Saturday, February 28, 2015

Football’s Quarrels and Feuds, Part Seven

1- Stephane Demol and Leo Clijsters, 1986-1991
Belgian International defenders Stephane Demol and Leo Clijsters had an ongoing feud as both were vying for the Libero position in the national Team. On the plane to Mexico for the 1986 World Cup, apparently Demol made a public jibe that Clijsters was only coming to carry everyone’s luggage.
Later on, the very first time that started a match together in the heart of defense with Clijsters as Libero and Demol as Stopper, Demol was overheard telling Clijsters that it was the last time he would be playing as Libero since he would replace him.
More often than not it was Clijsters that would start as the Libero.

Photo From: Foot Foot Magazine, May 1990
(Leo Clijsters)

Photo From: Foot Foot Magazine, May 1990
(Stephane Demol)

2- Mario Corso and Giovanni Ferrari, 1962/64
There were many who felt that Internazionale Milano defender Mario Corso was unjustly excluded from Italy’s 1962 World Cup Finals squad for Chile.
The player himself certainly held a grudge. During a Friendly between Inter and the Czechoslovakian National team in March 1964, Italy’s 1962 World Cup selectors Manager Giovanni Ferrari and Paolo Mazza (who made up the Technical Commission) were in the audience.
After scoring a goal, Mario Corso rushed towards the VIP stands and made an obscene gesture directed at them.
He was fined for his actions.

Photo From: 100 Anni del Campionato del Calcio
(Mario Corso)

Photo From: Calcio 2000, Issue 19, May 1999
(Giovanni Ferrari in his playing days)

3- Edgar Davids and Fabio Capello, 1997
When Fabio Capello returned to manage AC Milan in 1997, he sidelined Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids. The temperamental Davids made his displeasure very public. As a result Davids was transferred to Juventus in the November transfer window and found a new lease on life by helping them win the Scudetto.
Capello for his part explained to the media that Davids was a very difficult character. He claimed that he was so difficult that even his former Ajax Manager Louis van Gaal did not sign him for Barcelona like he was doing with his other players and urged the media to ask van Gaal.

Photo From: World Soccer, January 1999
(Edgar Davids)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 131, December 1999
(Fabio Capello)

4- Hugo Sanchez and Leo Beenhakker, 1992
By the 1991/92 season, Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez was at his seventh season at Real Madrid. He had missed a lengthty part of the season due to injury.  When he was fit, Dutch Manager Leo Beenhakker felt he was not ready to start matches and sidelined him for some matches which angered the striker famous for his ego.
Sanchez grew angrier and verbally attacked the Management. Things deteriorated to such a point that he was axed from the team by Club President Ramon Mendoza and trasnfered back to Mexico at the conclusion of the season.

Photo From: World Soccer, Summer 2008
(Leo Beenhakker)

Photo From: Foot Magazine, March 1986
(Hugo Sanchez)

5- Stephem Keshi and Aad De Mos, 1990/91

Nigerian defender Stephen Keshi left Anderlecht at the end of the 1990/91 season because of his difficulties dealing with Dutch Manager Aad De Mos. He even said many felt had left the club because of the Manager.

Photo From: World Soccer, June 1989
(Aad De Mos)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2375, October 15, 1991
(Stephen Keshi)

The First Time ….., Part Nine

1-The First time that a Republic of Ireland International came on as a substitute was in a World Cup Qualifier on April 8, 1934 (Holland 5-Ireland 2).
Alfred Horlacher replaced William Jordan in the 40th minute.

Photo From: Football Association of Ireland-75 Years, Author Peter Byrne, 1996
(Alfred Horlacher, May 11, 1930, Belgium 1-Ireland 3)

2- The First Time ever that a Danish player became a Professional was when
Carl William Hansen of BK 1903 Copenhagen joined Scotland’s Rangers Glasgow in 1921.

Photo From: IFFHS, Danmark (1908-1940), Sverige (1908-10940)
(Carl William Hansen, October 1918 before an International , October 6, 1918, Denmark 4-Norway 0)

3- The First Time that an English League match was televised was on August 29, 1936, Arsenal 3-Everton 2.

