Beast of Burden

Sam Kelly outlines the World Cup pedigree of the Albiceleste and historicises the weight of responsibility on Lionel Messi’s shoulders at this year’s tournament.

Push and Run!

Victorious as England manager in 1966, Alf Ramsey played in one of the most exciting – and under-appreciated – teams in English football history. Tim Vickery traces the origins of English success on the world stage.

World Cup Stories: Brazil v England 1970

In a match considered to be worthy of the final, Brazil and England met in the group stage of Mexico 1970. Osiris Nerone recalls the memorable encounter in Guadalajara from a Brazilian perspective, and explains the enduring significance of that afternoon.