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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...

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...

Felix Gasselich, the former Ajax star and Austria Vienna legend, talks Cruyff, Rijkaard and...

The 1980s was a colourful decade for Ajax, in particular in terms of the relationship with club legend Johan Cruyff. After a domestic double in 1983 the icon was shown the door, the hierarchy deciding that the 36-year-old was...

The Magnificent Seven: remembering Lyon’s star-studded dominance of French football

Cast a backwards glance towards the exploits of the exalted Saint-Étienne squad that waltzed to eight titles in 12 years during the 1960s and 70s, the beguiling Jean-Pierre Papin-led Marseillais that strung together four consecutive league trophies as the...

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Diego Godín and José María Giménez: why the apprentice is ready...

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” That verse from the Book of Proverbs probably wasn’t written with Diego Godín and José...

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