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The Blizzard – The Football Quarterly: Issue Nineteen Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Jan 13 . Rating: 4.5 The Blizzard – The Football Quarterly: Issue Nineteen The Blizzard is a quarterly football publication, put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors, its main aim to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that […]

The Blizzard – The Football Quarterly: Issue Nineteen


The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly: Issue Nineteen


The Blizzard is a quarterly football publication, put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors, its main aim to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them.

Issue Nineteen contains 22 articles in 11 different sections:

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Mourinho

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* The Devil’s Party, by Jonathan Wilson – The manager, his methods, and why it always goes wrong in the third season

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Poetry

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* The Unknown Football Fan, by Craig Smith

* A Striker Fires Wide, by Craig Smith

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Memories

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* This Sporting Half-Life, by Alex Preston – Sport, ageing and the grudging acceptance of a novelist and his mortality

* For the Love of the Honest Men, by Ally Palmer – An Ayr United fan reflects on decades of following the ups and downs at Somerset Park

* Football v Alzheimer’s, by Dermot Corrigan – How football is being used to stimulate the memories of Alzheimer’s patients

* The Immortality of Awfulness, by Javier Sauras and Felix Lill – In 1965-66, Tasmania Berlin played their only Bundesliga season becoming the worst team in German history

* You are not Nacka Skoglund!, by Gunnar Persson – The meteoric rise and terrible fall of the Swedish Internazionale legend

* The Stench of the White Elephants, by Jamil Chade – Only now is the full scale of the corruption that surrounded the Brazil World Cup beginning to emerge

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Interview

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* The Throwback, by Maciej Iwanski – Robert Lewandowski is proving the value of the old-fashioned striker. But what created him?

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Photo Essay

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* Going to the Match, by Przemek Niciejewski – A Kickstarter project to create a visual celebration of football culture; football without fans is nothing

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Breeding Grounds

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* Slaggy Island, by Harry Pearson – South Bank was a grim industrial pocked of Teesside – and the home to a wealth of footballing talent

* At the Feet of the Master, by Kit Gillet – Gheorghe Hagi has established an academy to try to develop a new generation of Romanian talent

* What’s Wrong With Finnish Football?, by Paul Brown – As Iceland qualify for Euro 2016, Finland is asking, “Why not us?”

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Theory

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* Chaos Theory, by Alex Keble – With so many variables at play, does anybody ever know anything?

* Late Style, by Arthur O’Dea – Taking the theory of Edward Said about mature artists and applying it Giovanni Trapattoni

* The Peter Principle, by Rupert Fryer – Promotion to a level of incompetence is a common idea in business, but is it true in football?

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Austria

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* The Burden of History, by Peter Linden – For years, Austrian football has been struggling to live up to is glorious past

* Restoring the Glory, by Vladimir Novak – Austria’s coach Marcel Koller explains their first tournament qualification in 18 years

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Fiction

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* The Quantum of Bobby, by Iain Macintosh – Can Bobby stop David Beckham getting sent off at the 1998 World Cup?

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Greatest Games

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* Hajduk Split v Crvena Zvezda (abandoned), by Charles Ducksbury – Yugoslav First League, Stadion Poljud, Split, 4 May 1980

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Eight Bells

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* One-Hit Wonders, by Richard Jolly – A selection of players who enjoyed a fleeting moment of fame



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