Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva arrived on Merseyside as the hottest property from Brazil. At 20, he had captained Gremio and his national youth side, also gaining senior caps, and became the youngest player to win the Bola de Ouro, joining the esteemed company of Zico, Falcao, Romario, Kaka and Carlos Tevez. Liverpool fans…

Rule of Three

Ronaldinho - Ludovic Giuly - Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona) At the end of the 2003-04 season, it was a time of reflection for Barcelona. In Frank Rijkaard's first season as manager of the Catalan giants he had improved on their previous 6th-placed finish, coming second, five points behind Rafael Benitez's Valencia. Simply bettering Louis van Gaal and caretaker…

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…

5 Great Strike Partnerships

Dennis Bergkamp/ Thierry Henry (Arsenal) Neither Bergkamp or Henry could be described as orthodox strikers; originally a winger, Henry took  position out towards the left, coming inside on his favoured right foot, while Bergkamp played in a withdrawn role. Both were blessed with sublime skill and complimented each other brilliantly,…
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