4- The First Time that a Welsh international was ever sent off was in a World Cup Qualifier, on September 28, 1973 (Poland 3-Wales 0), when Trevor Hockey was sent off in the 39th minute.

5- The First Time that a Home Team (British) lost at home to a foreign opposition was when Scotland lost a Friendly vs. Austria on December 13, 1950 at Glasgow (0-1 loss).

Photo From: Österreichs Fußball Länderspiele Chronik 1902 – 1993, Author: Anton Egger
(Austria squad, December 13, 1950, Scotland 0-Austria 1)

Photo From: Österreichs Fußball Länderspiele Chronik 1902 – 1993, Author: Anton Egger
(Theodor Wagner and William Alexander Woodburn, December 13, 1950, Scotland 0-Austria 1)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Short International Careers, Part Nine

1- David Gerald Unsworth
Everton defender David Unsworth caught the eye of Terry Venables in Everton’s FA Cup winning run of 1994/95.
For the Umbro Cup that was to take place in the summer of 1995, Unsworth was called up as a replacement after Tony Adams had to withdraw because of injury.
His only cap was in the very first match on June 3rd, 1995 vs. Japan (2-1 win).
He was never called up again.

Photo From: Calcio 2000, Issue 27, February 2000
(David Unsworth)

2- Pascal Baills
French defender Pascal Baills was a teammate of Laurent Blanc at Montpellier. His solid performances allowed Montpellier to reach the quarterfinals of the Cup Winners Cup in 1990/91 where they were eliminated by Manchester United.
He earned his only cap a few weeks after this elimination when he came on as a substitute for Pascal Vahirua in the 56th minute of France’s EC Qualifier vs. Albania at Paris (March 30, 1991, France 5-Albania 0).
His total International career amounted to 34 minutes. He was never called up again as a big move to Olympique Marseille in the offseason did not increase his chances, since he was unable to break into such a competitive squad full of Internationals.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 25, February 1991
(Pascal Baills with Montpellier, 1990/91)

3- Massimiliano Cappioli
Italian Midfielder Massimiliano Cappioli was a member of the Cagliari squad that earned promotion to the Serie A in 1990 and qualified for the UEFA Cup in 1993.
These performances earned him a move to AS Roma in 1993. Arrigo Sacchi selected him only once in a Friendly vs. France in Naples on February 16, 1994 (1-0 France win).
He replaced Giovanni Stroppa in the 65th minute. Therefore his International career amounted to 25 minutes.

Photo From: Guerin Sportivo-January 30-February 5, 1991
(Massimiliano Cappioli with Cagliari, 1990/91)

4- Jerry Murrien de Jong
Dutch defender Jerry De Jong was signed by PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 1989. He earned only 3 caps in his career and all were during the 1990/91 season and all were European Championship qualifiers.
November 21, 1990-Holland 2-Greece 0
December 19, 1990-Malta 0-Holland 8
April 17, 1991-Holland 2-Finland 0
He is the father of current Dutch International Nigel De Jong.

Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, de histoire van oranje, 1989-1995, Authors: Matty Verkamman and Henk Mees
(Jerry De Jong before his first ever cap, November 21, 1990, EC Qualifier, Holland 2-Greece 0)

5- Paul Steiner
Long serving Koln defender Paul Steiner was previously uncapped when he was surprisingly chosen, as a 33 year old,  as one of the final 22 members of West Germany’s 1990 World Cup winning squad by Franz Beckenbauer.

His only cap was prior to the World Cup, when he replaced Klaus Augenthaler in the second half of a Friendly vs. Denmark on May 30, 1990 at Gelsenkirchen (1-0 win). He never played for Germany again.

