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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

MARADONA ARRIVES AT NAPOLI

The Italian city of Naples has gone beserk. All because of one man: Diego Armando Maradona.

SPARTA PRAGUE - A RETURN TO GLORY

The Spartak Praha Sokolovo football club is considered to be Czechoslovakia's best at present, but it is true to say that their glory goes far back into the past when it was known as AC Sparta. 

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.

MULLER, KIPS AND THE BIRTH OF DUTCH FOOTBALL

Inevitably the seeds of Dutch football were sown in England. 

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.

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.

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.

CREDIT TO CARVER!

 

Jesse Carver is 90 and living in Bournemouth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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