Football Features

In defence of diving: Why punishment for simulation is a blow to the beautiful game

In defence of diving: Why punishment for simulation is a blow to the beautiful game

The FA introducing retrospective bans for diving has been widely welcomed - but Johnny Sharp argues that it harms more than it helps, while ignoring the real threat to our sport 27 May 2017
Where are they now? Liverpool's 2005 Champions League winners

Where are they now? Liverpool's 2005 Champions League winners

After glory in Istanbul, one went missing, one stood for the European Parliament and one went on Strictly Come Dancing. How well do you know the comeback kings? 26 May 2017
In their own words: How Celtic's Lisbon Lions shocked 'unbeatable' Inter in 1967

In their own words: How Celtic's Lisbon Lions shocked 'unbeatable' Inter in 1967

Fifty years ago today, a bunch of boys from Glasgow beat the mighty Inter to become Britains first European champions. This is their story... 26 May 2017
Quiz! Can you name the line-ups from the 2002 FA Cup Final: Arsenal vs Chelsea?

Quiz! Can you name the line-ups from the 2002 FA Cup Final: Arsenal vs Chelsea?

The two London clubs that meet on Saturday have played in one FA Cup final before, 15 years ago this summer. Can you recall the teams that day? 26 May 2017
FFT's wry season review pt.5: Tottenham aim for alternative prize, Andy Carroll is an elephant

FFT's wry season review pt.5: Tottenham aim for alternative prize, Andy Carroll is an elephant

The final Back of the Net season review sees West Ham make a new home, Tony Pulis try a new hat and Watford vs Walter 26 May 2017
Clarence Seedorf: One-on-One: "The manager who had the biggest cultural impact on me? Sven-Goran Eriksson"

Clarence Seedorf: One-on-One: "The manager who had the biggest cultural impact on me? Sven-Goran Eriksson"

Which of his four Champions League wins was the best? Whats better: the Milan derby or El Clasico? And what happened to the dreadlocks? Your questions answered in April 2011 26 May 2017
Year Zero: The making of Gareth Bale (Tottenham, 2010/11)

Year Zero: The making of Gareth Bale (Tottenham, 2010/11)

Ten years ago today, Spurs signed a 17-year-old Bale from Southampton. Fast-forward two seasons and he had narrowly escaped a move back to the Championship before this campaign that changed everything 26 May 2017
Gary Lineker on Spurs' 1991 FA Cup triumph, in his own words: "It was probably the highlight of my career"

Gary Lineker on Spurs' 1991 FA Cup triumph, in his own words: "It was probably the highlight of my career"

After heartbreak with Everton in 1986, a 30-year-old Lineker returned to Wembley for a second bite of the cherry. The former Tottenham striker recalls an action-packed showpiece... 26 May 2017
Quiz! Can you name all 36 FA Cup final goalscorers since 1997?

Quiz! Can you name all 36 FA Cup final goalscorers since 1997?

There have been 45 goals in the past 20 years of FA Cup finals. Can you remember the main men responsible for all of those strikes? 25 May 2017
FFT's wry season review pt.4: David Moyes is on his bike, Mark Hughes is in the sky

FFT's wry season review pt.4: David Moyes is on his bike, Mark Hughes is in the sky

TodaysBack of the Netseason review is brought to you by the letter S and the number 6 (Premier League wins for Sunderland this season) 25 May 2017
Quiz! How many of the 100 Premier League players with at least 6 goals and/or assists in 2016/17 can you name?

Quiz! How many of the 100 Premier League players with at least 6 goals and/or assists in 2016/17 can you name?

Can you identify the top flights most productive footballers in the final third this season? 25 May 2017
5 reasons why Arsenal fans can be optimistic for the future

5 reasons why Arsenal fans can be optimistic for the future

A difficult 2016/17 has seen fan discontent and Arsenal slide out of the top four yet there are silver linings beyond just an FA Cup final. James McNicholas on five reasons for Gunners fans to feel positive 25 May 2017
FourFourTwo’s Stats Zone Awards: and the Premier League Team of the Year is...

FourFourTwo’s Stats Zone Awards: and the Premier League Team of the Year is...

Dele Alli,Thibaut Courtois andPhilippe Coutinho didnt quite make it, but some of their team-mates did. FFT, in association with Opta, crunches the numbers to reveal the most effective starting XI in the Premier League 25 May 2017
‘No quantity of wine’ will tempt Allardyce back into management

‘No quantity of wine’ will tempt Allardyce back into management

The ex-Crystal Palace bosss retirement is absolutely,definitely final,Back of the Netcan confirm 25 May 2017
FFT's wry season review pt.3: Liverpool fail at fashion, Man United win a cup by accident, Pep's turtleneck causes rage

FFT's wry season review pt.3: Liverpool fail at fashion, Man United win a cup by accident, Pep's turtleneck causes rage

Back of the Nets alternative Premier League season review reaches three big guns whove had their ups and downs plus Middlesbrough, whove mainly focused on the downs 24 May 2017
Quiz! Can you name all 27 clubs to win the Europa League/UEFA Cup?

Quiz! Can you name all 27 clubs to win the Europa League/UEFA Cup?

The UEFA Cup was born in the early 1970s, then evolved into the Europa League in 2009 - yet only 27 clubs have lifted the big, chunky vase. Name them! 24 May 2017
Are you watching, Arsene? How Marc Overmars has overseen a new, Cruyff-inspired revolution at Ajax

Are you watching, Arsene? How Marc Overmars has overseen a new, Cruyff-inspired revolution at Ajax

Arsene Wenger has never looked fondly upon directors of football, but his former player is making a name for himself as the architect of a transfer strategy thats taken a thrilling young Ajax side to the Europa League final 24 May 2017
FFT's wry season review pt.2: Everton's big crossroads, Steve Bruce's time-travelling comeback

FFT's wry season review pt.2: Everton's big crossroads, Steve Bruce's time-travelling comeback

Back of the Net present the second part of their alternative Premier League season review, involving eagles, tigers and biggest beast of all: Steve Bruce 24 May 2017
Quiz! Can you name the teams from Milan and Liverpool's 2007 Champions League Final?

Quiz! Can you name the teams from Milan and Liverpool's 2007 Champions League Final?

Its a decade since the Italian side got their revenge over the Reds to lift Ol Big Ears for the second time in five seasons. But who was on the teamsheets that day? 23 May 2017
Harry Kewell: The Games That Changed My Life

Harry Kewell: The Games That Changed My Life

Strewth! Kewell has just been named as the new manager of Crawley. The former Leeds, Liverpool and Australia man selects the four most significant matches of his career 23 May 2017
FFT's wry season review pt.I: Arsenal crush dreams, Chelsea plot to con Conte

FFT's wry season review pt.I: Arsenal crush dreams, Chelsea plot to con Conte

Back of the Net deliver the first part of their season review, complete with jaw-droppingly accurate predictions which we can but applaud 23 May 2017