Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pelé and seleção-Part 4


(Magazine / Language : Placar, Issue 3, April 3, 1970 / Portuguese)
(Magazine / Language : AS Color, Issue 72, October 3, 1972 / Spanish)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, March 1975 / English)
(Magazine / Language : Don Balon, Issue 190, May 29, 1979 / Spanish)
(Magazine / Language : Foot Magazine, Issue 76, February 1988 / French)
(Magazine / Language : Don Balon, Edicion Chile, Issue 256,  April 25-May 5, 1997 / Spanish)
(Magazine / Language : Calcio 2000, Issue 36 Suppplement, November-December 2000 / Italian)

Photo From: Foot Magazine, Issue 76, February 1988

National Team

Brazil National team 1977 World Cup qualifiers
(Magazine / Language :  Onze, Issue 20, August 1977 / French)

Brazil News
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1761, January 8, 1980 / French)

Brazil National team ‘Special Bresil’ 
(Magazine / Language : Onze, Issue 115, July 1985  / French)

Brazil national Team
(Magazine / Language : Onze-Mondial, Issue 101, June 1997 / French)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 20, August 1977
(Edinho, July 10, 1977, World cup Qualifier, Brazil 1-Peru 0)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff, Part Five

Franz Beckenbauer

(Magazine / Language : Placar, Issue 8, May 8, 1970 / Portuguese)
(Magazine / Language :  AS Color, Issue 321, July 12, 1977 / Spanish)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, January 1981 / English)
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2333, December 25, 1990 / French)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, June 1983 / English)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, October 1993 / English)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, July 1994 / English)

Photo From : World Soccer, June 1983
(Franz Beckenbauer)

Johan Cruyff

(Magazine / Language : Voetbal International, February 28-March 5, 1977 / Dutch)
(Magazine / Language : AS Color, Issue 338, November 8, 1977 / Spanish)
(Magazine / Language : Voetbal International, July 30, 1988  / Dutch)
(Magazine / Language : Onze-Mondial, Issue 25, February 1991  / French)
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2488, December 14, 1993  / French)
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2563, May 23, 1995  / French)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, March 1999 / English)

Photo From : France Football, Issue 2563, May 23, 1995  
(Johan Cruyff)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Keep it in the Family, Part Five

1- Miguel Angel and Xabi Alonso
1970s and 80s Spanish midfielder Miguel Angel ‘Pericho’ Alonso is the father of current Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso.

Photo From: Panini, World Cup 1982
(Miguel Angel ‘Pericho’ Alonso)

Photo From: World Soccer, September 2003
(Xabi Alonso at Real Sociedad)

2- Frantisek and Bohumil Vesely
1960s and 70s Czechoslovakia International Frantisek and Bohumil Vesely were brothers. They both represented their Nation in the 1970 World Cup.

Photo From: Panini, World Cup 1970
(Bohumil Vesely)

Photo From: se Lvickem na prsou-Authors O.Bartunek, J.Kalat
(Frantisek Vesely)

3- Tommy Svensson and Joachim Bjorklund
Tommy Svensson, 1960s and 70s Swedish International (and later National Team Manager in the 90s) was the uncle (from his mother’s side) of 90s International defender Joachim Bjorklund.
Svensson in fact managed him at International level.

Photo From: World Soccer, June 1992
(Tommy Svensson)

Photo From: Panini, World Cup 1994
(Joachim Bjorklund)

4- Bum Kun Cha and Du Ri Cha
Bum Kun Cha, South Korean star form the 70s and 80s is the father of 2000s South Korea International Du Ri Cha.

Photo From: Mondial, old series, issue 37, December 1979
(Bum Kun Cha at Eintrahct Frankfurt)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 206, March 2006
(Cha Du-Ri)

5- Victor and Vyacheslav Chanov
1980s Dinamo Kiev goalkeeper Victor Chanov was the brother of Vyacheslav Chanov who tended the net in the 870s and 80s for Shakhtar Donestk and Torpedo Moscow.
Not only were both goalkeepers, but both also made the USSR’s 1982 World Cup Finals squad as back-ups to Rinat Dassayev.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 27, April 1991
(Victor Chanov)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Politics and The Game, Part Nine

1- Holland and Switzerland 1979
Holland hosted Switzerland in a UEFA European Championship qualifier on March 28, 1979 (3-0 Dutch win).
In the second half, the match was interrupted for a few minutes after two protestors ran into the field holding a banner about the treatment of political prisoners in Switzerland.

