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The Blizzard is a quarterly football publication, put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors, its main aim to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them.


Contents of Issue Fifteen


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The North-East

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* Jonathan Wilson, A Sentimental Journey - In a world of superclubs, what’s the point of the ordinary teams?

* George Caulkin, The Great Betrayal - Mike Ashley and the cheapening of the Newcastle dream

* Harry Pearson, The Van Basten of Hartlepool - Adam Boyd and the glory of a flickering talent

* Michael Walker, Bob Paisley and the Red Kennedys - The north-eastern influence that underlay Liverpool’s period of domination


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Strikers

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* Dominic Bliss, A Season in Turin - Denis Law remembers his year playing in Serie A

* Jim Davies and Juan Felipe Rubio, The Lost Weekend - Spending two days on Faustino Asprilla’s Colombian ranch

* Thierry Marchand and Philippe Auclair, A Game for Individuals - Thierry Henry reflects on how football has changed in his 20 years at the top


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Davids and Goliaths

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* Luke Alfred, The Boys who never Grew Up - South Africa are African football’s greatest underachievers. What’s gone wrong?

* Robin Bairner, When FFP Goes Wrong - Luzenac’s promotion to the French second flight should have been a joyous fair-story but it killed the club

* Will Unwin, Defying the Odds - How tiny Eibar have taken their place in the Spanish top flight

* Paul Watson, Fifa’s Exiles - For Pacific islands, football development can be a haphazard and fragile process


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Theory

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* Nicholas Blincoe, The Roundhead’s Paradox - Tony Pulis and the conflicted character of British Puritanism

* Amy Lawrence, Wengerball - Arsène Wenger, the Invincibles and the transformation of Arsenal’s philosophy

* Jonny Singer, The Archduke and the Offside Law - Did the First World War lead to the most significant ever change to the Laws of the Game?

* Marti Pararnu, Pep Talk - How Guardiola inspired Bayern Munich before the Super Cup shoot-out against Chelsea


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The Sense of an Ending

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* Ewan MacKenna, Fallen Eagle - The death of the former Nigeria striker Rashidi Yekini remains shrouded in mystery.

* Alessandro Mastrolucca, Bergamini - 25 years ago the Cosenza midfielder Denis Bergamini was run over by a truck. Was it murder?


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Fiction

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* Iain Macintosh, Quantum of Bobby - Spinning through time and space, Bobby Manager finds himself at Roy Keane’s Sunderland


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Greatest Games

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* Scott Murray, Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0 - FA Cup final, Wembley Stadium, London, 4 May 1974


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Eight Bells

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* Rob Smyth, Dethronings - A selection of champions who surrendered their titles in decisive fashion


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Issue Two Contents

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Le Blues

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* Font of all Knowledge?, by Matt Spiro—The Clairefontaine academy was once the envy of the world, but has it gone stale?

* What Makes a Nation?, by Philippe Auclair—The recent French race furore ignores the diversity of France's footballing culture

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Interview

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* Dragan Stojković—Andrew McKirdy talks to Dragan Stojković about his philosophical similarities to Arsène Wenger, his lost years and Japan's development

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In Argentina

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* Óscar Bravo, by Jonathan Wilson—How Óscar Washington Tabárez led Uruguay to Copa América glory as Argentina and Brazil misfired

* La Historia de los Piñeyros, by Rupert Fryer—A fictional account of one family's experience of the 1978 World Cup

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The Media

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* The Man who Said it was Magnificent, by Rob Smyth—Barry Davies relives some old memories and discusses the state of modern commentary

* The Man who Made Calcio, by James Horncastle—How Gianni Brera shaped the language and style of Italian football

* The Man who Ate his Hat, by Scott Murray—The story of Lieutenant Commander Tommy Woodrooffe, the BBC's first football commentator

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Back From The Brink

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* Football to Remember, by Uli Hesse—How Borussia Dortmund returned from the verge of extinction to win the Bundesliga title

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Theory

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* Wenger, l'Auteur, by Miguel Delaney—What Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino and the Hollywood of the seventies tell us about Arsenal

* Brazil, and the Rise of the Back Four, by Rob Sweeney—How foreign influences led to the evolution of the back four in Brazil

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Italia 90

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* A Sentimental Journey, by Gabriele Marcotti—The 1990 World Cup as experienced by a teenage Italian

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Polemics

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* Is Football Still Sport?, by Rory Smith—It unfolds like a soap opera for the entertainment of millions and the profit of a few. What has football become?

