Golden Goal Part 7: Andrew Cole

DAN WILLIAMSON looks at a goal that, perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing, was hugely important to Manchester United’s “treble” in 1999.  “Full speed ahead Barcelona,” uttered enthusiastically and memorably by the ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley, are four words seared into the brains of Manchester United fans of a certain age. The stage for the […]

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Rubén Suñé’s Leap of Faith

Rubén Suñé was desperately looking for a way out. In 1984, two years after the curtain had fallen on his playing career, the former Boca Juniors captain sought to end his own life. Since hanging up his boots severe depression had tightened its grip on Suñé, as he was increasingly unable to imagine life without […]

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Climbing the Coaching Ladder

Eighteen years ago I stepped into a small windowless room for a careers interview at the local college. The lady tasked with advising me asked about my future aspirations. “I want to be a football coach or a sports journalist,” I bullishly told her. “They are both competitive fields and your expected grades aren’t good […]

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