Category / Vintage
December 9, 2011
Struggling Towards Orbit: The International Soccer League, Part Four
The International Soccer League was a professional North American soccer league based in New York City in the early 1960s. In part four of PI's series on the league's forgotten history, Tom Dunmore looks at the 1961 season as rough play damaged the ISL's identity.
November 23, 2011
Remembering the Rich History of Stadion Dziesieciolecia, Warsaw
From the rubble of the Warsaw Uprising rose a stadium that was to host some of the most famous moments in Polish post-war history.
November 21, 2011
Tivoli Stadium – Lost Home of Alemannia Aachen, Germany
German club Allemania Aachen now play in the splendidly modern New Tivoli Stadium, but their home between 1928 and 2009 was the original Tivoli Stadium, which still stands as pictured above in August this year. Alemannia Aachen enjoyed considerable success in the 1960s, shortly after Tivoli’s capacity was increased, Bundesliga runners-up in 1969. However, bankruptcy...
November 18, 2011
A Lost Theatre of Dreams – Bosuilstadion, Royal Antwerp F.C.
This is Bosuilstadion in Belgium, home to Royal Antwerp Football Club. It was once a grand home of European football, with a capacity close to 60,000 and the venue for West Germany’s 2-1 win over Belgium in the 1972 European Championship semi-final. It also hosted dozens of eagerly-anticipated friendlies between the Netherlands and Belgium, up...
November 15, 2011
Lost Glory – St. George Soccer Stadium, Sydney
It was once the home of one of Australia’s finest teams based in Sydney’s southern suburbs, St. George Budapest (who later became St. George Saints), playing in Australia’s then-leading professional division, the National Soccer League (they won the league in 1983). The club had a rich history, having supplied almost half of Australia’s 1974 World...
November 14, 2011
Expanded Dreams: The International Soccer League, Part Three
The question as 1961 began was how the ISL would take the next steps to embed itself into American sporting culture, and spread from its sole base so far in New York. The ISL's impresario, Bill Cox, said the league had made a small profit in 1960, despite spending a fortune bringing over teams from Europe and South America. The ISL was ready to expand its horizons.
November 14, 2011
A Bridge Over History – Zentralstadion, Leipzig
This photo of Zentralstadion (Central Stadium) in Leipzig, Germany, was taken in December 2005, a little over a year following the opening of the stadium. It was built within the site of the huge original Zentralstadion, built in the 1950s, one of Europe’s largest venues holding over 100,000 spectators. The bridge pictured shows how the...
November 12, 2011
Ninian Park Gates, Cardiff City Stadium
In 2009, Cardiff City moved into their new home, Cardiff City stadium. One reminder of their former home is pictured above, the gates of Ninian Park, home for Cardiff City from 1910 until the ground’s demolition in 2009. We looked at Ninian Park’s demolition in pictures a couple of years ago. Ninian Park’s historic gates...
November 10, 2011
The Referee Is Not A True Artist: Jack Taylor, World Soccer Referee
For Jack Taylor, the referee for the 1974 World Cup final, handling players was much like handling the clientele at the Wolverhampton butcher shop he worked at throughout his career.
November 8, 2011
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Shankly Gates, Liverpool FC
Photo credit: gazlimb on Flickr. This photo is part of Gary’s 96 Tears series, dedicated to those who lost their lives and loved ones in the Hillsborough Disaster. The Shankly Gates, pictured, are located next to the Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield.
November 7, 2011
In Lieu of Giants: The International Soccer League, Part Two
In 1960, the New York metropolitan area's 16 million inhabitants had fewer options to spend their sporting dollar on than they would at any point later in the twentieth century. The International Soccer League, promoted by Bill Cox, looked to take advantage of the opening - we look at how it fared.
November 4, 2011
They Even Cheered Technique: The International Soccer League, Part One
$2 million for a Summer of Soccer in 1960: several decades before Soccer United Marketing and others figured out the value of bringing Europe's best teams to play in North America during their summer breaks, New Yorker Bill Cox had already given it quite a shot with the International Soccer League.
October 26, 2011
The Curious Career of Blagoje Vidinić: Bribes, Bank Notes and Balls
How a Yugoslavian goalkeeper and coach dealt with dictators and FIFA politics to change the course of sporting history.
May 2, 2011
It Can Be Done: Jimmy Murphy and the Aftermath of Munich
The untold story of Jimmy Murphy, the Manchester United assistant manager who had to steer the club out of its darkest days.
