These Football Times

Rekindling the greatest stories in football, in print and online.

Original Series

The original and best. These Football Times is the home of the Original Series – week-long events with up to 50 articles published


Traversing the world of football in search of the stories that matter, brought to you by expert journalists and guests


A library unlike any other, These Football Times has over 5,000 long-form articles online, written by some of the game’s very best authors

The Magazine

Teaming up with the world’s biggest clubs, this is award-winning content from some of the game’s finest writers, artists and designers

Remembering one of football’s great modern comebacks

Football is littered with catchphrases and clichés. One of the best-known is “it’s not over till the final whistle.” On the face of it, that might sound like a hackneyed statement of…

The mysterious death of Italian star Denis Bergamini

Denis Bergamini found a dead owl at the training camp the morning of 18 November 1989. An all-action midfielder, gifted and determined, he was an icon, adored by boys and girls, in Cosenza.…

The extraordinary life and death of Matthias Sindelar

Until the tanks rolled in and Adolf Hitler ruined everything, Vienna in the 1930s was a vibrant and wonderful place. It was a cultural hothouse that produced such unique minds as Freud, Schnitzler…

The birth of Zemanlandia

CAUTION: FOR YEARS THAT WAS HOW CLUBS reacted upon their promotion to the Serie A. The big clubs, those with money and power, were simply too strong for them, so naturally they did…

George Best’s forgettable spell with Cork Celtic in 1976

As featured on Guardian Sport THE NUMBER 10 INSIDE LEFT for Cork Celtic that day zipped around the field with ease, leaving the Bohemians defence consistently baffled. He feinted one way and then…