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Emiliano Sala – the finest striker Cardiff never had

In January 2019, Cardiff City were struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League. They had been promoted from the Championship the previous season, finishing runners-up to Wolves, but, like many teams, they found the step up in leagues a big challenge, and soon were in the relegation zone. A big problem for them was a lack of goals ...

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The day the Babes died

The Busby Babes were the finest team to emerge in England in the period after the Second World War. The term was coined by a journalist to describe a Manchester United team whose average age was between 21 and 22, and the majority of whom were home-grown under their charismatic Scottish manager Matt Busby, They won the league championship in ...

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Grande Torino – the Immortals

When people nowadays talk about great Italian teams they tend to think of Juventus, AC and Inter Milan, Napoli and perhaps Roma. However, for anybody who lived through the 1940s, there was only one side and that was Turin – known as Grade Torino. Between 1943 and 1949 they won dive successive Serie A titles – the Scudetto was not ...

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Air Crashes involving Footballers

Whilst air travel statistically is the safest form of travel, things can and do go wrong and, when they do, they tend to have catastrophic consequences for those involved. Since commercial air travel became a viable opposition after the end of the Second World War, unfortunately there have been players and even entire teams that have died in air crashes. ...

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Zambian national team air crash – a nation mourns

The air crash that killed the entire Zambia national team in April 1993 was a tragedy not only for those involved and their family and friends, but it was a disaster for the whole country ss well, and resulted in a national outpouring of grief. A golden generation of players were cut down in their prime, just when they had ...

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The Battle of Santiago

The most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game”. Those were the words used by British commentator David Coleman to describe the group game between the hosts Chile and Italy in the 1962 World Cup. It has become known simply as the “Battle of Santiago”. Chile had been awarded the World Cup ...

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Biggest games played at Wembley

For nearly a century, Wembley Stadium in London, England, has staged major sporting events. There have been some fantastic soccer matches played at England’s national stadium. Recent years has also seen the NFL cross the pond with some of their top teams playing on the hallowed Wembley turf. Here’s a look back at Wembley’s biggest games. The 1966 World Cup ...

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Jack Charlton Quotes: A Tribute to Jack Charlton

Football lost a legendary character in July of this year when Jack Charlton died. A centre-half with the legendary Leeds side of Leeds United and Don Revie, he became a national hero when he, together with his younger brother Bobby Charlton, lifted the World Cup with England. He then went into management and achieved success with the Irish national team, ...

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Newcastle vs Sunderland rivalry: History, Head to Head, Trophies

Introduction The Tyne-Wear derby describes the rivalry between the two clubs of Newcastle United and Sunderland.  It is one of the most hotly contested rivalries in English football, focused on two cities that are located some 11 miles apart in the North-East of England. It is so-named because each city has a major river running through it – The Tyne ...

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Celtic vs Rangers rivalry: History, Head to Head, Trophies

Introduction On 31st March 2019, two teams will meet for the 416th time in what is arguably the most fiercely contested derby in Europe. The Old Firm contest – Celtic vs Rangers is much more than a football match between two sides from the south-west and the east of Glasgow. It is a clash of identities in which a potent ...

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