world cup controversies

How The 2002 World Cup Became The Most Controversial Tournament in Recent Memory

The 2002 World Cup is remembered as the tournament of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldo. However, thanks to referees, the golden goal rule and South Korea, it is also considered one of the most contentious of all time.
Will Magee
Le Tournoi de France

Le Tournoi: The Forgettable Competition with an Immortal Highlight

It has been 20 years since Le Tournoi gave football one of the greatest goals of all time. Roberto Carlos' strike lit up the competition, but it was England who triumphed in this oft-forgotten international contest.
Jim Weeks
one hardworking gaucho italiano

How Liverpool Reject Gabriel Paletta Became AC Milan's Working-Class Hero

Though he never fulfilled his potential at Liverpool, Gabriel Paletta has made a fine career for himself elsewhere. Amongst his fellow Italo-Argentinos, he is a symbol of working-class perseverance.
Federico Manasse
the spark

The Cult: Shane Williams

In honour of the Six Nations, we’ve inducted an iconic rugby player from each country into The Cult. Next we have Shane Williams, a winger who sparked Welsh rugby to life.
Will Magee
the dying gaul

The Cult: Sergio Parisse

In honour of the Six Nations, we’ve inducted an iconic rugby player from each country into The Cult. Here, we lament the perpetual fallen hero that is Sergio Parisse.
Will Magee
scots-italian football heritage

​Forza Scozia! Faith, Football and the Most Scottish Town in Italy

Thomas Clark journeys to Tuscany to follow in the footsteps of a forgotten Scottish striker, and to uphold the honour of his country in the blistering late summer sun.
Thomas Clark

The Italian Renaissance of Swordsmanship, Wrestling, and Boxing

The Italian 'Masters of Defence' taught sword fighting while the working classes played war games in the streets. Together, they ignited the Italian Martial Arts Renaissance.
L.A. Jennings
eat that! and another!

Waving Goodbye To The International Break: Vice Sports UK Goals of the Week

The terrible boredom of the international break is over, and it’s time to celebrate with some right proper goals!
UK Sports Staff

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining: Vice Sports UK Goals of the Week

It might be interminably boring, but the international break has at least provided us with these beautiful gol-gol-gols!
UK Sports Staff
pizza made from frustration and spite

Naples Restaurant Offers Cut-Price Pizza To Coincide With Gonzalo Higuain’s First Injury at Juventus

This throws up a unique ethical conundrum: is it okay to profit from someone else’s suffering, if there’s delicious pizza involved?
UK Sports Staff
football and the refugee crisis

Serie B Launches Crowdfunder To Help Finance Refugee Football Pitch on Lampedusa

In association with their official charity, Serie B is aiming to build a state-of-the-art pitch for local youth teams, students and refugees.
Will Magee
Euro 2016

Triumph, Beauty and Eternal Glory: Ranking The Best Teams at Euro 2016

In our final glance back at the tournament, we assess the sides who really lit up proceedings and attempt to rank them in arbitrary fashion.
Will Magee