Remember those kids at school who hated being there but were naturally good? That’s Gabriel Batistuta with football! Growing up on Championship Manager in the early noughties, I was (just) at the right age to understand how incredible Gabriel Batistuta was as a player. When… Read More »Gabriel Batistuta: The 90’s Icon Who Apparently ‘Didn’t Like Football’
Whether you supported them or not, these teams have shaped the way our beautiful game has developed!
In my opinion (and correct me if you think I’m wrong), few players are as universally liked and respected as the legendary Swede. And it’s easy to see why! Now, you can say that me reflecting on Henrik Larsson is simply a case of getting… Read More »Why Do Celtic Fans Love Henrik Larsson So Much?
It’s always nice whenever someone who’s ‘done good’ in any walk of life returns to where it all began and give back to their efforts. Especially in football. With all of his achievements, it’s easy to forget how crucial Cruzeiro was to the development of… Read More »Ronaldo’s Limitless Love for Cruzeiro (since ’93)
I thought that a person like Roy Keane would be impervious to compliments, but maybe he is human after all?! We all like to be told we’re good at things don’t we? Be it in the classroom or the bedroom (probably not by the same… Read More »Roy Keane & His Treasured Brian Clough Compliment (1992)
There are many players that are handed the label of ‘What could have been?’. Mario Balotelli, Adriano or Alexander Pato are prime examples of footballers who never quite hit the heights they were expected to. It is rare to find players in this world like… Read More »Ledley King: Spurs’ Great ‘What If’ Centre-Back (1999-2012)
I’ll always condemn the mistreatment of our game’s players, and though I can appreciate why certain fans were peeved off, this stuff was just uncalled for. Before the words ‘Sol Campbell’ became ensconced within the same sentence as ‘Judas’ – and other equally delightful terms… Read More »When Sol Campbell Became ‘Judas’ in ’01
Most fans will point to Lionel Messi as the natural heir to Diego Maradona. However, a select number of older fans will appreciate the genius of Juan Roman Riquelme. Riquelme was the quintessential No. 10 attacking midfielder, with playmaking ability, infinite passing range, and dribbling… Read More »How Great Was Juan Roman Riquelme?
When you think of Luis Figo, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s the inhuman-sized cojones of the man to make this happen … Early on in his career, Luis Figo seems to be the predecessor of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo… Read More »When Luis Figo Became the World’s First ‘Galactico’ in 2000
Whether it’s for his jaw-dropping exploits in one of Celtic’s strongest sides or his dazzling displays for Japan, how could you not love Shunsuke Nakamura? I’ll always have a strong sense of nostalgia for anything and everything connected to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. As… Read More »Shunsuke Nakamura & His Special Spell as a Celtic Hero (2005-09)
You know, I reckon that it’s time we start remembering Keith Gillespie in a way that his talent deserves. Ask the majority of football fans what they think about Keith Gillespie, and a bemused face might confront your question. Then, perhaps after some deliberation with… Read More »Keith Gillespie & His Best Days as a Newcastle Player (1995-99)