Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The First Time ….., Part Three

1-The First Time an Oriundi represented Italy was on January 18, 1920, when Ermano Aebi represented Italy in a Friendly vs. France (9 to 4 win).
Aebi’s father was Swiss though he was born in Italy.
He also scored three goals in this match, therefore he is the first Oriundi to score for Italy as well.

Photo From: La Nazionale Italiana, 1978
(Ermano Aebi, January 18, 1920, Italy 9-France 4)

2- The First Time that a pair of brothers appeared and won in the World Cup was in 1954 with West Germany’s Walter brothers (Fritz and Ottmar).
The second pair of brothers were England’s Charlton brothers (Jackie and Bobby) in 1966.

Photo From: Deutschlands Fussball Landerspiele, Eine Dokumentation von 1908-1989
(Fritz Walter)

Photo From: Deutschlands Fussball Landerspiele, Eine Dokumentation von 1908-1989
(Ottmar Walter)

Photo From: Voetbal International , August 24, 1985
(Charlton Brothers August 1985)

3- The First Time a player scored a hat trick in an official International match was on March 2, 1878, when Scotland’s John Mc Dougall scored three goals vs. England in a 7 to 2 win.

Photo From: A Scottish Soccer Internationalists' Who's Who, 1872-1986, Author: Douglas Lamming
(Scotland squad, John McDougall is standing at the back row, on the right, March 2, 1878, Scotland 7-England 2))

4- The First Time a substitute ever scored a hat trick was on June 15, 1982, during the World Cup Finals when Hungary’s Laszlo Kiss scored three goals in eight minutes vs. El Salvador in their record 10 to 1 victory.

Photo From: Mondial, Hors Serie, 1982
(Hungary’s Laszlo Kiss)

5- The First Time the England National team Manager appointed had also been capped previously was in 1962 when Alf ramsey was appointed as England’s first sole selector. He officially took charge in 1963.

Photo From: World Soccer, August 1973
(England Manager Alf Ramsey)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Short International Careers, Part Three

1- Gérard Buscher
Gérard Buscher was a striker who started out at OGC Nice.
He exploded on the scene during the 1984/85 season, after joining Brest Armorique from Nantes. During this season, he was one of top goalscorers in the League.
He did receive a few call ups, but his actual debut for the French national team was in a friendly vs. Switzerland on August 19, 1986 (0 to 2 loss).
He started the match but was substituted by Bruno Bellone in the 68th minute.
The following year, after transferring to ambitious Matra Racing Paris, he earned his second and final cap in a friendly vs. West Germany on August 12, 1987 (1 to 2 loss).
In this match he replaced Jean-Pierre Papin in the 55th minute.

Photo From:  Onze, Issue 112, April 1985
(Gérard Buscher with Brest Armorique, 1984/85)

2- Earl Delisser Barrett
Ear Barrett was a defender who made his name with Manager Joe Royle at Oldham Athletic.
He earned his first cap in England’s Tour of Oceania in the summer of 1991 in a match on June 3, 1991 vs. New Zealand (1 to 0 win).
After being overlooked for two years he earned a recall as an Aston Villa player by taking part in another summer tour. This time in 1993 in United States for the US Cup.
He played on June 13, 1993 vs. Brazil (1 to 1 tie) and on June 19th vs. Germany (1 to 2 loss).

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 37, February 1992
(Earl Barrett, June 3, 1991, New Zealand 0-England 1)

3- Alessandro Melli
Alessandro Melli was part of the exciting Parma squad that had earned promotion to Serie A in 1990. In his first few seasons, many predicted a bright future for him with the Azzurri.
It came as no surprise when Arrigo Sacchi selected him for Italy’s World Cup qualifier vs. Malta on March 24, 1993 ( 6 to 1 win).
He earned his second and final cap a few weeks later on April 14, 1993 in another World Cup qualifier vs. Estonia (2 to 0 win).
The following season he fell out of favor as a starter at Parma after the arrival of Gianfranco Zola.
He never recaptured his old form and as a result did not earn any more caps.

