Friday, August 1, 2014

Tributes, Part 3

Tributes:  Sandy Jardine (December 31, 1948-April 24, 2014)
     Tito Vilanova (September 17, 1968-April 25, 2014)
               Vujadin Boskov (May 16, 1931-April 27, 2014)
               Francisco das Chagas Marinho Marinho Chagas (February 8, 1952-May 31, 2014)
               Gyula Grosics (February 4, 1926-June 13, 2014)
                Alfredo Di Stefano (July 4, 1926-July 7, 2014)

Sandy Jardine

William Pullar ‘Sandy’ Jardine was a Scottish International defender who spent the majority of his career at Rangers Glasgow and then spent the last six years of his career at Hearts.
His International career spanned the 1970s, he represented Scotland in the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.
 He was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
He passed away on April 24th, aged 65.

Photo From: Scotland, The Team, Author: Andrew Ward
(Sandy Jardine)

Tito Vilanova

Tito Vilanova had an undistinguished playing career. He had a three year spell at Celta Vigo in the 90s though he rarely played.
He is remembered firstly as Josip Guardiola’s assistant at Barcelona during the magical years (2008/2012).
After Guardiola stepped down Vilanova was surprisingly chosen as Manager. He was viewed as an in-house person who would carry on Guardiola’s traditions.
Unfortunately, his first season in charge would be his last. He did win the League title in, however he was forced to step down in July 2013.
He had been diagnosed with parotid gland cancer and the treatment required ended his coaching career.
He passed away on April 25th, aged 45.

Photo from: France Football, May 25, 2012
(Tito Vilanova)

Vujadin Boskov

Yugoslav Manager is remembered from his playing days at Vojvodina. His managerial career was even more remarkable.
Aside from managing the National team, he managed many prestigious teams across Europe, such as AS Roma, Feyenoord and Real Madrid (reaching the 1981 Champions Cup Final vs. Liverpool).
However, his greatest achievement will surely be the six years he spent managing provincial Serie A side Sampdoria.
He won numerous Cups, as well as the 1990 Cup Winners Cup, however his greatest achievement was  winning the Serie A league title in 1990/91.
He was able to lead to triumph a side led by the double strike force of Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini against the likes of Maradona’s Napoli, Baggio’s Juventus and the Dutch and West German inspired Milanese clubs of AC Milan and Internazionale.
The following season he even led Sampdoria all the way to the Final of the Champions League, but lost again vs. Barcelona.
He passed away on April 27th, aged 82.

Photo from: Calcio 2000, Issue 22, August 1999
(Vujadin Boskov)

Marinho Chagas 

Brazilian left back Marinho Chagas is mostly remembered as the defender with long blond hair during the 1974 World Cup.
In some circles he was made the scapegoat for Brazil’s failure during that World Cup.
He is also remembered from his days at Botafogo, he later spent some time in NASL with New York Cosmos.
He passed away on May 31st, aged 62 from digestive hemorrhage.

Photo from: Seleccao Brasileira -90 Anos 1914-2004, Authors Antonio Carlos Napoleao, Roberto Assaf
(Marinho Chagas, June 13, 1974, World Cup, Brazil 0-Yugoslavia)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, August 1974 / English) 

Gyula Grosics 

Gyula Grosics was Hungary’s goalkeeper during the 1950s, during the glorious era of ‘The Mighty Magyars’.
He passed away on June 13th, aged 88.

Photo from: World Soccer, September 1962
(Grosics after his farewell match vs. Kaiserslautern in 1962)

(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, September 1962/ English) 

