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The Blizzard: The Football Quarterly #44

The Blizzard

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Published in March 2022, Issue Forty Four and its six sections contains 19 articles including four pieces from the Africa Cup of Nations; Sean Cole admires West Ham’s Youth Cup-winning squad of 1998-99; and Cameron Ponsonby on the lack of specialist punditry for goalkeeping.

Full contents:

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    Of Lions and Donkeys – Jonathan Wilson
    Senegal celebrated their first Cup of Nations win, but this was a grim event stained by tragedy

    The Day of the Scorpions – Nick Ames
    A critical mass of players in Italy means Gambian football is beginning to be taken seriously

    Feet of Clay – Maher Mezahi
    Algeria were Cup of Nations favourites but went out in the group. What went wrong?

    Remembering Marco – Njie Enow
    The inspirational life, tragic death and legacy of Marc-Vivian Foé


    Even the Thieves are Watching TV – John Foot
    Argentina v Italy at Italia 90 and what it said about Naples’s relationship with the rest of the country

    Gazza – Nicholas Hogg
    On a chance meeting with the former England midfielder at a pub in Leicester

    Hayes Maker – Andrew Wilson
    The dramatic emergence of a young Cyrille Regis in the Isthmian League

    The Master of the Dry Leaf – Peter Speetjens
    Pelé was the star, but the creative hub of Brazil’s 1958 World Cup winners was Didi


    Chosen Ones – Sean Cole
    Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and the rest of West Ham’s Youth Cup-winning squad of 1998-99

    End of the Road – Alasdair Howorth
    Binga, the Malian second-division side who reached the play-off round of the CAF Confederation Cup

    Edge of Gold – Ben Welch
    Stewart Downing on childhood loss, Boro glee, leaving Liverpool and the 2006 World Cup


    Light in the Darkness – Colin McPherson
    A visit to Arbroath, where the traditional spirit of Scottish football burns bright


    The Man who Brought Down Fifa – James Corbett
    A tribute to Andrew Jennings, who exposed the dark heart of global sports administration

    Basquocracy – Scott Oliver
    After Franco’s death, Real Sociedad and Athletic dominated la Liga

    The Bestial Nature of Man – Jo Araf
    The village that provided the basis for the first China national side

    West Block Blues – Shubi Arun
    The rise of Bengaluru FC and the reinvention of Indian fan culture

    The Match of Myth – Dan Billingham
    In 1941 Rapid Vienna beat Schake 04 to win the German title, but was it fixed?


    The Edge of Failure @D_Billingham
    Goalkeeping is a specialised position, so why isn’t it subject to specialised punditry?

    Game’s Gone – Andi Thomas
    Untrammelled capitalism and the eternal quest for lost Edens


17 x 24 cm
194 pages
March 2022