                               Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 27, April 1991

(Alessandro Melli)

4- Sebastiano Losada
Sebastiano Losada was a Real Madrid youth product who was on the fringes of the first team, but never really established himself there despite a successful loan spell with RCD Espanol (1987/88).
After leaving Real Madrid, he had two unsuccessful spells for Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
He joined Celta Vigo in 1993 and earned his only cap in a friendly vs. Uruguay on January 18, 1995, when he replaced Juan Antonio Pizzi at halftime.
That was his one and only cap and he retired at the conclusion of that season, aged just 27.

Photo From: Don Balon-Espana-January 23-29, 1995
(Sebastiano Losada, January 18, 1995, Spain 2-Uruguay 2)

5- Abel Resino
Abel Resino was Atletico Madrid’s goalkeeper during the Jesus Gil era.
He had his personal best season during the 1990/91 season when he kept a clean sheet in the League from November to March.
He broke the Spanish First Division record as well as Dino Zoff’s record set in 1972-74 for the Italian national team.
He earned his only two caps during this season in Luis Suarez last two matches as Spain Manager.
In both matches he replaced Andoni Zubizaretta and both matches were losses: March 27, 1991 (came on at haltime, Spain 2-Hungary 4, 3 goals conceded by Abel) and April 17, 1991 (came on 84th minute, Spain 0-Romania 2).

Photo From: World Soccer, April 1991
(Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Abel Resino)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Magazine Awards, Part Four

France Football’s Ballon d’Or:

Year 1986:
Player of the year: Igor Belanov (USSR and Dinamo Kiev)

               Photo From: France Football, Issue 2125, December 30, 1986
(Igor Belanov)

Onze’s Onze d’Or:

Year 1980:
Player of the year: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich and West Germany)

Photo From: Onze, December 1980
(Karl-Heinz Rummenigge)

World Soccer’s Player of the Year:

Year 1985:
Player of the year: Michel Platini (Juventus and France)
Manager of the Year: Terry Venables (Barcelona)

Team of the year: Everton

Photo From: World Soccer, December 1985
(Michel Platini)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Events and Consequences, Part Five

1- Event:
Swedish Tomas Brolin breaking his leg when attempting a tackle in Sweden’s UEFA European Championship qualifier vs. Hungary on November 16, 1994 ( 2 to 0 Sweden win).

Tomas Brolin had been in excellent form for his Italian Club Parma for many seasons and had just had an excellent World Cup in USA 1994.
This injury wrecked his career as he was never the same player afterwards.
By the next season he was transferred to Leeds United. After a disappointing spell he was loaned to FC Zurich and ended up at Crystal Palace, but never regaining his old form.
Finally, on August 12, 1998, Tomas Brolin announced his retirement at age 28, due to injuries.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 72, January 1995
(Tomas Brolin at the instant of his injury, November 16, 1994, EC Qualifier, Sweden 2-Hungary 0)

2- Event:
Republic of Ireland veteran Liam Brady being sent off in the 84th minute of a UEFA European Championship qualifer vs. Bulgaria on October 14, 1987 (2 to 0 Ireland win).

Brady was suspended by UEFA for four official matches.
On November 17, 1987,  Republic of Ireland Manager Jackie Charlton ruled out Liam Brady from the Euro 88 squad unless his 4 match ban was annulled.
This effectively ended Liam Brady’s international career and robbed him of a major Finals appearance.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 98, May 1988
(Liam Brady with West Ham United 1987/88)

3- Event:
Italy’s Giuseppe Signori refusing to play deep left wing in the 1994 World Cup Semifinal match vs. Bulgaria on July 13, 1994 (2 to 1 Italy win).
He wanted to play as a forward.

He effectively ruled himself out of the Final of the World Cup vs. Brazil on July 17th and also was instrumental in ending his international career.
Despite being Italy’s top goalscorer three times in four seasons, Italy Manager Arrigo Sacchi did not select him for the 1996 Euros and according to observers always held this act of defiance against him.

