Lev Yashin: the Black Spider

Silverware often guarantees a player’s place in football legend, but a lack of thereof does not necessarily tarnish a claim to the same status. A romantic player who shows elegance, beauty, and uniqueness is often the reason why sporting zealots around the world fall in love with our beautiful game. Players of this ilk should […]

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An ode to the diving header

It’s May 1987 and I’m at a family gathering in Hartlepool with the flotsam and jetsam of the Campbell household. The annual FA cup final game is playing on an ancient Rumbelows telly that’s buzzing with anticipation of what’s about to unfold. Already Coventry City and Tottenham Hotspur have conjured up a Saturday afternoon classic. […]

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The sharp rise and fall of Josimar

Prior to this summer’s World Cup, Brazil were hit by an injury in a department that was far from its greatest strength. Right back Dani Alves of Paris Saint-Germain damaged knee ligaments in the French Cup final and suddenly the race was on to find his replacement. Despite initial worries, the two faced with replacing […]

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Debuts Part 19: Alan Ball

PAUL MCPARLAN fondly recalls Everton’s popular World Cup-winning midfield dynamo On 13 August 1966, the FA Cup holders Everton were playing league champions Liverpool in the Charity Shield at Goodison Park. Both trophies were displayed – along with the Jules Rimet trophy – by Everton’s Ramon Wilson and Liverpool’s Roger Hunt. It was a display […]

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Debuts Part 4: Hans Gillhaus

MARK GORDON recalls Aberdeen’s Dutch mystery man and his instant love affair with the Don’s faithful Hans Gillhaus’ first season at PSV Eindhoven turned out to the best in the club’s history, culminating in a European Cup triumph against Benfica. Gillhaus scored three goals in the cup-run, in a side which also featured Ronald Koeman. […]

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Raheem Sterling: a valuable currency

As the dust settled and the blood slowly stopped thudding around people’s brains, the reality set in that England, yes England, had won a penalty shoot-out in a World Cup knockout game to progress to the 2018 quarter-finals. Understandably, a lot has been written and said in the wake of England’s victory over Colombia. Scrolling through social […]

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