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- Giggs: Made to manage
- Forest waiting for Psycho
- Portsmouth's fan-led recovery
- The day I ran for FIFA president
- The lost fans of Cardiff City
2014 World Cup Preview & Wallchart
Every team covered:
What are the expectations?
Is the coach popular?
Is there a World Cup song?
Who makes for a good interviewee?
Are there any players with unusual hobbies?
Will there be many fans travelling?
If only... England at the World Cup in pictures
For anyone under the age of 50 watching England go out of the World Cup is part of the tournament ritual. Even before their sole victory in 1966 they made a habit of exiting in untidy fashion. Alongside the team's shortcomings, bad luck has played a part, as with Maradona's handled goal in 1986. Hence England's exits are usually accompanied by tales of "If only…".
Replacement parts Cardiff City's lost fans
"Walking away from your club may appear drastic. But that seems the only reasonable option when it's literally unrecognisable as the one you've supported for 35 years. Once Vincent Tan's rebrand of 2012 destroyed Cardiff City's identity and the strongest links to their history, I knew I couldn't watch the quasi-franchise that replaced them. I was sure that the supporters would respond in numbers, making the changes untenable. Instead it was a shock to see how meekly they acquiesced to the promise of 'investment' (in reality, a massive increase in the club's debt) and promotion to the Premier League."
Nottingham Forest 1 Birmingham City 0
The City Ground awaits a returning hero
"In the Southbank, the sports pub on the corner of Trent Bridge where I do a pub quiz (2-for-1 on cocktails, Thursday nights, 8pm onwards), there's a blow-up of a photo that has been floating around the memorabilia displays in newsagents' windows, along with the Manchester City garden gnomes and London-style street signs for St James' Park. To the left, Brian Clough, in regulation Football Manager Blazer. To the right, Stuart Pearce, trapped in an angular early 1990s tracksuit that looks like the wallpaper in Byker Grove."
Campaign trail Running for FIFA president
"Not long ago, a FIFA insider sent me a message: 'We changed our rules because of you.' Intrigued, I asked him to explain. Three years ago, I announced I was running for FIFA president as the People's Candidate, a voice for the world's common fan. My platform was simple enough: I would support common-sense reforms (goal-line technology, term limits for FIFA officials, finally bringing women into FIFA governance) and do a WikiLeaks on FIFA, releasing every internal document to the public so we could find out how clean or unclean the organisation really was in the wake of the dubious votes for the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups."
Network broadcast 1950s World Cups on TV
"'There must be a glimmering somewhere that another more refined conception of the game exists, and that the base cry from the terraces of 'get rid of it' is a cruel execution of a player who tries to be creative. There is no excuse for universal ignorance any more.' An appeal that echoes down the ages, but such was the nerve touched within the Times football correspondent, Geoffrey Green, on the eve of the 1958-59 League season after having watched the second World Cup to be televised. Given that the BBC weren't able to screen live football played outside London until 1951, broadcasts from the World Cup in Switzerland three years later showed the rapid development in the new technology."
Second clubs: Espanyol, Torino, Zagreb & Split
Celtic's Lisbon triumph
You Are The Ref – a tribute
Lille stadium name feud
Kenny Jackett sorts out Wolves
Wakefield's struggle against rugby
Women's league goes commercial
Grassroots still being ignored
Every football statue in the world
Cefn Druids on a roll at The Rock
Harry Pearson will miss some old faces
Photo focus on Argentina 1978
Istabul rivals unite in protest
The football manager is becoming redundant
Salford City welcome famous new owners
Brazilian football documentary
Book reviews: Denmark's famous 1980s team; Secret Footballer returns; Ledley King autobiography; Mystery of Erich Schaedler
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