The idea of Manchester United playing mid week friendlies abroad in the absence of European competition this season has resulted in a huge debate amongst the various people connected with the football club. Manchester United have never been afraid to chart out their own path even if it means ruffling a few feathers along the way. One of the most famous instances highlighting this fact is from the summer of 1956 when The Red Devils became the first English team to compete in the European Cup. The English FA were against United entering the competition and had stopped Chelsea from competing a season earlier. Their rationale was that the European Cup would take away some of the sheen from the domestic league and would undermine its integrity. But United & Sir Matt Busby did not budge and took part in the competition and since then the club have had a storied relationship with the European Cup. Fast forward 43 years […]

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.

El Clasico is one of the biggest rivalries in the footballing world. From culture to history, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF have been at war and continue to battle for supremacy. Two periods in the past, amongst others, helped shape the rivalry you see today. The year was 1943, General Franco had become dictator of Spain. Back then the domestic league cup was called the Copa del Generalisimo and it was widely known that anything other Spanish culture was being given ‘the treatment’ by Franco and his thugs. The semi finals of the cup saw eternal rivals Real Madrid meet Barcelona. In the first leg of the match in Les Corts (Barca’s stadium before the Camp Nou was built), the visiting side lost to the Catalans 3-0 and this was unacceptable to Franco who was already in the process of oppressing any culture other than Castillian (like Catalan and Basque culture) and therefore, sent his head of state security […]

Green And Gold Till The Club Is Sold

Wondering why Old Trafford is a river of Green & Gold these days and not a sea of red? Wondering why the fans are up in protest against the owners? TheHardTackle's guest author Ashish Batra answers all of your basic questions as he explains the current financial turmoil at Manchester United and the fans' anger...

AC Milan – The history

TheHardTackle's Sachin Madaan narrates the history the most successful club in the world. The Rossoneri along with their city rivals have made the city of Milan, a capital of European Football.