• Classics
  • Ideologies At War: Deconstructing The Essence Of The Football Club


    Why does one support a football club? What does support in the broader context, really even mean? Have you stopped to ask yourself, why is it, perhaps, hundred-thousand stadium lengths away from what you’d consider your Mecca and Medina, you brazenly and unapologetically feel for a football club as any local would? It’s much more […]

  • Kaleidoscope
  • Wales, Together Stronger: A Lesson In Unity

    wales national football team celebrating at euro 2016, France

    “Sports are human activities made difficult for the joy of it.” – John Ciardi Sporting narratives are inevitable whatever the nature of the event. Good, bad, gut-wrenching, inspiring; sport as a whole thrives on the intricate relationship between emotions, collective human psychology and the communal sense of history and memory. For viewers it provides a […]

  • Kaleidoscope
  • All The Kings Men


    How do you gauge success in a sport? Is it the number of titles and medals you collect? Or perhaps, the number of upsets you cause? Is surviving in the first division a success? Or is it taking the mickey of sides with larger budgets and irritating the established order?   If the last option […]

  • Kaleidoscope
  • Zidane’s The Way

    during the International Friendly match between France and Brazil at the Stade de France on March 26, 2015 in Paris, France.

    Imagine the chaos of running a business. Now, imagine this business also happens to be a football club, where you have balance the books and tilt the balance of trophies won in your favor – Sounds so simple. But ask one Arsene Wenger and he could rant for 20 years on the perceived difficulty of such a […]

  • Interviews
  • Exclusive: Darren Burgess tells the truth about pain and Daniel Sturridge

    Darren Burgess with Luis Suarez on August 9, 2011 in Liverpool, England.

    “There’s nothing new under the sun”, said King Solomon in Proverbs, “All that’s out there is out there.” The subject that we are about to prod, has been examined in the past, for and behest of good players, better players, and no less, the best players to grace the game. Articles on football usually, inevitably need […]

  • Kaleidoscope
  • The Philosophy of Philosophy


    Date: May 16, 2011 Occasion: Google Zeitgesist Conference, Hertfordshire Speaker: Stephen Hawking “Most of us don’t worry about these questions most of the time. But almost all of us must sometimes wonder: Why are we here? Where do we come from? Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead,” he said. “Philosophers have […]

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  • Louis Van Gaal – In search of the Zahir

    Let’s address the camel in the room. If the defeat to Wolfsburg was the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back”, the subsequent losses to Bournemouth and Norwich made fans, journalists and experts alike, wanting to put the much-trodden manager out of his misery . There had been murmurs of discontent for many weeks now, but fans were consoled […]

  • Book Reviews
  • Invincible: Inside Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003-2004 season – Amy Lawrence


    “When you start supporting a football club, you don’t support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history, you support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong.” (Dennis Bergkamp) Similarly this book is not about one player, but about the events that transpired to bring this incredible […]