Cold War Europe was a sinister place. Behind the Iron Curtain, popular opinion told us, it was a grey, totalitarian world where spies drank thick black … Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody: Josef Masopust and Dukla
The latest Ballon d’Or reminded us that the world is waiting for a new generation to take on the role of “World’s Greatest Footballer”. That Ronaldo and Messi were – once more – shoe-ins, despite the latter having an indifferent year, tells us that we are lacking successors to these giants of the game. For the past four seasons, these two characters have dominated the first two placings in the Ballon d’Or. Indeed, look at the last seven years of player awards, including the European Footballer of the Year, which morphed into the current FIFA-run exercise in 2010. 2008: Ronaldo – … Continue reading Who will take over from Ronaldo and Messi?