Photo From: Planete Foot, April 1996
(Giuseppe Signori, June 11, 1994, Italy 1-Costa Rica 0)

4- Event:
Barcelona being paired with Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia in the semifinals of the Cup Winners Cup in April 1989.

Barcelona won both matches (4 to 2) and (2 to 1 away). All three of CSKA’s goals were scored by Hristo Stoichkov who caught the eye of Barcelona Manager Johann Cruyff.
He acquired Stoichkov in Fall of 1990 and the rest is Barcelona History.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 40, May 1992
(Hristo Stoichkov and Carlos Mozer, March 1990 Champions Cup quarterfinals between CSKA Sofia and Olympique Marseille)

5- Event:
Scotland’s Tommy Gemmell being sent off vs. West Germany in a World Cup Qualifier on October 22, 1969 in Hamburg (3 to 2 West Germany win).

Upon his return, his Manager at Celtic Glasgow, Jock Stein dropped him for dishonoring the Celtic and Scotland Jerseys.
He was left off of Celtic’s next match in League Cup Final vs. St Johnstone.
He was only told prior match by a Celtic employee to sit in the stands.
As a result he asked to be transferred and this was the beginning of the end of his Celtic career.
Though he stayed another two years before he was actually transferred to Nottingham Forest.

Photo From: World Soccer, July 1967
(Celtic Glasgow’s Tommy Gemmell)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Transfers that did not happen, Part Five

1- Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane nearly joined Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1993 following Nottingham Forest’s relegation. However, he joined Manchester United once he knew they were interested.

Photo From:  Soccer International, September 1993
(Roy Keane upon joining Manchester United)

2- Gianluca Vialli joined Juventus in 1992, however he could have joined them sooner in two previous occasions.
In the summer of 1984, Cremeonse President Domenico Luzzara had offered him to Juventus for 3 million Lira, but at the time Juventus’ Giampiero Boniperti still had doubts in his ability. Therefore, Vialli joined Sampdoria.
In 1987, Juventus came calling with an offer of 10 Million Lira that was refused.

Photo From:  Calcio 2000, Issue 24, November 1999
(Gianluca Vialli as a Cremonese player deciding his future in 1984 with Juventus and Sampdoria jerseys above him, he ended up playing for both in his career)

3- In March 1994, AC Milan’s out of favor French striker Jean-Pierre Papin had an offer to join Tottenham Hotspur.
He refused preferring to wait until the end of the season and then joined Bayern Munich.

Photo From:  Onze-Mondial, January 1993
(Jean-Pierre Papin with AC Milan, 1992/93)

4-In the summer of 1998, Following the World Cup, Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to sign Patrick Kluivert.
However, Kluivert chose to rejoin his former coach Louis Van Gaal at Barcelona instead.

Photo From:  World Soccer, May 2000
(Barcelona’s Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert)

5-Denmark’s Michael Laudrup nearly joined Liverpool in the summer of 1983. Apparently all was signed for a three year contract. However, after some refelction Liverpool came back and offered the same terms for a four year contract. Laudrup refused and instead joined Juventus, who loaned him to Lazio for a couple of seasons.

Photo From:  Mondial, July 1986
(Denmark’s Michael Laudrup, to the left are Scotland’s Gordon Strachan and Alex McLeisch, June 4, 1986, World Cup, Denmark 1-Scotland 0)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Eric Batty, Brian Glanville and other World Soccer Columns- Part Six

I.  Eric Batty

WS Magazine Issue: November 1964                   
Article Title(s): ‘Only Three Real Chiefs’
-Eric Batty’s analysis of top 3 managers     

WS Magazine Issue: April May 1974
Article Title(s): ‘It’s goals that count’
-Eric Batty’s Analysis on goalscoring

WS Magazine Issue: August 1981     
Article Title(s): ‘England must train together longer’
-Eric Batty’s discussing the state of English National team

WS Magazine Issue: September 1969 and September 1971  
Article Title(s):  ‘Best XI?’ and ‘Class is a Vital Factor’
-The World XI selections for the years 1969 and 1971.

