Juventus All Star Team

Juventus All-Stars

Let’s start with a bang. Here are a few great names that won’t even make the reserve team of Juventus All-Star XI: Michael Laudrup. Filippo Inzaghi. Fabrizio Ravenelli. Paulo Rossi. David Trezeguet. Raimundo Orsi. Gianluca Vialli. Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Throughout history, so many generations of all-conquering teams have worn the Juve-kit, that any Juventus All-Star XI is bound to result in some high-profile casualties. Just take a look at the Ballon d’Or podium spots achieved by Juventus players: 1959 – John Charles 1961 – Omar Sivori 1973 –…

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Zidane scoring against Brazil 1998 World Cup

(Video) Zidane vs Brazil 1998

Football’s star players often disappoint in a World Cup final. Exhausted after a month of intense football, and faced with heavy man-marking, their creative powers are reduced. In that light, Zidane’s 90 minutes against Brazil in 1998 constitute one of the all-time great performances in World Cup history. Yes, there are the two goals, but even if you disregard those, Zidane absolutely bossed Brazil on that memorable summer night in 1998. Blending technique, strength, anticipation and speed of thought in a way only Zidane could,…

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Marcelo Bielsa Marseille

Six Anecdotes about El Loco Marcelo Bielsa

As the super successful  manager of Olympique Marseille, Marcelo Bielsa is currently – November 2014 – taking France by storm. Anecdotes from his turbulent past are receiving coverage in the French media . The story about Bielsa and the grenade, for example, was even mentioned in famous sports newspaper l’Equipe.  Here are six other stories about the man so obsessed with football that he took 7000 videotapes of football matches to the World Cup in South-Korea and Japan.   1 – Worth a try Former Newell’s…

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Laudrup 1986 World Cup

The Duel: Laudrup vs Maradona (1986 World Cup)

Poor Uruguay. This Mexican World Cup of 1986 was their first since 1974. But barely having landed, they suffered a major defeat at the hands of a Laudrup led Denmark. And when they miraculously reached the KO stage with only 2 points, they were quickly dealt with by Maradona’s Argentina. But this Uruguay side does give us a great opportunity to compare the perfomances of these two dribbling geniuses: Laudrup and Maradona. Facing the same opponent within such a short period of time, both played…

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Marcelo Bielsa el loco

Marcelo Bielsa and the Hand Grenade

Resolute willpower is a quality not all that common in today’s world of comfort and luxury. Soft lands breed soft men, as the Persian king Cyrus used to say. But even in that gold plated world of international football, there are still men we can look up to for inspiration. The Argentinian manager Marcelo Bielsa, for instance, may lack a whole lot of common sense qualities. But what he doesn’t lack is willpower. As a youngster, he had cast aside his family’s intellectual and political…

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Tostao quotes and phrases

40 Tostão Quotes – “I played the last fifteen minutes crying.”

It’s an encouraging occurance of irony that Tostão, the World Cup winning Brazilian forward who had to abandon his career at age 26 due to an eye injury, is now widely recognized in Brazil as the football pundit with the sharpest eye of the game. Despite being short, and slow, and weak, and timid, Tostão bursted on the scene as a teenager, quickly becoming the absolute star player for his club Cruzeiro. He featured alongside the fallen Garrincha in the 1966 World Cup as a…

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