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Andrew Flint

Senior Writer

Matthew Le Tissier: the last golden boy of a golden era

One look at the psychedelic maelstrom of noise and colour was enough to convince me to turn back at once. As our train pulled into Zürich Hauptbahnhof, the sight of thousands of techno-house enthusiasts crowding…

The Andrei Kanchelskis interview

RECEIVING THE BALL in acres of space on the plush Hampden Park pitch, Andrei Kanchelskis looked up to assess his options. With Rangers already 3-0 up against a wasteful Ayr United and…

José Luís Chilavert and the spirit of a bulldog

Illustration by Federico Manasse “Get out of the way, I’m going to whack it!” With the pent-up intensity of a solid six foot two inch frame sporting a snarling bulldog behind those words,…

Lev Yashin: the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or

Illustration by Federico Manasse How do you measure greatness? Statistics, trophies and personal accolades are often touted as the benchmarks, but for Lev Yashin, the best indication is through the reputation he…

Franz Beckenbauer: captain, manager, president and serial winner

Illustration by Federico Manasse President, manager, local organising committee chairman, captain, ambassador; when it comes to summing up Franz Beckenbauer’s career, it might be easier to list what he hasn’t done. His…

Behind the red mist of Roy Keane

SOME VOICES intrinsically command respect, others obedience, but as the powerful, deep growl boomed out there was only one emotion flooding over the shaking 12-year-old boy: pure fear. “What do you want?”…