Matthew Gibbs
Matthew Gibbs

Writer

A-Z of the 2000s: Xavi

“Xavi is eternal. Even when he is not at his very best level physically, he plays a kind of football that gives oxygen to a team. He is football”

Names of the Nineties: Jürgen Klinsmann

Stigma and unfair reputations about players from overseas still exist but pale in comparison to what it once was thanks to Jürgen Klinsmann

Names of the Nineties: Tony Adams

On the pitch and off it, Arsenal legend Tony Adams remains a champion, a very human champion, and an inspiration to so many

Names of the Nineties: Paul Ince

A midfield general so typical of his era, Paul Ince was a commanding footballer whose controversies shouldn;t overshadow his undoubted talent

Liverpool and the defiant heroics of Istanbul

Facing the world’s best team in AC Milan, when Liverpool came in at half-time 3-0 down, all hope seemed lost. But hope was, in fact, all they had