When Honduras faced El Salvador in a 1969 World Cup qualifier, more than just a sport was at stake. The match that sparked the brutal "Football War" in issue 306 / December 2019 of FourFourTwo magazine and on episode 21 of the FourFourTwo podcast.
"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
How George Wilson became an unlikely champion in the bizarre 19th-century sport of pedestrianism - from the confines of a prison yard. Read on Deadspin.
At the 1930 World Cup, champions Uruguay were presented with a silver goblet instead of the golden Jules Rimet trophy, and the "wrong World Cup" has never been seen since. Read in FourFourTwo (PDF).
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.
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.
Ten long (or medium-length) reads to help pass the time during self-isolation. From sports history to the golden age of piracy, all free to read. Enjoy and take care. The man who walked his life away How George Wilson, a shoemaker from Newcastle upon Tyne, became an unlikely champion in the bizarre 19th-century sport of pedestrianism [...]
Sheffield Wednesday and Everton talisman Tony Kay was tipped to captain England at the 1966 World Cup finals until a betting scandal derailed his career. Read the story in the April 2020 issue of FourFourTwo magazine.
Celebrity hypnotist Romark claimed to have helped football clubs win cup ties, gain promotion and avoid relegation, and to have placed a bizarre curse on Manchester City manager Malcolm Allison. Read the true story of the football hypnotist in issue 395 of When Saturday Comes.
In 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, several of Britain’s greatest footballers were interned in a brutal prison camp at Ruhleben, near Berlin. My new book tells the true story of how the prisoners used the game of football to survive, and how some of them used it to escape.
The tragic tale of Aston Villa's rising star, the only Football League player to have been murdered. Read the story in issue 305 / November 2019 of FourFourTwo.
From raising morale to raising funds, the authorities were quick to recognise the value of organised football during the war. Read the story in issue 391 of When Saturday Comes.
In 1969, George Best founded a women's football team at the time of an English FA ban. Read the story of Blinkers United and its captain Eva Haraldsted on Deadspin.