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How Rivaldo, Cafu and Djalminha turned Palmeiras’ class of ’96 into one of Brazilian...

In 1942, with the Second World War centre-stage as the all-consuming virus of the globe, a team from the Brazilian state of São Paulo was reborn. Up until that point, the club of the Italian community was named Palestra...

“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...

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....

When Spain needed 11 goals in 90 minutes to qualify for Euro 84, they...

Before the glory days, Spanish fans often had very little to cheer about. The side the modern supporter now associates with international excellence had won just one international title before their Euro 2008 triumph in Vienna. That Nations Cup...

How Ajax upset the Champions League’s established order: in-depth analysis from an unforgettable season

The Champions League has been pretty tedious at times in recent years. They say that variety is the spice of life, but we rarely get that in the latter stages of Europe’s primary competition. It’s the same old teams...

The madness of Luciano Gaucci, the owner who took Perugia to Serie A through...

In central Italy, perched on a hill overlooking the River Tiber, sits the beautiful city of Perugia. The capital of the Umbrian region is a maze of cobbled alleys, picturesque piazzas and stunning palazzi. Known as a university town,...

Out of the Shadows: England’s 1982 World Cup story

The 1982 World Cup was a tournament of legendary highs, great games, wonderful goals and endless controversy. From Brazil’s Ginga and Italy’s catenaccio to the swagger of France and the machine of West Germany, for those who watched it,...

The ever-changing perception of Heurelho Gomes, one of the Premier League’s greatest enigmas

Can a goalkeeper be too eccentric? From the hulking giant Oliver Kahn to the comparatively small but equally outrageous Jorge Campos, clearly many great glovesmen have prowled the goalmouth with a hint of madness. But in England, nurtured by...

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