Monthly Archives: April 2016

The greatest football game ever played

In Spanish the game is known as Partido del Siglo; the Italians call it Partita del Secolo, while the Germans have termed it Jahrhundertspiel. It all means the same “Game of the Century.” It was the second semi-final of the 1970 World Cup, played at the historic Azteca Stadium in Mexico between Italy and West Germany and at the end ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Jock Stein

The likes of Manchester United and Liverpool would claim to be the biggest clubs on the British Isles, yet it was Celtic that became the first team from the island to become the champions of Europe. And their legendary manager Jock Stein had a lot to do with the fact. Stein took to football as escape from his tough life ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Martin Odegaard

In January 2015 Martin Odegaard was invited and given rounds of some of the greatest European clubs, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Celtic as one of the hottest young prospects deliberated his first big move from Stromgodset in order to continue his football education. And after the end of an unprecedented tour of who’s who of ...

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When Hellas Verona became champions of Italy

The 1984/85 season was a remarkable one for the Italian league. It turned out to be a season when Napoli of Diego Maradona, Michel Platini’s Juventus, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s Inter Milan, Roma with the legendary Falcao, and Udinese of Zico were all beaten to the Scudetto by the provincial side Hellas Verona. The Gialloblu had never won the league title in ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager  – Valeriy Lobanovskyi

Valeriy Lobanovskyi had an interesting vision of football. Plying his trade at the time when the Soviet Union was witnessing its greatest breakthroughs in science and technology, Lobanovskyi was positively affected by the scientific thinking prevalent in the Soviet society at the time. Lobanovskyi had a successful career as a player and turned out for Dynamo Kiev for over 200 ...

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Greatest Underdog Stories: When Greece became European Champions

 There are fewer stories of triumphs as unprecedented as Greece’s European Cup win in 2004. The Greeks started their Euro 2004 campaign against Portugal in the opening game of the tournament. Being the hosts, Portugal were the overwhelming favourites against a side that had only previously played at the biggest stage twice – first at the Euros 1980 and then ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic is the fourth youngest player to score in the Bundesliga history, and the youngest non-German to achieve the feat. He came on as a second half substitute on 30th January against Ingolstdt to become the eighth youngest debutante in the Bundesliga history. In March this year, he became the youngest ever player to represent the United States of ...

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