Monday, May 30, 2011

September 11, 1991 England 0-Germany 1

September 11, 1991
England 0-Germany 1
Venue: London - The Empire Stadium Wembley              
Attendance: 59,500
Referee: Aleksei Spirin (USSR)
Goalscorers: (England): None
                      (Germany): Karlheinz Riedle 45
1- Christopher Charles Eric Woods  (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club) [25 caps / 0 goals]
2- Lee Michael Dixon (Arsenal
Football Club-London) [9 caps / 1 goals]
3- Anthony Robert Dorigo (
Leeds United Association Football Club) [7 caps / 0 goals]
6- Gary Andrew Pallister (Manchester United
Football Club) [5 caps / 0 goals]
5- Paul Andrew Parker  (Manchester United
Football Club) [17 caps / 0 goals]
4- David Batty
(Leeds United Association Football Club) [6 caps / 0 goals]
8- Trevor Mc Gregor Steven (Olympique de Marseille / France)
[31 caps / 3 goals]  (16-Paul Charles Merson (Arsenal Football Club-London) [1 caps / 0 goals] 66)
7- David Andrew Platt
(Associazione Sportiva Bari / Italy) [23 caps / 7 goals]
9- Alan Martin Smith
(Arsenal Football Club-London) [8 caps / 1 goals]
11- John Akin Salako (Crystal Palace
Football Club-London) [5 caps / 0 goals]  (14-Paul Andrew Stewart (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London)  [1 caps / 0 goals] 66)
10- Gary Winston Lineker (Tottenham Hotspur
Football Club-London) [69 caps / 45 goals]

Coach: Graham Taylor

Other Subs:
12- Keith Curle (Manchester City Football Club)
13- David Andrew Seaman (Arsenal Football Club-London)
15- Nigel Howard Clough (Nottingham Forest Football Club)

Team Captain: Gary Winston Lineker
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, White Socks

1-Bodo Illgner (1. Fußball-Club Köln 01/07 e.V.) [29 caps / 0 goals]
2-Manfred Binz (Eintracht Frankfurt e.V.) [4 caps / 0 goals]
5-Stefan Effenberg (Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V.) [2 caps / 0 goals]
4-Jürgen Kohler (Juventus Football Club -Torino/ Italy) [37 caps / 0 goals]
6-Guido Buchwald (Verein für Bewegungspiele Stuttgart 1893 e.V.) [44 caps / 0 goals]
8-Thomas Häßler (Associazione Sportiva Roma / Italy)  [23 caps / 1 goals]
10- Lothar Herbert Matthäus (Internazionale Football Club- Milan / Italy)  [89 caps / 18 goals]
7-Andreas Möller (Eintracht Frankfurt e.V.) [16 caps / 3 goals]
3-Andreas Brehme (Internazionale Football Club- Milan / Italy)  [63 caps / 8 goals]
9-Karlheinz Riedle (Società Sportiva Lazio / Italy) [15 caps / 4 goals]
11-Thomas Doll (Società Sportiva Lazio / Italy) [4 caps / 0 goals]  (13-Jürgen Klinsmann (Internazionale Football Club- Milan / Italy) [33 caps / 9 goals] 80)

Coach: Hans-Hubert ‘Berti’  Vogts
Booked: Brehme, Kohler

Other Subs:
12- Andreas Kopke (1.Fußball-Club Nürnberg -Verein für Leibesübungen e.V.) 
14- Dietmar Beirsdorfer (Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V.)
15- Uwe Bein (Eintracht Frankfurt e.V.)
16- Andreas Thom (Turn und Sportverein Bayer 04 Leverkusen e.V.) 

Team Captain: Lothar Herbert Matthäus
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Green Shirt (with German flag colors across), White Shorts and Green socks


-Match number 674 for England and number 575 for Germany.

-This was the first meeting between England and a unified Germany since 1938.

-This was the 20th meeting between the two nations.

-This was England’s first loss under Graham Taylor after 12 matches and the first loss since July 7, 1990 when England lost to Italy in World Cup 1990 third place match.

-Germany’s last victory at Wembley was a 2-1 win on October 13, 1982. German captain Lothar Matthaus was the only player from both sides who played in that match.

-England would not defeat Germany until June 17, 2000 when they defeated Germany 1-0 in the 2000 UEFA European Championship.

