THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Stamford net

Most people keep quiet about their childhood fantasies. But not Olly Wicken in WSC 59, January 1992, who explained why goalnets were at the heart of football’s appeal

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Disastrous former manager Jackie McNamara is now chief executive, while early performances under Mills have hardly been an improvement

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has recently unveiled plans to increased the World Cup from 40 to 48 teams. Back in 1986, in WSC 3, even 24 was deemed too many

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Darren Luke has been taking pictures of Cornish grounds for eight years, focusing on matches which are not normally covered by national, or often local, press

A new Guardian documentary follows the story of the Kurdistan team in football’s world cup for unrecognised territories

Outshone by the likes of George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, Herd, who died earlier this month, had a ferociously powerful shot and a tireless work ethic

Despite losing star player Kevin Kampl, controversially to fatigue, Slovenia’s defeat of Slovakia in their previous match means they can relax a bit against Gareth Southgate’s team

Jan Kozak’s team have disciplinary problems and are struggling to score but Martin Skrtel’s return is a boost and Group F remains wide open

It requires extremes of timing to drown out PA systems but nothing beats those roof-rattling, full-throated roars forced out by penalty box drama

René Higuita and Radamel Falcao were firmly in the “Yes” camp while Daniel Torres supported a “No” vote and James Rodríguez was criticised for staying quiet