In this issue


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

Le Blues

Font of all Knowledge? – Matt Spiro
The Clairefontaine academy was once the envy of the world, but has it gone stale?

What Makes a Nation? – Philippe Auclair
The recent French race furore ignores the diversity of France’s footballing culture


Dragan Stojković – Andrew McKirdy
Dragan Stojković on his philosophical similarities to Arsène Wenger, his lost years and Japan’s development

In Argentina

Óscar Bravo – Jonathan Wilson
How Óscar Washington Tabárez led Uruguay to Copa América glory as Argentina and Brazil misfired

La Historia de los Piñeyros – Rupert Fryer
A fictional account of one family’s experience of the 1978 World Cup

The Media

The Man who Said it was Magnificent – Rob Smyth
Barry Davies relives some old memories and discusses the state of modern commentary

The Man who Made Calcio – James Horncastle
How Gianni Brera shaped the language and style of Italian football

The Man Who Ate His Hat – Scott Murray
The story of Lieutenant Commander Tommy Woodrooffe, the BBC’s first football commentator

Back From the Brink

Football to Remember – Uli Hesse
How Borussia Dortmund returned from the verge of extinction to win the Bundesliga title


Wenger, l’Auteur – Miguel Delaney
What Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino and the Hollywood of the seventies tell us about Arsenal

Brazil and the Rise of the Back Four – Rob Sweeney
How foreign influences led to the evolution of the back four in Brazil

Italia 90

A Sentimental Journey – Gabriele Marcotti
The 1990 World Cup as experienced by a teenage Italian


Is Football Still Sport? – Rory Smith
It unfolds like a soap opera for the entertainment of millions and the profit of a few. What has football become?

Too Fast, Too Furious? – James Grossi
Why have so many creative players suffered such dreadful injuries in the MLS this season?

Football Manager

The Ballad of Bobby Manager: My Autobiography (Part Two) – Iain Macintosh
When somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously…

Greatest Games

St Étienne 3 Dynamo Kyiv 0 (aet) – James Horncastle
European Cup quarter-final second leg, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St Étienne, 17 March 1976

Eight Bells

Finals Before the Final – Jacob Steinberg
A selection of eight games that really shouldn’t have been wasted on the earlier rounds

Issue Two


First published in September 2011, Issue Two is now out of stock. There are currently no plans to reprint but you can still access it in digital form. Issue Two contains 17 articles in 11 sections, including: Gabriele Marcotti’s teenage reminiscences of Italia 90; Uli Hesse reporting how Borussia Dortmund came back from the verge of extinction to win the Bundesliga title; and Rob Smyth talking with Barry Davies, reliving some of his old memories and discussing the state of modern commentary.