Tag: celtic

The polarisation of Craig Bellamy

Few players have split opinion amongst football fans as much as Craig Bellamy. The former Welsh international striker was the epitome of a Marmite footballer. Born and raised in a working-class area…

Henrik Larsson and the cult of a king

IT IS THE 1994 WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL and Sweden have 13 minutes to find an equaliser as they trail Romania 2-1. They turn to 22-year-old Feyenoord forward Henrik Larsson, a player who…

Jock Stein: the ordinary man who was anything but

This feature is part of The Masterminds “EVERY MANAGER DIES a little during a game. I’d rather die in a dug-out than moulder away in a director’s box.” Jock Stein, speaking in 1978. Many…

The relentless, restless mind of Paolo Di Canio

They are there for all to see; the burning intensity of the glare, the endless cavern of passion, and the relentless desire that seems to give an advantage in any confrontation. They’re ever-present in the sublime, the ludicrous,…

Kenny Dalglish: a king among men

Kenny Dalglish wasn’t the most skilful player, nor was he blessed with blinding pace or immense strength, but scenes of a stealthy and intelligent Scot with straw-like hair and ice-blue eyes cutting defences…

The Lisbon Lions: Celtic’s most worthy heroes

IT’S 28 SEPTEMBER 1966 and a crowd of over 47,000 have filled Celtic Park to watch the Bhoys in the first leg of the First Round of the European Cup. Celtic are…

The decline, fall and rebirth of the Intercontinental Cup

AT THE 1958 Congress of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in Rio de Janeiro, the president of UEFA, Henry Delaunay, put forward a proposal for a competition between the top clubs…

A Tale of One City: Glasgow

This feature is part of A Tale of One City There are football rivalries around the world that are intensified by issues of race, class, politics and religion. It’s what drives a football…