* Too Fast, Too Furious?, by James Grossi—Why have so many creative players suffered such dreadful injuries in the MLS this season?

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Football Manager

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* The Ballad of Bobby Manager: My Autobiography, by Iain Macintosh—When somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously...

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Greatest Games

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* St Étienne 3 Dynamo Kiev 0 (aet), by James Horncastle—European Cup quarter-final second-leg, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St Étienne, 17 March 1976

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Eight Bells

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* Finals Before the Final, by Jacob Steinberg—A selection of eight games that really shouldn't have been wasted on the earlier rounds

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Contents of Issue Twelve

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The Rivals

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* Sid Lowe, Power Play - Carles Rexach and Jorge Valdano discuss the changing nature of the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry

* Miguel Delaney, Gamechanger - Johan Cruyff on his role in creating the style of Barcelona and modern football

* Graham Hunter, An Honourable Man - How Vicente del Bosque overcame rejection by Real Madrid to lead Spain to glory
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A Game of Chess

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* Philippe Auclair, Beyond the System - Could the lessons of chess show football the way to an exciting new future?   

* Scott Oliver, Play Jazz, not Chess - Reflections on football, order and the imagination, and the need for improvisation
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Theory

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* Steve Menary, Maximum Opportunity - Was Charles Hughes a long-ball zealot, or pragmatist reacting to necessity?

* Sergio Levinsky, The Cult of the Pibe - Argentina’s love affair with scruffy urchins with feet of gold
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Defenders of the Faith

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* Paul Brown, The Birth of the Fan - Why Victorians flocked to watch 22 men kicking a pig’s bladder about

* James Montague, Jerusalem Syndrome - The mysterious disappearance of Guma Aguiar, the saviour of Beitar Jerusalem

* Brian Homewood, Identity Crisis - Unpicking the convoluted threads of Mexico’s franchise system

* Bartosz Nowicki, Dream Fulfilled - Relief and glee as Cardiff City finally found their way into the Premier League 
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Against the Odds

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* Robin Bairner, Sleeping Giant - In 1982, Jean-Pierre Adams was given anaesthetic before knee surgery. He hasn’t woken up. 

* Richard Jolly, And Not to Yield - Only one sportsman can match Ryan Giggs for longevity: the New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter

* Javier Sauras and Felix Lill, The Street Dogs of Manila - The Philippines are rising through the rankings, but are they Filipino enough

* Matthew Campelli, Second City Syndrome - Why has Birmingham struggled for football success for 30 years?

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Polemics

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* Alex Keble, Artist or Machine? - An investigation into the paradoxical relationship between sport and creativity

* Tim Vickery, Alternate Title - The lessons sports journalists can draw from the Monkees
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Fiction

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* Iain Macintosh, The Quantum of Bobby - After his exile in Qatar, Bobby Manager returns to English football. Or does he…?
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Greatest Games

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* Rob Smyth, England 1 West Germany 1* - World Cup semi-final, 4 July 1990, Stadio delle Alpi, Turin
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Eight Bells

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* Michael Yokhin, Non-identical twins - A selection of twins who looked the same but played very differently

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Issue Nineteen contains 22 articles in 11 different sections:

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Mourinho

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* The Devil's Party, by Jonathan Wilson - The manager, his methods, and why it always goes wrong in the third season

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Poetry

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* The Unknown Football Fan, by Craig Smith

* A Striker Fires Wide, by Craig Smith

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Memories

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* This Sporting Half-Life, by Alex Preston - Sport, ageing and the grudging acceptance of a novelist and his mortality

* For the Love of the Honest Men, by Ally Palmer - An Ayr United fan reflects on decades of following the ups and downs at Somerset Park

* Football v Alzheimer's, by Dermot Corrigan - How football is being used to stimulate the memories of Alzheimer's patients

* The Immortality of Awfulness, by Javier Sauras and Felix Lill - In 1965-66, Tasmania Berlin played their only Bundesliga season becoming the worst team in German history

* You are not Nacka Skoglund!, by Gunnar Persson - The meteoric rise and terrible fall of the Swedish Internazionale legend

* The Stench of the White Elephants, by Jamil Chade - Only now is the full scale of the corruption that surrounded the Brazil World Cup beginning to emerge

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Interview

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* The Throwback, by Maciej Iwanski - Robert Lewandowski is proving the value of the old-fashioned striker. But what created him?

