Heartache from a Hopeful Era: France vs Brazil 1998

There will never be another summer – and World Cup – like 1998. At the risk of being the Generation X equivalent of a baby boomer reminiscing about Woodstock, I am prepared to argue that 1998 represented a uniquely hopeful moment in soccer and cultural history. The Best Soundtrack Let’s kick off with the World…

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Worst World Cup Kits: Denmark 1986 Home

Why this kit is bad: In soccer, the viewer’s eye should be drawn to the elaborate shapes and lines of the beautiful game as it’s being played. But when Denmark took to the pitch in Mexico in 1986, the viewer’s eyes risked becoming trapped by the pattern of a kit that was a confusing mish-mash…

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Best World Cup Kits: Poland 1974 Home

Why this kit is good: Let me set the scene. The year is 1974. Richard Nixon is President of the United States. David Bowie is cranking out hits. Millions of Europeans live under communism — among them, my father-in-law, Tadeusz, a.k.a. Ted, growing up in the tiny northern Poland town of Dobre Miasto. The stores…

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This is England

Despite England’s historical roster having included superstars such as Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, and Wayne Rooney, the national team hasn’t won the World Cup since 1966. Since then, England and its fans have experienced over a half-century of gut-wrenching disappointments – notable among these is the 2-1 defeat to Argentina in…

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Salah versus Ronaldo – the storyline of the Champions League final?

When I was a smaller lad, running around in the mucky soccer pitch of Bredon Hill Middle School in Ashton-under-Hill, my level of skill earned me the nickname Rhino. My one “skill” was charging at other players who had the ball. Since those formative years, I’ve come to greatly admire and envy those with greater…

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