• Book Reviews
  • Book Review: Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

    Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

    First published as Why England Lose, Soccernomics proudly flaunts on its cover The Guardian’s opinion that it is, in fact, ‘Fantastic Freakonomics for Football’. And that is also largely what the book offers. A collection of observations and hypotheses that will seem counter-intuitive, but are supported by statistics, examples and anecdotes that will make you mumble […]

  • Classics
  • FP Exclusive: Jonathan Wilson On Monopolisation of Journalism and Story Behind The Blizzard


    ‘Eclectic’ is our favourite word in the English dictionary. More than a word, it’s an idea. Eclecticism finds its roots in a class of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers who did not belong to any recognised school of thought but investigated doctrines and perspectives from a wide variety of sources. It’s a conceptual approach that does […]

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  • From the Theatre of Dreams to the Stadium of Light – How David Moyes is recreating his lost Evertonian image

    On New Year’s Eve, Sunderland were hosted by Burnley at Turf Moor. After some hustle and bustle in the opening 10 minutes, the Black Cat’s centre-back Lamine Kone crashes into the advertising hoardings. Thus, John O’Shea, who has started in midfield, is forced to play centre-back. Shortly afterwards, upon being inexplicably tackled by own teammate […]

  • Classics
  • The Cachaça Supernova – In Defense of Football’s Prophet of Absurdism, Mané Garrincha


    In philosophy, “the Absurd” refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any. In this context absurd does not mean “logically impossible”, but rather “humanly impossible”. – Wikipedia, of course. He fathered 14 children with 5 different women, he was a […]

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  • In a Klaas of his own


    Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple – Johan Cruyff The late great is truly an ambassador of the beautiful game. When you ponder Dutch football, Hendrik Johannes Cruyff is perhaps the first player who comes to mind. His anecdotes have been cast in motivational speeches, books and even on coffee mugs. […]

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  • French Guiana: A Colonial Fiefdom, Now Exporting Footballing Fairytales


    We tend to associate “colonialism” with a sepia-tinted theme set in the past, held up by dated frames, on damp limestone walls. Yet, it’s often forgotten that colonies do still exist around the world, territories dependent on a single country for funding and governance. French Guiana in 2016 is still ‘’owned’’ by France. The only […]

  • Classics
  • Times Are A Changin’: John Barnes Exclusive on Covert Racism, Coutinho and Fans’ Misplaced Priorities

    John Barnes Exclusive Interview for Football Paradise

    I heard Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. I’m glad. More bemused than glad, however, at the contention of his honour, despite the fact that Homer and Sappho, both lyricists, are considered literary compasses, and then there’s Lord Tennyson who wrote sonnets and ballads. All texts of whom were meant to be performed, […]