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, January february 1984
(FC Koln’s Paul Steiner, 1983/84)

Magazine Awards, Part Ten

France Football’s Ballon d’Or:

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

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1812, December 30, 1980
(Karl-Heinz Rumemnigge)

Onze’s Onze d’Or:

Year 1988:
Player of the year: Marco van Basten (Holland and AC Milan)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 156, December 1988

World Soccer’s Player of the Year:

Year 1991:
Player of the year: Jean-Pierre Papin (France and Olympique Marseille)
Manager of the Year:  Michel Platini (France)
Team of the year: France

Photo From: World Soccer, December 1991
(Jean-Pierre Papin)

France Football’s African Ballon d’Or:

Year 1977:
Player of the year: Tarak Dhiab (Tunisia)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1658, January 17, 1978
(Tarak Dhiab)

France Football’s African Ballon d’Or

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Events and Consequences, Part Eleven

1- Event:
Kaiserslautern and West German forward Klaus Toppmöller being involved in a car accident in June 1976

As a result of the accident, he had amnesia for two days. He lost the opportunity to represent West Germany during the 1976 UEFA European Championships that was to take place that month.

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, September october 1977
(Klaus Toppmöller and Pirri, May 22, 1976, European Championship, West Germany 2-Spain 0)

2- Event:
Italy and AC Milan midfielder Roberto Donadoni signing with Lotto in January 1991.

Donadoni was already contracted with Diadora. There was a clause in his contract that made reneweing priority, which he did not respect.
Diadora sued and two years later in  March 1993, the Tribunal of Treviso made the following ruling:
Donadoni was forced to wear Diadora for 2 more years and 3 months and pay damages for not respecting the contract.

Photo From: 100 Anni del Campionato del Calcio
(AC Milan’s Roberto Donadoni)

3- Event:
England’s Roy McFarland’s foul on Polish Captain Włodzimierz Lubański on June 6th, 1973 (World cup Qualifier, Poland 2-England 0).

Włodzimierz Lubański was the star of the Poland squad that had won the Previous year’s Olympic title. The injury forced him out of Football for nearly two years. As a result he missed the chance to participate in the 1974 World Cup that Poland finished third.
Years later in his autobiography, he stated that McFarland’s foul was not entirely responsible for the severity of his injury, he was in fact already carrying an injury that had not sufficiently healed.

Photo From:  Foot Magazine, Issue 17, October 1982
(Włodzimierz Lubański )

4- Event:
France’s Gilbert Gress refusing to get a hair cut in 1966.

Future Great manager Gilbert Gress was ordered by France Manager Henri Guerin to get a haircut in order to be called up for the national Team.
Gress refused and as a result Guerin did not select him for the 1966 France World Cup squad.

Photo from: Les Bleus Author Denis Chaumier, 2004
(Gilbert Gress)

5- Event:
Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland’s James Paul Holmes’ injury vs. Bulgaria in Sofia (EC Qualifier, May 19, 1979, Bulgaria 1-Republic of Ireland 0).

James Paul Holmes was harshly tackled by Ivan Iliev, as a result his leg was broken. He was taken to a Bulgarian Hospital where the plaster was cast on too tight. He was in so much pain on the return flight, that they were forced to land in Geneva to replace the plaster.

He endured many more operations and was out of the game for nearly a year. Although he managed to earn one more cap for Ireland in 1981, the injury in Sofia effectively ended his career.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Transfers that did not happen, Part Eleven

1- In early 1969, Juventus had approached England manager Alf Ramsey to take over as Manager. However, Alf Ramsey declined the offer.

Photo From: World Soccer, August 2009
(Alf Ramsey)

2- In the Spring of 1987, Real Madrid’s Mexican striker expressed that he wanted to leave Real. He was dissatisfied with his salary and had been approached by Internazionale Milano. In the end he stayed at Real Madrid.

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2336, January 15, 1991
(Hugo Sanchez)

3- In April 1973, Internazionale Milano disclosed that they had offered Ajax 300 Million Lira to acquire Johann Cruyff after the 1974 World Cup. The Offer was refused and he joined Barcelona months later.

