The world over if someone were asked to name the ten greatest players to have ever played a beautiful game, the names would be Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo (Brazilian), Franz Beckenbauer, Eusebio, Johan Cruyff, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Michel Platini. These are the players who excelled at their trade and reached levels never seen or imagined before. But if you were to ask a Brazilian who is the greatest Brazilian player of all time don’t be surprised to hear the name Garrincha, a player who may not have been as technically gifted as Pele or Ronaldo but he had the gift of inventiveness, explosive pace, dribbling skills beyond anyone’s ability and a keen eye for goal. Sadly outside Brazil and academic discussions, Garrincha is mostly forgotten despite being a double FIFA World Cup Winner. Like many Brazilian footballers, Garrincha was born in poverty in Pau Grande in the city of Magé; southeast of Brazil and in the […]
His impact on British football was of bringing the national side back to reality and asking them to transform and keep up with the evolution of tactics and style of play on the continent. This was because of the great Hungarian team of 1953 defeating the English team 6-3.
‘TheHardTackle Relic’ is a semi-regular column which dusts off the pages of football history. It intends to walk you down memory lane and relive events, players and teams long forgotten. Today we revisit the inspiring journey of Sir Bobby Robson. Revered in Newcastle and the North East, Sir Bobby Robson is a man who enjoys phenomenal popularity. He means so much to every generation of Englishmen: from his playing days with Fulham and West Bromwich Albion in the 1950s and 1960s, to his twenty England caps and his brilliant management career over the past 38 years, Bobby Robson has inspired generations of fans. In his early adult years he grew-up in North East, and his working life before football in the mines of Langley Park, where he went underground for a year and a half at the age of fifteen. Regarded as the most successful living English manager of all-time, he has been witnessed to some of the most historic sporting […]
TheHardTackle takes a loot at Inter Milan's One-Legged Genius: Mario Corso , and Registas, WaterCarriers
Herbert Champan was one of the inventors of the modern game and it is largely due to him that football got to witness the likes of Matt Busby and Bill Shakly.
Today we look back at two football tours, during two wars and two legends who rose from it.
Out of all the World Cups Germany has won, none is more fondly remembered than the 1954 title. And with good reason.
TheHardTackle looks back at the team to have won the first treble of world football
When one talks of Dutch football in the early 70's, many people unleash a sonnet, announcing the perfection and innovation and dominance of Ajax, Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff. Most people would dismiss of it as an 'April Fool's Day joke' , when they are told that the first Dutch team to win the European Cup is surprisingly, not Ajax - which is a very common and very wide misconception. It was actually the club Ajax would've liked least to have taken this honour, their fiercest rivals in an enmity that runs deep into both clubs' history and has taken root in the very identity of both cities: Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Ricardo Bochini, a name that may not sound familiar to a football enthusiast from Europe or Asia, is one of the most hailed footballers in South America and particularly, Argentina.