The Hand of the Devil – The Ghana Uruguay grudge match
Uruguay will face Ghana in Qatar at the 2022 World Cup in only the second-ever meeting in their history – but it is already becoming a modern classic rivalry. Jack Wills looks back 12 years to find out why.
Eid-wood Park: The Pride of Lancashire
Virtually every club in the region claims to be “The Pride of Lancashire”…for me, Blackburn Rovers are the pride of Lancashire.
Korea & Japan – 20 years later
It was a tournament for the ages…that remains in the hearts and minds of all who had the pleasure of witnessing it forever.
Sweet Maple Syrup – Canada MNT Enter Golden Era
With their FIFA ranking at an all-time high of 33rd and a booming domestic league behind them, Canada’s Men’s National Team is entering a true golden era. How far can they go?
The trouble with pronunciation
Why do most commentators struggle – or refuse – to respect player names by pronouncing them correctly? Bryan Moore explores the issue.
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,…
Big Jack: Revered on both sides
On the eve of England’s first major final since Big Jack took to the pitch in 1966 and a year to the day since he died, there is no better time to look back and honour a man revered on both sides of the Irish Sea. With a glint in his eye and a wry…
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…
By Rishi Chowdhury 4pm, 08 October 2015 – Kim Il Sung Stadium – Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea One hour in North Korea (DPRK) and I’m outside the Kim Il Sung Stadium, being handed a ticket to watch a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between North Korea and Philippines. Earlier that day in Beijing…