Argentina superstar Juan Roman Riquelme has confirmed that Manchester United were eager to sign him in 2006 before Villarreal played Arsenal FC in the semi finals of the Champions League. As per reports by Mundo Deportivo, the former FC Barcelona playmaker revealed that he turned down a move from Manchester United, citing it as as his only regret of a career littered with fantastic moments. Riquelme, 37, is now retired, but during his peak, he was widely recognised as one of the most gifted Argentina players of his generation and almost single handedly carried Villarreal to the Champions League final in 2006 only for a late missed penalty. The playmaker was a youth prodigy at Boca Juniors and his consistently excellent performances earned him a move to La Liga giants FC Barcelona. However, things did not quite fall into place for Riquelme at Camp Nou as he endured a very frustrating time in the Catalan capital. The playmaker was managed by Louis van Gaal, the […]

A fan of the beautiful game is almost never impartial and, sometimes, it’s about more than just loving your club. Sometimes hating the club’s biggest rival is just as important to some fans. Certain rivalries of course have become famous over the years for how extreme their fans are. TheHardTackle brings to you the top 5 football derbies in the world. The article is restricted to derbies, which are rivalries between clubs based in the same city. It is interesting to see that these derbies exist for various different reasons, from political affiliations of both clubs to religious beliefs. The Old Firm Derby (Celtic FC vs Rangers FC) Popularly referred to as ‘The Old Firm derby’, Scotland’s most successful clubs are infamous for the rivalry that exists between them. These two clubs have become notorious among football fans in general for taking what is basically a sport to represent the ever festering wound that exists between Catholics and Protestants. Although […]

Some teams are remembered for their tactical innovations, like Rinuus Michel's Holland side or Arrigo Sacchi's Milan. Yet there are teams who, despite making important contributions to the game, have gone unnoticed. We take a look at five such teams.