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What happened to Yoann Gourcuff, the next Zidane?

It was a goal that was impossible to ignore, the kind of high-level showboatery that’s worth the price of admission alone. On a misty January evening inside the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux,…

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 understated finesse of Roberto Donadoni

HE WAS A creative midfielder who never piled on the goals but was rather known for his ability to make his teammates look good. He was a wonderful dribbler in a pre-YouTube age…

The warm Riazor evening when Deportivo tore AC Milan apart

ON 23 MARCH 2004, AC Milan entertained Deportivo La Coruña at the San Siro in that season’s Champions League. As well as being the reigning champions, the Rossoneri, under coach Carlo Ancelotti,…

How good was Serie A in the 2000s?

Calcio in the 1990s was the golden age of modern football. From Franco Baresi and George Weah to Marco van Basten and Gabriel Batistuta, there were a good seven teams that could…

Where do the disputed talents of Jon Dahl Tomasson rank?

Illustration by Federico Manasse “MY BIGGEST DREAM is to play for the national team, to play for 40,000 spectators and to score a lot of goals.” Jon Dahl Tomasson’s words, spoken in his…