In this issue


Statement – Jonathan WilsonJonathan Wilson’s introduction to Issue Zero

St Pauli

The Conversion of St Pauli? – Uli HesseBack in the Bundesliga, Europe’s most noted countercultural club is having to balance its ethos with the desire for a secure financial future


Guus Hiddink – Philippe AuclairPhilippe Auclair talks to Guus Hiddink about his latest challenge, as coach of Turkey

Going Wrong

An African Parable – Luke AlfredFor African teams, it’s often after qualifying for the World Cup that the real challenge begins

The Dark Heart of Russian Football – James AppellWill winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup force Russia to confront the corruption that stains its domestic game?

Double Trouble – Joel RichardsArgentina’s short seasons are fun, but are they behind a culture of short-termism?

How Roy Race Ruined English Football – Scott MurrayHe may be Britain’s most popular comic footballer, but Roy of the Rovers embodies everything that is wrong about the English game


Man and Superman – Gabriele MarcottiWhy football has some serious questions to answer about the ethics of performance enhancement

Stony Ground

Matters of Blood – Andy BrassellThe travails of Corsica’s football clubs reflect the struggles of the island and its quest for autonomy

First Time Around – Michael OrrAs Portland celebrates winning an MLS franchise, memories are stirred of the Timbers’ debut season in the NASL


The Dutch Style and the Dutch Nation – Simon KuperHow the Netherlands’ move away from liberalism is reflected in its football

Xavi and the Square Pass – Musa OkwongaHow going sideways became the future

The Search for Space – Michael CoxHow a theory of political polling explains why New Labour was like Dennis Bergkamp

Bosnian Coaching

The Professor of Mostar – Sasa IbruljSulejman Rebac never won a trophy as a manager, but 35 years after his retirement, his influence continues to be felt across Europe

The Watchmaker of Travnik – Vladimir NovakAfter six decades in football, could Ćiro Blažević’s odyssey be coming to an end in China?


Verona’s Great Romance – James HorncastleRecalling the drama of Italy’s most unlikely champions


Bangers and Cash – Philippe AuclairHow Uli Hoeness became a sausage magnate

Garrincha’s Swedish Son – Lars SivertsenWhen Garrincha toured Sweden with Botafogo, memories weren’t all he left behind


What’s Good for the Goose… – Paul TomkinsJust because a manager has had success with one club does not mean his methods will transfer to another

Why the Away Goals Rule Must Be Abolished – Ian HawkeyThe away goals rule is an archaism that is encouraging defensive play

Tradition and the Individual Talent – Jacob SteinbergThere’s more to judging players than goals and medals

How the Champions League is Selling European Football Short – Ouriel DaskalCould it be that the commercialisation of the Champions League has not gone far enough?

Dessert Comes at the End – Raphael HonigsteinFootball’s administrators must beware killing the golden goose

Football Manager

The Heidenheim Chronicles – Iain MacintoshWhen somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously…

Greatest Games

Crvena Zvezda 2 Bayern Munich 2 – Jonathan WilsonEuropean Cup semi-final second leg, Marakana, Belgrade, 24 April 1991

Eight Bells

European Cup Upsets – Rob SmythA selection of eight of the European Cup’s most unexpected results

Issue Zero


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The second edition of our pilot issue, first published in March 2011 and reprinted in 2015, contains 25 articles in 13 separate sections. See where it all began, including: Uli Hesse exploring how St Pauli are having to balance their ethos with a desire for a secure future; Scott Murray on how Roy Race ruined English football; and Michael Cox’s exploration of how a theory of political polling explains why New Labour were like Dennis Bergkamp.