The Netherlands, U.E.F.A. European Championship 1988

The UEFA European Championship of 1988 hosted by West Germany was the 8th time the tournament had been staged.  The first tournament was first held in 1960 and was won by France who defeated the Soviet Union in the final.  As the years went on the tournament would evolve, an increased number of teams takingContinue reading “The Netherlands, U.E.F.A. European Championship 1988”

Northern Ireland, F.I.F.A. World Cup 1982

Qualification. Northern Ireland qualified for the world cup of 1982 by finishing runners up to Scotland in the UEFA qualifying Group 6.  It began with a 0 – 0 draw away to Israel (who were then managed by Salford native Jack Mansell), in the late March of 1980.  They were managed by Billy Bingham whoContinue reading “Northern Ireland, F.I.F.A. World Cup 1982”

PSV Eindhoven, A Brief History…

PSV Eindhoven of Holland are easily one of Europe’s elite clubs.  They are a club with heritage, tradition and an impressive roster of past world class players.  The city of Eindhoven is situated in the south of the Netherlands, in the province known as North Brabant.  The history of the city stretches back to theContinue reading “PSV Eindhoven, A Brief History…”

Bayern Munich, A Brief History…

Bayern Munich are one of those clubs that need no introduction, they are after all one of the world’s biggest clubs, recipients of many trophies and titles.  The club was formed in 1900 by a group of footballers who wanted to go their own way, away from Münchner TurnVerein 1879, a Munich sports club dominatedContinue reading “Bayern Munich, A Brief History…”

Manchester United & Red Star Belgrade, Brothers in Arms.

A unique friendship between two clubs, a friendship that took hold and blossomed during the late 1950’s. The Red Devils enjoy a good relationship with most clubs in world football and have done so for many years.  One of those clubs is Red Star Belgrade of Serbia, however the close links and friendship between theseContinue reading “Manchester United & Red Star Belgrade, Brothers in Arms.”

Tottenham Hotspur, The Keith Burkinshaw Years.

To a large extent Keith Burkinshaw’s Tottenham Hotspur hit something of a purple patch during the first half of the 1980’s. Not surprising really, there was some great players in that squad such as Glenn Hoddle, Steve Perryman, Graham Roberts and the two players from Argentina, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricky Villa. A native of BarnsleyContinue reading “Tottenham Hotspur, The Keith Burkinshaw Years.”

The East German National Football Team, A Brief History…

Right then, the late 1980’s. It was a time when the wheels were beginning to come off for Margaret Thatcher’s position of Prime Minster of the United Kingdom, despite her recent election victory.  It was a time when the BBC Radio One playlist was full of shite (and yes it still is), and it wasContinue reading “The East German National Football Team, A Brief History…”

Fergie in Boots. The Playing Career of Sir Alex Ferguson.

So where did it all begin for Alexander Chapman Ferguson, the greatest manager in the history of world football? It started around 1960 in Glasgow, Ferguson’s home city at amateur level for Scotland’s oldest Football club The Spiders, otherwise known as Queen’s Park Football Club. Sir Alex made his debut for The Spiders aged onlyContinue reading “Fergie in Boots. The Playing Career of Sir Alex Ferguson.”

The Football League v The Rest of the World 1987

The football league of England and Wales was founded in 1888, making it the oldest league competition in the world; also it was the blueprint that other countries used to form their own leagues. The governing body that oversees the league and two cup competitions, the League Cup and the Football League Trophy has theContinue reading “The Football League v The Rest of the World 1987”