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Interesting and entertaining stories, well told.
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Received latest issue of The Football Pink today. Excellent overall quality as usual. Naturally, quite proud of my own piece on the rise of the Feyenoord Rotterdam academy.

http://footballpink.net/the-football-pink-magazine/ 
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Scifo, Lentini and high-flying chairs. Here's me on Emiliano Mondonico's early 90s Torino side for the excellent Inside Left site. 

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In the beginning, there was a financial crisis. Then again, there always seems to be a financial crisis at the beginning of stories like this one. 

This, however, was an important financial crisis rendered such by the stature of the club entrapped by it: Feyenoord. Winners of fourteen Eredivisie titles, eleven KNVB Cups, 1 European Cup, two UEFA Cups and one Intercontinental Cup; this wasn’t just one of the biggest clubs in Holland, it was one with genuine European pedigree. 

The trouble had started back in 2006. That year, echoing mistakes that others had done before them and others will do in the future, they brought back to Holland three of the country's international stars; Roy Makaay, Giovanni Van Bronkhorst and Kevin Hofland. The belief was that these players could lift the team to success and, crucially, Champions League football.

That never happened and, slowly, the huge wages they paid for these players along with other costly transfer mistakes until the club was on the brink of administration. Loans had to be taken just to pay players’ wages.

The rest of this article can be found in Issue 6 of the Football Pink:

http://footballpink.net/2014/10/17/pre-order-the-football-pink-issue-6-in-print/
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