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Remembering Dino, the other Baggio

Sharing a surname with his generation’s best player meant Dino Baggio was living in someone else’s shadow, but he deserves to be remembered in his own right

Fernando Redondo: the divinity and despair of 2000

“WHAT DOES THIS player have in his boots? A magnet?” Sir Alex Ferguson was bewildered. It’s 19 April 2000 and his Manchester United side, the reigning champions of Europe, had just been dumped out…

The last stand of Diego Maradona

THE STADIO DELLE ALPI was a cold, cavernous, characterless stadium. The architectural monstrosity was designed by Studio Hutter and built from scratch ahead of the 1990 World Cup. Tucked away on the…

The day Michael Jackson went to Exeter

Described by Reuters as “bedlam”, a special train was leaving Paddington Station in London, on June 14th, 2002. The destination was Exeter and the scenes at the station were said to be one…

David Platt: an Englishman in Italy

Often in football, a player’s entire career trajectory can change with one swing of a boot. It’s 26 June on a balmy night in Bologna. England are squaring off against Belgium for…