Diego Maradona Review

Asif Kapadia has produced the most significant portrait of a footballer ever committed to screen. Using a treasure trove of archive footage we meet Diego, a shy mummy’s boy confined to a shantytown on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. He has nothing to offer but his capacity for resilience and burgeoning football talent. The film […]

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 […]

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 […]