Tag: greece

The origins of football: a game born of savagery

Football, in the contemporary sense of the term, can be traced back no further than the mid-19th century, after it became, in 1863 to be precise, a game of clear structure. Though…

Angelos Charisteas: the immortal Greek God of Lisbon

Illustration by Federico Manasse The football world remembers Greece for its stubbornness and industry in Euro 2004. The shrewd, workmanlike effort to shut the game down, preserve a lead, bleed the clock,…

How a night in Athens saw Balkan football’s ugly side return

Another round of international fixtures yielded another unsavoury incident in the stands in the Balkans recently as the Group H fixture between second-placed Greece and third-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina was marred by…

The incredible life and times of Greek hero Giorgios Koudas

THERE ARE MANY PURPORTED REASONS for Thessalonians to dislike Athenians. It just so happens that football provides an adequate vehicle for espousing such hostilities. Indeed, the sporting arena has acted as an opportune…

A Tale of One City: Athens

This feature is a part of A Tale of One City Hyperbole is a common feature throughout the football world, from self-effacing irony to full-blown delusion. As the first torrential downpour of this…

A World of Ultras: Panathinaikos

This feature is part of A World of Ultras Since the birth of Western civilisation, Athens has been one of the most culturally significant cities on the planet. That sentiment rings particularly true…