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Editorial Safe standing is closer than ever to being introduced to the English game, the result of years of supporter campaigning
Sidelines Britain’s block vote holds up Law progress; Hornets refuse to let managers nest; England C the way forward;  Pelé’s latest ringing endorsement; Gunners’ split opinions
Shot! The Champions League final, with all its star names and choreographed atmosphere,  arrives at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium
Harry Pearson column Young players must be nurtured, their self-esteem preserved, rather than smashing it out of them with pressure and expectation
Focus on Mick Channon, the Southampton star who thought he was above everybody
Euro view Medipol emergency in Turkey as minnows rise up; Spartak back on top in Russia, but problems persist ahead of the World Cup
World view Chinese clubs still have a magic money tree but their government won’t let them use it
Books Bela Guttman, the trailblazing manager who was hunted down by the Nazis; Premier League  tactics explained; alternative histories
Letters Speaking of outfield players going in goal…
Season in briefA thrilling League of Ireland season which was as eventful off the pitch as on it, with the champions eventually relegated

Youthful exuberance The FA’s new approach to coaching their England age groups is paying off; Everton’s flourishing academy faces a new challenge
Training complex It’s difficult to understand players who don’t enjoy practice sessions, but for many of them it is the worst part of the job
Walk on Discovering the history of one of the game’s most enduring terrace anthems
Match of the month Scotland are desperate for a win to keep their World Cup hopes alive, but their oldest rivals stand in their way at a subdued Hampden Park
Writers’ competition winners Volunteering to coach a youth team is the most stupid thing you will ever do – and the best; bus drivers know all the inside info; collecting stickers of a different variety
Beautiful freak The origins of one of football’s most overused cliches actually reveal a lot of about the sport
Surrey I haven’t a clue Below Woking Surrey’s established powers are waning, with a new generation of clubs coming to dominate the local leagues

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