II.   Brian Glanville

WS Magazine Issue: April 1966
Article Title(s): ‘The Score Means Well’-Entertainment, does it take second place?’
-Discussing results at the cost of entertainment argument

WS Magazine Issue: April 1972
Article Title(s): ‘England were right to pull out of Brazil’
-Discussing the England National Team’s decision not to take part in Brazil’s Independence Cup

WS Magazine Issue: December 1984
Article Title(s): ‘Italy and the Cameroons? No case to answer?’
- His regular Column

WS Magazine Issue: August 1994
Article Title(s): ‘Brian Glanville’s Last Word’
- His regular Column with his thoughts on the World Cup in USA 1994

III.  Other Writers:

a) Stuart Shaw

WS Magazine Issue: April 1965
Article Title(s): ‘Eastham or Haynes’
-Stuart Shaw comparing the two players

b) Leslie Vernon

WS Magazine Issue: August 1973
Article Title(s): ‘Brazil prove there is hope for football with victory over the Scots’

c) Keir Radnedge

WS Magazine Issue: August 1982
Article Title(s): ‘The British World Cup Posrt-Mortem’
-Discussing the performance of British nations during the 1982 World


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Soccer Books, Part Six-France National team

The best books about the History of the French National Team.

These are the books that I have chosen:

Book I
‘Capitaines des bleus depuis 1904’
Author: Vincent Duluc
Published in 2003.
Written Language: French

This is not a statistical book about matches and results.
This book has a brief biography and profile of French Captain.

‘Capitaines des bleus depuis 1904’ Cover

Book II
‘L'Aventure des bleus, les 50 plus belles histoires de l'equipe de France de Football’
Authors: Alain Mercier and Cyril Pocreaux
Published in 2004.
Written Language: French

This is not a statistical book about matches and results.
This small size book has 50 anecdotes and stories around the national team.

‘L'Aventure des bleus, les 50 plus belles histoires de l'equipe de France de Football’ Cover

Book III
‘L'Equipe de France de Football, L'Integrale des 497 rencontres (1904-1991)’
Authors: J.M.Cazal, Pierre Cazal, Michel Oreggia
Published in 1992.
Written Language: French

This book covers every France national Team match with lineups and statistical information until 1991 and players’ information.

‘L'Equipe de France de Football, L'Integrale des 497 rencontres (1904-1991)’ Cover

Book IV
‘L'Integrale de L'Equipe de France de Football (1904-1998)’
Authors: J.M.Cazal, Pierre Cazal, Michel Oreggia
Published in 1999.
Written Language: French

This book covers every France national Team match with lineups and statistical information until 1999 and players’ information.
It is a supplement to the above mentioned book

‘L'Integrale de L'Equipe de France de Football (1904-1998)’ Cover

Book V
‘L'Equipe, L'equipe de France de Football,La Belle Histoire’
Authors: Pierre-Marie Descamps, Jacques Hennaux, Serge Laget, Gerard Ejnes
Published in 2004.
Written Language: French

This big book is perhaps the best book about the History of the French National team with written history plus lineups at the end with many archival photographs and newspaper clippings.

‘L'Equipe, L'equipe de France de Football,La Belle Histoire’ Cover

Book VI
‘Les Bleus’
Author: Denis Chaumier
Published in 2004.
Written Language: French

This is not a statistical book about matches and results.
This book has a biography of every France National team player.

‘Les Bleus’ Cover

Book VII
‘Les Bleus, le livre Officiel de L'equipe de France’
Author: Dominique Grimault
Published in 2001.
Written Language: French

This is not a statistical book about matches and results.
This book is about the History and important events surrounding the French National team.

‘Les Bleus, le livre Officiel de L'equipe de France’ Cover

‘L'Histoire Secrete des bleus, 1993-2002’
Author: Eric Maitrot, Karim Nedjari
Published in 2003.
Written Language: French

This is not a statistical book about matches and results.
This book talks about the inside story of the French National Team during the period 1993-2002.

