Football writer, author of Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, Anatomy of England, Nobody Ever Says Thank You and The Outsider; editor of The Blizzard.

Clash of cultures: Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola and two competing visions of football

eurosport.co.uk — As the tributes to Johan Cruyff made clear, his influence over modern football is immense. No single figure in the post-War game has so shaped how the game is played and there is a sense in which the two Champions Leagues Barcelona won under Pep Guardiola were a consecration of his legacy: a player to whom he gave his debut honing his ideas and producing a team widely recognised as one of the greatest there has ever been.

Jurgen Klopp reminds English football what it’s good at

irishtimes.com — Two games in five days, both 1-1 draws, both of the highest quality and played out with a ferocious intensity. There are plenty of reasons to believe Liverpool are moving forward under Jurgen Klopp, but what he has also done is make Liverpool fun and, more than that, has demonstrated just how enjoyable, how good, English football - and an English style of football - can be.

Barcelona's claims to greatness, and how they stole Florentino Perez's galactico dream

eurosport.co.uk — The modern world of superclubs presents a problem of perspective. As Paris St-Germain win the league in early March, it's very hard not to roll the eyes and, rather than saluting a great side, lament the financial disparity that has led to such farcical imbalance.

Johan Cruyff's legacy? The whole of modern football

eurosport.co.uk — Johan Cruyff invented modern football. He was a beautiful, brilliant and inspirational player and that alone would have placed him firmly in the pantheon, but what he did as a coach is unparalleled. When he took over Barcelona in 1988, they had won two league titles in 28 years.

Jurgen Klopp's modern football sending balance of power back to Liverpool

eurosport.co.uk — Fifty years ago, Liverpool won the league title and Manchester United finished fourth. The following season, United won the league and Liverpool finished fifth. The year after that, 1967-68, as United won the European Cup, they finished second in the league, a point ahead of Liverpool.

Issue Twenty of The Blizzard

Rebrov begins new chapter to drag Kiev out of past

thesundaytimes.co.uk — Sergei Rebrov was a striker for Tottenham (Richard Pelham) AS MANCHESTER UNITED are now discovering, it can be difficult to live in the shadow of a legend. With every flat performance, and every late goal conceded, the temptation is to think back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson and recall how very different things were then.

Guardiola must place City among Europe's elite to secure his legacy

mg.co.za — For Manchester City, it feels as though the announcement that Pep Guardiola will take charge in the summer is the culmination of a four-year process. From the moment Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano arrived as director of football and chief executive respectively, their aim was to appoint the man with whom they had achieved such success at Barcelona.

Pep Guardiola to be judged on realising European ambitions

irishtimes.com — For Manchester City, it feels as though the announcement that Pep Guardiola will take charge in the summer is the culmination of a four-year process. From the moment Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano arrived as director of football and chief executive respectively, their aim was to appoint the man with whom they had achieved such success at Barcelona.

Issue Five of The Blizzard

theblizzard.co.uk — To get a flavour for what we're about, you can view a sample edition, which includes the editors note, and selected excerpts from some of the issue's highlights from here, absolutely free of charge. The full contents of Issue Five are below.
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Apr 28, 2016

@falco_sidney @LRBbookshop Fair, although strip away the theme tune and I'd argue it was a fairly ordinary show.

Apr 28, 2016

RT @SecondCaptains: football show - @jonawils on Diego Simeone's influences and some unscrupulous gynaecologists irishtimes.com/secondcaptains htpic.twitter.com/v6G0f1HDvbps://t.co/v6G0f1HDvb

Apr 28, 2016

RT @Sunderland2021: Here are just 21 reasons why Sunderland should win UK City of Culture 2021. Can you name them all?! #Sunderland2021 httpic.twitter.com/N7QlNtcHUrs://t.co/N7QlNtcHUr

Apr 28, 2016

My dad always said that Halom goal was the greatest scored at Roker Park. I increasingly think he was right. youtube.com/watch?v=Hg3vvC…

Apr 28, 2016

Just watched this for the millionth time for research (like I don't know the commentary off by heart). youtube.com/watch?v=Hg3vvC…

Apr 28, 2016

@brianhomewood Also BATE beat Bayern the season Bayern won it... (and beat Roma this season).

Apr 28, 2016

@j_coatsworth @LRBbookshop Ah, come on. Poirot will destroy him. A juggernaut against a quirky outsider.

Apr 28, 2016

RT @LRBbookshop: The All-Star Detective vs. Detective Tournament continues! here's the bracket as it stands. matches to follow https://t.copic.twitter.com/Zp4NdtGvATZp4NdtGvAT


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