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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.

ZLATAN: THE LEARNING CURVE

No doubt about it Ajax have been the surprise team in this season's Champions League. After three years away from Europe's leading club competition, few expected the Dutch champions to reach the quarter-finals at the expense of other, wealthier sides such as Arsenal and Roma.

GERMANY PREPARE YOURSELF: THE DAWN OF THE BUNDESLIGA

After next year's summer interval, association football in West Germany will be completely reorganised.

INTER - THE SICK JOKE OF EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

How many more times can the tattered reputation of Internazionale of Milan be called into question before the Italian federation take special powers to investigate in depth this most controversial of European clubs?

THE EXPLOSIVE ARRIVAL OF PIERINO PRATI

Gianni Rivera’s 89th minute winner against Brescia at San Siro on March 31, 1968, secured for AC Milan the ninth Italian championship in their history, for this win gave them a nine-point lead at the top of the league and with only four games left to play they could not be caught.

VERSATILITY FOR SUCCESS: THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL TACTICS - 1966

Not many years ago "talent" was everything, and given reasonable fitness and the will to win, a talented player could be relied upon to win matches and pull in big crowds.

HAS KEEGAN MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE?

It's 1977.....

FLÓRIÁN ALBERT: THE FUTURE OF HUNGARY

Since the great Kocsis, Hidegkuti, Puskas team of the nineteen-fifties broke up; Hungarian football fans have been looking to young stars to re-establish Budapest among the Continent's football centres.

THE TAKING OF BECKHAM 2003

David Beckham lingered longest on the Old Trafford pitch after Manchester United's  aggregate defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.  He will have no doubt been reflecting on his role in a most remarkable European Cup tie. But he may also have been reaching the inevitable conclusion that his lifelong love affair with Manchester United is coming to a close.

BAN THIS UNFAIRNESS TO 'KEEPERS

It seems fairly certain now that FIFA will bring in legislation during 1966 to prohibit charging the goalkeeper. In effect, an unwritten law to this extent is already in force throughout the Continent and South America. Thus, Britain alone will be affected.

THE SUMMER IS IMPORTANT: ENGLISH FOOTBALL IN THE SHADOW OF THE 1966 WORLD CUP

Somewhere along the line there had to be a calming influence, for the draw for the World Cup Finals in London early in January threw the domestic soccer season into something of a panic.

NO ROOM FOR TIKI TAKA, WE WANT TO KICK MANCHESTER UNITED: BERND, DIEGO AND THE BRUTALITY OF BARCA 84

Barcelona’s Camp Nou is as awesome as ever, its tiers rising endlessly, obliterating a clear, winter's sky. The place exudes prosperity and arrogance, seemingly challenging the world to match its majesty. But linger here, mingle with the customers, listen to the players and watch the football. Then the senses communicate an entirely different story of this enormous club.

SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS: THE REAL MADRID BLUEPRINT 1965

It has been said by the critics that one man cannot make a team, yet when Argentina-born Alfredo Di Stéfano flew the Atlantic to join Real Madrid in 1953, it marked the beginning of an era in which the blond centre-forward led the club to real greatness.  Champions eight times in eleven seasons, Real became the most famed and most feared club side of all time, and at the height of their power between 1956 and 1960, set up what will probably remain an all-time record by taking the European Cup five times in a row.

THIS IS SANTOS: 1962

During the last two or three years it has become increasingly apparent that sooner or later Santos would wrest the ‘World's-best’ tag from Real Madrid, and now that it has happened only those who wear blinkers will be surprised.

IF ENGLAND ARE NOT INFERIOR, WHY HAVE WE FAILED?

By now we should be accustomed to English failure. By now we should have learned the lessons from a decade of disappointment. Alas, nothing changes.

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