Heart of Football

Author: Andrew Flint

  • War in Ukraine: Football’s humanity tested through conflict

    War in Ukraine: Football’s humanity tested through conflict

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has already tested the world’s humanity, but what of football’s? Hope, corruption, pride, morals; the war for the heart of football is one we can’t ignore.

  • AFCON 2021 – The good, the bad and the ugly

    AFCON 2021 – The good, the bad and the ugly

    AFCON 2021 was a crazy whirlwind adventure packed full of drama, excitement, tragedy and scandal. We have chosen our key moments that painted the picture of a tournament we fell in love with.

  • Alasdair Howorth Interview: AFCON 2021, On The Whistle, Attitudes to Africa

    Alasdair Howorth Interview: AFCON 2021, On The Whistle, Attitudes to Africa

    While we have dabbled in African football before this AFCON 2021 tournament, we cannot claim to have a deep, storied following of football on the continent, so we wanted to learn more. Who better, then, than Alasdair Howorth: podcaster, associate producer and journalist with On The Whistle, Kenyan-born and raised African football fanatic, and the…

  • Bjørn Heidenstrøm Interview – 25 Years of Championship Manager Fame

    Bjørn Heidenstrøm Interview – 25 Years of Championship Manager Fame

    How can a bunch of numbers change your life? Millions of childhoods the world over have been spent scrutinising columns of statistics and ratings with more craven dedication than Vinnie Jones to getting booked in the name of winning trophies that don’t actually exist. Blame Championship Manager… For all the unfinished or hurried homework, however,…

  • Limbe in Limbo – AFCON refereeing chaos reigns supreme

    Limbe in Limbo – AFCON refereeing chaos reigns supreme

    Mali 1-0 Tunisia isn’t a scoreline that would set the pulses racing at first glance, but this game will go down in infamy – for all the wrong reasons. Spectators love drama, granted, but not the kind where suspicions, reputations and logic swirl into a muddied cesspool of confusion.  Accusations had been lazily thrown around…

  • AFCON Interview EXCLUSIVE with Uri Levy

    AFCON Interview EXCLUSIVE with Uri Levy

    Arguably one of the most misunderstood and disrespected international tournaments, the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off amidst the all-too predictable swirl of sneers and misconceptions. To help us dissect the meaning and nuances of Africa’s grandest stage we spoke to Uri Levy, founder of Babagol – the legendary football content Mecca – and correspondent…

  • Euro 2020 Round Table: The aftermath

    Euro 2020 Round Table: The aftermath

    It’s probably safe to say Euro 2020 has been a tournament like none other for so many reasons, but in the end we got there! Records tumbled, borders were crossed many times over, and Football FINALLY/ALMOST came home…  Our panel discussed how our pre-tournament predictions went – some monstrous ones in there – the biggest…

  • EDITORIAL: Black Lives Matter pre-match protests – To take a knee, or not to take a knee?

    EDITORIAL: Black Lives Matter pre-match protests – To take a knee, or not to take a knee?

    Across this tournament, aside from the insane drama and oh-so-nears, there has been a constant undercurrent of a wider societal issue that has touched the whole world in one way or another: the Black Lives Matter protest of taking a knee. Gareth Southgate sat down with his squad before the tournament and asked them whether…

  • Football’s Coming Home: The swirling enigma of England’s iconic football song

    Football’s Coming Home: The swirling enigma of England’s iconic football song

    Rose-tinted glasses are wonderful. Those heady days of legging it up from football practice into the playground, desperately scrabbling through the parked cars and wondering faces for a sign of Spain’s penalties; Psycho’s bulging arteries; Uri Geller; back when we actually thought peroxide was the height of fashion, and Karel Poborsky’s wavy unkempt curls most…

  • Russia, the Euros and Me

    Russia, the Euros and Me

    When you get rejected by a budget supermarket chain for a shelf-stacking job, you know it’s time to switch focus; that was my position 12 years ago after finishing journalism college, so I looked abroad for opportunities. I knew nothing of Russian culture or the football other than the UEFA Cup wins in 2005 and…