Saturday, December 20, 2014

Football’s Quarrels and Feuds, Part Six

1- Graham Roberts and Graeme Souness, 1988
After Rangers Glasgow’s loss to Aberdeen on April 30, 1988 (0-1), Rangers Manager Graeme Souness confronted his captain, the Englishman Graham Roberts and blamed him for the given up goal due to his positioning.
Graham Roberts stood up to the manager, as a result Souness informed hin that he would never play for the club again.
For the start of the next season, he was relegated to the reserves and even there the coaches were under orders not to play him.
Finally in September 1988, he joined Chelsea.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 102, June 1984
(Graham Roberts shaking hands with Anderlecht captain Frankie Vercauteren, May 23, 1984, UEFA Cup, Tottenham 1-Anderlecht 1)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2084, March 18, 1986
(Graeme Souness with the Scottish National Team)

2- Russian players and Pavel Sadyrin, 1993/94
Following Russia’s qualification to the 1994 World Cup, many of the squad members decided to boycott the national team while Pavel Sadyrin was in charge and also demanded higher pay.
They were hoping their actions would force the Federation to sack him.
These players included: Igor Shalimov, Igor Dobrovolsky, Alexander Mostovoi, Sergej Kiriakov, Andrei Ivanov, Vassili Kulokov and Sergei Yuran.
By the turn of the year (1994) the group had rose up to 14, including Andrei Kanchelskis and Igor Kolyvanov.
Some of the players like Mostovoi and Yuran came back on their decision and joined the squad
The federation sided with the manager and maintained the manager until the conclusion of the World Cup.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 54, July 1993
(Sergei Kiriakov, June 2, 1993, World cup Qualifier, Iceland 1-Russia 1)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 54, July 1993
(Andrei Kanchelskis with Manchester United)

3- Johann Cruyff and Luis Milla, 1990
During the 1989/90 season, Barcelona Manager Johann Cruyff purposefully froze Luis Milla out of the first team after the latter would not sign a new contract.
According to Cruyff he was demanding too much money.
At the end of the season, Milla joined archrivals Real Madrid.

Photo From: Don Balon, Extra Liga 89/90
(Luis Milla)

Photo From: Don Balon, Extra Liga 89/90
(Johann Cruyff)

4- Brazil and Argentina Players, 1981 Mundialito
At the final whistle of the match between Brazil and Aregntina (January 4, 1981, Mundialito, Brazil 1-Argentina 1),  Brazilian midfielder Paulo Isidoro kicked Valencia, Maradona joined in to help his teammate.
Edevaldo tried to stop Maradona. There was a melee with players. The police had to restore order and separate the players.
The referee did not take any action as he was not a witness to the event.

Photo From: El Grafico 1981, Issue 3196
(Diego Maradona, Alberto Tarantini, Toninho Cerezo, Daniel Valencia, Paulo Isidoro and Daniel Passarella, January 4, 1981, Mundialito, Argentina 1-Brazil 1)

5- Noel Cantwell and Jose Angel Iribar, 1965
The winning goal during the World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Spain on May 5, 1965 at Dublin (1-0 Irish win) was scored under controversial conditions.
Ireland’s Frank Simon O'Neil took a free kick and lofted inside the goalmouth area. It was a poorly placed attempt that Iribar was sure to save. However, at this moment Noel Cantwell rushed in and shouted and yelled at Iribar which distracted him and Iribar accidentally put the ball in his own net.
The angry Iribar called Cantwell an ‘animal’ afterwads.
The Spanish players refused to exchange jerseys as a sign of protest for what they deemed an unsportsmanlike behavior.

Photo From: AS Color, November 28, 1972
(Spanish goalkeeper Jose Angel Iribar)

Photo From: Ireland on the Ball, Author: Donal Cullen
(Noel Cantwell after the goal, May 5, 1965, World cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 1-Spain 0)

Photo From: Ireland on the Ball, Author: Donal Cullen
(Captains Noel Cantwell and Fernando Olivela, May 5, 1965, World cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 1-Spain 0)

Friday, December 19, 2014

The First Time ….., Part Eight

1-The First time that the Scottish national team ever wore numbered shirts was during a War Time International on October 10, 1944, England 6-Scotland 2.
Apparently previous times before the Chairman of SFA had opposed this concept. He had been quoted as saying  ‘numbers are all right for horses and greyhounds, but not for humans’

