Photo From: Todo Sobre La Seleccion Espanola, Felix Martialay, 2006
(Spanish national team, Olympics Games, August 29, 1920-Belgium 3-Spain 1)
Photo from: Seleccao Brasileira -90 Anos 1914-2004, Authors Antonio Carlos Napoleao, Roberto Assaf
(From left to right: Martim, Meazza, Domingos and Walter, June 16, 1938-
World Cup- Semi-final-Italy 2-Brazil 1)
Photo From: Shoot, June 18, 1977
(Argentina squad 1977, Standing left to right: Rene Houseman, Daniel Killer, Jorge Olguin, Jorge Carrascosa, Hugo Gatti, Alberto Tarantini
Front Row: from left to right: Americo Gallego, Osvaldo Ardiles, Leopoldo Luque, Ricardo Villa, Daniel Bertoni)
Photo from: Mondial, December 1985
(Brazil lineup, June 8, 1985, Brazil 3-Chile 1, Back Row: From left to right: Leandro, Oscar, Carlos, Edinho, Cerezo, Junior, Front Row: from left to right: Renato, Careca, Zico, Socrates, Eder)
Photo From: Onze, June 1982
(Bordeaux midfielder Jean Tigana)
Photo From: Onze, April 1980
(Internazionale FC Milano midfielder Gabriele Oriali)
Photo From: Onze, April 1981
(Hugo Gatti and Diego Maradona)
Photo From: World Soccer, April 1993
(England and AC Milan midfielder Ray Wilkins vs. Udinese, most likely 1984/85 season)
Photo From: World Soccer, February 1993
(PSV Eindoven Lineup, December 9, 1992-Champions League-PSV 1-AC Milan 2, Back Row: From left to right: Wim Kieft, Ernst Faber, Juul Ellerman, Gheorge Popescu, Hans Van Breukelen,Front Row: from left to right: Romario, Arthur Numan, Edward Linskens, Gerald Vaneneburg, Raymond Beerens, Jan Heintze)
1-Dutchman Ronald Koeman has played for all three big clubs in Holland (Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord).
With his current appointment as Feyenood manager, he has also managed all these three clubs.
Photo From: Voetbal Magazine, Nr. 30, July 1988
(Ronald Koeman between teammate van Tiggelen and soviet Litovchenko, June 12, 1988, Euro Championships, USSR 1-Holland 0)
2-In an interview, Andrei Shevchenko claimed that his manager at Dinamo Kiev, Valeri Lobanovsky, once forced him to train while he was clearly flu/fever stricken to make a statement that he does not show favoritism to anyone.
Photo from: World Soccer, February 2003
(Andrei Shevchenko in AC Milan colors)
3-Current Manchester City manager, the Italian Roberto Mancini was axed from the Italian National team in 1984 after manager Enzo Bearzot caught him break curfew, while the national team was touring North America to play vs. USA and Canada.
He vowed that he would never select him while he was still in charge and kept his word.
Mancini was recalled to the national team after Bearzot’s retirement and Azeglio Vicini’s appointment as national team manager in 1986.
Photo From: World Soccer, April 1997
(Roberto Mancini in his Sampdoria days)
4-Italy and Lazio defender Luciano Re Cecconi was killed on January 18, 1977aged 28 due to a prank gone wrong.
He and a friend went to a jewerely store and pretended they had guns and they were robbing the owner.
The owner unknowingly pulled a gun and shot him.
Photo From: La Nazionale Italiana, 1978
(Luciano Re Cecconi playing for Italy)
5- Englishman David Beckham has scored a goal in three straight World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006). All three were against South American opposition (Colombia (1998), Argentina (2002), Ecuador (2006).And all three were dead ball situations, free kicks vs. Colombia, Ecuador and penalty kick vs. Argentina.
Photo From: World Soccer, September 1999
(David Beckham celebrating after scoring vs Colombia in 1998 World Cup)
12- Jacques Munaron (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht)
13- Michel De Groote (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht)
14-Vincenzo Scifo(Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht)
Team Captain: Jan Ceulemans
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts and White Socks
-Match number 427 for Holland and number 451 for Belgium.
-This was the 115th meeting between the nations.
-This was the second leg of playoff series to qualify for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Each team had finished second in their respective groups. Belgium had finished second behind Poland in Group 1 and Holland had finished behind Hungary in Group 5.
- The first leg of the series, also the previous match between the nations, Belgium had won 1-0 at Brussels on October 16, 1985 on a goal by Frank Vercauteren.
Holland players: Van Breukelen, Wijnestekers, Spelbos, van de Korput, van Tiggelen, Gullit, Rijkaard, van de Kerkhof, de Wit, Tahamata, Hiele and Valke and Belgium players: Pfaff, Gerets, Grun, Clijsters, Vervoort, Vercauteren, vandereycken,, Leo van der Elst,Ceulemans, Munaron, de Wolf and Frank van der Elst were the players remaining from that match.