‘L'Histoire Secrete des bleus, 1993-2002’ Cover

If any one knows of other books pertaining to this topic, please do not hesitate to leave a post.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Articles on Teams and Events-Part 27

An Articles about Englishman Charlie Mitten, the so-called ‘Bogota Bandit’ who joined Colombia’s Pirate League of the 1950s
(Magazine / Language : Goal, September 1997 / English, By Michael Hodges) 

Four articles about Brazil national Team’s Tour of Europe in the Summer of 1983
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1939, June 7, 1983 / French, By Alain Fontan)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, June 1983 / English, By Ricardo Weiss) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, July 1983 / English, By Eric Batty) 
(Magazine / Language : Onze, August 1983 / French, By Jair da Cuica)

Photo From: Onze, August 1983
(June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1)

Photo From: Mondial, August 1983
(June 17, 1983, Switzerland 1-Brazil 2)

Photo From: Mondial, August 1983
(June 22, 1983, Sweden 3-Brazil 3)

Two articles about Dutch players at Aberdeen 
(Magazine / Language : Voetbal International, December 23, 1989 / Dutch, By Johann Derksen) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, January 1990 / English, By Alan Fairley) 

Photo From: World Soccer, February 1993
(Aberdeen’s Dutch player, Hans Gillhaus)

An article about the Italy and Poland World Cup match from 1974

(Magazine / Language : Calcio 2000, Issue 22, August-September 1999  / Italian)  

Photo From: Azzurri, Storia della Nazionale di calcio tre volte campioni del Mondo, 1910-1983
(Fabio Capello scoring, June 23, 1974, World Cup, Poland 2-Italy 1)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Player Profiles-Part 27

Four profiles on 1960s and 70s England and Manchester United’s Bobby Charlton
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, November 1960 / English, By Graham Payne) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, April 1983 / English, By Phillip Rising) 
(Magazine / Language : Four Four Two, September 1994 / English, By Paul Simpson) 
(Magazine / Language : Calcio 2000, March 1999 / Italian) 

                                     Photo From: Four Four Two, September 1994
(Bobby Charlton and Clodoaldo, Bobby Moore is in the background, June 7, 1970, World Cup, Brazil 1-England 0)

Five profiles and one Interview with Soviet and Ukrainian legend Oleg Blokhin
(Magazine / Language : Onze, January 1976 / French, By Jean-Claude Buguin) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1928, March 22, 1983 / French, By Karl-Heinz Heimann) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, January 1985 / English, By Terry Bushell) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, November 1985 / English, By Arthur Rotmil) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, August 1989 / English, By Gregor Tassie) 
(Magazine / Language : Calcio 2000, March 1999 / Italian) 

Photo From: Onze, April 1977
(Oleg Blokhin, March 20, 1977, Tunisia 0-USSR 3)

Eight Profiles on Welsh striker Ian Rush
(Magazine / Language : Football Monthly, August 1980 / English, By Tony Pullein) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, April 1984 / English, By Derick Allsop) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, January 1987 / English, By Derick Allsop) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, October 1987 / English, By Jane Nottage) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, January 1988 / English, By Brian Glanville) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, September 1988 / English, By Keir Radnedge) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, January 1993 / English, By David Prole) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, March 1993 / English, By Dave Smith) 

Photo From: World Soccer, March 1993
(Liverpool’s Ian Rush, 1992/93)

Six profiles and one interview with Colombia’s Faustino Asprilla
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, August 1992 / English, By Ray Della Pietra)
(Magazine / Language : Onze-Mondial, October 1993 / French, By Thierry Hubac and Alain Gadoffre)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, December 1993 / English, By Paddy Agnew)
(Magazine / Language : Onze-Mondial, April 1994 / French, By Thierry Hubac and Alain Gadoffre)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, April 1996 / English, By Keir Radnedge)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, June 1997 / English, By Jonathan Shallard)

(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, September 1998 / English, By Keir Radnedge)

Photo From: World Soccer, December 1993
(Faustino Asprilla with Colombia)