Graham Taylor vs Gazza

Kurt Cobain; Ernest Hemingway; Lord Byron; Sylvia Plath; Vincent van Gogh; Virginia Woolf. History is full of creative people plagued by forms of self-destruction, and football is no exception: George Best, Antonio Cassano, Diego Maradona and Ariel Ortega have all mixed incredible ability on the pitch with destructive behaviour off…

In 90: Wales – Finland

Wales v Finland: WCQ 2010 – 28/03/2009 Wales (4-1-4-1): Hennessey; Gunter; Bale; Nyatanga; Collins; Fletcher (Robinson 65’); Davies; Koumas; Edwards (Ramsey 56’); Ledley (Earnshaw 71’); Bellamy Finland (4-2-3-1): Jaaskelainen; Pasanen; Kallio; Tihinen; Hyypia; Heikkinen; R Eremenko; Johansson; A Eremenko (Sjolund 78’); Litmanen; Forssell (Kuqi 89’) Whenever I’ve been asked what…

World Cup 2010 Awards

With the first African World Cup now over, it's time to pass judgement. Here is my own humble awards ceremony. Player of the Tournament Made an erratic if impressive showing at his first World Cup as a left winger, 4 years on and Bastian Schweinsteiger has matured into an accomplished holding…

Gourcuff vs Ozil

In the run up to the World Cup there's been plenty of young playmakers touted to take the tournament by storm, and, outside of Lionel Messi's class of his own, Yoann Gourcuff and Mesut Ozil are the two highest profile names to be mentioned. Their careers have hit the right…

Ones to Watch

The youngest player at this World Cup, Christian Eriksen is unlikely to start for Denmark but should appear off the bench. The Ajax man has been compared to Michael Laudrup and has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona. In his few appearances he's shown an excellent reading…
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