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The Spain before glory at World Cup 1982

The 1982 World Cup is memorable for a litany of reasons. There are so many indelible images from that sultry Spanish summer 36 years ago that it’s almost impossible to recall them all.…

France’s unlikely journey to the 2006 World Cup final

France’s journey to the 2006 World Cup final was one of the last great stories of the competition. A bizarrely quixotic campaign had its origins in the return of three veterans, who…

The one-nation, bi-annual Champions League final trend

And so, another one-nation final and yet another all-Madrid Champions League final awaits us. Beyond the obvious delight of the Spanish capital’s fan base and their decampment to Milan for 28 May,…

In celebration of Holland’s underappreciated 1978 masters

Think of Holland and Total Football and the images that spring readily to mind are of the pigeon-toed, slightly gawky figure of Johan Cruyff and teammates dazzling in the German World Cup summer…

The story of France’s failure at World Cup 2002

The 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea was a tournament of shocks and surprises, with a touch of genuine quirkiness thrown in for good measure. Never before had European audiences…