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The legend called Paolo Di Canio

There are a few characters in world football as maverick as the Italian legend Paolo di Canio. A genius on the pitch, he was capable of executing the most audacious of skills with panache, but at the same time equally volatile many a times to the detriment of his own team. Di Canio was born in an area of Rome ...

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The Timeline of Gary Lineker

Although it isn’t as popular as some of its wealthier counterparts like Manchester United’s, West Ham’s or even Southampton’s youth academy, Leicester City has contributed its fair share of stalwarts to English football. Some of them include Peter Shilton, David Nish, Steve Whitworth, Emile Heskey, as well as the controversial but undoubtedly successful Don Revie. Of all these perhaps the ...

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The Timeline of Thierry Henry

Very few players can boast of a career as illustrious and as trophy-laden as the legendary French forward Thierry Henry. Here’s a lowdown on his career: 1977: Thierry Daniel Henry was born to parents of Antillean heritage in the tough Parisian suburb of Les Ulis. 1990: Monaco sent scout Arnold Catalano to watch Henry, then at the age of 13 ...

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The Timeline of Carles Puyol

How often does it happen that when you think of a club – that one player donning the club’s colors is the first thing that springs to your mind? Not very often. It’s not common for one player to become a personification of over a hundred year old institution. But such has been the career and character of Carles Puyol ...

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Interesting Facts: Man Utd vs Liverpool + A Short tribute to Ryan Giggs

• Rivalries often transcend the boundaries of sport and are a manifestation of socio-economic conditions; this fierce rivalry falls in that category. In the late 19th century both Manchester and Liverpool were competing for control of North West for economic reasons. In 1894 the construction of Manchester Ship Canal meant that ships could bypass Liverpool and transport goods directly into ...

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The Timeline of Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard, Lampard, he’ll kick the ball fifty yards, he’s six foot and really hard, Frank Lampard, Lampard. 1978: Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest were at the peak of their powers in 1978 as they won their first and only league title that year. The following year Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor along with their men won two consecutive European ...

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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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Indian Super League: Hit or Miss?

India, FIFA ranking 158, has started its expedition to make it among the giants of world football. The highest ever ranking achieved by the country, with over 1.2 billion people, is 94 and that happened almost two decades ago. Yes, India is a sleeping giant, when it comes to football. But, is ISL the answer? The most famous player and ...

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