A shortened version of this article originally appeared on The Second Tier
Remember when the European Super League plunged football into crisis? Of course you do, and you’re probably sick of reading about it. Lucky for you, this isn’t another long-form article about that. However, in amongst all the fallout from that, when the European Super League seemed like a very real possibility, the president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, stated that players who would sign up to play in this monstrous anti-competition would be banned from World Cups and European Championships.
That spawned an idea. Now, let’s say that we…
All photo credits: Jess Hornby
Huddersfield Town Women’s season has halted yet again due to the nationwide lockdown in England. This is the third time that the rise in COVID-19 infections means that the impact on ‘non-elite’ football in England resulted in fixtures and training being suspended.
It comes just a month after the team returned to action in December following the end of the previous lockdown, where they took on Stoke City. Huddersfield, who are still the league leaders in the FA Women’s National League North division, demolished The Potters 8–1. …
When you conduct an interview over a video call, you wonder whether you’re going to get the same enthusiasm as when having a face-to-face chat. Two minutes into the conversation with Laura, it becomes clear that this won’t be an issue.
Laura Elford has always been obsessed with the beautiful game. Growing up in Barnsley, the 25-year-old would beg her dad to play football at the park and never wanted to go home. An athletic child who swam, danced and played in football teams, she was always out and about. “I’ve always been sporty and outdoorsy, which not every girl…
This article originally appeared on And He Takes That Chance on April 17, 2020.
Peter O’Toole has plenty of stories to tell. Cameron Jerome. Gardening. Making his own Adidas trainers. Twitter. Stacking shelves at Morrison’s. Working for FIFA. Ben Shaw’s. Gig posters. ACF Fiorentina.
Sitting down in his Huddersfield-based studio, the conversation twists like a turn from Johan Cruyff. He’s Terrier mad and has worked with the club, and is in full flow straight away. …
This article originally appeared on And He Takes That Chance on 15 May 2020.
In May 2019, Brighouse Town were ecstatic. They’d just won the biggest game in the club’s history, the Evo Stik East Division Playoff Final, against rivals Pontefract Colleries. The side were due to be promoted to the highest league they’d ever played in, just a league below the likes of Bradford Park Avenue, York and Guiseley. Or so they thought. A league restructure based on an average points-per-game ratio meant they missed out on promotion.
It still hurts their Chairman, James Howard, to this day. “We…
This article originally appeared on And He Takes That Chance on 30 June 2020.
Photos: Ellis Robinson
How many times have you been to a football match and jumped up and shouted abuse at the referee? Have you ever heard someone hurl insults at the linesman over your shoulder? Has anyone ever said something during the game that’s made you do a double-take? Emotions run high during football with points and games on the line, but far too often homophobic abuse is rife.
“I’ve always wanted to do something surrounding homophobia in football because I was coming to football regularly…
Words: Brady Frost
Photos: AS Saint-Étienne
Friday 10th April 4:30pm. I’m sat in a Zoom call sorting my handover, I’ve just been furloughed.
Friday 10th April 4:46pm. The MUNDIAL Magazine FIFA Lockdown League email pings into my inbox.
FIFA has been in my life ever since the first Christmas following my parent’s divorce when, perhaps as a consequence, I received the greatest present of all time. A PS2, with Simpsons Road Rage and FIFA 2002. I still remember opening the wrapping paper to see Thierry Henry in his baggy Arsenal shirt. …
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