Jim HoldenComment

VINTAGE OLSEN HAS MATURED

If Denmark have a chance of going to the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico there is little doubt Olsen will be around if wanted. However he has no ambitions to go into soccer management.

Jim HoldenComment
VINTAGE OLSEN HAS MATURED
Norman CutlerComment

RONNIE ALLEN AND THE VASCO PRESS

Ronnie Allen - and Presideat Oraa - rebuilt the sliding Athletic Bilbao league side in six short months. It was a football miracle in view of the alarming decline of the club's fortunes since 1956.

Norman CutlerComment
RONNIE ALLEN AND THE VASCO PRESS
Phillip EvansComment

ITALY'S LATEST GOLDEN BOY

The province of Varese is far to the north of Italy, almost a part of Switzerland, a narrow corridor of land sandwiched between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. 

Phillip EvansComment
ITALY'S LATEST GOLDEN BOY
Eric BattyComment

BRAZIL 1970 - THE REAL DEAL?

One of the most popular ideas of the moment it seems is that Brazil have learned the lessons of 1966, modernised their game and are all set to stage a really serious bid for the 1970 World Cup - the Mundial as it is known in Mexico.

Eric BattyComment
BRAZIL 1970 - THE REAL DEAL?
Roger MacDonaldComment

DEUTSCHLAND 66: HOPE AND EXPECTATION

Despite struggling so hard to reach the World Cup finals, West Germany present a serious obstacle to England's prospects and progress.

Roger MacDonaldComment
DEUTSCHLAND 66: HOPE AND EXPECTATION
Paddy AgnewComment

WATCH OUT FOR FLYING DONKEYS: CHIEVO 2001

"And Chievo?" All over Italy this autumn, or so it seems, that two-word question is on the lips of football fans, experts and commentators alike.

Paddy AgnewComment
WATCH OUT FOR FLYING DONKEYS: CHIEVO 2001
Eric BattyComment

JOSEPH JURION - THE COMPLETE PLAYER

A few weeks after leading Belgium to a deserved two-all draw against England at Wembley, Joseph Jurion, inside right and captain of RSC Anderlecht, strode out at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels to meet the French and earn his fiftieth cap.

Eric BattyComment
JOSEPH JURION - THE COMPLETE PLAYER
Jeff KingComment

THE BARCA LONER

On the final day of last season, Rivaldo scored an epic hat-trick in Barcelona's 3-2 win against Valencia. His last minute winner was an implausible bicycle-kick reminiscent of Pelé's clincher in the film Escape to Victory, the cinematic decoy helped Sylvester Stallone and co escape from a prisoner-of-war camp.

Jeff KingComment
THE BARCA LONER
Tom JaggerComment

A TOAST TO JIMMY DICKINSON: THE QUIET HERO

Be upstanding and raise your glasses, please, to a Member of the British Empire, and the No. 1 gentleman of soccer, Jimmy Dickinson.

Tom JaggerComment
A TOAST TO JIMMY DICKINSON: THE QUIET HERO
Paddy AgnewComment

TRAP ON TARGET: FIORENTINA 1999

"This Fiorentina side begin to remind me of my Juventus, the one with Platini, Boniek and Paolo Rossi, a team with great individual players capable of winning the match for you at any moment. The fact is that we can't hide it any more, we're now in line to win this championship.

Paddy AgnewComment
TRAP ON TARGET: FIORENTINA 1999
Jeff KingComment

THE TIME OF CUPER AND LOS CHE: 2001 - A VALENCIAN ODYSSEY

Valencia's unexpected run to last season's Champions League Final proved that even two group stages will not always filter out the troublesome upstart.

Jeff KingComment
THE TIME OF CUPER AND LOS CHE:  2001 - A VALENCIAN ODYSSEY
Keir RadnedgeComment

DEUTSCHLANDS EPIZENTRUM- A SHORT HISTORY OF FOOTBALL IN THE RUHR VALLEY

Some twelve cities across Germany will welcome fans to the 2006 World Cup finals - from Hamburg in the north to Munich in the south, from Leipzig in the east to Cologne in the west.

Keir RadnedgeComment
DEUTSCHLANDS EPIZENTRUM- A SHORT HISTORY OF FOOTBALL IN THE RUHR VALLEY
Jonathan ShallardComment

MIRACLE MAN: KEVIN KEEGAN'S NEWCASTLE 1994

Kevin Keegan was a remarkable footballer whose dedication, enthusiasm and spirit drove him to achievements way beyond those of perhaps more gifted but less committed stars.

Jonathan ShallardComment
MIRACLE MAN: KEVIN KEEGAN'S NEWCASTLE 1994
Paddy AgnewComment

TOTTI 2001: ROMA THERAPY

On a recent Monday afternoon, Roma and Italy playmaker Francesco Totti was out about town, enjoying his day off with his girlfriend, Maria Mazza.

Paddy AgnewComment
TOTTI 2001: ROMA THERAPY
Arthur RotmilComment

WILKINS, ROBSON, MANCHESTER UNITED AND A VERY ITALIAN OBSESSION

At 11.20 on the night of Wednesday, May 9, Milan president Giuseppe Farina called for champagne and ended one of the most extraordinary transfer sagas of Manchester United's eventful history.

Arthur RotmilComment
WILKINS, ROBSON, MANCHESTER UNITED AND A VERY ITALIAN OBSESSION
Keir RadnedgeComment

GUARDIOLA'S UNLIKELY HOME: PEP GOES TO BRESCIA

Brescia is not quite what Pep Guardiola had in mind when he decided, last June, to wait for the right club in the right city before picking up the threads of a career cast off in Barcelona.

Keir RadnedgeComment
GUARDIOLA'S UNLIKELY HOME: PEP GOES TO BRESCIA
Keir RadnedgeComment

TO FRANCE THE CUP, TO FOOTBALL THE GLORY. A REFLECTION ON EURO 84.

Over the years many, many people have tried to put an adequate label to the game of football.

Keir RadnedgeComment
TO FRANCE THE CUP, TO FOOTBALL THE GLORY. A REFLECTION ON EURO 84.
Eric BattyComment

INDEPENDIENTE 1964: TEAM OF THE FUTURE

To Argentinians, I'inchas who follow their favourite club week after week, football is an art. 

Eric BattyComment
INDEPENDIENTE 1964: TEAM OF THE FUTURE