In this issue


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

Crossword – Tifo
The cryptic crossword from Issue Twenty


Fear and Loneliness in Recife – James Young
Life, love and following Santa Cruz’s emotional return from the fourth flight

Peace Ball – Nicholas Hogg
Travelling the world with a Japanese charity, using football to bring goodwill

Senior Citizen – Dan Edwards
The 54-year-old Robert Carmona on being the world’s oldest footballer

An Aussie Swears at Selhurst – Jarrod Kimber
The cricket writer goes to a Premier League football match for the first time

Square Posts – Robin Bairner
The Hampden Park goal-frames have pride of place in St Etienne’s club museum

Fading Embers – Jake Walerius
With most of MLS booming, what’s gone wrong for Chicago Fire?

Inca Trail – Joseph Marshall
A trip across the Andes and down the Amazon for a drab draw


Total Recall – Lukas Vrablik
Barry Hulshoff on Rinus Michels and the tactical approach that underpinned Ajax

Impression: Zenit

Before They Were Rich – Igor Rabiner
The chaos and occasional glory of Zenit St Petersburg’s pre-Gazprom past


Crime and Punishment? – James Corbett
The political ramifications of the Fenerbahçe match-fixing case

Man Over – Sergio Levinsky
A farcical election and AFA’s struggles to move on after the death of Julio Grondona

Photo Essay

A River Runs Through It – Stephen Glennon
Sheriff, Zimbru and the significance of football in Moldova

Odd Games

Shamrock Rovers v Brazil – Nick Miller
At the height of the Troubles, a united Ireland side took on the world champions and nearly won

Serie A v the Football League – Tom Collomosse
Matthäus v McMahon, Van Basten v Wright, Aldair v Rush, Galli v Southall

Dinamo Moscow v Arsenal – Jon Spurling
In 1954 Arsenal travelled to the USSR. It proved a chastening experience

The Art of Football

Behind the Scenes at the Red Lion – Alex Stewart
The playwright Patrick Marber discusses his football, drama and his football drama

The Second Game – Mircea Raianu
The Romanian New Wave director Corneliu Porumboiu discusses his film on the 1988 Bucharest derby

Greatest Games

Motherwell 4 Dundee United 3 (aet) – Paul Macdonald
Scottish Cup final, Hampden Park, Glasgow, 18 May 1991


The Quantum of Bobby (Part Six) – Iain Macintosh
It’s 2030. Can Bobby help England win the World Cup at last?

Eight Bells

Zeman’s Prodigies – Michael Yokhin
A selection of players who were given their starts by the idiosyncratic Czech

Issue Twenty


First published in March 2016, Issue Twenty contains 20 articles in 10 sections, including: Robin Bairner explaining why Hampden Park’s old goalposts have pride of place in St-Étienne’s club museum; the playwright Patrick Marber discusses football, drama, and his football drama; and Nick Miller with the unusual story of how a united Ireland side took on Brazil at the height of the Troubles and almost won.