Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Events and Consequences, Part Three

1- Event:
Belgian club FC Liege setting a transfer fee for Jean-Marc Bosman for his move to French Second Division Club Dunkerque, even though his contract had expired in the summer of 1990.


Photo From: World Soccer, August 1995
(Jean-Marc Bosman)

2- Event:
Marco van Basten scoring all four goals for AC Milan in a Champions League Match vs. IFK Gothenburg on November 25, 1992.

Up until that point Barcelona’s Bulgarian player Hristo Stoichkov had looked the favorite to be France Football’s Ballon d’Or winner.
The hype surrounding this performance, along with his fine form in the Serie A, propelled him to edge ahead in the voting.
His manager Fabio Capello described him as the best player in the World after the match.
Stoichkov himself complained that van Basten was elected ahead of him only because of these 4 goals.

Photo From: World Soccer, March 1995
(Hristo Stoichkov)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, December 1992
(Marco van Basten with AC Milan, 1992/93)

3- Event:
SV Hamburg goalkeeper punching Bayern Munich’s Jurgen Weggman after the latter scored Bayern’s winner in 1987 West German Super Cup (July 28, 1987, Bayern Munich 2-SV Hamburg 1)

Not only was Stein sent off, but he was outright dismissed by Hamburg.
New SV Hamburg manager, the Yugoslav Josip Skoblar, opted for Yugoslavian goalkeeper Mladen Pralija as a replacement.
Pralija was such a disaster that he cost both his and his manager’s job and Hamburg had a poor season.

                            Photo From: Fussball Magazin, January February 1984
(Uli Stein, December 11, 1983, Intercontinetal Cup, Gremio 2-SV Hamburg 1)

4- Event:
The Yugoslavian conflict escalating with the war in Bosnia in 1992.

Yugoslavia, who had qualified for the Finals of the UEFA European Championship Finals were banned, with weeks to go, due to political sanctions imposed.
Denmark, who had finished second in the group, were invited in their place and with minimal preparations surprisingly won the tournament.

Photo from: World Soccer, May 1996
(Denmark squad Euro Champs, June 26, 1992, UEFA European Championships, Denmark 2-Germany 0)

Photo From: France Football, January 4, 1994, Issue 2491
(Yugoslavia’s last squad before the embargo, March 25, 1992, Holland 2-Yugoslavia 0)

5- Event:
Horst Hrubesch and Danish Lars Bastrup leaving SV Hamburg at the end of the successful 1982/83 season.

The designated successors Dieter Schatzschneider and Wolfram Wuttke, acquired from Fortuna Koln and Schalke respectively,  performed well below expectations.
They lost their European Crown vs. Dinamo Bucharest in the second round and lost the League title to Stuttgart.
They were portrayed as the scapegoats for SV Hamburg’s poor 1983/84 season.
Wuttke was able to resurrect his career and reputation to some extent by transferring to Kaiserslautern and even playing for the West German national team.

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, March April 1983
(Dieter Schtazschneider with West Germany’s Youth Team)

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, November 1986
(Wolfram Wuttke with Kaiserslautern)

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