Alfredo Di Stefano

The greatest player of his generation Alfredo Di Stefano will always be synonymous with Real Madrid’s 1950s glory era.
Born in Buenos Aires he made his name with River Plate in the latter half of the 1940s and earned International caps with Argentina.
In 1949, he joined Colombia’s outlaw league by joining Millionarios.
In 1953 he was involved in a tug of war between Spanish Real Madrid and Barcelona. He joined Real Madrid and never looked back and Spain effectively became his home for the remainder of his life.
He took up Spanish citizenship and played for the national team as well.
His eleven years with Real Madrid culminated in the first five Champions Cup triumphs, as well as nine La Liga triumphs.
He also won the Ballon d’Or twice in 1957 and 1959 awarded by ‘France Football’ Magazine.
Born a little too soon for the Television age (he later admitted he wished color Television had existed in his day), he was nearing the end of his career when a young Pele was reaching his height and benefiting from the advances in television coverage.
World Cup glory eluded him as Argentina did not participate in the 1950 World Cup. He was part of Spain’s squad during the 1962 World Cup in Chile but injury prevented him from making an appearance.
He was kinapped in 1963 in Venezuela by a Revolutionary group but released unharmed two days later.
He left Real Madrid in 1964 joining RCD Espanol Barcelona and retiring two years later.
He later managed a multitude of clubs such as Boca Juniors and River Plate in Argentina and Real Madrid in two separate spells.
He managed Valencia in three separate occasions.
As Real Madrid Manager he was responsible for giving debuts to the ‘El Quinta del Buitre’ generation.
In December 1989, he was awarded the Super Ballon d’Or by ‘France Football’ Magazine as the greatest Euroepan player of the year winner.
He passed away on July 7th, aged 88 from a heart attack.

Photo from: As Color, December 23, 1990
(Alfredo Di Stefano)

Photo from: France Football, Issue 2281, December 26, 1989
(Alfredo Di Stefano and Marco van Basten with their respective Ballon d’Or awarded in 1989)

Photo from: France Football, Issue 2281, December 26, 1989
(Alfredo Di Stefano and his wife Sara with his Super Ballon d’Or awarded in 1989)

Photo from: France Football, Issue 2281, December 26, 1989
(Alfredo Di Stefano)

(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, September 1966/ English By Roger Mc Donald) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, June 1971/ English By Norman Cutler) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, July 1971/ English By Norman Cutler) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, September 1981/ English By Eric Batty) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2281, December 26, 1989 / French By Jean-Marie Lorant) 
(Magazine / Language : As Color, December 23, 1990 / Spanish) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2589, November 21, 1995 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : Calcio 2000, Issue 18, April 1999 / Italian) 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Error in Casting, Part Two

1- Lars Lunde, Bayern Munich 1987
Lars Lunde was a Danish striker who seemed like a bright future prospect after signing for Bayern Munich from Swiss club Young Boys Bern during the 1986/87.
However, he only found the net a handful of times and unable to command a starting position.
He was loaned midway through his second season and transferred outright thereafter.

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, May 1987
(Lars Lunde and Michael Rummenigge, March 28, 1987, SV Hamburg 1-Bayern Munich 2)

2- Rafael Martin Vasquez at Torino and Olympique Marseille (1990/92)
Real Madrid’s attacking midfielder Rafael Martin Vasquez joined Torino in 1990 following one of his best seasons.
He was a big name signing and much was expected of him.
However, his Torino adventure was disappointing as he was unable to stamp his authority and scored just two goals in his two seasons there.
He joined big spending French club Olympique Marseille in 1992, however, he was sold back to Real Madrid after a couple of months.
He addressed his astonishment at how OM had tried everything it could for two years to sign him to just let him go after two months.

Photo From: World Soccer, November 1990
(Rafael Martin Vasquez with Torino, 1990/91)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Hors Serie 12, 1993
(Rafael Martin Vasquez , September 30, 1992, Champions League, Olympique Marseille 3-Glentoran 0)

3- Daniel Passarella, Parma 2001
Argentine Manager Daniel Passarella was hired by Parma, on November 6, 2001,  with the season well under way.
He was in charge for only five matches and Parma lost all five. He was dismissed on December 18, 2001.

Photo From: World Soccer, November 1994
(Daniel Passarella)

4- Eric Cantona and Stephane Paille, Montpellier, 1989/90
Montpellier President Louis Nicollin thought he had succeeded a major coup by re-uniting former France under-21 teammates Eric Cantona and Stephane Paille in the summer of 1989.
However, this partnership failed to function and Stephane Paille was even loaned to Bordeaux during the season.
By the following season, Cantona had returned to Marseille and Paille joined Porto.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 6, July 1989
(Louis Nicollin with Eric Cantona and Stephane Paille, summer 1989)

5- Frank Stapelton, Ajax Amsterdam, 1987
Republic of Ireland International striker had joined Ajax from Manchester United in the summer of 1987.
Johann Cruyff had signed as a potential replacement for Marco van Basten who had just joined AC Milan.
However, his transfer was a fiasco and he failed to settle. After a few months, he was loaned for a few months to Anderlecht and then immediately transferred to Derby County for the remainder of the season.

