The Age of the PlayStation Footballer

Football video games have become a major part of soccer fandom. We explore their role in modern football culture and the growing influence they're having on the sport itself.

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DT38

This is the story of Dylan Tombides. The young Australian footballer who’s brave battle with testicular cancer inspired the Foundation in his name and left a legacy that aims to educate and raise awareness, throughout the football community and beyond.

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Melbourne Victory: The Foundations

2004 saw the demise of Australia’s National Soccer League, which existed in various forms from 1977 as the top level of the game in the country. It made way for a new national competition which commenced in 2005 - the A-League - consisting of eight foundation clubs.

One of those clubs was to be located in Melbourne, a city with the most competitive sports market in Australia. Naturally, the governing body were concerned about the viability of a new Melbourne team. But the establishment of Melbourne Victory would become one of the A-League’s biggest success stories.

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La Fábrica

Football's success stories are well documented. Like the youth players that rise through the ranks of the academy system to make it as professionals. But what about the ones who don't make it?

Ignacio Martin was just like any young football fan. He dreamed of playing professionally for his boyhood club. But when the opportunity to join Real Madrid's prestigious Youth Academy came along, it didn't quite live up to expectations.

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Foosball

In 1921, with the popularity of football growing rapidly throughout Europe, Englishman, Harold Searles Thornton wanted to create a game that replicated football that people could play in their homes.

Inspiration struck with a box of matches. The matches were lying parallel across the top of the box, extending past the edges. This idea was developed into a tabletop game that plays very similar to its real life counterpart. He called it ‘Foosball’.

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Aston Villa 1981

For many of us, our love for the game begins from a young age, and it's these early experiences that often define our relationship to football and the connection we have to our favourite club. This was certainly the case for Andy Jackson. Growing up a diehard Aston Villa fan in Birmingham, the 1980-81 season was one he would never forget.

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The Poetry of Football

Football writer, Musa Okwonga takes us on a journey through his connection with football, his love for Manchester United and capturing the beauty and simplicity of the world game through poetry.

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The Man Who Saved Barcelona

In July 1936, The Civil War broke out in Spain and the La Liga season was put on hold as tensions grew around the country. Aligning with the Republicans, FC Barcelona were a club under threat. On the verge on bankruptcy, it was the actions of the club's then manager that saved Barcelona from financial ruin. Irishman, Patrick O’Connell.

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Wild Westerners FC

A local pub team embark on a football tour of the Far East. But what they find when they arrive, nobody would have expected.

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The Champions

In 1992 the European Cup became the Champions League. Not only was it the introduction of a new group stage format, but it also gave us a piece of music that would become iconic in its own right.

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1975 Portland Timbers

The story of the 1975 Portland Timbers. Author, Michael Orr and original '75 Timbers player, Mick Hoban document the establishment of the football club and their debut season in the NASL.

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Highbury 2006

A life-long Arsenal fan travels from Australia to London in the hope of witnessing the clubs last ever match at Highbury.

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