There are many foreign players in English football today, but back in the 70s and 80s there were only a few. Some became club legends, others had disappointing spells with their club. This Daily Mail article
has lots of lovely 70s and 80s style pictures of many of these players, including Ardilles, Grobelaar, and, of course, a young Alex Sabella.
With the English Premier League season heading into its second week, The Guardian took the opportunity to publish a strange series of pictures
from photographer Ray Wright of some of the top footballers of the 1970s posing at home with their families and a few choice possessions such as vacuum cleaners, radios, moving boxes, tricycles, wallpaper, axes and globes.
: WE HAVE LOTS OF NEW FRIENDS
LON: WHAT ABOUT INVASION RUMOURS
FK: THOSE ARE THE FRIENDS I WAS MEANING
Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the ceasefire
which ended the ten-week Falklands War. The war began when Argentine forces invaded the nearly undefended British archipelago, and ended with a decisive British victory following a counter-invasion (which the US Navy had considered to be a “military impossibility
”). This war—in which 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 British soldiers, and 3 civilians were killed—is still a fresh memory for the countries involved, as seen from growing tensions between the Argentina and England sides at the World Cup in Brazil
. Only two current England players
and four current Argentina players
had been born when the war occurred.
Yesterday, during the pre-World Cup friendly between England and Peru being played at Wembley Stadium, there were three goals scored, but the moment that captured the most attention has been this unbelievable, incredible paper airplane toss
"On 25 November 1953
, an international football match was played between Hungary - then the world's number one ranked team, the Olympic champions and on a run of 24 unbeaten games, and England... The British press referred to it as the "Match of the Century" - the originators of the game, against the finest team in the world at that time." [more inside]
How many of the 114,580 people in Estadio Azteca on June 22, 1986, missed one or both of Diego Maradona’s goals against England because they were in the bathroom or buying a Budweiser? The two legendary goals that decided the World Cup quarterfinal occurred in quick succession shortly after the start of the second half. In the 51st minute, the Hand of God beat the hand of Shilton. Only four minutes later, while the outrage of English fans and players was still raw, El Diego received the ball in his own half, facing his own net. It took him 11 touches and 10.6 seconds to beat six opponents—Beardsley, Reid, Butcher (twice), Fenwick, and the goalkeeper, Shilton—and bury what many consider to be the greatest goal of all time.
lifted the FA Cup as skipper of Oxford University, represented them at five different sports ranging from athletics to real tennis, and once shared a 150-run partnership with WG Grace in the highest level of cricket.
His most notable achievement was captaining England in the first ever international football match though. About 4,000 spectators, including a "large number of ladies", gathered to watch the historic game against Scotland at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick on 30 November 1872."
Information on cricket salaries in England is difficult to find, though the amounts are acknowledged to be low; many cricketers take on a second job during the off-season. One of the top flight teams, Durham, is the first county fined for narrowly exceeding the total playing staff salary cap
for the year. As a cross-sport comparison, the top flight football (soccer) team wage bills for 2010-11
, and the team salary caps for rugby
In advance of Euro 2012, the Guardian has made animated histories
of six of the competitors: England
, the Republic of Ireland
. (Autoplay video in last six links.)
Despite evidence of extensive misconduct
, English football coach Harry Redknapp remains beloved in the hearts and minds of football fans.
Sometimes called the "Miracle on Grass
", the USA's 1-0 victory over England in the 1950 World Cup
is arguably the biggest upset in the history of the cup; when a team of school teachers, dishwashers, and postmen
beat the "Kings of Football". It was the Game of Their Lives.
Today, they had the chance
to do it again
A heartbreaking 10-minute documentary on Joe Gaetjens
who scored the single goal in the USA's shocking victory over England at the 1950 World Cup. Gaetjens was a Haitian accounting student at Columbia University who went to Europe shortly after the 1950 World Cup and returned to Haiti a few years later. His story
, and the story of the upset victory
, was until recently largely unknown in the US.
New Order's 1990 official World Cup song, World In Motion
, promised a new, actually listenable era in football songs. So what has England seen since then? The endearing Three Lions
for the hopes of Euro '96. Fat Les' Vindaloo
celebrated the marriage of matches and curries. Meat Pie Sausage Roll
celebrated the meal options of your average footie ground. On The Ball
celebrated the meteoric rise of Ant and Dec. In 2006, we had a novelty cover of a novelty song
, the unspeakable
, the unelectable
, and the so bad it loops round to genius
. [more inside]
"Geordie messiah to return - Kevin Keegan is returning to Newcastle United as manager".
Thus read the official statement issued by Newcastle United
heralding the improbable return of Kevin Keegan
to be manager of the club, the perennial under achievers in English football. [more inside]
"We're Hunting The Jews"
go the chants at the Feyenoord
soccer stadium in Rotterdam whenever Ajax
is in town. Supporters of Ajax, one of the top Dutch football clubs based in Amsterdam, call themselves "Jews" or "Super Jews"
based perhaps on historical Jewish communities. They wave Israeli flags
and wear Stars of David in one of the oddest traditions
in sport. Of course, the story wouldn't be complete without their opponents chanting "They've forgotten to gas you!" and hissing to mimic the gas chambers. Further complicating matters is the mosque being built
overshadowing Feyenoord's stadium. Ajax wants the Jewish symbolism
to stop to prevent further embarrassment, but this isn't the only case of "Jewish" clubs
in European football, and the reaction they provoke
Sir Clive Woodward to switch from rugby to football?
Sir Clive Woodward is the head coach of the England rugby union team. Appointed in 1997, he has had stunning success, including winning the 2003 Rugby World Cup
. On Tuesday, the Daily Mail
carried an incredible story: Woodward was planning to turn his back on rugby
in favour of association football (soccer). Premiership club Southampton appear to be his next port of call
with his ultimate aim, the England football team.
Is it possible for a head coach to switch sports like this? Many experts think not
. Is there any previous example of a coach switching sports like this?
It's time to send the team home:
"England has bred a contemporary culture of immoderation at every level, with particular reference to drinking and fighting. The recent Panorama
programme on weekend binge-drinking in city centres provided a wake-up call, as should the novelist Andrew O'Hagan's admirable essay
on current British attitudes to masculinity, reprinted in yesterday's G2." (via The Guardian)
England blew it.
Enlgand got off to a 1-0 lead before it was tied by Brazil. Even after Brazil was a man down they managed to score a goal and hold the lead for a victory. I really thought England was going to go all the way.
Goalkeepers: David Seaman, David James, Nigel Martyn, Defenders: Rio
Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Gareth Southgate, Wes Brown, Danny Mills,
Cole, Wayne Bridge, Martin Keown, Midfielders: David Beckham, Steven
Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Kieron Dyer, Nicky Butt, Owen Hargreaves, Joe
Strikers: Michael Owen, Emile Heskey, Teddy Sheringham, Robbie Fowler,
World Cup Fever!
The draw for the group stages of the FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan was made on 1st December. England got an awful draw: Argentina, Sweden and Nigeria. The USA look like they did much better: Portugal, Poland and one of the hosts, South Korea. As an Englishman, I'm pretty down about it at the moment.
Sunderland Football Club is having a contest where the lucky winner will get to be One of the Lads
for the entire season. That's right, the lucky winning fan will get to join the first team squad, travel with them to all away games, train and hang out with his Premiership heroes! There's even a Manchester United fan
trying to win... Don't you wish there was a similar contest for your
favorite [sport] club?
England 5 Germany 1
there is a god, and his name is Michael Owen