Tag Archives: FIFA World Cup

Portrait of an iconic manager – Vicente del Bosque


  Vicente del Bosque was a product of the Real Madrid youth academy who went on to have a successful 16-year association with Los Blancos’ first team. The midfielder went on to make over 500 appearances for the Spanish giants across all competitions and won five league titles as well as four Copa del Reys during his time at the ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The Battle of Santiago

World Cup Finals, 1962. Santiago, Chile. 2nd June, 1962. Italy 0 v Chile 2.  English referee Ken Aston tries to bring order after fighting broke out between Italian and Chilean players during their group two match dubbed as "The Battle of Santiago".  Chile's Sanchez (11) lies injured after being fouled by an Italian player

The 1962 World Cup match between Chile and Italy has gained notoriety for being one of the most violent and lawless football matches ever played. That entire competition was littered with disciplinary infractions, but what happened in the game between the hosts and the Italians took the indiscipline to a whole new level. The stage for the ‘battle’ was set ...

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Great football records set by Alfredo Di Stefano’s Real Madrid

(FILES) Real Madrid's players (from L) Frenchman Raymond Kopa, Rial, Argentinian-born Alfredo Di Stefano, Hungarian-born Ferenc Puskas and Gento pose before the start of a Liga football match 06 June 1959 at Santagio Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.  Hungarian football legend Ferenc Puskas, the inspiration of the "Mighty Magyars" national side that dominated world football in the 1950s, has died after a long illness, the national Hungarian agency MTI reported 17 November 2006. He was 79. AFP PHOTO FILES + SPAIN OUT  (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Football history is littered with stories of exceptional teams that defined a whole era with their qualities. Some teams were renowned for their innovative tactics like Budapest Honved of Hungary, while others were renowned for their impressive trophy hauls like Liverpool during the 1970s and 80s and Ajax Amsterdam of 1970s etc. Then there were some who wowed the world ...

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20 Interesting & Quirky Facts about the 1930 FIFA World Cup


1. Many countries declined the invitation to the tournament since Uruguay seemed too far. Overseas journey was the only feasible option then as the commercial aviation really took off after half-a-century (mid 50s) of Wright Brother’s invention in 1903. 2. It was the first and the last tournament in FIFA World Cup history to have more countries from South America ...

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