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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The bootiful game

We’ve all been there, it’s a corner kick and you’re tightly marking the attacker with no actual intention of getting to the crossing ball before he does. He stinks of Lynx deodorant and his gelled hair has gone crusty in the cold. As you both await the kick-taker to complete their pre-corner ritual, the fella […]

Oh Ashley, wherefore art thou?

Since his free transfer to AS Roma last season, Ashley Cole has struggled to regain the sort of form that made him one of the world’s best left-backs. For many years Cole was the standout player in an England team that massively underachieved. His national acclaim is somewhat miraculous given his nickname ‘Cashley’, and his turbulent relationship […]