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 […]

The hilarious (but also sad) decline of Michael Owen

It is not an exaggeration to say that Michael Owen was my childhood hero. Perhaps this was because I was the sort of football fan growing up who watched my idols on TV rather than in the stands. If I was a full-blown Kopite I might have preferred Robbie Fowler or Steve McManaman, but I […]

The best a man can get, why we need more beards in the Premier League

With movember fast approaching it’s time to assess the best facial fluff the world of football has to offer. For far too long the integrity of our sport has been jeopardised by over-glamourised show ponies who hit the deck upon the slightest of touches. This year’s rugby World Cup has further highlighted the issue of […]

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 […]