Iceland’s Greatest Ever Footballer – Eidur Gudjohnsen


He’s played alongside some of the best strikers in recent memory – Ronaldo, Gianfranco Zola, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Hernand Crespo, Didier Drogba, Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry to name a few. He’s scored some spectacular goals (THAT bicycle kick for Chelsea v Leeds and a thrilling solo goal for Bolton against Wimbledon in the…

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The Timeless Legend of Fernando Redondo


“What does this player have in his boots? A magnet?!” – a completely flabbergasted and bedazzled Sir Alex Ferguson asks while looking around at journalists in his post-match press conference following Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League at Real Madrid’s hands (or boots?) in the 1999-2000 season. A lot happened during that pulsating encounter (Raul Gonzalez’s…

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All signs point to a defensive tournament in France


There was a time when international tournaments, or even international friendlies, served as the great meeting of minds – a conglomeration of different cultures and traditions, a chance to pit your wits against the unknown, to exchange ideas and to be exposed to a completely new style of playing. Uruguay’s completely unexpected defeat of Brazil at the…

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The Forgotten Tale of Ernö Erbstein


Ernö Erbstein was a coach who created the magnificent and imperious Il Grande Torino, the great Italian side who won five successive Serie A titles in the 1940s. He was tragically killed, along with the rest of the squad, in a plane crash at Superga in 1949. If you look up his name anywhere on…

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Defending the Magnificence of Lionel Messi


“Vintage Messi” How many angels Can dance on the head of a pin? How magnificent Is Messi? There is no answer It’s like counting the bubbles In a bottle of Champagne “An explosion of the exceptional!” shouted Peter Drury into his microphone as Lionel Messi ghosted between 3 Bosnian defenders and caressed the ball past…

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The Puzzle That Is Iker Muniain


The story goes that a 17-year old Iker Muniain waltzed his way past a long queue and straight in front of the bouncer at a night club and asked to be let in. ”Don’t you know who I am?” ”I know who you are, you’re Iker and you’re 17-years old. Now fuck off home.” There…

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Henrik Larsson’s Impact Indelibly Etched at Old Trafford


He came, he played, he conquered. Those words have never rung more true in the case of Henrik Larsson’s incredible impact on Manchester United in the winter of 2007. Larsson won the unqualified admiration and respect of Sir Alex Ferguson during those two months. However, as the United manager revealed later, he wanted to sign…

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Remembering Freddie Ljungberg


When you mention the name Freddie Ljungberg to Arsenal supporters, the conversation inevitably turns to that wonderful curling effort at Wembley against Chelsea in the FA Cup final or to the delightful lob against Juventus which is remembered more for Bergkamp’s merry dance with the ball around the Juventus defence. Even though Arsenal had scouted…

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The Enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa – El Loco


The story goes that one evening when he was in charge of the Chilean national team, Marcelo Bielsa felt a twinge of doubt, a mental block. Any other coach would normally turn to his mentors, delve into the video shelf for old videos looking for anything to help him or in some extreme cases, turn…

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Thank You for the Memories, Robert Pirès


‘To me, before his knee injury, Pirès was the best left attacking midfielder in the world. With us he was just flying.’ –  Arsène Wenger shortly after Robert Pirès moved to Aston Villa. No arguments there, Monsieur. When he was still a kid harboring dreams of making it as a professional, Pirès could always be…

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