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Mark Hughes: the introvert who saved Alex Ferguson’s job

When the idiosyncratically brilliant English winger Chris Waddle left his job in a sausage factory to sign professionally with Newcastle United at the relatively late age of 19, he thought all his childhood…

The unorthodox genius of Peter Beardsley

As a shell-shocked Nottingham Forest team trudged off the Anfield pitch that heady April night in 1988, they knew they had been beaten by a special side. Liverpool’s new attacking trio of Peter…

The masterful heroism of Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama

If there’s one word that describes Carlos Valderrama – apart from “hair” – it’s toque. Spanish for “touch”, the style was born in Latin America and involves tiring and confusing the opposition by…