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Eusébio: Black Panther

This article is taken from the Battle of the 10s issue of These Football Times Magazine, which you can order today. “Who’s that black guy that scored three goals in 20 minutes?…

A trip inside the world-leading Benfica academy

“LOOK AT EDERSON OF MANCHESTER CITY. When he came to me he was just a lad from the favelas, too scared to leave his own penalty area. Now he takes bigger risks…

The unlikely route to greatness of Bolivia’s Erwin Sánchez

Illustration by Federico Manasse Nicknamed ‘Platini’ due to his skill-infused style of play, Erwin Sánchez was the catalyst for the unexpected Bolivian rise to prominence of the mid-1990s. Along with Venezuela, Bolivia…

The tragedy of Robert Enke

BODO ILGNER, Andreas Köpke, Oliver Kahn, Jens Lehmann, Manuel Neuer; the list of Germany’s first-choice goalkeepers over the past three decades reads off like a reel of dynastic succession. Not only is…

How Benfica became a global figurehead in player development

THE CONCEPT OF AGGREGATION by marginal gains was first championed by British cycling performance director Sir David Brailsford. In an interview with the BBC during the aftermath of the London 2012 Olympics,…

Rui Costa: the slick prince who became a king in Italy

RUI COSTA’S footballing life can be summed up by one goal and the few moments that followed it. In August 1996 in Lisbon’s Estádio da Luz, Benfica lined up against Fiorentina for…

Would the real Adel Taarabt please stand up

With a proud North African heritage, a quintessentially French footballing education, and a playing style so laid back it can enchant and infuriate in equal measure, it really is no wonder parallels…