2- Carlos Caszely and the Pinochet Regime
Chilean star Carlos Caszely was publicly opposed to the Augustin Pinochet regime in Chile.
He played in the Spanish League at the onset of the Coup (Levante and RCD Espanol).
It was later discovered that his mother had been tortured because of his open opposition.

Photo From: Mondial, New Series, Hors Serie 13, 1982
(Carlos Caszely)

3- Jean Castaneda
Jean Castaneda, France and Saint Etienne goalkeeper from the 80s, ended up in France due to the Spanish Civil War.
His father Juan was from Barcelona (also a goalkeeper). At the end of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s he joined the French Army to fight the Nazis.
He was taken prisoner by the Germans. At the end of the war, he stayed in Lausanne before coming to Saint Etienne where Jean was born.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 65, May 1981
(Jean Castaneda)

4- Jesus Gil and Marbella
Atletico Madrid’s controversial President Jesus Gil ran for and became the Mayor of Spanish Resort Town of Marbella.

Photo From: Calcio 2000, Issue 36 Suppplement, November-December 2000
(Jesus Gil)

5- Team Name Changes under Mussolini and the Fascists in the 1920s
In addition to Internazionale Milano being forced to change its name to Ambrosiana-Inter, other clubs such as Genoa and Torino were forced to change their names by the Fascist Authorities because their names were too western/british and not Italian enough. 
Genoa changed their name from ‘Genoa Cricket and Football Club’ to ‘Genova 1893 Circolo del Calcio’.

Torino changed their name from ‘Foot-Ball Club Torino’ to Associazione Calcio (AC) Torino’.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

1- Ian Rush
Like so many of his Welsh contemporaries (Mark Hughes, Dean Saunders, etc), Ian Rush was part of a Generation that did not qualify for the Finals of any Tournament.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, Issue 85, April 1987
(Ian Rush at Liverpool)

2- Danny Blind
Dutch defender Danny Blind of Ajax Amsterdam was included in two World Cup Finals squads (1990 and 1994), however, he was unlucky not to be a regular and did not get to play a single match at any World Cup.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Hors Serie 22, April 1996
(Danny Blind)

3- Mehmet Scholl
German and Bayern Munich midfielder lined up for Germany for many years but suffered consistently from injuries.
His best chances would have been the 1998 and 2002 World Cup, but he missed the boat on both.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 151, August 2001
(Mehmet Scholl at Bayern Munich)

4- Fabrizio Ravanelli
Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli’s best chance to make it to a World Cup would have been in 1998, but he was cut from the squad in the last minute and never got his chance.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 108, January 1998
(Fabrizio Ravanelli at Olympique Marseille, 1997/98)

5- Basile Boli
French defender Basile Boli was part of the post-Platini Generation of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
France missed qualification for the 1990 World Cup and in heart breaking fashion in 1994 (losing to Bulgaria 1-2 on November 17, 1993).
Boli missed chance(s) to make it at a World Cup.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 105, September 1984
(Basile Boli at Auxerre)

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.

Kevinn Keegan and Trevor Brooking

Kevin Keegan and Trevor Brooking were part of the 1970’s England Generation that missed out on the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.
They pair made the 1982 World Cup but were injured for most of it.
They were jointly sent on as substitutes in the 63rd minute of England’s last match vs. Hosts Spain (July 5, 1982, World Cup, Spain 0-England 0)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 79, July 1982
(Kevin Keegan, July 5, 1982, World Cup, Spain 0-England 0)

Photo From: Mondial, New Series, Hors Serie 13, 1982
(Trevor Brooking)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Managers/players as Journalists, Part Nine

One column by Scottish Manager George Graham
(Magazine / Language : Goal, Issue 18, March 1997 / English) 

Photo From: Goal, Issue 18, March 1997
(George Graham)

