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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 the pragmatic Cesare Maldini led Italy’s exciting under-21s to three straight European titles

From cup finals to Olympic Games and even Formula One, the Estadio de Montjuic had seen it all in the first seven decades since its inauguration. Few events, however, could match the final of the 1996 Under-21 European Championship...

How Maurizio Sarri forged his philosophy during three entertaining Empoli years

Empoli avoided relegation from Serie B in rather fortuitous circumstances during the 2011/12 season. The Tuscan outfit found themselves in the pressurising palaver of the relegation playoff after finishing 18th. Dropping down to the third tier of Italian football...

The ghosts of Pripyat: how the Chernobyl disaster ended the progress of a promising...

On 26 April 1986, an incident occurred at a nuclear power plant near the little-known city of Pripyat in Ukraine that would result in global ramifications in the approach towards nuclear energy. During a routine safety test, a nuclear...

Inside Coverciano, the thinkers’ factory producing world-class coaches

On the outskirts of Florence, near the foot of the beautiful Fiesole hills, there is a regular assembly of several aspiring minds. Every year, these aspiring coaches get together at the Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano in the hope...

My Side: how Howard Kendall’s Everton broke Liverpool’s stranglehold on the domestic game in...

Senior writer Paul Mc Parlan, who watched Everton all season, discusses how Howard Kendall’s Toffees progressed from being surprise FA Cup winners in 1984 to dominating the First Division, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup and narrowly missing out on...

“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...

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...

“Incremental change is not enough”: women’s football and the battle against the authorities

She can deftly flick the ball like Lionel Messi; she can astutely dribble past defenders like Messi; she even wears the number 10 jersey for Argentina, like Messi. But whatever you do, don’t call her Lionel Messi. “I really...

UEFA and their plans to run the world of football

Gianni Infantino’s unopposed re-election as the president of FIFA breezed by recently, an occurrence that passed with fewer eyebrows being raised than there were when social media footage emerged of him taking one of the poorest corner kicks you...

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My Side: how Howard Kendall’s Everton broke Liverpool’s stranglehold on the...

Senior writer Paul Mc Parlan, who watched Everton all season, discusses how Howard Kendall’s Toffees progressed from being surprise FA Cup winners in 1984...

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