Teófilo Cubillas: the greatest Peruvian of them all

On 3 June 1978, Peruvian footballer Teófilo Cubillas broke the hearts of five million Scots with a set-piece of ineffable magic. Moments earlier, Cubillas stood 20-yards away from the Scottish goal, staring down goalkeeper Alan Rough. Rough, like any sane goalkeeper, was expecting the Peruvian to strike the ball around the outside of Scotland’s six-man…

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Jack Greenwell: the legendary coach England forgot

Nowadays it’s becoming increasingly rare for English managers to find success outside of the British Isles. Steve McClaren led Twente to the Eredivisie title in 2010 but then struggled in Germany with Wolfsburg. Further back, Sir Bobby Robson did well in the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain in the 1990s while Terry Venables won the La Liga…

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Peru, Cubillas and the 1970s

The 1970 World Cup finals are often cited as the birth of modern football. It was the first World Cup to be filmed for a colour television audience and the first real-time trans-Atlantic World Cup from a European perspective. It was the first far away World Cup that armchair viewers could see unfold live in their…

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The coaching odyssey of Rudi Gutendorf

NOT MANY COACHES IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL CAN PROVIDE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF GENOCIDE, tell stories of a close connection to a South American president, or put manager of eighteen different national football teams on their CV. One man, however, who can lay bare such remarkable feats, is the incredible Rudi Gutendorf. In a colourful…

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