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’
The New World Order Era (1992-2003)
I know WWF had their own version, but ‘The New World Order’ at Ultra UTD is in respect of the year of 1992 – where almost everything changed!
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)
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
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
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)
I could use a plethora of words to describe how good I think this guy was – but we’ll stick with ‘stylish’ for now. It’s clean. When it comes to the art of ‘attack stopping’, before we explore Alessandro Nesta’s approach, here’s what you should… Read More »The Artistic Defensive Style of Alessandro Nesta
At first glance, the great Icelandic’s career looks strangely random for a top striker. But there’s a lot under the surface here … At Ultra UTD, we like to shine a light on isolated moments to reveal something you may not know, and in the… Read More »Eidur Gudjohnsen & His Major Chelsea Challenge in 2000
They just don’t make ’em like Gennaro Gattuso anymore, do they? Hard, gritty and wasn’t afraid to put his in head where it hurt; and he learnt that bit in the UK! Gennaro Gattuso was a different animal. No, seriously, he was a nightmare to… Read More »Gennaro Gattuso & His Rapturous Rangers Cameo Season in 1997/98