It’s hard to picture a time when being a professional footballer at the highest level did not mean astronomical wealth and lavish lifestyles. Yet, that was the reality for many of the world’s biggest stars in the early days of organised, professional football. There are bountiful stories of some of England’s biggest stars having to […]Read More El Dorado: When Colombia Learned Money Talks In Football
After much delay and much stalling, The Long Ball Issue Six is finally live! We’ve put together a belter of an issue with some really talented writers involved so let’s see what they’re offering us up this time:Read More The Long Ball Magazine Issue Six is LIVE!
Can you name the first team to ever beat Bayern Munich in a domestic cup final? No? Well, it’s safe to say the story behind their rise and fall is something that is as scarcely believable as the aforementioned fact. This is the story of Uerdingen… The city of Krefeld lies in the Western area […]Read More From European Comebacks to Sixth Tier Football: Uerdingen’s Wild Ride
It’s that time again as the latest issue of The Long Ball magazine is about to go live once more! The latest issue once again features plenty of exciting, fresh content and that means we’re going to take a look to see what’s on offer inside.Read More The Long Ball Issue Four Preview
Dear Xabi, I usually begin any post on The Long Ball with some form of set-up but for this it feels impersonal. This is not a career retrospective nor a detailed analysis of why you were so good. This is a personal piece, something that I wanted to share with whomever would be in the […]Read More Dear Xabi
Hello once more! It’s been about six months since Issue Two and frankly you can blame my old laptop’s implosion and my lack of disposable income for that. The original August release date got pushed back and with changes in my personal circumstances, I was able to gain a laptop but lose almost all of […]Read More The Long Ball Issue Three – Live Now!
Welcome back to Managing At The Grassroots, the series on The Long Ball where Huw Owen lets us into the world of management at grassroots level. In this part, we see how pre-season has gone with some new faces and positive signs… First of all, I’d like to apologise for a lack of blog action over the […]Read More Managing At The Grassroots #2 – Pre-Season: New Signings & Positive Signs
On the face of it AK-86: Two Shots In The Heart Of Scottish Football is a pretty niche book. Focusing on Hearts’ brush with a league title 30 years ago, Grant Hill looks at how Hearts squandered their chance at glory and the man that fired the goals to deny them, Albert Kidd. So far, so […]Read More “AK-86: Two Shots In The Heart Of Scottish Football” Review
Welcome to a new series on The Long Ball – Managing At The Grassroots. In this series, Huw Owen takes us with him through the trials and tribulations of being a manager at grassroots level. Today, we find out more about the man and the club in question… So, welcome reader, to this, my first blog. The […]Read More Managing At The Grassroots #1 – The Tale of a Tough Season
It’s the time of year once again in football where clubs play pointless games in far-flung lands to make exorbitant amounts of money and a number of highly paid footballers kick up a fuss over not being paid enough and move clubs. Basically, it’s the down period for football as we have to wait a […]Read More “Tales From The Top Flight” Review