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“We will dedicate our seventh goal to our wives”: the complacency that gifted Algeria...

“If we lose this match I will throw myself into the Mediterranean Sea.” Such was the certainty with which the West Germany manager, Jupp Derwall, approached his country’s opening match at the 1982 World Cup. The reigning European champions were...

The day Senegal embarrassed France, the defending champions, at the World Cup

France went into the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan as double champions, having won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. They had a star-studded squad that boasted names such as Lilian Thuram, Thierry Henry, Marcel...

Liverpool and the defiant heroics of Istanbul

“We were walking towards the dressing room at half-time and the Milan players were already celebrating. We could see them and hear them singing.” At the interval, the Liverpool players think they’re done. It’s an occasion dripping with emotion....

How North Korea stunned the world by beating Italy at the 1966 World Cup

The 1966 World Cup will be remembered for more than England being crowned as world champions for the first and, so far, only time. It was during the same tournament that one of the greatest shock results in international...

“The tactical achievement of the decade”: how Greece conquered a continent to win Euro...

“The Greeks have made football history. It’s a sensation,” hailed Greece’s German coach, the wily Otto Rehhagel. “There are always surprises. This time we are the surprise.” And what a surprise they were. Greece, who had never so much as...

Wilf Rostron and the controversial ban that forced him to miss Watford’s 1984 FA...

It’s 28 April 1984. As Watford take on local rivals Luton in a Division One match at Kenilworth Road, an incident takes place in the 40th minute that will have serious implications for the visitors and their skipper. From...

The life, death and resurrection of Budapesti Atlétikai Klub, the Hungarian team reborn after...

On the opening day of the 2018/19 season, there was a new, yet faintly familiar, name on the fixture list for the BLSZ III, the sixth tier of the Hungarian league. Budapesti Atlétikai Klub, or BAK, had been missing...

Alessandro Nesta: the final breed of calcio’s impeccable central defender

Footballers are a unique breed unlike any other in professional sports today. Disparity derives from regional and sociocultural influences and their impact on methods of preparation, overall style of play, and most importantly, the pride shown when representing one’s...

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How the pragmatic Cesare Maldini led Italy’s exciting under-21s to three...

From cup finals to Olympic Games and even Formula One, the Estadio de Montjuic had seen it all in the first seven decades since...

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