72 Classic: Lessons from Europe for English football

AT the start of 1971-72, England’s football fraternity was still clinging to the idea that the nation was a major power in the game. The 1970 World Cup defeat at the hands of West Germany was mostly seen as an aberration and partly attributable to the rustiness of poor old Peter Bonetti, the outstanding Chelsea goalkeeper. There was little suggestion that perhaps the English method … Continue reading 72 Classic: Lessons from Europe for English football

Gerd Muller and Lionel Messi – very different animals

Arguably the greatest player in the world today, Lionel Messi, has broken a 40-year record for the most goals in a calendar year. Messi, in netting twice for Barcelona against Real Betis, took his tally to 86 – one more than the 1972 haul of Gerd Muller of Bayern Munich and West Germany. Comparisons between the two are difficult. Messi, superbly talented, is a creator … Continue reading Gerd Muller and Lionel Messi – very different animals