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  • Cartography of the Rossocrociati: An International and Domestic Survey of Swiss Football

    Ask most European football fans you come across what nations come to mind when they think about the beautiful game at the international level and the same names will always come up; Germany, Spain, England, Italy, and France.   Through a combination of historic success and/or dominant domestic competitions, the buck stops there for many.…

  • Xavi at Barcelona: A Reunion Gone Horribly Wrong

    Between countless European collapses, financial ruin and losing the greatest player of all time for free, it has been quite the tumultuous decade for FC Barcelona. But the latest chapter in this book of embarrassments may just be the biggest humiliation of all. After performing a U-turn and announcing he is staying as manager, Xavi…

  • The Price of Success | The Perilous Youth Pathway At Arsenal

    English giants Arsenal are beholden to the fate that the footballing gods above see fit to bestow upon them in the final week of the 2023-24 Premier League season as the Gunners seek to end their two-decade league trophy drought.    Sitting just one point behind juggernaut Manchester City but boasting a greater goal difference,…

  • A Betzenberg Story: Kaiserslautern’s Imprint on the Beautiful Game

    The annals of football history are strewn with tales of yesteryear. Be it former stars, clubs that once held a continent at their fingertips, and nations who otherwise seemed destined for greatness, looking back as a way of also looking forward is commonplace among professional sport. Football is no different. But so often, the influence…

  • The Devastating Decline of an Iconic Swiss Institution – A Focus on Fussball Club Basel 1893

    Nestled quaintly amongst the picturesque setting on the river Rhine, deep within northwestern Switzerland, lies the iconic football institution of Fussball Club Basel 1893, recognised globally as FC Basel. The 20-time winners of the Swiss Super League, who famously tested the might of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United on four separate occasions, are recognised as…

  • So What Happens Now? A Review of Nottingham Forest’s Time in the Premier League

    Hope, as any football fan will tell you, is the cruelest emotion in the world. A lack of it is fine since you’ll never be disappointed. But sometimes the stars align and you think everything will be alright, only for it to be ripped away again, you go back to wishing things could be different.…

  • The Nordsjælland Files: Denmark, Right to Dream, and Africa’s Footballing Potential

    The continent of Africa has long been a source of wealth, power, prestige, and above all, potential. When it comes to football, that reality remains the same.   Many forget the influence of political and social entities that the likes of Carthage, ancient Egypt, Mansa Musa’s Malian kingdom, and the Songhai Empire all possessed; all…

  • Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know – Football’s Most Controversial Owners

    Football news in England is currently gripped with stories of Financial Fair Play. These measures were introduced by UEFA to limit spending by football clubs and make them more sustainable. While FFP dominates the headlines, it got me thinking. What about the owners whose actions extend beyond the realms of club finances?   Which club…

  • Forfeits, Fundamentals and Fist Fights – Fenerbahçe’s Desire for Domestic Equality

    Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü, known simply throughout the footballing world as Fenerbahçe, are the Turkish powerhouse based out of Kadıköy in the magnificent city of Istanbul. The club is one of the most successful outfits in Turkey, having collected 19 top-tier titles while proudly sitting atop the Süper Lig all-time table.   They are beloved throughout…

  • The New Era of Swedish Football

    June 12th, 2022; day three of 78 during a life-changing jaunt throughout Sweden. I found myself sitting alongside my friend Agnes at Glenn Sports Bar in the Gamlestan neighborhood of Göteborg. The Strömburgare was delicious. The Lökringar had the perfect balance of crisp. The Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar, well, it’s one of the best beers you will…