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 […]

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 […]

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 […]