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The Blizzard: The Best of the Second Five Years

The Blizzard

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Released in February 2024, The Best of the Second Five Years is a selection of 14 of our favourite contributions from 2016-2021. There’s James Montague on the Hakeem al-Araibi affair, Aleksandar Holiga on a controversial Zvonimir Boban interview and Igor Rabiner on the USSR’s first club. Plus lots, lots more.

Full contents:

Introduction

Editor’s Note – Jonathan Wilson

Aleksandar Holiga, The Captain’s Coup

Zvonimir Boban, a controversial interview and Croatia’s conflicted relationship with its national side

Carl Worswick, The Dentist of Medellín 

Francisco Maturana discusses René Higuita, the drug lords and how he reinvented the game in his homeland

James Young, The Short Unhappy Life of Dinorah De Assis 

Love, betrayal, murder and the end of a striker’s glorious career

Sergei Novikov, The Russian Lower Leagues 

From Borodinsky to Zakamsk, one photographer’s journey through the backwaters of the Russian game

Jonathan Wilson, The Glory and the Grief

Cameroon’s brilliantly unexpected victory couldn’t eradicate doubts about Gabon’s hosting of the tournament

Luke Edwards, Setting Sun 

Leyton Orient’s slide out of the football league and why it matters

Uli Hesse, The Great Disgrace

Brutality, unrepentance, the Shame of Gijón and falling out of love with West Germany

Dan Edwards, Numbers Made of Sequins 

How Argentina improvised to find lightweight shirts for the 1986 World Cup quarter-final

Callum Rice-Coates, Southern Comfort 

Football played a vital role in maintaining morale on Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expeditions

James Montague, The Lost Kingdom 

The Hakeem al-Araibi affair has confirmed the end of the unifying dream of Bahraini football

Ian Hawkey, Legs of Thunder 

The redemption of Jerry Sikhosana and Orlando Pirates’ Champions League glory

Hassanin Mubarak, The Yellow Shirts of Doom

How political meddling ruined Iraq’s only appearance at a World Cup, in Mexico in 1986

Ned Boulting, Mit sexy Knien 

How a novelty song about Karl-Heinz Rummenigge became an unlikely hit

Igor Rabiner, Tanks, Corruption, Death 

The extraordinary story of the USSR’s first professional club and the collapse of Communism

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17 x 24 cm
Paperback
194 pages
February 2024
English
9781909811546