Holland 1974 Amazingly, despite its place in footballing folklore, the much-heralded era of ‘Total Football’ never actually landed the Dutch a major international trophy. Cruyff and co. may have taught the world groundbreaking new lessons about technique and teamwork and established themselves as the team that everyone wanted to watch but nobody wanted to play […]
AZERBAIJANI The specific nationality of the celebrated ‘Russian linesman’ (real name Tofik Bakhramov), who flagged for Geoff Hurst’s controversial second goal to stand against the West Germans in ’66. In his memoirs, he revealed that he thought the ball had actually bounced out of the net and not off the crossbar. ——————————————————— BOOT OF PAUL […]
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I became obssessed with the World Cup from an early age. It was the quarter-final stage of 1986 that sealed it. I didn’t quite realise the significance of England’s defeat to Argentina or just how seriously and shamelessly our nation’s pockets had been picked by that man Maradona (or how good the other goal was, […]
adidas Telstar (1970, Mexico) The first white football ever to be decorated with black pentagons. Mexico 1970 was the first live televised FIFA World Cup and the revolutionary design of Telstar (the name derives from ‘Star of Television’) made the ball far more visible on black and white television. Until this day, the adidas Telstar […]
The harsh hand of history can deal its fate so cruelly. Just ask this gifted bunch who should have basked in the global spotlight, but sadly never got the chance… Bernd Schuster ‘The Blonde Angel’ was a playmaking genius with oodles of verve and talent and a dollop of bad attitude for equal measure. Unfortunately, […]