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The Timeline of Gianfranco Zola

1966 A week before the 1966 World Cup kicked-off, Gianfranco Zola was born on 5 July 1966 in Oliena, Italy. 1980 Zola began his football education at his local side Corrasi Oliena in 1980 and remained a part of the team until 1983. 1984 The Italian joined his first professional football team, Nuorese in 1984; during his two year stay ...

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Mathias Sammer’s Contributions To Borussia Dortmund

Matthias Sammer’s father, Klaus Sammer was a mainstay in Dynamo Dresden’s midfield for over a decade, in the process making 17 appearances for East Germany prior to Germany’s unification. It was only plausible that the young Sammer would follow his father’s lead in the beautiful game. Born in 1967, Sammer made his first team debut for Dynamo Dresden in 1985 ...

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The Timeline of Rivaldo

The 3Rs of Brazil – Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are still hailed as one of the best attacking partnerships the world has ever seen. More than a decade has passed since the Brazilian trio won the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are still in the limelight but Rivaldo, 43, who is still playing for a Brazilian second division ...

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The Timeline of Gary Lineker

Although it isn’t as popular as some of its wealthier counterparts like Manchester United’s, West Ham’s or even Southampton’s youth academy, Leicester City has contributed its fair share of stalwarts to English football. Some of them include Peter Shilton, David Nish, Steve Whitworth, Emile Heskey, as well as the controversial but undoubtedly successful Don Revie. Of all these perhaps the ...

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The Timeline of Thierry Henry

Very few players can boast of a career as illustrious and as trophy-laden as the legendary French forward Thierry Henry. Here’s a lowdown on his career: 1977: Thierry Daniel Henry was born to parents of Antillean heritage in the tough Parisian suburb of Les Ulis. 1990: Monaco sent scout Arnold Catalano to watch Henry, then at the age of 13 ...

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The Timeline of Carles Puyol

How often does it happen that when you think of a club – that one player donning the club’s colors is the first thing that springs to your mind? Not very often. It’s not common for one player to become a personification of over a hundred year old institution. But such has been the career and character of Carles Puyol ...

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Interesting Facts: Man Utd vs Liverpool + A Short tribute to Ryan Giggs

• Rivalries often transcend the boundaries of sport and are a manifestation of socio-economic conditions; this fierce rivalry falls in that category. In the late 19th century both Manchester and Liverpool were competing for control of North West for economic reasons. In 1894 the construction of Manchester Ship Canal meant that ships could bypass Liverpool and transport goods directly into ...

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The Timeline of Matt le Tissier

Written by Guest Author – Martin Gjorgjievski Southampton FC may not have a history as that of a giant club, but they have something that many big clubs lack – a loyal fan base. Based in the same-named city in Hampshire, with only one trophy, the FA Cup, in their shelves, Saints have a long list of laurels to check ...

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The Timeline of Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard, Lampard, he’ll kick the ball fifty yards, he’s six foot and really hard, Frank Lampard, Lampard. 1978: Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest were at the peak of their powers in 1978 as they won their first and only league title that year. The following year Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor along with their men won two consecutive European ...

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