Monday, March 2, 2015

Tributes-Part 6

Tributes:  Ronald Patrick Henry  (August 17, 1934-December 27, 2014)  
     Erich Retter  (February 17, 1925 December 27, 2014)
     Javier Fragoso (April 19, 1942 - December 28, 2014)  
     Odd Iversen  (November 6, 1945- December 29, 2014)  
     Walter Roque (May 8,  1937 - December 30, 2014)  
     Romanus Orjinta (August 12, 1981 - December 31, 2014)  
     Antonio Fuertes (December 3, 1929-January 5, 2015) 
     Angelo Anquiletti (April 25, 1943- January 9, 2015) 
     Fritz Pott (April 23,1 939 - January 11, 2015)
     Jeno Buzanszky (May 4, 1925 - January 11, 2015)
     Vladimir Petrovich Kesarev (February 26, 1930- January 19, 2015)
     Wilfred Agbonavbare (October 5, 1966- January 27, 2015)
     Alberto Cardaccio (August 26, 1949- January 28, 2015)
     Ole Sorensen  (November 25, 1937- January 28, 2015)
     Walter Glechner  (February 12, 1939- January 29, 2015)
     Harold William Hassal  (March 4, 1929- January 30, 2015)
     Udo Latteck  (Janaury 16, 1935-February 1, 2015)  
     Frank Borghi  (April 9, 1925- February 2, 2015)  
     Henryk Szczepanski  (October 7, 1933- February 2, 2015)  
     NicoKarl-Erik Palmer (April 17, 1929- February 2, 2015)  
     Ion Nunweiller (January 9, 1936- February 3, 2015)  
     Henri ‘Rik’ Coppens  (April 29, 1930- February 5, 2015)  
     Jean Lechantre  (February 13, 1922- February 12, 2015)  
     Ivan Aleksandrov Davidov  (October 5, 1943- February 19, 2015)  
     Ibrahim Biogradlic  (March 8, 1931- February 20, 2015)  
     Marian Szeja  (August 20, 1941- February 25, 2015)  
     Wolfram Wuttke  (November 17, 1961- March 1, 2015)  
     David Craig Mackay  (November 14, 1934- March 2, 2015)  
Ronald Patrick Henry 
Ron Henry  was an English defender who played for Tottenham Hotspur in the 1950s and 60s.
He earned a solitary cap for his nation in a EC Qualifier vs. France on February 27, 1963 (2 to 5 France win).
He passed away on December 27th , aged 80.

Photo From : England, Player By Player, Author Graham Betts
(Ron Henry)

Erich Retter 
Erich Retter was a West German defender who represented Stuttgart from the 1940s to the 60s.
He earned 14 caps between 1952 and 1956.
He passed away on December 27th , aged 89.

Javier Fragoso 
Javier Fragoso was a Mexican striker who represented Club America in the 1960s.
He earned 46 caps between 1965 and 1975. He was a member of Mexico’s World Cup squads of 1966 and 1970.
He passed away on December 28th , aged 72.

Odd Iversen 
Odd Iversen was a Norwegian striker who played for Rosenborg Trondheim in three separate spells from the 1960s through 1980s.
He earned 45 caps between 1967 and 1979. He is the father of Steffen Iversen, also a Norwegian International from the 1990s and 2000s.
He passed away on December 29th , aged 69.

Photo From : Landslaget, Det Norske Fotballandslagets Historie, authors Egil Olsen, Arne Scheie,Per Jorsett, Otto Ulseth, 1997
(Odd Iversen)

Walter Roque 
Walter Roque was a Uruguay International winger who most notably represented Rampla Juniors.
He earned 16 caps in the 1950s.  He also managed the Venezuelan National Team from 1978 to 1985.
He passed away on December 30th , aged 77.

Romanus Orjinta 
Romanus Orjinta was a Nigerian international midfielder who earned 13 caps between 2003 and 2004.
He was found dead at his home on December 31st, aged just 33.

Antonio Fuertes 
Antonio Fuertes was a Spanish midfielder who played for Valencia in the 1950s.
He earned a solitary cap for his nation in a Friendly vs. Argentina on December  7, 1952 (0 to 1 Argentina win).
He passed away on January 5th , aged 85.

