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Why Modern Footballers Are Losing It

During his 1990s assault on celebrity culture, Paul Kaye creation Dennis Pennis battled his way to the front of the media scrum surrounding Some Like It Hot actor Tony Curtis, ageing gracefully on the arm of a pneumatic blonde, at a film premiere. ‘My name’s Dennis, man,’ he explained, having caught Curtis’ eye. ‘I specialise in making celebrities look ridiculous… but I don’t think I’ll bother this time.’ Immediately spinning on his heel, Pennis leaves the date stifling a giggle while Curtis struggles to fix a recovery stare on the middle distance.

Cashing In On Fan Support

Before football became an ‘integrated leisure experience’ (thank you, FA Blueprint for the Future of Football), deciding to go to the game required nothing more than a pat of your pockets. Keys? Wallet? Right, I’m off.

The FA’s role in FA Cup’s demise

Few developments in modern football have provoked such undiluted sadness as the demise of the FA Cup. If the spirit of English football could be encapsulated in one thing, it would be the FA Cup: a chance for anyone in the pyramid to have a go and see how fate was feeling. It mattered.

The Commercialisation of the European Cup

The old European system was almost perfect. The European Cup was the big one, the UEFA Cup was a kind of alternative prom, and just about the only thing wrong with the Cup Winners’ Cup was the fact that nobody knew where to put the apostrophe, or whether there needed to be one in the first place.

Footballers and False Idols

Dave Mackay is perhaps the best example of the strong, silent type so commonplace in football’s past. Mackay was the definitive man’s man, and definitely one of the good guys, an outstanding left-half who was at the heart of the most successful spells in Hearts’, Tottenham’s and Derby’s histories, and a truly honourable man.

We Ate All The Pies: How Football Swallowed Britain Whole

Author John Nicholson has a problem - the kind of which, should it concern methamphetamine or alcohol, would probably have seen him forced to attend bi-weekly, court-ordered rehab sessions by now. It becomes quickly apparent whilst reading We Ate All The Pies that he is utterly, rabidly and cripplingly addicted to football along with all of it's many facets and foibles.

England Till I Die – By The Fans, For The Fans

In celebration of England's passionate supporters, England ’Til I Die (compiled by David Lane) reveals the funny, the absurd, the emotional, the peculiar and...

Review: World Cup 2010 Indispensable Geopolitics

Buy: "World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics" by Steven D. Stark and Harrison Stark ISBN: 978-0-9819289-4-4 "It's been said that Americans learn...

Review: Food Guide for Soccer

Buy: "Food Guide for Soccer: Tips & Recipes from the Pros" by Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark, MS, RD ISBN: 978-1-84126-288-8 "You are about to embark...

eBook – What the World Cup means to me

On May 11, World Cup Buzz released an eBook with the title "What the World Cup means to me". This book contains stories from...

How to win the World Cup by Graham McColl

"As Fabio Capello ponders long and hard his England squad for the summer of 2010 in South Africa, he will be also devoting much...

Glory Glory – Man Utd in the 90s – The Players’ Stories

Why did Eric Cantona start wearing his collar up? Which player got so drunk after a title-winning party he wet himself in a taxi?...