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9 Unexpected South American Team Names

Pub football team names haven’t got anything on some of these South American gems. The Copa América is underway, with Brazil odds-on favourites to win their sixth title. To celebrate this, we’re going to look at 9 South American teams with unexpected names. Some have specific meanings in their country and others are English names […]

The EU flag with a falling star because of Brexit

The Brexit Challenge on Championship Manager 01/02

If/when the UK leaves the EU, there will be ramifications for the English footballing system. But who knows what they’ll be exactly and how they’ll manifest. Changes like Brexit often breed challenges on football games like Championship Manager and Football Manager and this is no exception. On the champman0102 forums, the guys put together a […]

Benfica of Lisbon, Portuguese champions of 2018/19

Lisbon: 3 footballing tales, 1 capital city

As Benfica celebrates their 5th title in 6 years, what of the other two Lisbon clubs? In 2017, I went to Lisbon on holiday. It was my first ever solo holiday as I spent a week in the Portuguese capital for my birthday. On the day itself, I was due to see Sporting play Olympiakos […]

Nathaniel Clyne

5 Afewee Academy Graduates Who Went Onto Play Pro Football

The Brixton-based academy has produced some great talent over the years. Here are 5 graduates who made it into the professionals. Back in May 2018, we featured the Afewee Academy, a non-profit organisation in Brixton, run by volunteers and funded by the local council. Some 40 graduates from the academy have made it professionally. This […]

Johan Cruijff

The Cruijffbal Challenge #4

Welcome to my fourth season update of The Cruijffbal Challenge. Prologue | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 We all have principles or codes we live by. Some are indoctrinated into us, others are picked up over time. I always start with a specific tactic when I play 01/02. It’s called Mentalist and […]

Eric Cantona celebrates scoring a goal with David Beckham. Old Trafford, 1996

Eric Cantona’s Meaning of Life

A poignant tale of life and circumstances from Eric Cantona is the epitome of the man. Read on to find out what his meaning of life represents.

Johan Cruijff at Barcelona

The Cruijffbal Challenge #3

Welcome to my third season update of The Cruijffbal Challenge. Prologue | Part 1 | Part 2 Well, Season 3 didn’t go as planned. They say you’re only good as your last game and that kind of summed us up. Kind of. The bad news is we didn’t get promoted but the good news is […]

Luton Town U9 - European Champions 2019

Luton Town Under-8s beat Juventus to win the International Cup

Luton Town’s seniors aren’t the only team to win big this season. I’ve lived in Luton most of my life. I even worked for Luton Town behind the bar, so this story has a special place in my heart. Luton Town’s Under-8s beat Juventus 6-1 in the International Cup final in Dortmund on Sunday. Not […]

Johan Cruijff - the man "behind" Cruijffbal

The Cruijffbal Challenge #2

Welcome to my second season update of The Cruijffbal Challenge. Prologue | Part 1 After your first full season at a club, you start to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. Who your favourites are and who can go. When to change the system and when to give it time. I needed […]

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VAR is Revolution!

In his first article for Playrface, Timóteo Corça tells us why VAR is a good thing despite the controversy surrounding it. On 13th February 2018, Ajax played Real Madrid in the Champions League. The match ended 2-1 amid controversy regarding the use of VAR. There are lovers and detractors of the technology but I am […]

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The Cruijffbal Challenge #1

Welcome to my first season update of The Cruijffbal Challenge. If you have no idea what that is, check out my prologue/primer to get up to speed. Given how I long I’ve played Championship Manager, I’m used to the English football league system so promotions are much easier at the start. That’s less a boast […]

Image of Johan Cruijff by Robert Ball

The Cruijffbal Challenge – Prologue

A new year brings a new challenge, combining the economics of Moneyball and wisdom of Johan Cruijff. Together they become Cruijffbal. The idea of retro gaming perplexes people. Hell, even the concept of gaming confuses those who don’t partake. It’s a stretch calling Championship Manager 01/02 a “retro game” (and I wouldn’t) but if it […]

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Soccer Games For The SNES

Don’t scoff at “soccer” – the word originated in Britain before it travelled to the US. One thing that didn’t originate in Britain, however, was the SNES or Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Known as the Super Famicom in Japan, the SNES gained a new lease of life in 2017 when Nintendo released the Super NES […]

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A Christmas Team #1 – Football

In our new seasonal series, we create Christmas-themed teams out of team sports. Our first edition stars a festive football starting XI. The 4-3-2-1 formation, more affectionately known as the Christmas Tree, has been used in football for decades. It was used by Terry Venables and Christian Gross at Spurs but given the latter’s horrendous […]