Book Review: Eibar the Brave

Have you heard of Eibar, the latest David and Goliath story to emerge from Spain? The tiny club’s first season in La Liga has been chronicled and it makes for fascinating reading.   Every so often Spain throws up stories of small clubs punching above their weight and hitting the big time. Think of Villareal […]

Football Travel: West Ham United

This season is West Ham’s last at the famous Boleyn Ground before the Hammers head off to pastures new in the Olympic Stadium. We head east to make our first and last trip to Upton Park before London loses another iconic football ground.   The District Line train seems to limp to Upton Park, home […]

Book Review: Notts County On This Day

Notts County FC is the world’s oldest professional football club. Now, the club’s history has been chronicled in Notts County On This Day. We took a look. Nottingham is something of an understated sporting mecca. As the rowers stroke down the Trent, above them cricket fans cross the river to watch leather clash with willow […]

Retro Gaming: The Kick Off 2 World Cup

Fans of retro football computer games will probably look back fondly on the Kick Off series as the moment when the digital interpretation of the beautiful game came of age. In November the Kick Off 2 World Cup is happening in Dublin, Ireland, and Outside Write will be there. We quizzed the organisers about the event. […]

Book Review: Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters

Daniel Gray celebrates his thirtieth birthday by touring England’s footballing hinterland and has-been post-industrial giants. The result is a wonderfully witty tome that will strike a chord for any fans of smaller clubs, and maybe even some of the big ones…   Just what is ‘England’, where can it be found and who defines it? […]

Book Review: Danish Dynamite

Growing up in the 1980s I thought Denmark had always been a force in world football. Not so. One golden generation came and went, but it left its mark and got its silverware before Denmark quietly returned to being a tricky away game in tournament qualification. That generation was Danish Dynamite.   I remember my […]

Book Review: Calcio – A History of Italian Football

The development of football in what quickly became one of the game’s powerhouses is a fascinating read. Violence, corruption, politics, tragedy and racism all feature in the turbulent history of what Italians call ‘Calcio’.   John Foot’s Calcio features a familiar image on its cover. It is the timeless image of Marco Tardelli sprinting away […]

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 […]

The history of football computer games

Football computer games graphics have evolved to the point where it’s almost like watching TV. It’s a far cry from basic pixels and eight-direction joysticks. We take a trip down memory lane and look at the evolution of football computer games.   Firstly, a confession: I’m in my late thirties and I still play video […]

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Football and Faith in Brazil

  The cliché goes that in football’s spiritual home – Brazil – football is a religion, but the relationship between the game and faith has surfaced more than ever in recent years. Outside Write took a look at the apparently symbiotic relationship of football and faith in Brazil.   Have you noticed how some Brazilian players are […]

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Book Review: Stuck on You: The Rise & Fall & Rise of Panini Stickers

The culture of collecting football stickers is no longer just the reserve of the playground, it is a rising culture among older people too, as World Cup 2014 proved. Think football stickers, think Panini. Now, the history of the company has been captured in a new book, and it’s a captivating read. The first World […]

How Clubs Got Their Colours: Juventus

Juventus of Turin are Italy’s most popular and successful football club. Thirty times national champions, twice European champions, three times Uefa Cup winners and a Cup-Winners’ Cup to boot. All this silverware was achieved in the famous black and white stripes, sported by the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Roberto Baggio, Michel Platini, Zbigniew Boniek, Gaetano […]

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Football Travel: Ajax v Feyenoord

Ajax versus Feyenoord – De Klassieker (‘The Classic’) – is the biggest match in Dutch football and one of world football’s fiercest rivalries. “While Amsterdam dreams, Rotterdam works”, goes the saying…in Rotterdam. The port team’s club Feyenoord has little time for Amsterdam’s artistry. This could be reflected in the way the two teams play – […]

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Palace v Brighton: The Enduring M23 Derby

This is the story of Eagles and Seagulls. Just how did football fans from the south coast’s liberal party town and a suburb of South London 50 miles away come to blows? And why does the Crystal Palace v Brighton rivalry still persist? It’s the early nineties. A lanky teenager from Kent sits uncomfortably with […]

Brilliant Orange David Winner

Book Review: Brilliant Orange by David Winner

When I started reading Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football I was wary that it had first been published in 2000 and that arguably Dutch football’s darkest day – the 2010 World Cup Final – would not be covered.   Fortunately, the latest version has been updated by author David Winner in the […]