-The first match between the two nations since 1990 World Cup Semifinal.

Photo : from World Soccer, February 1992

-For Germany, 8 players who played in the 1990 Semifinal were present, while Moeller,
Kopke and Bein were on the bench that day.
For England only 4 players remained: Parker, Platt, Steven and Lineker. While Woods, Dorigo and Seaman remained on the bench that day.

-This is the first time Germany has worn its green colored (away) uniform since that 1990 semifinal vs England.

-For most of 1991, Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley were out of favor with England manager Taylor.
The exclusion of Waddle, who was having an excellent season with French club Olympique Marseille, baffled France manager Michel Platini. He claimed that not only would Waddle be an automatic selection (were he French), but he would remain in the team indefinitely.

Photo from: World Soccer, October 1991

-English Players Mark Wright, Des Walker, Stuart Pearce and John Barnes missed this match through injury.

-For the second half of 1990-1991, Arsenal’s David Seaman was established as starting number one goalkeeper due to his impressive form in the league.
Chris Woods, now back in the English League, was once again the starting national team goalkeeper.

-The English squad selected for this match was announced on September 2, 1991
Goalkeepers: Chris Woods, David Seaman
Defenders: Lee Dixon, Gary Charles, David Burrows, Tony Dorigo, Gary Pallister, Tony Adams, Paul Parker, Keith Curle
Midfielders/Strikers: Geoff Thomas, David Platt, Trevor Steven, David Batty, Paul Stewart, John Salako, Tony Daley, Nigel Clough, Gary Lineker, Alan Smith, Paul Merson, David Hirst

Photo from: World Soccer, October 1991

-During the off-season German captain Lothar Matthaus nearly joined Real Madrid, but Inter refused his demand.

On September 7, 1991, Germany announced that Rudi Voeller, Thomas Helmer and Stefan Kuntz would be out injured.
Stefan Kuntz injured himself as he slipped while he was getting off his club Kaiserslautern’s team bus before a league match with Bayern Munich.

-The German squad selected for this match was announced on September 2, 1991
Goalkeepers: Bodo Illgner, Andreas Kopke,
Defenders: Dietmar Beirsdorfer, Andreas Brehme, Guido Buchwald, Thomas Helmer, Jurgen Kohler, and Stefan Reuter
Midfielders/Strikers: Uwe Bein, Andreas Moller, Stefan Effenbeeg, Thomas Hassler, Stefan Kuntz, Lothar Matthaus, Mathias Sammer, Thomas Doll, Karl Heinz Riedle, Jurgen Klinnsman, Rudi Voller

-Riedle scored from a cross by Doll. The two had just become teammates at Italian Club Lazio. Englishman Paul Gascoigne would join them next season.

Photo From: England, Player by Player, Author: Graham Betts

-Thomas Doll had an additional 29 caps and 7 goals scored for East Germany.

-Thomas Doll was the only former East German on the field. Andreas Thom remained on the bench. The other notable former East German player, Matthias Sammer, was unavailable for this match.

-English Players Paul Stewart and Paul Merson earned their first caps for England.

-Trevor Steven and David Platt were the only English players to be playing for foreign clubs.

-Seven members of Germany’s team were playing in the Italian Serie A. The eighth player, Stefan Reuter, was injured the day before the match and had to withdraw. The following season Andreas Moeller would also join Italy’s Serie A.

-Manfred Binz replaced injured Reuter in the starting lineup.

-Germany’s starting right back, Thomas Berthold was not selected as he was serving a suspension for being sent off in a June European Championship qualifier against Wales. Since he was suspended for a minimum of 5 matches, he was not considered for selection.

-Jurgen Klinnsman would play for English Club Tottenham in two separate spells (1994-95 and 1998).

-Karl-Heinz Riedle would play for English club Liverpool (1997-99).

-John Salako’s last match for England.

