THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

December issue available in shops and online

wsc322 The new WSC is out now, dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

Star names in reserve
Decline of utility players
Why away fans matter
FIFA & UEFA in crisis
Spurs chant controversy
Can managers coach?

Tor-smallRenaissance artists Tor! new edition extract
"If you mull over the changing fortunes of German football during the past two decades, sooner or later it strikes you how closely the rise and fall and rise of the national team and Borussia Dortmund mirror each other. Both sides won a major European title (their last to date) within 12 months of each other in the second half of the 1990s. Then they reached – and lost – finals in 2002 and 2008, both times on the back of largely middling performances, before suddenly taking off and capturing the public's imagination in 2010. Not to forget that both went through arguably their biggest ever crises in late 2004, early 2005." Buy here to read the full article


322 MOTMWigan Athletic 1 Rubin Kazan 1

The Latics take on Europe
"Lord Kinnaird ended up as FA president. Stan Mortensen was immortalised with a statue. Ian Porterfield had a pub named after him. Bobby Stokes won a car. History has remembered and rewarded FA Cup final goalscoring heroes in all manner of ways. So far, though, life hasn't changed all that much for Wigan Athletic midfielder Ben Watson. 'I've probably had a bit more fan mail,' he says in the programme for the match against Rubin Kazan." Buy here to read the full article


Reverting to typography Shirt graphics
"As Gareth Bale was unveiled as Real Madrid's newest signing, he was pictured holding the obligatory shirt with printed name and the No 11. Bale's new club will be hoping his status as the most expensive player in the world will help to sell a few replicas of that shirt, but its appearance was jarring. The font used by Real Madrid on all their kits this season looks like it was drawn by a child let loose with a marker pen." Buy here to read the full article


322 IntAny more bright ideas? International competitions
"Let's suppose FIFA and UEFA have the best interests of international football at heart – a wild assumption, but bear with me for the sake of a theoretical argument. How would they sell it in the face of the financial and political clout of the largest clubs and leagues in Europe? The signs are that interest in international matches is waning, in England at least. The official England fans' group said falling demand for tickets was one reason so many were made available to Poland for the decisive World Cup qualifier. No doubt the usual tournament hysteria will return in the summer, but during the season each international break seems to be treated as an unwelcome interruption to the real business." Buy here to read the full article


Plus
Harry Pearson on football's "ambassadors"
The crimes of passion
Patrice Evra lashes out
Central American match-fixing
Italy's "territorial discrimination"
Pyrotechnic problems
England's unheeded warning
Prestatyn Town's serene surroundings
Barnet's Hive stung
Harry Redknapp's new book
Derek Dougan's outspoken career
Catching Sheriff in Moldova
Reviews ~ Immortal – The approved biography of George Best; Grobar – Partizan pleasure, pain and paranoia; The Nowhere Men – The unkown story of football's true talent spotters; Fear And Loathing In La Liga

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Photo by Paul Thompson, illustration by Neil Stevens

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