Photo From: Soccer Monthly, Annual 1983
(Frank Stapelton with Manchester United)

Debate Topic, Part Nine

Salvatore Schillaci came out of nowhere and was the star of the 1990 World Cup. He had been playing in Serie B the year before and no one could have foreseen his success that first season (1989/90) at Juventus.
However, from the following season onwards (1990/91), Schillaci just failed to function and only scored a handful of goals per season until his transfer to the J-League in 1994.
Does anyone know of any reasons and/or theories he was a one season wonder?

Photo From:  Soccer International, Issue 8, September 1990
(Salvatore Schillaci during the 1990 World Cup)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Diego Maradona and Michel Platini, Part Four

Diego Maradona
(Magazine / Language : Sport Illustrierte, July 5, 1982 / German By Claus-Peter Andorka) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, new series, issue 29, August, 1982 / French By Raoul Dufourcq ) 
(Magazine / Language : Onze, Issue 81, September 1982 / French By Jean-Pierre Frimbois) 
(Magazine / Language : Fussball Magazin, January February 1983 / German By Jerome Bureau) 
(Magazine / Language : Onze, Issue 88, April 1983 / French By Adrian Kochen) 

Photo From : Onze, Issue 81, September 1982
(Diego Maradona at Barcelona, 1982/83)

Michel Platini
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, old series, issue 32, July 1979 / French By Michel Diard) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, old series, issue 33, August 1979  / French By  Antonio Cabrini)
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, old series, issue 34, September 1979 / French By Michel Diard) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, New series, issue 1, April 1980 / French By) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, New series, issue 4, July 1980 / French By Francosi Sorton)  

Photo From : Mondial, New series, issue 4, July 1980
(Michel Platini taking a free kick)

Michel Platini

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The uncapped, Part Four

1- Billy Bonds
West Ham midfielder Billy Bonds had his best years in the 1970s with Manager Ron Greenwood at the helm.
He was mostly on the fringes of the national team but never selected.
When Greenwood was appointed as England Manager he did call up Bonds in a World Cup qualifier vs. Italy in 1977, but he never left the bench.

Photo from: World Soccer, November 1976 
(Billy Bonds)

2- Maurizio Ganz
Italian striker Maurizio Ganz burst on the scene during the 1992/93 with a surprising Atalanta team under Marcelo Lippi.
Arrigo Sacchi called him up for two Italy squads for a World Cup Qualifier vs. Malta (March 1993) and Estonia (September 1993), but he did not leave the bench in either match

Photo from: Guerin Sportivo, October 14-20, 1992
(Maurizio Ganz with Atalanta)

3- Sean Dundee
Sean Dundee was a South African born striker who starred for Karlsruhe (1995/98).
During the 1996/97 season, there was public clamor to select him for the German national Team.
He obtained German citizenship in 1997 in the hopes of playing in the following year’s World Cup.
However, despite an appearance with Germany’s ‘B’ National team, he was never selected for the full national team.

Photo from: World Soccer, February 1997
(Sean Dundee with Karlruhe, 1996/97)

4- ‘Celso’ Dias dos Santos
Celso was a Brazilian defender from the 1980s who was overlooked by the National team selectors.
He joined Portugal’s Porto in 1985 and was a key player when they won the Champions Cup in 1987.
Despite his success aboard he was never called up.

Photo from: Onze, Issue 134, February 1987
(Celso with Porto, 1986/87)

5- Roberto Carlos Sosa
Roberto Carlos Sosa was an Argentinean striker whose best opportunity for a call up would have been in the late 90s during his successful spell at Italian Serie A club Udinese.

However, Marcelo Bielsa never selected him as Argentina was well covered with strikers such as Batistuta, Crespo, Cruz and others.

