Football History

5 most dramatic Europa League finals of all time

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 17:  Jose Mourinho manager of Chelseagives a thumbs up prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 17, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Espanyol vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 1988 Back then, Europa League was known as UEFA Cup and had two-legged finals. Spanish outfit Espanyol as well German representatives Bayer Leverkusen were both playing a European final for the first time. There looked to be a clear winner when Espanyol managed to preserve their 3-0 win from the first leg at home until the ...

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Five Major Moments in Frank Lampard’s Career

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“SUPER FRANKIE LAMPARD – LEGEND FOREVER C” (CC BY 2.0) by B3C22 One bit of news which will have got a few Chelsea fans misty-eyed recently was the confirmation that Stamford Bridge legend Frank Lampard had decided to hang up his boots at the age of 38. Here we take a look at some of the key moments that the Chelsea and England star ...

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Five famous brothers in football

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Bobby and Jack Charlton The English duo went on to win the 1966 World Cup at home. Bobby Charlton is regarded amongst the greatest players that England has produced and went on to enjoy a successful career at Old Trafford with Manchester United for whom he played in 758 games in all competitions and won numerous trophies. Jack, who played ...

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Five father-son duos who played for the same club

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Zinedine and Enzo Zidane (Real Madrid) In Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey fixture against Cultural Leonesa last weekend, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane introduced Enzo Zidane as a second half substitute in place of Isco, giving the 21-year-old his senior debut for the club. In the process, Enzo followed in his father’s footsteps to become the second Zidane to play ...

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5 greatest El Clasicos

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Barcelona 4-0 Real Madrid (2015) Lionel Messi hadn’t yet recovered from a leg injury and he, therefore, couldn’t make the starting line-up. Sergio Roberto was played out of position on the right wing, but the young Catalan proved up to the task with his sublime assist for Luis Suarez’s opening goal. Neymar doubled the lead in the 35th minute before ...

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Chapecoense and five other teams that perished in plane crashes

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The Brazilian football club Chapecoense have made rapid strides since their establishment in 1973 and reached the country’s top flight in 2014 for the first time since 1979. This year, they wrote another illustrious chapter in the club’s history after reaching the final of the Copa Sudamericana – the second tier continental competition in South America – for the first ...

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5 players who are known for their signature moves

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Cruyff turn Johan Cruyff debuted his turn at the 1974 World Cup against Sweden. The trick involves the player shaping to take a shot forward but instead using the instep to take the ball inwards in order to get away from his marker. The Dutch legend is synonymous with his exquisite skill which has since become quite common, being part ...

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5 former European champion clubs that have fallen way behind

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Nottingham Forest Forest won two successive European Cups, in 1979 and 1980. And still remain the only side in history to have won more European Cups than their top flight domestic title – they became champions of England in 1978. It is testament to the managerial abilities of Brian Clough who took a provincial, nondescript side to the top of ...

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Five Players with most World Cup triumphs

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Pele (1958, 1962 and 1970) Pele is regarded by many pundits as the greatest footballer of all time and the player himself never fails to assert his own greatness. There are many reasons for the former forward to be regarded as the greatest player in the history of the game, and his record at the World Cups is certainly one ...

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