The underrated Swiss role as football pioneers

Please share: The Swiss national football team’s fortunes have fluctuated over the years but have always failed to puncture the latter stages of tournaments. For any modern follower of the game, it may come as a surprise that this small landlocked country played a key role in the development of the sport in the latter […]

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Football’s First Icon: The Story of Billy Meredith

Please share:Nowadays, it’s commonplace for footballers to have boot deals, brand endorsements and earn silly money from sponsored tweets. But for all the riches they enjoy today they can thank football’s original icon, Welshman Billy Meredith. This is his story. William Henry Meredith was born in 1874 in the mining town of Chirk, 10 miles […]

Podcast: David Squires on Cartooning Football

Please share: We talk to cartoonist David Squires, whose illustrations appear in The Guardian (UK) and L’Equipe (France), as well as in Australian and German media, about his career parodying the great and (often not so) good of modern football. David’s new book, Goalless Draws, is available online and in good bookstores on 1 November […]

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Review: The Groundhopper App

Please share:For dedicated football travellers, it’s easy to lose track of where you’ve been, when, who you saw play and the score line. Luckily, there’s an app for that! The guys at the Groundhopper app gave me unlimited access to check out my football travel history, and spared me some time to talk about the […]

The Best Vintage Football Shirt Accounts to Follow on Instagram

Please share: There is a reason nostalgia is so appealing in football, as apparently we look most fondly upon our younger years aged 15-30, psychologists argue. Personally, my love of football shirts has been long-standing and predates shirts from my birth. For me there must be both an aesthetic and a standout moment for a […]

Anyone but England: Five reasons some people want England to lose

Please share:I can vividly remember the first night out I had as a student just arrived in Madrid in the late summer of 1996. Buzzing after Euro ’96 and with the glow of Cool Britannia in full bloom, I thought being from England would be a positive thing. Together with a couple of Belgians I […]

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World Cup Books 2018: A Literary Guide to 32 Countries

Please share:I am on a mission to find a cracking read on each of the 32 countries competing at Russia 2018. I’ve made a start below but need help with the gaps. Can you help? Please leave a tip in the comment box or send me a tweet. Group A Russia: As a comprehensive guide […]

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The CONIFA World Football Cup

Please share: In London in early June 2018, a very special international football tournament is taking place. We went along to one of the fixtures to experience the CONIFA World Football Cup for ourselves. There’s a buzzing atmosphere at Enfield Town’s Art Deco Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in North London. 1,200 people have gathered for Tibet […]

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14 stunning Art Deco football stadiums from around the world

Please share:The Arts Décoratifs (Art Deco) style of design and architecture was a distinctive modern movement peaking in the 1920s and 1930s. Fine examples include the Chrysler Building in New York or the Battersea Power Station in London. Many football clubs’ stadiums had already been built by this period, but there were some constructions and […]

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Podcast: The Future of Safe Standing

Please share: Research shows that 15% of football fans would like to stand at football matches in the top flight of English football. Rail seating – or safe standing – has been introduced successfully in Scotland at Celtic and at many grounds in Germany. The debate to trial safe standing in England, Wales and beyond […]

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Football artists to follow

Please share:There’s a captivating beauty to football. Ever since a ball has been kicked anywhere in the world there have been people there to capture it. Here are some of the best football artists out there to follow. I remember being at The Lowry in Salford and coming face-to-face with LS Lowry’s Going to the […]

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Opinion: Time to bring back the European Cup-Winners’ Cup?

Please share:As the Champions League millions continue to concentrate power on the few, producing predictable outcomes at a continental and certainly domestic level, I argue it’s time UEFA bring back the three-tournament set-up in order to reignite competition across the continent. It’s a soggy night in Rotterdam, 15 May 1991. Manchester United’s Mark Hughes sprints […]

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Best football podcasts to follow 2018-19

Please share:We’re on the hunt for great listening in 2019, especially independently-run football podcasts, that are generalist and not club-specific. We recently asked our Twitter followers for their recommendations, and they helped us come up with the below list of great football blogs: We’d love your recommendations – particularly for English-language Bundesliga and South American […]

Football Travel Podcast: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East

Please share:  In this episode, we talk to James Montague, author of When Friday Comes: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East, about his travels in the region. He’s seen the politics of the Israeli domestic scene and how Palestine uses football to raise awareness on the international stage. He’s seen the damaging affect […]

Guest Post: The Ghost Stands

Please share:  In his debut post for Outside Write, Oliver Sidwell examines the efforts fans are making across England to bring the atmosphere back to football in an era of all-seater stadiums. Saturday, 3pm. Bristol City are lead out of the tunnel by captain defensive centre-half “Bailey Wright Wright Wright!” The teams are read out, the handshakes […]