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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.

MARACANA UPSET BRINGS ROBSON BREATHING SPACE

If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same...

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.

INDEPENDIENTE 1964: TEAM OF THE FUTURE

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

REVIVING BENFICA: THE RETURN OF BELA GUTTMANN

Early in August, Bela Guttmann returned to Lisbon to be greeted at the airport by a wildly enthusiastic crowd of players, directors and fans all hysterically delighted to welcome him home.

FLASHPOINT 1963: THE KIDNAP OF ALFREDO DI STÉFANO

Last year, Alfredo Di Stefano, Spanish footballs famed 'Blond Arrow', starred in a film whose plot hinged on his being kidnapped on the eve of a big match.

LAMENT FOR A LOST SCOTLAND

Only those who have to take off their shoes when they want to count to twenty will ever believe Scotland will one day win the World Cup.

PSV AND REFLECTIONS ON ITALIA 90: ROBSON SETS HIS TROPHY TARGET

Bobby Robson's wipes the sweat from his brow after pushing himself through a tough training session with his players, surveys his new working conditions, and admits: "I love it here!"

A LAST HURRAH: THE DECLINE OF DYNAMO DRESDEN

Dynamo Dresden, banned from Europe for two years, may never be seen again on the international scene.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING GASCOIGNE

The apotheosis of Paul Gascoigne, when he bestrode the field, set up three goals, and scored a magnificent fourth against the Czechs, was one more episode on the long, depressing history of England teams and brilliant individuals.

THE DEATH OF DYNAMITE

It was the end of an era, the day the old Idraetsparken died.

THE DUCKLING THAT TURNED SWAN: THE RISE OF BRONDBY

The rise and rise of Brondby is a fairytale in the best traditions of one of Denmark's most famous sons, Hans Christian Andersen. The irresistible parallel is to the story of the ugly duckling.

BATTLING BACK - GULLIT FINDS HIS TRUE FRIENDS

At last - after 30 months, a fit Ruud Gullit is back in football. 

KEVIN ALLEN'S ITALIA'90 WORLD CUP VIDEO DIARY

Kevin Allen's Italia'90 World Cup video diary

LINEKER'S LEGACY

Gary Lineker announced at a press conference on September 21 that he will retire at the end of the J-League’s second stage.

CALCIO, COKE AND CARNITINA

He left like a thief in the night, slipping out of Italy via Rome airport in the early hours of April 2, 1991. For once, Diego Armando Maradona's return to his native Buenos Aires was not accompanied by a blaze of publicity.

 

BARCELONA'S GREATEST EVER PLAYER

For Kubala, the last European Cup Final was almost certainly the great­est disappointment of a long and honour packed career.

FORGET THE WORLD CUP: THE FUTURE ACCORDING TO SILVIO BERLUSCONI

Forget the World Cup. Never mind the European Championship. Wave goodbye to the European Champions' Cup, the Cup-winners' Cup and the UEFA Cup. They're passé. History. Yesterday's news.

THE MAN WHO MADE GAZZA CRY

Referees do not need the help of television sets, video replays or any other modern gadgets to help them make decisions.

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