SABA, TRACTOR AND THE FLEX OF THE MILITARY
Fate would dictate that Saba Qom and Tractor Sazi would meet in the Hafzi Cup last sixteen. The match would turn out to be ill-tempered and tempestuous - one which would see Tractor Sazi finish with nine men - but also one that would bring the two clubs’ mounting tensions to a head.
SCARED TO GET HAPPY: THE LACK OF ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS IN EUROPE
"“I asked a Spanish reporter if any big clubs in the Peninsula had eyes on British stars.”
“I don’t think so,” he said. “You have some grand craftsmen, but the Spanish prefer artistes, of which you have only a dozen or so. It’s also exceptional for British professionals to be happy abroad.”"
COULD A BALKAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE EVER WORK?
“We cannot go back. We all have our countries and we all want to be winners and have our teams play in Europe,” says Davor Suker, head of the Croatian FA, when he was asked about the reformation of a united Balkan league encompassing all of the former Yugoslavian countries.
A WHITE ELEPHANT AMONG WHITE ELEPHANTS
On September third, the Republic of Korea played Laos as part of their qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup. But instead of playing in the Seoul World Cup stadium, or any other World Cup stadium for that matter, they played in the Hwaseong Stadium, built four years ago, in the middle of nowhere, and without a professional tenant club.
WAR, BROKEN ARMS AND COVENTRY CITY
Bosnian footballers have been no strangers to European Football; Safet Sušić was one of the greatest players of his generation in the 80s, and since the nation’s independence, Elvir Bolić and Hasan Salihamidžić have both picked up Champions League medals with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.