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Photo Essay

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* Going to the Match, by Przemek Niciejewski - A Kickstarter project to create a visual celebration of football culture; football without fans is nothing

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Breeding Grounds

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* Slaggy Island, by Harry Pearson - South Bank was a grim industrial pocked of Teesside - and the home to a wealth of footballing talent

* At the Feet of the Master, by Kit Gillet - Gheorghe Hagi has established an academy to try to develop a new generation of Romanian talent

* What's Wrong With Finnish Football?, by Paul Brown - As Iceland qualify for Euro 2016, Finland is asking, "Why not us?"

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Theory

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* Chaos Theory, by Alex Keble - With so many variables at play, does anybody ever know anything?

* Late Style, by Arthur O'Dea - Taking the theory of Edward Said about mature artists and applying it Giovanni Trapattoni

* The Peter Principle, by Rupert Fryer - Promotion to a level of incompetence is a common idea in business, but is it true in football?

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Austria

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* The Burden of History, by Peter Linden - For years, Austrian football has been struggling to live up to is glorious past

* Restoring the Glory, by Vladimir Novak - Austria's coach Marcel Koller explains their first tournament qualification in 18 years

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Fiction

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* The Quantum of Bobby, by Iain Macintosh - Can Bobby stop David Beckham getting sent off at the 1998 World Cup?

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Greatest Games

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* Hajduk Split v Crvena Zvezda (abandoned), by Charles Ducksbury - Yugoslav First League, Stadion Poljud, Split, 4 May 1980

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Eight Bells

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* One-Hit Wonders, by Richard Jolly - A selection of players who enjoyed a fleeting moment of fame 

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Issue Four Contents

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Barcelona

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* The Inverted Sheepdog, by Graham Hunter—The inside story of how Xavi emerged as the central hub of the world's greatest team

* Corrida of Uncertainty, by David Winner—How the cruelty of tiki-taka resembles bull-fighting

* The Other Rival, Another Way, by Scott Oliver—When the nastiest rivalry in Spain was between Barcelona and Athletic

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Interview

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* Alex Ferguson—The Manchester United manager tells Philippe Auclair about his early start, the importance of continuity and his need to be alone

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London

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* Capital Failings, by Ian Hawkey—Football clubs in democratic capitals tend to underperform and London is no exception

* A Very English Visionary, by Martin Cloake—How the understated radicalism of Arthur Rowe defined Tottenham's style

* South of the River, by Nick Szczepanik—For a spell in the eighties, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Wimbledon challenged the elite

* The Bald Eagle and the Modern Way, by Bob Yule—How Jim Smith brough the 3-5-2 to Queens Park Rangers

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Theory

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* Deschamps-Suaudeau, by Patrick Dessault—Didier Deschamps and Jean-Claude Suaudeau debate the modern vogue for attacking football

* The New Enganche, by Sam Kelly—Javier Pastore talks about his move to Paris Saint-Germain and living up to the playmaking ideal

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Africa

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* Unlikely Hosts, Unlikelier Winners, by Pablo Manriquez and Backpagepix—Images from the 2012 African Cup of Nations

* Victory Song, by Jonathan Wilson—How Zambia's emotional triumph restored the zest to the Cup of Nations

* The Barefoot Pioneers, by Gary Al-Smith—CK Gyamfi explains how a bootless tour to Britain helped shape the game in Ghana

* Ultra Violence, by David Lynch—After the horrors of Port Said, the exact role of ultras in the downfall of Hosny Mubarak remains unclear

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In Appreciation Of

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* Ronaldo in Moscow, by Sheridan Bird—A slalom through the Luzhniki mud confirmed the genius of "O Fenomeno"

* Toussaint on Zidane, by Juliet Jacques—What the World Cup final headbutt meant to the Belgian writer

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Polemics

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* Pelé v Beckham, by Pete Grathoff—Which of the icons had the greater impact on football in the USA?