August 1, 2010
Goals for Galilee and Arab Soccer in a Jewish State
Our regular book reviewer Alex Usher delves into football in Israel with Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler's Goals for Galilee: The Triumphs and Traumas of the Sons of Sakhnin, Israel's Arab Football Club and Tamir Sorek's Arab Soccer in a Jewish State.
July 26, 2010
Rungrado May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea
Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, originally built for the 1989 World Festival of Youth and Students, has a capacity of 150,000, making it the largest Association Football stadium in the world. Photo credit: shanster1 on Flickr, via the Pitch Invasion Photo Pool.
July 21, 2010
Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France
Alex Usher dissects a new book by Laurent Dubois that attempts to tie together the history of colonial and post-colonial France with its national soccer team's success.
July 20, 2010
The Yanks Are Coming! American Sports Mogul Tries To Buy Wolves. . . In 1967
Controversy, of course, dogs some (but not all) of the American owners of Premier League clubs. As this English newspaper article from 1967 shows, it wasn’t the first time fears of an American invasion have been raised. That year, England’s Wolverhampton Wanderers showed up in America dressed as the Los Angeles Wolves in the United...
July 18, 2010
Predicting Future Success: The History of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship
Looking for the new Paul Scholes, Thierry Henry, Fernando Torres or Francesco Totti? You would do well to pay attention to the UEFA U-19 Championship now underway in France, as all of those players have appeared in the final of that competition over the past two decades, one played annually. You might also be surprised to...
July 15, 2010
Paving The Way For South Africa 2010: Ydnekatchew Tessema, Forgotten Hero Of African Soccer
National team player, coach for his country's only major international triumph, co-founder of a FIFA confederation, and the man who set in motion the chain of events that led to South Africa becoming the first African nation to host the World Cup: we look at the late Ethiopian visionary Ydnekatchew Tessema.
July 13, 2010
A Brief History of The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
The main event in world soccer this summer in South Africa is over. But if you’re still fixing for your fill of intense international competition, you could do worse than to look to Germany right now, where the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup began play yesterday, a crowd of 23,995 watching the hosts defeat Costa...
July 8, 2010
FIFA Explains the Forgotten Film of the 1938 World Cup
A couple of days ago, we discussed a rare narrated film of the 1938 World Cup in France that we had found (click that link to view it), and to which we could find no reference to at FIFA’s films website (or much reference to at all online). We speculated why this might be —...
July 6, 2010
The Forgotten Film of the 1938 World Cup in France
Many of the official World Cup films are well-known and widely available, such as the classic 1966 movie Goal! and the Michael Caine narrated Hero from 1986. The official FIFA Films page lists 15 World Cup films from 1930 to 2006, all available on DVD. The first World Cup in 1930 has retroactively been given...
July 5, 2010
The Currents of History: What does it take to win the World Cup?
Supriya Nair looks at highbrow theories of World Cup success and twentieth century history, and finds the analysis to be awry.
July 2, 2010
Good Read: Explaining The Jomo Cosmos
There’s a nice interview with South African soccer legend Jomo Sono today by David Crary at the AP, with Sono recalling his experience as a black player during the Apartheid era: Once a teammate of Pele’s with the New York Cosmos, Sono — and several brilliant contemporaries — never got the chance to play for...
June 30, 2010
England Have No Hope In The World Cup (Past or Present)
Just dug this up from mike_ward in the Flickr Pitch Invasion Pool, a fantastic promotional piece by the England Football Supporter’s Association to try and get England fans out to Mexico to support the defending World Cup champions at the 1970 World Cup. All the support England fans have given overseas since hasn’t helped England...
June 20, 2010
The Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Logo: Losing History
Whereas a storm of controversy has followed the unveiling of the Portland Timbers MLS logo (a subject we will return to this week), the Vancouver Whitecaps identity shift in their MLS expansion team branding did not make much of a ruffle when it was also announced recently. This is somewhat surprising, because the Whitecaps actually...
June 3, 2010
From Pastime to Industry: How Nineties Design Made the Sport
JL Murtaugh explains how the nineties saw design, art, business, celebrity and sport become dependent on each other, explaining this from Nicholas Bourriaud to the San Jose Clash.
May 30, 2010
The Weekly Sweeper: Real Madrid Finally Grasps “Shit on a Stick”
Richard Whittall looks at the symbolic importance of Mourinho's move to Real Madrid, considering the "Age of the Manager".
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