Amateurs & A Yorkshireman: Sweden’s World Cup Finalists

Allsvenskan) in being completely amateur. Raynor worked wonders with the national team, his studious approach to tactics and preparation was a match made in heaven with the Swedes and, despite having to rebuild his side every two years, he achieved remarkable results.

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My view on football writing

Football writing is a tricky business, especially when so many of us are starting from scratch. How do you start? Where do you start? Do you go alone? Do you join a website? Will you make a penny from this? The answers to all of those questions are not set in stone. In fact, the […]

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Dear Xabi

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 […]

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