Photo From: Forever England, A History of the National Side, Authors Mark Shaoul, Tony Williamson
(October 10, 1944, War Time International, England 6-Scotland 2)

2- The First Time ever that a Fourth Division player played for the Welsh national team was when Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vic Rouse started vs. Northern Ireland on April 22, 1959 (British Championship, Northern Ireland 4-wales 1)

3- The First Time that a match by the French national team was broadcast on radio was in a friendly vs. Switzerland on March 11, 1934 (France 0-switzerland 1)

Photo From L’Equipe: L’Equipe de France de Football, La Belle Histoire, 2004
(March 11, 1934, France 0-Switzerland 1)

4- The First Time that the Belgian National Hymn was played before an international was in a friendly vs. England Amateurs on March 26, 1910 (Belgium 2-England (Amateurs) 2)

5- The First Time that a player scored four goals in a World cup qualifier was on February 25, 1934 at Dublin when Republic of Ireland’s Patrick Moore scored all four of Ireland’s goals vs. Belgium (February 25, 1934, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 4-Belgium 4)

Photo From: The Boys in Green, THE FAI international Story, Author: Sean Ryan
(Patrick J. Moore)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Short International Careers, Part Eight

1- Franz Roth
Franz Roth was a West German midfielder who represented Bayern Munich for over a decade during its glory days with teammates Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller.
He scored Bayern Munich’s title winning goals for the 1967 Cup Winners Cup vs. Rangers Glasgow and 1976 Champions Cup vs. Saint Etienne.
Despite his solid performances he only earned four caps in a three year period.
For his first cap, he started in a  European Championship Qualifier vs. Yugoslavia  (October 7, 1967, West Germany 3-Yugoslavia 1).
He earned his final three caps, three years later.
For his second cap, he replaced Erich Maas in the 46th minute in a friendly vs. Romania (April 8, 1970, West Germany 1-Romania 1).
His third cap, he started in a friendly vs. Yugoslavia (November 18, 1970, Yugoslavia 2-West Germany 0).
His fourth and final cap was in a friendly vs. Greece on November 22, 1970 at Pireaus that the West Germans won 3 to 1.  He replaced Wolfgang Overath in the 35th minute.

Photo From: World Soccer, September 1969
(Franz Roth)

2- Mario Been
Mario Been was a Dutch midfielder that starred for Feyenoord in the 1980s and was a member of the title winning side of 1984 with Gullit and Cruyff as teammates.
He earned his solitary cap in a World Cup qualifier vs. Austria at Vienna on November 14, 1984 (Austria 1-Holland 0). In that match he replaced Ton Lokhoff in the 73rd minute.
He did not earn any more caps despite a stint in the Serie A with Pisa in 1988/90.

Photo From: Voetbal International, August 24, 1985
(Mario Been in an advertisement)

3- Stuart Ripley
English Winger Stuart Ripley was a member of the Blackburn Rovers squad  that clinched the English Premier League Title in 1995 with Alan Shearer.
He earned two caps in a four year span.
For his first cap, he started in a  World Cup Qualifier vs. San Marino  (November 17, 1993, San Marino 1-England 7).
For his second cap, he replaced David Beckham in the 68th minute in a World Cup Qualifier vs. Moldova (September 10, 1997, England 4-Moldova 0).
He was replaced 8 minutes later by Nicky Butt.

Photo From: Goal, October 1995
(Stuart Ripley with Anders Limpar on the left, August 13, 1995, Charity Shield, Everton 1-Blackburn Rovers 0)

4- Massimo Carrera
Italian and Juventus defender Massimo Carrera earned his solitary cap in a friendly vs. San Marino on February 19, 1992  (Italy 4-San Marino 0).
He replaced Moreno Mannini in the 46th minute.

Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, September 18-24, 1991
(Massimo Carrera with Ruud Gullit, September 15, 1991, Juventus 1-AC Milan 1)

5- Jesus Solana
Spanish and Real Madrid defender Jesus Solana earned his solitary cap in a World Cup Qualifier vs. Republic of Ireland in Sevilla on November 16, 1988  (Spain 2-Republic of Ireland 0).
He replaced Enrique ‘Quique’ Sanchez Flores in the 84th minute.
His international career comprised of 6 minutes only.

