The game relies on a steady arm, which relies on a steady nerve. The result is a slow creeping tension needs time and space to be properly enjoyed and endured.
They may earn millions and drive Maseratis but today’s footballers are still described using old working-class terminology. It’s the last link with the game’s roots.
A new book charting and questioning the rise of football's supporter governance movement predicts a bright future for fan ownership of football clubs.
If asking why there is one rule for the person who runs the richest league in the world and can control access to its key figures and another for the chief executive of a fans’ organisation counts as grinding an axe, we’re in deep trouble.
A good season for facial hair, a bad one for puns.
A new documentary about the American Samoa football team (who hold the world record for the biggest international defeat – 31-0 to Australia in 2001) gives hope that professional sport won’t always be prejudiced against those who are different.
The Brazilians have won five World Cups, more than anybody else. So why was there rioting last summer when teams arrived for a warm-up? Brazil's relationship with football has never been an easy romance.
I hardly slept for weeks during the run-up to the last two World Cups, terrified he wouldn’t make it.
In three recent meetings with people who work in entirely different fields, I felt instantly at home, even though the territory was often unfamiliar to me.
The FA has ignored the concerns of fans and lower league clubs in favour of the interests of the wealthiest soccer interest – once again showing it’s mostly concerned about serving the already-powerful.
Where will the fans park then?
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