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Portsmouth's largest crowd-funding in UK football

Hope to own academy pitches for first time

icon money11 August ~ Portsmouth are asking supporters to help them raise £250,000 so they can own their academy training pitches for the first time in their history. The campaign has so far received plenty of support from outside the club, including Gianluca Vialli, Paolo Rossi as well as former players Jamie Ashdown and John Sullivan. If successful it will be the largest crowd-funding project for a football club in the UK. They currently have ten days left to raise the final £75,000 and you can find more details here.


Badge of the week ~ Savan FC, Laos

Savan15029 July ~ Many badge-fanciers have a problem with the whole dinosaur/pipe-organ connection. Any close scrutiny of the children's literature of Laos, however, will uncover the popular story The Diplodocus Organist of Savan. It is part of a series of stories in the Working Diploducus franchise that captured the imaginations of parents and children in the early 1970s. Other titles in the series include The Diplodocus Housing Officer of Savan, The Diplodocus Community Psychiatric Nurse of Savan and The Diplodocus Loss Adjuster of Savan. Read more

Highlights of Newport v Carl Zeiss Jena, 1981

Cup-Winners Cup quarter-final

25 July ~ Newport County welcome Carl Zeiss Jena to Rodney Parade tomorrow in a friendly that rekindles memories of the clubs' European Cup-Winners Cup quarter-final in 1981. The Welsh club, in the Third Division at the time, managed a 2-2 draw in East Germany with Tommy Tynan's double cancelling out two goals from Jürgen Raab. The second leg was played in front of around 18,000 at Somerton Park, where a first half goal from Lothar Kurbjuweit saw the Germans progress. Carl Zeiss Jena went on to beat Benfica in the semi-finals before losing 2-1 to Dinamo Tbilisi in the final. Below are highlights from both legs of the quater-final, though the first is a bit blurry and has no commentary.

WSC 330 out now ~ World Cup 2014 special!

August issue available online and in stores

wsc330 The new WSC is out now, availble from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

- World Cup 2014 special
- England: playing the blame game
- Teamwork triumphs in Germany
- Return of attacking football
- A month travelling around Brazil
- 7-1: the hosts' humiliation

WSC Survey ~ have your say on the state of football

The end of another international tournament means it’s time for you to have your say on the state of football in the WSC Survey. Was Brazil 2014 was the best World Cup ever? Who was the worst TV pundit? How you get on with the people around you at games? What would you like to change about WSC? Don’t hold back now. As ever we’d be really grateful for your response – it should only take ten minutes and there's a chance of winning a T-shirt as a thank you. Just click on this link to take the survey.

Book review: The Special One

The secret world 
of José Mourinho

329 MourinhoJosé Mourinho is a strange, as well as a special, one. He seems quite consciously and gleefully to play up to the stereo-type of a conniving practitioner of cunning tricks and brazen gamesmanship – a living affirmation of the lower morals of the southern European sort, with decent Englishmen being advised to be on their guard and lock up their wives and daughters should he attempt to beguile them with his oily ways. Read more

Book review: Conference Season

by Steve Leach

329 ConferenceOften erroneously likened to a fifth division of the Football League, the Football Conference could more accurately be described as a halfway house. Non-League's top tier is home to a curious mix of teams; professional clubs who have fallen on hard times compete alongside new names making their way up the pyramid and getting a first taste of the big time. Read more

Book review: World Cup Cortinas

by James Ruppert

329 CortinasIn 1970 the Ford Motor Company loaned every member of the England World Cup squad a car ahead of the forthcoming Mexico World Cup. With the exception of Jack Charlton – who requested a Ford Zodiac because he needed a bigger boot for his fishing tackle – they each received a Cortina 1600E. This is the story of how motoring journalist James Ruppert sets out to track down the 24 original "World Cup Cortinas". Read more

How fans around the planet watched World Cup final

21 July ~ Kick Off! is a global project that filmed fans watching the Brazil 2014 final between Germany and Argentina around the world. The documentary follows people's reactions to match, from a beach in New Zealand to a taxi in Moscow and market in Tokyo.

Book review: I think, therefore I play

By Andrea Pirlo

329 PirloReading this autobiography of a playmaker nicknamed "Mozart" is like going to the opera: some bloke comes on and sings very loudly in Italian at you for a couple of hours, it's all very dramatic and enjoyable, but you don't always know quite what's going on. In no discernible order, its voluble and intelligent subject, who "has an opinion about everything and I'm not ashamed to express it", launches into an erratic, extended and idiosyncratic monologue. There are even (mostly much needed) footnotes to explain some of the passing references, although glossing ultras as "the self-styled, most passionate, vocal and committed supporters" was probably unnecessary. Read more

Getting shirty ~ Southampton home, 1995-97

Notable kits of yesteryear

Southampton95-9718 July ~ This shirt was a return to Southampton's traditional red and white stripes after a few seasons spent wearing the experimental red-sleeved, ticked chest of the previous Pony kit. It was worn by players such as Egil Ostenstad, Mickey Evans, David Hughes and Ken Monkou, during a period which saw Southampton complete their 17th consecutive season in the top flight.

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