£145m and still in the drop zone: Aston Villa fail to learn historical lessons

When Aston Villa were promoted back to the Premier League after a four-year absence from the top flight, many expected a resilient side who...

The history of the false nine position in football

The first time in history that numbers were used in football goes back to Europe in 1928. Arsenal played against Sheffield Wednesday on the...

Ray Wilkins: The Last of the Nice Guys

Last Saturday saw what would have been the 63rd birthday of Ray Wilkins who tragically died on 4 April 2018 following a cardiac arrest...

The Fascists Defile the Beautiful Game: How Mussolini Used Club Football as Propaganda

Earlier this year, the racist abuse that Moise Kean was subjected to whilst playing for Juventus at Cagliari, once again brought Italian football’s fascistic...

Blackburn Rovers: That title means they can be called a “big club” in this...

Last year, Luka Modric did the impossible – he broke the Ballon d’Or duopoly which lasted for ten straight years between Lionel Messi and...

England: We’ve (almost) Never Had it so Good

Photo by  Кирилл Венедиктов   / CC BY 3.0 Whisper it quietly, but being an England fan is actually quite fun nowadays. Of course, the team and performances are...

Who Will Win England Premier League Golden Boot Award?

The Premier League campaign is only five games old, but the battle for the esteemed Golden Boot award is already becoming an intriguing one. After...

Classic Football Kits: An Exercise in Retro

Any look back at footballing times gone by through rose-tinted spectacles invariably includes at least a cursory glance at matters off the field as...

Paolo Dybala: The Sicilian years

Juventus have started Serie A in their typical bullish fashion. Victories over both Parma and Napoli in Maurizio Sarri’s first two games, although not...

Serie A and racism: The links to 1833

 On April 11th 2010, Inter and Juventus played out a 1-1 draw which went on to be a crucial point in Inter’s championship-winning season....