Profile cover photo
Profile photo
thesetpieces
23 followers -
Serious logistical planning and considerable expenditure of money
Serious logistical planning and considerable expenditure of money

23 followers
About
thesetpieces's posts

Post has attachment
The stale concoction of beer, smoke and urine made the gangways of Maine Road an intoxicating place for a kid. Football was my first look into the adult world: seeing the anxiety, joy, anger and despair that I was only infrequently acquainted with at…

Post has attachment
‘Is Rooney the new Pele?’ If that question now seems tabloid in nature, designed to place a young player on an unhelpfully high pedestal, it wasn’t always so. It was asked as the headline to a Guardian feature the day before England faced Portugal in the…

Post has attachment
“Just like old times,” read one tweet as UK-born USA international Dom Dwyer landed in Florida on Tuesday ahead of his return to Orlando City. By ‘old’ times it was referring to the striker’s spell in purple during the 2013 season when he scored 15 goals…

Post has attachment
THE MISSION: Enter the world of Football Manager 2017 and…well…just try as hard as you can, eh?  THE CATCH: This game is really difficult. Alex Stewart has already washed his hands of Liverpool and while the first season brought a Champions League…

Post has attachment

Post has attachment
It’s 38 degrees inside the Shanghai Stadium and Luiz ‘Big Phil’ Scolari is wearing jeans. The way he waddles uncomfortably across the running track to bellow instructions to his players hints that he knows it was a mistake. It is difficult to fathom how…

Post has attachment
What happens when one of Football Manager’s most hapless strategists takes a break from football and applies himself to world history? Can a man who failed so miserably with Everton perform any better when bestowed with immortality and granted complete…

Post has attachment
This is an extract from ‘Learning Curve: Life inside one of Britain’s most unusual football clubs’, which is available to buy now on Amazon.  “When’s Steven Gerrard getting here?” asks a young fan to nobody in particular. Dressed head to toe in a red…

Post has attachment
THE MISSION: Enter the world of Football Manager 2017 and…well…just try as hard as you can, eh?  THE CATCH: This game is really difficult. Alex Stewart has already washed his hands of Liverpool and while the first season brought a Champions League…

Post has attachment
Find a subject I first emailed Stephen Constantine in September 2010. I was organising a football tour to Nepal (a long story) and remembered, years earlier, reading about an Englishman who managed their national team in the late 1990s. I found Stephen’s…
Wait while more posts are being loaded