Omar Saleem
Omar Saleem

Managing Editor

Juan Román Riquelme: the dream comes first

Illustration by Matt Steven The number 10 was an important part of Juan Román Riquelme’s life. It would be the defining number on the back of his shirt – perhaps the last number…

In remembrance of Jim Hart

As I sit and write this, tears rolling down my cheeks, I remember Jim Hart, who sadly passed away on 13 August 2018 aged 56. For those unaware of who Jim was,…

Arrigo Sacchi: the greatest nobody of all time

This feature is part of The Masterminds He came as a former shoe salesman, left as a legend, and rewrote calcio’s tactical rulebook along the way. He coined some of the greatest quotes…

The disputed genius of Arsène Wenger

This feature is part of The Masterminds To talk of Arsène Wenger’s effect on Arsenal Football Club would be to talk of man who led the club into the brave new world…

Ronaldinho and the eternal journey to joy

IN THE LONG ANNALS OF FOOTBALL, two Ronaldos stand out. The first – the original to many – was O Fenômeno, the Brazilian striker capable of the most audacious burst of pace at his…

The Soccer Patterns project by Matthieu Teyssandier

Illustrator Matthieu Teyssandier is on a mission to create something new in the world of football illustration. The Frenchman has created an excellent series of the most iconic football kits in the…

Louis van Gaal: a divisive success story

TO SOME, HE’S ONE OF THE BEST MANAGERS OF THE PAST TWO DECADES, willing to sacrifice style for substance and flair for formality. To others, he’s an unnerving disciplinarian, an expert at…