A fifth outing for the venerable Blizzard and the quality remains high.
Challenging When Saturday Comes and a rash of superb blogs in the production of considered and intelligent soccer writing, this particular issue's highlights include a marvellous account of the short-lived Athletic Bilbao/Barcelona rivalry of the early eighties from Scott Oliver, Graham Hunter's portrait of Catalan midfield maestro Xavi and an entertaining geopolitical travelogue of the 2012 African Cup of Nations from editor Jonathan Wilson himself.
It was particularly encouraging to see bloggers such as Brian Phillips and Juliet Jacques represented and this refutes the unfounded criticism that only mainstream journalists need submit (I was very fortunate and thrilled to have a piece of my own included). For the first time, I made my way through one issue continuously and the sense of hopping continents and time periods was most enjoyable. My one quibble would be the same as that directed towards Issue Zero - why bother including a pretty unremarkable interview with Alex Ferguson? - the Blizzard was founded as an antidote to the mainstream press's obsession with 'access' after all.