Almanac Soccer: The 6 minute game

Back in 2004, Rob Spurr was having the happiest day of his life. Then he decided to go watch a star-studded Real Madrid play, and things took a most unexpected turn.

Almanac Champions’ League: Liverpool and their long and winding road

In the lead up to tomorrow morning’s Champions League Final, Chris Michaels takes us through Liverpool’s involvement – and success – in this competition.

One Enchanted Evening at the Bernabeu, Home of Real Madrid

Passionate Tottenham fan Steve Fahey, on vacation in Europe, had to go to great lengths to get a ticket for the Spurs Champions League clash in Madrid. It was well worth the effort.

Almanac (Soccer) History: Remembering Ferenc Puskas, on not growing old (with Youtube highlights)

Neil Drysdale had the opportunity to interview Ferenc Puskas before he died ten years ago. You may know of the famous Hungarian by name, but this will help you understand the origin and nature of his genius. (And his training diet is pretty appealing as well: wine, beer, soda water, spicy sausages and conversation.) Includes a Youtube montage. [Brilliant – JTH]

Almanac Soccer: Why England’s football solution lies abroad

In the aftermath of England’s elimination at the 2016 Euros, Hamish Neal suggests that for England to really improve, more of their players must play abroad.

Crio’s Q? – the pain of a false dawn

Sometimes a fast start can cause fans to readjust their expectations. Sometimes that’s not a wise thing to do. ask Real’s opponents last weekend!

Homage to di Stefano

Alfredo di Stefano, the complete footballer, is dead at 88. Writer and historian Roy Hay celebrates his football life.

Manchester dreaming and other football stories

By Roy Hay It has been a good year for both halves of Manchester, with City winning the F A Cup and qualifying for the European Champions League next season while United has won the English Premier League for a record 19th time and has a European Champions League final against Barcelona to come on [Read more]