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WSC 345 out now

wsc345- Refugee crisis: UK & Germany response
- Transfers under threat
- Matchday jobs
- Northern Ireland on brink
- Revolutionary teams in Italy
- Manchester: a football hotbed

Get with the programme ~ Bielefeld v Aachen

BielefeldvAachen400There is no point blaming the referee for a defeat, even though he clearly has something against the team. And he's the worst referee in the division, and also needs to stop telling players to "Shut your mouth"...

Badge of the week ~ Al Khabourah SC, Oman

Oman150The faint image between the handshake and the football here is a large book. The founders of this club were successful hoteliers and all away teams...

Getting shirty ~ Hammarby home, 2001

Hammarby150Aptly, Hammarby’s single League title would come with adverts for Falcon lager emblazoned on their shirts, the default beer of matchgoers from Stockholm's working-class southside


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"David Beckham" endorses industrial equipment  
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A ballboy fulfils the dream of millions Tom WSC
A boot ad (we think) WSC
A different kind of Santa
A Gabby Agbonlahor photo op Tom WSC
A half-decent Christmas gift Tom WSC
A little precipitation in Tokyo WSC
A new devil WSC
A new type of football Tom WSC
A particularly pointless red card  
A penalty clinches the Subbuteo world title Tom WSC
A rather tetchy Gary Lineker WSC
A shoe-in for Toronto FC Tom WSC
A snowy scene in Rotterdam
A spectacular volley exhaustively analysed in Welsh Tom WSC
A startling offer from Wembley Tom WSC
A superb corner at Valencia Tom WSC
A touching tribute to Cesc Fabregas  
A tough day for Man Utd's press officer Tom WSC
A tribute to Emile Heskey  
A Zlatanesque goal for Celta Vigo Tom WSC
Accidental Partridge rich
Adam Barrett's "worst miss ever" for Gills Tom WSC
African Champions League stretcher drama Tom WSC
Alan Shearer cuts off Lee Dixon WSC
Alan Shearer goal WSC
Alex Pearce's festive fun WSC
Alex Sabella needs someone to catch him Tom WSC
Alternative 1990-91 Match of the Day intro Tom WSC
Amazing foul exercise in Israel WSC
Amusing free-kick routine rich
An emphatic own goal  
An insane penalty decision in Greece Tom WSC
Ange Postecoglou v Craig Foster Tom WSC
Argentinian warm-up match turns nasty Tom WSC
Arsenal players attempt a new offside trap WSC
Arsenal players back anti-homophobia campaign Tom WSC
Ashley Cole – Man City’s new goal provider Tom WSC
Aston Villa's squad of 1995-96 drinking habits Tom WSC
Australian FA president falls off podium Tom WSC
Availability Doug WSC
Bad penalty in Austria WSC
Barnsley fans entertain themselves at Rochdale Tom WSC
Battling the breeze WSC
Belgian keeper needs to work on his ball control Tom WSC
Belgium players get bombastic Tom WSC
Best goal scored this week by a 16-year-old Ecuadorian Tom WSC
Blackburn Venky's ad  

Celebrating the football annual

Annuals1The Heyday of the Football Annual explores what the old publications tell us about past players' lives away from the pitch and changing perceptions of the game

Liberi Nantes: Italy’s first team made up of refugees

icon japanballCompeting in Italy’s bottom division, they can never get promoted because of rules on the amount of non-Italian players in a squad. However, that is not their aim

FA launch largest ever grassroots football survey

icon youthThe FA are asking for contributions from players, coaches, referees, staff and volunteers who work in grassroots to get a picture of the state of the game

Walsall fans rewarded for patience in Dean Smith

icon league1bThe Saddlers have added attacking flair to their previous defensive solidity this season and been praised by José Mourinho after a League Cup tie

The inescapable lure of football’s lost terraces

Burnley600The Holte End, Kop, Longside, Shelf, Shed, Kippax, Stretford and more are ripe for sentimentality

Reader offer for The 56 play about Bradford fire

The56 600Piece of verbatim theatre about survivors' stories showing at Battersea Arts Centre, October 1-7

Hitchin may move despite Save Top Field success

icon groundbuyA full public consultation will take place on three options for Hitchin Town's future, one of which includes moving away from the stadium a public campaign saved

Swansea City film wins three Welsh Baftas

icon tvwatchJack To A King is a documentary which charts Swansea City's rise from the brink of non-League to the Premier League, and was reviewed by Huw Richards in WSC 333

Reforming Russia’s long-distance second division

icon tantRussia's 20 second tier clubs play across ten time zones, with the resulting high cost of air travel making it a difficult division in which the teams can survive

One week remaining for photo book Kickstarter

Polish600You can pledge your support to a photo book of football culture

Phil Parkinson revels in stability at Bradford

icon league1climbWhile Bradford are confident in their manager's ability to move them forward, their opponents Peterborough are already nervous about Graham Westley

“New Stoke” must ignore hysteria over results

icon hughesDespite poor results so far this season Stoke City have shown flashes of how good they could be and Mark Hughes has no reason to panic just yet


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