Match Reports:

The Best of Enemies-England v Germany-1991

England, The Complete Post War Record-1991 England 0-Germany
Match Video:

Friday, May 27, 2011

March 23, 1988 England 2-Holland 2

March 23, 1988
England 2-Holland 2
Venue: London - The Empire Stadium Wembley              
Attendance: 74,590
Referee: Adolf Prokop (East Germany)
Goalscorers: (England): Lineker 13-Adams 61      
                    (Holland) : Adams (Own Goal) 20-Bosman 25
1- Peter Leslie Shilton (Derby County Football Club) [95 caps / 0 goals]
2- Gary Michael Stevens (Everton Football Club-Liverpool) [20 caps / 0 goals]
3- Kenneth Graham Sansom (Arsenal Football Club-London) [80 caps / 1 goals]
5- Anthony Alexander Adams (Arsenal Football Club-London) [7 caps / 2 goals]
6- David Watson (Everton Football Club-Liverpool) [9 caps / 0 goals] (12-Mark Wright (Derby County Football Club) [18 caps / 0 goals] 72)
4- Trevor Mc Gregor Steven (Everton Football Club-Liverpool) [19 caps / 3 goals]
8- Neil John Webb (Nottingham Forest Football Club)  [5 caps / 1 goals] (15-Glenn Hoddle (Association Sportive de Monaco  / France) [48 caps / 8 goals] 69)
7- Bryan Robson  (Manchester United Football Club) [62 caps / 21 goals]
11- John Charles Bryan Barnes (Liverpool Football Club) [36 caps / 6 goals]
9- Peter Andrew Beardsley  (Liverpool Football Club) [20 caps / 4 goals] (16-Mark Wayne Hateley (Association Sportive de Monaco / France)  [26 caps / 9 goals] 35)
10- Gary Winston Lineker (Fútbol Club Barcelona / Spain) [28 caps / 24 goals]

Coach: Robert William Robson

Team Captain: Bryan Robson
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, White Socks

1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) [34 caps / 0 goals]
5-Hubertus Aegidius Hermanus ‘Berry’ van Aerle (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) [5 caps / 0 goals]
2-Jacob ‘Sjaak’ Troost  (Feyenoord Rotterdam) [3 caps / 0 goals]
4-Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) [22 caps / 3 goals]
3-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Matra Racing de Paris / France) [19 caps / 0 goals]
6-Jan Jacobus Wouters (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) [12 caps / 0 goals]
10-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit  (Associazione Calcio Milan –Milano / Italy) [33 caps / 11 goals] (14-Hendrik ‘Hendrie’ Krüzen (Den Bosch 67 Football Club- 's-Hertogenbosch) [2 caps / 0 goals] 60)
8-Arnoldus Johannes Hyacinthus ‘Arnold’ Mühren (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  [16 caps / 3 goals]
7-Gerald Mervin Vanenburg (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) [21 caps / 1 goals]
11-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) [14 caps / 2 goals]  (12-Adick Johannes Herman Koot (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) [1 caps / 0 goals]  83)
9-Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) [10 caps / 10 goals]

Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels

Other Subs:
Peter Sylvester Bosz (RKC (Rooms-Katholieke Combinatie)- Waalwijk)
Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  
Willem Cornelis Nicolaas ‘Wim’ Kieft (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)

Team Captain: Ruud Gullit  
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Orange Shirt, White Shorts and Orange socks


-Match number 631 for England and number 443 for Holland.

- Koeman assumed captaincy after Gullit was substituted.

- The teams met a few months later again at the European Championships, with Holland winning 3-1.

-On January 26, 1988, Holland manager Rinus Michels agreed to manage West German club Bayer Leverkusen for the following season.

-Holland squad selected for this match on March 17
Goalkeepers:Van Breukelen,Hiele
Defenders: Spelbos,Troost, Koeman, Silooy
Midfielders / Strikers: Muhren,Wouters,Van Aerle,Vanenburg,Kruzen, Gullit, Bosman,Vant Schip

-Adick Koot, Peter Bosz and Kieft were later called up

-Dutch starting defender Adri Van Tiggelen of Anderlecht was unavaialble for this match.

-Dutchman Frank Rijkaard was unavailable for this match, he had recently transfered to Real Zaragoza after walking out at Ajax.


-National Team debut for Adick Koot.

-Tony Adams scored an own goal for Holland and then also scored for England.

-Tony Adams scored the own goal by diverting Jan Wouters’ cross into his own net.

- The last match between the nations was on May 25, 1982 also at Wembley, England winning 2-0. For England, Shilton, Sansom and Robson were present at that match, for Holland, Van Breukelen and Muhren appeared at that match, as well as Wim Kieft , though he remained on the bench for this 1988 match.

-Marco Van Basten missed this match through injury.

