The Football Pink is a collection of writers and bloggers who bring their opinions, musings, observations and stories from all over the world to fans of ‘The Beautiful Game’.
Incredibly, it’s a quarter of a century since the iconic World Cup of 1990; Milla’s infectious wiggle, Schillaci’s bulging eyes, Rijkaard’s projectile sputum and, of course, Gazza’s river of tears.
To mark the 25th anniversary of Italia ’90, The Football Pink Issue 8 goes back to that heady summer to recall some of the stories and characters that, for so many people, defined what major tournaments are all about – drama, controversy, triumph and heartbreak.
Here’s what you can expect to find inside:
* Illustrated profiles of the tournament’s top four stars – Roger Milla, Salvatore Schillaci, Lothar Matthaus and, of course, Paul Gascoigne
* The conception, success and lasting impact of Nessun Dorma and World in Motion
* Construction and corruption – Italy’s preparations for the tournament
* The media vilification of Bobby Robson
* The dashed hopes of Yugoslavia’s golden generation
* Steve Bull – the Black Country’s unlikely lad
* Costa Rica’s unexpected superheroes
* The cultural change in the summer of 1990 and a comprehensive summary of events; football and otherwise
* The Italian north/south divide that Maradona tried to ignite
* Scotland trip themselves up. Again.
* The view from Venezuela – enthusiastic neutrals celebrate football’s greatest festival
* Following Ireland from a bar on Tyneside and an unknown pioneer for their black players
* Son of the Wind – Argentina’s long-haired party boy