1- Pele and João Saldanha, 1970
The Journalist João Saldanha, was already a controversial and outspoken figure, within Brazil Football circles when he was appointed as Brazil Manager in 1969.
It was no secret that he did not get on well with Pele (among others).
He was fired after contemplating to drop Pele in a match vs Chile in March 1970.
Photo From: World Soccer, August 1992(Pele)
Photo From: Placar, Issue 1370, September 2012(João Saldanha)
2- Wolfram Wuttke and Schalke, 1982
In the spring of 1982, Wolfram Wuttke (then of Borussia Moenchengladbach) sued his former club Schalke.
As a 17 year he had signed and he was promised additional wages after improved performances that were not paid.
The court ruled his suit was valid and was entitled to extra £5,500.
Photo From: Fussball Magazin, Issue 11, November 1989(Wolfram Wuttke)
3- Carlos Manuel and Benfica, 1987/88
Benfica star Carlos Manuel had a falling out with his employers during the 1987/88 season and missed practice sessions in anger.
He transfered to Swiss club Sion midway through the season.
Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 70, December 1985
4- Louis van Gaal and Bryan Roy 1992
In the first few months of the 1992/93 season, Ajax Amsterdam Manager Louis van Gaal dropped International winger Bryan Roy after a falling out.
He remarked that hopefully there is a manager who can get the best out of him.
Roy joined Italian club Foggia shortly thereafter.
Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 29, June 1991(Bryan Roy at Ajax Amsterdam)
Photo From: World Soccer, June 1995(Louis van Gaal)
5- Paulo Roberto Falcao and Dino Viola, 1985
AS Roma’s Brazilian star Paulo Roberto Falcao was injured during the 1984/85 season and had to go to USA for surgery.
AS Roma summoned him back to Italy for medical check but he refused.
Therefore AS Roma President Dino Viola asked the Federation to cancel Falcao’s contract. The Federation sided with Viola and AS Roma signed Poland’s Zbigniew Boniek as a replacement.
Photo From: Calcio 2000, Issue 27, February 2000
(AS Roma President Dino Viola)
Photo From: France Football, Issue 2021, January 1, 1985(Paulo Roberto Falcao after his operation)
Photo From: EL GRAFICO Nº 3319 (1983)(Paulo Roberto Falcao with AS Roma teammate Bruno Conti)