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Five lesser known players to win the Ballon d’Or

Josef Masopust (1962) The Czechoslovakia midfielder won the 1962 Ballon d’Or after garnering 65 votes – 12 more than Benfica legend Eusebio and a further 32 more than 1. FC Koln’s Karl-Heinz Schnellinger. Masopust, a box-to-box midfielder, was the driving force behind Czechoslovakia’s run to the final of the 1962 World Cup; he also scored in the final against Brazil ...

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Today in football history: 2006 Calciopoli Scandal

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In the 2005/06 Serie A season, Juventus raced their way to the title and wrapped up the league, having finished 15 points ahead of Inter Milan but instead of being awarded the Scudetto the Old Lady were relegated to Serie B after a match-fixing scandal dubbed Calciopoli came to light. The scandal was uncovered in May 2006 and it implicated ...

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Top 5: Best Soccer Players of all-time

Pele If we just let the numbers do the talking, then it is very hard to argue against Pele being the best player in the history of the game. The Brazilian legend went on to win three World Cups! Yes, three. He was part of the Brazil national teams that won the prestigious title in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He ...

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English clubs’ five-year ban from Europe

Hooliganism in English football has been deep-rooted. Although incidents of hooliganism have become very rare in modern football, the horrible scenes during the early days of the ongoing European Championship brought it all to focus once again. The English supporters started creating trouble during their stay in Marseille before their team’s opening fixture in the competition. Things took an ugly ...

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Top 5 Solo performances in football

Diego Maradona vs. England at the Estadio Azteca (1986 World Cup) There are few individual performances that can rival Maradona’s in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina’s hated rivals England. The Argentine captain put in a performance that defeated the Three Lions both with his incredible play as well has his mendaciousness. The match saw Maradona put his team ...

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Top 5 Soccer Underdog Stories

Leicester City win the 2015/16 Premier League At a time when club football has seen the biggest talents being concentrated at the top European clubs, it has become increasingly difficult for the smaller teams to win major titles. In the prevailing circumstances what happened during the 2015/16 Premier League season is simply unbelievable. The Foxes desperately avoided relegation in the ...

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5 Biggest Soccer Controversies of all-time

  The hand of god Diego Maradona was a fierce competitor. He wasn’t one to let go off any opportunity to gain advantage even if it was through illegal means. And England bore the brunt of his conniving ways, when he blatantly scored with his hand in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final to give his team the lead against the ...

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Greatest European Championship Teams – II

France 2000 France were the world champions going into the European Championship in 2000, and it would be no exaggeration to say that they had got significantly stronger in the two intervening years. The midfield was at time impenetrable with three tacklers Patrick Vieira, Didier Deschamps and Emmanuel Petit negating any attacking move of the opposition well before it reached ...

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The Greatest European Championships Teams

West Germany 1972 Back in the 1970s, West Germany were at the peak of their game. The national team, which comprised of a core of players plying their trade for Bayern Munich, went on to reach three successive major international finals: the 1974 World Cup triumph sandwiched between the 1972 and 1976 European Championships finals. Their team at the 1972 ...

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