* The Other Cup, by Brian Phillips—How do you solve a problem like the Europa League?

* Continental Drift, by Rob Langham—Kazakhstan has slipped behind Uzbekistan since it abandoned Asia

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Football Manager

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* The Ballad of Bobby Manager: My Autobiography, by Iain Macintosh—When somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously...

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Greatest Games

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* Racing 1 Celtic 0, by Dan Edwards—Intercontinental Cup final play off, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, 4 November 1967

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Eight Bells

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* Shirt Tales, by Scott Murray—The history behind a selection of iconic kits

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Issue Six Contents 

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Portugal

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* The Curse of the Golden Whistle, by Ben Shave—How corruption and inefficiency have squandered the legacy of Euro 2004

* The Flight of the Eagles, by Luis Catarino—In the early sixties Benfica rose to topple Real Madrid, only to be cursed by Béla Guttmann

* The Pretenders, by Andy Brassell—Only two sides outside 'Os Tres Grandes' have won the Portuguese title. For both a repeat seems unlikely

* The Dragons' Cap, by Vitor Sobral—Porto's rise in the late seventies was inspired by the innovative coaching of José Maria Pedroto

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Interview

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* Antonin Panenka — The Czechoslovakia great discusses how his famous dinked penalty came about and the impact it's had

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Euro 2012

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* The Essential Backdrop, by Jonathan Wilson—Euro 2012 raised major questions about the nature of fandom and what comprises a tournament

* The First Twitter Tournament, by Barney Ronay—In Euro 2012, newspapers were very rarely the first with the news as social media came into its own

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Theory

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* Directing the Pianists, by Philippe Auclair—Brendan Rodgers discusses the importance of possession football and what he's learned from José Mourinho

* Ivan the Reasonable, by Antonis Oikonomidis—Ivan Jovanovic explains his philosophy and how he hopes to build on Apoel's success last season

* The Rise of the Technocrats, by Tim Vickery—How attitudes to the dictatorship shape Brazil's change of approach in the seventies

* The Second Coming, by Federico Farcomeni—Zdenek Zeman talks about attacking, romance and his challenge after returning to Roma this season

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Photo Essay

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* River's Return, by Anibal Greco—Images of River Plate's battle to win promotion from the purgatory of Nacional B

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The Lost

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* The Paper Tiger, by David Bartram—How politics and society have stood in the way of a Chinese boom

* The Coach on the Couch, by Iain Macintosh—Is being addicted to Football Manager a medical condition?

* The Far Corner, by James Young—How football in the north-east of Brazil struggles to keep up with the giants of the south

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Polemics

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* Care for the Community, by Gabriele Marcotti—Could a radical rejig of television schedules help create a greater bond between clubs and their fans?

* Location, Location, Location, by Tom Dart—Which is more important? How it looks or where a stadium is?

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Fiction

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* The Limping God, by David Ashton—His football career ended by injury, John Brodie's life is going nowhere until he is sucked into the world of crime

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Greatest Games

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* Spain 1-0 Ireland, by Dermot Corrigan—World Cup qualifying play-off, Parc des Princes, Paris, 10 November 1965

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Eight Balls

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* Classic Footballs, by Sheridan Bird—A selection of the best footballs through the ages

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Contents of Issue Fourteen


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World Cup Review

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* Cassiano Gobbet, The End of the Affair - Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final defeat will reverberate through history: what went wrong?

* Ben Lyttleton, The Inevitable Conclusion - Another World Cup exit on penalties: why can’t the Dutch win shoot-outs?

* Various, Notes from a Tournament - It wasn’t all about the football. Memories of the 2014 World Cup.