Photo From: Don Balon, Extra Liga 88/89
(Jesus Solana)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Magazine Awards, Part Nine

France Football’s Ballon d’Or:

Year 1975:
Player of the year: Oleg Blokhin (USSR and Dinamo Kiev)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1551, December 30, 1975
(Oleg Blokhin)

Onze’s Onze d’Or:

Year 1987:
Player of the year: Diego Maradona (Argentina and Napoli)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 144, December 1987
(Diego Maradona)

World Soccer’s Player of the Year:

Year 1990:
Player of the year: Lothar Matthaus (Germany and Internazionale Milano)
Manager of the Year:  Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany)
Team of the year: West Germany

Photo From: World Soccer, December 1990
(Lothar Matthaus)

France Football’s African Ballon d’Or:

Year 1978:
Player of the year: Abdoul Razak (Ghana and Asante Kotoko)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1708, January 3, 1979
(Abdoul Razak)

France Football’s African Ballon d’Or

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Events and Consequences, Part Ten

1- Event:
Algeria’s war of Independence vs. France in the 1950s.

French Internationals of Algerian descent: Mustapha Zitouni, Rachid Mekloufi and Abdelaziz Ben Tifour  left France on April 14, 1958 to join FLN (Front de Liberation National).
Zitouni was deprived of the 1958 World Cup which allowed Robert Joncquet to take his spot in the Finals squad.

Photo From: Football Magazine, Issue 89, June 1967
(Rachid Mekloufi)

Photo From: Les Bleus Author Denis Chaumier, 2004
(Abdelaziz Ben Tifour)

2- Event:
Olympique Lyonnais’ Serge Chiesa refusing a National Team call-up from France Manager Stefan Kovacs on November 13, 1974.

Chiesa explained that he  did not want to be away from his familly and had decided that he no longer wanted to play for the National Team.
This incident caused a big scandal at the time and Chiesa was even called a deserter.
To this day this incident is always referenced when a French player refuses to play for the Natioabl Team.

Photo From: (Magazine Source unknown) / Contribution From a blog viewer
(Serge Chiesa, October 13, 1973, West Germany 2-France 1)

3- Event:
Danish midfielder Jesper Olsen’s erroneous backpass to his goalkeeper that was intercepted by Spain’s Emilio Butragueno to score on June 18, 1986 during a World cup second round match (Spain 5-Denmark 1).

At this point Denmark were up 1-0 from a penalty kick by Jesper Olsen himself. However, his error just before halftime, allowed Spain back into the game and they scored 4 more goals in the second half (Butragueno himself scored 4 of the 5 goals).
The term ‘Rigtig Jesper Olsen’ which translates to ‘a real Jesper Olsen’ became part of the Danish Lexicon . When someone commits a blunder in any sphere or walk of life, it is said that the person has made a ‘Rigtig Jesper Olsen’.

Photo From: Kicker Sportsmagazin Edition, 100 Jahre Deutsche Landerspiele
(Jesper Olsen and Thomas Berthold, June 13, 1986, World Cup, Denmark 2-West Germany 0)

4- Event:
Juventus Striker Marco Pacione’s performance vs. Barcelona on March 19, 1986

Marco Pacione was a promising young striker signed from Atalanta in the summer of 1985 as an extra attacking option.
However, his name in the history books will solely be remembered due to his disastrous performance vs. Barcelona in the second Leg of the Champions Cup Quarterfinals on march 19, 1986 that ended in 1-1 tie and Juventus were eliminated having lost the first leg 0-1.
In this return leg, he missed so many unmissable opportunities. During the League season itself he failed to score a single goal.
He was offloaded at the end of the season drifted from club to club (Verona, Torino, Genoa) without much success, his career seemingly blighted by this one performance.

Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, June 20-26, 1984
(Marco Pacione at Atalanta, 1983/84)

5- Event:
Welsh goalkeeper Jack Kelsey’s collision with Brazil’s Vava on May 16, 1962

During a Friendly vs. Brazil in Sao Paulo on May 16, 1962 (3 to 1 Brazil win), Welsh goalkeeper Alfred John ‘Jack” Kelsey collided with Vava and in doing so damaged his spine.
During the medical examination it was revealed that he had a deformity in his spine that would have prevented from playing at all had it been discovered before.

After a few months he was forced to retire.

