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Worst XI to win the Premier League

Stuart Taylor The second choice goalkeeper collected a winners’ medal at Arsenal during their 2001/02 league winning season when manager Arsene Wenger brought him on for Richard Wright on the final day of the season to ensure that he had ten matches – minimum requirement to get a winners’ medal. Jeff Kenna The right-back was a Premier League winner with ...

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Five footballers who earned knighthood

Sir Stanley Matthews The Blackpool and Stoke City legend earned his knighthood in 1965 and became the first footballer to be knighted. He remains the only footballer to be knighted while still playing. Matthews had an incredible 33-year long professional playing career and quite remarkably, he continued playing professional football until he was 50. Known by several nicknames, including “the ...

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Four clubs who adopted kits of other clubs

Juventus When the Italian outfit began their football journey, they originally wore pink shirts but the colour could hardly bear the burden of repeated washing and would ultimately fade away. Juventus wanted a solution for the problem and asked one of their members, an Englishman named John Savage, to ask his contacts in England to supply shirts in colours that ...

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All you need to know about the new Ballon d’Or award

History of the Ballon d’Or The concept of awarding the best European player each year was started by the French magazine France Football, which first came up with the idea in 1956. The idea conceived by France Football editor Gabriel Hanot intended to give the Ballon d’Or to the best European player each year. The voting rights were exclusive to ...

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Five biggest underdog triumphs in the Champions League

Chelsea 1-1 (4-3 on penalties) Bayern Munich (final, 2011/12) Heading in to the 2012 Champions League final, Bayern Munich were the overwhelming favourites. The Bavarian giants were playing at home and Chelsea had barely survived with enough first team regulars after a bruising semi-final win over Barcelona. But in the final the Blues kept doing what they did to eliminate ...

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Greatest XI of players who never won the Champions League

Gianluigi Buffon One of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, Buffon is still searching for his first Champions League win. The 2006 World Cup and a seven-time Serie A winner, has finished twice as runners-up – in 2003 and 2015 – but he hasn’t gone any further. Lilian Thuram The Frenchman was an integral part of the 1998 World Cup ...

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Top national teams with most Ballon d’Or winners

Germany and the Netherlands (7) The two rival nations have been the most dominant at the Ballon d’Or awards with their players collecting seven gongs each. For Germany the first win came from Gerd Muller, who claimed the award in 1970. Franz Beckenbauer won it twice in the 1970s before Karl-Heinz Rummenigge won it back-to-back in 1980 and 1981. Lothar ...

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