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Andrew Flint

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Is Vitaliy Mutko the greediest man in football?

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football THERE’S GREED, and then there’s Vitaliy Mutko. When the Russian Duma’s Audit Chamber completed a review of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver,…

Valeriy Gazzaev and the journey to greatness

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football As Valeriy Gazzaev glances over at the concrete pitch, a nostalgic grin spreads across his face. The goalposts are rusting, the nets are…

Oleg Romantsev: the incredible man of two halves

This feature is part of The Masterminds and The Tsars of Football ONE OF THE most beautiful aspects of football is its potential spontaneity and unpredictability, be it a subtle swerve of…

Herbet Chapman and the legendary W-M formation

This feature is part of The Masterminds AS THE SMOULDERING WRECKAGE morbidly illuminated the snow-drenched gloom, one flame threatened to go out altogether. A few survivors scrabbled through the shredded shards of…

How Andrei Kanchelskis tore down the Iron Curtain

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football ANDREI KANCHELSKIS HAS NEVER BEEN AFRAID to take on a challenge in his career in football, and he has had a fair few…

A Tale of One City: Barcelona

This feature is part of A Tale of One City GAZING OUT ACROSS THE MIRAGE of sparkling lights littering the night sky, it was impossible not to fall madly in love. There…

A Tale of One City: Kolkata

This feature is part of A Tale of One City It wasn’t meant to be quite like this. A stiff breeze swept across one of the world’s oldest football stadia on the most…

A Tale of One City: New York

Chairs were flying, billboards were turn up and hurled, and intimidating chants roared out as aggression and adrenalin boiled. Dozens of testosterone-fuelled men attacked each other on the sidewalk before police arrived to…

A Tale of One City: Johannesburg

Football in South Africa is one of the game’s most cultural and engrossing stories. This is the tale of the game in Johannesburg, one of Africa’s historic jewels.

A Tale of One City: Copenhagen

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Are you sitting comfortable? Then I’ll begin. Today I’m going to tell you tale of darkness and wonder, inspiration and heartache. We…

Ronaldo: in touching distance of being the greatest

This feature is part of The Fleeting Fraternity What is tragedy? In modern-day usage, it is defined by an event of monumental human suffering, shrouded by pathos and disaster. In dramatic arts’…