Thursday, May 21, 2015

The First Time ….., Part Ten

1-The First time that the Italian national team played on an artifical turf was in a Friendly vs. USA on May 30, 1984 at East Rutherford, New Jersey- Meadowlands Arena, Giants Stadium (scoreless tie).

2- The First Time ever (only time ever) that players appeared in a pre-War and post-War World Cups was when 1938 participants, the Swiss Alfred Bickel and the Swede Erik Nilsson, appeared in the 1950 World Cup as well.

Photo From: Die Nati, Die Geschichte der Schweizer Fussball-Nationalmanschaft, author Beat Jung, 2006
(Alfed Bickel next to Severino Minelli, who is shaking hands with General of the Swiss Army Henri Guisan)

Photo From: IFFHS, Danmark (1908-1940), Sverige (1908-10940)
(Erik Nilsson, June 9, 1939, Nordic Cup, Sweden 5-Finland 1)

3- The First Time that an English Manager won League titles with two different squads was when Herbert Chapman won League titles with Arsenal in the 1930s (1931, 1933), after having won with Huddersfield (1924 and 1925).
To note that Brian Clough is the second one (Derby County 1972, Nottingham Forest 1978).

Photo From: World Soccer, October 2003
(Herbert Chapman)

4- The First Time that an England and Scotland matchup was televised live was on May 10, 1969 at Wembley (Home Championship, England 4-Scotland 1).

Photo From: World Soccer, July 1969
(Martin Peters and John Greig, May 10, 1969, Home Championship, England 4-Scotland 1)

5- The First Time that a player of North African origin played for France was when Pierre Chesneau appeared in a Friendly on June 4, 1924 at Le Havre vs. Hungary (0-1 France loss). He replaced Albert Renier in the second half.

Short International Careers, Part Ten

1- Didier Senac
RC Lens and French defender Didier Senac was part of the 1984 Olympic winning French squad. After his Olympics Manager Henri Michel was promoted as head coach he called up Senac to the national team.
He earned two of his first caps at the end of 1984. For his debut, he started on November 21st, 1984, in a World Cup qualifier vs. Bulgaria in Paris (1-0 win).
 He earned his second cap, a few weeks later, on December 8th, 1984, in another World Cup qualifier in Paris vs. East Germany (2-0 win).
He was out of international reckoning for a few years. His last cap was three years later as a Bordeaux player, in a EC qualifier, on October 14, 1987 at Paris vs. Norway (1-1 tie).

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 78, September 1986
(Didier Senac)

2- Brian Stein
Luton forward Brian Stein earned his only cap for England in a Friendly vs. France in Paris on February 29, 1984 (0-2 France win).
For that match, he formed a striking partnership with clubmate Paul Walsh.
He was substituted in the 78th minute by Tony Woodcock.
He was never called up again.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 103, October 1988
(Brian Stein at French club Caen, 1988/89)

3- Michele Padovano
Italian striker Michele Padovano played for many clubs in his career. He was a useful squad member with Marcello Lippi’s Juventus when he was surprisingly called up by Cesare Maldini for a World cup Qualifier vs. Moldova at Trieste on March 29, 1997 (3-0 Italy win).
In that match he replaced fellow clubmate and debutante (and goalscorer) Christian Vieri in the 68th minute. He was never called up again.

Photo From: Football Italia, May 1997
(Michele Padovano at Juventus)

4- Romeo Zondervan
Dutch midfielder Romeo Eugene Zondervan earned his only cap as a Twente Enschede player in a World cup qualifier vs. Cyprus at Groningen on February 22, 1981 (3-0 Holland win).
He was never called up again despite a long career in the English League with West Bromwich Albion (1982/84) and Ipswich town (1984/92).

Photo From: Voetbal International, September 15-20, 1980
(Romeo Zondervan)

5- Manfred Burgsmuller
1970s and 80s West German striker Manfred Burgsmüller is perhaps one of the most under-capped players in the history of West Germany.
His most successful spell was at Dortmund (1976/83) and his meager three caps were earned during this time.
His first cap was in a Friendly vs. Swizterland on November 16, 1977 at Stuttgart (4-1 German win).
His second cap was a month later at his home stadium in Dortmund vs. Wales (1-1 tie).
For his final cap on February 22,  1978 at Munich in a Friendly vs. England, he came on as a substitute for Heinz Flohe in the 33rd minute.

