In this issue


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

Crossword – Knut
The cryptic crossword from Issue Twenty One

Behind The Throne

The Captain’s Coup – Aleksandar Holiga
Zvonimir Boban, a controversial interview and Croatia’s conflicted relationship with its national side

The Alchemist – Samindra Kunti
Michel Sablon on how his ideas helped shaped Belgium’s Golden Generation

Standard Bearer – James Montague
How Ismail Morina and his drone shaped Albania’s Euro qualification


The Idiot on the Right – Dan Brigham
The tempestuous playing career of the Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill

From Nowhere – Michael Walker
Michael O’Neill on how he inspired Northern Ireland to qualification

Changing the Culture – Karel Haring
How Pavel Vrba took the Czech Republic to France and changed the national mindset

Mellow Peril – Lukas Vrablik
Ján Kozák on how calming down has helped him lead Slovakia to European Championship qualification

The Cat Rescuer – Igor Rabiner
How a fall from a tree set Leonid Slutsky on his way to the top

The Hosts

The Burial of the Exotic – Philippe Auclair
André-Pierre Gignac plays in Mexico but could be France’s key striker at the European Championship

Le Vocab – Tom Williams
A lexicon of French football terms, what they mean and their cultural significance’

Impression: England 1966

Golden Anniversary – Amy Lawrence
A people’s history of the 1966 and England’s only ever success at a major tournament

Photo Essay

The Golden Squad – Lajos Kozak
For 60 years, extraordinary pictures of Hungary’s greatest team lay undeveloped


The Quantum of Bobby (Part Seven) – Iain Macintosh
Bobby Manager answers England’s call to lead his nation at Euro 2016

Greatest GamesDenmark 3 Belgium 2 – Rob Smyth
European Championship group stage, Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg, 19 June 1984

Eight Bells

Euro 76 – Scott Murray
A selection of key games from perhaps the greatest ever international tournament

Issue Twenty One


First published in June 2016, Issue Twenty One contains 15 articles in 8 sections, including: James Montague visiting Albania to get the lowdown on Ismail Morina and the drone controversy; Igor Rabiner on how a fall from a tree set Leonid Slutsky on his way to the top; and Amy Lawrence curates a people’s history of the 1966 World Cup.