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Names of the Nineties: Stan Collymore

Very few players could ever dream of hitting such big heights and of doing what Stan Collymore could do. And he did it all in his own way

Ian Rush and the four-goal Merseyside mauling of Everton

This feature is part of Virtuoso If “comparison”, as former United States President Theodore Roosevelt said, “is the thief of joy”, it’s a wonder that so many football fans are so obsessed…

Dissecting Diego Maradona’s astounding goal against Belgium in 1986

"BEAUTIFUL VIEW. Magnificent desolation.” Some will recognise those, considering the circumstances, remarkably sparse words. Many others, for good reason, won’t. Buzz Aldrin’s utterance, moments after becoming the second man to step on…

The fantasy football of Zbigniew Boniek

Illustration by Federico Manasse The 1982 World Cup may just have boasted more great teams, players and matches than any other since. Champions Italy, the brilliant France of Platini, Giresse and Tigana,…

Mohamed Aboutrika: the greatest African to never star in Europe

Illustration by Federico Manasse It’s a curiosity that while Egyptians Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny, Mido, Amr Zaki and Ahmed Elmohamady are all readily familiar to fans across Europe, comparatively few would instantly…

Iraq vs Kuwait: a great Middle Eastern football rivalry

Illustration by Federico Manasse. Check out more of his work here SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS NOT PLEASED. And when Saddam Hussein was not pleased, bad things tended to happen. The object of his…