Football writing: Who you need to be reading this season

The False Nine and friends recommend the football writers and blogs you should be reading this season…

Football writing has exploded of late. In amongst all the pre-season  hype, it can be hard to know where to turn and who to read as the noise level increases and the click bait spam swamps social media.

This isn’t some “top 10 football websites” list, or a rundown of the 25 people you have to follow on Twitter. This is an attempt at some digital word of mouth to promote and elevate those writers that deserve it above the deafening distortion of listicles, reaction blogs and what not. If you’re a Twitter person, think of this as a grand, season-long #ff shout out that has broken the 140 character limit and gone wild.

Scroll down, have a look at who we think are worth your time and tell us who you’ll be reading this season in the comments box below. Continue reading

Introducing: The Samba Series – The Definitive History of Brazilians in the Premier League


The False Nine is proud to announce the launch of The Samba Series: an exciting and comprehensive new series featuring every single Brazilian to ever play in the Premier League – the ideal way to build up to the 2014 World Cup this summer.

The Samba Series is the definitive inventory of Brazilian footballers who have played in England since the formation of the Premier League in 1995. From Juninho to Ilan, from Kleberson to Douglas Rinaldi, they are all here and their stories recounted from the fans who knew them best.

This isn’t simply a collection of memories, but  a wider appraisal of the fortunes of the Seleção, charting the success of these exotic imports to the English game beginning with the arrival of Isaías on these shores in 1995 and the pioneering Mirandinha who spent two years at Newcastle United from 1987, at a time when the reputation of English football was at its lowest ebb.

Is it the tough tackling midfielders, in the guise of Dunga, who have prospered more than the flamboyant tricksters, the Zicos, that we normally associate with the heritage of the five-time World Champions?

Have the most successful Brazilians on these shores adhered to the ‘samba’ stereotype? Continue reading