Big Ears Gets a New Suit: How the European Cup got less classy as it dressed up

‘The Big Cup’ is the best moniker for what we now know as the Champions League trophy and what was, once upon a time, simply the European Cup. It’s simple and pointedly at odds with the eye-roll inducing, grandiose over-dramaticism that accompanies everything about the modern incarnation of the competition. As much as the pomp…


The Sudden Rise and Continuing Fall of Luis Enrique

If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, chances are you’ve experienced the awe-inspiring sight of the city’s crown jewel: Sagrada Familia. The structure towers over its surroundings, projecting a feeling of enormity greater than the sum of its parts. It’s grand, it’s stunning, it’s not even complete. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí designed the structure and oversaw…


What ever happened to…..Neuchâtel Xmax

In a new column, Tony McHugh will look at some of Celtic’s more unknown European opponents throughout its history and what the future held for the teams that once visited Celtic Park. Switzerland, famous for its clocks, chocolate and muesli, was Celtic’s destination for in the second round of the 1991/92 Uefa Cup, their opponents…


Tippeligaen: A Story of Failed Corporate Sponsorship

In its last year under the name ‘Tippeligaen’, the Norwegian Premier League went exactly as the forefathers of early 90s corporate sponsorship in football would have wanted: the league winners monopolised the concept of three points and won their nineteenth title in the 27 years Norsk Tipping has sponsored the league, the second best team…


Making Magic in the Rain and Mud: A Tribute To Dalian Atkinson

“Daley Atkinson is dead!” was the confusing text I woke up to on August 15th 2016. Working nights means the stories of the day tend to unfold unbeknowst to you. As a night worker you become accustomed to absorbing big news whilst in a half-awake state, sitting bleary eyed over that first coffee. I’ve been…

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