Salvatore Schillaci: the unlikely hero of Italia 90

IT IS ONE of the most iconic images of Italia 90, along with Paul Gascoigne’s tears and Claudio Caniggia being almost cut in two. The wild, staring eyes alive with an intense,…

The golden ages of the Soviet national team

THINK OF THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL TEAM and you’re unlikely to think of anything particularly positive. One brief flutter towards success came in reaching the Euro 2008 semi-finals in fine style – led by…

Tahiti at the 2013 Confederations Cup: a dream fulfilled

“We’re playing with the big boys now,” was the verdict of the Tahiti coach Eddie Etaeta. Never was a truer word spoken. Etaeta, a school teacher and former national team player and…

Antonín Panenka and the greatest penalty of all time

“I WAS ONE-THOUSAND percent certain that I would take the penalty in that way and that I would score.” That is the matter-of-fact assessment of one of the most iconic images of an…

Euro 96: when football should have come home

It has been 20 long years since Euro 96 had English fans dreaming. Boasting one of the best England squads in recent decades, the Three Lions made it all the way to the semis before succumbing to old foes Germany on penalties.