From the despair of Euro 2004 to the ecstasy of Euro 2016, Portuguese football has come far. ‘Twenty years ago, we had football seven-a-side for kids in the sand. Not … Continue Reading Rising Nations – Portugal: The second coming of a golden generation
João Carlos Teixeira talks about his time at Liverpool, training with the likes of Gerrard, Coutinho and Suarez and his memorable Premier League debut. Sitting hunched over in an interview … Continue Reading João Carlos Teixeira talks Liverpool, Diogo Jota and Feyenoord
When it comes to player development, Dinamo Zagreb are among Europe’s elite. FTF spoke to Dinamo’s former technical director Romeo Jozak to find out why. To Romeo’s left, to Romeo’s … Continue Reading Inside GNK Dinamo Zagreb: The club of Modric, Kovacic and Olmo
From being coached by Steven Gerrard at Liverpool to carrying the legacy of his forefathers at FK Sarajevo. This is the story of Dal Varešanovič. In a new country, away … Continue Reading Dal Varešanovič talks Liverpool, working with Gerrard and FK Sarajevo
Liberato Cacace is one of few young New Zealanders flying the flag in Europe. The Sint-Truiden left-back speaks exclusively to FTF about overcoming rejection, playing next to Winston Reid and … Continue Reading Liberato Cacace Interview: “I thought my dream was crushed”
The names to emerge from the Arsenal youth ranks rival those of any academy. But why have these names found success away from the club?
Tayshan Hayden-Smith speaks to FTF about his love of football, memories of Grenfell and fighting for justice at Grenfell Athletic. Tayshan Hayden-Smith had a grin on his face. At 17 … Continue Reading Tayshan Hayden-Smith talks Grenfell Athletic and Newcastle United trial
In 2012, Zambia achieved one of the biggest underdog stories in football when they won the African Cup of Nations. Here’s how it happened. In the dying embers of the … Continue Reading Remembering Zambia’s incredible 2012 AFCON victory with Isaac Chansa
Alhassan Yusuf has enjoyed a swift and impressive rise in European football. He spoke exclusively to First Time Finish about his academy days, moving to Sweden, and the essence of his play.
Twenty five years on from Soufrière Hills volcanic eruption, the people of Montserrat remain under its shadow. National football team vice-captain James Comley spoke to FTF about how the football team is making its own mark in the country.
Gambia is a footballing nation on the rise. Blessed with Serie A stars, they are on the brink of history. FTF spoke to Gambia’s head-coach, Tom Saintfiet. When one peruses … Continue Reading Rising Nations: Gambia’s Scorpions with an eye on the World Cup
Kieran Higgs has been on a journey unlike any other in football and his story is an example of grit and determination. It was like a pang. Kieran Higgs felt … Continue Reading Kieran Higgs talks ACL injuries, playing with Cantwell and fighting back
Brandon Diau talks exclusively to First Time Finish about his incredible journey to make it in the game. Brandon was watching a game on his television set. His eyes fixed … Continue Reading Brandon Diau talks about dreams, never giving up and his incredible story
Twins are a rarity in football. When they possess the ability and personality of the Vieira twins, there are none that come close.
Matthew Briggs talks Premier League record, working on a building site and fighting back from nothing
Matthew Briggs became the youngest player to feature in the Premier League in 2007. His career since has been a fascinating journey back to the top. Matthew Briggs was walking … Continue Reading Matthew Briggs talks Premier League record, working on a building site and fighting back from nothing
The Finnish side from Kuopio are one match away from making history and qualifying to the Europa League. In Finland, when it comes to football, HJK Helsinki have been the … Continue Reading Kuopion Palloseura: One step away from making history