From Derek Dougan to Gary Lineker, PAUL SAFFER finds plenty of footballers who won’t kick the big issues into the long grass.
PAUL SAFFER delves into a 1950s book for boys & finds more grit than glamour. And some imperialist football.
Long before the 2018 World Cup, a Radio 4 sitcom explored the links between Russia and football, says PAUL SAFFER.
PAUL SAFFER explains how Peter Purves invented modern football at Italia 90.
PAUL SAFFER remembers the last English president of FIFA. Sir Stanley wouldn’t have approved of the modern game.
Ex-footballer George Weah has just been elected president of Liberia – but where are Britain’s sporting politicos? PAUL SAFFER finds a few, but has to dig deep.
Some leftover highlights and lowlights of the last 12 months.