#BestOfTFN: The best of our 1st year in football writing


The False Nine is one year old today! To celebrate, we’ve compiled three best of lists featuring contributions from across our array of contributors.

This first list is a selection of our best analysis and commentary pieces, from MyFootballClub and globe trotting goalkeepers to Iniesta’s legacy and Emile Heskey.

Check our other Best Of TFN lists here.

Let us know your favourite TFN articles, and any that we’ve missed from our lists, on Twitter using the hash tag #BestOfTFN.

Around The World With Lutz Pfannensteil

Back in February 2013, David Dodds took a look at the extraordinary tale of Lutz Pfannenstiel, who represented 25 clubs and remains the only professional to have played in all 6 FIFA Confederations. David’s piece was also featured on In Bed With Maradona and World Soccer.

How Loving England Made Me Hate England

Elko Born tried to shed some light on England, Stevie G and the English psyche from a continental perspective earlier in August.

Ebbsfleet United and MyFootballClub – Five Years On

Hugo Greenhalgh reported on Ebbsfleet United and their unorthodox owners, MyFootballClub, five years on from their takeover in November 2012.

No Longer Prospects Without Positions: Jones and Wilshere Break Old English Mould

Greg Johnson‘s debut piece considered England’s antiquated outlook on football, the cult of the individual hero and hope for the next generation.

Champions League Semi Finals: Grand Slam Final Four

Following the return of the Champions League back in April, James Dutton drew some interesting parallels between the semi finalists, and the big four in tennis.

Iniesta The Great: Crowded Out of History by Zidane and Laudrup

Greg JohnsonRob Brown and John Guillem considered the brilliance of Andrés Iniesta, Michael Laudrup and Zinedine Zidane in a group piece back in July.

LUFC: “We’ve always been Leeds, but for once we’re United”

Kyle Hulme wrote about his excitement for Leeds United’s new lease of life as the club emerges from the shadows of Ken Bates’ reign.

In Defence of Emile Heskey

James Dutton made the case for one of the most-maligned proponents of the old-school centre-forward role, Emile Heskey, back in November 2012. The piece also became a cover feature in Late Tackle magazine.

Interview: Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite on Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

An interview on post-rock, Zidane and Scottish football with Mogwai‘s Stuart Braithwaite. Greg‘s interview was also featured on Drowned In Sound in August.

The Curious Case of Darren Bent

Despite his limitations, Darren Bent deserves a second chance wrote David Wild earlier this month.

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