Long read: a look at Xabi Alonso’s illustrious career

“Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.” These were the seven short words that announced the end of Xabi Alonso’s career, and what a career it has been. At Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, he lived it. … Continue reading

Liverpool Monthly Review: November

I wasn’t sure what tone to take when writing the opening line to this month’s review, so I went back and read what I had wrote exactly 30 days ago.  At the time I was in a feverish mood. It was … Continue reading

Weird Weekends: Finding Friends and Visiting Forfar with TNS

I arrived in Forfar on a sunny autumn afternoon without any real idea about what I was doing there. Facing the idea of a dull, Liverpool-less, international weekend, I decided to have a look and see what else was on. … Continue reading

Helsinki: A tale of one city

‘ABSENSE make the heart grow fonder’ Helsinki’s Stadin derby is unique almost because of its scarcity. In over 100 years, Helsinki’s two biggest teams Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors and Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi, also known as HIFK and HJK, have only played … Continue reading

Feature: Analysing the Link Between Europa League Participation and Domestic Performance

Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday showed once again that competing in the UEFA Europa League has a negative impact on domestic performance. The Reds took to the pitch against Palace less than 70 hours after beating Rubin … Continue reading

Feature: A Look at the Growing Issue of Football Tourism

Ahead of last weekend’s Manchester derby, Manchester United pub ‘The Trafford’ introduced a ban on half and half scarves. The pub encouraged fans to put their half and half scarves in the bin before entering in order to ‘clear their conscience.’ For any … Continue reading