Matt Gault

Senior Writer

The cult of Tugay

A precise striker of the ball, Tugay garnered lofty praise from most he encountered and enjoyed a uniquely cult following

Names of the Nineties: Patrik Berger

Despite his injury problems, Patrick Berger was a true joy of a 1990s footballer. A man with a look that could kill, you could say

Rivaldo: the shameless showman from the favelas

Peter Schmeichel often produced not only brilliant reactions with his saves but brilliant reactions to goals he could not save. He was a great animator between the sticks for Manchester United, and perhaps…

What happened to Yoann Gourcuff, the next Zidane?

It was a goal that was impossible to ignore, the kind of high-level showboatery that’s worth the price of admission alone. On a misty January evening inside the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux,…

Fulham: a journey to Europe

When Roy Hodgson took charge as manager of Fulham in December 2007, the outlook for the Cottagers was bleak. The west London side languished in 18th, two points from safety, having only managed…

Pelé: the Brazil legend yet to be toppled

Illustration by Federico Manasse There may never be another footballer as supreme as Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé. The argument of who truly deserves the title of ‘Greatest Footballer’…