Photo From: World Soccer, March 1999
(Johann Cruyff)

4-In December 1977,  Franz Beckenbauer and his Manager Robert Schwan lodged a protest against the West German Postal Service. On December 10, 1977, at midnight (transfer deadline date), they sent documentation to DfB (West German Federation) to play for TSV Munich 1860 for a few months to stay in shape for the upcoming NASL season with the New York Cosmos.
However, the Federation said  they received the letter on December 13th and said in any case would have refused a temporary transfer.
Some later suggested Bayern Munich President Wilhelm Neudecker did everything to block the move behind the scenes.

Photo From: World Soccer, March 1999
(Franz Beckenbauer)

5-In the summer of 1985, Manchester United’s Republic of Ireland striker was given the green light by his club to discuss with French club Bordeaux for a possible transfer. Stapelton stayed at Manchester United and Bordeaux instead signed Werder Bremen’s Uwe Reinders.

Photo From: Start1988_july18_№30
(Frank Stapelton)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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

I.  Eric Batty

WS Magazine, November 1966
Article Title(s): ‘Pattern will soon be followed
-Eric Batty’s analysis on Switzerland      

WS Magazine Issue: June 1973
Article Title(s): ‘Juventus could shock Ajax and snatch victory-European Cup Final preview
-Eric Batty ‘s erroneous prediction for the 1973 Champions Cup

WS Magazine Issue: November 1981     
Article Title(s): ‘Commercialism-An Alternate Opinion
-Eric Batty discussing commercialism in Football

WS Magazine Issue: December 1985 and October 1986
Article Title(s):  ‘World’s Best?’, ‘Diego-Out, Gary-In’
-The World XI selections for the years 1985 and 1986.
Note; He did not publish Team of the Year for 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1988

II.   Brian Glanville

WS Magazine Issue: November 1966
Article Title(s): ‘Wingers exist after all’ 
-Discussing England’s wingers debate

WS Magazine Issue: June 1973
Article Title(s): ‘Regionalization must be accepted before soon’
-Brian Glanville ‘s regular column

WS Magazine Issue: November 1981
Article Title(s): ‘Sloppy England, Boring Best, Negative Everton, What a Month’, ‘St Etienne knocked out
- His regular Column and under his pseudonym of Andre Duclos reporting on the French scene

WS Magazine Issue: World Soccer, July 1995
Article Title(s): ‘Blatter’s tackle from behind’
-         His regular Column

III.  Other Writers:

a) Brian Marshall

WS Magazine Issue: March 1966
Article Title(s): ‘Lift this foreign ban
-Brian Marshall advocating a stop to the ban of foreign born players in the English league

b) Leslie Vernon

WS Magazine Issue: July 1973
Article Title(s): ‘Journalists must not tread on too mamy toes
          - Leslie Vernon discussing Football Journalists

c) Leslie Vernon

WS Magazine Issue: November 1981
Article Title(s): ‘Hungarian squad is not young but they could still reach Spain
-Discussing the Hungarian national Team

d) Keir Radnedge

WS Magazine Issue: July 1995

Article Title(s): His Regular Column ‘Keir Radnedge Commentary’

Soccer Books, Part Twelve- Austria and Hungary National teams

The best books about the History of the Austria and Hungarian National Teams.

These are the books that I have chosen:

Book I
‘Österreichs Fußball Länderspiele Chronik 1902 – 1993’
Author: Anton Egger
Published in 1993.
Written Language: German

This book is the absolute best book about the Austrian national team with full lineups and player directory.
There are many archival photographs including team photos in black and white.

‘Österreichs Fußball Länderspiele Chronik 1902 – 1993’ Cover

Book II
Author: Mezo Laszlo
Published in 1987.
Written Language: Hungarian

Pocket sized book that has the lineups of every Hungarian National team lineup plus a directory of all the players. No Photographs.

‘Futball-Adattra’ Cover

Book III
‘Ria! Ria! Hungaria’
Author:  Peter Hofmann
Published in 2000.
Written Language: Hungarian

Excellent statistical book that contains every lineup of Hungary plus a small write up about each match, as well a players’ directory.