He was never called up again. He did win the Bundesliga as a 38-year old striking reserve for Werder Bremen in 1988.

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, January February 1983
(Manfred Burgsmüller at Borussia Dortmund, 1982/83)

Magazine Awards, Part Eleven

France Football’s Ballon d’Or:

Year 1981:
Player of the year: Karl-Heinz Rumemnigge (West Germany and Bayern Munich)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1864, December 29, 1981
(Karl-Heinz Rumemnigge)

Onze’s Onze d’Or:

Year 1984:
Player of the year: Michel Platini (France and Juventus)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 108, December 1984
(Michel Platini)

World Soccer’s Player of the Year:

Year 1992:
Player of the year: Marco van Basten (Holland and AC Milan)
Manager of the Year:  Richard Moeller-Nielsen (Denmark)
Team of the year: Denmark

Photo From: World Soccer, December 1992
(Marco van Basten)

France Football’s African Ballon d’Or:

Year 1977:

Player of the year: Mohamed Timoumi (Morocco and FAR Rabat)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2073, December 31, 1985
(Mohamed Timoumi)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Events and Consequences, Part Twelve

1- Event:
Basile Boli’s collision with teammate Marc Delaroche on September 12, 1995 (UEFA Cup, AS Monaco 0-Leeds United 3)

During AS Monaco’s UEFA Cup clash at home on September 12, 1995, Basile Boli and goalkeeper Marc Delaroche were involved in a collision that led to Anthony Yeboah’s third goal in the 81st minute.
Boli’s head injury more or less signaled the end of his career, as he was never the same player again.
He left Monaco within 6 months of the incident and transferred to the Japanese League and joined Urawa Red Diamonds.
He retired in early 1998, citing problems from that head injury that hampered his career.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 79, October 1986
(Basile Boli)

2- Event:
Barcelona and Spanish striker Enrique Castro ‘Quini’ being kindnapped during the 1980/81 season.

Barcelona seemed to be headed to winning the League title, when Quini was kidnapped on March 1, 1981, after Barcelona’s 6-0 home win vs. Hercules Alicante.
Though he was later released unharmed, the psychological effect on his teammates derailed their campaign.
They lost many key matches after his kidnapping and lost out on the title.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 65, May 1981

3- Event:
Denmark’s Jan Heintze leaving the team headquarters without the Manager’s knowledge prior to a EC Qualfier due on May 1, 1991.

PSV Eindhoven defender Jan Heintze was selected for national team duty for a EC Qualifier vs. Yugoslavia at Belgrade on May 1, 1991. His club had originally hoped he would stay for club commitments. Once he arrived at the national team camp, he was informed by national team manager Richard Moeller-Nielsen that he would not be starting. As a result he decided to go back to Eindhoven and help out his club without informing the manager.
When he returned to Holland, he learned he was ineligible since they assumed he would be with National team.
Because he had left the squad without informing, he was banned from the national team for one year.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 149, May 1988
(Jan Heintze with PSV Eindhoven, 1987/88)

4- Event:
France’s Andre Cheuva’s marriage in 1930.

France’s Andre Cheuva was due to be selected for France’s 1930 World Cup Finals squad and his employers had given him 5 weeks of vacation.
However, his fiancée with whom he was about to marry as well during this time, would not meet similar demands.
As a result he declined particiaption on the World Cup in Uruguay to stay and marry.

5- Event:
Sepp Maier’s car accident on July 14, 1979

On July 14, 1979,  West German goalkeeper Sepp Maier headed home after a friendly match with Bayern Munich vs. Ulm. At around 10 PM, in a rainy night near Anzing, to avoid a car from the opposite direction, he lost control and was rear ended by another car.
The accident left him in a coma for several days with and with many injuries, most notably a fractured right arm.
After a few months and examinations, the specialists informed Maier that he could no longer play the game competitively. He was forced to retire aged 36.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 49, January 1980
(Sepp Maier)

Photo From: But, Issue 8942, July 31, 1979
(Sepp Maier’s car after accident)

Transfers that did not happen, Part Twelve

1- In the summer of 1989, it was reported that Bayern Munich were interested in acquiring Brazilian striker Bebeto from Flamengo. However, the deal was called off and he joined Vasco da Gama instead.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 64, July 1985
(Bebeto reading the March 1985 Issue of Mondial)

2- In early 1978, Borussia Dortmund had offered 1.5 Million German Marks for the transfer of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
However Bayern Munich held on to him, by signing him to a new contract guaranteeing 250,000 German Marks annually until 1981.