One column by English defender Gareth Southgate
(Magazine / Language : Goal, Issue 18, March 1997 / English) 

Photo From: Goal, Issue 18, March 1997
(Gareth Southgate)

Three columns by Swiss Manager Daniel Jeandupeux
(Magazine / Language :  Mondial, new series, issue 53, August 1984 / French)
(Magazine / Language :  Mondial, new series, issue 54, September 1984 / French)
(Magazine / Language :  Mondial, new series, issue 55, October 1984 / French)

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 53, August 1984
(Daniel Jeandupeux)

Former Brazil Manager Joao Saldanha

(Magazine / Language : Placar , Issue 556, January 5, 1981 / Portuguese)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mysteries, Legends and Conspiracy Theories, Part Nine

1- Steven Gerrad almost joining Chelsea, 2005
It was reported that Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard was on the verge of joining Chelsea in the Summer of 2005.
It has been rumored that he withdrew his request after being threatened by Liverpool based criminals.

Photo From: World Soccer, October 2010
(Steven Gerrard on the left)

2- Michael Sternkopf transfer to Borussia Moenchengladbach, 1995
In late season (1994/95) Bayern Munich agreed to the transfer of Michael Sternkopft to Borussia Moecnhengladbach.
It was rumored that Bayern agreed on a low fee (as a form of quid pro quo), because if Moecnhengladbach were to win the DfB Pokal, Bayern would gain a place in the following season’s UEFA Cup.
Borussia Moecnhengladbach’s win in the Final over Wolfsburg (3-0) on June 24, 1995, ensured Bayern’s participation in European Football for the following season, as the higher league placed Borussia Moecnhengladbach gained entry to the Cup Winners Cup.

Photo From: Panini, Bundeliga, 1995/96
(Michael Sternkopf at Borussia Moenchengladbach, 1995/96)

3- Diego Maradona almost being signed by Sheffield United
One of the most famous (non) transfer stories concerns Sheffield United’s attempt in 1978 to acquire a then-teenage Diego Maradona from Argentinos Juniors.
According to the story, the transfer almost happened but Sheffield United backed out in the end due to the cost and instead signed Alejandro Sabella from River Plate.
It is hard to know for certain if Argentinos Juniors were really willing to sell because Maradona was already being touted as a future legend and probably could have beem sold for more elsewhere even then.
Regardless the ‘Maradona almost joined Sheffield United’ narrative is part of Football History.

Photo From :  Onze, Issue 36, December 1978
(Diego Maradona with Argentinos Juniors)

Photo From: El Grafico 1980
(Argentineans in England, Osvaldo Ardiles (Tottenhma), Claudio Marangoni (Sunderland), Ricardo Villa (Tottenhma) and Alejandro Sabella (Leeds United))

4- Bebe transfer to Manchester United, 2010
One of the most inexplicable transfers of Alex Ferguson as Manchester United Manager is that of little-known Portuguese forward Bebe from Guimaraes in 2010.
Allegedly Sir Alex Ferguson had never even seen him play.
The rumor was that he was signed as part of a deal between the club and his super agent the Portuguese Jorge Mendes.
There were reports that Carlos Queiroz, Ferguson’s former Assistant, had recommended Bebe to Sir Alex and that was why he was signed.
In any case he never made an impression and was loaned many times.

Photo From :  Panini, Futebol 2010/11
(Bebe at Guimaraes 2010)

5- Bernard Tapie and the mysterious ‘next Maradona’
In the summer of 1991, Olympique Marseille President stated that he was going to break the world record transfer fee in the next couple of years for a player who would be the ‘next Maradona.’ (or the Maradona of the 21st Century).
It was unclear who this player was, though some suggested he may have been talking about Ghana and Anderlecht’s teenage star (16 at the time) Nii Lamptey.
Some others speculated that it was Colo Colo’s Argentinean midfielder Marcelo Barticciotto, who had just helped his team in winning the 1991 Copa Libertadores.
Still others believed it was Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Zvonimir Boban that Tapie was keen to acquire (Boban signed for AC Milan that summer).

He never had the opportunity to sign this mysterious player as he was entangled in the OM/Valenciennes scandal of 1993 in the upcoming years.