-The next match between the two nations, as well the next in Rotterdam, would be a friendly in the same stadium on September 9, 1987 that ended in a 0-0 tie.
Holland’s van Breukelen, van Tiggelen and Rijkaard and Belgium players: Pfaff, Gerets, Grun, Clijsters, Vercauteren, Frank van der Elst, Desmet , Ceulemans, de Wolf and Veyt were the players still remaining from that match.
-The previous World Cup qualifier between the nations in the same stadium was on October 14, 1981 and a 3-0 dutch victory.
Holland’s van Breukelen, van de Korput and Wijnestekers and Belgium players: Pfaff, Gerets, Vercauteren, Vandereycken and De Groote were the players still remaining from that match.
-Franck Vercauteren and Frank Rijkaard went on to manage their respective national teams.
-As pointed on previous postings Belgian manager Guy Thys and Belgian defender Leo Clijsters have both passed away since.
-Belgium qualified for the World Cup in Mexico due to the away goals rule.
-Holland failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second straight time.
-Dutch striker Wim Kieft was suspended for this match as he was sent of in the October 16, 1985 match for hitting Vercauteren in the throat In the 4th minute.
-Dutch striker Marco van Basten was suspended from next match due to yellow cards accumulation.
-Belgium Player Gerard Plessers was suspended for this match.
-Belgium players Erwin vandenbergh and DeGrijse missed this match through injury.
-Former Belgian International Ludo Coeck was killed in a car accident on October 9, 1985. His BMW ploughed into crash barriers near the Belgian town of Rumst, while he was on his way to sign for Lierse.
He was born on September 25, 1955, he was 30 years old.
-In the fall of 1985, Belgium defender Eric Gerets earned recall to the national team back from suspension. Though he was stripped of the captaincy for good.
He was suspended for over a year for his role in the Standard-Watershei bribery scandal.
-Dutchmen and Feyenoord players Wijnestekers, Tahama and Hiele were playing in their club’s home stadium.
Photo From: Le Siecle des Diables Rouges, Author: Christian Hubert
(George Grun scoring Belgium’s goal)
-This was Hugo Broos’ first match for Belgium since 1979.
-This was Belgian players Daniel Veyt and Phillipe Desmet’s first match for Belgium. Both were Waregem players.-
-Dutchman Willy van de Kerkhof announced his international retirement after Holland failed to qualify for Mexico.
He was the last player from the 70s glory years to be still in the national team set up.
-Holland manager Leo Beenhakker was interim Coach while Rinus Michels was recovering from surgery.
He also managed Holland during the 1990 World Cup; he has also managed the Polish National team.
Photo From: Rode Duivels & Oranje Leeuwen
-This was John van Loen’s first match for the Dutch national team.
-Belgium’s Eric Gerets was playing for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and was teammates with Gullit, van Breukelen and Valke.
He had been teammates with Tahamata at Standard Liege as well.
He went on to manage PSV Eindhoven.
-Dutch unused substitute Ronald Koeman also managed PSV Eindhoven.
-Dutchman van Loen and van Tiggelen went on to play in the Belgian league for Anderlecht.
-Ronald Koeman, Gullit and Leo Beenhakker have all managed Feyenoord Rotterdam.
-This was Dutch defender Ben Wijnestekers last match for Holland.
-Belgium’s Pfaff and the Dutch van de Korput were both players in the West German Bundesliga.
- The Dutch van de Korput and unused Belgian substitute Enzo Scifo were past and future players for Italian Serie A club Torino.
1-During the 1994 World Cup Brazil’s entire defensive line was changed by the time of the final. Brazil’s manager Carlos Alberto Pareira’s starting defensive line consisted of Jorginho, Ricardo Gomes, Ricrado Rocha and Leonardo. Just before the start of the tournament Ricardo Gomes was injured and was replaced in the starting lineup by Marcio Santos. Ricardo Rocha was injured in the first match vs. Russia and was replaced for the remainder of the tournament by Aldair.
Leonardo was sent off in the second round for elbowing USA’s Tab Ramos.
He was suspended for the rest of the tournament and was replaced by Branco.
Finally during the final match itself vs. italy Jorginho was injured and was replaced by cafu.
Cafu went on to play the 1998 and 2002 World Cup Final matches as well and became the only player to play 3 straight World Cup Final matches.
Brazil Lineup prior to the final vs Italy (July 17, 1994)
2-During the 1978 World Cup match between Italy and Hungary on June 6, 1978 (Italy 3-Hungary 1), Italian Roberto Bettega hit the post 3 times.
He did score once in the match.
Photo From: Azzurri, Storia della Nazionale di calcio tre volte campioni del Mondo, 1910-1983
(Bettega scoring vs, Argentina during 1978 World Cup)
3- The 1996 UEFA European Championships was the first Tournament that Italy took part in with not a single Internazionale FC Milano player in the squad.