Photo From : Todo Sobre La Seleccion Espanola, Felix Martialay, 2006
(Antonio Fuertes, December 7, 1952, Spain 0-Argentina 1)

Angelo Anquiletti 
Angelo Anquiletti was an Italian defender who represented AC Milan for over a decade in the 1960s and 70s.
He earned two caps for Italy, both in 1969.
He passed away on January 9th , aged 71.

Fritz Pott 
Fritz Pott was a West German defender who played for FC Koln from the 1950s through 1970.
He earned 3 caps between 1962 and 1964.
He passed away on January 11th , aged 76.

Photo From : Kicker, 40 Jahre Bundesliga, 2003
(Fritz Pott with FC Koln)

Jeno Buzanszky 
Jeno Buzanszky was a Hungarian defender who represented Dorogi from 1947-60.
He earned 48 caps between 1950 and 1956. He was the last surviving member of the ‘Mighty magyars’ squad of the 1950s.
He passed away on January 11th , aged 89.

Photo from: La Glorieuse Epopee de la coupe du monde, by Mondial, 1982
(Jeno Buzanszky, July 4, 1954, World Cup, West Germany 3-Hungary 2)

Vladimir Petrovich Kesarev 
USSR international Vladimir Kesarev starred for Dinamo Moscow in the 1950s and 1960s.
He earned his 14 caps from 1956 to 1965.
He was a member of the 1958 World Cup squad as well as the 1960 European Championship squad.
He passed away on January 19th , aged 84.

Wilfred Agbonavbare
Nigerian International goalkeeper Wilfred Agbonavbare is mostly remembered for his stint in the 1990s in the Spanish La Liga with Rayo Vallecano.
He earned 15 caps between 1983 and 1994.
He died due to cancer on January 27th, aged just 48.

Alberto Cardaccio 
Alberto Cardaccio was a Uruguay International midfielder who most notably represented Danubio in the 1970s.
He earned 19 caps between 1972 and 1974. He was a member of the 1974 World Cup squad.
He passed away on January 28th , aged 65.

Ole Sorensen 
Ole Sorensen was a 1960s Danish International who had spells at KB Copnehagen, FC Koln and PSV Eindhoven.
He earned 25 caps between 1961 and 1969.
He passed away on January 29th , aged 77.

Photo From : Landsholdenes 2198 Spiller Profiller-fra Krolben til Kroldrup’
(Ole Sorensen)

Walter Glechenr 
Walter Glechner was an Austrian international defender who represented Rapid Wien from 1950s through 70s.
He earned 35 caps between 1960 and 1968.
He passed away on January 29th , aged 75.

Photo From: Österreichs Fußball Länderspiele Chronik 1902 – 1993, Author: Anton Egger
(Walter Glechner)

Harold William Hassal 
Harold Hassal was an English striker who played for Huddersfield and Bolton Wanderers in the 1940s and 1950s.
He earned 5 caps for England between 1951 and 1953.
He passed away on January 30th , aged 85.

Udo Latteck 
West German striker Udo Latteck had an undistinguished playing career at Osnabruck in the 1960s. However, he became one of the greatest and most successful managers in the history of the game.
He managed with equal success the 1970s squads of Bayern Munich and Borussia Moenchengladbach. He managed Barcelona in the 1980s before returning to Bayern in 1983.
He passed away on February 1st, aged 80.

Photo From : Mondial, new series, issue 69, December 1985
(Udo Latteck)

Frank Borghi 
USA International goalkeeper Frank Borghi is mostly remembered for being the goalkeeper for the famous win vs. England during the 1950 World Cup.
He served during the Second World War and won the Bronze star and Purple Heart.
He passed away on February 2nd, aged 89.

Photo From: Soccer International, March 1990
(Frank Borghi)

Henryk Szczepanski 
Polish International midfielder Henryk Szczepanski  earned 45 caps for Poland between 1957 and 1965.
He passed away on February 2nd, aged 81.

Karl-Erik Palmer 
Karl-Erik Palmer was a Swedish International midfielder who represented Malmo in the 1940s and early 50s and then had a long stint in the Italian league with Legnano.
He earned 14 caps for Sweden between 1949 and 1952.
He passed away on February 2nd, aged 85.

Ion Nunweiller 
Romanian mdefender Ion Nunweiller spent the majority of his career at Dinamo Bucharest in two separate spells that spanned from the 1950s into the 70s.
He earned 26 caps for Romania between 1958 and 1967.
He passed away on February 3rd,  aged 79.

Henri ‘Rik’ Coppens

Belgian striker Henri Coppens was one of the best players of Belgium in the 1950s.
He had spells at Beerschot (1946/61) and Molenbeek (1962/67).
He earned 47 caps for Belgium between 1949 and 1959.
He passed away on February 5th ,  aged 84.

Photo From: Rode Duivels & Oranje Leeuwen., 100 jaar Derby der Lage Landen, Authors Ralf Willems, Matty Verkamman
(Henri Coppens, October 25, 1953, Holland 1-Belgium 0)

Jean Lechantre

French striker Jean Lechantre was born in Belgium and represented Lille and CO Roubaix-Tourcoing in the 1940s and 50s.
He earned 3 caps for France between 1947 and 1949.
He passed away on February 12th ,  aged 92.

Ivan Aleksandrov Davidov 
Ivan Davidov was a Bulgarian International midfielder who most notably represented Slavis Sofia in the 1960s into the early 70s.
He earned 11 caps between 1965 and 1971. He was a member of the 1966 and 1970 World Cup squads.
He passed away on February 19th ,  aged 71.

Ibrahim Biogradlic 
Ibrahim Buiogradlic was a Yugoslvian defender who most spent his entire career at FK Sarajevo during the 1950s into the early 60s.
He earned a single cap for Yugoslavia during the 1956 Olympics (December 4, 1956, Yugoslavia 4-India 1), where Yugoslavia ended as Silver Medalists.
He passed away on February 20th ,  aged 83.

Marian Szeja 
Marian Szeja  was a Polish goalkeeper who most spent over a decade at Zaglebie Walbrzych in the 1960s and early 70s.
He also played in France in the 1970s for Metz and at Guy Roux’s Auxerre squad still in the second division.
He earned 15 caps between 1965 and 1973. He was a member of the 1972 Olympics Gold winning squad, though he was a substitute.
He passed away on February 25th ,  aged 73.

Wolfram Wuttke 
West German midfielder Wolfram Wuttke played for a number of Bundesliga clubs such as Schalke, Moenchengladbach, SV Hamburg and Kaiserslautern.
He earned 4 caps between 1986 and 1988 under Franz Beckenbauer and was a member of the 1988 UEFA European championship squad.
He had a spell at RCD Espanol in the early 90s before returning for final season at Bundesliga with Saarbrucken (1992/93).
Many regard his and Dieter Schatzschneider’s double signing by SV Hamburg in 1983 (to replace Lars Bastrup and Horst Hrubesch) as one of the biggest Bundesliga transfer flops. Others also remarked that were it not for his difficulties with management he would have earned more caps.
He passed away on March 1st from organ failure caused by cirrhosis, aged just 53.

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, March april 1982
(Wolfram Wuttke at Moenchengladbach, 1981/82)

David Craig Mackay 
David Mackay was a Scottish International who starred for Hearts in the 1950s. He later joined Tottenham and was part of the 1960/61 Double winning squad.
He was one of Brian Clough’s first key signings for Derby County in 1968 and helped them to get promoted.
He later turned to management and led Derby County to the League title in 1975.
He also spent nearly a decade in Kuwait in the late 70s and 80s.
He earned 22 caps between 1957 and 1965.
He passed away on March 2nd , aged 80.

Photo From: Scotland, The Team, 1987
(David Mackay)

Error in Casting, Part Five

1- David Platt and Juventus 1992/93
England Captain David Platt arrived at Juventus with high expectations in the summer of 1992. He was expected to shine in a squad containing Roberto Baggio and Gianluca Vialli among others. His first and only season coincided with the implementation  of the rule that clubs could sign as many foreigners as they liked, but only three could play at a given time. Juventus’ other three foreigners: German stopper Jurgen Kohler, Brazilian sweeper Julio Cesar and German midfielder Andreas Moeller were ahead of Platt in the pecking order and as a result his play was limited.
At the end of the season he joined Sampdoria to have more playing time.

Photo From: World Soccer, April 1991
(David Platt at Aston Villa, 1990/91)

2- Richard Witschge and Barcelona 1991/93
Young Dutch midfielder was seen as the bright future of Holland at Ajax. It was inevitable that he would join a big club like Barcelona in 1991. Barcelona Manager Johann Cruyff saw much potential in him having coached him many years before at Ajax.
However, he was also victim of League regulations that allowed four foreigners but only three could play. The three foreign players ahead were more experienced (Ronald Koeman, Michael Laudrup and Hristo Stoichkov) and naturally played more. After two disappointing seasons, he left to join French club Bordeaux and Brazilian Romario replaced him at Barcelona in 1993.

