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Portrait of an iconic manager – Bob Paisley

  Bob Paisley ’s place in the pantheon of football’s all time greatest managers is secure. The former wing-half spent almost 50 years at Liverpool in various capacities. He started his stint with the Anfield outfit as a first team player in 1939 and on to play for the club’s first team for over 15 years, featuring in more than ...

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Five unsuccessful professional players who became great managers

Helenio Herrera Herrera is regarded as one of the greatest exponents of “catenaccio”, the technique that emphasises maintaining a solid shape without the ball in order to limit the opposition any room to manoeuvre and create goalscoring chances. However, there was more to Herrera than just defensive football. In one of the great managerial evolutions, the Argentine who earned renown ...

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Five great players who became great managers

great players become great managers

Not many great players become great managers. There certainly isn’t a correlation between the two. Some of the greatest managers of all-time have never been top professional players. However, great players do get a head start through their experience of having been in the shoes of their players. Johan Cruyff Cruyff is regarded as one man who has had the ...

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5 players who retired early from football

Eric Cantona Many consider Cantona to be the player that fired Manchester United to the top of English football in the Premier League era. In just five years at Old Trafford following his transfer from Leeds United in 1992, the Frenchman fired the Red Devils to four league titles and two FA Cups. However, he hung his boots at only ...

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5 players who have statues erected in their honour

Sir Stanley Matthews The first ever football knight is the greatest player to have turned out for Stoke City. He played close to 20 years for the Potters over the course of his long and distinguished career during which Matthews came to be regarded as the greatest player England has ever produced. Upon his death in 2000, a permanent statue ...

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5 players who played for more than one national team

Luis Monti The midfielder, whose extensive coverage of the pitch earned him the nickname ‘double wide’ remains the only footballer in the world to have played two World Cup finals with two different national teams. Monti was part of the Argentina national team at the inaugural World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay when La Albiceleste finished on the losing side ...

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Greatest XI to never win the Premier League

greatest xi to never win the premier league

Shay Given The former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper has spent over 20 years in the Premier League and has played for several clubs but a league winner’s medal has eluded him. The closest he came to winning the coveted title was with Manchester City during his 2009 to 2011 stint at the club, but they won it a year after ...

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5 great players who never played in World Cup

George Weah The Liberia international was one of the most feared strikers of his generation and went on to win a Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain as well as two Serie A titles during his time in Italy. He first burst on to the European football scene under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger, who was at the helm of ...

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