Photo from:Onze-Mondial, July 1996
(Italy’s Roberto Donadoni -June 14, 1996 UEFA Euro Championship Czech Republic 2-Italy 1)
4-Italian manager Fabio Capello has won league titles with the three teams that he played as a player (Juventus, Roma and AC Milan).
He led AC Milan to titles in 1992, 1993 ,1994 and 1996. He managed Roma to the 2001 League title. He led Juventus to titles in 2005 and 2006.
The Juventus titles were revoked because of the 2006 Calciopoli scandal.
Photo from: World Soccer, June 1993
(Fabio Capello, 1992/93)
5- During the summer of 1995, Italian Serie A club Lazio had agreed to sell their striker Giuseppe Signori to AC Parma for a significant sum.
However, after Lazio fans protested violently the deal was cancelled.
Photo from: World Soccer, March 1993
(Giuseppe Signori, in action with Lazio during 1992/93 season)
11-Anthony Galvin (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) [15 caps / 0 goals](13-Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (Liverpool Football Club / England) [17 caps / 0 goals]79)
9-Francis Anthony ‘Frank’ Stapleton (Manchester United Football Club / England) [52 caps / 16 goals]
10-John William Aldridge (Oxford United Football Club / England)[5 caps / 0 goals]
Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Team Captain: Francis Anthony ‘Frank’ Stapleton
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Green Shirts, Green Shorts and Green Socks
-Match number 462 for Belgium and number 225 for Republic of Ireland.
-This was the eleventh meeting between the nations.
- Republic of Ireland’s previous victory at Belgium was a friendly on May 25, 1966 at Liege that Republic of Ireland won 3-2.
- Republic of Ireland’s previous match at Brussels, as well as the previous match between the nations, was a World Cup Qualifier in the same stadium on March 25, 1981 that Belgium won 1-0.
Belgium players: Vercauteren and Ceuelemans and Republic of Ireland players: Langan, Moran, Hughton, Brady and Stapelton were the players still remaining from that match.
Belgian Erwin Vandenbergh who remained on the bench in this match played in the 1981 match.
-The next match between the two nations would be the return leg of this UEFA European Championship tie in Belgrade on April 29, 1987 that ended in a 0-0 tie at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road
Belgium’s Pfaff, Grun, Clijsters, Vervoort, Vercauteren, Scifo, Claesen, Desmet and Ceulemans and Republic of Ireland players: Bonner, Moran, Houghton, McGrath, Brady, Galvin, Whelan , Stapelton and Aldridge were the players still remaining from that match.
Photo from:Onze, October 1986
-The next match at Brussels as well as the next time Belgium would win would be a World Cup Qualifier on November 15, 1997 (2-1 Belgium win).
Belgium’s Vander Elst and Republic of Ireland ‘s Houghton were the only players still remaining from that match.
-Ireland were awarded their penalty kick after Stapelton was fouled by Pfaff in the box.
Later Stapelton admitted that the penalty should not have been awarded.
-This was the first official match of Republic of Ireland with Englishman Jacky Charlton as amnager.
-Belgium had just finished fourth in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and this was their first match since the World Cup.
-Republic of Ireland qualified from this European Championship Qualifying Group and qualified for the finals of a major tournament for the first time in its history.
-Belgium’s Eric Gerets was unavaialble for this match.
-Every Irish player was based outside of Ireland. All were british based except Brady who played in Italy for Ascoli.
Belgium’s foreign based players were Pfaff, Desmet, Vandenbergh and Claesen.
Photo from: Mondial, February 1987
-Belgium’s Nico Claesen played in the English League for Tottenham Hotspur. He was teammates with Ireland’s Hughton and Galvin.
-Arsenal defender David O’Leary had been axed from the Ireland squad by Charlton because of his refusal to participate in the Iceland tournament at the end of 1986 season due to a previously scheduled family holiday. He would apologizeand be back in the squad by fall of 1988.
-Franck Vercauteren managed Belgium from May 2009 to end of September 2009.
-Both Ireland’s Brady and Belgium’s Scifo represented Italian Serie A club Internazionale FC Milano in their career. Scifo joined Inter the following season.
-Belgian manager Guy Thys (born December 6, 1922) passed away onAugust 1, 2003.
-Belgian defender Leo Clijsters (born November 9, 1956) passed away on January 4, 2009 at age 52, due to lung cancer. He was the father of Tennis players Kim and Elke.
-Ireland under Jacky Charlton had accepted the grand-parent rule as a criteria for selection eligibility. As a result Englishman John Aldridge and Scottish Ray Houghton were eligible for selection for Ireland.
John Aldridge, in a conversation with club teammate at Oxford David Langan, had mentioned that his grandmother was from Athlone and had moved to England.
Aldridge in return told Charlton about Houghton, whose father was from Donegal.
-The match was played at Brussels’ Heysel Stadium, where over a year earlier, the ill-fated Champions Cup Final between Juventus and Liverpool took place.
Lawrenson , Whelan and Beglin were part of that Liverpool squad.
This was the first competetive match at Heysel since that day.