Great Reputations: Barcelona 1974 – the Cruyff effect

IT IS difficult to comprehend today, but between 1960 and 1973, Barcelona failed to win Spain’s La Liga. Every major club in history has its occasional lean spell, Manchester United and Liverpool, for example, did not win the English league for 26 and 30 years respectively.  In 1973, Barca were desperate to end their barren […]

World Cup 2014: A year, a word – 1966-1986

The World Cup brings many memories and they are not always on the field of play. Nobby Stiles dancing, the ubiquitous “John 3:16” banners in Mexico, Gazza’s tears, England’s penalties. And on the field: Pele, Cruyff, Maradona, Moore, Eusebio, Rossi, Kempes….we’ve seen them all. Here’s a few memories from 1966 to 1986. In the second […]