France 1998, Turkey 2013 – 15 years, 2 World Cups

On Saturday evening, the French Under-20 team achieved World Cup glory in Istanbul. This victory came exactly 15 years and a day after the full squad secured France’s biggest footballing triumph at the Stade de France.  This allows us to celebrate this anniversary with a look back at a memorable 1998 World Cup. Going into the tournament, France had a […]

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Exit Music For A Film – Remembering Zidane’s Spectacular Finale

Conor Kelly from The Final Third podcast writes about Zinedine Zidane’s final match and the lasting impression it left on him. Seven years ago this summer, Italy won their fourth World Cup amid the looming cloud of the Calciopoli match fixing scandal. While the Azurri defeated France on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the […]

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La Perle Noire – The greatest player the world has ever neglected

Hannover, Germany – October 1954 – Larbi Ben Barek had decided it was time to rest his aching knees. The last 18 years of his life seemed to sap the fluid in his joints; it was now time to retire. Nostalgic reveries brought him back to the scorching tar roads of Casablanca. It was then a forum in which the finest […]

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Michel Platini and the Ballon D’raw – with Spiel Magazine

Recently, we were asked to collaborate with the excellent Spiel Magazine, to provide the words for one of their beautiful designs in the Ballon D’raw series. FFW teamster Jeremy Smith wrote this essay on the legend Michel Platini – the original can be seen here, and you can buy limited edition Risograph prints from the series, as well as back-issues […]

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La Maison Jaune: Home Is Where the Heart Is

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At the risk of sounding deeply philosophical, what is ‘the soul’? Wikipedia tells us that ‘in many mythological, religious, philosophical, and psychological traditions, is the incorporeal and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a person, living thing, or object.’ My record collection tells me it’s Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. My head tells me that it’s a four letter word used to describe something […]

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Poteaux Carrés: Saint-Etienne and the curse of the square crossbar

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Some sporting events become so ingrained in the public consciousness that a shorthand has developed, whereby a two- or three-word phrase immediately conjures up a wealth of images. For American football fans, The Catch will forever mean Montana to Clark for the San Francisco 49ers in 1982. For cricket fans, The Headingley Test will always mean Botham and Willis bringing […]

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Les Pieds-Noirs: Algeria’s Forgotten Footballers

They were war criminals, Nobel Prize laureates and World Cup record-setters. History often shuns them into that dark corner where it tends to stash the unspeakable atrocities too tender for recollection. They were les Pieds-Noirs. The word Pied-Noir literally translates as “black foot”, and it refers to North African settlers of French origin. The vast majority of these settlers ended […]

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RIP Thierry Roland 1937-2012

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Before the Sweden and France group game on Tuesday there will be a minutes silence to commerate the memory of Thierry Roland. A legend of French broadcasting he sadly died in the early hours of Saturday morning. Jonathan Ervine remembers the great man. The day after France’s 2-0 win against Ukraine at the European Championships, the mood at the national […]

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