Photo from: Sport Bild, Issue 37, September 9, 1998
(Roberto Carlos Sosa with Udinese, 1998/99)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Football’s Quarrels and Feuds, Part Four

1- Leandro and Tele Santana, 1986
Prior to the 1986 World Cup, Brazilian defender Leandro of Flamengo declared that he was unavailable for the national team after falling out with Manager Tele Santana.
He had been late to a team get together and had been forced by Santana to publically declare his reason for his tardiness.
He declared he was late due to the fact that he had been at a nighclub with teammate Renato.
Subsequently Renato was cut from the squad and many suggested that Renato’s dismissal was the reason for his refusal.
He denied this reason and explained that he did not want to play as a right back and instead wanted to play as a central defender.
Tele Santana later said he was still unclear of Leandro’s real motives.
Despite denials by both, many believed Renato’s exclusion, in addition to the exclusions of Eder and Sidney due to indiscipline angered Leandro.
In his place Santana called up Josimar, who became one of the revelations of the World Cup 1986.

Photo From: World Soccer, November 1993
(Tele Santana)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 80, August 1982
(Leandro with Brazil during the 1982 World Cup)

2- Alan Sugar and Jurgen Klinnsman, 1995
After Jurgen Klinnsman’s excellent season with Tottenham (1994/95) many believed he would honor his contract and continue with them for the following season.
However, Klinnsamn was desperate to win a League title in his career and jumped at the chance to join Bayern Munich.
Tottenham Chairman Alan Sugar was angered by Klinnsman’s decision and went on Television (Match of the Day Program) on August 30th, 1995, and threw away a Tottenham jersey signed by Klinnsman and said he would not even wash his car with it and took credit for relaunching Klinnsman’s career.
Klinnsman eventually rejoined Tottenham midway through the 1997/98 season.

Photo From: Goal, October 1995
(Alan Sugar throwing away Klinnsman’s jersey)

Photo From: World Soccer, May 1995
(Jurgen Klinnsman)

3- Gary Lineker and Vinnie Jones, 1996
In a ‘Radio Times’ interview on September 18, 1996, Gary Lineker criticized Vinnie Jones by saying ‘we don’t need people like Vinnie Jones, who is just a self hyped personality…’
In response, Jones called Lineker ‘a jellyfish, a wanker, a tart, and a big eared boring prat’.

Photo From: Goal, January 1996
(Wimbledon’s Vinnie Jones)

4- Karl Allgower and Juup Derwall, 1982
West German Manager Juup Derwall had wanted to call up Stuttgart’s Karl Allgower in the Fall of 1982, once for a friendly vs. Belgium in September 1982 and also vs. England in October 1982.
However, Allgower was so angry and disappointed about not being selected for the World Cup that he refused both call-ups.

Photo From: Sport Illuestrierte, Fussball 1984 Sonderheft
(Juup Derwall)

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, August 1986
(Karl Allgower)

5- Arie Haan and George Knobel, 1976
Holland Manager George Knobel did not select Arie Haan for the European Championship Finals of 1976.
Allegedly Arie Haan was instrumental for Knobel’s sacking at Ajax in 1974.
Wim van Hanegem  was quoted telling Knobel "You're not a straight guy" .
He shortly resigned after the Tournament.

Photo From: Voetbal International, July 26-31, 1982
(George Knobel)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 36, December 1978
(Arie Haan during the 1978 World Cup)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The First Time ….., Part Six

1-The First time that the Irish national team wore Green was in 1931. Before that their traditional uniform colors were blue.

2- The First Time that Scotland used a substitution in International Football was on May 29, 1960 at Vienna vs. Austria (1 to 4 Scotland loss).
Alexander Young of Hearts replaced Denis Law in the 12th minute.

Photo From: Scotland, The Team, 1987
(Alex Young)

 3- The First Time that a goalkeeper saved a penalty kick in the World Cup was in the very first World Cup.
French goalkeeper Alex Thepot saved Chile’s Carlos Vidal’s attempt in the 35th minute of their encounter (July 19, 1930, Chile 1-France 0)

Photo From: Les Bleus, Le livre official de l'equipe de France, Author: Dominique Grimault, 1997
(Alex Thepot making a dive, May 27, 1934, World Cup, Austria 3-France 2)

4- The First Time that a National team used air travel was in 1947 when the Belgian National flew for a friendly vs. Switzerland at Geneva. (November 2, 1947, Switzerland 4-Belgium 0)

5- The First Time that a pair of brothers ever played for the Italian National team was during the years 1911-1913, when brothers Giuseppe and Felice Milano represented Italy.

Photo From: La Nazionale Italiana, 1978
(Felice Milano II and Giuseppe Milano I, May 1, 1913, Italy 1-Belgium 0)