A tribute to Ricardo Quaresma, the Trivela King

Ricardo Quaresma once had the world at his mercurial feet, a fleet-footed footballing superstar-in-waiting with the richest of promise and potential. Unearthed in the Portuguese capital as a precociously gifted talent, he signed for Sporting Lisbon and soon began to turn heads and widen eyes as he progressed through the club’s academy system. Sporting have … Read more

Remembering just how unplayable Didier Drogba was for Chelsea in 2009/10

Didier Drogba was arguably the most complete centre-forward in European football at his best, a signing who redefined expectations for players in his position. Unplayable during his finest seasons at Chelsea, the Ivorian was a forward who occupied backlines singlehandedly, a freakish force of Herculean strength, physicality, and goalscoring prowess. Central to Chelsea’s emergence as … Read more

Euro 2000 – Zidane’s zenith as France reign supreme

Zinedine Zidane was more than just a fantastic footballing talent, he was a player whose most memorable moments defined an era and for many remains the greatest of his generation. Zidane’s career is one of storied success and no shortage of genuine magic, be it his inspiring of France to World Cup success on home … Read more

Euro Classics: The Czechs and Holland serve up an epic attacking encounter in 2004

The Netherlands and Czech Republic meet in the knockout stages of Euro 2020 this evening, with both sides hoping to replicate memorable performances from previous European Championships. Tonight’s meeting in Budapest will see the two nations compete for a place in the quarter-finals and evokes back nostalgia from an all-time classic European Championship encounter between … Read more

Euro 88: Remembering the iconic Holland XI that etched themselves into football folklore

Holland has a long and storied history of fluid football on the international stage, the nation having had its fair share of superstar names throughout the years. Following near misses with runners-up finishes in the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals, the principles of Dutch football came together in stunning style as Oranje conquered Europe at … Read more

Jugović, Prosinečki and Savićević: Red Star’s criminally unappreciated midfield trio

Nostalgia can be a dangerous, duplicitous thing. Through the hazy veil of hindsight we may elevate the greats to the status of gods, but in doing so, we can also lose sight of history’s great underdogs. Invariably any conversation about the greatest midfield partnerships in history will begin with Barcelona’s brilliant trio of Andrés Iniesta, … Read more

Iconic Performances: Lewandowski’s four-goal destruction of Real Madrid

When the time eventually comes for Robert Lewandowski to hang up his boots, he will do so as one of the most devastating natural finishers of the modern era and leave the game as a generational goalscoring great. Lewandowski’s extraordinary levels of consistent brilliance have become almost normalised in recent seasons, a footballer for who … Read more

Golazo Merchants: Arsenal’s non-flying Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp

Premier League football has been blessed with an abundance of foreign talent since its formation in the early nineties, the cosmopolitan nature of England’s top tier providing supporters with players of vastly differing styles and skills. Amongst the pioneers of a new era in English football was former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp, who arrived as … Read more

Iconic Performances: Fabio ‘The Berlin Wall’ Cannavaro in the 2006 World Cup semi-final

Defenders are invariably omitted from the conversation about the greatest performances of all-time. Outstanding defensive displays are hard to recall and even easier to overlook. Those that endure in our memory only tend to do so if they are punctuated by a performance-defining tackle. Bobby Moore’s perfectly timed block on Jairzinho capped a commanding display … Read more

Iconic Performances: Roy Keane’s superhuman display v Juventus

Manchester United completed the most historic season English football has ever witnessed during the late nineties, their 1998/99 treble side amongst the greatest seen on these shores. Winners of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in unprecedented fashion, the memories of an unforgettable season are regularly retold through montages of iconic imagery and … Read more

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