David Moyes Roberto Mancini

David Moyes: Roberto Mancini’s nemesis

While manager of Everton, David Moyes was often – rightly – criticised for his failure to beat many of the ‘big clubs.’In 2008 Sheikh...
Genesis of Istanbul Liverpool Gerard Houllier

Genesis of Istanbul: Progress, But At What Cost?

Liverpool had entered the crucial part of a club on the rise’s development. They were now Champions League-bound with a weight of expectation on...
Neymar Edinson Cavani Kylian Mbappe

Just where does the best front three in world football reside?

If this weekend’s action is anything to go by, it’s that there is a simply terrifying trio of forwards in world football. At which...

Icons in Italy: Roberto Baggio

Football has a strange relationship with unusual hairstyles. By their very nature they’re either loved or loathed, what should be the most trivial part...
Genesis of Istanbul Liverpool Gerard Houllier

Genesis of Istanbul: An Unexpected Treble

In this five-part series, we discuss the journey to Liverpool's famous Champions League triumph in Istanbul. In Part One, we relived how the side...
Artificial Pitches: Boundary Park

The rise, fall and rise again of the Artificial Pitch

Football growing up As we grew up, we played football on many different surfaces. Depending on where you lived decided your choice of surface. I...
Genesis of Istanbul Liverpool Gerard Houllier

Genesis of Istanbul: Building A Core

One of the greatest days in a modern Liverpool fan’s life was unquestionably 25 May 2005. A miracle happened in Istanbul that night as...
How Not To Run A Club: Portsmouth

How Not to Run a Football Club: The Fall of Pompey

Play up Pompey It’s May 2008, the Players and Staff of Portsmouth Football Club are ascending the steps of Wembley toward the Royal box to...

Bobby Robson’s Ipswich: A Nightmare Swerved

Bobby Robson's swashbuckling, treble-chasing Ipswich Town side caused me no end of sleepless nights back in the 1980-81 season. Not that I particularly had...
Assier French Football Football's Coming Home George Costigan

Football’s coming home… to Assier !

The World Cup saw the re-emergence of ‘Football’s coming home’ as a de-facto National Anthem. England fans in Russia and at home hummed, sang,...