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The Second World War caused severe disruption to formalised footballing competition throughout Europe, but Spain was left relatively untouched as it recovered from Civil War and remained neutral and non-belligerent under the leadership of General Francisco Franco. Read the rest of this entry »

by Andi Thomas

On Saturday 2 September, 1939, the day after Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, Britain woke up to a full Football League programme. Blackpool went top of Division One with three wins from three after defeating Wolves 2-1 at Bloomfield Road, Sheffield United and Arsenal were one point behind, both also undefeated. Luton Town headed up Division Two, while Accrington Stanley and Reading led Division Three North and South respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Norway is the country that loves football the most.’ (Simon Kuper, Soccernomics)

The late 1930s and early 1940s had seen the political landscape of Europe dramatically altered. Having swept to power in Germany, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party had undertaken an aggressive military campaign which had precipitated the invasion and annexation of Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Holland, France, Romania, Denmark and the Baltic States by the summer of 1940. Read the rest of this entry »

Portsmouth Football Club may have recently slipped from the upper echelons of the English game, a victim of boardroom incompetency and relegated to The Championship saddled with serious financial difficulties, but it was not long ago that they were basking in the glory of an FA Cup triumph under the stewardship of Harry Redknapp. Read the rest of this entry »

by Dave Hartrick

4th May 1949. The squad of AC Torino sits aboard an Avio Linee Italiane Fiat G-212 plane returning from a testimonial game in Lisbon. Flying through some terrible weather conditions around the mountains of Turin, pilot Pierluigi Meroni appears to lose his bearings momentarily. Reports indicate that the plane is seen circling though the fog while trying to find a clear path to begin a descent. Read the rest of this entry »