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The chaotic clash between Germany and Holland at San Siro: Frank Rijkaard spits on...

On June 24, 1990 – two high voltage matches took place. In the afternoon, an unimpressive Argentina knocked out the favourites Brazil in Turin courtesy of Holy Water Scandal and in the evening at the iconic San Siro Stadium,...

The forgotten Yugoslavian side of Italia 90

Introduction   Those were the days when teams from Eastern Europe were a powerhouse in World Football. Hungary and Austria gave football a lot to relish. The former Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia were feared and respected. The Polish side were highly...

Cameroon and Roger Milla: The delight of Italia 90

A sad exit in Spain   For the first time, 24 teams competed in the FIFA World Cup 1982 in Spain where two teams from Africa featured. One of them was Algeria, who shocked the European Champions Germany in the opening...

Phil Foden: The talent with a bright future

Manchester City script a rout against Burnley. They netted five goals and it seems the break of COVID-19 Pandemic did a world of good for Pep Guardiola's side. Whenever they take the field, they go for the kill. They...

Liverpool script a goalless return

While many of the fans were eagerly waiting for the match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad, they could not but miss the Derby at Goodison Park. After all, almost after 100-plus days, the toast of the English Premier...

Real Madrid overcome the Sociedad threat

At Reale Arena in San Sebastian, the contest was tight. It is not always important to go on for an offensive surge, but at times, being behind the ball and maintaining a compact defence is very important in winning...

Viva Brazil

Introduction   The sand of the desert is sodden red Red with the wreck of a square that broke The Gatling’s jammed and the Colonel’s dead, And the regiment blind with dust and smoke. The river of death has brimmed his banks, And England’s far and...

Dismal Arsenal

“I am very frustrated. It is unacceptable the way we lost the game. We like competing and I know we have a young squad but still, we threw the game away. We had to put it to bed earlier....

Lionel Messi should have been sent off

The brilliant return after the break started to lose its shine with the progress of time. Barcelona struck four in their first match after the return and then showed signs of fragility in the next match and in the...

Paul Pogba is back in action

Before the match started with players taking a knee in support of Black Lives Matter. For Tottenham Hotspur, a victory was much needed to keep the hopes alive for qualifications in next season’s Champions League. Things were going according...

Karim Benzema shines, Real Madrid gun down Valencia

Real Madrid logged horns with Valencia in January, where Zine Zidane adopted a 5-man midfield to ensure more dominance at the center of the park. It proved to be a smart move as Valencia were crippled. The Los Blancos...

Manchester City win, Arsenal lost and it is normal

No crowd. Obviously, there would be no noise without the crowd. The goal celebrations were not wild but performed by maintaining a social distance. The fans watched the action from ZOOM. Overall, it was a sterile environment and this...

Napoli of Gattuso upset Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus

Gennaro Gattuso took over the job of Napoli, which rediscovered their lost mojo under Maurizio Sarri and cut a satisfactory figure in the Champions League under Carlo Ancelotti. Gattuso left San Siro after spending a brief period without experiencing...

Match of the Century

Introduction   How does one define “Match of the century”? What are the criteria that fulfill a football match to become the “Match of the century”? In my opinion, it is never easy to point out one particular match as the...

A piece of magic from Pele

It should have been the Soviet Unions in the semifinals at Guadalajara against Brazil, but against the fighting spirit of Latina America's toughest side, the Russians failed to advance. Uruguay would meet Brazil again in a World Cup match...

Glory for Hansi Flick, glory for Bayern Munich

“We want to finish the job on Tuesday. That is our goal. We have an excellent run and want to continue our winning streak. The target is to win again in Bremen. We want to just seal the deal”. https://twitter.com/faisalyorker1/status/1272994829060857857 Hansi...

Unimpressive Barcelona

It was a match, where Barcelona seemed to fall asleep against the 19th ranked side. The match lacked pace and intent until the 42nd minute when the 17-year old sensation Ansu Fati gave the Catalans the lead and hinted...

Victory for Real Madrid

Castilla’s Alfredo Di Stefano stadium was chosen as the venue for the return of Los Blancos because Santiago Bernabeu is under renovation work. Gareth Bale was playing his 250th match for Real whereas Zinedine Zidane became third Real Madrid...

Germany and England repeat another epic, but this time, Germany win

The rivalry   The Football Association instigated a four-game tour of Germany and Austria by a representative England team in November 1899. The England team played a representative German team in Berlin on 23 November 1899, with the German side losing...

Peru conquer tragedy in Mexico 1970

Defying all the odds in the World Cup Qualifiers   The World Cup Qualifiers have never been easy since they were introduced. Especially those contests in the African and South American regions require enough grit and skill to overcome the challenges...

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