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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 […]


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 […]

Image of Johan Cruijff by Robert Ball

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 […]


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 […]

Christmas Balls

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.

Championship Manager 01/02

Happy 17th Birthday, Championship Manager 01/02

It was actually yesterday but Championship Manager 01/02, the best football management of all time, is now 17 years old. Here is listicle of tips, players, downloads, and articles about the great game. I started playing a year after it was released. November 2002, a matter of weeks before CM4 came out (I got that […]


Why do so many Swedish names end in -qvist?

The World Cup is long gone and this isn’t specifically football related but curiosity got the better of me. I wanted to know why so many Swedish names ended in -qvist. And the answer was quite interesting. Like I did with the Croatian names ending in -ić, I decided to give the Swedish World Cup […]

Ebenezer Cobb Morley

Who is Ebenezer Cobb Morley and why does he have a Google Doodle?

One English sportsman and solicitors brought his law skills to the beautiful game and his name was Ebenezer Cobb Morley. To everyone scoffing at people who call football “soccer” – stop it. The term was popularised in the US but derived from 19th century “university slang”, akin to rugby being called “rugger”. Around that time, […]