Outside Write https://outsidewrite.co.uk Football Travel, Culture and History Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:40:22 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://i0.wp.com/outsidewrite.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-OW-fav.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Outside Write https://outsidewrite.co.uk 32 32 122538044 Football Travel: Perugia https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-perugia/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-perugia/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:32:49 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2643 The medieval citadel of Perugia provides a stunning backdrop the matches at Stadio Renato Curi. This is the home of AC Perugia, a small club with passionate support and a brilliant museum. Perugia flies under the radar as a place to visit. This ancient citadel has a real Game of Thrones feel about it, and […]

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Football Travel Podcast: League of Ireland with Ste McGovern https://outsidewrite.co.uk/league-of-ireland-podcast/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/league-of-ireland-podcast/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:39:49 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2632     The League of Ireland has made a real effort to promote itself in recent years, and it seems to be working with crowds on the up. There’s also a wealth of talent waiting to be discovered, and you can watch a great game without breaking the bank. We asked Dublin-based football writer Ste […]

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Football Travel: Empoli FC https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-empoli-fc/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-empoli-fc/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:59:51 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2609 An animated experience awaits you just a thirty-minute hop from Florence or Pisa. We popped along to Empoli FC in Italy’s second tier, Serie B, and got to know its fans. Monsoon-like rain welcomed us as we arrived at the Stadio Carlo Castellani for a Friday night fixture featuring two teams vying for top spot […]

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Non-League: Dulwich Hamlet FC https://outsidewrite.co.uk/non-league-dulwich-hamlet-fc/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/non-league-dulwich-hamlet-fc/#respond Sun, 28 Jan 2018 08:08:42 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2589 Nestled in the leafy South London suburbs between a railway line and a Sainsbury’s supermarket is Champion Hill, the home of Dulwich Hamlet. Formed in 1893, the club plays in the seventh tier of English football, and it’s a good day out for the alternative atmosphere and wide beer selection. London has a plethora of […]

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Podcast: Who was Don Patricio? https://outsidewrite.co.uk/podcast-don-patricio/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/podcast-don-patricio/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:32:02 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2580 In this podcast, we hear about the fascinating life of Patrick O’Connell, who had an impressive playing career around the time of the First World War and an even more distinguished managerial career in Spain. He managed Real Betis to its first and, so far, only La Liga title in 1935 and then went on […]

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Book Review: The Story of the World Cup https://outsidewrite.co.uk/book-review-story-world-cup/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/book-review-story-world-cup/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:15:44 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2572 Brian Glanville’s famous book has been updated for Russia 2018, and he pulls no punches in his latest update covering Brazil 2014. We take a look at one of football’s most celebrated writer’s latest update to his epic The Story of the World Cup series – out now ahead of this year’s tournament. For history […]

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Pioneers: How football took hold in Portugal https://outsidewrite.co.uk/pioneers-how-football-took-hold-in-portugal/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/pioneers-how-football-took-hold-in-portugal/#comments Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:37:27 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2555 On the night of Sunday 10 July 2016 in Paris, Portugal slammed the door shut on France’s talented attack for 120 minutes despite losing its talismanic leader Cristiano Ronaldo early on. It wasn’t a vintage final – major tournament finals rarely are in the modern era – but in those dying seconds of the match […]

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Best football podcasts to follow 2018 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/best-football-podcasts-2018/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/best-football-podcasts-2018/#comments Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:49:03 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2542 We’re on the hunt for great listening in 2018, 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 […]

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Football Travel: Watford FC https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-watford-fc/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-watford-fc/#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 10:26:05 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2448 It’s less than 30 minutes from central London to the satellite town of Watford, where affordable, accessible top-flight football awaits. Nestled on the north-west fringe of London’s peripheral motorway, the M25, Watford FC makes for an easy day trip from the capital. At the time of writing, “The Hornets” are an established, mid-table Premier League […]

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Football Travel Podcast: Groundhopping in Madrid https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-groundhopping-in-madrid/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-groundhopping-in-madrid/#respond Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:16:47 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2435 The Spanish capital is a must for any international groundhopper. In this podcast, we talk to Roddy Cons from the Madrid-based vlog The Team on Tour about how to visit Real Madrid’s Estadio Bernabeu, Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano and Rayo Vallecano, as well as a cluster of smaller clubs from the city. You can subscribe […]

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Football Travel Podcast: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-football-war-revolution-middle-east/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-football-war-revolution-middle-east/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:22:40 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2418   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 the […]

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Football Travel: Charlton Athletic https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-charlton-athletic/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-charlton-athletic/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:46:10 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2411 Want a decent game of football within 20 minutes of central London without breaking the bank? Time to go into The Valley. I’ve a soft spot for Charlton Athletic. The first match I ever went to in the autumn of 1986 was an ‘Addicks’ match while the team was exiled at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park […]

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Home kits are integral to the brand. Why do teams ditch them? https://outsidewrite.co.uk/home-kits-integral-brand-teams-ditch/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/home-kits-integral-brand-teams-ditch/#comments Sun, 03 Dec 2017 08:57:25 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2402 As Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri described feeling “hurt” that both teams wore their away kits in his side’s Serie A title clash with Juventus, I believe it’s time teams went back to basics when it comes to change strips. Imagine the great Serie A clashes of the mid-80s between Maradona’s Napoli and Platini’s Juventus, but […]

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Guest Post: The Ghost Stands https://outsidewrite.co.uk/guest-post-ghost-stands/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/guest-post-ghost-stands/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:29:42 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2394   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 are […]

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Football Travel Podcast: The History of Football Fandom https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-history-football-fandom/ https://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-history-football-fandom/#respond Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:14:01 +0000 https://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2382 In this podcast, we talk exclusively to Paul Brown, the author of Savage Enthusiasm, which chronicles the story of the football fan from the very dawn of association football as a spectator sport. It’s a fascinating interview and it’s interesting to hear how fandom has evolved, reflected social changes, and how similar – and different […]

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