Photo From: Mondial, Hors Serie 3, 1986
(Karl-Heinz Rummenigge)

3- Dinamo Bucharest and Romanian International Mircea Lucescu could have joined Belgium’s Club Brugge in the summer of 1975. However, the Romanian Federation vetoed the transfer.

Photo From: Foot magazine, April 1984
(Mircea Lucescu)

4-In October 1963, Chilean striker Leonel Sanchez had a trial at AC Milan.
The deal was called off as he complained it was better to be poor and free in chile , than rich and a slave in Italy.

Photo From: Don Balon, Edicion Chile, May 7-13, 1996
(Leonel Sanchez)

5-In May 1984 it was reported, AC Milan paid a fee to Werder Bremen for non-sollicitation of Rudi Voeller until June 30th, 1984.
Upon learning Voeller was angered, and said he was not interested in a transfer at the time. Essentially AC Milan paid for nothing.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 28, May 1991
(Rudi Voeller and Paul Gascoigne, July 4, 1990, World Cup, West Germany 1-England 1)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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

I.  Eric Batty

WS Magazine, December 1965
Article Title(s): ‘Tactics: Today They Are More complex’
-Eric Batty’s analysis on tactics    

WS Magazine Issue: April May 1974
Article Title(s): ‘It’s Goals that Count’
-Eric Batty discussing goalscorers

WS Magazine Issue: November 1980  
Article Title(s): Eastern Europe
-Eric Batty discussing the Football scene in Eastern Europe

WS Magazine Issue: November 1987 and October 1989
Article Title(s):  ‘Sanchez & Lineker Force Pair’, ‘Mixed-Up Maradona Just Isn’t Delivering The Goods’
-The World XI selections for the years 1987 and 1989.
Note; He did not publish Team of the Year for 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1988

II.   Brian Glanville

WS Magazine Issue: January 1965
Article Title(s): ‘Yes tactics Are Here to Stay’ 
-Discussing Modern Trends

WS Magazine Issue: March 1974
Article Title(s): ‘Rous Will Not Expel Taiwan’ and ‘Paris FC Scoop Austrian Schilcher’
-Brian Glanville ‘s regular column and under his psudoym Andre Duclos discussing the French scene

WS Magazine Issue: October 1980
Article Title(s): ‘Turin Riots-Row Goes On’ and ‘Lyon Set Pace
- His regular Column and under his pseudonym of Andre Duclos reporting on the French scene

WS Magazine Issue: World Soccer, September 1997
Article Title(s): ‘Highbury vs. Heritage’
-         His regular Column

III.  Other Writers:

a) Roger McDonald

WS Magazine Issue: January 1965
Article Title(s): ‘Proving It’s Not All Double Dutch’
-Roger McDonald on Netherlands’ FA’s 75th Anniversary

b) Leslie Vernon

WS Magazine Issue: April May 1974
Article Title(s): ‘No Divine Right To Stay Up’
          - Leslie Vernon discussing the potential relegation of Manchester United

c) Derick Allsop

WS Magazine Issue: November 1980
Article Title(s): ‘When a Championship is not enough?’
-Discussing Real Madrid’s ambitions

d) Keir Radnedge

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

Soccer Books, Part Thirteen- Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic National teams

The best books about the History of the Czech  National Team.

These are the books that I have chosen:

Book I
‘se Lvickem na prsou’
Author: Oldrich Bartunek, J.iri Kalat
Published in 1999.
Written Language: Czech

This book is the absolute best book about the Czech national team with full lineups.
Each match has a write up and description and virtually every match has the team photo.

‘se Lvickem na prsou’ Cover

Book II
‘Slavne Nohy’
Author: Jaroslav Salek, Zdenek Salek
Published in 2002.
Written Language: Czech

Pocket sized book that has the lineups of every Czech National team lineup with players club info plus a directory of all the players. Some Photographs.

‘Slavne Nohy’ Cover

Book III
‘The International Matches of Czechoslovakia’
Author:  Dave Clayton and Jan Buitenga
Published in 1990.
Written Language: English

Statistical book, part of Clayton and Buitenga series on national teams,  that contains every lineup of Czechsolovakia year by year. No photographs.

‘The International Matches of Czechoslovakia’ Cover

If any one knows of other books pertaining to this topic, please do not hesitate to leave a post.