‘Ria! Ria! Hungaria’ Cover

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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Articles on Teams and Events-Part 33

Three articles about El Salvador’s national team that qualified for the 1982 World cup
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, March 1982 / English by Jeff Cross) 
(Magazine / Language : El Grafico, Issue 3251 / Spanish by Jose Luis Barrio) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, June 1982 / English by Eric Weil) 

Photo From: World Soccer, June 1982
(El Salvador squad)

An article about Psych games that Managers use
(Magazine / Language : Four Four Two, issue 32, April 1997  / English By Paul Simpson) 

An Article about the break up of the Iron Curtain  in 1989 and its effect on Soccer transfers from Eastern Bloc Nations
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, January 1990 / English By Ian MacLeod) 

Photo From: World Soccer, January 1990
(Czechoslovakia’s Lubos Kubik and Ivo knofilcek who had defected to the west during the 1988/89 season)

An Article about the decline of Manchester City in the 1990s
(Magazine / Language : Goal, December 1996 / English By Bill Borrows)  

Photo From: Goal, December 1996
(Manchester City’s Tony Brook, Dennis Tueart and Peter Swales)
decline of Manchester City

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Player Profiles-Part 33

Seven profiles and two Interviews on 60s Argentinean-born Italian International Omar Sivori
(Magazine / Language : Football Magazine , Issue 11, December 1960  / French By Renato Morino)
(Magazine / Language : Football Magazine, Issue 24, January 1962 / French)
(Magazine / Language : France Football, November 3, 1964 / French)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, August 1965 / English by Eric Batty)
(Magazine / Language : AS Color, Issue 79, November 21, 1972  / Spanish By M. De Robles)
(Magazine / Language : El Grafico , Issue 3064, June 27, 1978 / Spanish)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, May 1999 / English)
(Magazine / Language : Calcio 2000, Issue 22, August 1999 / Italian)
(Magazine / Language : Calcio 2000, Issue 25, December 1999 / Italian by Carlo F. Chiesa)

Photo From: Football Magazine, Issue 24, January 1962
(Omar Sivori)

Eight profiles and one Interview with 1970s Argentina and Saint Etienne star Oswaldo Piazza
(Magazine / Language : Onze, Issue 12, December 1976 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : Onze, Issue 24, December 1977  / French By Francois-Rene Simon) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, old series, issue 25, December 1978 / French by Alain Dauer) 
(Magazine / Language : Onze, Issue 39, March 1979 / French By Robert Nataf)
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, old series, issue 32, July 1979 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, old series, issue 34, September 1979  / French) 
(Magazine / Language : Onze, Issue 46, October 1979  / French By Francois-Rene Simon) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, New series, issue 4, July 1980 / French by Jose Luis Barrio) 
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, New series, issue 13, April 1981 / French) 

Photo From: Onze, Issue 12, December 1976
(Oswaldo Piazza)

Three Profiles and three Interviews on Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, February 1990 / English By Rosy Broglia)
(Magazine / Language : Onze-Mondial, Issue 17, June 1990 / French by Thierry Hubac) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2309, July 10, 1990  / French by Jean-Michel Larque) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, May 1991 / English By Paddy Agnew)
(Magazine / Language : Soccer International, December 1992 / English)
(Magazine / Language : Calcio 2000, Issue 19, May 1999  / Italian by Marco Tarozzi)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 17, June 1990
(Walter Zenga)

Five profiles and two Interviews on Portugal’s Rui Costa
(Magazine / Language : Onze-Mondial, Issue 71, December 1994 / French By Frederic Hamelin and Alain Gadoffre) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, April 2000 / English By Nick Bidwell)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, Summer 2000 / English By Dominique Antognoni)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, September 2001 / English By Dominique Antognoni)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, April 2002 / English By Paddy Agnew)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, Summer 2002 / English By Dominique Antognoni)
 (Magazine / Language : World Soccer, February 2008/ English)

Photo From: World Soccer, Summer 2000
(Rui Costa)