-Both managers were past and future managers of FC Barcelona.

-Both managers have since passed away, Rinus Michels (9 February 1928 – 3 March 2005) and Bobby Robson (18 February 1933 – 31 July 2009).

-Bobby Robson would manage dutch club PSV Eindhoven in the 1990s.

-Arnold Muhren once played for Ipswich Town FC and Manchester United FC in England. In fact his manager at Ipswich was Bobby Robson. He was teammates with Brian Robson at Manchester United.

-Gullit later played and managed Chelsea FC in England. Hans Van Breukelen was the goalkeeper of Nottingham Forest in England (1982-1984).

-Both teams’ goalkeepers were once Nottingham Forest goalkeepers.

-Glenn Hoddle managed England (1996-1999).

Match Reports:

 Match Video:

June 10, 1987-Italy 3-Argentina 1

June 10, 1987
Italy 3-Argentina 1
Venue: Zürich –Hardturm Stadion (Grasshoppers-Club Zürich), Switzerland
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Joel Quiniou (France)
Goalscorers: (Italy): De Napoli 27-Garré (own goal) 33-Vialli 88      
                    (Argentina): Maradona 62
 1-Walter Zenga (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)  [9 caps / 0 goals]  (12-Stefano Tacconi (Juventus Football Club-Torino) [1 caps / 0 goals] 46)
2-Ciro Ferrara (Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli)  [1 caps / 0 goals]
3-Luigi De Agostini (Hellas-Verona Associazione Calcio) [3 caps / 0 goals]
4-Salvattore Bagni (Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli)  [37 caps / 4 goals] (15-Giuseppe Dossena (Torino Calcio 1906) [38 caps / 1 goals] 88)
5-Giovanni Francini (Torino Calcio 1906) [4 caps / 0 goals]
6-Roberto Tricella (Hellas-Verona Associazione Calcio)  [10 caps / 0 goals]
7-Roberto Donadoni (Associazione Calcio Milan) [8 caps / 1 goals] (16-Gianfranco Matteoli (Internazionale Football Club- Milano) [5 caps / 0 goals]77)
8-Fernando de Napoli (Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli)  [13 caps / 1 goals]
9-Alessandro Altobelli (Internazionale Football Club- Milano) [52 caps / 23 goals] (18-Aldo Serena (Juventus Football Club-Torino) [8 caps / 1 goals] 49)
10-Giuseppe Giannini (Associazione Sportiva Roma)   [7 caps / 0 goals]
11-Gianluca Vialli (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  [17 caps / 2 goals]

Coach: Azeglio Vicini

Other Subs:
Mauro Tassotti (Associazione Calcio Milan)  
Alessandro Renica (Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli)  
Roberto Mancini (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  

Team Captain: Alessandro Altobelli
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Diadora
Uniform Colors: Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Blue Socks

1-Sergio Javier Goycochea (Club Atlético River Plate- Buenos Aires) [1 caps / 0 goals]
9-José Luis Cuciuffo (Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield -Buenos Aires) [8 caps / 0 goals]
13-Oscar Alfredo Garre (Club Ferrocarril Oeste-Buenos Aires) [37 caps / 0 goals]
2-Sergio Daniel Batista (Asociacion Atletica Argentinos Juniors- Buenos Aires) [13 caps / 0 goals]
19-Oscar Alfredo Ruggeri (Club Atlético River Plate- Buenos Aires) [27 caps / 3 goals]
5-Jose Luis Brown (Brest Armorique Football Club / France) [22 caps / 1 goals]
3-Raul Roque Alfaro (Club Atlético River Plate- Buenos Aires) [1 caps / 0 goals] (Oscar Alberto Dertycia (Instituto Atletico Central Córdoba-Córdoba)  [12 caps / 1 goals]   73)
20-Dario Andres Sivisky (Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro- Buenos Aires) [1 caps / 0 goals]  (4-Claudio Paul Caniggia (Club Atlético River Plate- Buenos Aires) [1 caps / 0 goals]  85)
11-Juan Gilberto Funes (Club Atlético River Plate- Buenos Aires) [1 caps / 0 goals] (17-Pedro Pablo Pasculli (Unione Sportiva Lecce / Italy) [16 caps / 5 goals]   59)
10- Diego Armando Maradona (Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli  / Italy) [55 caps / 27 goals]
16-Julio Jorge Olarticoechea (Asociacion Atletica Argentinos Juniors- Buenos Aires) [13 caps / 0 goals] (18-Hernan Edgardo Diaz (Club Atlético Rosario Central-Rosario) [1 caps / 0 goals]  46)

