There are a lot of foreign footballers in Finland, even in the lower divisions. We spoke to some Nigerian players who have started the 2008 season in Kajaani as they attempt to make a career in Europe.
We all know plenty about Brazilian football internationally; but as Brazil's 2008 season kicks into gear, get to know the domestic teams historically and geographically by viewing Bill Turianski's beautiful illustrated map of their domestic game.
From George Graham's parsimonious pragmatism to Wenger's peons to the beautiful game, Arsenal's philosophy of football has shifted dramatically in the past twenty years. How do long-term football fans deal with such dramatic transitions of what their club stands for?
What is the relationship between the quality of refereeing decisions and respect for the referee? If referees are put under pressure by players, fans and the media how far does this affect their judgement? Vanda Wilcox compares England and Italy.
Melbourne Victory supporters were perhaps too successful. The style and size of their support and a move into a larger stadium brought them into conflict with the authorities that reflected a larger issue about the perception of football in Australian culture. Eric Daams explains the clash, and how supporters finally won the day.
There are few things more enjoyable for the average football fan than seeing the biggest team in their country descend into a slow and painful downfall. So right now, many Portuguese are gleefully watching the drama unfold as the self proclaimed “Biggest Club in the World”, Sport Lisboa de Benfica very publicly self-destruct. Stephen Burrows tells the story.
In Italy, the idea of supporting rival Italian clubs in European competition is not only largely unpopular, but there is on the contrary a tradition of actively supporting their opposition. The verb gufare means to support against, to wish bad luck upon. It comes from the noun gufo, meaning owl, since the owl in Italy (and Spain) is a symbol of bad luck. So football fans "owl" for another team. Vanda Wilcox explains.
Is football in Norway as dull and predictable as people think? Not at all. Norwegian football fan Vegard Rostad Rinnes tells us what's really going on with the beautiful game in the land of the fjords.
It might not be Kosovo's first priority -- greater political recognition is probably higher on the agenda -- but football's never far below the surface in the Balkans, so we ask what the future holds for them in international football. Who will play for them? Are they any good? Will they able to join FIFA competition?