Friday, May 26, 2017

Politics and The Game, Part Eight

1- Wim van Hanegem and Germany 1974
Dutch star Wim van Hanegem was known to be antagonistic towards Germans due to his experiences stemming from the Second World War.
His father, two brothers and one sister were killed in the War.
After the 1974 World Cup Final against West Germany (July 7, 1974, West Germany 2-Holland 1), he stated "I didn't give a damn as long as we humiliated them. They murdered my father, sister and two brothers. I am full of angst. I hate them."

Photo From: Panini, World Cup 1974
(Holland’s Wim van Hanegem)

2- Ruud Gullit and Nelson Mandela, 1987
When Ruud Gullit was awarded the 1987 Ballon d’Or, he dedicated his trophy to the then-jailed South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2177, December 29, 1987
(Ruud Gullit)

3- Spain and Czechsolovakia, 1967
Czechoslovakia hosted Spain on October 1, 1967 in a UEFA European Championship qualifier in Prague (1-0 Czech win).
The Spanish Federation protested since the Spanish Anthem that was played was that of the Second Spanish Republic (Himno de Riego).
The Second Spanish Republic governed Spain (1931/1939) before the takeover of General Franco.

Photo From: se Lvickem na prsou-Authors O.Bartunek, J.Kalat
(Czechoslovakia squad, October 1, 1967, EC Qualifier, Czechoslovakia 1-Spain 0)

Photo From: Todo Sobre La Seleccion Espanola, Felix Martialay, 2006
(Spain squad, October 1, 1967, EC Qualifier, Czechoslovakia 1-Spain 0)

Photo From: (Magazine Source unknown) / Contribution From a blog viewer (special thanks to Jose Luis Carbonell)
(October 1, 1967, EC Qualifier, Czechoslovakia 1-Spain 0)

4- Albania and Greece, 1985
Albania were initially scheduled to host Greece for a World Cup Qualifier on April 17, 1985 at Tirana.
However, after the death of Albania’s leader Enver Hodja, the match was postponed. It took place on October 30, 1985 (1-1 tie).

5- Angel Cappa
1960s and 70s player Argentinean Angel Cappa fled Argentina in exile in 1978 due to his opposition to Videla regime. He was also active in the ‘Peronismo de Base’ political party.

When Argentina played Holland on May 22, 1979 at Berne, Switzerland, Cappa along with some of his colleagues placed a flag that read "Videla Asesino”.

The Best Players to never appear in a World Cup, Part Eight

1- Stefano Eranio
Italy and AC Milan midfielder was set to be part of the 1994 World Cup, however, a last minute injury deprived him of the opportunity and instead Nicola Berti was called up as his replacement.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 31, August 1991
(Stefano Eranio)

2- Jose Toure
France and Nantes’ Jose Toure was in line to be selected for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, however, a serious injury midway through the season ended his World Cup hopes.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 71, March 1986
(Jose Toure)

3- Ray Clemence
English goalkeeper Ray Clemence was unlucky to be part of the English Football Generation that failed to qualify for the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.
He was selected for the 1982 World Cup, however, Peter Shilton was the starter and Clemence saw no action.

Photo From: Mondial, New series, issue 5, August 1980
(Ray Clemence)

4- Nicolae Ungureanu
Romania defender Nicolae Ungureanu participated and helped Romania qualify for the 1990 World Cup by playing in the crucial qualifier vs. Denmark on November 15, 1989. However, he was out of favor shortly thereafter and did not play for Romania again.

Photo From: Panini, Euro 84
(Nicolae Ungureanu)

5- Johnny Bosman
Dutch forward Johnny Bosman narrowly missed out in making the Finals squad for the 1990 World Cup and was out of reckoning despite earning sporadic caps in the next few years.
When Ruud Gullit left the Dutch camp prior to departure for the 1994 World Cup, Dutch Manager Dick Advocaat called up Bosman as Gullit’s replacement.
However, in the World Cp itself, Bosman saw no action.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 104, October-November 1988
(Johnny Bosman at Mechelen, 1988/89)

Honorable Mention:
Players who participated in a World Cup match but their presence was limited and negligible that would be considered tantamount to a non-presence.

Gunter Netzer
The West German maestro Gunter Nezter had been the hero of the 1972 Euros but at the 1974 World Cup, Wolfgang Overath started ahead of him.
Nezter’s only contribution in the World Cup was coming on as a substitute in the last 20 minutes of the match vs. East Germany (June 22, 1974, World Cup, West Germany 0-East Germany 1).