Coach: Carlos Salvador Bilardo

Other Subs:
Jorge Osvaldo Bartero (Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield -Buenos Aires)
Nestor Ariel Fabbri (Racing Club de Avellaneda-Avellaneda - Buenos Aires)
Jose Carlos Fantaguzzi (Club Ferrocarril Oeste-Buenos Aires)
Walter Osvaldo Perazzo (Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro- Buenos Aires)

Team Captain: Diego Armando Maradona  
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Le Coq Sportif
Uniform Colors: Light Blue/White Striped Shirt, Black Shorts and White Socks

Photo From: El Grafico 1987

-Match number 441 for Italy and number 588 for Argentina.

-This match was held in Zurich , Switzerland, as a special match to inaugurate the 1990 World Cup. The opponents were the host nation (Italy) and the defending champion (Argentina).
Pele was a special guest and was at the center circle before kickoff with the respective captains and received a medal.

-This was Argentina’s first official match, since becoming World Champions the previous year.

-Both Captains (Altobelli and Maradona) were previous World Cup winners.

- Alessandro Altobelli captained Italy in the abscence of Antonio Cabrini.
- Salvatore Bagni assumed captaincy for Italy in the second half. Therefore for the second half both captains were Napoli players.

- Italy's First choice defenders Bergomi, Ferri (both Inter), Franceo Baresi (AC Milan) and Antonio Cabrini (Juventus) all unavailable for this match.
-Italian unused substitute Alessandro Renica never played for Italy.

- Italian unused substitute Mauro Tassoti would not gain his first cap until 5 years after this match (October 14, 1992-WC qualifier Italy 2-Switzerland 2), which made him at age 32 Italy's oldest ever debutant.
-Argentinian players, Maradona and Pasculli were playing Italian Serie A clubs. (Napoli and Lecce)

-Maradona was clubmates with Italian players: Ferrara, Bagni, de Napoli and Renica. Francini also joined Napoli in the offseason.

-Argentinians Ruggeri, Dertycia and Caniggia also joined Italy’s Serie A eventually.

-Claudio Caniggia joined Italian club AS Roma in 1992-93 and was a teammate of Giannini.

-Stefano Tacconi and Ciro Ferrara’s debut for Italy.

- Goycochea , Alfaro ,Sivisky, Caniggia , Funes  and Hernan Edgardo Diaz made their national team debut for Argentina.

- Argentinian player  Juan Gilberto Funes (8 March 1963 - 11 January 1992) passed away less than 5 years after this match due to a heart attack.

-Fernando de Napoli’s only goal scored for Italy.

- Giuseppe Dossena’s last match for Italy.

- Before this match, Italy had not scored a goal in 3 full matches.

-Sergio Goycochea started in goal for Argentina as Pumpido was unavailable.

-Argentina debutant Caniggia would score the goal vs Italy at World Cup 1990 that contributed to Italy's elimination.

-Both goalkeepers were their respective nations' goalkeepers at the penalty kick shoot-out at Worls Cup 1990 between thet two teams.

-The last time previous that Argentina defeated Italy was back in 1956.

-For Italy’s second goal, Oscar Alfredo Garre deflected a shot from Vialli into the net.

-This was the first match between the nations since the previous year’s World Cup. Maradona scored in both matches.

-Donadoni, Maradona and Batista became national team managers of their respective nations.

-This was the first time since 1982 World Cup vs Brazil, that Argentina had conceded 3 goals in a match.

-Argentina’s goal credited to Maradona was actually a volley by Diaz which deflected off of Maradona into the net. Maradona did not actually take a shot.

-The Original Argentina squad selected for this match:
On May 8, 1987
Goalkeepers: Goycochea,Bartero
Defenders: Garre,Ruggeri,Cuciffio,Clausen,Monzon,Fabbri,Balbis,H.Diaz
Midfield/Strikers : Giusti,Batista,Tapia,H.Enrique,Siviski,
JLRodriguez,Perazzo, Funes,Dertycia,Caniggia

The European based players then joined the squad.

Match Video: