Football’s coolest ever XI

Originally posted on The Amateurs Podcast:
The untimely death of Johan Cruyff at the age of 68 last week got us thinking: the Dutch artist, philosopher and footballer (in that order) is clearly the coolest player of all time, but…

Football’s coolest ever XI

Originally posted on The Amateurs Podcast:
The untimely death of Johan Cruyff at the age of 68 last week got us thinking: the Dutch artist, philosopher and footballer (in that order) is clearly the coolest player of all time, but…

The lone amateurs: the story of Queen’s Park FC

It’s fair to say that Scottish football isn’t what it used to be. The Tartan Army qualified for five consecutive World Cups between 1974 and 1990. They have now neglected to trouble the group stages of any tournament for 17

The lone amateurs: the story of Queen’s Park FC

It’s fair to say that Scottish football isn’t what it used to be. The Tartan Army qualified for five consecutive World Cups between 1974 and 1990. They have now neglected to trouble the group stages of any tournament for 17

A short history of the Republic of Ireland in the play-offs

Despite the Republic of Ireland’s unbeaten heroics against world champions Germany, Martin O’Neill’s men fell short in Group D, and now face a play-off against the dangerous Bosnia-Herzegovina of Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko in order to qualify for Euro 2016 in

A short history of the Republic of Ireland in the play-offs

Despite the Republic of Ireland’s unbeaten heroics against world champions Germany, Martin O’Neill’s men fell short in Group D, and now face a play-off against the dangerous Bosnia-Herzegovina of Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko in order to qualify for Euro 2016 in

Six of the best: Champions League Groups of Death

The 2015/16 Champions League group draw has been made, and it appears Manchester City have, for the fifth consecutive season, got another raw deal. Manuel Pellegrini’s side will have to get past Juventus, Sevilla and Borussia Moenchengladbach this time around,

Six of the best: Champions League Groups of Death

The 2015/16 Champions League group draw has been made, and it appears Manchester City have, for the fifth consecutive season, got another raw deal. Manuel Pellegrini’s side will have to get past Juventus, Sevilla and Borussia Moenchengladbach this time around,

Qatar Stars League: the league that earned its name

In the 1970s, there was the glitz and the glamour of the NASL. In the ‘90s, a new frontier was opened in Japan. Since the turn of the millennium, however, the ‘retirement league’ of choice for many has been the

Qatar Stars League: the league that earned its name

In the 1970s, there was the glitz and the glamour of the NASL. In the ‘90s, a new frontier was opened in Japan. Since the turn of the millennium, however, the ‘retirement league’ of choice for many has been the

Recalling Lyon’s first title triumph

Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Montpellier last month secured a third Ligue 1 title in a row, putting them out of reach of a young, talented Lyon side who have now experienced seven barren years in France’s top flight. However, spearheaded

Recalling Lyon’s first title triumph

Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Montpellier last month secured a third Ligue 1 title in a row, putting them out of reach of a young, talented Lyon side who have now experienced seven barren years in France’s top flight. However, spearheaded

The European Brazil: Romania’s Golden Team at USA ’94

In a World Cup bookended by woeful penalty misses from a diva and a divine, it is perhaps fitting that even the eventual winners, Brazil, are not fondly remembered. Continuing their stylistic decline from Tele Santana’s immortal team of 1982,

The European Brazil: Romania’s Golden Team at USA ’94

In a World Cup bookended by woeful penalty misses from a diva and a divine, it is perhaps fitting that even the eventual winners, Brazil, are not fondly remembered. Continuing their stylistic decline from Tele Santana’s immortal team of 1982,