WWI gravestones

Christmas Day 1914 Truce Football Matches: What’s the Truth?

It is almost the stuff of myth; on Christmas Day 1914 after four months of conflict, British and German soldiers emerge from their trenches, foster a truce, exchange gifts and even play football. On this, the centenary of the Christmas Day truces we look at the evidence for the legendary football match or matches. Where […]

Fear and Loathing in La Liga

Book Review: Fear and Loathing in La Liga

It’s the biggest grudge match in the word: Madrid v Barça, El Clásico. The stage, the characters, the politics is out of this world.   I spent two years in Spain, the first spent as a student at Madrid’s Universidad Autonoma as part of a European Studies exchange during 1996-97. My choice of dissertation was […]

Great Football Books

We’re on the hunt for great football books. In alphabetical order, here are some of OW’s favourite books on football history and culture: A Season With Verona – Tim Parks Sticking with Italy, for one season only, English resident of Verona, Tim Parks follows Hellas Verona home and away in Serie A. On his way […]

How Clubs Got Their Colours: Boca Juniors

Boca Juniors is the famous blue and yellow half of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Although the club trails its cross-city Superclásico rivals River Plate in domestic championships (36 to 30), Boca claims to enjoy stronger public support throughout the country. Club Atlético Boca Juniors was formed in the capital’s rough port area of La […]