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Badge of the week ~ USC Kita, Mali

Kita150This is the region of Mali where the most intensive eating of nuts is recorded. The place is so big on nuts that they've just shoved a load on their club’s badge...

WSC 354 out now


- England exit in confusion
- Marvellous month for Wales
- Portugal: teamwork triumphs
- From Bilic to Shearer: TV analysed
- Eye witness accounts
- Taking on Europe in 1973

WSC Survey ~ have your say on the state of the game

Another major international tournament has been and gone, which means it’s time for you to have your say on the state of the game in the 2016 WSC Survey – and maybe win a WSC T-shirt

Book review ~ Boys Of 66

352 BoysOne of the recurring themes of this volume to commemorate the 50th anniversary of England’s sole international triumph is how relatively little was made of it at the time...

Book review ~ Eibar The Brave

352 EibarThe Eibar story is de facto a wonderful one, easy pickings for a half-decent author. Euan McTear, an ardent young blogger now resident in Belfast, had dabbled with journalism in Scotland and then spent time in Barcelona...


Title Writer
"David Beckham" endorses industrial equipment  
** rich
A bad day out Tom WSC
A ballboy fulfils the dream of millions Tom WSC
A boot ad (we think) WSC
A different kind of Santa
A different sort of Football Special Tom WSC
A dull plod of an England song Tom WSC
A Gabby Agbonlahor photo op Tom WSC
A half-decent Christmas gift Tom WSC
A League Two centre-half in the making Tom WSC
A leisurely pitch invasion in Greece Tom WSC
A levitating goal celebration from Venezuela 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 Preston fan’s “We-hey” stops abruptly Tom WSC
A rather tetchy Gary Lineker WSC
A shoe-in for Toronto FC Tom WSC
A snowy scene in Rotterdam
A Southampton fan's message to Daniel Sturridge Tom WSC
A spectacular goal and a Gary Neville parody Tom WSC
A spectacular volley exhaustively analysed in Welsh Tom WSC
A startling offer from Wembley Tom WSC
A superb corner at Valencia Tom WSC
A thumping foul during Pinecrest v Pine Forest 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 Twente goal celebration no one will want to steal Tom WSC
A wind-assisted goal at Thurrock v Romford Tom WSC
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 Pardew's premature dance at Wembley 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
An unusual form of anti-freeze at Bognor Regis Town Tom WSC
Andrea Pirlo succeeds in protecting his post Tom WSC

Book review ~ American Huckster

353 HucksterChuck Blazer: the Father Christmas lookalike whose weight had mushroomed to 450lbs by the time the FBI and the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) nobbled him on the Manhattan pavement in November 2011

Book review ~ Mister by Rory Smith

353 MisterMister is the story of England’s (and its coaches’) role as a football missionary, spreading the gospel across the continent and beyond until the point when the pupils overtake the master – and keep going until the latter is a mere dot in the distance

Book review ~ When We Were Lions

353 LionsThere’s something oddly masochistic about our ongoing desire to wallow in massive disappointments. This book may well be one too, for those attracted by the title: 311 pages long, its Euro 96 coverage ends on page 189

Charlton announcer steps down to join protests

CharltonProtestGettyDave Lockwood has been at The Valley for 24 years but wants rid of Roland Duchatelet

Book review ~ Hillsborough Voices

353 HillsboroughThere are many horrific disclosures in the testimonies that make up this book. But perhaps the most shocking is that, of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough, as many as 58 could have survived had the correct procedures been in place

Millwall fans denied entry by Man City win complaint

ManCityEtihadGettySupporters were attending Etihad as neutrals after match against Oldham postponed

Löw’s doubters get louder after lacklustre Euros


Germany’s five semi-finals in a row and a World Cup have not placated a vocal section critics

Zlatan arrival sparks Man Utd sales spike in Sweden

ZlatanManUtdGettySwedish travel agencies selling up to five times as many package deals to Old Trafford

“Germany played, France won” and nation celebrates

FranceSemiFinalGettyEchoes of 1998 World Cup after Didier Deschamps instills winning mentality

Unpopular Portugal put substance before style

PortugalRonaldoPepeGettyCristiano Ronaldo has found new ways to influence the Seleção despite his poor form


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