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The Man who Fell to Earth

Whilst barely remembered now, few men can have created more headlines around the world for one incident than Chile goalkeeper Roberto Rojas, often known as the Condor for the way he swoped and dived around his goalmouth.. At the time, the image of Rojas prone on the floor bleeding caused shock waves around the world, until photographer’s stills of the ...

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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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Marcelo Bielsa Quotes: Best Quotes on Marcelo Bielsa

Although he has won comparatively little in his long career – a couple of Argentine league titles and an Olympics gold medal – Marcelo Bielsa, a man known as El Loco (The Crazy) is renowned amongst his fellow professionals as one of the greatest coaches in the world. Bielsa is known for his dedication, obsession with the opposition, eye for ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The Battle of Santiago

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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