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The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly: Issue Eleven [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Wilson , Uli Hesse , Ben Lyttleton , Igor Rabiner , Dion Fanning , James Montague , James Horncastle , Colin Udoh , Michael Yokhin , David Ashton
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The Blizzard is a quarterly football publication, put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors, its main aim to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them.

Contents of Issue Eleven

African Champions League

* Firdose Moonda - Following Orlando Pirates’ run to the final of the African Champions League
* Colin Udoh, Football’s Only Part of It - To prosper in the African Champions League you have to play the game off the pitch as well as on it
* James Montague, In Memoriam - After the tragedy of Port Said, Al Ahly’s seventh Champions League success was far more than a footballing victory
* Oluwashina Okeleji, The Triumph of the People’s Elephant - How Enyimba became only the second team to retain the African Champions League
* Ian Hawkey, The Flight of the Ravens - The rivalry between TP Mazembe and Asante Kotoko dominated African football in the late sixties
* Segun Ogunfeytimi - Images of the passion stirred in Nigeria by this season’s African Champions League


* Martín Mazur, Oscar Washington Tabárez - El Maestro on how he keeps Uruguay overachieving


* Gunnar Persson, Roy’s Swedish Revolution - How Roy Hodgson transformed the face of the Swedish game
* Andi Thomas, The Waiting Game - The strange world of the back-up goalkeeper
* Uli Hesse, Learning to Press - The tactical revolution that led to the transformation of the German game


* Nicholas Hogg, Size 5 - Football, growing up in Leicester and falling out of love with the game
* Dion Fanning, Booze Boys - Tracing Irish football’s sozzled relationship with alcohol


* Sam Kelly, The Final Whistler - Horacio Elizondo on the strategy of officiating and sending off Zidane in the World Cup final
* Alexander Jackson and David Toms, The First Modern Ref - Refereeing a Cup final cost Harry Nattrass his job but he became the greatest official of his age
* Ben Lyttleton, The Psychologist - Tom Henning Øvrebø on man-management and that game at Stamford Bridge


* James Horncastle, The Lost Legend - Árpád Weisz was one of Serie A’s first great coaches. He was also Jewish.
* Igor Rabiner, Closure - Travelling through with Avram Grant to find the graves of his grandparents
* Shaul Adar, The Survivor - Emmanuel Schaffer escaped the holocaust and took Israel to the World Cup


* David Ashton, The Handkerchief - Young love intervenes between a goalkeeper and his chance of glory

Greatest Games

* Richard Winton, Dundee 1 Dundee United 2 - Scottish Premier League, Dens Park, Dundee, 14 May 1983

Eight Bells

* Michael Yokhin, Unexpected league leaders - A selection of minnows who, briefly, found themselves at the top of the tree

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 215 pages
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  • Publisher: Blizzard Media Ltd (9 Dec. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on the Brazil World Cup 3 Nov. 2014
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This is an enjoyable edition. As expected, part of the contributions deal with the refreshingly entertaining Brazil World Cup, including an investigation into that infamous 1-7 semi-final score. There is also a well-written essay by Ben Lyttleton on the Dutch issues with penalty shoot-outs - it is not just England who have a major problem with these in international tournaments!
The rest of the edition is focussed mostly on historical issues - best written articles are John Harding's study on the wealthy ex-footballer businessman and MP Jack Slater, and Philippe Auclair's short item on Michel Hidalgo and the renaissance of French belief at the 1978 World Cup. The fiction contributions do not do much for me. The final article by Jack Lang is an informative study of eight examples of domestic Brazilian football disputes that illustrate the unfortunately byzantine, corrupt and crony-dominated nature of its league football.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Jun. 2014
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Excellent well written and thought provoking articles on the less often covered topics in world football
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review of the World of Football (Soccer) 1 Jun. 2014
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I found The Blizzard by accident when I was looking for a book on Spanish football by Sid Lowe. Despite being quite a football fan, and a big reader, I had never before heard of this publication, which consists of a collection of extended essays by a variety of experts. A couple were of little interest, but I found most of them fascinating, taking me down some exciting new paths of the football world where I would not normally venture. Highly recommended, and I shall look forward to future editions.
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Great Football (soccer) publication. Very scholarly but wonderful read
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Brilliant football writing.
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