Photo From: World Soccer, September 1991
(Richard Witschge at Barcelona, 1991/92)

3- Colombian stars at Real Valladolid 1991/92
Spanish club Real Valladolid already had Colombian Leonel Alvarez on their books when they signed eccentric goalkeeper Rene Higuita and Captain Carlos Valderrama in the summer of 1991. They went even further by hiring their National Team Manager Francisco ‘Pacho’ Maturana.
However, the Colombian experiment was a fiasco and the three players were all shipped out by midseason. An isolated Maturana was fired by the end of the season.

Photo From: World Soccer, September 1991
(Carlos Valderrama at Real Valladolid, 1991/92)

Photo From: Soccer International, Issue 4, April 1990
(Rene Higuita)

4- John van Loen and Anderlecht 1990/91
Dutch striker John van Loen was signed from Roda JC Kerkrade in the summer of 1990. He was expected to score many goals, however, he never settled and only managed three goals the entire season.  The emergence of 16 year old Ghanaian revelation Nii Lamptey and the consistency of Luc Nilis blocked his path.
He was relieved to return to the Dutch league and joined Ajax at the end of the season.

Photo From: Foot Magazine, Issue 107, September 1990
(John van Loen at Anderlecht, 1990/91)

5- Georges Leekens and Anderlecht 1987/88
Future Belgium National Team manager Georges Leekens was regarded as a rising Manager at Cercle Brugge when he was appointed as Anderlecht Manager in 1987. He joined a squad hampered by the loss of star Enzo Scifo to the Italian League and injury of Juan Lozano, and seemed out of his depth managing a team of Anderlecht’s standing.

Midway through the season he was sacked and replaced by Raymond Goethals.

Photo From: Le Siecle des Diables Rouges, Author: Christian Hubert
(Georges Leekens as Belgian National Team Manager)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Diego Maradona and Michel Platini, Part Seven

Diego Maradona
(Magazine / Language : El Gráfico 1978 / Spanish by Jack Barski and Enrique Omar Sivori) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1713, February 14, 1979 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : EL GRAFICO Nº 3274 (1982)  / Spanish) 
(Magazine / Language : Don Balon, Issue 361, September 7, 1982   / Spanish by Miguel Rico and Miguel Moreno) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1915, December 21, 1982  / French By Andres Merce Varela) 
(Magazine / Language : Start 1983 №14  / Czech By Stefan Rosival) 
(Magazine / Language : Foot Magazine, Issue 39, October 1984  / French By Christian Marteleur) 

Photo From : Foot Magazine, Issue 39, October 1984 
(Diego Maradona at Napoli, 1984/85)

Michel Platini
(Magazine / Language : AS Color, Issue 314, May 24, 1977 / Spanish) 
(Magazine / Language : AS Color, Issue 324, August 2, 1977 / Spanish) 
(Magazine / Language : Don Balon, Issue 100, September 8, 1977 / Spanish) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1656, January 3, 1978 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1658, January 17, 1978 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, new series, issue 29, August, 1982 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, new series, issue 30, September 1982  / French By Serge Mesones) 

(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1912, November 30, 1982  / French By Victor Sinet)  

Photo From : Mondial, new series, issue 29, August 1982
(Michel Platini at Juventus, 1982/83)

The uncapped, Part Seven

1- Frans van Rooy
Dutch midfielder Frans van Rooy started at out PSV Eindhoven. Due to stiff competition he was first loaned to Belgian club Antwerp, before joining them outright.
He was tipped to be capped for Holland’s Friendly vs. Brazil at Rotterdam on December 20, 1989 (0-1 Brazil win), however, an injury deprived him of that chance and he was never called up again.

Photo from: Voetbal International, October 26, 1985
(Frans van Rooy at PSV Eindhoven, 1985/86)

2- Fausto Pari
Italian midfielder Fausto Pari was one of the unsung heroes of Sampdoria’s Scudetto win in 1991.
Arrigo Sacchi called him up in his first ever squad for the EC Qualifier vs. Norway on November 13, 1991 (one to one tie).
However, he never even made the bench and was not called up again.

