Heart of Midlothian

How Heart of Midlothian FC got its name

Please share:Scottish football clubs no longer rub shoulders with Europe’s elite as much as they used to but one thing can never be taken away from them: Scottish clubs have the most wonderful names in world football.   Let’s reel them off: Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Hibernian, Hamilton Academical, Queen of the South, Clachnacuddin, Inverurie Loco […]

WWI gravestones

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

Please share: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. […]

Fear and Loathing in La Liga

Book Review: Fear and Loathing in La Liga

Please share: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 […]

Great Football Books

Please share: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 […]

How Clubs Got Their Colours: Boca Juniors

Please share: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 […]