Photo From: Wales, The Complete who’s who of Footballers Since 1946, Author” Dean P. Hayes
(Jack Kelsey making a save)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Transfers that did not happen, Part Ten

1- In May 1987, there were reports that French Club Paris St. Germain had made contact with SV Hamburg’s Thomas von Heesen. In the end von Heesen stayed at Hamburg.

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, January February 1983
(Thomas von Heesen and Hans-Peter Briegel, 1982/83)

2- Aston Villa’s Mark Walters was very much in demand during the 1987/88 season. Struggling Watford attempted to sign him in December 1987, however the fee was too high. He eventually joined big spending Rangers Glasgow by the end of that month.

Photo From:  Shoot, November 17, 1990
(Mark Walters at Rangers Glasgow)

3- Real Madrid’s Brazilian star Didi having been frozen out of Real Madrid by Di Stefano, was loaned to Valencia towards end of 1959/60 season and played in friendly matches.
Valencia were keen to sign him, however Real refused and did not want him to join a rival club and would only transfer him if he rejoined his former club Botafogo, which he did.

Photo From:  World Soccer, March 1999

4-In December 1978, the New York Cosmos attempted to sign Manchester City’s Scottish International Asa Hartford for 300,000 British Pounds.
An offer which was refused.

Photo From:  Scotland, The Team, 1987
(Asa Hartford)

5-In the summer of 1999, Juventus’ Luciano Moggi had wanted to use struggling Frenchman Thierry Henry as a makeweight in a transfer to obtain Udinese’s Brazilian striker Marcio Amoroso. In the end Amoroso joined Parma and Henry joined Arsenal.

Photo From:  Calcio 2000, Issue 22, August 1999
(Marcio Amoroso at Udinese)

Photo From:  Calcio 2000, Issue 16, February 1999
(Luciano Moggi)

Photo From:  Onze-Mondial, Issue 122, March 1999
(Thierry Henry at Juventus , February 7, 1999, Juventus 2-Parma 4)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Eric Batty, Brian Glanville and other World Soccer Columns- Part Eleven

I.  Eric Batty

WS Magazine, August 1965
Article Title(s): ‘The Plan Should Suit The Players’
-Eric Batty’s analysis on coaching in England      

WS Magazine Issue: February 1973
Article Title(s): ‘TV and Football must live as one’
-Eric Batty on the role of television coverage in Football

WS Magazine Issue: August 1981     
Article Title(s): ‘Brazil still play good Football’
-Eric Batty’s analysis of Brazil

WS Magazine Issue: October 1983 and November 1984
Article Title(s):  ‘All Time World XI’, ‘The French Connection’
-The World XI selections for the years 1983 and 1984. For 1983 edition, he even selects an all time XI.
Note; He did not publish Team of the Year for 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1988

(Eric Batty)

II.   Brian Glanville

WS Magazine Issue: January 1965
Article Title(s): ‘Yes, Tactics Are Here To Stay’
-Discussing modern trends

WS Magazine Issue: April 1973
Article Title(s): ‘Whiff of Tear Gas represents Decay’
-Brian Glanville analyzing the Anglo-Italian Cup

WS Magazine Issue: April 1985
Article Title(s): ‘The Brian Glanville Column-Will Soccer ever make true passage to India?’, ‘Nice Promotion’
- His regular Column and under his pseudonym of Andre Duclos reporting on the French scene

WS Magazine Issue: World Soccer, June 1996
Article Title(s): ‘Goals do not guarantee a classic’
- His regular Column

(Brian Glanville)

III.  Other Writers:

a) Roger McDonald

WS Magazine Issue: April 1965
Article Title(s): ‘Fine Record For Giving To Others’
-Roger McDonald discussing Scandinavian soccer with a Focus on Denmark

b) Arthur Rotmil

WS Magazine Issue: August 1973
Article Title(s): ‘National Triumph Celebrated in Style’
          -Arthur Rotmil analyzing England’s World Cup Qualifier in Poland

c) Leslie Vernon

WS Magazine Issue: December 1981
Article Title(s): ‘Liverpool Best of An Average Bunch’
-Discussing the state of European Football

d) Keir Radnedge

WS Magazine Issue: April 1997
Article Title(s): His Regular Column ‘Keir Radnedge Commentary’

Other Writers’ Columns-Part 11