Book Review: Calcio – A History of Italian Football

Please share: 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 […]

One year on: Brazil’s World Cup legacy

Please share: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?   […]

Lewes FC’s fan ownership model

Please share:The Sussex town of Lewes is proud of a rebellious history as fiery as its famous Guy Fawkes’ Night celebrations. Now, a new revolution is stirring in the South Downs as Lewes FC builds its fan ownership model. OW met the people behind the scheme. The historic town of Lewes, nestled in the picturesque […]

What can we expect from AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League?

Please share:Seven years on from near liquidation and ejection from the Football League, AFC Bournemouth has won the Championship and is heading into the top flight of English football for the first time ever. What can Premier League fans expect from a trip to Bournemouth and visiting supporters? OW quizzed the fans. The fairy tale […]

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Football Travel: A.S. Livorno

Please share:An Easter break in Livorno would not be complete without taking in a match. Outside Write contributor Michael Saxton joins the Tifosi Livornesi for a must-win night game against fellow promotion chasing rivals Virtus Lanciano.   Livorno, Italy. The chances are you will not know where it is or what it’s about; so let me […]

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Why is Arsenal so popular in Scandinavia?

Please share:We meet the Gunners’ Nordic fans and ask why the club’s appeal is so strong in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. I was in Stockholm recently on business. While I was there Arsenal was eliminated from the Champions League by surprise package Monaco prompting a bunch of Arsenal-related terms to trend on Twitter. It got […]

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

Please share: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 […]

How Clubs Got Their Colours: Juventus

Please share: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, […]

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Football Travel: AS Roma

Please share:A trip to the Eternal City is incomplete without a visit to the epic Stadio Olimpico, home of AS Roma and cross-town rivals SS Lazio. As far as football weekends in European capital cities go, Rome is pretty easy. The 82,000-capacity Stadio Olimpico – host of the 1960 Olympic Games and 1990 World Cup […]

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Football Travel: Hamburger SV

Please share: Here’s a bit of football trivia for you. What’s the only German club never to be relegated? The answer is Hamburger Sport-Verein – otherwise known as HSV – whose famous Rothosen (Red Shorts) have been donned by the likes of Uwe Seeler and Kevin Keegan. The club’s heyday was in the early ‘80s […]

Royal Antwerp fans

Football Travel: Royal Antwerp FC

Please share:The Belgian city of Antwerp has a relatively rich sporting history. The host city for the 1920 Summer Olympics was also European Capital of Sport in 2013, and will host a stage of the 2015 Tour de France.   It’s also home to ‘The Great Old’ – Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium’s first football club. […]

What ever happened to…Edwin Van Der Sar?

Please share:I love stumbling across former footballers in their new post-playing careers. I recently learnt through overhearing some spectators at an OGC Nice match that former France stopper Joël Bats was now goalkeeping coach of Olympique Lyonnais and this post focuses on another giant between the sticks.   Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United fans […]

Club Brugge

Football Travel: Club Brugge

Please share:The narrow-minded view of Belgium is that there’s not much more to it than beer and chocolate. I would guard against that view, but if you do want beer and chocolate, then the two meet in great quality and wonderful abundance in Bruges, one of Europe’s most special cities. Bruges, and more specifically the […]

OGC Nice

Football Travel: OGC Nice

Please share: For one of the easiest travel-football experiences you could want in a brand new stadium, check out OGC Nice on the Côte d’Azur.   I feel sorry for the French Ligue 1. It’s Europe’s sixth most-attended league, and yet has just one European Cup to show for it; that great Marseilles team of […]

How Clubs Got Their Colours: Athletic Bilbao

Please share:Athletic Bilbao is famously Basque and known throughout the world for its red-and-white striped shirts and black shorts. But where did they get those colours? The answer lies in England…   Basque football team Athletic Bilbao is a little like Yorkshire County Cricket Club used to be; to play for the team you had to […]