* Ryu Voelkel, A selection of the best images from the 2014 World Cup


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Past Glories

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* Elko Born, The Velvet Revolution - Johan Cruyff, Ajax and the struggle for the soul of Dutch football

* Dan Nolan, Orbán Planning - The Hungarian prime minister’s attempts to restore the national team to glory

* Rob Smyth, Lars Eriksen, Mike Gibbons, The End of the Affair - How Spain and a misplaced backpass halted Denmark’s glorious 1986 World Cup campaign


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The Misfits

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* Richard Jolly, Bye-bye Bebé - The strange Manchester United career of the Portuguese striker

* Luke Alfred, Best in Show - While most fans were focused on the 1974 World Cup, George Best was playing in South Africa

* Joachim Barbier, The Still Point - Can a player like Javier Pastore make it at a club like PSG?


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The Revolutionaries

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* Alex Footman, $10 Per Day - Aid poverty and political turmoil, football goes on in Afghanistan

* John Harding, Football’s First Millionaire - How Bolton’s Jack Slater smashed class barriers to make his fortune

* Pedar Foss, The Rise and Fall of Castel Rigone - The entrepreneur, the village team and the experiment in humanistic capitalism

* Gunnar Persson, A Passage to Indiana - The Swedish great Murren Carlsson’s doomed attempt to make it in the USA

* Philippe Auclair, The Second Birth of French Football - Michel Hidalgo survived kidnapping to lead France to the 1978 World Cup


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Fiction

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* Iain Macintosh, Quantum of Bobby - Spinning through time and space, Bobby Manager finds himself in Escape to Victory


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Greatest Games

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* Michael Yokhin, Russia 1 Ukraine 1 - Euro 2000 qualifier, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 9 October 1999


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Eight Bells

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* Jack Lang, Brazilian Courtroom Dramas - A selection of controversies in the Brazilian game that were settled off the pitch

 The Blizzard is a quarterly football publication, put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors, its main aim to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them.


Contents of Issue Thirteen


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History

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* Uli Hesse, Never the Twain - The story of the meeting between West Germany and East Germany at the 1974 World Cup

* Greg Johnson, Hearts and Minds - Spain threaten, like Lennox Lewis, to be a great but unloved champion

* Richard Jolly, The Clubs behind the Countries - Which clubs have produced the most World Cup winners?

* Martín Mazur, The Moral Pendulum - Argentina’s eternal vacillation between fútbol and anti-fútbol


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Brazil

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* James Corbett, Fifa, Go Home! - What does hosting the World Cup mean for Brazil?

* James Young, Futebol Nation? - How much do Brazilians really care about football?

* Marius Lien, A Troubled History - The ambiguous past of José Maria Marin, the head of the Brazilian World Cup


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Protagonists

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* Rupert Fryer, Sideshow takes Centre Stage - The Brazil defender on handling the pressure of being hosts

* Mike Phillips, The Multi-Kulti Question - How the Switzerland national team became part of the debate on immigration

* Vladimir Novak, Better Late than Never - Algeria’s Vahid Halilhodžić on finally making it to the World Cup as a manager

* Leo Verheul, The Artist’s Boy - The Netherlands striker was shaped by the Rotterdam in which he grew up


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Minnows

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* Sean Carroll, The Secret Team - An Yeong-hag and Chong Tese on playing for North Korea at the 2010 World Cup

* Michael Yokhin, The Indomitability of Lions - In 1990 Cameroon overcame shambolic preparations to shock the world 

* Oliver Pickup, Milla’s Time - Oliver Pickup speaks to Roger Milla about becoming his nation’s saviour at 38

* Martín Mazur, Two Men Down - In 1982 El Salvador came from war, chaos and corruption, lost 10-1 and retained their dignity


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Fiction

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* Iain Macintosh, Quantum of Bobby - Spinning through time and space, Bobby Manager finds himself in Italy in 1990


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Greatest Games

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* Jonathan Wilson, Hungary 4 Uruguay 2 (aet) - World Cup semi-final, Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland, 20 June 1954


* Rob Smyth & Scott Murray, Italy 3 Brazil 2 - World Cup second phase, Group C, Estadi de Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain, 5 July 1982


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Eight Bells

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* Michael Yokhin, World Cup Cameos - A selection of players who played only a few minutes at the World Cup


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