Remembering The Glory Days at Parma, Once One Of Italy’s Most Iconic Teams
In the early nineties, Parma underwent a remarkable transformation from a lower-league side to European marauders. Their collapse was similarly spectacular, and was symbolic of an era of decline in Serie A.
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How Zinedine Zidane’s France Won World Cup ‘98
An iconic tournament for many, World Cup ‘98 saw Les Bleus lift the Jules Rimet on home turf. Here’s how Zinedine Zidane and his teammates did it, and what victory for the ‘rainbow nation’ meant for France.
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The Tragedy Of David Seaman Getting Lobbed By Ronaldinho at the 2002 World Cup
To this naive child of the nineties, David Seaman was a ponytailed and moustachioed hero who could do no wrong. Then he got lobbed by Ronaldinho, and the skies fell in.
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When Manchester United and Liverpool Launched Their Own Lagers, and Failed
While it may seem implausible now, some of the biggest clubs in England once attempted to brand their own tinnies. Accused of encouraging hooliganism and drunkenness, they were forced to back down.
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How The ‘Butcher of Bilbao’ Almost Ended Diego Maradona’s Career
On 24 September 1983, the man fans called ‘Goiko’ committed one of the most infamous fouls in the history of the game. It would lead to poisonous bad blood between him and Maradona, ending in mayhem at the final of the Copa del Rey a year later.
Charting Marc Overmars’ Unlikely Comeback Four Years After Bowing Out at Barca
Overmars was forced to retire in 2004 owing to a nagging knee injury, and for many his time as a player ends there. Often forgotten, however, is his unexpected swansong in the Dutch second tier.
Le Tournoi de France
Le Tournoi: The Forgettable Competition with an Immortal Highlight
It has been 20 years since Le Tournoi gave football one of the greatest goals of all time. Roberto Carlos' strike lit up the competition, but it was England who triumphed in this oft-forgotten international contest.
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We Asked Football Manager Whether Corbyn or May Would Do Better at the 2018 World Cup
With a hung parliament in session and Britain in an absolute state, one of Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn is going to have to sort out Brexit. To determine who would do a better job, we asked Football Manager, for some reason.
Steve McManaman, The First British Galactico
Though he was an unlikely superstar in many ways, Steve McManaman was the harbinger of the Galacticos era. Here’s how the scampish former Spice Boy ushered in a lavish age at Real Madrid.
The Enduring Significance of Walter Tull To English Football
As well as serving with distinction in the First World War, Tull was one of the first black footballers to grace the top tier of English football. Though his life was cut short, his legacy is alive and well.
FOOTBALL AND BETTING
English Football Has A Gambling Problem – Is It Time To Seek Help?
The betting industry is now "at the beating heart of the beautiful game," but a raft of recent incidents have raised serious questions about the relationship between football and gambling.
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The Legacy of The ‘Cricket Test’, A Tory Yardstick For Immigrant Integration
Speaking in 1990, Conservative grandee Norman Tebbit suggested immigrants could not be truly loyal to Britain without supporting the England cricket team. His comments have shown remarkable longevity, regardless of their lack of merit.
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