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Glenn Billingham

Senior Writer

Gennaro Gattuso: football’s great dog of war

ARTISTS, EXPERT, INVENTORS, composers, producers and virtuosos; few exist in isolation. Creative license, by design or by necessity, can camouflage or gloss over the painstaking hours of practice and relentless hard work…

The new order: A.S. Velasca, art and football

A QUICK GOOGLE SEARCH for ‘art and football’ conjures the proverbial mixed bag of results. Online stores pedalling various prints and t-shirts, YouTube clips featuring an array of Brazilian World Cup dream…

Amsterdam’s last night of European glory

IT WAS 14 SEPTEMBER 1994 and Ajax were up against AC Milan. Never before or since had a single football match transversed generations with such poignancy and awe. Under a pregnant Dutch…

Dirk Kuyt: a selfless hero for all the ages

On the southern fringes of Rotterdam’s eclectic centre, deposited between train tracks and the River Maas, Stadion Feyenoord encapsulates many of its city’s nuances. Better known by its moniker De Kuip (The…

Jürgen Klopp and the subtle art of Gesamtkunstwerk

If you’ll forgive me for veering momentarily towards the preposterously pretentious, we must briefly visit the school of aesthetics. The philosophy of art and its borderless study of beauty and taste may…

A Tale of One City: Bogotá

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Bogotá, landlocked high on an Andean savannah and bordered by mountains, isn’t an obvious footballing city. Historically football in Colombia hails not…

The relentless, restless mind of Paolo Di Canio

They are there for all to see; the burning intensity of the glare, the endless cavern of passion, and the relentless desire that seems to give an advantage in any confrontation. They’re ever-present in the sublime, the ludicrous,…