May 1993 Roberto Baggio of Juventus in action during th Uefa Cup Final match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. This photo is taken from Juve’s home leg in Turin. The Italian side won 3-0 at home and 3-1 in Dortmund, to secure a comfortable victory. Baggio scored twice in Germany; his namesake Dino (no relation) […]
June 1986 They don’t make players as cool as Socrates and Zico any more. Socrates â€“ is there a cooler name in football history? No, there isn’t â€“ apart from Zico, perhaps. Anyhow, here they are at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, celebrating Socrates’s winning goal against Spain in Group D. Either that or […]
Listening to The Guardian’s Barry Glendenning talk on the paper’s Football Weekly podcast about about how much his mate hated playing under Gary Megson â€“ Megson reputedly made said player trade in his Porsche for a shitter car â€“ made me think that perhaps I was being a bit harsh on Bolton fans, who didn’t […]
Itâ€™s been quite a year for Gareth Barry, heâ€™s gone from international occasional to Englandâ€™s most consistent performer and now there are rumours that Chelsea are preparing a Â£15m bid to bring him to the Bridge.
Stevie Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas staked their individual claims for the Premier Leagueâ€™s best midfielder yesterday with inspiring performances and a goal apiece that split the points. But, which one would you prefer in your team?
Tabloid hacks with the ability to put two and two together â€“ there are some out there â€“ have naturally decided that Juande Ramos, Spurs’ new head honcho, will raid the changing room at his former club Sevilla. Which all means that we’ll be seeing the likes of Fredi Kanoute and Daniel Alves playing at […]
In which Gus Poyet, Tottenham’s new sidekick, inflicts some awesome ‘karate goalness’ on Sunderland. And what a sublime chip from Gianfranco Zola to set Poyet up. Now, if Gus can only teach Jermaine Jenas to do that at Spurs, he will be on to something.
HEROES Rob Green Saved a last-gasp penalty (pictured) to snatch a point for West Ham at Pompey. Surely Green now has to be taken seriously for England’s No.1 shirt instead of Paul Robinson? Cesc Fabregas Showed off the full extent of his freakish maturity and talent with a wonderfully authoritative performance at Anfield. Stevie G […]
January 1980 Diego Maradona, aged 19, stretches as he prepares to get out of bed at home in Argentina. Note the teddy bear and I Love Soccer sticker on his wall. Aw, he was just like any other teenager â€“ except he was also the most talented young footballer in the world. And a teddy […]
The New York Giants practice prior to their NFL game (no, it’s not an exhibition match this time) against the Miami Dolphins, which will be played at Wembley Stadium tomorrow. The Giants should stomp all over the Dolphins, who have been abject this season: they have lost all seven of their games so far, whereas […]
GAME OF THE WEEK
Liverpool v Arsenal, Larwo 1-1, Pies 1-2
This is the first big test that Arsenal have faced this season and with Liverpool all but out of the Champions League, it couldn’t have come at a better time at Anfield with confidence low at Anfield.
If you are tempted by the prospect of buying Alan Hansen’s Sports Challenge â€“ one of those interactive DVD-style quiz things â€“ for your PC or console, then don’t. It’s poo, at least according to one reviewer from website RewiredMind, who savaged it: ‘Alan Hansenâ€™s Sports Challenge is an abomination of monstrous proportions. If youâ€™ve […]
Poor old ‘Arry’s face has been fighting a losing battle with gravity for as long as we can remember, not unlike his canine counterpart â€“ watch out Louise, it’s only a matter of until until Jamie does the same
Pro Evo wouldn’t be the same without a few amusing bugs and glitches, so it’s nice to know that the latest version of The Greatest Videogame Series Ever Made still has the capacity to f**k up at strange moments. This glitch is one of the funniest I’ve seen.
1 Partizan, Aston Villa, Real Zaragoza, Parma AC, Osasuna, Toronto FC (currently there on trial). Whose career? 2 Benelucky was the official mascot at which major football tournament? 3 What links Tomas Brolin, Hidetoshi Nakata, Tino Asprilla, Hernan Crespo, Lilian Thuram and Hristo Stoichkov? 4 Just one Scottish player was named in Pele’s ‘100 Greatest […]
According to reports, Martin Jol was actually sacked before last night’s kick-off â€“ great timing, no? I doubt Jol’s mind was on the match as much as it should have been, and that was reflected in Spurs’ tepid performance. Getafe are in the bottom three of Spain’s Primera Liga, and so this should have been […]
A solid home win for David Moyes’s men. Tim Cahill, who lasted 65 minutes before being substituted, scored on his return from a long-term injury. It’s hard to underestimate just how much Everton have missed the combative Aussie since he last played for them in March. He’s their key player, their talisman, their heartbeat. Mikel […]
In 1986, cult Birkenhead punk-folk band Half Man Half Biscuit â€“ one of John Peel’s favourite all-time groups â€“ released their infamous debut single, ‘The Trumpton Riots’. On the B-side was the almost-as-infamous track, ‘All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague away kit’, a wonderful study of adolescent rivalry and table football. Here’s […]