From the publisher:
Released in December 2019, The Best of the First Five Years is a selection of 23 of our favourite contributions from 2011-2015. There’s Uli Hesse on St Pauli’s ethos, David Tryhorn sits down with Socrates and Igor Rabiner travels with Avram Grant through Siberia. Plus lots, lots more.
- The Conversion of St Pauli? Back in the Bundesliga, Europe’s most noted counter-cultural club is having to balance its ethos with the desire for a secure financial future
- The Man who Made Calcio How Gianni Brera shaped the language and style of Italian football
- The Collaborator The treacherous life and traitor’s death of Alexandre Villaplane, France’s first World Cup captain
- The Brain in Spain Juanma Lillo, mentor to Pep Guardiola, explains his thinking on clubs, coaching and why society is sick
- The Bomb and the Bowler Hat How modern football was shaped in an internment camp in Berlin
- Corrida of Uncertainty How the cruelty of tiki-taka resembles bull-fighting
- The Kindling of a Flame The former Brazil captain Socrates talks about why footballers have a political responsibility
- My Name is Ally MacLeod and I am a Winner How Scotland’s humiliation at the 1978 World Cup knocked nationalism off course
- Paying the Penalty The Czechoslovakia great Antonín Panenka discusses how his famous dinked penalty came about and the impact it’s had
- The Rise of the Technocrats How attitudes to the dictatorship shape Brazil’s change of approach in the seventies
- Everything is Politics The great Bosnian coach Ivica Osim reflects on the war, Japan and Alan Mullery’s lack of fair play.
- Notes on Street Football What kickabouts reveal about the tortured artists of neoromantic myth
- Football on TV Key moments in the history of televising the game
- The Death of Mystery Is the modern thirst for knowledge taking the fun out of football?
- Literally on Fire How the game’s relationship with smoking has changed over the generations
- Booze Boys Tracing the history of Irish football’s sizzled relationship with alcohol
- Closure Travelling through Siberia with Avram Grant to find the graves of his grandparents
- The Van Basten of Hartlepool Adam Boyd and the glory of a talent that flickers without ever catching light
- Tour of Duty With the Vietnam War at its height, Australia sent a team to play in a tournament in Saigon
- Sleeping Giant In 1982, Jean-Pierre Adams was given anaesthetic before knee surgery. He hasn’t woken up
- The Turf War How the murder of the promising footballer Eddie Moussa sheds light on Sweden’s gang culture
- Fallen Eagle The death of the former Nigeria striker Rashidi Yekini remains shrouded in mystery
- The Peter Principle Promotion to a level of incompetence is a common idea in business, but is it true in football?