 Photo From: Fussball Magazin, Issue 6, September October 1977
(Gunter Nezter with Overath, June 22, 1974, World Cup, West Germany 0-East Germany 1)

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, Issue 6, September October 1977
Gunter Nezter, June 22, 1974, World Cup, West Germany 0-East Germany 1)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Managers/players as Journalists, Part Eight

Two Columns by French Manager Albert Batteux
(Magazine / Language : Miroir du Football , Issue 271, August-September, 1976 / French)
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2230, January 3, 1989 / French)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2230, January 3, 1989
(Albert Batteux)

One column by English midfielder Ray Wilkins
 (Magazine / Language : Shoot, May 27, 1978 / English) 

Italian star Roberto Bettega responding to readers’ questions
(Magazine / Language : Guerin Sportivo, Issue 669 (Number 47), November 18-24, 1987 / Italian)

Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, Issue 669 (Number 47), November 18-24, 1987
(Roberto Bettega)

Former Swiss player and then journalist Norbert Eschmann
(Magazine / Language : Miroir du Football , Issue 249, October 8, 1975 / French)
(Magazine / Language : Miroir du Football, Issue 250, October 23, 1975 / French)

Mysteries, Legends and Conspiracy Theories, Part Eight

1- Germany wearing Green for its alternate uniform
It has been repeated in many outlets that the reason (West) Germany has been using a Green Jerseys, as its alternate uniform, is as an homage to the Republic of Ireland who were the first team to play Germany after World War II.
There is no clear evidence asto that being the case, but in any case it was Switzerland, who were the first team to play West Germany following World War II.  The match was a friendly in Stuttgart on Novemebr 22, 1950 (1-0 win).
The Germans met the Irish for their fifth match following the War in a Friendly in Dublin on October 17, 1951 (3-2 Irish win).

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

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 23, February 1982
(Paul Breitner, May 24, 1981, World Cup Qualifier, Finland 0-West Germany 4)

2- Ronaldo not signing at Flamengo as a youth
It has been said that Ronaldo was a big Flamengo fan and wanted to join the squad’s youth set up.
It has been reported that Flamengo turned him down because they did not want to pay for his bus fare that he would have needed.
It is unclear if this is the actual motive or they may have been other factors involved.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 69, October 1994
(Ronaldo at Cruzeiro)

3- Seth Johnson transfer to Leeds United, 2001
English player Seth Johnson’s transfer from Derby County to Leeds United in 2001 has been the subject of an urban legend for some time.
According to the story, Johnson and his agent had agreed upon a certain wage demand before going to the meeting with Leeds President Peter Ridsale.
Once there, Ridsdale made an offer that was substantially more than they could have hoped for. When they expressed their disbelief, Ridsdale mistakenly felt they were still haggling and offered an even higher wage,
All parties have denied this version of the events. Many believe this was a fabricated story aimed to highlight Peter Ridsdale’s extravagant expenditures that eventually led Leeds to the lower Divisions on the brink of bankruptcy.

Photo From: Calcio 2000, Issue 28, March 2000
(Seth Johnson at Derby County)

4- Claudio Coutinho, 1978 World Cup
There has been rumors that during the 1978 World Cup, following Brazil’s second match vs, Spain (0-0), Brazil Manager Claudio Coutinho was stripped of his powers.
A meeting was held at Brazil Team’s headquarters that night and Admiral Heleno Nunes (Head of Brazil Sports Authority) was now calling the shots.
The observers pointed out to the replacement of Reinaldo by Roberto Dinamite in the squad as evidece as Roberto was thought to be a Nunes choice.
According to others, it was a Selection committee (including Coutinho and Nunes) that were making the decisions.
Some have suggested that initially Coutinho had offered to resign but his request was refused.
In the ensuing matches Coutinho still sat on the bench but was clearly not the main decision taker.
Coutinho himself denied this but rumors still persisted through the decades.

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1680, June 20, 1978
(Claudio Coutinho) 

5- Ruud Gullit dropping out of Holland’s 1994 World Cup squad
Dutch star who had recently made a comeback for the National Team and was eager to participate in the 1994 World Cup, abruptly withdrew himself from the squad on May 30, 1994.
He did not specify reasons but that he would give explanations at a later date.
It was thought that he opposed Manager Dick Advocaat's attacking tactical approach that Gullit felt would not work humid conditions in Florida.
The real motives are still somewhat unclear.
Johnny Bosman was called up as his replacement.

