The last ever replay match played in FA cup history had everything; a disallowed goal, missed chances, a sending off, an injury time penalty, and one of the most brilliant goals ever scored; and to think of it this match could have been avoided had Roy Keane’s goal in the original had not been wrongly chalked off for offside.  This was not just a semi-final match, but a match between Manchester United FC and Arsenal FC, two rivals competing for the title of Champion of England. Backdrop The previous season Arsenal FC lifted the premier league title by overhauling Manchester United’s eleven point lead in Arsene Wenger’s first full season as manager of Arsenal. Wenger became the first non-British manager to win the title league in England.  Few days later Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 2-0 to lift the FA cup, thus becoming only the second team after Manchester United to win a second double in English football. During the early […]

On Saturday, Poland beat Germany for the first time in their history to take control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. The match, which ended 2-0, featured goals from Milik and substitute Mila, and marked the first time the Poles beat their neighbors in 19 attempts. One of those attempts was during the group stages of World Cup 2006. The Germans and the Poles found themselves in Group A with Ecuador and Costa Rica, with Poland and Ecuador vying for the second spot into the last 16. With this in mind, the Poles arrived in Dortmund to stymie the hosts, who fielded five of the players who would go on to win the World Cup 2014. Germany 1-0 Poland Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany June 14, 2006 In front of a home crowd of 65,000, the Germans dominated possession but couldn’t take the lead, with Miroslav Klose coming close on two occasions in the first 15 minutes. In the tenth […]