THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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Football League season
Man City move to New York
England left behind
Sepp Blatter set to fall?
Bundesliga takes over Wembley

Speed freaks England out of touch
"This year marks the 60th anniversary of England's famous 6-3 capitulation to Hungary at Wembley. It was the first of two games in which John Bull was mauled by the Magyars, and prompted Austrian-Jewish exile Willy Meisl to write Soccer Revolution in an attempt to tell the English what they were doing wrong. After England's performance against Italy in the quarter-finals of last year's European Championship, you wonder why he bothered. Almost every criticism he made of the English game still reads true today." Buy here to read the full article

317 MOTMBayern Munich 2 Borussia Dortmund 1

All-German Champions League final
"Euer Hass ist unser Stolz – 'Your hatred is our pride' – adorns dozens of sweaters in the spacious beer garden outside a pub called the Green Man. It sits atop a hill west of Wembley and gives you a spectacular view of the Arch below. The pub has become a part of Bavaria for the day of the Champions League final, with hundreds of Bayern Munich fans here – drinking and singing inside the pub or drinking, eating and enjoying the 
sunshine outside. 'Anyone but Bayern' is the German equivalent of 'Anyone but United', hence the defiant slogan on the Bayern fans' shirts." Buy here to read the full article

Working benefits The demise of the works team
"Across the industrialised world at the point where football and factories meet can be found the works team, a side associated with a particular firm or workplace bearing the name, and usually the crest, of its parent company. Though mostly found at semi-professional or grass-roots level, some works teams have become firmly established at the highest echelons of the game. PSV Eindhoven and Bayer Leverkusen can trace their lineage to works teams while in Japan sides backed by industrial giants such as Nissan and Mitsubishi have played a key role in the development of league football there. Closer to home, Manchester United's roots lie in Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway)." Buy here to read the full article

317 anitheroesEnemy sighted Meeting an on-pitch villain
"It's well known that you should never meet your heroes. It can lead to disappointment, anti-climax or, if you end up having a post-gig fag next to the human half of the Sisters Of Mercy's rhythm section, your sweating out half your body weight because, ludicrously, you're afraid that he is going to come up and talk to you. But it's what can happen when you meet your villains that nobody fills you in on. A recent sixth-tier amateur ground is the unlikely venue for an encounter with a famous footballing wrong 'un." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Why is football so serious?
Everton: the Moyes years
Why Stoke sacked Tony Pulis
The other Scottish Cup final
Worcester City's woe
Europa League final in Amsterdam
Bury out of danger for now
Hednesford host FC United of Manchester
Focus on Oxford United in 1986
Doping scandal in Spain
Russia and Ukraine's welathy backers
Brittany's bid for Celtic acceptance
Flamengo's new approach in Brazil
Indonesia's split divisions
Players linked to gangs in Argentina
Reviews of Sir Walter Winterbottom; West Ham: The Inside Story; In And Out Of The Lion's Den; Regrets Of A Football Maverick

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Photo by Simon Gill, Illustration by Adam Doughty

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