Photo From: World Soccer, July 1994
(Dick Advocaat and Ruud Gullit in the press conference announcing Gullit’s withdrawal)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Oriundis and Other Naturalized Internationals, Part Eight

1- Antonio Valentin Angelillo -Argentina and Italy 1950s and 1960s
Argentina forward Antonio Angelillo was born in Buenos Aires and represented for Argentina in the 1950s.
He joined Internazionale Milano in 1957 and played in the Italian League for over a decade.
He took up Italian Citizenship and played twice for his new Nation in the 60s.

(Antonio Valentin Angelillo at AC Milan)

2- Ferenc Puskas-Hungary and Spain, 1950s and 1960s
The Hungarian Legend played for his Nation in the 40s and 50s. He fled Hungary at the onset of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.
He made his way to Real Madrid and in time became a Spanish citizen.
He represented Spain on four occasions in the 60s.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 36, January 1992 
(Ferenc Puskas)

3- Jean Tigana-Mali and France, 1980s
French star from the 1980s Jean Tigana was raised in France but was actually born in Bamako in Mali.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 53, August 1984
(Jean Tigana, June 27, 1984, UEFA European Championships, France 2-Spain 0)

4- Miroslav Klose-Poland and Germany, 1990s/2000s/2010s
German striker Miroslav Klose was born in Opole in Poland and arrived in Germany as a young boy in the 80s. His father Josef was a Polish International who had a spell in France with Auxerre.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 192, January 2005
(Miroslav Klose)

5- Omari Tetradze-Georgia and Russia, 1980s/1990s/2000s
Omari Tetradze was a Georgian defender in the 80s and 90s. He opted for Russian Nationality after the break-up of the Soviet Union and played for his new Nation for over a decade.
Note: He changed his last name from Osipov to Tetradze at the age of 18.

Teams of the year, Part Eleven

France Football annually ranks National Teams per calendar year, and ESM (European Sports Magazines) select the ‘Team of the season’ by position

France Football’s Team of the Year

Year 1979:
Europe: Yugoslavia

The rankings and matches of the year
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1760, January 1, 1980 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1761, January 8, 1980 / French) 

Photo From: World Soccer, June 1995
(Yugoslavia Manager in 1979, Milan Miljanic)

ESM’s Team of the Year

Season 2004/05
Petr Cech (Czechsolovakia and Chelsea)
Carles Puyol (Spain and Barcelona)
John Terry (England and Chelsea)
Fabio Cannavaro (Italy and Juventus)
Ronaldinho (Brazil and Barcelona)
Deco (Portugal and Barcelona)
Mark van Bommel (Holland and PSV Eindhoven)
Frank Lampard (England and Chelsea)
Andrei Shevchenko (Ukraine and AC Milan)
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon and Barcelona)
Arjen Robben (Holland and Chelsea)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Panini Copa America, Part Four

Panini Copa America 1999:

1999 Nation: Bolivia 

Panini Copa America 2001:

2001 Nation: Canada  

Panini Copa America 2004:

2004 Nation: Bolivia  

Panini Copa America 2007:

2007 Nation: Peru  

Panini Copa America 2011:

2011 Nation: Bolivia 

Panini Copa America 2015:

2015 Nation: Bolivia   

Panini UEFA European Championships, Part Four

Panini Europeo 1980:

Nations: Greece   

Panini Euro 1984:

Nations: Yugoslavia 

Panini Euro 1988:

Nations: Spain 

Panini Euro 1992:

Nations: England  

Panini Euro 1996:

Nations: Romania and France  

Panini Euro 2000:

Nations: Turkey and Italy 

Panini Euro 2004:

Nations: Switzerland and Croatia  

Panini Euro 2008:

Nations: Germany and Poland   

Panini Euro 2012:

Nations: Germany and Portugal  

Panini Euro 2016:

Nations: Spain and France  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Panini World Cups, Part Nine

Panini World Cup 1974:

Nations: Yugoslavia and Scotland 

Panini World Cup 1978:

Nations: Tunisia and Hungary

Panini World Cup 1982:

Nations: Northern Ireland and Honduras 

Panini World Cup 1986:

Nations: Paraguay and USSR 

Panini World Cup 1990:

Nations: Brazil and Scotland  

Panini World Cup 1994:

Nations: Republic of Ireland and Norway 

Panini World Cup 1998:

Nations: France and South Africa  

Panini World Cup 2002:

Nations: Brazil and Turkey  

Panini World Cup 2006:

Nations: Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden 

Panini World Cup 2010:

Nations: South Korea and Greece  

Panini World Cup 2014:

Nations: Chile and Australia