A virtual reality called FIFA, it’s in the game

Every year since 2001, I have received a copy of the FIFA football video game for Christmas. Each Christmas since then has revolved around the unwrapping of this one gift, and the events after have since been a Christmas day tradition. The format and controls of FIFA rarely deviate from the previous year, which makes […]

An article paying tribute to Gianluigi Buffon, A goalkeeping perfectionist

Shortly after breaking another Serie A goalkeeping record Gianluigi Buffon wrote an open letter to the ‘goal’ he has safeguarded for almost twenty years. Fortunately, the multilingual James Horncastle was on hand to translate the letter, and in doing so, he revealed to myself and many other non-Italian speakers Buffon’s virtuosity. Here’s Buffon’s letter in […]

Jamie Vardy’s future, goals, Gazza and Real Madrid

Jamie Vardy’s meteoric rise from a non-league scoundrel to a free-scoring Premier League striker is a great footballing story. He hassles defenders like a playground bully struggling to balance Key Stage 3 with a premature nicotine addiction. Vardy’s tenacity has been well rewarded so far this season. The man once rejected by Sheffield Wednesday as […]

Football’s Mad Men, why are we so obsessed with managers?

A manager is much more than just a tactician these days; he is a figurehead for an entire club. When a billionaire owner hires a new manager, it is a process defined by personalities rather than coaching merit. Is he a tough guy or a charmer? Does he wear a tracksuit or a shirt and […]

Zinedine Zidane, race, grace and brutality

It is a testament to Zidane’s career in professional football that his most infamous moment in the game is considered an ‘ode to defeat’ by Abdessemed, who immortalised Zidane’s World Cup final head-butt in his outrageous sculpture, Coup de Tete. The statue itself stands at an imposing 16ft and was displayed in Doha in Qatar, before […]

An article paying tribute to Francesco Totti

Football in Italy is a religion, and its home is Rome. This, much to the dismay of Lazio fans, makes Francesco Totti a God amongst men. The Italian is one of the finest players of his generation, which makes his loyalty to Roma all the more remarkable. Serie A is something of a Lazarus pit […]

Is it time for Celtic to cross the borderline?

For a few years now there have been indications from the SPL that one of its greatest teams is seeking pastures new. Celtic themselves do not want to relocate; they simply want a change of scenery on their away days. The proposition is for The Celts to leave their beloved Scottish Premier League and form […]