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FC Pripyat: the football team destroyed by the Chernobyl disaster

"I could see the nuclear power plant and the smoke rising above the ruins." In April 1986, FC Stroitel Pripyat and captain Valentin Litvin were preparing for a cup semi-final when Chernobyl's No.4 nuclear reactor exploded. Read the story in issue 303 of FourFourTwo and on the FourFourTwo website, and listen on the FourFourTwo podcast

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Arthur Pember: the mermaid hunter who invented association football

The true story of the investigative journalist and mermaid hunter who helped create the rules of soccer. Arthur Pember titillated Victorian New York with his muckraking journalism, but before that he was the first president of the Football Association who set out the Laws of the Game. Read at Howler.

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Burgers with Muhammad Ali: a boxing fan’s friendship with the champ

Russ Routledge is an amateur boxer from Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1984, he spent a week living with Muhammad Ali, the greatest fighter of all time. Russ was down on his luck and far from home, and Ali was attempting to deal with retirement and the onset of Parkinson's. Read the story of their unlikely friendship in Sports Illustrated's The Cauldron on Medium.