Photo from: Calcio 2000, Issue 22, August 1999
(Fausto Pari)

3- Peter Luccin
Peter Luccin was one of the bright young hopes of France in the late 90s when he starred at a young age for clubs such as Bordeaux, Olympique Marseille and Paris St. Germain. He was often tipped as a future International. Despite successful stints in the Spanish La Liga with Celta, Real Zaragoza and Atletico Madrid, he was never called up for International duty.

Photo from: World Soccer, September 2000
(Peter Luccin with Paris St. Germain, 2000/01)

4- Harald Kohr
West German striker Harald Kohr was a consistent goalscorer for Kaiserslautern in the late 1980s. International recognition eluded him and he ended up in the Swiss League with Grasshoppers Zurich in 1989.  

Photo from: Fussball Magazin, May 1987
(Harald Kohr with Kaiserslautern)

5- David Burrows
Kenny Dalglish signed promising  English defender David Burrows in 1988 from West Bromwich Albion. He found the competition tough at Liverpool, though he did earn English U-21 and B caps, but was unable to make the leap to earn full International honors.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Football’s Quarrels and Feuds, Part Seven

1- Stephane Demol and Leo Clijsters, 1986-1991
Belgian International defenders Stephane Demol and Leo Clijsters had an ongoing feud as both were vying for the Libero position in the national Team. On the plane to Mexico for the 1986 World Cup, apparently Demol made a public jibe that Clijsters was only coming to carry everyone’s luggage.
Later on, the very first time that started a match together in the heart of defense with Clijsters as Libero and Demol as Stopper, Demol was overheard telling Clijsters that it was the last time he would be playing as Libero since he would replace him.
More often than not it was Clijsters that would start as the Libero.

Photo From: Foot Foot Magazine, May 1990
(Leo Clijsters)

Photo From: Foot Foot Magazine, May 1990
(Stephane Demol)

2- Mario Corso and Giovanni Ferrari, 1962/64
There were many who felt that Internazionale Milano defender Mario Corso was unjustly excluded from Italy’s 1962 World Cup Finals squad for Chile.
The player himself certainly held a grudge. During a Friendly between Inter and the Czechoslovakian National team in March 1964, Italy’s 1962 World Cup selectors Manager Giovanni Ferrari and Paolo Mazza (who made up the Technical Commission) were in the audience.
After scoring a goal, Mario Corso rushed towards the VIP stands and made an obscene gesture directed at them.
He was fined for his actions.

Photo From: 100 Anni del Campionato del Calcio
(Mario Corso)

Photo From: Calcio 2000, Issue 19, May 1999
(Giovanni Ferrari in his playing days)

3- Edgar Davids and Fabio Capello, 1997
When Fabio Capello returned to manage AC Milan in 1997, he sidelined Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids. The temperamental Davids made his displeasure very public. As a result Davids was transferred to Juventus in the November transfer window and found a new lease on life by helping them win the Scudetto.
Capello for his part explained to the media that Davids was a very difficult character. He claimed that he was so difficult that even his former Ajax Manager Louis van Gaal did not sign him for Barcelona like he was doing with his other players and urged the media to ask van Gaal.

Photo From: World Soccer, January 1999
(Edgar Davids)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 131, December 1999
(Fabio Capello)

4- Hugo Sanchez and Leo Beenhakker, 1992
By the 1991/92 season, Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez was at his seventh season at Real Madrid. He had missed a lengthty part of the season due to injury.  When he was fit, Dutch Manager Leo Beenhakker felt he was not ready to start matches and sidelined him for some matches which angered the striker famous for his ego.
Sanchez grew angrier and verbally attacked the Management. Things deteriorated to such a point that he was axed from the team by Club President Ramon Mendoza and trasnfered back to Mexico at the conclusion of the season.

Photo From: World Soccer, Summer 2008
(Leo Beenhakker)

Photo From: Foot Magazine, March 1986
(Hugo Sanchez)

5- Stephem Keshi and Aad De Mos, 1990/91

Nigerian defender Stephen Keshi left Anderlecht at the end of the 1990/91 season because of his difficulties dealing with Dutch Manager Aad De Mos. He even said many felt had left the club because of the Manager.

Photo From: World Soccer, June 1989
(Aad De Mos)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2375, October 15, 1991
(Stephen Keshi)