50 years of hurt. Sick of 1966

  30 July marks the 50th anniversary of England’s single World Cup win. It’s also the only time England made the final of a major tournament. Without detracting from a great achievement, England’s lack of international success since is pretty embarrassing. Will the Allardyce era reap rewards?   I wasn’t aware how interested other countries […]

Football Travel Podcast: Arsenal, Denmark and Non-League Football

Welcome to the inaugural Outside Write monthly podcast, ‘Football Travel’. In this episode, we meet:   Ben Frost, organiser, REDaction: REDaction is an Arsenal fan group whose mission is to get the crowd rocking at the Emirates Stadium. We discuss some of the initiatives underway.   Claus Bermann, founder, VisitFootball.dk: VisitFootball.dk is a football travel website which enables Danes […]

Opinion: Football hegemonies will strangle the game

This season there were domestic cup doubles in Germany, Spain and France, while in Italy Juventus won the double for a second successive year. Football’s moneymen may love the allure of the big teams but variety is the spice of life and fans will ultimately drift away.   So Real Madrid are champions of Europe for […]

A-League set for thrilling climax

In this guest post, Gary Andrews follows on from his A-League season preview to review what has turned out to be a thrilling season. Who would have thought the current Australian A-League season would turn out to be one of the most exciting in memory? Not this writer, that’s for sure. Ahead of the start […]

Argentina fans Brazil 2014

Gallery: Going to the Match Around the World

There’s a ritual that all football fans share around the world – the walk to the stadium. Salford-based artist LS Lowry captured this moment famously in his painting ‘Going to the Match’ (1953).   I’ve collected together some of my favourite pre-match shots from around the world, which I hope you enjoy.   To see more football […]

The Kop Liverpool

Opinion: Fans bring much more to the game than just money

As Liverpool FC backs down from its plan to introduce £77 tickets, have we reached ‘peak ticket’? Fair play to Liverpool FC’s owners for backing down on its proposed ticket rise after a quarter of Anfield walked out in protest. There are those who believe – like The Economist – that Liverpool has a right […]

The Joy of Retro: Why is nostalgia so appealing?

I have a terrible soft spot for old football shirts, specifically those of the 1970s-90s. As I recently turned 40 I have to ask myself if there’s deeper meaning in this. What is the allure of retro?   There is power in the past. Vintage gear is a hipster craze, the chiptune movement creates music […]

Could the A-League’s future hinge on the new season?

In a country of several competing football codes, Australia’s growing appetite for ‘soccer’ could be hindered by off-the-field problems, as guest writer Gary Andrews explains. As the Australian Hyundai A -League kicks off its new season this week, the competition is as bullish as you’d expect a fast-growing sport to be. But behind the scenes, […]

Losing My Religion: On Becoming Club Agnostic

“Who do you support?” is the often the conversation icebreaker, but for me it’s increasingly difficult to answer. Football fandom is meant to be a life-long commitment, so what happens when you fall out of love with your club? I sought out views from both sides of the debate.   There’s a football club in […]

One year on: Brazil’s World Cup legacy

The 2014 World Cup was divisive in host country Brazil. Costing an estimated $11.6 billion to stage, we look at the 32-day tournament’s legacy. With the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to come, what’s the feeling towards these profile-building events? Is the ‘people’s game’ now out of reach for the majority of the people?   Before […]