Diego Maradona Review

Asif Kapadia has produced the greatest 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 shanty town on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. He has nothing to offer but his capacity for resilience and burgeoning football talent. The film […]

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 […]