Photo From:  Onze-Mondial, Issue 33, October 1991
(Nii Lamptey at Anderlecht)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 148, May 2001
(Bernard Tapie)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Oriundis and Other Naturalized Internationals, Part Nine

1- Juan Antonio Pizzi -Argentina and Spain 1990s and 2000s
Argentina striker Juan Antonio Pizzi was born in Santa Fe, Argentina and played for Rosario Central.
He made his name in Spanish Football in a successful spell at Tenerife in the early 90s.
He opted for Spanish Citizenship and played for Spain (1994/98).
He is the current Manager of the Chilean National Team.

Photo From: Panini, Europa ‘96
(Juan Antonio Pizzi)

2- Manuel Amoros-Spain and France, 1980s and 1990s
French defender from the 80s and 90s Manuel Amoros was born and raised in France (Nimes) but had Spanish ancestry.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 72, April 1986
(Manuel Amoros, May 2, 1985, World cup Qualifier, Bulgaria 2-France 0)

3- Mauro German Camoranesi-Argentina and Italy, 1990s and 2000s
Mauro Camoranesi was born in Tandil, Argentina and had spells in Argentinean and Mexican Leagues before joining Serie A club Hellas Verona in 2000.
He later joined Juventus and while there opted for Italian Citizenship and played for his new Nation from 2003 onwards. He was a World Cup winner in 2006.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 171, April 2003
(Mauro German Camoranesi at Juventus)

4- Simon Tahamata-Maluku Islands and Holland, 1970s and 1980s
Dutch star from the 70s and 80s, Simon Tahamata was born in Holland but his ancestry was from Maluku Islands (South East Asia).

Photo From: Mondial, old series, issue 38, January 1980
(Simon Tahamata at Ajax Amsterdam)

5- Carlos Mc Allister-Scotland and Argentina, 1980s and 1990s
1990s Argentina defender Carlos McAllister was born in Pergamino, Argentina.
His ancestry was Scottish and his ancestors arrived to Argentina from Fife, Scotland.

Photo From: World Soccer, May 1995
(Argentina International Carlos MacAllister)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Teams of the year, Part Twelve

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 1990:
Europe: Germany

The rankings and matches of the year
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2334, January 1, 1991 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2335, January 8, 1991 / French) 

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2334, January 1, 1991
(West Germany squad, July 1, 1990, World Cup, West Germany 1-Czechsolovakia 0)

ESM’s Team of the Year

Season 2005/06
Petr Cech (Czechsolovakia and Chelsea)
Cris (Brazil and Olympique Lyonnais)
Lucio (Brazil and Bayern Munich)
Carles Puyol (Spain and Barcelona)
Ronaldinho (Brazil and Barcelona)
Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina and Internazionale Milano)
Juninho Pernambucano (Brazil and Olympique Lyonnais)
Frank Lampard (England and Chelsea)
Luca Toni (Italy and Fiorentina)
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon and Barcelona)

Leonel Messi (Argentina and Barcelona)

Photo From: World Soccer, June 2006
(ESM Team of the season 2005/06)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Panini Copa America, Part Five

Panini Copa America 1999:

1999 Nation: Brazil

Panini Copa America 2001:

2001 Nation: Chile

Panini Copa America 2004:

2004 Nation: Argentina

Panini Copa America 2007:

2007 Nation: Brazil  

Panini Copa America 2011:

2011 Nation: Brazil

Panini Copa America 2015:

2015 Nation: Argentina

Monday, November 6, 2017

Panini UEFA European Championships, Part Five

Panini Europeo 1980:

Nations: England

Panini Euro 1984:

Nations: West Germany

Panini Euro 1988:

Nations: England

Panini Euro 1992:

Nations: Holland

Panini Euro 1996:

Nations: Germany and Czech Republic

Panini Euro 2000:

Nations: Spain and Yugoslavia

Panini Euro 2004:

Nations: Sweden and Bulgaria

Panini Euro 2008:

Nations: Holland and Italy

Panini Euro 2012:

Nations: Spain and Italy

Panini Euro 2016:

Nations: Hungary and England