A hero to many of the game’s greats, a player who struck fear into Paolo Maldini, Cha Bum-kun came to Europe and conquered as it’s first great Asian import
The Long Read
Our most comprehensive articles. Sit back, grab a coffee, and enjoy at least 4,000 words on the stories that matter in football. For the connoisseur.
The penalty kick is the rawest distillation of psychology and repetitive practice in football – but what makes a player good or bad at them?
When Italy and Germany met in the semi-final at Mexico 70, they played out unquestionably the greatest 30 minutes in World Cup – perhaps football – history
When John Cordier, backed by his million made in the IT industry, bought KV Mechelen, few could’ve predicted their rapid rise at home and in Europe
His style has always been grounded in realism, but Allardyce’s spell at Bolton produced one of the most intriguing stories in Premier League history
With similar backgrounds in Suriname, the families of Gullit and Rijkaard settled in the Netherlands and started a chain that would transform Dutch football
With Raymond Kopa leading the charge, Stade de Reims were a true force of football – but they’d fall agonisingly short in changing the course of history
Few defenders in the modern era of football have been more intelligent, widely-respected or consistent as AC Milan and Italy legend Franco Baresi
Even now, 27 years after his departure from Cambridge, the mere mention of John Beck, their most successful manager, provokes an often negative reaction
His talent is in no doubt, and it’s been quite the journey to showcase it to the world. But can Kylian Mbappé become the greatest player of his era?