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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.