Note from Issue Twenty Four

Crossword – Tifo
The cryptic crossword from Issue Twenty Four

Cup of Nations

The Glory and the Grief – Jonathan Wilson
Cameroon’s brilliantly unexpected victory couldn’t eradicate doubts about Gabon’s hosting of the tournament

A New Broom – Nick Ames
Hugo Broos on how he made Cameroon side derided as the worst in a generation into champions


The Old Divide – Tim Wigmore
Beyond the obvious big four, northern football is struggling against the economic tide

The Death of Hope – Anthony Clavane
The decline of heavy industry, the collapse of Yorkshire football and the sad logic of Brexit

Identity Crisis – Gary Hartley
Leeds United, playing the right way and what we demand from our clubs

A City Apart – Richard Lapper
Wednesday, United and the strange case of football in Sheffield

The Rise of the East

The Shifting Axis – Peter Frankopan
In politics, in economics, in football, the role of Asia is becoming more significant

Raising the Dragon – William Bi
After all the investment in the league, is the China national team showing signs of improvement?

Inside the Revolution – Joshua D Bateman
Demba Ba and Ryan Johnson discuss their experiences playing in the Chinese League

After the Killing Fields – Rob Kirby
Cambodian football is on the way back after being all but destroyed under the Khmer Rouge

Just a Football Ground – David Shaw
After a grim past, Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium is finally just being used for sport

A Question of Identity

Leaving La Familia – Shaul Adar
David Mizrahai explains why he left Beitar’s notorious Ultra group and what has happened since

1996 and All That – David Stubbs
The glorious summer when all things seemed possible, and the failure of promise

The Sad Success of Dinamo Tbilisi – Michael Yokhin
David Kipiani, Vitaly Daraselia and how death haunted Georgia’s greatest team

The Not-So Crazy English – Martin da Cruz
How a British-inspired tactical reform transformed Uruguay into football’s first global power

East Germany

The Ost Boys – Kit Holden
Twenty-six after reunification, there is only one East German club in the Bundesliga – and they’re hated

The Real Leipzig? – Matt Ford
As RB Leipzig challenge in the Bundesliga, the city’s old derby still takes place

Greatest Games

Luton Town 3 Grimsby Town 2 – Tom Reynolds
League Division One, Kenilworth Road, Luton, 10 February 1996

Eight Bells

Inauspicious Starts – Richard Jolly
A selection of successful managerial careers that began in chaos and defeat

Issue Twenty Four


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First published in March 2017, Issue Twenty Four contains 19 articles in 7 sections, including: Anthony Clavane on the decline of heavy industry and the sad logic of Brexit in Yorkshire; Peter Frankopan looking at how in politics, economics and football the role of Asia is becoming more significant; and David Stubbs on the glorious summer of 1996 when all things seemed possible.