THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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wsc354The new WSC is out now, available in all good newsagents or to order from the WSC shop.

- England exit in confusion
- Marvellous month for Wales
- Portugal: teamwork triumphs
- From Bilic to Shearer: TV analysed
- Views from Lille and Marseille
- Taking on Europe in 1973

Sinking ship Roy Hogdson and England
"At least Ray Lewington got to see Paris. As Roy Hodgson handed in his three lions badge and blazer in Saint-Étienne, appearing one last time for a bedraggled hostage-survivor press conference the following day, it wasn’t so much the fact of his resignation, but the details that seemed likely to linger. This is a familiar routine with England managers. Like old secondhand cars, all steaming pipes and clattering exhausts, the only real question seems to be the exact manner and timing of their ultimate meltdown. Often this involves a poignant prop." Buy here to read the full article

354 LillePeople watching Eye witnesses
"For the past five and a half years I’ve lived a two-minute walk from Le Palais de la Biere, a little brasserie opposite Lille Flandres train station. At no point did I expect this low-key venue to feature prominently on the Daily Mail website – but in mid-June that’s what happened. It became the setting for a stand-off and a few thrown chairs as fans from England and Wales came face-to-face with their Russian counterparts." Buy here to read the full article

Common cause EEC celebration match
"Two days after Britain formally joined the European Economic Community (EEC) on January 1,1973, a Wembley crowd of 36,500 watched an international friendly. The teams were 'The Three', comprising the home nations and fellow Common Market newcomers Ireland and Denmark, and 'The Six', from existing EEC nations Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, West Germany and France. It was part of the week-long 'Fanfare For Europe' – a cultural festival that would allow Britain to share what Prime Minister Edward Heath called his 'heart full of joy' at the prospect of their country forging closer ties with Western Europe." Buy here to read the full article


354 TVChannel flicking BBC and ITV coverage
"It used to be a constant, something steady and reliable in changing times. ITV’s presentation of football was crass and tasteless, dumb and shoddy, the dimmest form of light entertainment. In the last few years it’s grown a little bit less gruesome, but this time it was clear that ITV Sport were determined to ditch that trademark tackiness." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Euro 2016 diary
Irish targets achieved
France’s positive defeat
Germany just short again
Iceland in from the cold
Chile retain the Copa América
World Cup 1966 memorabilia
The real toughest job in football
Russia's copycat hooligans

Availability
WSC is the only nationally available independent football magazine in the UK, and you can get it monthly for a very reasonable £3.50. You should be able to find a copy in your local newsagent, otherwise outlets that stock WSC include WH Smith, mainline train stations plus selected Tescos. If you're having trouble finding the magazine, you could do one of the following:

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Photo by Getty Images, illustration by Matt Littler

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