Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Writer

“Why wake up?” The Leicester dream in 2016-17

The look on Nathan Dyer’s face said it all. With Leicester City captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri standing to his right, Premier League title lifted proudly above their heads, Dyer’s…

San Marino and the true meaning of football

ARRANGING A TRIP TO SAN MARINO IS QUITE THE CHALLENGE. There is no train station in Europe’s third smallest state, let alone an airport. Large pedestrian-only zones mean that parking spaces are sparse,…

The relationship between Mussolini and calcio

For something that is essentially an expendable pastime, football can wield an extraordinary amount of influence. The temporary truce between supporters of fierce rivals Zamalek and Al Ahly helped to overthrow Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak…

The pragmatic success story of Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello appeared to be on the brink. Two victories in his last 10 games in charge of the Russia national team prompted a crisis meeting with his bosses on Wednesday, talks that…

Didier Drogba: a man of peace

THE DATE WAS 3 JUNE 2007 and Ivory Coast had just defeated Madagascar 5-0 to qualify for the following year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana. Goals from Saloman Kalou, Yaya Touré,…

Palestine: a journey of hope and pain

NINE THOUSAND MILES separate the Newcastle Stadium in southeast Australia and the Faisal Al-Husseini arena, Palestine’s home ground in Al-Ram, just outside Jerusalem. The real distance between the serene beaches and mountains of…

The Udinese way of survival

It would make for some team: Samir Handanović would keep goal behind a defence consisting of Mauricio Isla, Mehdi Benatia, Cristián Zapata and Kwadwo Asamoah. Gökhan Inler, David Pizarro and Sulley Muntari would provide…

A history of Englishmen in calcio

Barely an hour had passed before the inquest began. A brace from Luis Suárez had given Uruguay a vital 2-1 victory over England, all but confirming another underwhelming exit from an international tournament…