The Blizzard: The Football Quarterly - Issue Zero

Dominic Bliss

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From the publisher:

The second edition of our pilot issue, first published in March 2011 and reprinted in 2015, contains 25 articles in 13 separate sections. See where it all began, including: Uli Hesse exploring how St Pauli are having to balance their ethos with a desire for a secure future; Scott Murray on how Roy Race ruined English football; and Michael Cox’s exploration of how a theory of political polling explains why New Labour were like Dennis Bergkamp.

Full contents:

  • Statement – Jonathan Wilson
    Jonathan Wilson’s introduction to Issue Zero
  • The Conversion of St Pauli? – Uli Hesse
    Back in the Bundesliga, Europe’s most noted countercultural club is having to balance its ethos with the desire for a secure financial future

  • Guus Hiddink – Philippe Auclair
    Philippe Auclair talks to Guus Hiddink about his latest challenge, as coach of Turkey

  • An African Parable – Luke Alfred
    For African teams, it’s often after qualifying for the World Cup that the real challenge begins

  • The Dark Heart of Russian Football – James Appell
    Will winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup force Russia to confront the corruption that stains its domestic game?

  • Double Trouble – Joel Richards
    Argentina’s short seasons are fun, but are they behind a culture of short-termism?

  • How Roy Race Ruined English Football – Scott Murray
    He may be Britain’s most popular comic footballer, but Roy of the Rovers embodies everything that is wrong about the English game

  • Man and Superman – Gabriele Marcotti
    Why football has some serious questions to answer about the ethics of performance enhancement

  • Matters of Blood – Andy Brassell
    The travails of Corsica’s football clubs reflect the struggles of the island and its quest for autonomy

  • First Time Around – Michael Orr
    As Portland celebrates winning an MLS franchise, memories are stirred of the Timbers’ debut season in the NASL

  • The Dutch Style and the Dutch Nation – Simon Kuper
    How the Netherlands’ move away from liberalism is reflected in its football

  • Xavi and the Square Pass – Musa Okwonga
    How going sideways became the future

  • The Search for Space – Michael Cox
    How a theory of political polling explains why New Labour was like Dennis Bergkamp

  • The Professor of Mostar – Sasa Ibrulj
    Sulejman Rebac never won a trophy as a manager, but 35 years after his retirement, his influence continues to be felt across Europe

  • The Watchmaker of Travnik – Vladimir Novak
    After six decades in football, could Ćiro Blažević’s odyssey be coming to an end in China?

  • Verona’s Great Romance – James Horncastle
    Recalling the drama of Italy’s most unlikely champions

  • Sausages Bangers and Cash – Philippe Auclair
    How Uli Hoeness became a sausage magnate

  • Garrincha’s Swedish Son – Lars Sivertsen
    When Garrincha toured Sweden with Botafogo, memories weren’t all he left behind.

  • What’s Good for the Goose… – Paul Tomkins
    Just because a manager has had success with one club does not mean his methods will transfer to another

  • Why the Away Goals Rule Must Be Abolished – Ian Hawkey
    The away goals rule is an archaism that is encouraging defensive play

  • Tradition and the Individual Talent – Jacob Steinberg
    There’s more to judging players than goals and medals

  • How the Champions League is Selling European Football Short – Ouriel Daskal
    Could it be that the commercialisation of the Champions League has not gone far enough?

  • Dessert Comes at the End – Raphael Honigstein
    Football’s administrators must beware killing the golden goose

  • The Heidenheim Chronicles – Iain Macintosh
    When somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously…

  • Crvena Zvezda 2 Bayern Munich 2 – Jonathan Wilson
    European Cup semi-final second leg, Marakana, Belgrade, 24 April 1991

  • European Cup Upsets – Rob Smyth
    A selection of eight of the European Cup’s most unexpected results


17 x 24 cm
194 pages
March 2011