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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.

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.

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