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England on Wembley

England away from Wembley ~ A History of Failure

Whenever there’s a World Cup or Euro tournament, England is counted among the favourites. After all, these chaps invented the game, have the world’s best football league, a squad filled with big name players, and, unlike the Dutch or Portuguese, they’ve actually won a World Cup before. So why not again? A good question. With a simple answer. Because the facts reveal that, leaving aside games played on Wembley (in 1966 and 1996), England has never beaten a major country in a KO game in…

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Johan Cruyffs best XI

Johan Cruyff reveals his best XI in History

Johan Cruyff presented his new book yesterday, titled Fútbol, mi filosofía, in which he details his views on the sport that allowed him to become a global icon. The book also contains his own favourite XI of All Time. Somewhat surprisingly, he left himself out of the team – as well as any active players such as Lionel Messi. Most of the names are to be expected – Maradona, Pele, Di Stefano, etcetera – but we also have a few less conventional picks.

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1968 English First Division ~ Manchester United vs Liverpool (45 min Highlights)

Manchester United’s attempt to do well in both Europe and England has taken its toll on the squad’s fitness levels. Much of United’s defense is out injured, and the same is true for prolific striker Denis Law. As a result, United has lost three of their last four games, and their lead at the top of the First Division has been reduced to a single point over Leeds United. With United looking more vulnerable than ever, Liverpool travel to Old Trafford knowing they must win…

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1968 European Cup Final ~ Benfica vs Manchester United (46 minutes HL)

Manchester United was already a household name in Europe by 1968. But mostly so because of that tragic disaster in Munich, ten years earlier, that had robbed the club of many of its greatest talents. Benfica’s reputation, by contrast, was based entirely on their continued success on the field. With the brilliant Eusebio leading the line, Benfica reached an incredible five European Cup finals between 1961 and 1968. For Manchester United, this was their first European final. Indeed, no English team had ever won the…

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England World Cup 1966

England All-Star XI

As the proud inventor of the game, England has been a leading power in world football for well over a century. As such, its ranks are filled with phenomenal players from every era of the game. Some primarily known through tales and legends, others through weekly appearances in full HD on our television sets. But there’s no question that England’s glory days as the Land of Football lasted, at best, until the 60’s. Consequently, England’s ideal XI ought to heavily feature players from that time…

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